Deputy Commanding General Operations
Brig. Gen. Marc Gagne
Deputy Commanding General, Operations
XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg
After completing infantry officer training in 1987, BG Gagne joined the Royal 22e Regiment and was assigned to the 3rd Battalion in Valcartier as Platoon Commander. In 1989, he was assigned to Germany as an infantry Platoon Commander and then commanded the reconnaissance platoon. While so employed, he was deployed in 1992 as part of the first United Nations mission in former Yugoslavia (UNPROFOR).
BG Gagne was promoted to Major in 1998 and took command of an infantry company and deployed to Bosnia under NATO (SFOR) supervision. After attending the Command and Staff Course at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto he was assigned to the Directorate International Operations in Ottawa under the direction of the Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff. For two years, he was involved in planning, coordinating and executing the Canadian Forces mission in Afghanistan. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2005 and was assigned in February 2006 to the Canadian Expeditionary Force Command Headquarters where he served as J3 Operations. BG Gagne commanded the 1st Battalion, Royal 22e Regiment, from June 2007 to June 2009. He served with the Army Headquarters in Ottawa as G33 (Current operations) from Jul 2009 to March 2010 before being promoted to the rank of Colonel.
BG Gagne has also served in Afghanistan as the Chief of Staff for Deputy-Commander Police as part of NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan HQ from March to November 2010. BG Gagne served as Chief of Staff of the Land Forces Quebec Area (LFQA) in 2011 before attending the United Sates Army War College National Security Program. In 2013, BG Gagne was the Director of Current Operations with the Strategic Joint Staff in Ottawa. From 2014 to 2016, he commanded the 4th Canadian Division Support Group. BG Gagne has two Master degrees on defence and security study.