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Governor General to Present 45 Military Decorations

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June 8, 2011

Governor General to Present 45 Military Decorations at Rideau Hall

OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, will present seven Military Valour Decorations and 38 Meritorious Service Decorations (Military Division) to members of the Canadian and allied forces, on Friday, June 10, 2011, at 10:30 a.m., at Rideau Hall.

The Governor General will present two Stars of Military Valour and six Medals of Military Valour to members of the Canadian Forces who have displayed gallantry and devotion to duty in combat, as well as four Meritorious Service Crosses (Military Division) and 33 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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Please note that among the 46 recipients that will participate in the June 10 ceremony, 36 of them were also listed in a media advisory released on June 2, 2011, announcing the awarding of their decorations (http://www.gg.ca/document.aspx?id=14127&lan=eng). The remaining recipients were announced in previous news releases.

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.

For information on the ceremony:
Marie-Pierre Bélanger
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-998-9166
marie-pierre.belanger@gg.ca  
www.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
11:30 a.m.:      Ceremony ends
11:45 a.m.:      Media interviews with recipients


RECIPIENTS

MILITARY VALOUR DECORATIONS

Star of Military Valour

Lieutenant Gabriel Chassé-Jean, S.M.V.

Alma, Que.

Master Warrant Officer Richard Stacey, S.M.V., C.D.

Edmonton, Alta.


Medal of Military Valour

Sergeant T. David Bérubé, M.M.V., C.D.

Québec, Que.

Master Corporal Simon R. Frigon, M.M.V.

Québec, Que.

Master Corporal Jeremy Joseph James Leblanc, M.M.V.

Coalhurst, Alta.

Sergeant Joseph Martin Stéphane Mercier, M.M.V., C.D.

La Sarre, Que.

Leading Seaman Pier-Vincent Michaud, M.M.V.

Trois-Rivières, Que.

Sergeant Joseph Denis François Ranger, M.M.V., C.D.

Vaudreuil, Que.


MERITORIOUS SERVICE DECORATIONS

Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

Major Timothy Maurice Arsenault, M.S.C., C.D.

Sudbury, Ont.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Martin Joseph Claude Bédard, M.S.C., C.D.

Valcourt, Que.

Lieutenant-Colonel Marc Joseph André Bigaouette, M.S.C., C.D.

Québec, Que.

Rear-Admiral Tyrone Herbert William Pile, C.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.

Geraldton, Ont. and Victoria, B.C.


Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Major Darryl Gordon Adams, M.S.M., C.D.

Antigonish, N.S.

Master Corporal Joseph L. Arsenault, M.S.M., C.D.

Middleton, Nova Scotia

Colonel Anthony Joseph Mark Hilaire Ashfield, M.S.M., C.D.

Montréal, Que.

Brigadier-General Robert J. Beletic, M.S.M.
(United States Air Force)

Cleveland, OH, U.S.A.

Sergeant Lee William Edward Bibby, M.S.M., C.D.

Prince Albert, Sask.

Major C. Y. Jonathan Bouchard, M.S.M., C.D.

Montréal, Que.

Corporal Mathieu S. Boulay-Paillé, M.S.M.

Trois-Rivières, Que.

Colonel Gregory Dawson Burt, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Corner Brook, N.L.

Major Trevor John Cadieu, M.S.M., C.D.

Vernon, B.C.

Major Luis C. Carvallo, M.S.M., C.D.

Windsor and Essex, Ont.

Sergeant Patrice Pascal Chartrand, M.S.M., C.D.

Montréal, Que.

Lieutenant-Colonel Scott Norman Clancy, M.S.M., C.D.

Ottawa, Ont.

Captain Marc A. Dauphin, M.S.M., C.D.

Sherbrooke, Que.

Lieutenant-Colonel Roland Grant Delaney, M.S.M., C.D.

Kingston, Ont.

Master Corporal Jonathan D.J. Déziel, M.S.M.

Shawinigan, Que.

Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Richard Denis Dompierre, M.S.M., C.D.

Ottawa, Ont.

Major J. R. Mario Ferland, M.S.M., C.D.

Baie St-Paul and Québec, Que.

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Jocelyn Joseph René Fréchette, M.S.M., C.D.

Ste-Foy, Que.

Lieutenant-Colonel Gyula John Joseph Gergely, M.S.M., C.D.

Winnipeg, Man.

Lieutenant-Colonel Lee John Hammond, M.S.M., C.D.

North Vancouver, B.C. and St. Albert, Alta.

Commander Christopher John Hargreaves, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Victoria, B.C.

Lieutenant-Colonel Joseph Jean-Paul Christian Labrosse, M.S.M., C.D.

Montréal, Que.

Chief Warrant Officer Grégoire Raymond Lacroix, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Orléans, Ont. and
Saint-Mard, Belgium

Colonel Joseph Conrad Roch Lacroix, M.S.M., C.D.

Gimli, Man.

Corporal Derick R. Lewis, M.S.M.

Kentville, N.S.

Captain Francis Joseph Michel Mallet, M.S.M., C.D.

LaSalle, Que.

Master Warrant Officer Robert Joseph Montague, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Deep River, Ont.

Colonel Theodore E. Osowski, M.S.M. (United States Air Force)

Flushing, MI, U.S.A.

Master Corporal Stéphane Joseph Michel Richard, M.S.M., C.D.

Val d’Or, Que.

Lieutenant-Colonel James Joseph Raoul Normand Richardson, M.S.M., C.D.

Laval, Que.

Honorary Captain (N) Cedric Steele, M.S.M., C.D.

Victoria, B.C.

Major Russell Neal Washburn, M.S.M., C.D.

St. George, N.B.

Sergeant Christopher Stuart Whalen, M.S.M.

St. John’s, N.L.


Please note that the information in this news release reflects
the rank of the recipient at the time of the event for which they are being recognized.


CITATIONS


MILITARY VALOUR DECORATIONS

Lieutenant Gabriel Chassé-Jean, S.M.V.
Alma, Quebec
Star of Military Valour

From June 8 to 29, 2009, Lieutenant Chassé-Jean demonstrated valiant service under fire while leading his platoon to defeat the enemy in Afghanistan. Over an extended period, and amidst the chaos and confusion of combat, his fearless conduct in the engagement of a determined enemy, as well as his ability to keep his soldiers composed, were critical to multiple victories in a difficult theatre of operation. Whether leading a frontal assault, controlling the situation while trapped in dangerous positions, or directing supporting gunfire, he showed courage and inspirational leadership, which were key to the success of multiple engagements.

Master Warrant Officer Richard Stacey, S.M.V., C.D.
Edmonton, Alberta
Star of Military Valour

On August 4, 2009, Master Warrant Officer Stacey’s valour in the face of the enemy enabled his multinational combat team to fight through multiple ambushes by insurgents in Afghanistan. He led the complex recovery of multiple vehicles which had been disabled by improvised explosive devices, while under enemy fire from all sides. He sorted through the chaos and issued clear direction to Canadian, American and Afghan forces. Throughout eight hours of intense combat, his gallantry, perseverance and selfless dedication to his soldiers were critical to defeating a ferocious and determined enemy.

Sergeant T. David Bérubé, M.M.V., C.D.
Québec, Quebec
Medal of Military Valour

From May 29 to June 29, 2009, Sergeant Bérubé repeatedly placed himself in exposed positions to coordinate fire support for his combat team during operations in Afghanistan. Often isolated and finding himself in dangerous positions, he fearlessly moved forward to gain a clear view of the battlefield and guide artillery and aviation assets onto their targets. His ability to simultaneously and accurately coordinate multiple gun batteries and attack helicopters, while under intense enemy fire, was a decisive factor in the engagements. His courage and outstanding soldiering ability were crucial to the defeat of the enemy.

Master Corporal Simon R. Frigon, M.M.V.
Québec, Quebec
Medal of Military Valour

As a section commander in Afghanistan, Master Corporal Frigon distinguished himself during two separate enemy engagements on May 7 and 20, 2009.  In both instances his section was trapped and isolated during an ambush. Yet his unwavering composure and willingness to expose himself to enemy fire inspired his soldiers and instilled them with confidence.  With little regard for his personal safety, he was able to precisely define the enemy location, defeat the initial attack and lead his section’s fighting withdrawal. Master Corporal Frigon’s courageous front line leadership and tactical acumen were critical to repelling the enemy without taking casualties.

Master Corporal Jeremy Joseph James Leblanc, M.M.V.
Coalhurst, Alberta
Medal of Military Valour

On October 14, 2006, Master Corporal Leblanc’s section was occupying a position in Afghanistan when insurgents unleashed a devastating attack that resulted in several casualties, including the death of his section commander. Seamlessly assuming command, he rallied his section to return fire while personally tending to the wounded. Despite being injured himself and under constant fire, he continued to lead and inspire his section to keep fighting and hold its ground against a determined enemy. His selfless actions no doubt saved the lives of some of his fellow soldiers.

Sergeant Joseph Martin Stéphane Mercier, M.M.V., C.D.
La Sarre, Quebec
Medal of Military Valour

From April 28 to August 15, 2009, Sergeant Mercier displayed courage in the aftermath of several ambushes and improvised explosive device attacks in Afghanistan. Willing to expose himself to heavy fire, he often moved fearlessly throughout the battlefield to identify enemy locations, provide clear direction to his soldiers and position himself to effectively engage the enemy. Throughout these intense battles, his front line leadership, tactical acumen and unwavering courage inspired confidence in his soldiers, kept them safe and enabled them to repeatedly defeat a determined enemy.

Leading Seaman Pier-Vincent Michaud, M.M.V.
Trois-Rivières, Quebec
Medal of Military Valour

On May 29, 2009, Leading Seaman Michaud was a member of a joint Canadian-Afghan patrol that was ambushed by the enemy, leaving one Afghan soldier dead and severely wounding two others. Immediately engaged in an intense, close-quarter firefight, Leading Seaman Michaud directed the Afghan soldiers to seek cover and then moved 50 metres to the casualties’ location, which provided a short 60-centimetre wall for cover. As bullets impacted all around his position, he calmly administered first aid to the casualties and personally brought them to the extraction zone, despite the unrelenting enemy attack. His courage and selfless actions undoubtedly saved the lives of the Afghan soldiers.

Sergeant Joseph Denis François Ranger, M.M.V., C.D.
Vaudreuil, Quebec
Medal of Military Valour

On June 14, 2009, Sergeant Ranger was mentoring an Afghan reconnaissance company during an air-mobile operation when they were attacked by insurgents. With the company taking heavy mortar fire and suffering numerous casualties, Sergeant Ranger rallied his soldiers, established a position and returned heavy fire. As mortar bombs continued to fall, and with little regard for his personal safety, he single-handedly secured a casualty evacuation point. His leadership, fearless engagement of the enemy and ability to stay composed were critical to the defeat of the insurgents and the successful evacuation of casualties.


MERITORIOUS SERVICE DECORATIONS (MILITARY DIVISION)

Major Timothy Maurice Arsenault, M.S.C., C.D.
Sudbury, Ontario
Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

As company commander from March to October 2009, Major Arsenault’s front line leadership, tactical acumen and unwavering determination greatly contributed to enhancing security in Kandahar province, Afghanistan. Operating with Afghan and coalition forces during numerous combat operations, he demonstrated courage under fire that inspired those around him and enabled them to consistently defeat the enemy. Major Arsenault’s remarkable efforts were critical to the success of Joint Task Force Afghanistan and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Martin Joseph Claude Bédard, M.S.C., C.D.
Valcourt, Quebec
Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

Petty Officer 2nd Class Bédard was deployed to Afghanistan as a physician assistant, from March to November 2009. As the senior medical authority at the remote Forward Operating Base Ma’Sum Ghar, he became a pioneer in the application of advanced medical techniques normally reserved for medical officers. Operating in an incredibly austere environment without the benefit of modern medical facilities, he drew universal praise from other medical personnel, including specialists in the field. With unwavering dedication, he provided exceptional care to our soldiers at this remote location, and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces

Lieutenant-Colonel Marc Joseph André Bigaouette, M.S.C., C.D.
Québec, Quebec
Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

As commanding officer of Canadian Helicopter Force Afghanistan from April to November 2009, Lieutenant-Colonel Bigaouette demonstrated leadership, professionalism and unwavering dedication which contributed to the success of his unit’s operations. Orchestrating and executing all missions with precision, he ensured exceptional support was provided to Canadian and allied ground forces, whether supporting combat and sustainment operations or transporting dignitaries. Lieutenant-Colonel Bigaouette’s command of his unit reinforced the first-class reputation of Canadian aviation forces among Canada’s international allies in Afghanistan.

Rear-Admiral Tyrone Herbert William Pile, C.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.
Geraldton, Ontario and Victoria, British Columbia
Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

As commander of Joint Task Force Games for Operation Podium, the Canadian Forces’ mission in support of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, Rear-Admiral Pile led one of the most complex domestic military operations ever conducted in Canada. He demonstrated exceptional leadership in shaping a co-operative and effective working environment among dozens of partners, including all levels of government and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, as well as their civil and military counterparts in the United States. His ability to facilitate the collaboration and coordination of these entities, while ensuring that strategic and operational goals were understood, respected and met by all, was instrumental to the success of Operation Podium and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.

Major Darryl Gordon Adams, M.S.M., C.D.
Antigonish, Nova Scotia
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As a Chinook flight commander from April to October 2009, Major Adams was instrumental in establishing a reliable helicopter capability to support counter-insurgency operations in Afghanistan. Regularly flying missions under fire, he helped to ensure the success of numerous multinational air assault operations, while his aviation expertise was essential in the mentorship of inexperienced helicopter crews. His leadership, initiative and unwavering dedication were critical to the success and safety of all Chinook operations, enhancing the reputation of Canadian aviation forces in the eyes of the international community.

Master Corporal Joseph L. Arsenault, M.S.M., C.D.
Middleton, Nova Scotia
Major C. Y. Jonathan Bouchard, M.S.M., C.D.
Montréal, Quebec
Captain Jeffrey Middleton Powell, M.S.M.
Clinton, Ontario
Master Corporal Jeffrey Gordon Spence, M.S.M., C.D.
Kamloops, British Columbia
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

On November 19, 2008, the aircrew of Rescue 903, a Cormorant Search and Rescue helicopter, rescued three stranded sailors from their rapidly sinking dredging barge, off the coast of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The aircrew consisted of aircraft commander Captain Powell; first officer Major Bouchard; flight engineer Master Corporal Arsenault; and Master Corporal Spence, a search and rescue technician under training. Flying through hazardous, icy conditions, with winds of up to 40 knots and six-metre seas, the aircraft arrived on scene with minimal fuel to spare. Over the next hour, the crew proceeded to hoist the three sailors onboard the aircraft, one by one, as darkness approached. Shortly after the successful rescue, while the aircraft was proceeding to shore, the barge was reported sunk. Tremendous effort, focus on the mission and the utmost in aircrew coordination resulted in three lives being saved that day.

Captain Powell received his insignia at an earlier ceremony.
Master Corporal Spence will receive his insignia at a later date.

Colonel Anthony Joseph Mark Hilaire Ashfield, M.S.M., C.D.
Montréal, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As the deputy chief of Staff Support for Canada Command, Colonel Ashfield provided exceptional leadership in the planning and execution of Operation Podium, one of the Canadian Forces’ most complex domestic missions to date: military support of the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Vancouver. Colonel Ashfield’s professionalism and dedication ensured the efficient training, deployment and operational support of over 4 000 people. Of particular note were his efforts to establish and enhance cross-border relations with his counterparts at NORAD and the United States Northern Command, in the common security requirements of western North America at that time. His steady hand and personal involvement were instrumental in Operation Podium’s success.

Brigadier-General Robert J. Beletic, M.S.M. (United States Air Force)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Since 2009, Brigadier-General Beletic has exhibited a high level of professionalism in his duties as the deputy commander Force Employment and Canadian NORAD Region at 1 Canadian Air Division Headquarters. Of particular note was his leadership in the coordination of Canadian Forces air support of both the humanitarian crisis caused by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Vancouver. He also worked tirelessly to ensure the closest co-operation between Canada and the United States. His dedication has helped the Canadian Forces succeed in missions both at home and abroad.

 Sergeant Lee William Edward Bibby, M.S.M., C.D.
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
Master Corporal Stéphane Joseph Michel Richard, M.S.M., C.D.
Val d’Or, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

During the night of August 9, 2008, rescue team leader Sergeant Bibby and rescue team member Master Corporal Richard came to the aid of a woman with severe head injuries acquired while hiking along the ridge of a 400-foot rock face, in Ontario’s Killarney Provincial Park. A rescue helicopter was unable to reach the victim due to poor weather conditions. Upon hearing that the victim’s condition was worsening, the two search and rescue technicians travelled to the scene and ascended a steep and slippery rock face in heavy rain and darkness, while carrying full medical gear. They then stabilized the patient and remained with her until they were extracted by helicopter the following morning. Their perseverance through adversity brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.

Corporal Mathieu S. Boulay-Paillé, M.S.M.
Trois-Rivières, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As second-in-command of a mentoring team in Afghanistan from April to October 2009, Corporal Boulay-Paillé worked beyond his rank to bring significant improvements to the fighting capabilities of the Afghan National Army. With confidence, he mentored an Afghan sergeant-major and developed defence and sustainment plans; in the face of the enemy, he provided leadership to his troops. Corporal Boulay-Paillé’s performance greatly enhanced the mentoring team’s effectiveness and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.

Colonel Gregory Dawson Burt, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Colonel Burt was the commanding officer of the Operational Mentor and Liaison Team, in Kandahar, from March to October 2009. His command presence and mentorship empowered the 1st Brigade, 205th Corps of the Afghan National Army to successfully conduct increasingly complex operations, disrupting enemy objectives and strengthening the Afghan government’s authority within the province. His leadership inspired his soldiers to persevere as they faced peril on a daily basis, all while mentoring soldiers at remote locations throughout the area of operations. Colonel Burt’s understanding of Afghanistan’s political situation ensured his unit’s success and reinforced Canada’s international reputation.

Major Trevor John Cadieu, M.S.M., C.D.
Vernon, British Columbia
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

From October 2006 to February 2007, Major Cadieu commanded B Squadron of Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians), in Afghanistan. Leading the first tank squadron in combat in almost 60 years, Major Cadieu immediately forged a cohesive combat team that excelled during two major offensives and numerous other engagements. His leadership played a decisive role in battling insurgents, and contributed to the battle group’s domination of the Arghandab River area.  Major Cadieu’s courage and performance contributed significantly to his squadron’s operational success.

Major Luis C. Carvallo, M.S.M., C.D.
Windsor and Essex, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As deputy commanding officer of the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team from August 2008 to September 2009, Major Carvallo greatly contributed to enhancing development, governance and security in Afghanistan. Leading a diverse team of Canadian, Afghan and American military and civilian personnel in a gruelling counter-insurgency environment, he showed leadership that ensured the successful implementation of numerous projects that enhanced the quality of life for Afghani citizens. Major Carvallo’s leadership and unwavering dedication improved Canadian-Afghan relations and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces and to Canada.

Sergeant Patrice Pascal Chartrand, M.S.M., C.D.
Montréal, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

While deployed to Afghanistan as second-in-command of an infantry platoon from April to October 2009, Sergeant Chartrand played a pivotal role in the battle group’s success. He helped to enhance security conditions in Kandahar province in a number of ways, whether by leading his platoon through high-intensity combat operations, developing a successful mentoring program for the Afghan uniformed police, or improving local police stations and schools. His leadership, expertise and dedicated efforts brought great credit to the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan.

Lieutenant-Colonel Scott Norman Clancy, M.S.M., C.D.
Ottawa, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

From spring 2008 until summer 2009, Lieutenant-Colonel Clancy played a crucial role in the coordination, preparation and training of the initial deployments of Canadian Forces helicopters into Afghanistan. He oversaw the development of essential new aviation tactics and procedures, implemented standards for the newly acquired Chinook helicopters, and integrated aviation training with deploying land forces. His actions directly contributed to the success of Canada’s deployed aviation forces and reflected highly upon the Canadian Forces.

This is the second Meritorious Service Medal for Lieutenant-Colonel Clancy.

Captain Marc A. Dauphin, M.S.M., C.D.
Sherbrooke, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As the officer commanding the Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit in Afghanistan from April to October 2009, Captain Dauphin showed unparalleled dedication and initiative that were pivotal to ensuring world-class care for all patients. In addition to effectively managing the constant influx of battlefield casualties, he carefully developed relationships with other medical facilities to enable the seamless transfer of patients. Captain Dauphin’s leadership and mentorship of the multinational team significantly increased the medical capacity of the unit, directly benefitting the Canadian mission and bringing distinction to the Canadian Forces.

Lieutenant-Colonel Roland Grant Delaney, M.S.M., C.D.
Kingston, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Lieutenant-Colonel Delaney was instrumental in planning and coordinating the training requirements and personnel preparation for the Chinook helicopter program. His in-depth contract management skills allowed him to overcome complex and conflicting challenges, ensuring all tactical level requirements were properly integrated. This resulted in a new critical capability being made available in-theatre in record time, proving beneficial to Canadian and allied troops.

Master Corporal Jonathan D.J. Déziel, M.S.M.
Shawinigan, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As part of the Operational Mentor Liaison Team in Afghanistan from April to October 2009, Master Corporal Déziel assumed the role of a fire effects officer whose responsibility it was to go forward into battle to observe and report on the situation, and to coordinate artillery support for the troops engaged. In doing so, he repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire.  His experience, planning and calm composure ensured the delivery of precise artillery strikes that significantly disrupted insurgent activity and enhanced the combat effectiveness of Canadian soldiers and Afghan National Security Forces. His leadership and tactical acumen were vital to the battle group’s success.

Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Richard Denis Dompierre, M.S.M., C.D.
Ottawa, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Between July 2004 and July 2010, Chief Warrant Officer Dompierre demonstrated extraordinary professionalism and innovative leadership by spearheading major reforms within the meteorological technician occupation, specifically in its organizational structure, training and deployment readiness. As a senior member of the Joint Meteorological Centre, he ensured that all deployed technicians were thoroughly prepared and properly equipped. Chief Warrant Officer Dompierre’s efforts have yielded invaluable benefits for meteorological technicians who, in return, support Canadian Forces operations with strengthened abilities.

Major J.R. Mario Ferland, M.S.M., C.D.
Baie St-Paul and Québec, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As deputy commander of the Royal 22e Régiment Battle Group from April to October 2009, Major Ferland significantly contributed to the success of the international counter-insurgency campaign in Afghanistan. His effective oversight of the planning, execution and coordination of major combat operations enabled the battle group to achieve significant gains against insurgents and contributed to strengthening the Afghan government’s authority within Kandahar province. Major Ferland’s leadership, planning capabilities and operational focus were key elements of the battle group’s success.

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Jocelyn Joseph René Fréchette, M.S.M., C.D.
Ste-Foy, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

From January to March 2010, the firm guidance provided by Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Fréchette enabled the crew of HMCS Athabaskan to provide exceptional support following the devastating earthquake in Haiti. The relations Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Fréchette maintained with non-governmental organizations, community leaders and military units also made it possible to deliver assistance in the areas hardest hit. His efforts helped to optimize the use of the ship’s resources and to undertake humanitarian assistance projects that had a lasting impact on the region.                                                                     

Lieutenant-Colonel Gyula John Joseph Gergely, M.S.M., C.D.
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

From 2005 through 2010, Lieutenant-Colonel Gergely’s resourcefulness and untiring efforts greatly contributed to all major Air Force infrastructure programs in support of the Canadian Forces’ domestic and international operations. His knowledge of airfield operations and his unmatched organizational skills were essential during the establishment of the Air Wing in Afghanistan, and when the Air Force introduced the Globemaster III aircraft to its home base in Trenton, Ontario. The positive impact of his contributions will be felt by the Air Force—and the Canadian Forces as a whole—for years to come.

Lieutenant-Colonel Lee John Hammond, M.S.M., C.D.
North Vancouver, British Columbia and St. Albert, Alberta
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As chief of operational plans with Joint Task Force Afghanistan from January to November 2009, Lieutenant-Colonel Hammond was the key author of a groundbreaking document that transformed how the task force and its civilian partners conducted counter-insurgency operations. His political insight and his leadership of the military-civilian team enabled the development of a plan that helped to strengthen the Afghan government’s authority within Kandahar province. His professionalism and dedication greatly contributed to operational success in Afghanistan, and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces and to Canada.

Commander Christopher John Hargreaves, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
Victoria, British Columbia
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Since his appointment in 2008 as commanding officer of Canadian Forces Fleet School Esquimalt, Commander Hargreaves’ inspirational leadership, detailed analytical skills, dedication and infectious motivation have been the driving force behind initiatives to improve naval courses. His actions were instrumental in enhancing the sailors’ quality of life and reducing time away from home and units. His commitment and professionalism have had a significant impact on the individual training requirements for naval force employment, generation and development.

Lieutenant-Colonel Joseph Jean-Paul Christian Labrosse, M.S.M., C.D.
Montréal, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

From July 2008 to April 2010, Lieutenant-Colonel Labrosse distinguished himself as deputy commander of 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group. Through his exceptional leadership and dedication, he enabled the group to achieve its operational mandate, both in Canada and abroad, at a particularly tumultuous time, notably in Afghanistan and Haiti. Achieving this mandate allowed the Canadian Forces and Canada to remain respected and trusted global leaders in carrying out operations within international coalitions.

Chief Warrant Officer Grégoire Raymond Lacroix, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
Orléans, Ontario and Saint-Mard, Belgium
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Between July 2007 and July 2010, Chief Warrant Officer Lacroix demonstrated outstanding leadership as the Canadian Forces chief warrant officer by promoting excellence, professionalism and teamwork among the non-commissioned leaders. He played a critical role in the development and implementation of effective non-commissioned member training, both nationally and internationally. His performance and dedication significantly improved the effectiveness of our soldiers, sailors and air personnel, and brought great benefit to the Canadian Forces.

Colonel Joseph Conrad Roch Lacroix, M.S.M., C.D.
Gimli, Manitoba
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As deputy commander of Joint Task Force Afghanistan from February to November 2009, Colonel Lacroix was heavily involved in every aspect of the task force’s operations and ensured the commander’s intent was understood and implemented. His clear tactical direction ensured that the enemy was prevented from gaining ground, while friendly forces were able to keep their momentum and push ahead. Colonel Lacroix’s outstanding command presence and determination advanced the mandate of the International Security Assistance Force and strengthened the Afghan government’s authority within Kandahar province.

Corporal Derick R. Lewis, M.S.M.
Kentville, Nova Scotia
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

On September 3, 2006, Corporal Lewis’ company was advancing across the Arghandab River, in Afghanistan, when it came under enemy fire from a defended position; they quickly incurred several casualties. While the fight continued around him, and despite being wounded, he assisted with the assessment, treatment and evacuation of the other casualties until his own injuries forced him to stop. Demonstrating exemplary perseverance and devotion to duty, Corporal Lewis continued in spite of his injuries and helped save the lives of his fellow soldiers.

Captain Francis Joseph Michel Mallet, M.S.M., C.D.
LaSalle, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

In 2008 and 2009, Captain Mallet demonstrated exemplary leadership and dedication, which contributed to the 430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron achieving a high state of readiness for its deployment to Afghanistan. He developed a training plan for the unit that became the cornerstone for individual training, and which transformed a group of inexperienced individuals into an effective team. His initiative, as well as his exceptional ability to analyze and prioritize, allowed the unit to deliver an important operational capability in Afghanistan.

Master Warrant Officer Robert Joseph Montague, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
Deep River, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

From August 2006 to February 2007, Master Warrant Officer Montague’s efforts as the artillery battery sergeant-major contributed to the operational success of Joint Task Force Afghanistan. His leadership skills were key to the successful handling of many stressful situations, such as the extraction of a trapped vehicle while engaged with the enemy, or the coordination of the delivery of thousands of rounds of artillery and mortar fire by Canadian and coalition gunners. He was instrumental in the success of enemy engagements during major Canadian and NATO-led operations.

Lieutenant-Colonel Scott Miller, M.S.M. (United States Air Force)
Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Colonel Theodore E. Osowski, M.S.M. (United States Air Force)
Flushing, Michigan, United States of America
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Lieutenant-Colonel Miller and Colonel Osowski, of the United States Air Force, commanded the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron and the 451st Air Expeditionary Group, respectively, in Afghanistan, from September 2008 to April 2009. Their units’ seamless integration with the Canadian Battle Group ensured uninterrupted access to dedicated close air support, resulting in successful operations against insurgents across Kandahar province. Whether personally flying missions, providing advice to the battle group commander or ensuring their units’ technical and tactical excellence, Lieutenant-Colonel Miller’s and Colonel Osowski’s efforts diminished insurgent fighting ability, saved Canadian lives and enhanced the task force’s operational effectiveness.

Lieutenant-Colonel Miller received his insignia at an earlier ceremony.

Lieutenant-Colonel James Joseph Raoul Normand Richardson, M.S.M., C.D.
Laval, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Lieutenant-Colonel Richardson is recognized for his extraordinary leadership and professionalism as commander of the Personnel Support Service of 5 Area Support Group, from 2006 to 2009. Among other things, he encouraged the integration of the Valcartier Family Centre and the Deployment Support Group, and oversaw the creation of the Regional Casualty Support Cell. This initiative became a national reference for military personnel support and has brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.

Honorary Captain (N) Cedric Steele, M.S.M., C.D.
Victoria, British Columbia
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

In the 13 years since 1997, Honorary Captain (N) Steele’s unflagging service to Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, Maritime Forces Pacific and to the Canadian Forces in general, has inspired and connected the Navy with prominent Canadians and various business groups, as well as the local community. Through Captain (N) Steele’s extraordinary energy, vision and tireless efforts, the Esquimalt-based Navy has become linked to the identity of Greater Victoria, as further demonstrated by his commitment to create the Naval Centennial Homecoming statue on the Victoria waterfront. 

Major Russell Neal Washburn, M.S.M., C.D.
St. George, New Brunswick
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

From September 2008 to April 2009, Major Washburn’s outstanding mentorship of and excellent rapport with the commanding officers of two Afghan National Army infantry brigades enabled him to significantly progress their professional leadership qualities. With the brigades dispersed across Zhari district, he developed ingenious methods to ensure the optimal placement of his mentoring resources. Major Washburn’s diplomatic and leadership skills enhanced the officers’ capacities and abilities to effectively lead their soldiers, which earned him their respect as a combat leader and trusted advisor.

Sergeant Christopher Stuart Whalen, M.S.M.
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Sergeant Whalen showed leadership and devotion to duty in his capacity as commander of the Care of the Wounded Soldier Cell for the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, from July 2006 to January 31, 2010.  As a wounded soldier himself, he was an effective advocate for the rights, entitlements and medical needs of the injured. In addition, he made valued contributions to numerous national-level advisory groups on the subject. Sergeant Whalen’s efforts have brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.


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.