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Order of Military Merit Investiture Ceremony

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December 7, 2010

Governor General to Invest 51 Individuals 

into the Order of Military Merit

OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, will preside over an Order of Military Merit investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Thursday, December 9, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. The Governor General, who is chancellor of the Order, will bestow the honour on two Commanders, 10 Officers and 39 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 list of recipients and additional information on the Order of Military Merit are attached.


Media who would like to conduct interviews with the recipients are asked to contact the Department of National Defence. Those wishing to cover the ceremony are asked to inform the Rideau Hall Press Office, and must arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance no later than 10:45 a.m.

For information on the ceremony:
Marie-Pierre Bélanger
Rideau Hall Press Office

For information on the recipients:
Department of National Defence
Media Liaison Office


Media are asked to observe the following schedule:
11:00 a.m.:      Ceremony begins
                        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.:      Ceremony ends
12:15 p.m.:      Media interviews with recipients



Rear-Admiral Robert Andrew Davidson, C.M.M., C.D.

Strategic Joint Staff

Ottawa, Ontario

Major-General David A. Fraser, C.M.M., M.S.C., M.S.M., C.D.

This is a promotion within the Order.

Canadian Forces Joint Headquarters

Kingston, Ontario


Captain(N) Richard Bergeron, O.M.M., C.D.

Deputy Commander North American Aerospace Defence Command

Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.A

Major Steven Card, O.M.M., C.D.

1 Engineer Support Unit

Moncton, New Brunswick

Colonel F. Paul Crober, O.M.M., C.D.

Joint Task Force Pacific Headquarters

Victoria, British Columbia

Commander Christopher Deere, O.M.M., C.D.

National Defence Headquarters

Chief of the Maritime Staff

Ottawa, Ontario

Colonel Derek W. Joyce, O.M.M., C.D.

14 Wing

Greenwood, Nova Scotia

Colonel Craig King, O.M.M., C.D., M.B.E.

Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre

Denwood, Alberta

Captain(N) Colin Plows, O.M.M., C.D.

National Defence Headquarters

Chief of the Maritime Staff

Ottawa, Ontario

Captain(N) Daniel Sing, O.M.M., C.D.

Director General Maritime Force Development

Ottawa, Ontario

Colonel Pierre St-Amand, O.M.M., C.D.

4 Wing

Cold Lake, Alberta

Colonel Christopher Thurrott, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Joint Support Group Headquarters

Kingston, Ontario


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

1 Canadian Air Division Headquarters

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Warrant Officer Charles Brady, M.M.M., C.D.

7th Toronto Regiment RCA

Toronto, Ontario

Warrant Officer Linda Chassé, M.M.M., C.D.

5 Service Battalion

Courcelette, Quebec

Master Warrant Officer Dale Coble, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Base Area Support Unit Edmonton

Edmonton, Alberta

Chief Warrant Officer William Dalke, M.M.M., C.D.

16 Wing Headquarters

Borden, Ontario

Warrant Officer Edward Dallow, M.M.M., C.D.

Land Force Central Area Training Centre Detachment

Petawawa, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer Kirk Drew, M.M.M., C.D.

The Essex and Kent Scottish Regiment

Windsor, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Elizabeth Dunsmore, M.M.M., C.D.

19 Air Maintenance Squadron

Lazo, British Columbia

Master Warrant Officer Pierre Frenette, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Base Area Support Unit Montreal

Montréal, Quebec

Captain Douglas Gayton, M.M.M., C.D.

15th Field Artillery Regiment (RCA)

Vancouver, British Columbia

Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Gilles Grégoire, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Naval Engineering School Halifax

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Chief Warrant Officer Stéphane Guy, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Defence Academy Headquarters

Kingston, Ontario

Major Carmen Hamel, M.M.M., C.D.

Regional Cadet Instructor School Eastern

Richelain, Quebec

Master Warrant Officer James Jeckell, M.M.M., C.D.

436 Transport Squadron

Astra, Ontario

Captain Lennard Johnston, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering

Borden, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Roger King, M.M.M., C.D.

Directorate Land Command and Information

Ottawa, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer J. S. Michel Lavallée, M.M.M., C.D.

The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery School

Oromocto, New Brunswick

Captain Patrick Lee, M.M.M., C.D.

36 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Thomas Lizotte, M.M.M., C.D.

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Halifax

Halifax, Nova Scotia

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

Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe

Brunssum, Netherlands

Chief Warrant Officer Michael Lawrence McDonald, M.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.

Land Force Doctrine and Training System Headquarters

Kingston, Ontario

Sergeant Sandra Melanson, M.M.M., C.D.

8 Wing

Astra, Ontario

Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric Meredith, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt

Victoria, British Columbia

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

1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment

 Petawawa, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Carol Monsigneur, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School

Richelain, Quebec

Warrant Officer Russell Mullen, M.M.M., C.D.

Land Force Western Area Training Centre

Denwood, Alberta

Master Warrant Officer Sean Murphy, M.M.M., C.D.

Headquarters, Air Education and Training Command, 533rd Training Squadron

Vandenberg AFB, California, U.S.A

Petty Officer 2nd Class Peter Neville, M.M.M., C.D.

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Montréal

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Chief Warrant Officer Marc Pelletier, M.M.M., C.D.

8 Wing

Astra, Ontario

Warrant Officer Stephen Piccolo, M.M.M., C.D.

1 Service Battalion Edmonton

Edmonton, Alberta

Captain Lorne Plemel, M.M.M., C.D.

4th Air Defence Regiment Royal Canadian Artillery

Moncton, New Brunswick

Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Radimer, M.M.M., C.D.

Joint Task Force Atlantic Headquarters

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick J. J. Saunders, M.M.M., C.D.

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Montréal

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Master Warrant Officer Marco Séguin, M.M.M., C.D.

5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters and Signals Squadron

Courcelette, Quebec

Master Warrant Officer Sharman Thomas, M.M.M., C.D.

39 Combat Engineer Regiment

Chilliwack, British Columbia

Captain Darren Turner, M.M.M., C.D.

2 Combat Engineer Regiment

Petawawa, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer Armand Vinet, M.M.M., C.D.

Infantry School

Oromocto, New Brunswick

Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin Woods, M.M.M., C.D.

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Regina

Victoria, British Columbia

Captain Gregory Zwicker, M.M.M., C.D.

Land Force Western Area Headquarters

Edmonton, Alberta

* Please note that the information in this media advisory was provided by the Department of National Defence and reflects the rank and posting of the members at the time of their nomination.


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 2009, for instance, 111 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.