Brig. Gen. Bill Fletcher
Deputy Commanding General of Operations
XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg
Born to a military
family in 1972, Brig. Gen. Bill Fletcher joined the Canadian Forces in 1989
as a Private with 762 (Reserve) Electronic Warfare Squadron. Eschewing radios
for machine guns, he enrolled into the Infantry with the Regular Force in May 1990.
Brig. Gen. Fletcher attended College Militaire Royal de St Jean from 1990-93 graduating from the Royal Military College in 1995 with a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering. Upon graduation he was posted to the Second Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI), deploying to Bosnia with the Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians) Battle Group in 1997.
Posted to the Infantry School in Gagetown, NB in 2000, he served there until returning to Regimental duty with the First Battalion PPCLI in 2004. Promoted to Major in 2005, he commanded C Company and deployed to Afghanistan in 2006. It was during this tour that he was awarded the Star of Military Valour.
Brig. Gen. Fletcher attended the Joint Command and Staff Programme at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto, ON in 2007-08, graduating with a Masters in Defense Studies. Upon graduation, he served for a year as the Staff Officer to the Chief of Force Development at National Defense Headquarters. Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in 2009, he then served as the Executive Assistant to the Chief of the Land Staff.
From June 2010 until June 2012, Brigadier General Fletcher had the privilege of commanding the First Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in Edmonton, AB. Upon leaving the First Battalion, Brigadier General Fletcher served as the G3 of Land Force Western Area (now 3 Division) in Edmonton AB.Promoted to Colonel in 2013, he attended the National Security Programme at the Canadian Forces College. In July 2014 until June 2016 he served as the Special Advisor to the Chief of the Defense Staff after which he assumed command of 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group until June 2018.