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Lieutenant-General Ray Crabbe was born in Neepawa MB and joined the Canadian Army in Sep 1963. On graduation from the University of Manitoba, he served in a variety of command and staff appointments including a tour of duty with the United Nations in Cyprus and NATO in Germany. He served in Calgary with 1st Battalion Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry as Commanding Officer and Operations Officer and with the Canadian Airborne Regiment in Petawawa ON as the Regimental Major. Following studies at the US Armed Forces Staff College, he was appointed Commanding Officer 1 PPCLI.
He joined the Army Staff College in Kingston ON as a member of the Directing Staff and later as Chief of Staff. In 1986-89, he served as Chief of Staff of Prairie Militia Area in Winnipeg and attended French language training in 1990. He was promoted to Brigadier-General in 1990 and appointed Commander Special Service Force in Petawawa. In 1992, he was appointed Director-General Personnel Careers Other Ranks at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa ON and was responsible for personnel policy and management for all non-commissioned members of the Canadian Forces. He was posted to the Former Republic of Yugoslavia at the height of the Balkans War as the Deputy Force Commander of the United Nations Protection Force and Commander of the Canadian Contingent.
He returned to Canada in June 1995 and was posted to Halifax NS where he commanded Land Force Atlantic Area. In January 1996 he was decorated with the Meritorious Service Cross by the Government of Canada, and in June 1997, with the National Defence Medal (Gold) by the Government of France for his service in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia. In September 1997, after a brief tour of duty as Commander 1 Canadian Division in Kingston ON, Lieutenant-General Crabbe was appointed Deputy Chief of Defence Staff at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa, where he was responsible for Canadian Forces operations and intelligence worldwide.
In May 1998, Lieutenant-General Crabbe was promoted in the Order of Military Merit to the grade of Commander. Lieutenant-General Crabbe retired from the Canadian Forces in October 1998. Lieutenant-General Crabbe is a graduate of the Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College, Kingston ON, the Canadian Forces Staff College, Toronto ON, and the United States Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk VA. In May 2010, Lieutenant-General Crabbe was appointed as the Colonel of the Regiment of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry and held this appointment until June 2015.
He now resides in East St Paul MB and is the past Chairman of Southport Aerospace Centre Inc. in Portage La Prairie, past President of the Royal Military Institute of Manitoba, past Chair of the International Steering Committee of the Multinational Standby High Readiness Brigade for United Nations operations and is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of the Manitoba Division of the Corps of Commissionaires. He is a member of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles Senate and a Trustee of the Rifle’s Foundation. He remains active in defence and security matters as well as foreign affairs, and operates a consulting business. He is married to the former Brenda Freeman of Killarney MB. They have two children, Lia and Derek, and four grandchildren.