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Land Force Western Area

Brigadier-General Stuart Beare enrolled in the Canadian Forces in June 1978. He began his career at Collège Militare Royal in St-Jean, Quebec then moved to the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario, and graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering degree in 1983.

On commissioning, 2Lt Beare was posted to regimental duty with 1st Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery in Lahr, Germany. He served in Regimental and Brigade positions until his posting as a Captain to attend Army Staff Course 23 at the Royal Military College of Science in Shrivenham, England in 1988. He followed this course with a three year stint at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa within the Directorate of Land Requirements.

In 1992, Major Beare was appointed Battery Commander, E Battery (Para), 2nd Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery. He commanded the Battery in Roto 59 in Cyprus. Following his tour with E Battery, Major Beare attended the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College in Toronto for one year.

In 1995 he was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel and posted to the United Nations Protection Force Headquarters in Zagreb and then as Chief of Staff in the Bihac Area Command until the mission in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia was ended. Upon his return to Canada, Lieutenant Colonel Beare worked in J3 Training at National Defence Headquarters.

In July 1996 he assumed command of the 2nd Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery at CFB Petawawa. The Regiment served in Manitoba and in Ontario for the Manitoba Flood of ’97 and the Ice Storm of '98, and elements of the Regiment deployed on Op PALLADIUM Rotations 2 and 3.

In 1998 Lieutenant-Colonel Beare was posted to 1 Canadian Division in Kingston as G3. In July 1999, he was promoted to Colonel and appointed as Chief of Staff Land Forces Doctrine and Training System. In September 2000, Colonel Beare attended the Canadian Forces College in Toronto completing Advanced Military and National Security Studies.

Colonel Beare assumed command of the 4,000 strong 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (1CMBG) on 11 July 2001. The Brigade generated and supported the ground forces for Op APOLLO in Afghanistan and for Op PALLADIUM Rotos 11 and 12 in Bosnia. Colonel Beare also commanded the 3,500 strong Land Component of Joint Task Force GRIZZLY during the 2002 G8 Summit in Kananaskis Valley Alberta.

In May 2003, Colonel Beare was promoted to Brigadier-General and on  September 20, 2003, he assumed command of the Canadian, British, and Dutch Multi-National Brigade (North-West), based in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He assumed command of Land Force Western Area on May 30, 2004.

Updated: 2004-09-17

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