Commandant, NATO Defense College in Rome
Lieutenant General Whitecross assumed her position as Commandant of the NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy, in 2016. She was promoted to her current rank in 2015, when she was appointed Commander of the Canadian Forces Strategic Response Team on Sexual Misconduct followed by her appointment as Commander, Military Personnel Command.
Lieutenant General Whitecross enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1982, joining the Military Engineers. Her postings have taken her from Germany to almost every province in Canada, to undertake a range of staff duties such as those of A4 Airfield Engineering Operations at 1 Canadian Air Division, Winnipeg; Executive Assistant to the Chief of the Air Staff at National Defence HQ, Ottawa; Director of Infrastructure and Environment Corporate Services for the Assistant Deputy Minister (Infrastructure and Environment); Joint Engineer, Canada Command; and Chief of Staff for Assistant Deputy Minister (Infrastructure and Environment).
She also performed duties of G1/G4 for the Force Engineers at UN Protection Force (Yugoslavia); Wing Construction Engineering Officer, Greenwood; Commanding Officer, 1 Construction Engineering Unit, Moncton; Commander, Joint Task Force (North), Yellowknife; Deputy Commander, Canadian Operational Support Command, Ottawa; Deputy Chief Of Staff Communications, ISAF HQ, Kabul, Afghanistan; and Canadian Armed Forces Chief Military Engineer at National Defence HQ, Ottawa.
Lieutenant General Whitecross is a graduate of the Advanced Military Studies Course and the Command and Staff Course (Canadian Forces College). A Commander of the Order of Military Merit (CMM), she was awarded the United States Defense Meritorious Service Medal for her service at ISAF HQ, and the Canadian Meritorious Service Medal for her service as the International Military Sports Council (CISM) Secretary General.
Lieutenant General Whitecross was named among Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in 2011 and 2016. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University and a master’s degree in Defence Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada.
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