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Meritorious Service Decorations (military division)

Major Julia May Atherley-Blight, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Harrowsmith, Ontario

Meritorious Service Medal

Decoration awarded on July 6, 2006
Rank: Major

Major Atherley-Blight is being recognized for her exemplary leadership and for the results that she achieved as the deputy commanding officer of Task Force Pakistan during Operation PLATEAU from October to December 2005. An expert in the operations of the Disaster Assistance Relief Team (DART), she continually maximized the unit’s capabilities and ensured its perpetual state of high readiness and motivation to deploy. Her ability to coordinate multiple lines of operation had a direct impact on the provision of desperately needed foreign aid. Much of the success of this initiative is directly attributed to Major Atherley-Blight’s dedication and tireless efforts.