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Governor General to Present 43 Military Decorations

June 20, 2012

Governor General to Present 43 Military Decorations at Rideau Hall


OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, announces the presentation of Military Valour Decorations and Meritorious Service Decorations (Military Division) to members of the Canadian and allied forces. The presentation ceremony will take place on Friday, June 22, 2012, at 10:30 a.m., at Rideau Hall.

The Governor General will present 5 Medals of Military Valour to members of the Canadian Forces who have displayed gallantry and devotion to duty in combat, as well as 2 Meritorious Service Crosses (Military Division) and 36 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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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. on the day of the ceremony.

For information on the ceremony:
Marie-Pierre Bélanger
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-998-9166
marie-pierre.belanger@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
11:45 a.m.:      Ceremony ends
12:00 p.m.:      Media interviews with recipients



RECIPIENTS

MILITARY VALOUR DECORATIONS

Medal of Military Valour

Corporal Brian Bélanger, M.M.V.

Montréal, Que.

Captain Ashley Collette, M.M.V.

Yarmouth, N.S.

Staff Sergeant Adam Hever, M.M.V. (United States Army)

Peabody, MA, U.S.A.

Corporal Eric Monnin, M.M.V.

Cornwall, Ont.

Master Corporal Charles St-Pierre, M.M.V.

Saint-Quentin, N.B.


MERITORIOUS SERVICE DECORATIONS

Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

Brigadier-General Craig Randall King, O.M.M., M.S.C., C.D., M.B.E.

Winnipeg, Man.

Major-General Michael James Ward, M.S.C., C.D.

Pembroke, Ont.


Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Major Derek John Adams, M.S.M., C.D.

Ottawa, Ont.

Lieutenant-Colonel Ronald Allan Allison, M.S.M., C.D.

Miramichi, N.B.

Master Warrant Officer Raymond Joseph Brodeur, M.S.M., C.D.

Lafleche, Sask.

Lieutenant-Colonel Malcolm David Bruce, M.S.M., C.D.

Montréal, Que.

Sergeant Yannick Campbell, M.S.M., C.D.

Québec, Que.

Major General Raymond Carpenter, M.S.M.
(United States Army National Guard)

Rapid City, SD, U.S.A.

Master Warrant Officer Joseph Guy Alain Richmond Champagne, M.S.M., C.D.

Valleyfield, Que.

Major Michael James Cole, M.S.M., C.D.

London, Ont.

Colonel Ian Robert Creighton, M.S.M., C.D.

Whyalla, South Australia

Sergeant Gordon Percy Cullen, M.S.M., C.D.

St. James, Man.

Major Austin Matthew Douglas, M.S.M., C.D.

Montréal, Que.

Sergeant Scott William Duffy, M.S.M., C.D.

Brampton, Ont.

Warrant Officer Marc Charles Joseph Filiatrault, M.S.M., C.D.

Verner, Ont.

Corporal Joy Francis, M.S.M.

Burlington, Ont.

Major Douglas Andrew Grant, M.S.M., C.D.

Toronto, Ont.

Major Steve Jourdain, M.S.M., C.D.

Shawinigan, Que.

Lieutenant-Colonel Scott Gerard Long, M.S.M., C.D.

St. John’s, N.L.

Lieutenant-Colonel David William Lowthian, M.S.M., C.D.

Ottawa, Ont.

Captain Vincent Lussier, M.S.M.

Ottawa, Ont.

Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel James William Martin, M.S.M., C.D.

London, Ont.

Colonel John Gerard Milne, M.S.M., C.D.

Stittsville, Ont. and Calgary, Alta.

Major Jeffrey Karl Monaghan, M.S.M., C.D.

Regina, Sask.

Chief Warrant Officer Kirk Newhook, M.S.M., C.D.

Winnipeg, Man.

Lieutenant-Colonel Paul James Peyton, M.S.M., C.D.

Happy Valley-Goose Bay, N.L.

Master Warrant Officer Dean Edward Poffley, M.S.M., C.D.

Kingston, Ont.

Lieutenant-Colonel Joseph Raynald Yan Poirier, M.S.M., C.D.

Hauterive, Que.

Master Corporal Jeffrey Quesnelle, M.S.M.

Penetanguishene, Ont.

Corporal Corey Sagstuen, M.S.M., C.D.

Edmonton, Alta.

Corporal John Tommy Salois, M.S.M.

Greenfield Park, Que.

Captain Mark Savard, M.S.M.

Montréal, Que.

Sergeant Michel Simoneau, M.S.M., C.D.

St-Georges-de-Beauce, Que.

Chief Warrant Officer Kevin Peter Sinden, M.S.M., C.D.

Thunder Bay, Ont.

Lieutenant-General Jack Calvin Stultz, M.S.M.
(United States Army Reserve)

Leaksville, NC, U.S.A.

Major Eleanor Frances Taylor, M.S.M., C.D.

Antigonish, N.S.

Lieutenant Chad Thain, M.S.M.

New Westminster, B.C.

Sergeant Kevin Donald Scott White, M.S.M., C.D.

Ajax, Ont.

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

Corporal Brian Bélanger, M.M.V.
Montréal, Quebec
Medal of Military Valour

On April 13, 2011, Corporal Bélanger’s joint Canadian-Afghan patrol was ambushed in the Panjwayi district, resulting in an Afghan soldier being wounded. Exposing himself to enemy fire, Corporal Bélanger, the patrol’s medical technician, resolutely made his way to the wounded soldier and dragged him to cover. As bullets continued to ricochet around them, he administered first aid. Because of his professionalism and dedication, Corporal Bélanger saved the life of a fellow soldier.

Captain Ashley Collette, M.M.V.
Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
Medal of Military Valour

As a platoon commander from May to December 2010, Captain Collette demonstrated front line leadership that was critical to her soldiers’ success during intense combat in Afghanistan. Stationed in volatile Nakhonay, her platoon regularly faced the threat posed by improvised explosive devices, all while repelling numerous attacks on their base. Despite suffering casualties within the group, she kept her soldiers focused and battle-ready; her desire to succeed never wavered. Captain Collette’s fortitude under fire and performance in combat were critical to defeating the enemy and disrupting all insurgent attempts to reoccupy this key village.

Specialist David Fletcher Graves, M.M.V. (United States Army)
Wolfe City, Texas, United States of America
Staff Sergeant Adam Hever, M.M.V. (United States Army)
Peabody, Massachusetts, United States of America
Medal of Military Valour

On August 3, 2010, Specialist Graves and Staff Sergeant Hever, both of the 1st Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army, and part of the Canadian-led Task Force Kandahar, were conducting a training exercise within Kandahar Airfield, when insurgents tried to force their way inside the compound. Unarmed and under fire, Specialist Graves and Staff Sergeant Hever secured weapons and moved to a position of cover in order to engage the enemy. Despite intense enemy action, they maintained their position and delivered accurate return fire. Their courage, decisiveness and soldiering ability neutralized the attack and enabled friendly forces to find safety.

Specialist Graves will receive his insignia at a later date.

Corporal Eric Monnin, M.M.V.
Cornwall, Ontario
Medal of Military Valour

On July 9, 2010, two of Corporal Monnin’s fellow soldiers were wounded during a combat operation in Afghanistan. Under increasing enemy fire, he requested permission to move forward and then sprinted across the exposed terrain to reach their position. As bullets continued to fly, he rendered first aid, assisted with the wounded soldiers’ extraction, and rejoined his platoon for the remainder of the engagement. Whether rendering first aid under fire or engaging the enemy, Corporal Monnin saved the lives of his comrades through his courageous and selfless actions.

Master Corporal Charles St-Pierre, M.M.V.
Saint-Quentin, New Brunswick
Medal of Military Valour

From July 30 to August 2, 2010, Master Corporal St-Pierre displayed courage and composure while providing fire support coordination during a four-day combat operation in the Arghandab Valley of Kandahar, Afghanistan. Constantly under fire, he willingly and repeatedly exposed himself to attacks while identifying enemy positions and directing fire upon them. Despite being struck in the helmet by an enemy bullet, he never wavered from his responsibilities. Master Corporal St-Pierre’s courage and soldiering ability were critical to the success of the operation.


MERITORIOUS SERVICE DECORATIONS (MILITARY DIVISION)

Brigadier-General Craig Randall King, O.M.M., M.S.C., C.D., M.B.E.
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

While deployed within Regional Command (South) in Afghanistan from December 2009 to September 2010, Brigadier-General King played a critical role during a defining moment in the campaign. As the driving force behind the expansion of Afghan National Security Forces, particularly the Afghan National Police, he worked with Afghan and coalition stakeholders to institute a complete review of personnel and equipment that provided an accurate assessment of the current situation and facilitated decision making. Brigadier-General King’s leadership and work ethic contributed to the improvement of the security situation in southern Afghanistan and brought great credit to Canada and the Canadian Forces.

Major-General Michael James Ward, M.S.C., C.D.
Pembroke, Ontario
Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

While deployed to Afghanistan from September 2009 to September 2010, Major-General Ward displayed strategic leadership and contributed to the development of the Afghan National Police. Working with the Minister of the Interior, he created a culture of collaboration that lessened bureaucracy, increased transparency and brought Afghan-led efforts to the fore. In particular, he was instrumental in raising the standard of new recruits and of the recruitment process as a whole. Major-General Ward’s leadership contributed significantly to improving security and stability in Afghanistan, and brought credit to the Canadian Forces and to Canada.

Major Derek John Adams, M.S.M., C.D.
Ottawa, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

While deployed to Afghanistan from April to December 2010, Major Adams provided mentoring to the commander of the Maywand District Police Headquarters. His efforts yielded an increase in policing capacity within the district and were critical to the successful co-operation between coalition forces and Afghan National Police during major operations. Progress in this area was clearly shown by the absence of security issues during the parliamentary elections, where the Afghan National Police took the lead. Major Adams’ leadership and dedication contributed significantly to improved stability in Afghanistan and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.

Lieutenant-Colonel Ronald Allan Allison, M.S.M., C.D
Miramichi, New Brunswick
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As the deputy commanding officer of Task Force Jerusalem from July 2009 to October 2010, Lieutenant-Colonel Allison demonstrated leadership and initiative while conducting security sector reform with Palestinian security forces. His mentorship of Palestinian battalion commanders, as well as the implementation of a modern, operational-level command and control capability, were crucial to expanding the capacity of Palestinian security forces. Lieutenant-Colonel Allison’s selfless dedication and exemplary leadership contributed directly to the task force’s success and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.

Master Warrant Officer Raymond Joseph Brodeur, M.S.M., C.D.
Lafleche, Saskatchewan
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As the sergeant major of the Charlie Company Combat Team, in Afghanistan from September 2009 to April 2010, Master Warrant Officer Brodeur set high standards for his soldiers, which contributed to their success during counter-insurgency operations. His advice and tactical acumen contributed to the team’s successful conduct of operations that increased stability within the highly volatile Panjwayi District. Master Warrant Officer Brodeur distinguished himself as an experienced and exceptional leader who was critical to the success of his battle group’s operations.

Lieutenant-Colonel Malcolm David Bruce, M.S.M., C.D.
Montréal, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

While deployed to Afghanistan from July 2010 to July 2011, Lieutenant-Colonel Bruce contributed significantly to developing the country’s Ministry of Defence and Afghan National Army. He also spearheaded improvements to the National Military Hospital that greatly improved efficiency and soldier care. His pursuit of excellence and ability to continually deliver outstanding results were evident as he mentored and advised the country’s most senior leadership. Lieutenant-Colonel Bruce’s actions enhanced Canada’s reputation in the eyes of our Afghan and coalition partners, and directly contributed to mission success.

Sergeant Yannick Campbell, M.S.M., C.D.
Québec, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As team leader of an engineer construction team from April to December 2010, Sergeant Campbell significantly improved the quality of life in Dand District, Afghanistan, through his exemplary leadership and devotion. Operating in an incredibly hostile environment, he worked closely with local authorities to initiate and facilitate 14 development projects that employed hundreds of Afghans, improved local infrastructure and enhanced their trust in the district government. Sergeant Campbell contributed to the success of the international reconstruction mission and helped stabilization efforts in Afghanistan.

Major General Raymond Carpenter, M.S.M. (United States Army National Guard)
Rapid City, South Dakota, United States of America
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

In his capacity as acting director of the United States Army National Guard from 2009 through 2011, Major General Carpenter was instrumental in enhancing the United States Army National Guard’s working relationship with the Canadian Army Reserve. As a result of his direct leadership and intervention, training and employment opportunities for Canadian Army reservists have been created. Major General Carpenter’s influence has further enhanced the unique relationship between Canada and the United States, delivering considerable benefit to the Canadian Forces.

Master Warrant Officer Joseph Guy Alain Richmond Champagne, M.S.M., C.D.
Valleyfield, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As sergeant major of C Squadron from November 2010 to July 2011, Master Warrant Officer Champagne played a leading role in a vital road-building project in the western part of the Panjwayi district of Afghanistan. Despite the complexity of the task and the constant presence of the enemy, and through his perseverance in overcoming many obstacles, he ensured the success of this critical operation. Master Warrant Officer Champagne’s efforts inspired his colleagues and stand as tangible proof of Canada’s contribution in Afghanistan.

Major Michael James Cole, M.S.M., C.D.
London, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Major Cole displayed professionalism and dedication as officer commanding Maintenance Company in Afghanistan from April to November 2010. Under his leadership, starting with the training period leading up to the deployment, his company provided seamless support to Task Force Kandahar operations. Executing his duties to the highest professional standards, he led by example and willingly shared the same risks as his soldiers on the ground. Major Cole’s efforts contributed to the Canadian Forces’ operational success during a long and challenging fighting season.

Colonel Ian Robert Creighton, M.S.M., C.D.
Whyalla, South Australia
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As commanding officer of the Operational Mentor and Liaison Team from April to November 2010, Colonel Creighton provided mentorship to two Afghan National Army brigade commanders. His leadership and diplomacy empowered the brigade to independently conduct increasingly complex operations that disrupted insurgent objectives and strengthened government authority within Kandahar Province. Colonel Creighton’s understanding of counter-insurgency warfare and of Afghanistan’s unique environment ensured his unit’s success and enhanced Canada’s international reputation for military excellence.

Sergeant Gordon Percy Cullen, M.S.M., C.D.
St. James, Manitoba
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

From April to November 2010, Sergeant Cullen served as battle group master sniper. His frontline leadership enabled his two sniper detachments to provide exceptional support to ground forces operating in Afghanistan. In addition to facilitating the conduct of numerous counter-insurgency operations, he expanded the battle group’s sniper capability by personally mentoring soldiers from other units. Regularly exposing himself to enemy fire in order to draw the enemy out, Sergeant Cullen was critical to the success of many operations.

Major Austin Matthew Douglas, M.S.M., C.D.
Montréal, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As officer commanding Bravo Company from May to December 2010, Major Douglas distinguished himself as a successful combat leader while battling insurgents in Afghanistan. His calm and collected demeanour set the tone for his soldiers and enabled them to consistently defeat a tenacious enemy. Major Douglas’ efforts were critical to securing one of the most violent villages in Afghanistan, bringing tremendous benefit to local Afghans and great credit to the Canadian Forces.

Sergeant Scott William Duffy, M.S.M., C.D.
Brampton, Ontari
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Sergeant Duffy served as a senior mentor within a Police Operational Mentor and Liaison Team from April to November 2010. His mentorship significantly enhanced the capacity of Panjwayi District Police, particularly that of its chief. Working with three subsequent chiefs, he adapted to their varying abilities and provided tailored mentoring to each. Successfully navigating a variety of complicated issues with his Afghan counterpart, Sergeant Duffy was able to impart a sense of professionalism that permeated the ranks and increased stability in the region, thereby bringing honour to the Canadian Forces and to Canada.

Warrant Officer Marc Charles Joseph Filiatrault, M.S.M., C.D.
Verner, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

On September 27, 2009, Warrant Officer Filiatrault assisted a young man involved in a car accident in Simcoe County, Ontario. As Warrant Officer Filiatrault rounded a bend in the road, he discovered the vehicle, which had crashed in a deep ditch and wedged itself between trees. He scrambled down the steep embankment and, as flames spread out from under the hood, he pulled the semi-conscious driver to safety. He then rendered first aid to the victim until paramedics arrived.

Corporal Joy Francis, M.S.M.
Burlington, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

While deployed to Afghanistan with the All Source Intelligence Centre, from May to December 2010, Corporal Francis was instrumental to the unit’s ability to provide thorough intelligence support to Canadian and coalition units. Possessing a profound knowledge of the intelligence process, counter-insurgency warfare, the enemy and the battlespace, she worked diligently to provide timely and actionable intelligence to ground forces. Corporal Francis’ efforts were critical to the success of numerous combat operations.

Major Douglas Andrew Grant, M.S.M., C.D.
Toronto, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

From July 2007 to November 2012, Major Grant demonstrated foresight, dedication and leadership in creating an immediately deployable command-and-control capability to be utilized during Canadian Forces’ responses to domestic operations. He played a key role in the design of the headquarters, the procurement of equipment and the training of personnel to fulfill the need for a task force headquarters wherever and whenever one was required. His vision and contributions have enabled the Canadian Forces to provide an immediate and effective response to the needs of Canadians during domestic emergencies.

Major Steve Jourdain, M.S.M., C.D.
Shawinigan, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Commanding C Company’s combat team in Afghanistan from April to October 2009, Major Jourdain courageously led his team against repeated enemy attacks during a period of intense confrontation. Despite continuous enemy fire and physical fatigue, he maintained his tactical acumen and decisiveness, which enabled his soldiers to excel during security and stability operations. Major Jourdain’s professionalism and leadership greatly facilitated governance and development initiatives and were instrumental in ensuring the overall success of his combat team.

Lieutenant-Colonel Scott Gerard Long, M.S.M., C.D.
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As chief of operations within Headquarters Regional Command (South) from November 2009 to October 2010, Lieutenant-Colonel Long was pivotal in the coordination of combat assets throughout southern Afghanistan. Having the confidence of his commander, he forged more than 60 duty officers, watchkeepers and desk officers into an effective and cohesive team that provided exceptional support. Exhibiting leadership, calm professionalism and a positive influence under pressure, Lieutenant-Colonel Long was critical to the Headquarters’ overall operational success.

Lieutenant-Colonel David William Lowthian, M.S.M., C.D.
Ottawa, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Lieutenant-Colonel Lowthian was deputy commander of the Joint Task Force Afghanistan Air Wing from September to November 2010. His leadership, dedication and tact contributed to the expansion of the air wing’s operational capability. As the architect behind numerous technical advancements, he had an immediate impact on the unit’s effectiveness, while he improved relations with coalition partners with skilful diplomacy. Lieutenant-Colonel Lowthian’s efforts were critical to the operational success of the air wing and the entire task force.

Captain Vincent Lussier, M.S.M.
Ottawa, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As infantry platoon commander at Patrol Base Sperwan Ghar in Afghanistan from March to October 2009, Captain Lussier greatly inspired his soldiers with his determination during intense combat operations. Always willing to face enemy fire during successive engagements, he was able to give clear instructions that were instrumental in the success of his platoon’s mission. Captain Lussier’s leadership and tactical acumen helped to achieve remarkable outcomes on the battlefield.

Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel James William Martin, M.S.M., C.D.
London, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel Martin demonstrated leadership, professionalism and dedication in his capacity as the honorary lieutenant-colonel of 31 Service Battalion (London). He tirelessly promoted his unit in the community and played a leadership role in mentoring holders of other honorary appointments within 31 Canadian Brigade Group. In recognition of these contributions, he was selected as a key member of the National Honorary Colonels Executive Council, which provides advice to the Commander Canadian Army. His contributions have brought direct and indirect benefit to soldiers and Reserve units throughout the Canadian Forces.

Colonel John Gerard Milne, M.S.M., C.D.
Stittsville, Ontario and Calgary, Alberta
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As senior mentor for Afghan National Army development within the NATO training mission in Afghanistan from July 2008 to April 2009, Colonel Milne was a vital contributor to shaping key leaders within the Ministry of Defence and General Staff. As a result of his efforts, the Afghan National Army greatly improved its force development, generation and employment. Colonel Milne’s leadership and efforts, which were a credit to the Canadian Forces and to Canada, played an essential role in professionalizing critical Afghan institutions and contributed significantly to the improvement of security in Afghanistan.

Major Jeffrey Karl Monaghan, M.S.M., C.D.
Regina, Saskatchewan
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As the officer commanding a kandak mentor team in Afghanistan from April to November 2010, Major Monaghan demonstrated leadership, professionalism and dedication, which had a positive impact on the development of three newly formed Afghan National Army kandaks. Whether mentoring Afghan commanders, facilitating joint operations or providing leadership and guidance to his mentor teams, he distinguished himself as a first-rate soldier and leader, and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.

Chief Warrant Officer Kirk Newhook, M.S.M., C.D.
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

While deployed to Kandahar Airfield from July 2010 to January 2011, Chief Warrant Officer Newhook distinguished himself as an innovative and decisive leader who represented Canada with distinction during NATO operations. Under the most trying of circumstances and despite significant manpower shortages, he facilitated innumerable complicated air cargo missions without injury to personnel or damage to valuable air assets. Chief Warrant Officer Newhook’s leadership was critical to operational success at the busiest single runway in the world.

Lieutenant-Colonel Paul James Peyton, M.S.M., C.D.
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

While deployed as deputy commander of Task Force Jerusalem from August 2010 to August 2011, Lieutenant-Colonel Peyton played a key role in Canada’s contribution to the United States Security Coordinator’s mission to support Palestinian Authority security sector reform. From training and logistics to command and control, his influence was profound. In particular, his personal intervention was critical to securing funding for key infrastructure improvements. Lieutenant-Colonel Peyton’s leadership and hard work set conditions for major transformational changes within the Palestinian National Security Forces and brought great credit to Canada.

Master Warrant Officer Dean Edward Poffley, M.S.M., C.D.
Kingston, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As sergeant major of Delta Company from September 2009 to May 2010, Master Warrant Officer Poffley provided steadfast leadership to all ranks during intense counter-insurgency operations in Afghanistan. With his Company stationed within the local community, Master Warrant Officer Poffley maintained professional interactions with local leaders while simultaneously applying relentless pressure on insurgents to help secure key villages. He offered unwavering support and advice to the entire company, ensuring their operational success and that of the battle group.

Lieutenant-Colonel Joseph Raynald Yan Poirier, M.S.M., C.D.
Hauterive, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

While deployed to Afghanistan from April to December 2010, Lieutenant-Colonel Poirier contributed significantly to the development of the Afghan National Army. His leadership and innovative problem solving contributed directly to fielding an incredible number of Afghan soldiers, which helped them meet coalition goals sooner than expected. In addition, he worked relentlessly to improve the soldiers’ equipment, infrastructure and quality of life. Through his efforts, Lieutenant-Colonel Poirier efforts made a significant contribution towards bringing stability to the country.

Master Corporal Jeffrey Quesnelle, M.S.M.
Penetanguishene, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

While deployed to Afghanistan as an explosive ordnance disposal operator from April 2010 to December 2010, Master Corporal Quesnelle displayed courage, leadership and insight. In addition to dismantling over 65 improvised explosive devices, he provided in-depth analysis on insurgent tactics and suggested initiatives that made disposal operations safer for the local population and for Canadian soldiers. Master Corporal Quesnelle’s thorough understanding of the threat, in addition to his willingness to expose himself to great danger, were critical in the search for and removal of improvised explosive devices.

Corporal Corey Sagstuen, M.S.M., C.D.
Edmonton, Alberta
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As a mentor to Afghan medics from September 2009 to April 2010, Corporal Sagstuen was an outstanding medic, soldier and instructor. His personal commitment improved the medical capacity of the Afghan National Army and contributed to the welfare of Afghan soldiers. He repeatedly provided exceptional care, laudable medical instruction and leadership in traumatic situations. Corporal Sagstuen’s medical skills, composed leadership and professionalism directly contributed to better battlefield care.

Corporal John Tommy Salois, M.S.M.
Greenfield Park, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

While deployed to Afghanistan from November 2009 to April 2010, Corporal Salois was critical to the implementation and ongoing maintenance of the Persistent Surveillance System. He provided field commanders with enhanced situational awareness, and his exceptional repair work, troubleshooting of systems and development of standard operating procedures augmented protection for all soldiers. His dedication, intellect and technical ability were essential to operational success in Afghanistan and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.

Captain Mark Savard, M.S.M.
Montréal, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

While deployed to Afghanistan from April to December 2010, Captain Savard demonstrated leadership and diplomacy, which enhanced the ability and willingness of Afghan National Police organizations to share intelligence with each other and their coalition allies. He worked relentlessly to create an atmosphere of trust among Afghan intelligence operators, enabling the timely passage of critical information to ground forces. Captain Savard’s efforts improved the intelligence capabilities of several coalition forces and had a direct impact on the success of operations.

Sergeant Michel Simoneau, M.S.M., C.D.
St-Georges-de-Beauce, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

While deployed to Afghanistan as second-in-command of an infantry platoon from April to October 2009, Sergeant Simoneau played a key role in his platoon’s success during high-intensity combat operations. On numerous occasions, he exposed himself to insurgent fire to coordinate the actions of Canadian and Afghan soldiers under his command. Sergeant Simoneau’s tactical acumen, soldiering skills and front line leadership inspired his comrades and contributed greatly to the battle group’s operational success.

Chief Warrant Officer Kevin Peter Sinden, M.S.M., C.D.
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

While deployed to Afghanistan from April to November 2010, Chief Warrant Officer Sinden displayed the ability to foster and maintain multinational partnerships. Working with Canadian, American and Afghan units, he was able to coordinated complexities among high-profile organizations, both military and civilian, within the Kandahar City area of operations. He developed a strong partnership with the local Afghan army, which enabled productive mentorship with notable results. Chief Warrant Officer Sinden’s professionalism brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.

Lieutenant-General Jack Calvin Stultz, M.S.M. (United States Army Reserve)
Leaksville, North Carolina, United States of America
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

In his role as commanding general, United States Army Reserve, Lieutenant-General Stultz was instrumental in enhancing the working relationship between the army reserves of both Canada and the United States. From the beginning of his appointment in 2006, he orchestrated the creation of training and employment opportunities for Canadian Army reservists. In so doing, Lieutenant-General Stultz further enhanced the unique relationship between Canada and the United States, delivering considerable benefit to the Canadian Forces.

Major Eleanor Frances Taylor, M.S.M., C.D.
Antigonish, Nova Scotia
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As officer commanding Charles Company in Afghanistan from April to December 2010, Major Taylor distinguished herself as an exceptional combat leader. With her company holding the coalition’s volatile frontier in western Panjwayi against a determined and well-established enemy, her front line leadership, tactical acumen and determination were critical to her soldiers’ operational success. Whether engaged in intense combat, partnering with Afghan units or interacting with the local population, Major Taylor was an exemplary representative of the Canadian Forces.

Lieutenant Chad Thain, M.S.M.
New Westminster, British Columbia
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

While deployed to Afghanistan, Lieutenant Thain worked tirelessly to improve the communications capability of the Afghan Uniform Police, in Arghanbad District, from April to July 2010. Working with Afghan and coalition units, he established a system that allowed the police to communicate effectively throughout the area and enabled their full integration into coalition operations. Lieutenant Thain’s outstanding leadership and superb professionalism led to more efficient and better synchronized security operations, bringing stability to the local population.

Sergeant Kevin Donald Scott White, M.S.M., C.D.
Ajax, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As headquarters element patrol lead from April to November 2010, Sergeant White displayed a thorough grasp of Afghan culture and an unwavering commitment to his soldiers. He provided exceptional leadership to Canadians and Afghans during numerous counter-insurgency operations, best exemplified by two separate improvised explosive device attacks. He forged a bond of trust with the local population that facilitated patrols and enabled the uncovering of critical intelligence. Sergeant White’s combat leadership brought great credit to the Canadian Forces and 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.