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Presentation of a Meritorious Service Decoration (Military Division)

May 24, 2018

Presentation of a Meritorious Service Decoration (Military Division)
to a United States Air Force General

OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, announces the presentation of a Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division) to United States Air Force General Lori Robinson.  On behalf of the Governor General, General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, presented the insignia during a ceremony at the Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, on May 24, 2018.

Included below is the recipient’s citation as well as background information on the Meritorious Service Decorations.

General Lori Robinson, M.S.C. (United States Air Force)
Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

General Robinson served as commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the United States Northern Command from 2016 to 2018. Her devotion to duty and her selfless service to both Canada and the United States contributed immeasurably to a strong, integrated, bi-national defence of North America. Her exceptional strategic ability, unwavering leadership and strong emphasis on innovation significantly contributed to the continued evolution of continental defence and security. General Robinson enhanced the already highly successful defence relationship between Canada and the United States.

About the Meritorious Service Decorations
The Meritorious Service Decorations celebrate those who have performed an exceptional deed or activity that brings honour to Canada. The decorations are separated into military and civil divisions, with two levels each: a cross and a medal.

The Military Division recognizes a military deed or activity that has been performed in a highly professional manner or of a very high standard that brings benefit or honour to the Canadian Armed Forces and to Canada.

The Civil Division recognizes remarkable contributions in many different fields of endeavour, from advocacy initiatives and health care services, to research and humanitarian efforts. The contributions can be innovative, set an example for others to follow, or improve the quality of life of a community. For more information or to nominate a deserving Canadian, visit


Media information:

Sara Régnier-McKellar
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-993-2569 (office)
613-301-2465 (cell)

Department of National Defence
Media Liaison Office

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