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Former Shelburne man promoted to Surgeon General for Canadian Armed Forces


OTTAWA -A former Shelburne County man has been promoted to Brigadier-General and will be the new Commander of the Canadian Forces Health Services Group/Surgeon General, Canadian Armed Forces.

Brigadier-General H.C. MacKay

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Brigadier-General H.C. MacKay's promotion was announced on Feb. 11 by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Tom Lawson.

MacKay, a Shelburne High School graduate, joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1983 as a Signal Officer.

In 1989 he was selected for the Military Medical Training Program and studied at the University of Toronto to complete his Doctor of Medicine in 1993. After completing a Family Medicine Residency at Queen's University in 1995 he was posted to work as a General Duty Medical Officer at Canadian Forces Base Kingston.

He was selected in 2000 to do post-graduate training in Occupational and Public Health at the University of British Columbia which he completed in 2002. Upon completion of his Masters in Health Science he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and posted to the Director of Health Services Operations where he served as the Head of Operational Medicine, the Project Director of the Biological Warfare Medical Countermeasures Project, the Canada Command and CANOSCOM Surgeon.

He also completed the Advanced Military Studies Course at the Canadian Forces College in 2004.

In 2007 he deployed to Afghanistan as the Commanding Officer of the Role 3 Multi-national Medical Unit at Kandahar Airfield and as the Task Force Surgeon.

Upon returning from Kandahar, MacKay completed second language training at the Asticou Centre and then spent six months as the CEFCOM/Canada COM/CANOSCOM Surgeon before being promoted to Colonel and assuming responsibilities as Director Force Health Protection in July 2009. In 2012 he assumed the position of Deputy Surgeon General.

His new posting takes effect in June.

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