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Ottawa/Canadian-Media: The Department of National Defense announced today that amid number of general officer appointments and transfers, Lt.-Gen. Frances Allen has been promoted to vice-chief of the defense staff (VCDS), replacing Lt.-Gen. Mike Rouleau, a statement from the Department of National Defence announced Tuesday morning.
Lt Gen Frances Allen. Image credit: Facebook page of Royal Canadian Air Force
The shakeup is the result of the crisis within the military as Admiral Art McDonald and Gen. Jonathan Vance, the two most senior officers, remain under investigation by the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) for alleged sexual misconduct.
McDonald, who had only been in the Chief of the Defence job a month, stepped aside as the head of the Canadian Army, after learning last week that he was under investigation.
Lt.-Gen. Wayne Eyre was given the temporary appointment by Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan.
Rouleau, who is the former commander of special forces, has been moved into a new role as senior adviser on future capabilities.
Allen will become the first woman to hold the position of vice chief and in that capacity and will be responsible for the day-to-day administration of the military.