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Order of Military Merit Investiture Ceremony

November 6, 2013

Governor General to Invest 50 Recipients 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 Friday, November 8, 2013, at 11 a.m. The Governor General will bestow the honour on
2 Commanders, 9 Officers and 39 Members.

Created in 1972, the Order of Military Merit recognizes meritorious service and devotion to duty by members of the Canadian Armed 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

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 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 p.m.:           Interviews with recipients


ORDER OF MILITARY MERIT RECIPIENTS

COMMANDERS

Rear-Admiral Jennifer Bennett, C.M.M., C.D.
This is a promotion within the Order.

Director General Reserves and Cadets
Ottawa, Ont.

Major-General Steven Noonan, C.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.

 

Canadian Joint Operations Command Headquarters
Ottawa, Ont. 


OFFICERS

Brigadier-General Michael Dabros, O.M.M., C.D.

Office of Chief of the Army Staff
Ottawa, Ont.

Colonel Patrick Gleeson, O.M.M., C.D.

Office of Judge Advocate General
Ottawa, Ont.

Lieutenant-Colonel Shane Holder, O.M.M., C.D.

Office of Chief of Force Development
Ottawa, Ont.

Captain(N) Raymond Kao, O.M.M., C.D.

1 Canadian Field Hospital
Petawawa, Ont.

Colonel Alexander Meinzinger, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

North American Aerospace Defence Command Outside Canada
Colorado Springs, CO, U.S.A.

Captain(N) Simon Page, O.M.M., C.D.

Office of Director Maritime Training and Education
Ottawa, Ont.

Colonel Paul Prévost, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

3 Wing
Alouette, Que.

Colonel Lowell Thomas, O.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre
Denwood, Alta.

Captain Kenneth Toomey, O.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Base Borden
Borden, Ont.


MEMBERS

Warrant Officer Paul Albertson, M.M.M., C.D.

Peace Support Training Centre
Kingston, Ont.

Chief Warrant Officer Peter Andrews, M.M.M., C.D.

Land Force Atlantic Area Headquarters
Halifax, N.S.

Major Kevin Barry, M.M.M., C.D.

3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
Edmonton, Alta.

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Wallace Brake, M.M.M., C.D.

Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Scott
Halifax, N.S.

Warrant Officer Patrice Chartrand, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Land Force Quebec Area Training Centre
Courcelette, Que.

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

3rd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment
Courcelette, Que.

Master Warrant Officer Gerald Colgan, M.M.M., C.D.

Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders
Cornwall, Ont.

Master Warrant Officer Denise D’Astous, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Military Police Academy
Borden, Ont.

Chief Warrant Officer Stéphan Despins, M.M.M., C.D.

2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment
Québec, Que.

Warrant Officer Stéphane Dionne, M.M.M., C.D.

19 Wing
Lazo, B.C.

Master Warrant Officer Keith Dobbin, M.M.M., C.D.

Land Force Atlantic Area Training Centre
Oromocto, N.B.

Chief Warrant Officer Wayne Duggan, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Special Operation Forces Command Headquarters
Ottawa, Ont.

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

438 Tactical Helicopter Squadron
Richelain, Que.

Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Barry Eady, M.M.M., C.D.

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship St. John’s
Halifax, N.S.

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Duncan Elbourne, M.M.M., C.D.

Office of Director General Naval Personnel
Ottawa, Ont.

Master Warrant Officer Paul Elliott, M.M.M., C.D.

56th Field Artillery Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery
Brantford, Ont.

Sergeant Michael Escott, M.M.M., C.D.

23 Canadian Forces Health Services Centre
Detachment Regina
Regina, Sask.

Master Warrant Officer Brian Gauthier, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Base Borden
Borden, Ont.

Warrant Officer Eric Green, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Regional Cadet Support Unit Northern Detachment Yellowknife
Yellowknife, N.W.T.

Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Cameron Jones, M.M.M., C.D.

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Chippawa
Winnipeg, Man.

Captain Micheline Leguerrier, M.M.M., C.D.

8 Wing
Astra, Ont.

Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Lewis, M.M.M., C.D.

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Preserver
Halifax, N.S.

Chief Warrant Officer Denis Mailloux, M.M.M., C.D.

North American Aerospace Defence Command Outside Canada
Colorado Springs, CO, U.S.A.

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

5th Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters
Courcelette, Que.

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Marcel Maynard, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Office of Chief of the Army Staff
Ottawa, Ont.

Chief Warrant Officer André Moreau, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Land Force Trials and Evaluation Unit
Oromocto, N.B.

Master Warrant Officer Justin Morneau, M.M.M., C.D.

2nd Batallion, Royal 22e Régiment
Québec, Que.

Captain Garry Morphet, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Base / Area Support Unit Kingston
Kingston, Ont.

Chief Warrant Officer Sherman Neil, M.M.M., C.D.

Office of Director General Compensation and Benefits
Ottawa, Ont.

Captain Jose Nuñez, M.M.M., C.D.

34 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters
Montréal, Que.

Master Warrant Officer Jean-Claude Parent, M.M.M., C.D.

Office of Chief of the Air Force Staff
Ottawa, Ont.

Chief Warrant Officer Michel Rivard, M.M.M., C.D.

5 Combat Engineer Regiment
Courcelette, Que.

Chief Warrant Officer Marina Roberge, M.M.M., C.D.

Office of Director General Alternative Dispute Resolution
Ottawa, Ont.

Chief Warrant Officer Jacques Roy, M.M.M., C.D.

12e Régiment blindé du Canada
Courcelette, Que.

Master Warrant Officer Michael Stein, M.M.M., C.D.

The Royal Canadian Dragoons
Petawawa, Ont.

Warrant Officer Jody Tower, M.M.M., C.D.

Armour School
Oromocto, N.B.

Chief Warrant Officer Luc Tremblay, M.M.M., C.D.

16 Wing
Borden, Ont.

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

5 Service Battalion
Courcelette, Que.

Petty Officer 1st Class Pierre Tremblay, M.M.M., C.D.

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Ville de Québec
Halifax, N.S.


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 Armed 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 Armed 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 Armed Forces in the performance of military duties.