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Public Service Proud: Major-General Christine Whitecross, OMM, CD

Public Service Proud - First Achievers: Moving through Change

Major-General Chris Whitecross enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1982, joining the Canadian Military Engineers after spending four years in the Cadet program. Her postings have taken her from Germany to almost every province in Canada. Staff duties have included postings as A4 Airfield Engineering Operations at 1 Canadian Air Division, Winnipeg; Executive Assistant to the Chief of the Air Staff at National Defence Headquarters, Ottawa; Director of Infrastructure and Environment Corporate Services for the Assistant Deputy Minister (Infrastructure and Environment); and Joint Engineer for Canada Command. Her various assignments have included G1/G4 for the Force Engineers, United Nations Protection Force, in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia; Wing Construction Engineering Officer, Greenwood; Commanding Officer, 1 Construction Engineering Unit, Moncton; Commander, Joint Task Force (North), Yellowknife; Deputy Commander, Canadian Operational Support Command, Ottawa; and, most recently, Deputy Chief of Staff, Communications, International Security Assistance Force Headquarters, Kabul, Afghanistan. She was promoted to her current rank of Major-General at the end of her one-year tour with International Security Assistance Force Headquarters on June 30, 2011.

Major-General Whitecross has a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering from Queen's University and a Master's Degree in Defence Studies from the Royal Military College. She is a graduate of both the Command and Staff College and the Advanced Military Studies Course, both conducted at the Canadian Forces College. She is a recipient of the Order of Military Merit and was awarded the US Defense Meritorious Service Medal for her service at International Security Assistance Force Headquarters.

Major-General Whitecross was posted to the position of Chief of Staff for Assistant Deputy Minister (Infrastructure and Environment) and appointed Chief Military Engineer of the Canadian Forces at National Defence Headquarters on August 9, 2011.

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