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LCol Cliff A. Jamieson, CD

(DND)

Lieutenant Colonel Cliff Jamieson was born in Chilliwack , BC in 1959 and grew up in a military family. As a son of a soldier, he lived on a number of different bases in western Canada . He spent a great deal of his teenage years with the Royal Canadian Army Cadets and was graduate of its Master Cadet Program.

In 1979, Lieutenant Colonel Jamieson joined the Regular Force on the Officer Candidate Training Program and, after completing Basic Infantry Officer Training, he was posted to the 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) in Victoria . His service in the Regular Force was spent principally as an infantry officer in an operational environment. He served in all three battalions of his regiment: with the 1st Battalion in Calgary , which was, at that time, also Canada ’s AMF(L) Battalion; with the 2nd Battalion in Germany ; and with the 3rd Battalion in both Victoria and Edmonton . While on regimental duty, he served as a company commander, company second-in-command, battalion training officer, reconnaissance platoon commander and rifle platoon commander. He is a qualified rappelmaster and parachutist and has served in a paratrooper position. He has a diverse operational background – both mechanized and light units – which includes jungle, desert, amphibious and arctic environments. Two of his four years as a company commander were spent seconded to the Canadian Scottish Regiment in Victoria , where he commanded a mixed company of Regular and Reserve Forces under the 10/90 Project.

Outside regimental duty in the Regular Force, Lieutenant Colonel Jamieson has had military postings as a commanding officer of a Canadian Forces Recruiting Centre, a general’s aide-de-camp with the UN Protection Forces, a NATO arms control inspector, a strategic-level staff officer in the Directorate of Army Training, an observer and a public information officer with the UN Iraq-Kuwait Observer Mission and the Chief of Staff Coord and G3 Plans at Land Force Western Area Headquarters. While serving in the latter position, he was selected as the G3 and senior planning officer for the 2002 Pacific Armies Management Seminar – a 33-nation week-long seminar for senior general officers of Pacific Rim armies.

In 2003, he transferred to the Reserve Force and joined the British Columbia Dragoons in Kelowna, BC, where he served first as a squadron commander and then as the Regimental Second-in-Command. He was the regiment’s Commanding Officer from 2005 to 2009. Notably, in 2008, he was assigned to be the Task Force Commander for Exercise Cougar Salvo 08 – a brigade-wide, all-arms, Level 4, live-fire exercise. From 2009, he has been assigned as a liaison officer with the Canadian Forces Liaison Council. Most recently, in 2011, he did a tour of duty on Operation Athena, Task Force Afghanistan where he was Team Leader, Mentoring and Liaison Team Division, ISAF Joint Command Headquarters. In this position, he was assigned to the two most active regions in the mission – South and Southwest Regional Commands – and spent a vast majority of his time “outside the wire” leading multi-national teams who were tasked to validate ISAF mentoring teams while they, in turn, conducted their duties mentoring Afghan National Security Forces on active operations against the Insurgency.

During his career he has served on peacekeeping missions in Iraq , the former Yugoslavia and Cyprus . He is a graduate of Joint Reserve Command and Staff Course, the Canadian Land Force Command and Staff College and the Canadian Forces Staff School . He holds a Bachelor of Military Arts and Science degree from the Royal Military College of Canada.

In his civilian life, Lieutenant Colonel Jamieson is a Certified Human Resource Professional, who works for The Home Depot of Canada as a Human Resource Manager. He enjoys hockey, skiing and golf; and he is an avid runner, military history buff and amateur astronomer. His wife, Heather, is an elementary school teacher and they have two children – Megan and Joel.