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Governor General to Present 45 Military Decorations

December 9, 2011

Governor General to Present 45 Military Decorations at Rideau Hall

OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, will present three Military Valour Decorations and 42 Meritorious Service Decorations (Military Division) to members of the Canadian and allied forces, on Tuesday, December 13, 2011, 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 five Meritorious Service Crosses (Military Division) and 37 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 45 recipients that will participate in the December 13, 2011, ceremony, the awarding of the decorations to 23 of them was recently announced by news release on December 7, 2011 (http://www.gg.ca/document.aspx?id=14370&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


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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

Private Tony Rodney Vance Harris, M.M.V.

Penfield, N.B.

Warrant Officer Michael William Jackson, M.M.V., C.D.

Abbotsford, B.C.

Captain Michael A. MacKillop, M.M.V., C.D.

Calgary, Alta.


MERITORIOUS SERVICE DECORATIONS

Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

Sergeant Michael Adam Smith, M.S.C., C.D.

Sainte-Thérèse-de-Blainville, Que.

Chief Warrant Officer Shawn Douglas Stevens, M.S.C., M.S.M., C.D.

Port Arthur, Ont.

Lieutenant-Colonel Carl Jean Turenne, M.S.C., C.D.

Kingston, Ont.

Brigadier-General Jonathan Holbert Vance, O.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.

Tweed, Ont.

Lieutenant-Colonel Gilbert Clement Thibault, M.S.C., C.D.

Gaspé, Que.


Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Major Emanuel Jeannot Boucher, M.S.M., C.D.

Granby, Que.

Lieutenant-Colonel Marie Annabelle Jennie Carignan, M.S.M., C.D.

Asbestos, Que.

Captain Breen Carson, M.S.M.

Toronto, Ont.

Major-General Mart C. de Kruif, M.S.M. (Royal Netherlands Army)

Apeldoorn, Netherlands

Corporal Eric Daniel Dionne, M.S.M.

Boucherville, Que.

Major Michael Kaiser, M.S.M., C.D.

Windsor, Ont.

Sergeant William Joseph Kelland, M.S.M., C.D.

St. John’s, N.L.

Captain Enno Alexander Kerckhoff, M.S.M., C.D.

Huntsville, Ont.

Master Warrant Officer René Kiens, M.S.M., C.D.

Oakville, Ont.

Major Steven Kelly MacBeth, M.S.M., C.D.

Whitby, Ont.

Major Joshua James Major, M.S.M., C.D.

North Bay, Ont.

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

Barrie, Ont.

Captain James Hugh McKay, M.S.M.

Brantford, Ont.

Captain Andrew John Mercer, M.S.M., C.D.

Toronto, Ont.

Honorary Colonel Stanley A. Milner, O.C., A.O.E., M.S.M., C.D.

Edmonton, Alta.

Warrant Officer Keith Paul Mitchell, C.V., M.S.M., C.D.

Lasalle, Que.

Major Lee James Mossop, M.S.M., C.D.

Saskatoon, Sask.

Lieutenant-Colonel David Christopher Murphy, M.S.M., C.D.

Vancouver, B.C.

Major Wayne Kenneth Niven, M.S.M., C.D.

New Westminster, B.C.

Lieutenant Andrew Richard Nuttall, M.S.M. (Posthumous)

Victoria, B.C.

Warrant Officer Steeve Ouellet, M.S.M., C.D.

Rivière-du-Loup, Que.

Sergeant David Michael Pawulski, S.C., M.S.M., C.D.

Calgary, Alta.

Corporal Emelie Pilon, M.S.M.

Mississauga, Ont.

Colonel John Bruce Ploughman, M.S.M., C.D.

St. John’s, N.L.

Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Camille Robichaud, M.S.M., C.D.

Rexton, N.B.

Colonel Marie Céline Danielle Savard, M.S.M., C.D.

Chicoutimi, Que.

Major Paul Scannell, M.S.M. (British Army)

Ruislip, United Kingdom

Honorary Colonel Gary Chris Solar, M.S.M., C.D.

Winnipeg, Man.

Master Corporal Jeffrey Gordon Spence, M.S.M., C.D.

Kamloops, B.C.

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

Halifax, N.S.

Lieutenant-Colonel Ann-Marie Brigitte Tardif, M.S.M., C.D.

Plessisville, Que.

Lieutenant-Colonel John Tringali, M.S.M. (United States Air Force)

Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.A.

Captain Kristian Udesen, M.S.M.

Kamloops, B.C.

Major Joseph Richard Marc Verret, M.S.M., C.D.

Ottawa, Ont.

Commander Steven Michael Waddell, M.S.M., C.D.

Temagami, Ont.

Sergeant Austin Kane Williams, M.S.M.

Lillooet, B.C.

Brigadier-General Paul Francis Wynnyk, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Sherwood Park and Breton, Alta.

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

Private Tony Rodney Vance Harris, M.M.V.
Penfield, New Brunswick
Medal of Military Valour

On November 23, 2009, Private Harris was at Forward Operating Base Wilson, in Afghanistan, when insurgents unleashed a mortar attack. Without regard for his own safety, he ran to the scene of the impact and provided first aid to American soldiers. Noticing another soldier trapped inside a burning sea container, Private Harris went to his aid, single-handedly pulled him to safety and rendered life-saving first aid as rounds continued to fall. Private Harris’ courageous and decisive actions under fire that day saved several lives and brought great credit to Canada.

Warrant Officer Michael 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.

Master Corporal Munroe received his insignia at an earlier ceremony.

Captain Michael A. MacKillop, M.M.V., C.D.
Calgary, Alberta
Medal of Military Valour

As commander of a reconnaissance platoon from October 2009 to May 2010, Captain MacKillop disrupted insurgent activities in a volatile sector of Afghanistan through his courageous and relentless engagement of the enemy. Often facing fierce resistance and fire from multiple directions, he remained composed during intense battles, calmly providing direction and constantly looking to gain the advantage. Captain MacKillop’s exceptional leadership under fire and his ability to get the most from his soldiers were critical to consistently defeating insurgents in Afghanistan.


MERITORIOUS SERVICE DECORATIONS (MILITARY DIVISION)

Sergeant Michael Adam Smith, M.S.C., C.D.
Sainte-Thérèse-de-Blainville, Quebec
Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

As an explosive ordnance disposal operator in Afghanistan from April to October 2009, Sergeant Smith made a significant contribution to the elimination of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) concealed by the enemy. Successfully dealing with over 90 devices, including nine in one day, he helped to ensure the safety of ground forces. He also used his extensive knowledge to implement a training program that improved IED awareness among Canadian, coalition and Afghan personnel. Called to task almost daily, Sergeant Smith’s selfless dedication to duty undoubtedly saved numerous lives and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.

Chief Warrant Officer Shawn Douglas Stevens, M.S.C., M.S.M., C.D.
Port Arthur, Ontario
Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

Chief Warrant Officer Stevens was the regimental sergeant-major of the battle group in Afghanistan from October 2009 to May 2010. His exacting standards and attention to detail enabled every soldier in the unit to succeed during intense operations. Whether providing sage advice to senior leaders or sharing the risk with ground troops, he enabled the battle group to work as a unified fighting force. His outstanding leadership and professionalism ensured operational success and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces and to Canada.

Lieutenant-Colonel Carl Jean Turenne, M.S.C., C.D.
Kingston, Ontario
Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

As commanding officer of the Provincial Reconstruction Team from January 2009 to January 2010, Lieutenant-Colonel Turenne contributed to the success of all allied operations in Kandahar province, Afghanistan.  Working in close co-operation with the Canadian battle group, allied nations and Afghan officials, he led an organization of more than 400 personnel to maintain the initiative against insurgents, while advancing the mandate of the International Security Assistance Force. His leadership ensured the operational success of his unit and furthered international efforts in Afghanistan, bringing great credit to the Canadian Forces and to Canada.

Brigadier-General Jonathan Holbert Vance, O.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.
Tweed, Ontario
Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

Demonstrating outstanding leadership as commander of Joint Task Force Afghanistan from February to November 2009, Brigadier-General Vance enabled the Canadian Forces to maintain the initiative and advance the mandate of the International Security Assistance Force.  His strategic and tactical skills and astute political insight allowed for the disruption of the Taliban’s operational objectives and strengthened the Afghan government’s authority within Kandahar province. Brigadier-General Vance’s forward-thinking diplomacy greatly advanced Canadian and international efforts in the region, and brought credit to the Canadian Forces and to Canada.

From June to September 2010, Brigadier-General Vance demonstrated exemplary leadership in his second tour as commander of Joint Task Force Afghanistan. Under extremely challenging conditions, he distinguished himself as a master of counter-insurgency warfare. Demonstrating outstanding dedication and professionalism, Brigadier-General Vance provided leadership to coalition and Afghan soldiers, which significantly advanced NATO efforts in Afghanistan and enhanced Canada’s international reputation.

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

Lieutenant-Colonel Gilbert Clement Thibault, M.S.C., C.D.
Gaspé, Quebec
Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

Sergeant William Joseph Kelland, M.S.M., C.D.
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
Captain Andrew John Mercer, M.S.M., C.D.
Toronto, Ontario
Warrant Officer Keith Paul Mitchell, C.V., M.S.M., C.D.
Lasalle, Quebec
Sergeant David Michael Pawulski, S.C., M.S.M., C.D.
Calgary, Alberta
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

On the morning of June 9, 2008, the aircrew of Cormorant Helicopter Rescue 913 successfully evacuated a critically injured sailor from the MV Maersk Dunedin, near Halifax. Aircraft Commander Lieutenant-Colonel Thibault made critical command decisions as he piloted the aircraft under exceptionally demanding circumstances. He was assisted by First Officer Captain Mercer, who helped fly the aircraft for nearly 10 hours, twice landing on Sable Island for fuel as the aircraft’s endurance was pushed to its limits.  In conditions where visibility was so poor that they could not even see the vessel in distress, flight engineer Sergeant Pawulski was instrumental in providing advice to help guide the aircraft into position over the deck in order to facilitate the hoist operation.  Search and rescue technicians Warrant Officer Mitchell and Sergeant Kelland were then lowered onto the heaving deck, where they rendered life-saving medical aid to the injured sailor and coordinated his removal to the rescue helicopter.  The team’s conduct, dedication and professionalism in the planning and execution of this daring rescue brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.

Major Emanuel Jeannot Boucher, M.S.M., C.D.
Granby, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As deputy commanding officer of Canadian Helicopter Force (Afghanistan) from April to November 2009, Major Boucher demonstrated leadership, foresight and initiative, ensuring the successful deployment of Canada’s first fully trained aviation battalion in Afghanistan.  In addition to forging a cohesive team from a diverse group of individuals and successfully implementing new equipment in a combat zone, he worked with coalition partners to improve their night-flying capabilities. Major Boucher’s remarkable achievements were instrumental to the operational success of coalition forces in Afghanistan, and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.

Lieutenant-Colonel Marie Annabelle Jennie Carignan, M.S.M., C.D.
Asbestos, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

From November 2009 to September 2010, Lieutenant-Colonel Carignan demonstrated outstanding command of the Task Force Kandahar Engineer Regiment, ensuring that the necessary support was provided to Canadian and coalition forces in Afghanistan. With superb leadership abilities, she oversaw the completion of infrastructure and development projects, and effectively synchronized the efforts of military and civilian agencies. In addition, she provided support to newly arrived American forces without compromising support to Canadians. Lieutenant-Colonel Carignan’s remarkable efforts were critical to operational success.

Captain Breen Carson, M.S.M.
Toronto, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

From October 2009 to February 2010, Captain Carson’s exceptional mentorship of multiple companies of the Afghan National Army enhanced their capabilities and contributed to the success of Canadian efforts in Afghanistan. In addition to providing front line leadership during multiple enemy contacts and improvised explosive device finds, Captain Carson established a comprehensive training plan that furthered the partnering concept between the Afghan National Army and the battle group. Captain Carson’s superb professionalism and unwavering dedication has brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.

Major-General Mart C. de Kruif, M.S.M. (Royal Netherlands Army)
Apeldoorn, Netherlands
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As commander of Regional Command (South) from November 2008 to November 2009, Major-General de Kruif consistently acknowledged and promoted Canada’s contribution to allied military efforts in Afghanistan. With compassion and respect for Canadian soldiers, he ensured their welfare and security, and provided outstanding support to the command teams of two Canadian task forces. Demonstrating world-class leadership, unwavering dedication and keen operational understanding, Major-General de Kruif’s command of Canadian soldiers was exemplary and provided great benefit to Canada.

Corporal Eric Daniel Dionne, M.S.M.
Boucherville, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

While deployed to Afghanistan from April to October 2009, Corporal Dionne was instrumental in successful operations and the mentorship of Afghan soldiers. During repeated engagements, his courage under fire inspired both his Canadian and Afghan comrades to persevere. He also took it upon himself to mentor his protégés in reconnaissance tactics, English-language skills and mathematics. His leadership, tactical acumen and commitment led to the success of the mission and contributed to significant improvements within the Afghan National Army, all of which reflected well on the Canadian Army and Canada.

Major Michael Kaiser, M.S.M., C.D.
Windsor, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As deputy commanding officer of the Health Services Unit from September 2009 to April 2010, Major Kaiser ensured the implementation of numerous partnership and capacity-building projects. His efforts increased the number of coalition medical technicians available to mentor their Afghan counterparts, raised the standard of Afghan dental care, and significantly improved the Afghans’ ability to provide treatment on the battlefield. Major Kaiser’s efforts greatly improved the capabilities of Afghan medical institutions and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.

Captain Enno Alexander Kerckhoff, M.S.M., C.D.
Huntsville, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

While deployed to Afghanistan from September 2009 to April 2010, Captain Kerckhoff was instrumental in the successful establishment of the Dand District Operational Coordination Centre. His ability to synchronize activities throughout the district contributed to building Afghan National Security Force capacity, fostering more effective Afghan governance and setting the conditions for further stabilization throughout the region. Captain Kerckhoff’s leadership and professionalism were critical to operational success and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces and to Canada.

Master Warrant Officer René Kiens, M.S.M., C.D.
Oakville, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

While deployed in Afghanistan from September 2009 to April 2010, Master Warrant Officer Kiens played a key role in the delivery of effective combat service support to Canadian ground forces. He was intimately involved in the casualty administration process, where his leadership and compassion ensured soldiers wounded or killed in action were treated with the utmost respect and dignity. Master Warrant Officer Kiens’ exceptional dedication contributed significantly to the success of operations in Afghanistan, and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.

Major Steven Kelly MacBeth, M.S.M., C.D.
Whitby, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As the officer commanding Kandak Mentor Team 2 in Afghanistan from September 2009 to May 2010, Major MacBeth demonstrated leadership and acute cultural awareness. His mentorship of the kandak commander enhanced his ability to plan, coordinate and execute operations. Major MacBeth’s profound influence on kandak soldiers was also exceptional and enhanced their capacity to seamlessly partner with coalition forces and conduct increasingly complicated operations independently. Major MacBeth’s exceptional efforts contributed significantly to the operational success of the Afghan National Army and brought great credit to the Canadian Army.

This is the second Meritorious Service Medal awarded to Major MacBeth.

Major Joshua James Major, M.S.M., C.D.
North Bay, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As chief of current operations for Joint Task Force Afghanistan from November 2009 to September 2010, Major Major successfully synchronized the efforts of Canadian, coalition and Afghan personnel in Afghanistan’s demanding counter-insurgency environment. He was a key player in the development of the Kandahar City security plan, lending his instrumental expertise during its planning sessions. As a result, a cohesive approach to enhanced public security was developed. His leadership contributed directly to operational success and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.

Master Warrant Officer Kevin James Mathers, M.S.M., C.D.
Barrie, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As sergeant-major of the battle group reconnaissance squadron in Afghanistan from October 2009 to May 2010, Master Warrant Officer Mathers demonstrated leadership, professionalism and concern for his subordinates, which was critical to the Squadron’s success. A true combat leader, he exposed himself to the risks faced by his soldiers, leading missions to replenish forward positions throughout insurgent-laden areas. Master Warrant Officer Mathers was the heart and soul of the Squadron: his steadfast leadership inspired all ranks and brought considerable honour to the Canadian Forces.

Captain James Hugh McKay, M.S.M.
Brantford, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

While deployed as the chaplain for Canadian Helicopter Force (Afghanistan) from November 2009 to August 2010, Captain McKay voluntarily assumed the role of chaplain for the American Role 3 Health Services Unit as well. While there, he provided spiritual and emotional support to Canadian and coalition soldiers throughout their healing process. Surrounded by the chaos of a medical unit in a war zone, he also worked tirelessly to ensure the well-being of those providing care. In addition to this work, he found time to visit sick and wounded Afghans nearby. Captain McKay’s unwavering dedication to the spiritual health of soldiers from all nations, as well as the compassion he showed them, facilitated the success of the mission and brought great credit to Canada.

Honorary Colonel Stanley A. Milner, O.C., A.O.E., M.S.M., C.D.
Edmonton, Alberta
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

For more than 19 years, Honorary Colonel Milner has demonstrated exemplary leadership and dedication to the South Alberta Light Horse. He was responsible for establishing the South Alberta Light Horse Foundation, through which he has played a key role in preserving the history and traditions of the current regiment and its predecessors in the province. Honorary Colonel Milner’s invaluable contributions have brought great credit to the Canadian Forces, and future generations of regimental members will benefit from his lasting legacy.

Major Lee James Mossop, M.S.M., C.D.
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Major Mossop served as the battle group operations officer in Afghanistan from September 2009 to May 2010. His comprehensive understanding of counter-insurgency operations and battle group capabilities led to greater stability in the Panjwayi district. His dynamic and aggressive leadership forged a proficient tactical operations centre and planning cell, empowering his subordinates to excel beyond all expectations. Major Mossop ensured that critical guidance was provided to all battle group operations, which was essential to their success.

Lieutenant-Colonel David Christopher Murphy, M.S.M., C.D.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

In February 2010, Lieutenant-Colonel Murphy rose to the challenge of leading 8 Wing Trenton through what was probably the most difficult period of its history. He successfully led his team under trying conditions, where confidence in the Wing leadership had been compromised. During a period of high operational tempo, imposed by numerous concurrent foreign and domestic operations,  Lieutenant-Colonel Murphy’s strength and leadership were instrumental in ensuring that the Wing and local communities rebuilt and maintained trust in the Canadian Forces.

Major Wayne Kenneth Niven, M.S.M., C.D.
New Westminster, British Columbia
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As officer commanding Delta Company from October 2009 to May 2010, Major Niven distinguished himself as a first-rate combat leader. Tasked with securing the volatile Nakhonay village, he worked with his Afghan counterpart to clear and hold the area. His ability to work effectively with Afghan officials influenced village elders who were initially resistant to security initiatives. An astute and skilful officer who fully embraced counter-insurgency doctrine, Major Niven and his superb leadership were critical to the battle group’s operational success.

Lieutenant Andrew Richard Nuttall, M.S.M. (Posthumous)
Victoria, British Columbia
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As a platoon commander from October 2009 until December 23, 2009, Lieutenant Nuttall moulded his soldiers into a cohesive team that excelled in Afghanistan’s demanding environment. His professionalism while working and living with his Afghan comrades created a common understanding and enabled seamless integration during counter-insurgency operations. While the loss of Lieutenant Nuttall was devastating, the culture and esprit de corps forged under his leadership were instrumental in enabling his soldiers to successfully continue their mission.

The  Meritorious Service Medal awarded to the late Lieutenant Nuttall will be presented to his father, Dr. Richard Nuttall.

Warrant Officer Steeve Ouellet, M.S.M., C.D.
Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As second-in-command of an Operational Mentor and Liaison Team from April to October 2009, Warrant Officer Ouellet was instrumental in improving the operational success of the Afghan National Army soldiers stationed at Strongpoint Lakokhel. His skilled coordination of artillery and air support during numerous insurgent attacks greatly enhanced the strongpoint’s ability to repel insurgent actions. Warrant Officer Ouellet’s leadership and tactical acumen enabled Afghan soldiers to improve their soldiering skills and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.

Captain Craig Wayne Desjardins, M.B., M.S.M., C.D.
North Bay, Ontario
Corporal Joseph Rudolf Éric Beauclair, M.S.M., C.D.
Trenton, 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.

Captain Desjardins and Corporal Beauclair received their insignia at an earlier ceremony.

Colonel John Bruce Ploughman, M.S.M., C.D.
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As commander of the Joint Task Force Afghanistan Air Wing from May to November 2009, Colonel Ploughman ensured the flawless conduct of Canadian air operations in Afghanistan.  Whether transporting critical equipment and VIPs, executing air assault operations, or supporting counter-improvised explosive device efforts, his direction enabled his team to perform all tasks to perfection and provide exceptional support to ground forces.  Colonel Ploughman’s leadership and tactical insight contributed to operational success in Afghanistan and brought great credit to Canada.

Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Camille Robichaud, M.S.M., C.D.
Rexton, New Brunswick
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As regimental sergeant-major of the National Support Element in Afghanistan from October 2009 to May 2010, Chief Warrant Officer Robichaud forged, into a single cohesive unit, soldiers and civilian contract personnel from across Canada. His focus on developing professionalism and strenghtening the combat effectiveness of his soldiers increased their confidence and their ability to excel. When the unit began training its Afghan counterparts, he rose to the occasion and effectively coordinated the task. Chief Warrant Officer Robichaud’s efforts provided exceptional support to all members of Joint Task Force Afghanistan.

Colonel Marie Céline Danielle Savard, M.S.M., C.D.
Chicoutimi, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As commanding officer of the Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit in Afghanistan from April to October 2009, Colonel Savard ensured the provision of world-class care to Canadian, coalition and Afghan personnel. In addition to ensuring her multinational team had the necessary equipment and training to treat patients under any circumstance, she helped develop mentoring programs that improved the capacity and capability of the Afghan National Army Medical Corps. Colonel Savard’s outstanding leadership, professionalism and medical skills were critical to preserving the fighting strength of coalition forces in Afghanistan and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.

Major Paul Scannell, M.S.M. (British Army)
Ruislip, United Kingdom
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Major Scannell distinguished himself while serving as a British Army exchange officer with Canadian Operational Support Command Headquarters, in Ottawa, from July 2008 to July 2010, where he led the creation of the Movement Control Multi-National Integrated Logistics Unit. Responsible for coordinating all aspects of the unit’s development, Major Scannell planned and executed two field training exercises, followed by a successful validation exercise, which allowed the unit to be declared operational. His tenacity in seeing this project through to a successful completion has earned him praise from NATO, and his efforts have brought great credit to Canada and to the Canadian Forces.

Honorary Colonel Gary Chris Solar, M.S.M., C.D.
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Honorary Colonel Solar demonstrated exceptional dedication, professionalism and vision as the honorary colonel of the Fort Garry Horse from 2003 through 2009. His commitment to the military community and his civic leadership in a variety of public circles significantly enhanced public awareness of the Canadian Forces, particularly in Manitoba. His personal efforts in promoting public support for soldiers and their families have been of great benefit to all concerned.

Master Corporal Joseph Arsenault, M.S.M., C.D.
Middleton, Nova Scotia
Major Jonathan 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 Captain Powell received their insignia at an earlier ceremony.

Chief Warrant Officer Andrew Peter Stapleford, M.S.M., C.D.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As Joint Task Force Afghanistan regimental sergeant-major from February to November 2009, Chief Warrant Officer Stapleford drew on his vast experience and in-depth understanding of the mission to lead a diverse team engaged in operations across the country. The example he set encouraged all soldiers in the task force to conform to the protection measures in place, thus helping to save lives and prevent serious injury.  His unwavering dedication ensured the task force’s operational success and enhanced Canada’s reputation within the international community.

Lieutenant-Colonel Ann-Marie Brigitte Tardif, M.S.M., C.D.
Plessisville, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Lieutenant-Colonel Tardif was the commanding officer of the National Support Element from April to October 2009. With her in-depth understanding of Afghanistan’s complex operational environment, she ensured the delivery of necessary logistical support for the success of Canadian and coalition counter-insurgency operations. Under her leadership, the unit provided the commander with the operational flexibility required to address the ever-changing battle conditions. Her professionalism greatly contributed to the Canadian Forces’ efforts in Afghanistan.

Lieutenant-Colonel John Tringali, M.S.M. (United States Air Force)
Charleston, South Carolina, United States of America
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Serving as a United States Air Force exchange officer with the Canadian Forces from 2007 to 2010, Lieutenant Colonel Tringali was employed as the Globemaster III aircraft subject matter expert. His efforts were pivotal to the development of continuation training of first- and second-cadre pilots. He has consistently exhibited a high standard of professionalism and initiative in his duties, and his leadership and dedication have established a solid strategic airlift capability, which brings great benefit to the Canadian Forces.

Captain Kristian Udesen, M.S.M.
Kamloops, British Columbia
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

From November 20 to 23, 2009, Captain Udesen displayed courage and front line leadership in the aftermath of two improvised explosive device attacks and ensuing enemy ambushes in the Panjwayi district of Afghanistan. Remaining calm, he organized and led two successful counterattacks, winning the firefights and clearing the enemy positions. Captain Udesen’s tactical acumen, composure under fire and remarkable abilities as a soldier were critical to the defeat of the enemy and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces and to Canada.

Major Joseph Richard Marc Verret, M.S.M., C.D.
Ottawa, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As commander of Stabilization Company B, in Afghanistan from March to October 2009, Major Verret led several widely dispersed teams with his flawless application of counter-insurgency doctrine, contributing to stabilization efforts in three districts of Afghanistan.  After completing a survey of population centres, he instituted numerous infrastructure projects that were tailored to the specific needs of Afghan communities and which provided employment opportunities for the local population.  Major Verret’s remarkable efforts contributed to the undermining of insurgents and brought great credit to Canada.

Commander Steven Michael Waddell, M.S.M., C.D.
Temagami, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Commander Waddell served with distinction from October 2009 to May 2010, commanding officer of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Fredericton and commander of Task Force Saiph, deployed to the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea in support of international counter-piracy and counter-terror efforts. Commander Waddell demonstrated tactical awareness, leadership, operational focus and a humanitarian approach to operations, allowing him to successfully lead his team through challenging missions, which brought great credit to the Royal Canadian Navy and to Canada.

Sergeant Austin Kane Williams, M.S.M.
Lillooet, British Columbia
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

From October 2009 to May 2010, Sergeant Williams ensured the best possible surveillance coverage was provided to ground forces in Afghanistan. He forged the Tactical Operations Centre into a cohesive team and implemented new capabilities to provide uninterrupted surveillance coverage, gaining the highest confidence of senior leadership. Sergeant Williams’ personal commitment in this regard contributed directly to operational success and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.

Brigadier-General Paul Francis Wynnyk, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
Sherwood Park and Breton, Alberta
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Brigadier-General Wynnyk deployed to Afghanistan as the assistant commanding general for Afghan National Army Development within the NATO Training Mission, in Kabul, from March 2009 to March 2010. Working with and mentoring the country’s most senior leaders, he exerted strategic influence that shaped and developed the Afghan National Security Forces. Brigadier-General Wynnyk’s commanding presence and diplomacy furthered international efforts in Afghanistan and brought great credit 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.