A formal Change of Command ceremony was held at the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre in Starychi, Ukraine on Jan. 17 for Lt.Col. Tim Arsenault as he assumed command of Joint Task Force-Ukraine (JTF-U) from Lt. Col. Jason Guiney. Joint Task Force-Ukraine is part of Operation UNIFIER, Canada’s military training mission in Ukraine.
“I am honoured to have the chance to lead a team of highly qualified professionals working hard to train the Ukrainian Armed Forces. I plan to build upon the excellent work of my colleague Lieutenant-Colonel Guiney and continue to support Ukraine in its efforts to enhance the capabilities of its armed forces,” said Lt.-Col. Tim Arsenault, incoming Commander of JTF-U.
As the new commander of Canadian operations in Ukraine, Arsenault will be overseeing 200 members of the CAF. The current rotation comprises of soldiers from 2nd Canadian Division Support Base located in Valcartier, Quebec, replacing personnel from 2nd Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group based at Garrison Petawawa, Ontario. The CAF members are training Ukrainian Armed Forces in areas like small team training, counter improvised explosive devices, military police training and medical training.