Major-General David Millar, OMM, CD - Biography

Chief of Military Personnel

Major-General David Millar enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces as an officer cadet in 1980, at which time he began his military education at the Royal Military College of Canada, graduating in 1984 as a computer engineer. Following graduation, he entered the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace and Ordnance Engineering, in Borden, Ontario where he qualified as an aerospace engineer. Major-General Millar resumed his studies in 1996 at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto, and went on to the Air War College in Montgomery, Alabama in 2002, where he studied security and defence and obtained a masters degree in international strategic studies.

In 1985, Major-General Millar undertook his first operational tour at CFB Cold Lake where, in 1987, he joined the CF-18 Program as a member of the Base Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Organization, and later, 410 Sqn. His first staff officer experience came in 1989 at 1 Canadian Air Division HQ in Lahr, Germany. In 1990, Major-General Millar was attached posted to 409 Sqn in Baden, Solingen and deployed to the Persian Gulf as a member of the Canadian Contingent fighting in the first Gulf war. After promotion to Major in 1991, he returned to Canada where he was appointed the Aircraft Engineering Officer for the CF-18 fleet in the Director General of Aerospace Equipment Management. In 1994, Major-General Millar returned to Cold Lake, where he was appointed the Squadron Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Officer at 441 Sqn. Following Canadian Forces College, Major-General Millar was appointed Executive Assistant of the Chief of the Air Staff in 1997 at the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. In 2000, Major-General Millar returned to Cold Lake for a third tour when he was appointed Commanding Officer 1 Air Maintenance Squadron. After a two-year command, Major-General Millar was posted to the Air War College, after which he was promoted to the rank of Colonel in 2003.

In 2003-05 he was A4 Maintenance responsible for the Aircraft Engineering and Maintenance Branch at 1 Canadian Air Division, Winnipeg. From January 2006 to June 2008, Major-General Millar became the Director of Operational Support in the newly formed Strategic Joint Staff, at NDHQ. More recently in 2008, promoted to Brigadier-General, he was appointed as Commander of Joint Task Force North in Yellowknife, NWT where he served two years commanding the Canadian Armed Forces in Canada’s North. In 2010, he was assigned to the Privy Council Office for a two and a half year posting as Director of Operations in the Foreign and Defence Policy Secretariat. Promoted to his current rank in 2012, Major-General Millar was appointed Chief of Military Personnel of the Canadian Armed Forces on 20 February 2013.