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Order of Military Merit

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February 24, 2010

Governor General to Invest 54 Individuals
into the Order of Military Merit


OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, will preside over an Order of Military Merit investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Friday, February 26, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. The Governor General, who is Chancellor of the Order, will bestow the honour on four Commanders, 13 Officers and 37 Members.

The Order of Military Merit was created in 1972 to recognize meritorious service and devotion to duty by members of the Canadian Forces. The Order has three levels of membership: Commander (C.M.M.), Officer (O.M.M.) and Member (M.M.M.). The information in this press release was provided by the Department of National Defence and reflects the rank and posting of the members at the time of their nomination. A complete list of recipients is attached.

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Media information

Marie-Ève Létourneau (Information on Ceremony)
Rideau Hall Press Office 
613-998-0287 
www.gg.ca / www.citizensvoices.ca

Media Liaison Office (Information on Recipients)
Department of National Defence
613-996-2353 or 1-800-377-0811

www.forces.gc.ca 

ANNEX A - SCHEDULE
Members of the media are asked to observe the following schedule:
10:30 a.m. Media arrive at Rideau Hall
11:00 a.m. Ceremony begins
Entrance of the Governor General and the Chief of the Defence Staff
The Governor General speaks
The Governor General presents the insignia: Commanders first, followed by Officers and Members
The Chief of the Defence Staff speaks
12:00 p.m. Media interviews with recipients 

ANNEX B - RECIPIENTS


COMMANDERS

Major-General Christopher Davis, C.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Military Representative to the NATO Military Committee
Brussels, Belgium

Major-General André Deschamps, C.M.M., C.D.

Chief of the Air Staff
Ottawa, Ontario

Vice-Admiral Bruce Donaldson, C.M.M., C.D.

Canada Command Headquarters
Ottawa, Ontario

Major-General Glynne Hines, C.M.M., C.D.
This is a promotion within the Order.

Assistant Deputy Minister – Information Management
Ottawa, Ontario

OFFICERS

Colonel Lawrence Aitken, O.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Defence Academy Headquarters

Kingston, Ontario

Colonel Scott Becker, O.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Health Services Group Headquarters
Ottawa, Ontario

Colonel David Belovich, O.M.M., C.D.

Director General Compensation and Benefits

Ottawa, Ontario

Lieutenant-Colonel Troy Crosby, O.M.M., C.D.

Aerospace Equipment Program Management

Ottawa, Ontario

Major Daniel Gagnon, O.M.M., C.D.

Directorate of Land Command and Information
Ottawa, Ontario

Commodore Roger MacIsaac, O.M.M., C.D.

Director General Military Careers

Ottawa, Ontario

Colonel David Marshall, O.M.M., C.D.

National Defence Headquarters – Chief of Defence Intelligence

Ottawa, Ontario

Colonel Bruce McQuade, O.M.M., C.D.

Protocol and Foreign Liaison

Ottawa, Ontario

Brigadier-General Gary O’Brien, O.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.

Director General Land Reserve COS Land Reserve

Ottawa, Ontario

Colonel Alain Parent, O.M.M., C.D.

1 Wing Headquarters

Kingston, Ontario

Colonel Jonathan Vance, O.M.M., C.D.

1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters and Signal Squadron

Edmonton, Alberta

Major Eileen Vaughan, O.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Support Training Group Headquarters

Borden, Ontario

Colonel Kelly Woiden, O.M.M., C.D.

Land Force Western Area Headquarters

Edmonton, Alberta

MEMBERS

Master Warrant Officer Douglas Badgerow, M.M.M., C.D.

Area Support Unit London

London, Ontario

Major William Beaudoin, M.M.M., C.D.

Combat Training Centre Headquarters

Oromocto, New Brunswick

Warrant Officer Leonard R. Canam, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering

Oromocto, New Brunswick

Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Richard Clark-McKay, M.M.M., C.D.

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Algonquin

Victoria, British Columbia

Sergeant Allan Comé, M.M.M., C.D.

8 Wing

Astra, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer David Coxall, M.M.M., C.D.

1 Combat Engineer Regiment

Edmonton, Alberta

Master Warrant Officer Derek Curtis, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

103 Search and Rescue Squadron

Gander, Newfoundland

Chief Warrant Officer David Ells, M.M.M., C.D.

Land Force Central Area Training Centre

Meaford, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer Charles Fortin, M.M.M., C.D.

Joint Task Force Afghanistan

Kandahar, Afghanistan

Lieutenant-Commander Pierre Godin, M.M.M., C.D.

Regional Cadet Support Unit (Eastern)

Richelain, Quebec

Warrant Officer Luc Guillemette, M.M.M., C.D.

5 Service Battalion

Courcelette, Quebec

Chief Warrant Officer Tom Hennessey, M.M.M., C.D.

Joint Task Force (Pacific) Headquarters

Victoria, British Columbia

Captain Paul Hillier, M.M.M., C.D.

4th Air Defence Regiment Detachment Gagetown

Oromocto, New Brunswick

Master Warrant Officer Glenn Innis, M.M.M., C.D.

Land Force Western Area Headquarters

Edmonton, Alberta

Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Jacobs, M.M.M., C.D.

Fifth Maritime Operations Group Headquarters

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Master Warrant Officer Jerry Juraszko, M.M.M., C.D.

Area Support Unit London

London, Ontario

Captain Rock Labrecque, M.M.M., C.D.

35 Combat Engineer Regiment

Ste-Foy, Quebec

Sergeant Manon Langlois, M.M.M., C.D.

Directorate of Honours and Recognition

Ottawa, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Kevin Lewis, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School

Richelain, Quebec

Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Libby, M.M.M., C.D.

Mapping and Charting Establishment

Ottawa, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Jean-Guy Lizotte, M.M.M., C.D.

403 Helicopter Operational Training Squadron

Oromocto, New Brunswick

Major Leslie Mader, M.M.M., C.D.

Directorate of Land Staff

Ottawa, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Michele Manoukarakis, M.M.M., C.D.

Land Force Training System Headquarters

Kingston, Ontario

Warrant Officer John Murphy, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt

Victoria, British Columbia

Chief Warrant Officer Donald Noël, M.M.M., C.D.

55 Quebec Field Ambulance

Québec, Quebec

Major David Parker, M.M.M., C.D.

National Defence Headquarters – Chief of Land Staff

Ottawa, Ontario

Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Sharon Rideout, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Materiel Support Group Headquarters

Ottawa, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer Pedro Rosa, M.M.M., C.D.

7th Toronto Regiment RCA

Toronto, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer David Steiger, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Health Services Centre (Atlantic)

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Sergeant Albert Sutherland, M.M.M.

3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group

Borden, Ontario

Lieutenant-Commander Ian Torrie, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Health Services Centre Ottawa

Ottawa, Ontario

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Luc Tremblay, M.M.M., C.D.

National Defence Headquarters – Director General Military Careers

Ottawa, Ontario

Major Roger Tremblay, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Health Services Centre Ottawa

Ottawa, Ontario

Warrant Officer Daniel Verreault, M.M.M., C.D.

3rd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment

Courcelette, Quebec

Chief Warrant Officer Glenn Wallace, M.M.M., C.D.

17 Wing

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Master Warrant Officer Peter Whipps, M.M.M., C.D.

1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters and Signal Squadron

Edmonton, Alberta

Captain Jeff Willis, M.M.M., C.D.

Land Force Training System Headquarters

Kingston, Ontario

ANNEX C - ORDER OF MILITARY MERIT FACT SHEET

The Order of Military Merit recognizes distinctive merit and exceptional service displayed by the men and women of the Canadian Forces, both Regular and Reserve. Many have demonstrated dedication and devotion beyond the call of duty, and the Order honours them for their commitment to Canada, according to the following three levels:

The level of Commander (post-nominal: C.M.M.) recognizes outstanding meritorious service and demonstrated leadership in duties of great responsibility.

The level of Officer (post-nominal: O.M.M.) recognizes outstanding meritorious service in duties of responsibility.

The level of Member (post-nominal: M.M.M.) recognizes exceptional service or performance of duty.

Eligibility and Nominations

A commanding officer or a military advisory committee (for ranks of colonel and above) recommends to the Chief of the Defence Staff the names of those serving members of the Canadian Forces, both Regular and Reserve, they consider eligible. The Chief of the Defence Staff then submits the names to the governor general for approval.

The number of appointments per year is limited to one-tenth of one per cent of the average number of persons who were members of the Canadian Forces during the previous year. In 1997, for instance, 110 appointments were made. There are no posthumous appointments.

Recipients may be promoted within the Order. They must exchange their insignia for that which corresponds to the new level, since no member may hold more than one appointment at any time.

The Order’s constitution permits members of the armed forces of another country to be appointed as honorary Commanders, Officers and Members. Appointments are made for outstanding meritorious service to Canada or to the Canadian Forces in the performance of military duties.