EVENT DATE: January 10, 2019
TOPIC: Strong, Secure, Engaged – Canadian Forces Base Kingston
Kirk Gallinger joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1989, was commissioned in 1993, and commenced Regimental Duty with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (1 PPCLI) in Calgary. As a junior officer, he served various commands, staff and instructor appointments in 1 PPCLI, the 2e Bataillon, Royal 22e Régiment and the Infantry School. His operational experience includes deployments to Croatia and Bosnia, as well as in 2006 commanding A Company, 1 PPCLI Battle Group, in Afghanistan.
Col. Gallinger’s key staff appointments include the Army G3 Branch as a desk officer for the Afghanistan mission, J5 in the 1st Canadian Division HQ, and Chief of Staff of 3rd Canadian Division / Joint Task Force West in Edmonton, Alberta. In 2011, Colonel Gallinger was appointed Commandant of the Infantry School, after which he joined the Combat Training Centre Headquarters as its Deputy Commander. In June 2018, he was appointed Commander, Canadian Forces Base Kingston.
Col. Gallinger holds a Baccalaureate in Honours History, a Master of Arts in War Studies, a Master of Arts in Public Administration and a Master of Strategic Studies. He is a graduate of the Army Transition Command and Staff Course, the Combined Arms Team Commanders Course and the Canadian Armed Forces Joint Command and Staff Programme. He is a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Army War College, Class of 2018. A proud husband and father, in his spare time he enjoys reading and cycling.