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News Release / July 30, 1997

OTTAWA – The Department of National Defence today announced that Brigadier- General Robin Gagnon will replace Brig-Gen. Pierre Daigle on July 31, 1997, as Force Commander of the newly created United Nations Transition Mission in Haiti (UNTMIH).

Brig.-Gen. Daigle has served in Haiti since March 1996 and is being transferred to National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa, where he will become Director General Military Personnel.

Brig.-Gen. Gagnon joined the Canadian Forces in 1969 as an infantry officer with the Royal 22e Régiment and served three times with the United Nations Force in Cyprus. He was the Commanding Officer of the 3rd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment, during the Oka crisis in 1990. The assignment as Force Commander coincides with his promotion to the rank of Brigadier-General.

The official change of command ceremony will take place in Port-au-Prince on Thursday, July 31.

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For more information, please contact:

Military Public Information Office at the UNSMIH HQ in Port-au-Prince at (212) 963-9921 ext 21096.

Note to the Editor and Assignment Editor : The transition mission was announced today by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

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