Brigadier-General J.P.H.H. Gosselin, OMM, MSM, CD
Commander 2nd Canadian Division and Joint Task Force East
In 1988, Brigadier-General Hercule Gosselin graduated from Collège militaire royal in Saint-Jean with an honours degree in Military and Strategic Studies as an infantry officer. His first posting was to the 1st Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment in Lahr, Germany, where he served as a rifle platoon commander, and operations officer with the Infantry Company deployed to Qatar for the duration of the Persian Gulf War. From 1991 to 1993, he served with 1st Commando and the Canadian Airborne Regiment. During this period, he served in Somalia as Deputy Commander and subsequently as acting Commanding Officer of the Commando Headquarters.
From 1993 to 1995, he held the position of aide-de-camp to the Governor General of Canada, after which he completed the Land Command and Staff Course. He was then posted back to Valcartier within the 5th Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters.
Promoted to the rank of major in 1997, he joined the 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment, as an infantry company commander. He deployed to Haiti as part of the UN force and the Montreal area during the aftermath of the January 1998 Ice Storm. In the spring of 2001, he pursued a postgraduate diploma in Administration at Université Laval in Quebec City. In the summer of 2002, he completed the Canadian Forces Command and Staff Course in Toronto, obtaining his Master’s of Defence Studies as well. He went on to serve as aide-de-camp to the Chief of the Defence Staff for the next two years.
Promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel in 2004, he was deployed to Afghanistan as a Liaison Officer and Operational Planner to the U.S. Coalition Forces' Headquarters in Kabul. Upon his return to Canada, he served as Deputy Commanding Officer as well as Commanding Officer of the Command Support Unit of 5 Area Support Group. From 2006 to 2008, he was Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment and the Citadel of Quebec. In the summer of 2008, he completed a Master's of Business Administration and he returned to Ottawa, where he joined the team of the Director General – International Security Policy as head of the political office for Africa.
Promoted to Colonel in 2009, he carried out the duties of Director – Peacekeeping Policy. In 2010, he assumed command of the Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team in Kandahar, Afghanistan, for which he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. Upon his return from deployment in 2011, he was appointed Commander of the Canadian Forces Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Task Force and was invested as an Officer in the Order of Military Merit. He completed the National Security Program in 2013 before being appointed Commander of the 2nd Canadian Division Support Group, holding the position until his promotion to his current rank in 2015. BGen Gosselin returned to Ottawa to serve as Chief of Staff Army Operations within the Canadian Army Headquarters until June 2016. That same year, BGen Gosselin was awarded a certificate of completion for the General and Flag Officer Homeland Security Executive Seminar Program, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Executive Education.
On June 23, 2016, BGen Gosselin assumed command of the 2nd Canadian Division and Joint Task Forces East.
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