Major-General Dennis C. Tabbernor, CMM, MSM, CD (Retired) started his military career with The Royal Winnipeg Rifles in September 1967. And then transferred to the Regular Force in May 1972. On completion of Infantry Officer training he served with Third and First Battalions, The Royal Canadian Regiment, The Canadian Airborne Regiment, and was Commanding Officer the Lake Superior Scottish Regiment. Extra Regimental Duty included the Infantry School, the Combat Training Centre, Headquarters Canadian Forces Europe, and National Defence Headquarters.
He transferred back to the Reserves, returning to Winnipeg in June 1993, employed at Manitoba-Lakehead District Headquarters. In November 1994, he assumed command of his original Regiment, The Royal Winnipeg Rifles. In 1995, he was promoted to Colonel and appointed Commander, Manitoba-Lakehead District and Commander 38 Canadian Brigade Group on its formation. Subsequently he served as Assistant Chief of Staff Land Force Western Area and Assistant Chief of Staff Operations, Headquarters Multi-National Division (South West) - Stabilization Force (SFOR) Bosnia Herzegovina.
In September 2000 he was promoted to Brigadier-General and appointed Deputy Commander Land Force Western Area. He was then Commander Canadian Joint Task Force South West Asia – OPERATION APOLLO. Following this tour, he served with Army Headquarters as Director General Land Reserve. In April 2007 he was assigned to Combined Security Transition Command Afghanistan as Deputy Commanding General - Afghan National Army Development. He was promoted to Major-General on departure from Afghanistan and in May 2008 was appointed Chief Reserves and Cadets.
He is a graduate of the Canadian Forces Staff School, the Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College and the Canadian Forces College (Command and Staff Course, Advanced Military Studies Course, National Security Studies Course).
He is a Commander of the Order of Military Merit and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, The American Legion of Merit (Degree of Officer) and the Afghan First Degree Baryal Government Excellence Medal for service in Afghanistan. He was also presented the Chief of Defence Staff’s Commendation.
He retired from the Canadian Forces in July 2011 after almost 44 years of service.
He is the Regimental Secretary of The Royal Winnipeg Rifles Senate, The Vice President of The Royal Military Institute of Manitoba, Past President of The Hubbell Awards Inc., President of his Condo Board and a Volunteer at Our Place/Chez Nous.
He is married to Christine and they have a Son, John, and Daughter Elizabeth.