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Meritorious Service Decoration (Military Division)

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July 26, 2010

Governor General Announces the Awarding and the Presentation of a Meritorious Service Decoration (Military Division)

OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, is pleased to announce the awarding of a Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division) to Colonel Michael McLean, of the Canadian Forces. On behalf of the Governor General, the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Walter Natynczyk, presented the insignia to Colonel McLean during a ceremony at National Defence Headquarters, on July 26, 2010.

Colonel McLean’s citation follows. For additional information on the Meritorious Service Decorations, please see Annex A.

Colonel Michael McLean, O.M.M., C.D.
Summerside, Prince Edward Island and Ottawa, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As the director Protocol and Foreign Liaison, Colonel McLean has been the inspirational force behind the renewal of the Canadian Defence Attachés program, an essential part of our diplomatic missions abroad. Through his formidable work and initiative, he established the groundwork for implementing policy changes that not only allowed the Canadian Forces to garner support from the program’s many partners, but also strengthened the program’s relevance for future generations. Colonel McLean is commended for his outstanding contributions to the attachés program.


Media information:

Marie-Pierre Bélanger
Rideau Hall Press Office

Department of National Defence Media Liaison Office


The Meritorious Service Decorations include a military division and a civil division, with two levels each: a medal and a cross. The military division recognizes individuals for their outstanding professionalism and for bringing honour to the Canadian Forces and to Canada. The civil division recognizes individuals who have performed an exceptional deed or an activity that brought honour to the community or to Canada.

The Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division) recognizes a military deed or activity that has been performed in an outstandingly professional manner, according to a rare high standard that brings considerable benefit or great honour to the Canadian Forces. 

The Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division) recognizes a military deed or activity performed in a highly professional manner, according to a very high standard that brings benefit or honour to the Canadian Forces.

These decorations are an important part of the Canadian Honours System, which recognizes excellence. Meritorious Service Decorations honour either a single achievement or an activity over a specified period. The Meritorious Service Decorations are open to both Canadians and non-Canadians.

Anyone may nominate an individual for the civil division of the Meritorious Service Decorations, while military candidates are recommended by the chief of the Defence Staff. Nominations and awards may be made posthumously, but nominations for activities that occurred prior to June 1984, the year in which the honour was first created, are not accepted.