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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Air Task Force Iraq gets new Commander

Written by David Pugliese 

Brigadier-General James Irvine assumed command of Joint Task Force-Iraq (JTF-I) from Brigadier-General Lise Bourgon yesterday as part of a previously planned rotation for Operation IMPACT, the Canadian Forces announced.

Brigadier-General Irvine commands approximately 600 Canadian Forces personnel deployed on the Iraq/Syria mission.

JTF-I includes Air Task Force-Iraq (ATF-I) as well as planning teams and liaison officers working within the U.S.-led coalition.

Brigadier-General Irvine, a Royal Canadian Air Force CP-140 Aurora pilot, has served in command roles at the crew, flight, detachment, squadron, and wing levels, including as Commanding Officer of 405 “Pathfinder” Squadron during Operation ATHENA in Afghanistan, according to a statement from the Canadian Forces. He recently served as Director of Plans at the Canadian Joint Operations Command. Brigadier-General Irvine was promoted to his current rank on October 19 of this year.

In addition, following a ceremony on October 19, at Camp Patrice Vincent in Kuwait, Colonel Shayne Elder assumed command of Air Task Force-Iraq (ATF-I) from Colonel Sean Boyle.