Senior Officer Biography
LIEUTENANT-GENERAL DEVLIN P.J. , CMM, MSC, CD
COMMANDER CANADIAN ARMY
Lieutenant-General Peter Devlin enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1978 under the Regular Officer Training Program and was commissioned as an infantry officer into The Royal Canadian Regiment.
LGen Devlin has spent the majority of his career in the field and has served in 1, 2 and 4 Canadian Brigade Groups as well as the Special Service Force. He has commanded from the platoon to brigade group level, most notably commanding 1st Battalion of The Royal Canadian Regiment (1997-1999) and 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (2002-2004). He served as Deputy Commanding General of III (US) Corps and Fort Hood (2005-2008) and deployed with the Corps to Iraq, and as Deputy Commander of Canadian Expeditionary Force Command (2008-2010). His staff assignments have included positions in Army Headquarters, 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, and the Canadian Forces Medical Group.
LGen Devlin has several operational tours including UN tours in Cyprus (1984-85) and the former Yugoslavia (1992), two NATO tours in Bosnia (1996-97) including one as the Canadian Battle Group Commanding Officer (1998), an International Security Assistance Force tour as Commander of the Kabul Multinational Brigade in Kabul, Afghanistan (2003-2004) and a 15 month tour as the Deputy Commanding General of the Multi-National Corps – Iraq (2006-08). His unit was awarded the Commander-in-Chief Citation for opening the Sarajevo airport in 1992, and he was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross in 2004 and the U.S. Legion of Merit in 2008 for his efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq respectively. He was appointed as Commander of the Order of Military Merit in February 2010.
LGen Devlin is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, the Canadian Forces Staff School, the Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College, the Canadian Forces College and the U.S. Army War College. In June 2010 he was promoted to his current rank and appointed Commander Canadian Army.