Colonel Daniel Genest takes command of 5 Area Support Group

    SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, QC, Jan. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Today at Saint-Jean
Garrison an official ceremony was held during which Colonel Daniel Genest took
command of 5 Area Support Group (5 ASG).
    The ceremony was presided over by Brigadier-General Guy Laroche,
Commander of Land Force Quebec Area (LFQA) and Joint Task Force East (JTF
East). "Both on an operational and personal level, the past year has been a
challenging one for 5 ASG personnel, particularly as they coped with the
tragic death of their commander, Colonel Karen Ritchie. The professionalism
and sense of duty that 5 ASG members have demonstrated has been exemplary,"
said Brigadier-General Laroche.
    Colonel Genest comes to 5 ASG from National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ),
where he was Director Military Capability Management, Chief Force Development,
NDHQ. "It is with tremendous pride that I take command of 5 ASG, which has
been known to be a strong team, proud, dedicated and committed to the mission,
since its inception ten years ago," said Colonel Genest. 5 ASG provides
continual support to expeditionary, domestic and institutional operations to
support the mandates of Joint Task Force East.

    5 ASG is a formation made up of its headquarters in Montreal and more
than 60 sites. Among the most important sites are Montreal, Valcartier and
Saint-Jean Garrisons, the Quebec Citadel, the Farnham training centre and the
St-Hubert and St-Bruno sites. 5 ASG consists of some 3,700 Canadian Forces
members and civilian employees responsible for supporting 141 units and 33,000
National Defence personnel located in the province of Quebec.

For further information:

For further information: Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Montreal area:
Lieutenant(N) Michèle Tremblay, Public Affairs Officer, 5 ASG, (450) 358-7099,
ext 6163; Quebec City area: Captain Lyne Poirier, Public Affairs Officer, 5
ASG, (418) 844-5000, ext 5880

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