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Governor General to Present 39 Military Decorations

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October 29, 2010

Governor General to Present 39 Military Decorations at Rideau Hall

OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, will present Military Valour Decorations and Meritorious Service Decorations (Military Division) to members of the Canadian and allied forces, on Tuesday, November 2,  2010, at 10:30 a.m., at Rideau Hall.

The Governor General will present three Medals of Military Valour to members of the Canadian Forces who have displayed gallantry and devotion to duty in combat, as well as two Meritorious Service Crosses (Military Division) and 34 Meritorious Service Medals (Military Division) to individuals whose specific achievements have brought honour to the Canadian Forces and to Canada.

A media schedule for the presentation ceremony, a list of recipients and their citations, as well as additional information on Military Valour Decorations and Meritorious Service Decorations (Military Division) are attached.

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Please note that among the 39 recipients that will participate in the November 2, 2010 ceremony, 13 of them were also listed in a media advisory announcing the awarding of their decorations, which was released yesterday, October 28, 2010 (http://www.gg.ca/document.aspx?id=13914&lan=eng). The remaining recipients were announced in previous news releases.

Media who would like to conduct interviews with the recipients are asked to contact the Department of National Defence Media Liaison Office. Those wishing to cover the ceremony are asked to contact the Rideau Hall Press Office and must arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance no later than 10:15 a.m.

For information on the ceremony

Marie-Pierre Bélanger
Rideau Hall Press Office
(613) 998-9166
marie-pierre.belanger@gg.ca  
www.gg.ca  

For information on the recipients

Department of National Defence
Media Liaison Office
1-866-377-0811
(613) 996-2353
www.forces.gc.ca


CEREMONY SCHEDULE

Members of the media are asked to observe the following schedule:

10:30 a.m.:      Ceremony begins
                        The Governor General speaks
                        The Governor General presents the military decorations
                        The Chief of the Defence Staff speaks
11:30 a.m.:      Ceremony ends
11:45 a.m.:      Media interviews with recipients


RECIPIENTS

MILITARY VALOUR DECORATIONS

Medal of Military Valour

Master Corporal Paul Alexander Munroe, M.M.V., C.D.

Stonewall and Swan River, Man.

Corporal Joshua O’Toole, M.M.V.

Hampton, N.B.

Master Corporal Paul D. Rachynski, M.M.V.

Edmonton and Bonnyville, Alta.


MERITORIOUS SERVICE DECORATIONS

Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

Sergeant Joseph Martin Brink, M.S.C.

Sylvan Lake, Alta.

Brigadier-General Joseph René Marcel Guy Laroche, O.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.

Québec, Que.


Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Major Geoffrey Arthur Abthorpe, M.S.M., C.D.

Thunder Bay, Ont.

Lieutenant-Colonel Roger Ronald Barrett, M.S.M., C.D.

Ottawa, Ont.

Colonel Tony Battista, M.S.M., C.D.

Montréal, Que.

Corporal Joseph Rudolf Éric Beauclair, M.S.M., C.D.

Trenton, Ont.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Barbara Agnes Benson, M.S.M., C.D.

Isle aux Morts, N.L.

Major Timothy Charles Byers, M.S.M., C.D.

Belleisle Creek, N.B.

Lieutenant-Colonel Scott Norman Clancy, M.S.M., C.D.

Ottawa, Ont.

Lieutenant-Colonel Gordon David Corbould, M.S.M., C.D.

Belleville, Ont. and Bella Coola, B.C.

Chief Warrant Officer Robert Daly, M.S.M., C.D.

Lincoln, N.B.

Captain Wayne Craig Desjardins, M.B., M.S.M., C.D.

North Bay, Ont.

Chief Warrant Officer Patrick Joseph Earles, M.S.M., C.D.

Mount Pearl, N.L.

Colonel Richard Gervais, M.S.M., C.D.

Ottawa, Ont.

Colonel J. J. Martin Girard, M.S.M., C.D.

Gatineau, Que.

Commodore Richard Weston Greenwood, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Powell River, B.C.

Sergeant Renay Marie Groves, M.S.M., C.D.

St. John’s, N.L.

Master Warrant Officer John William Hooyer, M.S.M., C.D.

Brantford, Ont.

Lieutenant-Colonel James Andrew Irvine, M.S.M., C.D.

Belleville, Ont.

Chief Warrant Officer Michael Raymond Lacharite, M.S.M., C.D.

Edmonton, Alta.

Colonel Jean-Marc Lanthier, M.S.C., M.S.M., C.D.

Québec, Que.

Captain Tyler Lavigne, M.S.M.

Bathurst, N.B.

Major Martin Andre Lipcsey, M.S.M., C.D.

Ottawa, Ont.

Captain Steven E. Luce, M.S.M. (United States Navy)

Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.

Major Joseph Gilbert Léon McCauley, M.S.M., C.D.

Sherbrooke and Gatineau, Que.

Captain(N) Arthur Gerard McDonald, M.S.M., C.D.

New Waterford, N.S.

Chief Warrant Officer Mark Henry Miller, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Minto, N.B.

Lieutenant-Colonel Scott Miller, M.S.M.
(United States Air Force)

Las Vegas, Nevada and Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Major Steven John Vincent Nolan, M.S.M., C.D.

Whitby and Scarborough, Ont.

Lieutenant-Colonel Christopher Kenneth Penny, M.S.M.

Ottawa, Ont.

Captain Jeffrey Middleton Powell, M.S.M.

Clinton, Ont.

Lieutenant-Colonel Joseph Stephen Shipley, M.S.M., C.D.

Windsor Junction and Halifax, N.S.

Corporal Curtis J. Stephens, M.S.M.

Victoria, B.C.

Lieutenant-Colonel Duart Paul Townsend, M.S.M., C.D.

Toronto, Ont.

Captain(N) Thomas Charles Tulloch, M.S.M., C.D.

Peterborough, Ont.

Captain Connie Noreen Watson, M.S.M., C.D.

Winnipeg, Man.

Please note that the information in this media advisory reflects the rank of the recipient at the time of the event for which they are being recognized.


CITATIONS

MILITARY VALOUR DECORATIONS


Warrant Officer Micheal William Jackson, M.M.V., C.D.
Abbotsford, British Columbia
Master Corporal Paul Alexander Munroe, M.M.V., C.D.
Stonewall and Swan River, Manitoba
Medal of Military Valour

In the midst of a three-hour battle in Afghanistan on August 19, 2006, Warrant Officer Jackson and Master Corporal Munroe’s platoon was forced to conduct a withdrawal while under enemy fire. Fully exposed to the violence of the enemy, these soldiers risked their lives to coordinate the safe movement of personnel and damaged vehicles. Their heroic actions under constant fire enabled the platoon to regroup and continue the fight, while denying the enemy an opportunity to capture and make use of stricken Canadian equipment.

Warrant Officer Jackson will receive his insignia at a later date.

Corporal Joshua O’Toole, M.M.V.
Hampton, New Brunswick
Medal of Military Valour

On October 21, 2008, Corporal O’Toole was manning the defensive tower of a combat outpost, in Afghanistan, when it was attacked by insurgents. As rounds impacted the tower and rocket-propelled grenades sailed over his head, Corporal O’Toole left the security of his location to fire an anti-armour weapon at the attackers’ location. After a successful hit, he remained in a highly vulnerable position, taking up a heavy machine gun to continue returning fire. Corporal O’Toole’s fearless and relentless actions suppressed the enemy, allowing friendly forces to quickly establish defensive positions and defeat the attack.

Master Corporal Paul D. Rachynski, M.M.V.
Edmonton and Bonnyville, Alberta
Medal of Military Valour

On May 6, 2008, a Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team patrol was ambushed in the Zhari district of Afghanistan. After neutralizing the initial threat, Master Corporal Rachynski selflessly led both Canadian and Afghan soldiers through heavy insurgent fire to rejoin his besieged patrol. Master Corporal Rachynski’s determination and calm under fire allowed his patrol to evacuate the wounded and execute a fighting withdrawal with no further casualties.


MERITORIOUS SERVICE DECORATIONS


Sergeant Joseph Martin
Brink, M.S.C.
Sylvan Lake, Alberta
Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

On January 15, 2006, Sergeant Brink demonstrated exemplary leadership as the section commander during an attack on his patrol convoy by a suicide vehicle borne improvised explosive device. He quickly established a security perimeter and sent a detailed report to command headquarters, which allowed for the rapid dispatch of the quick reaction force to provide assistance at the scene. He then entered a burning, overturned and ammunition-laden vehicle to render aid to a trapped and seriously injured soldier until that soldier could be safely extracted. Sergeant Brink’s perseverance and performance under extreme duress were exceptional.

Brigadier-General Joseph René Marcel Guy Laroche, O.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.
Québec, Quebec
Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

Following the earthquake in Haiti, Brigadier-General Laroche modelled and developed an operation plan within a multinational and inter-agency framework, which quickly distinguished itself from those of the other military forces. Brigadier-General Laroche’s altruism and his capacity to analyze operational issues, combined with his close collaboration with the Canadian Ambassador, the Prime Minister of Haiti, and the forces in place, enabled Canada to be one of the first countries to contribute humanitarian assistance to the Haitian people, from January to March 2010.

This is the second Meritorious Service Cross for Brigadier-General Laroche.

Major Geoffrey Arthur Abthorpe, M.S.M., C.D.
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

While deployed to Afghanistan from August 2006 to February 2007, Major Abthorpe was instrumental to the success of counter-insurgency operations in Kandahar province. As a company commander during intense combat, his sound tactical acumen and courage under fire enabled his company to seize and hold key terrain despite being isolated from the larger Canadian battle group and being in constant contact with the enemy. These daring independent advances helped secure the battle group’s flanks and enabled a full-scale attack that defeated the enemy in the region.

Lieutenant-Colonel Roger Ronald Barrett, M.S.M., C.D.
Ottawa, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

From September 2008 to April 2009, Lieutenant-Colonel Barrett’s command of 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group, enabled Joint Task Force Afghanistan to adopt and sustain an offensive spirit. Fully embracing intelligence-led operations, he determined the insurgents’ weaknesses and attacked them relentlessly and with precision. Lieutenant-Colonel Barrett’s outstanding leadership forged a highly disciplined Battle Group that successfully dismantled extensive improvised explosive device networks, uncovered numerous enemy supply caches and overtook insurgent command and control cells.

Colonel Tony Battista, M.S.M., C.D.
Montréal, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

From 2006 through 2010, Colonel Battista, as the Canadian defence attaché to Germany, greatly contributed to Canada’s relationship with that country. He was instrumental in preparing Canadian Forces troops for service in Afghanistan. He advanced Canadian initiatives such as research into, and the acquisition of, new German equipment and its associated training, most notably for the Leopard 2 tank. He also successfully promoted German participation in the International Security Assistance Force and partnership with the Canadian Forces Staff Officer School in Kabul. Furthermore, his compassionate oversight of wounded Canadian soldiers convalescing in Germany was exemplary. Throughout his tenure, Colonel Battista was an outstanding envoy and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces and to Canada.

Corporal Joseph Rudolf Éric Beauclair, M.S.M., C.D.
Trenton, Ontario
Captain Wayne Craig Desjardins, M.B., M.S.M., C.D.
North Bay, Ontario
Corporal Emelie Pilon, M.S.M.
Mississauga, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

In response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Captain Desjardins, Corporal Beauclair and Corporal Pilon were sent as part of the inaugural deployment of the Canadian Forces Urban Search and Rescue team, from January to March 2010. Tasked with locating, extracting and recovering Canadian and foreign human remains, these three individuals helped to ease the suffering of many families through their unrelenting and compassionate efforts, and were an inspiration to their team and international partners. Despite the mental and physical demands of this horrific and complex operation, they maintained an unwavering dedication that brought great credit to the Canadian Forces and to Canada.

Corporal Pilon will receive her insignia at a later date.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Barbara Agnes Benson, M.S.M., C.D.
Isle aux Morts, Newfoundland and Labrador
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

From 2007 through 2009, Petty Officer 2nd Class Benson demonstrated outstanding leadership and operational effectiveness while assigned to the Naval Ocean Processing Facility Whidbey Island, U.S.A. With her expertise and mentoring skills, she was able to transform her team members into top performers. Her leadership and training of multinational sailors significantly contributed to the success of the Facility and will have a lasting and positive impact.

Major Timothy Charles Byers, M.S.M., C.D.
Belleisle Creek, New Brunswick
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

From May 2008 through March 2009, Major Byers exhibited professionalism, foresight and leadership in his capacity as commander 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group during the planning and execution of Exercise WESTERN SPIRIT. The exercise included an arduous 37-day snowmobile trek, during which he led the patrol through severe arctic conditions, highlighting the capabilities of Canadian Rangers in over 25 northern communities. The success of this Exercise and its connection with Canadians in the North brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.

Lieutenant-Colonel Scott Norman Clancy, M.S.M., C.D.
Ottawa, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

In response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Lieutenant-Colonel Clancy was deployed as the air component commander of Joint Task Force Haiti, from January to March 2010. Optimizing the employment of all capabilities under his command, he ensured the uninterrupted aerial delivery of personnel and supplies critical to the success of the disaster relief operations. His outstanding leadership and unrelenting drive enabled Canada and its international partners to help ease the suffering of the Haitian people, and enhanced Canada’s reputation on the world stage.

Lieutenant-Colonel Gordon David Corbould, M.S.M., C.D.
Belleville, Ontario and Bella Coola, British Columbia
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Lieutenant-Colonel Corbould was deployed to Afghanistan as commanding officer of the Battle Group from February to September 2008. His exceptional leadership enabled the entire task force to maintain an offensive spirit throughout an intense summer fighting season. His combat acumen, adaptability and visionary planning contributed to the achievement of key tactical victories and stronger interpersonal bonds between coalition forces and local Afghans. Lieutenant-Colonel Corbould’s courage and calm ensured the Battle Group’s operational success, furthering NATO objectives in Afghanistan.

Chief Warrant Officer Robert Daly, M.S.M., C.D.
Lincoln, New Brunswick
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Chief Warrant Officer Daly’s leadership of a diverse group of people, combined with his expert advice to superiors and subordinates alike, ensured the success of the National Support Element in its mission to support troops in Afghanistan. Sharing the risks of combat logistics patrols with those he led, he set the example for them to follow and ensured the provision of logistics requirements to the units they supported. His efforts and perseverance directly contributed to the operational success of Canadian and coalition forces from February to September 2008.

Chief Warrant Officer Patrick Joseph Earles, M.S.M., C.D.
Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Chief Warrant Officer Earles deployed to Afghanistan as regimental sergeant-major of the National Support Element, the logistics unit tasked with supporting the Canadian Forces in theatre, from January to August 2006. A courageous man, his inspired leadership and tireless example bolstered morale and confidence throughout the unit and inspired perseverance during a tour replete with difficult times for all concerned. Whether providing sound advice to his commanding officer or sharing the risk on the ground, Chief Warrant Officer Earles’ leadership and dedication ensured the successful provision of logistical support across Afghanistan.

Colonel Richard Gervais, M.S.M., C.D.
Ottawa, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Colonel Gervais was deployed to the Sinai Peninsula as chief of liaison for the Multinational Forces and Observers and as commander of Task Force El Gorah, from July 2008 to July 2009. During times of open hostility and great regional tensions along the Egypt-Israel border, his tactful diplomacy ensured effective communications between all parties, which was essential to maintaining or restoring calm. Colonel Gervais’ diplomatic skills contributed to the operational strength of the Task Force, highlighting Canada’s contribution to the greater Middle East peace process.

Colonel J. J. Martin Girard, M.S.M., C.D.
Gatineau, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Colonel Girard was deployed to Haiti as the commander of Task Force Port-au-Prince from July 2008 to August 2009. Occupying a senior leadership role as the chief of staff to the United Nations force commander, he established relationships with key stakeholders that facilitated the operations of the international stabilization mission. His outstanding coordination of 7 000 multinational soldiers and interaction with international aid agencies enabled an organized relief effort during Haiti’s hurricane crisis, played a prominent role in supporting senatorial elections and led to the implementation of a quick-reaction force that quickly quelled rioting in the country.

Commodore Richard Weston Greenwood, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
Powell River, British Columbia
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Commodore Greenwood, Director General of Maritime Equipment Program Management from 2006 through 2010, showed exemplary leadership, hard work and visionary focus during his tenure. The implementation of the Halifax-Class Modernization project, the Victoria-Class weapons handling and discharge system, and the Orca-Class project to replace the navy’s fleet of training vessels, illustrate Commodore Greenwood’s tremendous contributions to Canada’s maritime capability. His efforts will help the fleet in its continuing ability to respond effectively to the challenges to come.    

Sergeant Renay Marie Groves, M.S.M., C.D.
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Sergeant Groves has been the creator and motivator behind three projects: Notes from Home Campaign, Tour Diaries and Memory Books. Her efforts have been instrumental in forwarding written notes to the deployed soldiers, in documenting their personal experiences in Afghanistan, and in producing a personalized hand-crafted memory book for the families of every fallen soldier. Sergeant Groves has actively promoted the welfare of Canadian Forces members and their families and has garnered significant support from all Canadians, coast to coast to coast.

Master Warrant Officer John William Hooyer, M.S.M., C.D.
Brantford, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Within the first six weeks of arriving in Afghanistan, Master Warrant Officer Hooyer’s company was under near-daily attack from enemy mortars and had suffered numerous casualties. His outstanding leadership as the company sergeant-major kept his soldiers operationally focused during this challenging period, as well as during a large NATO-led ground offensive. Providing exceptional support to his company commander during intense combat, Master Warrant Officer Hooyer was instrumental to the success of Alpha Company from August 2006 to February 2007.

Lieutenant-Colonel James Andrew Irvine, M.S.M., C.D.
Belleville, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

From May to June 2009, Lieutenant-Colonel Irvine led the deployment of a long-range patrol aircraft on aerial mapping missions in support of Canadian operations in Afghanistan. His exemplary leadership in the face of significant technical and logistical challenges ensured that the mission achieved a measure of success beyond that originally envisioned. The resulting imagery and mapping products gave Canadian and allied ground forces a tactical advantage over the enemy and provided government agencies with powerful tools to assess infrastructure and other critical elements on the ground.

Chief Warrant Officer Michael Raymond Lacharite, M.S.M., C.D.
Edmonton, Alberta
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Chief Warrant Officer Lacharite was deployed to Afghanistan as the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team’s regimental sergeant-major from February 2008 to February 2009. His guidance enabled military support to civilian agencies and ensured their enhanced understanding of the military’s mission, capabilities and culture. A stabilizing influence at Camp Nathan Smith, Chief Warrant Officer Lacharite forged an effective civilian-military team that advanced good governance and development in the region.

Colonel Jean-Marc Lanthier, M.S.C., M.S.M., C.D.
Québec, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Colonel Lanthier was deployed as the deputy commander of Joint Task Force Haiti, in Port-au-Prince, from January to March 2010. In that capacity, he coordinated all of the JTF’s tactical and operational efforts. His experience, personal commitment and obvious capacity to work in a challenging environment greatly contributed to the enviable reputation enjoyed by the Canadian Forces and by Canada.

Captain Tyler Lavigne, M.S.M.
Bathurst, New Brunswick
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As the information management officer from November 2008 to April 2009, Captain Lavigne contributed to the concurrent establishment of the Joint Task Force Afghanistan Air Wing, the Canadian Helicopter Force Afghanistan and a Canadian unmanned aerial vehicle detachment. His innovative solutions and ability to balance competing priorities enabled him to implement multiple command and control systems in an austere environment. Captain Lavigne’s leadership and professionalism ensured that units received the communications support necessary for the rapid commencement of flying operations.

Major Martin Andre Lipcsey, M.S.M., C.D.
Ottawa, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

During a large NATO-led ground offensive, Major Lipcsey was pivotal to the planning and execution of complex brigade and battle group operations in Afghanistan, from August 2006 to February 2007. His tactical acumen, soldiering ability and combat leadership ensured ongoing success throughout high intensity battles. Major Lipcsey’s command presence and professionalism directly contributed to the operational success of the battle group and reinforced Canada’s reputation as an effective fighting force.

Captain Steven E. Luce, M.S.M. (United States Navy)
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States of America
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

From 2006 through 2009, Captain Luce demonstrated outstanding professionalism and initiative in his duties as the United States naval attaché to Canada. His contributions to a number of Canadian Forces programs and projects—most notably the Canadian Submarine Program, the Joint Support Ship Project and the Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship Project—were invaluable to Canadian naval operations and significantly enhanced
co-operation and relations between Canada and the United States. 

Major Joseph Gilbert Léon McCauley, M.S.M., C.D.
Sherbrooke and Gatineau, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

In response to a series of incidents that severely disrupted Canada’s aerial surveillance capability in Afghanistan, Major McCauley was deployed on short notice to Kandahar Airfield in June 2008. Assuming temporary command of the Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Detachment, he strengthened the unit and set the conditions for its ongoing viability.  He later assumed full command of the unit and ensured that its members continued to provide exceptional support to the task force until September 2008. Major McCauley’s leadership and technical knowledge ensured the delivery of critical intelligence and surveillance information to Canadian Forces in Afghanistan.

Captain(N) Arthur Gerard McDonald, M.S.M., C.D.
New Waterford, Nova Scotia
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Captain(N) McDonald was deployed as the maritime component commander of Joint Task Force Haiti, from January to March 2010. His detailed understanding of the conduct of joint land operations, in the context of humanitarian assistance and recovery, was at the source of the very successful land and sea operations led by Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships Halifax and Athabaskan. This, combined with his dynamic leadership, enabled the delivery of necessary supplies, labour and security to a ravaged landscape. His decisive actions had an immediate and enduring positive effect on the disaster zone, greatly contributing to Canada’s international reputation.

Chief Warrant Officer Mark Henry Miller, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
Minto, New Brunswick
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

From December 2006 to February 2007, Chief Warrant Officer Miller rose to the challenge of replacing the battle group’s Regimental Sergeant-Major, who had been killed in combat. Arriving in Afghanistan on short notice and without the benefit of full deployment training, he immediately found himself involved in intense combat. Throughout this battle and during all subsequent operations, his frontline leadership maintained the battle group’s fighting spirit. Chief Warrant Officer Miller’s ability to quickly and tactfully assume his responsibilities and establish his presence ensured the unit’s continued operational effectiveness.

Lieutenant-Colonel Scott Miller, M.S.M. (United States Air Force)
Las Vegas, Nevada and Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Colonel Theodore E. Osowski, M.S.M. (United States Air Force)
Las Vegas, Nevada and Flushing, Michigan, United States of America
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Lieutenant-Colonel Miller and Colonel Osowski commanded the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron and the 451st Air Expeditionary Group, respectively, in Afghanistan, from September 2008 to April 2009. Their units’ seamless integration with the Canadian Battle Group ensured uninterrupted access to dedicated close air support, resulting in successful operations against insurgents across Kandahar province. Whether personally flying missions, providing advice to the Battle Group commander or ensuring their units’ technical and tactical excellence, Lieutenant-Colonel Miller’s and Colonel Osowski’s efforts diminished insurgent fighting ability, saved Canadian lives and enhanced the Task Force’s operational effectiveness.

Colonel Osowski will receive his insignia at a later date.

Major Steven John Vincent Nolan, M.S.M., C.D.
Whitby and Scarborough, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Major Nolan was deployed to Afghanistan as a mentor to the commanding officer of an Afghan National Army infantry battalion from September 2008 to April 2009. During multiple combat operations, he provided frontline mentorship to his Afghan counterpart, enabling him to succeed in a chaotic environment while under fire. Whether operating independently or with coalition units, his mentorship promoted the development of sound operational plans and successful schemes of manoeuvre. Major Nolan’s outstanding leadership and professionalism were instrumental to the Afghan battalion’s operational success.

Lieutenant-Colonel Christopher Kenneth Penny, M.S.M.
Ottawa, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Starting in 2007, Lieutenant-Colonel Penny was a member of and military legal advisor to the Canadian delegation that negotiated the Convention on Cluster Munitions. He played a principal and critical role in the development and inclusion of a provision in the Convention protecting the interoperability between States Parties and non-States Parties. His leadership has greatly contributed to Canada’s ability to conduct and command future combined military operations with non-States Parties that are also key allies.

Master Corporal Joseph Léonard Arsenault, M.S.M., C.D.
Antigonish, Nova Scotia
Major Jonathan Claude Yvon Bouchard, M.S.M., C.D.
Montréal, Quebec
Captain Jeffrey Middleton Powell, M.S.M.
Clinton, Ontario
Master Corporal Jeffrey Gordon Spence, M.S.M., C.D.
Kamloops, British Columbia
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

On November 19, 2008, the aircrew of Rescue 903, a Cormorant Search and Rescue helicopter, rescued three stranded sailors from their rapidly sinking dredging barge off the coast of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The aircrew consisted of aircraft commander Captain Powell; first officer Major Bouchard; flight engineer Master Corporal Arsenault; and Master Corporal Spence, a search and rescue technician under training. Flying through hazardous, icy conditions, with winds of up to 40 knots and six-metre seas, the aircraft arrived on scene with minimal fuel to spare. Over the next hour, the crew proceeded to hoist the three sailors onboard the aircraft, one by one, as darkness approached. Shortly after the successful rescue, while the aircraft was proceeding to shore, the barge was reported sunk. Tremendous effort, focus on the mission and the utmost in aircrew coordination resulted in three lives being saved that day.

Master Corporal Arsenault, Major Bouchard and Master Corporal Spence will receive their insignia at a later date.

Lieutenant-Colonel Joseph Stephen Shipley, M.S.M., C.D.
Windsor Junction and Halifax, Nova Scotia
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Lieutenant-Colonel Shipley was deployed as the commanding officer of the Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team (OMLT) in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, from September 2008 to April 2009. His understanding of Afghan culture and firm grasp of existing Afghan capabilities enabled him to greatly increase the Afghan National Army’s capacity to take a lead role in the struggle against insurgents in the province. His operational focus and commanding presence not only brought an Afghan brigade to competency, but also provided inspiration to the entire OMLT.

Corporal Curtis J. Stephens, M.S.M.
Victoria, British Columbia
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

On May 16, 2008, Corporal Stephens’ patrol was attacked by a suicide bomber in Zhari district, Afghanistan. With his sergeant among the wounded, he assumed command and led his section through a successful engagement and eventual return to its post. While still in charge six days later, his tactical skill and command presence were instrumental in another engagement with insurgents. Working at a level well above that expected of his rank, Corporal Stephens’ exemplary combat leadership inspired his section and enabled their operational success.

Lieutenant-Colonel Duart Paul Townsend, M.S.M., C.D.
Toronto, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As project director, Lieutenant-Colonel Townsend led the team responsible for fielding the interim medium lift capability for operations in Afghanistan, the goal of which was to reduce reliance upon ground movements and their inherent risk from ambush. A proactive leader with unequalled mission focus, he overcame many obstacles and unexpected challenges, enabling the successful and timely delivery of Chinook helicopters to the Canadian Forces. 

Captain(N) Thomas Charles Tulloch, M.S.M., C.D.
Peterborough, Ontario
 Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

While deployed at sea on February 5, 2010, Captain(N) Tulloch was acting commander of NATO’s Standing Naval Maritime Group 1 in the absence of its commodore. At mid-morning, he was alerted that Antigua and Barbuda-flagged Motor Vessel Ariella had been boarded by pirates. Hampered by communications problems and unable to contact his commander, he took immediate action and led the multinational coalition of ships and helicopters to the rescue. Under Captain(N) Tulloch’s leadership, Standing Naval Maritime Group 1 was able to combat and apprehend the pirate vessel without injury or loss of life, bringing great credit to NATO and to Canada.

Captain Connie Noreen Watson, M.S.M., C.D.
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

In response to the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010, Captain Watson was deployed as a nursing officer, from January to March of that year. Her coordination with the Canadian Embassy, with medical professionals and with other key stakeholders ensured that as many earthquake victims as possible received thorough medical treatment, despite having only basic medical equipment at her disposal and lacking normal shelter facilities. Her unwavering determination, medical expertise, leadership and professionalism were critical to the successful and expeditious evacuation of over 4 000 Canadians, including those with life-threatening illnesses and injuries. Her efforts brought great credit to the Canadian Forces and to Canada.

FACT SHEET ON MILITARY VALOUR DECORATIONS

The three Military Valour Decorations, namely the Victoria Cross, the Star of Military Valour and the Medal of Military Valour, were created by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, on January 1, 1993. The Decorations may be awarded posthumously.

The Victoria Cross is awarded for the most conspicuous bravery, a daring or pre‑eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice, or extreme devotion to duty, in the presence of the enemy.

The Star of Military Valour is awarded for distinguished and valiant service in the presence of the enemy.

The Medal of Military Valour is awarded for an act of valour or devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy.

Anyone can propose a nomination for the Military Valour Decorations. If a member of our Canadian Forces meets the criteria, a submission will be made through the member’s chain of command for consideration by the Military Valour Decorations Advisory Committee, and the governor general.

For all three Military Valour Decorations, recipients must be a member of the Canadian Forces or a member of an allied force that is serving with, or in conjunction with, the Canadian Forces, on or after January 1, 1993.

FACT SHEET ON MERITORIOUS SERVICE DECORATIONS

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.