A proud Newfoundlander, General Rick Hillier likes to boast that he joined the Canadian Forces as soon as he could. In May 2003 he was chosen as Commander of the Army and a few months later, commanded ISAF, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, in Kabul, Afghanistan. He was promoted to General in 2005 to assume the duties as Chief of Canada's Defence Staff. He retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in July 2008.
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