Born in 1949, S 146 General R.R. (Ray) Henault, former Chief of Defence Staff is the outgoing Chairman of the NATO Military Committee (CMC), which represents some (26) countries in the Alliance. General Ray Henault was first elected to the post of CMC in November 2004 and officially assumed responsibilities in June 2005. June 27th, 2008 marked the end of his three-year term as CMC Chairman. Admiral Robert H. Falls was the previous Canadian to have held the post of NATO CMC from 1980-83.
General Henault was born and raised in Manitoba; and joined the Canadian Forces in 1968. Throughout his 40-year military career, General Henault has demonstrated a total commitment to the defence and security of Canada, and to that of the International Community. He has consistently sought to further the ideals of consensus, co-operation and inclusion.
In perhaps the most difficult and challenging years since Canada and NATO countries committed to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in support of the Government and Leadership of Afghanistan; has the role of NATO CMC been critical to the success of the mission. It is with respect to his arduous work, dedication and strong leadership that General Henault was honoured with the Birchall Leadership Award.
The Award was presented by the Royal Military Colleges Club of Canada (Manitoba Branch) at the Military Family Resource Centre, (MFRC) “Yellow Ribbon Gala & Birchall Leadership Award Presentation”; Saturday February 21, 2009 at the Delta Hotel, Winnipeg.
The above biography was originally published in the July 16, 2008 issue of E-veritas, available here.