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Order of Military Merit Investiture Ceremony

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March 9, 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 March 11, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. The Governor General, who is chancellor of the Order, will bestow the honour on two Commanders, 13 Officers and 41 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 Marquis Hainse, C.M.M., C.D.

This is a promotion within the Order.

Office of Vice Chief of the Defence Staff

Ottawa, Ontario

Rear-Admiral Paul Andrew Maddison, C.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

This is a promotion within the Order.

Office of Chief of the Maritime Staff

Ottawa, Ontario

 

OFFICERS

Captain(N) Scott Bishop, O.M.M., C.D.

Office of Chief of the Defence Staff

Ottawa, Ontario

Lieutenant-Colonel Kevin Bryski, O.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Operational Support Command Headquarters

Ottawa, Ontario

Brigadier-General Simon Hébert, O.M.M., C.D.

Land Force Quebec Area Headquarters

Montréal, Quebec

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

Land Forces Atlantic Area Headquarters

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Lieutenant-Colonel Patricia Henry, O.M.M., C.D.

Directorate of Reserve Support Management

Ottawa, Ontario

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

5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters

Courcelette, Quebec

Lieutenant-Colonel Deborah McKenzie, O.M.M., C.D.

1 Canadian Air Division Headquarters

and Canadian NORAD Region Headquarters

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Lieutenant-Colonel Darryl Mills, O.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.

Land Force Central Area Training Centre

Meaford, Ontario

Colonel Richard Pucci, O.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Health Services Group Headquarters

Ottawa, Ontario

Lieutenant-Colonel Joël Roy, O.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Defence Academy Headquarters

Kingston, Ontario

Captain(N) Martin Teft, O.M.M., C.D.

Joint Task Force Pacific Headquarters

Victoria, British Columbia

Chief Warrant Officer Bernard Verreault, O.M.M., C.D.

This is a promotion within the Order.

1 Canadian Air Division Headquarters

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Colonel Robert Williams, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Office of the Chief of Defence Intelligence

Ottawa, Ontario


MEMBERS

Chief Warrant Officer Denise Ballermann, M.M.M., C.D.

Land Force Western Area Headquarters

Edmonton, Alberta

Chief Warrant Officer Alain Bergeron, M.M.M., C.D.

202 Workshop Depot

Montréal, Quebec

Petty Officer 1st Class Luc Champagne, M.M.M., C.D.

Fleet Diving Unit Atlantic

Shearwater, Nova Scotia

Sergeant Mario Charette, M.M.M., M.B., C.D.

Canadian Forces Health Services Centre Ottawa

Ottawa, Ontario

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Malcolm Conlon, M.M.M., C.D.

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Regina

Victoria, British Columbia

Sergeant Russell Coughlin, M.M.M., C.D.

2 Field Ambulance

Petawawa, Ontario

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

Land Force Central Area Headquarters

Toronto, Ontario

Warrant Officer Robert David, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Base Area Support Unit

Petawawa, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Stephen Downey, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Base Area Support Unit

Edmonton, Alberta

Captain Sylvain Falle, M.M.M., C.D.

Peace Support Training Centre

Kingston, Ontario

Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Richard Fisher, M.M.M., C.D.

8 Wing

Astra, Ontario

Major Carl Gauthier, M.M.M., C.D.

Directorate of Honours and Recognition

Ottawa, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer Daphne Germain, M.M.M., C.D.

Office of Director General, Material Systems and Supply Chain

Ottawa, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer Gerald Gravelle, M.M.M., C.D.

Peace Support Training Centre

Kingston, Ontario

Warrant Officer Sean Hansen, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre

Denwood, Alberta

Captain Paul Hartinger, M.M.M., C.D.

Land Forces Atlantic Area

Oromocto, New Brunswick

Master Warrant Officer Richard Hills, M.M.M., C.D.

Land Force Central Area Training Centre

Meaford, Ontario

Captain Lewis Irvine, M.M.M., C.D.

Land Forces Atlantic Area Headquarters

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Warrant Officer Kevin Johnson, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

1st Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery

Shilo, Manitoba

Master Warrant Officer Edward Kilcup, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Land Advanced Warfare Centre

Astra, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Marc Lafontaine, M.M.M., C.D.

3 Wing

Alouette, Quebec

Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephen Lamarche, M.M.M., C.D.

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Hunter

Windsor, Ontario

Sergeant Frédéric Lavoie, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces School of Communications and Electronics

Kingston, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer Robert MacDonald, M.M.M., C.D.

14 Wing

Greenwood, Nova Scotia

Petty Officer 1st Class Wilberforce MacLeod, M.M.M., C.D.

Fleet Diving Unit Atlantic

Shearwater, Nova Scotia

Captain William McAuley, M.M.M., C.D.

41 Combat Engineer Regiment Detachment Calgary

Calgary, Alberta

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Michael McCallum, M.M.M., C.D.

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Calgary

Victoria, British Columbia

Warrant Officer Craig McKay, M.M.M., C.D.

4 Construction Engineering Squadron

Cold Lake, Alberta

Master Warrant Officer Shawn Mercer, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

The Royal Canadian Dragoons

Petawawa, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Christine Ouellet, M.M.M., C.D.

Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment

Cold Lake, Alberta

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

2 Combat Engineer Regiment

Petawawa, Ontario

Major Douglas Reid, M.M.M., C.D.

Land Force Doctrine and Training System Headquarters

Kingston, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Joseph Sampson, M.M.M., C.D.

8 Wing

Astra, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer Normand Sauvageau, M.M.M., C.D.

5th Area Support Group

Montréal, Quebec

Master Warrant Officer Patrick Simms, M.M.M., C.D.

Land Force Western Area Headquarters

Edmonton, Alberta

Chief Warrant Officer Andrew Peter Stapleford, M.M.M., C.D.

1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry

Edmonton, Alberta

Captain Terence Stead, M.M.M., C.D.

5th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group

Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador

Master Warrant Officer Guy Tremblay, M.M.M., C.D.

22 Wing

Hornell Heights, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Louis Philippe Turbide, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School

Richelain, Quebec

Master Warrant Officer Lise Ward, M.M.M., C.D.

3 Canadian Support Unit

Montréal, Quebec

Captain Shannon Wills, M.M.M., C.D.

4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group

Victoria, British Columbia

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.