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Order of Military Merit Investiture Ceremony

June 6, 2012

Governor General to Invest 44 Recipients into the 
Order of Military Merit on its 40th Anniversary


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 Friday, June 8, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. The Governor General will bestow the honour on
4 Commanders, 9 Officers and 31 Members.

This ceremony will mark the 40th anniversary of the creation of the Order of Military Merit. “It is an honour to pay tribute to the dedication and excellence of Canadian Forces members,” said His Excellency, who is chancellor of the Order. “For 40 years, the Order has served as a showcase of remarkable achievements and contributions from within our military, highlighting exemplary conduct for all to see.”

Created in 1972, the Order of Military Merit recognizes meritorious service and devotion to duty by members of the Canadian Forces. The Order honours them for their commitment to Canada, according to the following three levels of membership: Commander (C.M.M.), Officer (O.M.M.) and Member (M.M.M.).

A media schedule for the investiture ceremony, the list of recipients and additional information on the Order of Military Merit are attached.

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Media who would like to interview 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., on the day of the event.

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

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.:      Interviews with recipients


ORDER OF MILITARY MERIT RECIPIENTS

COMMANDERS

Major-General Yvan Blondin, C.M.M., C.D.
This is a promotion within the Order.

Royal Canadian Air Force Command
Ottawa, Ont.

Major-General Alan John Howard, C.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Canadian Army Command
Ottawa, Ont.

Major-General Ian Poulter, C.M.M., C.D.
This is a promotion within the Order.

Chief of Programme
Ottawa, Ont.

Major-General Walter Semianiw, C.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.
This is a promotion within the Order.

Chief of Military Personnel
Ottawa, Ont.


OFFICERS

Lieutenant-Colonel Sean Boyle, O.M.M., C.D.

Combined Air Operations Centre International Security Assistance Force
Doha, Qatar

Brigadier-General Paul Bury, O.M.M., C.D.

Land Force Western Area Headquarters
Edmonton, Alta.

Colonel Jamieson Cade, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Canadian Land Force Command and Staff College
Kingston, Ont.

Lieutenant-Commander Luke Charbonneau, O.M.M., C.D.

Regional Cadet Support Unit Central Detachment North Bay
Hornell Heights, Ont.

Major Marjorie Coakwell, O.M.M., C.D.

Office of the Chief of Military Personnel
Ottawa, Ont.

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

Canadian Operational Support Command Headquarters
Ottawa, Ont.

Colonel Hercule Gosselin, O.M.M., C.D.

5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters and Signal Squadron
Courcelette, Que.

Colonel Guy Maillet, O.M.M., C.D.

Royal Military College Saint-Jean
Richelain, Que.

Lieutenant-Colonel Darlene Quinn, O.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt
Victoria, B.C.


MEMBERS

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

3 Intelligence Company
Halifax, N.S.

Chief Warrant Officer Marcel  Chiasson, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Defence Academy Headquarters
Kingston, Ont.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Yves Clément, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Fleet Diving Unit Atlantic
Halifax, N.S.

Chief Warrant Officer Bernard Curtis, M.M.M., C.D.       

2nd Battalion The Nova Scotia Highlanders (Cape Breton)
Sydney, N.S.

Master Warrant Officer Trent Doucette, M.M.M., C.D.

8 Wing
Astra, On.

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Walter Dubeau, M.M.M., C.D.       

Maritime Staff Headquarters
Ottawa, Ont.

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

1st Halifax Dartmouth Field Artillery Regiment RCA
Halifax, N.S.

Chief Warrant Officer Karl Ellis, M.M.M., C.D.

Land Force Central Area Training Centre
Meaford, Ont.

Lieutenant (N) Linda Forward, M.M.M., C.D.

2nd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
Shilo, Man.

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

Office of the Director General Military Careers
Ottawa, Ont.

Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Janet Graham-Smith, M.M.M., C.D.

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Regina
Victoria, B.C.

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

Halifax Class Modernization Frigate Life Extension Detachment Esquimalt
Victoria, B.C.

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

Office of Director General Military Careers
Ottawa, Ont.

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

5 Area Support Group
Richelain, Que.

Warrant Officer Deryk McGougan, M.M.M., C.D.

1 Military Police Regiment
Edmonton, Alta.

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

2 Area Support Group Signal Squadron
Petawawa, Ont.

Captain Nathalie Mercer, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Base Area Support Unit Kingston
Kingston, Ont.

Master Warrant Officer Steven Merry, M.M.M., C.D.

1st Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
Edmonton, Alta.

Petty Officer 1st Class Dion Randell, M.M.M., C.D.

Halifax Class Modernization Frigate Life Extension Detachment Halifax
Halifax, N.S.

Chief Warrant Officer William Richards, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

The Royal Canadian Dragoons
Petawawa, Ont.

Chief Warrant Officer Patrice Rioux, M.M.M., C.D.

425 Tactical Fighter Squadron
Alouette, Que.

Master Warrant Officer Éric Saint-Pierre, M.M.M., C.D.

5e Régiment d’artillerie légère du Canada
Courcelette, Que.

Chief Warrant Officer Jean-Paul Savoie, M.M.M., C.D.

31 Saint John Services Battalion
Saint John, N.B.

Sergeant Karen Squires, M.M.M., C.D.

36 Newfoundland Service Battalion
St. John’s, N.L.

Chief Warrant Officer Guy St-Jean, M.M.M., C.D.

1 Canadian Air Division Headquarters
Winnipeg, Man.

Master Warrant Officer Suzie Thibault, M.M.M., C.D.

5 Service Battalion
Courcelette, Que.

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

Canadian Forces School of Administration and Logistics
Borden, Ont.

Chief Warrant Officer Kevin West, M.M.M., C.D.

Joint Task Force
Afghanistan

Warrant Officer Alfred Williston, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre
Denwood, Alta.

Warrant Officer François Yargeau, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre
Denwood, Alta.

Warrant Officer Troy Zuorro, M.M.M., C.D.

1 Canadian Air Division Headquarters
Winnipeg, Man.


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.