Brigadier-General C.J. Turenne, OMM, MSC, CD
Commander 5th Canadian Division
Brigadier-General Carl Turenne is a graduate (Administration) of the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean. He was commissioned as an Armour officer in 1989 and joined the 12e Régiment blindé du Canada. BGen Turenne has commanded at the troop, squadron, unit, task force, and formation levels. He commanded the Armour School from 2005 to 2007 and concurrently held the appointment of Deputy Director of Armour. He commanded the Canadian Forces Joint Headquarters, a high-readiness deployable headquarters, from July 2007 to December 2008. As such, he commanded Joint Task Force Haiti as part of Canada's response to major hurricanes that struck Haiti in September 2008. From February 2009 to February 2010, he served as the Commanding Officer of the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team in southern Afghanistan. BGen Turenne was appointed the Commander of 1 Area Support Group within Land Force Western Area (now 3rd Canadian Division) in June 2012. He was promoted to his current rank in 2013 and appointed Deputy Commanding General – Sustainment and subsequently Deputy Commanding General – Operations to US Army I Corps at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.
BGen Turenne has had several operational deployments. These include deployments to the United Nations Force in Cyprus, the NATO Stabilisation Force in the former Yugoslavia, Haiti as part of Canada's humanitarian efforts, Afghanistan as part of Canada's initial contribution against terrorism (2002) and as part of the International Security Assistance Force (2009 to 2010). He has held numerous key extra-regimental staff appointments including Army G1(Personnel), J3 Continental Operations for the Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff, Coordinator for the Director General Land Staff, and Aide-de-Camp to the Commander Land Force Command.
BGen Turenne assumed command of the 5th Canadian Division on July 9, 2015.
He is a graduate of the Canadian Army Command and Staff College, the Canadian Forces Command and Staff Course, the National Security Programme and holds a Master's in Defence Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada.
BGen Turenne enjoys the outdoors, woodworking and time with his family.
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