BG Wayne Eyre
Deputy Commanding General, Operations
XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg
BG Eyre spent most of his childhood on a family farm near Wadena, Saskatchewan, and his high school years in Medicine Hat, Alberta. He joined Army Cadets at the age of 12 and has been in uniform ever since.
BG Eyre attended Royal Roads Military College in Victoria, and Royal Military College in Kingston, graduating in 1988. After infantry officer's training, he was posted to Second Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (2 PPCLI), where he served as a rifle platoon commander, including a United Nations peacekeeping tour in Cyprus, and as the Reconnaissance Platoon commander second-in-command.
Following employment as the Adjutant of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles, he returned to 2 PPCLI and spent two and a half years as the unit's Reconnaissance Platoon commander. In this position he deployed with 2 PPCLI to Croatia in 1993 as part of the United Nations Protection Force, a tour that included the Medak Pocket Operation.
After attending the Canadian Land Force Command and Staff College, BG Eyre was employed in Land Force Western Area Headquarters, in both the G1 branch and as Executive Assistant to the Commander. Following this posting and promotion to Major, he spent the next two years as a rifle company commander with 3 PPCLI. This included a tour with NATO's Stabilization Force in Bosnia in 2000, where he was awarded the Chief of Defence Staff Commendation. Following this tour, he commanded the Battalion's Administration Company.
In 2001, BG Eyre was promoted to Lt. Col. and was posted to Quantico, VA, as the Canadian student at the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and remained to attend the USMC School of Advanced Warfighting. On return to Canada he was employed as a section head in the Directorate of Defense Analysis at National Defense Headquarters.
BG Eyre became the Commanding Officer of 3 PPCLI in June, 2004. He deployed to Afghanistan in February, 2007 to command the Canadian Operational Mentor and Liaison Team. In this position he mentored the Commander of 1-205 Brigade, Afghan National Army, through combat operations in Kandahar and Uruzgan Provinces, for which he was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross. After giving up command of 3 PPCLI in August, 2007, he was promoted to Colonel and became the J3 of Canadian Expeditionary Force Command in January, 2008.
BG Eyre assumed command of 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group in June, 2009. In this position he generated Task Force 1-10 for operations in Afghanistan and commanded the Task Force that secured the 2010 G8 Summit. In June, 2011, he proceeded to Carlisle, PA, as an International Fellow at the U.S. Army War College (USAWC). He was promoted to his current rank in May 2012 and is currently the Deputy Commanding General, Operations for XVIII Airborne Corps in Fort Bragg, NC.
BG Eyre holds a Bachelor of Science from RMC, a Master of Military Studies and a Master of Operational Studies, both from Marine Corps University, a Master of Strategic Studies from USAWC, and is a graduate of the US Army Special Forces Qualification Course.