Commandant's Biography

Colonel Gervais Carpentier, CD

Colonel Carpentier joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1987 as a student at the Royal Military College Saint-Jean. In 1992, he obtains his infantry officer commission and graduates with a bachelor's degree in business administration.

He assumed various positions within 5th Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (5 CMBG) in Valcartier, Quebec. He deploys as a Platoon Commander with 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment (R22eR), in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1993 as well as in Croatia in 1995 as a company's Operations Officer. In 1997, he is Platoon Commander during the deployment of 3rd Battalion in Haiti. In 2002, he becomes Operations Officer for 2nd Battalion. Following his promotion to the rank of major, he takes command of the Parachute Company 3rd Battalion, R22eR, from 2004 to 2006. In 2013, he was Chief of Staff for 5 CMBG.

He also served in the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM). He first serves with Joint Task Force 2 (JTF 2) from 1999 to 2003 where he holds Troop Commander and Deputy Squadron Commander positions. From 2006 to 2008, he returns with JTF 2 as the Officer in Command of an Assault Squadron. In addition to national roles, he participated in two deployments to Afghanistan with JTF 2 in 2002 and 2007. From 2009 to 2011, he serves in Headquarters CANSOFCOM as Project Director within the Directorate of Special Operations Requirements.

He also served as an instructor at the Infantry School in Gagetown, New Brunswick, from 1997 to 1999. From 2011 to 2013, he is the Military Assistant to the Deputy Commander at NATO's Joint Forces Command Naples in Italy where he takes part in the NATO Response Force mandate and training. From 2014 to 2016, he served as Commanding Officer 2nd Battalion R22eR and la Citadelle de Québec.

Colonel Carpentier is a graduate from Canadian Forces College where he attended the Joint Command and Staff Program in 2009 and the National Security Program in 2017. He holds a Master's in Defence Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada.

He was appointed Commandant of Royal Military College Saint-Jean in July 2017.

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