Lt.-Gen. Thomas Lawson named Canada’s next new chief of the defence staff
Published August 27, 2012 | 8:09 am
: Lt.-Gen. Thomas Lawson has been named as Canada’s next new chief of the defence staff by the Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Lawson, the current deputy commander of NORAD — the North American Aerospace Defense Command — will formally succeed Gen. Walt Natynczyk , who is leaving after four years leading the military.
A graduate of the Royal Military College in 1979, Lawson went to fly flew CF-104 Starfighters and CF-18 Hornets, including serving as an instructor pilot.
In 2009, he was promoted to MGen and appointed Assistant Chief of the Air Staff. In July 2011, he was promoted to his current rank and appointed Deputy Commander NORAD.