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Major-General Robert (Bob) Meating, CMM, CD, MSM (ret'd) 

Colonel Commandant, Royal Canadian Army Cadets – 1 Sept 2007-

 

   
MAJOR-GENERAL R.G. MEATING, OMM, CD, MSM (Retired)

Major-General Robert (Bob) Meating was born in Saint John, NB. He enrolled in the Canadian Army in 1965 as an Armoured Officer. Following officer training, he served as a junior officer and troop leader with the 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise’s), an armoured reconnaissance unit, in Petawawa, Ontario and in Soest, Germany until 1970.

Promoted Captain in 1970, he moved with his new regiment, The Royal Canadian Dragoons (RCD), to Lahr/Schwarzwald in southern Germany. The RCD was a tank and armoured reconnaissance unit permanently stationed overseas for operational service with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. He remained with The RCD as a troop leader until 1972 when he was posted as Detachment Commander/Area Cadet Officer (Toronto), Air Transport Groups. In this position, he lead a staff of 15 and was the regular force officer responsible for 110 Navy, Army and Air Cadet units in southern and western Ontario and two summer camps (at Ipperwash, 1973 and Borden, 1974).

In 1975, he returned overseas to The RCD, and, in the following three years occupied the positions of Battle Captain and Operations Officer at squadron and regimental level respectively. In 1978, he became an instructor of leadership and Company Commander at the Canadian Forces Officer Candidate School (CFOCS) in Chilliwack, B.C. 

While at CFOCS (1979), he was promoted Major and posted to command the support unit of the Canadian Contingent with the United Nations in the Middle East (CCUNME), serving in Ismailia, Egypt and the Golan Heights, Israel. After the Middle East tour of duty, he returned to instructional duties at CFOCS until he was selected to attend the one year senior officers’ course at the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College, Toronto, 1980-81.

For two years from 1981, then-Major Meating commanded the only tank unit in Canada, C Squadron RCD, in Gagetown, NB. In this command, he and his unit supported all training at the Combat Training Centre Gagetown while also operationally deploying overseas three times. In 1983, Meating attended the year-long Continuous French Course in Ottawa and St-Jean, PQ. 

After the course, in 1984, he was again posted overseas to Lahr - this time to Headquarters, 4th Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group as the Brigade G3, a post which he held until his promotion to Lieutenant-Colonel in June 1986.

In 1986 in Lahr, Meating assumed command of The Royal Canadian Dragoons. In 1987, during his period of command he executed the order to return The RCD to Canada, to Petawawa. In July 1988, on leaving regimental command, then-Lieutenant-Colonel Meating again went overseas, this time to Headquarters 4th Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group as the Senior Staff Officer Operations/Chief of Staff. He held this position for two years.

Promoted Colonel in July 1990, he assumed the position of Chief of Staff, 1st Canadian Division (Forward) in Lahr. On 12 June 1992, then-Colonel Meating was appointed Commander, 4th Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group during its last year of active service to NATO and to Canada. On 15 July 1993 with the disbandment of 4 Brigade complete, Colonel Meating was posted to Canadian Forces Base Petawawa as Base Commander.

Two years later in June 1995, Meating was promoted Brigadier-General and selected to command 1st Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group in Calgary, AB. 

Following two very busy years in command in Calgary (including: the move of the brigade and brigade families from Calgary to Edmonton; four operational unit deployments to Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina; and, fighting the Flood of the Century in Manitoba), then-Brigadier-General Meating was posted to National Defence Headquarters as Director-General Intelligence. 

In early 2001, Meating was promoted Major-General and selected as Force Commander of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) with headquarters in Sinai desert of the Arab Republic of Egypt. He lead this multinational, multi-cultural coalition, comprising soldiers and civilians from eleven contributing countries (Australia, Canada, Colombia, Fiji, France, Hungary, Italy, Norway, New Zealand, the United States and Uruguay) for three years, under the mandate and conditions established by the Camp David Accords 1979 and the subsequent Protocol of 1981.

In March 2004, in his 39th year of service, Major-General Meating relinquished command of the MFO and retired from the Canadian Forces in Calgary.

Major-General Meating was invested as an officer in the (Canadian) Order of Military Merit in 1992. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) by the US Army for his work with 7th (US) Corps as they prepared for the first Gulf War (1991). He was awarded the Chief of the Defence Staff Commendation for his personal leadership and service to the citizens of Manitoba during the Flood of the Century in 1997. In 2002, the Colombian Army invested Meating in the José Maria Cordoba Order of Military Merit for his leadership of Colombia’s only out-of-country, operationally deployed unit.