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Order of Military Merit Investiture Ceremony

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February 16, 2011

Governor General to Invest 56 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 February 18, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. The Governor General, who is chancellor of the Order, will bestow the honour on three Commanders, eight Officers and 45 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.

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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
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

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


ORDER OF MILITARY MERIT RECIPIENTS

COMMANDERS

Major-General Peter Devlin, C.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.

This is a promotion within the Order.

Canadian Expeditionary Force Command Headquarters

Ottawa, Ontario

Brigadier-General David Kettle, C.M.M., C.D.

Chaplain General

Ottawa, Ontario

Major-General Thomas James Lawson, C.M.M., C.D.

This is a promotion within the Order.

Office of Chief of the Air Staff

Ottawa, Ontario


OFFICERS

Major Kevin Caldwell, O.M.M., C.D.

Directorate Joint Capability Production

Ottawa, Ontario

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

Joint Task Force Afghanistan

Kandahar, Afghanistan

Lieutenant-Colonel Dalton Cote, O.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Defence Academy Headquarters

Kingston, Ontario

Lieutenant-Colonel James Kile, O.M.M., C.D.

2 Field Ambulance

Petawawa, Ontario

Colonel Charles Lamarre, O.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Base/Area Support Unit Edmonton

Edmonton, Alberta

Lieutenant-Colonel Patrice Laroche, O.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Defence Liaison Staff (Washington)

Washington D.C., United States of America

Colonel Douglas Alan MacLean, O.M.M., C.D.

Land Force Doctrine and Training System Headquarters

Kingston, Ontario

Lieutenant-Colonel Lawrence Zaporzan, O.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Defence Liaison Staff (Washington)

Washington D.C., United States of America


MEMBERS

Captain Dwayne Atkinson, M.M.M., C.D.

Director General Land Equipment Program Management

Ottawa, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer John Barnes, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment

Petawawa, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer Gary Bradley Biggar, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Base/Area Support Unit Gagetown

Oromocto, New Brunswick

Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Cheryl Bush, M.M.M., C.D.

National Defence Headquarters - Chief of the Maritime Staff

Ottawa, Ontario

Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Austin Joseph Collett, M.M.M., C.D.

Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic)

Shearwater, Nova Scotia

Captain Serge Côté, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School

Richelain, Quebec

Master Warrant Officer Thaddeous D’Andrade, M.M.M., C.D.

Land Force Western Area Training Centre

Edmonton, Alberta

Master Warrant Officer André Demers, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Base/Area Support Unit Montreal

Montréal, Quebec

Chief Warrant Officer Mario Dion, M.M.M., C.D.

17 Wing

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Master Warrant Officer Dany Dubuc, M.M.M., C.D.

1st Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment

Courcelette, Quebec

Captain Jason English, M.M.M., C.D.

17 Winnipeg Field Ambulance

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael David Fairfex, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces College

Toronto, Ontario

Warrant Officer Melina Fournier, M.M.M., C.D.

Office of the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff

Ottawa, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer Sandor Gyuk, M.M.M., C.D.

1 Canadian Air Division Headquarters

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Sergeant Thomas William Hale, M.M.M., C.D.

3 Area Support Group Signal Squadron

Oromocto, New Brunswick

Captain Peter Hamilton, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Land Force Command and Staff College

Kingston, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer Stuart Hartnell, M.M.M., C.D.

1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment

Petawawa, Ontario

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

Canadian Forces Base Borden

Borden, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer William Laing, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Base/Area Support Unit Kingston

Kingston, Ontario

Warrant Officer Patrick Love, M.M.M., C.D.

3 Area Support Group Signal Squadron

Oromocto, New Brunswick

Chief Warrant Officer Kenneth Lutz, M.M.M., C.D.

1st Battalion, The Royal Newfoundland Regiment

St. John’s, Newfoundland

Captain Donna MacAulay, M.M.M., C.D.

Directorate Land Force Development

Ottawa, Ontario

Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Bradley Main, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Fleet School Esquimalt

Victoria, British Columbia

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

The Royal Canadian Dragoons

Petawawa, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Kenneth Miles, M.M.M., C.D.

Land Force Central Area Training Centre Detachment

Petawawa, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer André Normandin, M.M.M., C.D.

5 Field Ambulance

Courcelette, Quebec

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

Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre

Denwood, Alberta

Captain Peter Pitcher, M.M.M., C.D.

192 Airfield Engineer Flight Aldergrove

Aldergrove, British Columbia

Sergeant Markusi Qinuajuak, M.M.M., C.D.

2nd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group

Richelain, Quebec

Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Ramsay, M.M.M., C.D.

Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians)

Edmonton, Alberta

Master Warrant Officer Glen Rideout, M.M.M., C.D.

2 Military Police Unit

Toronto, Ontario

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas Riefesel, M.M.M., C.D.

Maritime Forces Atlantic Headquarters

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Warrant Officer Claudette Saunders, M.M.M., C.D.

440 Transport Squadron

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Chief Warrant Officer Michael Scarcella, M.M.M., C.D.

407 Long Range Patrol Squadron

Lazo, British Columbia

Chief Warrant Officer Anthony Slack, M.M.M., C.D.

Armour School

Oromocto, New Brunswick

Master Warrant Officer Roland Smith, M.M.M., C.D.

2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery

Petawawa, Ontario

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

Land Staff Headquarters

Ottawa, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Jennifer Ste-Croix, M.M.M., C.D.

1 Canadian Air Division Headquarters

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Capitain Jean-Yves Taschereau, M.M.M., C.D.

417 Combat Support Squadron

Cold Lake, Alberta

Master Warrant Officer Donald Tupper, M.M.M., C.D.

3 Area Support Group Signal Squadron

Oromocto, New Brunswick

Warrant Officer Michael Vandepol, M.M.M., C.D.

1 Canadian Field Hospital

Petawawa, Ontario

Captain Denis Veilleux, M.M.M., C.D.

714 (Sherbrooke) Communication Squadron

Sherbrooke, Quebec

Sergeant Leslie Wilson, M.M.M., C.D.

4 Wing

Cold Lake, Alberta

Master Warrant Officer Cameron Winters, M.M.M., C.D.

22 Wing

Hornell Heights, Ontario

Major John Zoellner, M.M.M., C.D.

Land Force Quebec Area Headquarters

Montréal, Quebec

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. 


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 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.