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Land Force Western Area

Brigadier-General Ivan Fenton enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1970 while attending York University, Toronto.  On graduation in 1972 with a Bachelor of Arts in English, he was commissioned as an infantry officer into The Royal Canadian Regiment. Key military courses included the Canadian Forces Command and Staff Course, the UK Joint Warfare Course and the US Joint Combined Warfare Course.  In 1993 Brigadier-General Fenton received his Master of War Studies Degree from the Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston.  From January to June 1999,  he attended the National Security Studies Course at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto.

Regimental duty has included service in Canada, with NATO in Germany and with the United Nations in Cyprus. Regimental appointments, all with the Third Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment, comprised  rifle and reconnaissance platoon commander, intelligence officer, adjutant, company commander and battalion commander.

Staff appointments have included instructional duty at the Canadian Forces School of Communications and Electronics, operational training staff at army headquarters, Brigade G3 in 1 Brigade,  and Division G3 of the 1st Canadian Division.  Posted to National Defence Headquarters in 1995, Brigadier-General Fenton served in J3 Plans and J3 Doctrine and Training,  and as Deputy Chief of Staff J3 (Operations) in which he supervised the National Defence Operations Centre and coordinated Canadian Forces taskings and support to the RCMP.  He was appointed as an officer of the Order of Military Merit for his work there in support of domestic and international operations.

Taking over Canadian Forces Base Petawawa in July 1999,  Brigadier-General Fenton deployed as the Commander of Task Force Kosovo,  from December 1999 to June 2000. During this tour,  he commanded 1,400 army and air force troops,  not only from Petawawa, but also from Canadian Forces Base Valcartier and other Canadian Forces bases.

Brigadier-General Fenton was promoted to his present rank on July 1, 2001.  On 11 July 2001,  he assumed command of Land Force Western Area.  

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