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Order of Military Merit Investiture Ceremony

November 30, 2011

Governor General to Invest 49 Individuals
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 December 2, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. The Governor General, who is chancellor of the Order, will bestow the honour on three Commanders, eight Officers and 38 Members.

The Order of Military Merit was created in 1972, to recognize meritorious service and devotion to duty by members of the Canadian Forces. The Order has three levels of membership: Commander (C.M.M.), Officer (O.M.M.) and Member (M.M.M.).

The list of recipients and additional information on the Order of Military Merit are attached.

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Media who would like to conduct interviews with the 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 ceremony.

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

Media are asked to observe the following schedule:
11:00 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
12:00 p.m.:      Ceremony ends
12:15 p.m.:      Interviews with recipients


ORDER OF MILITARY MERIT RECIPIENTS

COMMANDERS

Rear-Admiral Nigel Stafford Greenwood, C.M.M., C.D.
This is a promotion within the Order.

Joint Task Force Pacific Headquarters
Victoria, B.C.

Major-General Mark McQuillan, C.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Operational Support Command Headquarters
Ottawa, Ont.

Major-General Guy Thibault, C.M.M., C.D.

Office of the Assistant Deputy Minister (Information Management)
Ottawa, Ont.


OFFICERS

Lieutenant-Colonel Allan Bratland, O.M.M., C.D.

Regional Cadet Support Unit Prairie
Winnipeg, Man.

Major James Burton, O.M.M., C.D.

22 Wing
Hornell Heights, Ont.

Colonel André Corbould, O.M.M., C.D.

1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group
Edmonton, Alta.

Commander Anthony Evans, O.M.M., C.D.

Joint Task Force Pacific Headquarters
Victoria, B.C.

Commander Robert Lewis-Manning, O.M.M., C.D.

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Vancouver 
Victoria, B.C.

Lieutenant-Colonel Shawn McKinstry, O.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Defence Liaison Staff Washington
Washington D.C., U.S.A.

Colonel Dean Milner, O.M.M., C.D.

2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters and Signal Squadron
Petawawa, Ont.

Lieutenant-Colonel Homer Tien, O.M.M., C.D.

1 Canadian Field Hospital
Petawawa, Ont.


MEMBERS

Sergeant Jorgan Aitaok Jr., M.M.M.

1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group
Yellowknife, N.W.T.

Master Warrant Officer Jeffrey Aman, M.M.M., C.D.

2 Combat Engineer Regiment
Petawawa, Ont.

Chief Warrant Officer Mark Arden, M.M.M., C.D.

The British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught’s Own)
Vancouver, B.C.

Sergeant Alain Barriault, M.M.M., C.D.

Land Force Quebec Area Training Centre
Courcelette, Que.

Master Warrant Officer Robert Bartlett, M.M.M., C.D.

The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery School
Oromocto, N.B.

Petty Officer 1st Class Stephen Beastall, M.M.M., C.D.

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Prevost
London, Ont.

Chief Warrant Officer Gerard Brennan, M.M.M., C.D.

Land Force Atlantic Area Headquarters
Halifax, N.S.

Major Patrick Brizay, M.M.M., C.D.

1 Canadian Field Hospital
Petawawa, Ont.

Master Warrant Officer Kirby Vincent Burgess, M.M.M., C.D.

2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment
Oromocto, N.B.

Chief Warrant Officer Michael Clough, M.M.M., C.D.

1 Service Battalion
Edmonton, Alta.

Warrant Officer William Doupe, M.M.M., C.D.

2 Field Ambulance
Petawawa, Ont.

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Feltham, M.M.M., C.D.

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

Lieutenant (N) Corey Lloyd Ellis Gleason, M.M.M., C.D.

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Protecteur
Victoria, B.C.

Chief Warrant Officer Gilles Godbout, M.M.M., C.D.

5 Service Battalion
Courcelette, Que.

Warrant Officer Kelly Grant, M.M.M., C.D.

Infantry School
Oromocto, N.B.

Chief Warrant Officer Éric Gravel, M.M.M., C.D.

1st Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment
Courcelette, Que.

Chief Warrant Officer Alain Grenier, M.M.M., C.D.

5e Régiment d’artillerie légère du Canada
Courcelette, Que.

Captain John Hill, M.M.M., C.D.

3 Area Support Group Signal Squadron
Oromocto, N.B.

Warrant Officer Murray Hiltz, M.M.M., C.D.

14 Air Maintenance Squadron
Greenwood, N.S.

Warrant Officer Lewis Johnstone, M.M.M., C.D.

1 Military Police Unit Detachment Shilo
Shilo, Man.

Warrant Officer Ronald Leblanc, M.M.M., C.D.

The British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught’s Own)
Vancouver, B.C.

Petty Officer 2nd Class James Leith, M.M.M., S.C., M.S.M., C.D.

Fleet Diving Unit Atlantic
Shearwater, N.S.

Master Warrant Officer Donald MacIntyre, M.M.M., C.D.

12 Air Maintenance Squadron
Shearwater, N.S.

Warrant Officer Patricia MacWilliams, M.M.M., C.D.

408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron
Edmonton, Alta.

Major Wendy McKenzie, M.M.M., C.D.

12 Vancouver Field Ambulance
Vancouver, B.C.

Warrant Officer David McLaughlin, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Base Borden
Borden, Ont.

Chief Warrant Officer Steven Milton, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Base Halifax
Halifax, N.S.

Captain William Moore, M.M.M., C.D.

721 Charlottetown Communication Regiment
Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Master Warrant Officer Roy Pugh, M.M.M., C.D.

3 Intelligence Company
Halifax, N.S.

Chief Warrant Officer Christopher Rusk, M.M.M., C.D.

2nd Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery
Petawawa, Ont.

Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Angela Schenkers, M.M.M., C.D.

Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Protecteur Victoria, B.C.

Warrant Officer Sylvie Seaward, M.M.M., C.D.

11 Canadian Forces Health Services Centre
Shilo, Man.

Petty Officer 1st Class Cavel Shebib, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Naval Engineering School Halifax
Halifax, N.S.

Sergeant Yan St-Pierre, M.M.M., C.D.

5 Field Ambulance
Courcelette, Que.

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

4 Wing
Cold Lake, Alta.

Chief Warrant Officer David Tofts, M.M.M., C.D.

12e Régiment blindé du Canada
Courcelette, Que.

Master Warrant Officer Pierre Tremblay, M.M.M., C.D.

12e Régiment blindé du Canada
Courcelette, Que.

Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Charles Trombley, M.M.M., C.D.

Fleet Diving Unit Atlantic
Shearwater, 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 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 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 Forces in the performance of military duties.