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Order of Military Merit Investiture Ceremony

November 8, 2016

Governor General to Invest 46 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 Thursday, November 10, 2016, at 11 a.m. The Governor General will bestow the honour on
2 Commanders, 8 Officers and 36 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 interested in covering the ceremony are asked to confirm their attendance with the Rideau Hall Press Office. They must arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance no later than 10:45 a.m. on the day of the ceremony.

Those wishing to interview recipients are asked to contact
the Department of National Defence.
 

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

Follow GGDavidJohnston and RideauHall on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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 Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff speaks
12 p.m.:           Interviews with recipients


ORDER OF MILITARY MERIT RECIPIENTS
 

COMMANDERS

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

Office of the Chief of the Army Staff
Ottawa, Ontario

Rear-Admiral William Shawn Truelove, C.M.M., C.D.
This is a promotion within the Order. 

Canadian Defence Liaison Staff (Washington)
Washington, D.C., United States of America


OFFICERS

Colonel Timothy James Bishop, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Recruiting Group Headquarters
Borden, Ontario

Lieutenant-Colonel Carla Marie Harding, O.M.M., C.D.

2 Service Battalion
Petawawa, Ontario

Colonel Derek Alan Macaulay, O.M.M., C.D.

3rd Canadian Division Support Group
Edmonton, Alberta

Colonel Scott Andrew Mcleod, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces College
Toronto, Ontario

Captain(N) Marta Beattie Mulkins, O.M.M., C.D.

Naval Reserve Headquarters
Québec, Quebec

Colonel Érick David Simoneau, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

2 Wing Headquarters
Alouette, Quebec

Colonel Robert Daren Keith Walker, O.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.

Canadian Army Command and Staff College
Kingston, Ontario

Captain(N) Jeffery Blair Zwick, O.M.M., C.D.

Office of Chief of Programme
Ottawa, Ontario


MEMBERS

Warrant Officer Morgan Frans Biderman, M.M.M., C.D.

Naval Staff Comptroller and Support Services
Ottawa, Ontario

Warrant Officer François Joseph Serge Brunet, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School
Richelain, Quebec

Chief Warrant Officer Willard John Buchanan, M.M.M., C.D.

12e Régiment blindé du Canada
Courcelette, Quebec

Warrant Officer Scott Alexander Daigle, M.M.M., C.D.

2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment
Oromocto, New Brunswick

Warrant Officer Philippe Joseph Gaetan Dessureault Jr., M.M.M., C.D.

1st Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment
Courcelette, Quebec

Warrant Officer Stephen Gerald Deveau, M.M.M., C.D.

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

Master Warrant Officer Dianne Margaret Doyle, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Base Suffield
Medicine Hat, Alberta

Master Warrant Officer Andrew Jack Durnford, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Special Operations Regiment
Petawawa, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Michael Patrick Forest, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

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

Petty Officer 2nd Class Vincent John Cotter Gouthro, M.M.M., C.D.

Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic)
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Warrant Officer Tracy Leigh Shyan Graham, M.M.M., C.D.

19 Air Maintenance Squadron
Lazo, British Columbia

Captain Kevin Wayne Gregory, M.M.M., C.D.

3rd Canadian Division Training Centre Detachment Shilo
Shilo, Manitoba

Warrant Officer Jonathan Douglas Hawtin, M.M.M., C.D.

1st Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery
Shilo, Manitoba

Chief Warrant Officer Darren John Hessell, M.M.M., C.D.

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

Chief Warrant Officer Garth Edward Hoegi, M.M.M., C.D.

2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery
Petawawa, Ontario

Warrant Officer Cory Grant Kavanagh, M.M.M., C.D.

37 Combat Engineer Regiment
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Bernard Robert Lafontaine, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Army Intelligence Regiment
Kingston, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Steven Gary Leblanc, M.M.M., C.D.

1 Engineer Support Unit
Kingston, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Germain Daniel Legault, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Joint Incident Response Unit–Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear
Astra, Ontario

Warrant Officer Patrick André Lemieux, M.M.M., C.D.

1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment
Petawawa, Ontario 

Warrant Officer Karen Margaret MacLean, M.M.M., C.D.

1st Batallion, The Nova Scotia Highlanders (North)
Truro, Nova Scotia

Master Warrant Officer Nadia Anne MacQueen, M.M.M., C.D.

4th Canadian Division Support Group Petawawa
Petawawa, Ontario

Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class David Kenneth McAlpine, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Fleet School Esquimalt
Victoria, British Columbia

Major David Arthur Muralt, M.M.M., C.D.

Integrated Personnel Support Centre  Kingston
Kingston, Ontario

Warrant Officer Alessandro Pacifico Pellizzari, M.M.M., C.D.

5 Service Battalion
Courcelette, Quebec

Master Warrant Officer Didier Jean-Paul Louis Pignatel, M.M.M., C.D.

19 Wing Headquarters
Lazo, British Columbia

Sergeant Jeremy Pinchin, M.M.M., S.M.V., C.D.

3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment
Petawawa, Ontario

Major Mark William Rosin, M.M.M., C.D.

Regional Cadet Support Unit (Northwest)
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Ranger Martin Scott, M.M.M., C.D.

Aupaluk Canadian Ranger Patrol
Aupaluk, Quebec

Captain Thomas Henry Sutton, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Special Operations Forces Command Headquarters
Ottawa, Ontario

Major Douglas Michael Thorlakson, M.M.M., C.D.

4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa
Petawawa, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer Christopher Todd Tucker, M.M.M., C.D.

The Calgary Highlanders
Calgary, Alberta

Captain Patrick Joseph White, M.M.M., C.D.

5th Canadian Division Headquarters
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Chief Warrant Officer Michael James Whitman, M.M.M., C.D.

12 Wing Headquarters
Shearwater, Nova Scotia

Master Warrant Officer Grace Lydia Wille, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake
Cold Lake, Alberta

Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class David Wilson, M.M.M., C.D.

Sea Training (Pacific)
Victoria, British Columbia


Please note that the information in this media advisory was provided by the
Department of National Defence and reflects the rank and posting of the members 
at the time of their nomination.


ORDER OF MILITARY MERIT FACT SHEET

The Order of Military Merit recognizes distinctive merit and exceptional service displayed by the men and women of the Canadian Armed 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 2014, for instance, 108 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.

For more information about the Order of Military Merit,
visit our website at
www.gg.ca/honours.