Charles J. Gauthier (1927 - ) was a Major General and Associate Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) with the Department of National Defence (DND) from 1980 to 1982. He was born in North Bay, Ontario and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) in 1950. After various appointments, in 1957 Gauthier was posted as a staff officer in Tirer, West Germany. Returning to Canada in 1960, Gauthier served RCAF Station Uplands before commanding the Canadian Forces Recruiting Centre in Montreal. He spent a year at Staff College in Toronto before returning to Europe in 1968 as the Executive Assistant to the Commander of 1 Air Division. In 1973, Gauthier became Director of Policy Co-ordination and Review and, the next year, Acting Director General, Departmental Administrative Services. In 1975, he was appointed Commander of Canadian Forces Base Ottawa - a posting held until his promotion to Brigadier General and appointment as Director General Departmental Administrative Services in 1977. It was in 1980 that he was promoted Major General and appointed Associate ADM (Policy) and Chief of Evaluation. Retiring from the Forces in 1982, Gauthier became the Director General Executive Secretariat, a civilian position which he held until October 1989. In October 1989, General Gauthier began a special project, under the auspices of the Directorate of History, to research and document the formulation of Canadian defence policy from 1970 to 1990. This fonds, including the narratives listed as files 53-60, resulted from the project.