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Major-General Paul Wynnyk was raised in rural Alberta. He joined 2561 RCA Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps in Breton in 1977. In 1978 he was awarded the Sword of Honour at VACC as top cadet, a remarkable achievement for cadet on the Cadet Leader Course. In 1981, after four years as an Army Cadet, Major-General Paul Wynnyk joined the 20th Field Regiment, RCA (Militia) in the rank of Gunner prior to his acceptance under the Regular Officer Training Plan. Studying at both Royal Roads Military College and the Royal Military College of Canada, he was commissioned into the Canadian Military Engineers in 1986.

The majority of the next 13 years was spent on regimental duty in Europe and in Canada. Major-General Wynnyk's command appointments include 1 Combat Engineer Regiment in Edmonton, AB from 1997 to 1999, 1 Area Support Group from 2004 to 2006, and Land Force Western Area/Joint Task Force West from 2010 to 2012. During the latter appointment, he commanded Operations LUSTRE and LYRE, the Canadian Forces responses to the 2011 floods in Manitoba.

Major-General Wynnyk has held a variety of staff assignments. He has served as both the G3 and Chief of Staff of Land Force Western Area, and has undertaken a number of positions at National Defence Headquarters including the J3 Operations desk officer responsible for Canada's military commitment to the Former Yugoslavia, a posting as Director General Military Engineering/Chief Military Engineer, and a posting to the Privy Council Office where he was employed as the Senior Defence Advisor and Director of Operations for the Foreign and Defence Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister.

Major-General Wynnyk's overseas assignments include, in addition to four years of service in Germany, tours with the UN Advance Mission in Cambodia (UNAMIC), the UN Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC), and an assignment as the Canadian Task Force Commander and mission Chief of Operations of the Mission de l'Organisation des Nations Unies en République Démocratique du Congo (MONUC). In March 2009, he was posted to the Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan as the Assistant Commanding General responsible for overseeing the development of the Afghan Ministry of Defense and the Afghan National Army.

Major-General Wynnyk is a graduate of the Canadian Forces Command and Staff Course, the Advanced Military Studies Course, and the National Security Studies Programme. In addition, he holds a baccalaureate in civil engineering, masters degrees in war studies and business administration (international business), and is a registered professional engineer in the province of Alberta. A qualified military parachutist in several countries, Brigadier-General Wynnyk is also a graduate of the French Commando Course. His decorations include the Order of Military Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, Officer of the US Legion of Merit, and the Afghan Baryal Medal (First Class).

Major-General Wynnyk was appointed Deputy Commander of the Canadian Army in July of 2012.

(source: DND)