On June 27, Lt.-Col. Daniel Blanc accepted his new post as the commanding officer (CO) of 2 Area Support Group (ASG) Personnel Services in Petawawa, Ont.
The son of Fort Frances residents George and Linda Blanc, he has spent the past 27 years in uniform and has travelled all over the world working for the military.
“As I was coming out of high school and going to the University of Manitoba, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the military,” he explained.
So Lt.-Col. Blanc joined the military in Winnipeg while at the same time completing his Bachelor of Arts in criminology.
“Later on in my military career, I was sent to do a Master’s degree through our military college in Kingston, Ont.,” he noted.
His Master’s is in Defence and Security Studies from the Royal Military College.
“I’ve deployed on multiple operations, both internationally and domestically,” said Lt.-Col. Blanc, noting he’s served in Croatia, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Africa, and the Middle East.
“One of the highlights of my postings was I did three years in Belgium, where I was posted to the NATO Special Operations Headquarters,” he remarked.
“Most of my background and speciality has been working in our Special Operations Command.”
Lt.-Col. Blanc’s previous posting was in Ottawa, where he spent his time doing counter-terrorism and special operations policy support.
“Basically working on strategic issues and national security issues on behalf of the Department of National Defence,” he explained.
After two years in that position, he was selected to move to Petawawa to spend two more years in his current posting as CO.
“Basically, I’m responsible for all military and civilian human resources and services in Ontario,” Lt.-Col. Blanc said.
“I think it’s a great opportunity to come back into the army fold and provide some leadership and expertise to the men and women, both military and civilian, that serve in this important section here in the army team in Ontario,” he reasoned.
Petawawa is one of the biggest bases in Canada.
“We have a total of 6,000 military, 1,000 civilians, and 7,000 dependants, meaning children and partners,” Lt.-Col. Blanc noted.
“I’m happy to be given this opportunity, and I look forward to doing the good work we do here in Ontario with the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces and our defence team partners,” he concluded.