Brigadier General Paul Peyton was born and raised in Happy Valley-Goose Bay and joined the Canadian Army as an officer with Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians). He has served on regimental duty with reconnaissance and armour units both in Canada and abroad. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Military Arts and Science, a Master’s degree in Military Science, and a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies.
Peyton’s operational experience includes tours with the United Nations Protection Force in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia, NATO Stabilization Force in Bosnia and Hercegovina, Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan, and Operation PROTEUS with the United States Security Coordinator in Jerusalem. He also participated in several domestic operations, including commanding a Battle Group responsible for evacuation operations in Kananaskis during Operation LENTUS 2013, the Canadian Armed Forces’ response to the catastrophic flooding in Alberta.
He has commanded at every level within his regiment, culminating as the Commanding Officer of Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) from 2012-2014. Most recently he commanded the Canadian Forces Intelligence Group, a formation within the Canadian Armed Forces that provides integrated collection management, multi-source intelligence, and deployable capabilities. His staff appointments include J35-3 Canadian Expeditionary Forces Command, Land SOF Integration with Chief Force Development, Executive Assistant to Commander Canadian Army, and Chief of Staff Support Canadian Forces Intelligence Command. He has attended the Mubarak Al Abdullah Command and Staff College in Kuwait and the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
This month he assumes the position of Vice Director, Plans and Policy – J5 United States Cyber Command.
Paul is the son of Lillian and John Peyton, formally of Happy Valley – Goose Bay, now residing in St. John’s, NL.