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Governor General to Present 39 Military Decorations

January 24, 2012

Governor General to Present 39 Military Decorations at Rideau Hall

OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, announces the presentation of Military Valour Decorations and Meritorious Service Decorations (Military Division) to members of the Canadian and allied forces. The presentation ceremony will take place on Thursday, January 26, 2012, at 10:30 a.m., at Rideau Hall.

The Governor General will present seven 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 28 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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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. 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

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
11:45 a.m.:      Ceremony ends
12:00 p.m.:      Media interviews with recipients


RECIPIENTS

MILITARY VALOUR DECORATIONS

Medal of Military Valour

Captain William Todd Fielding, M.M.V., C.D.

Niagara Falls, Ont.

Master Corporal Adam Holmes, M.M.V.

Kapuskasing, Ont.

Master Corporal Gilles-Remi Mikkelson, M.M.V.

Bella Coola, B.C.

Private Philip Millar, M.M.V.

Lower Sackville, N.S.

Master Corporal Paul Douglas Mitchell, M.M.V.

Weymouth, N.S.

Private John Nelson, M.M.V.

Wiseton, Sask.

Sergeant Graham Marc Verrier, M.M.V., C.D.

Winnipeg, Man.


MERITORIOUS SERVICE DECORATIONS

Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

Colonel Christian Drouin, M.S.C., C.D.

Montréal, Que.

Colonel Simon Charles Hetherington, M.S.C., C.D.

Oakville, Ont.

Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Simon Armand Vinet, M.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.

Longueuil, Que.

Lieutenant-Colonel Jerome Francis Walsh, M.S.C., C.D.

Ottawa, Ont.


Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Colonel David Edward Barr, M.S.M., C.D.

Victoria, B.C.

Major Annie Bouchard, M.S.M., C.D.

Roberval, Que.

Master Corporal Danny Denis Boyd, M.S.M., C.D.

La Tuque, Que.

Colonel Shane Anthony Brennan, M.S.M., C.D.

Ottawa, Ont.

Corporal Bobby Brown, M.S.M.

Holland Centre, Ont.

Lieutenant-Colonel Kenneth Freeman Butterworth, M.S.M., C.D.

Glace Bay, N.S.

Colonel James Roy Forestell, M.S.M., C.D.

Campbellford, Ont.

Warrant Officer Joseph Jacques Friolet, M.S.M., C.D.

Bathurst, N.B.

Colonel Raymond Marc Gagné, M.S.M., C.D.

St-Gilles de Lotbinière, Que.

Lieutenant-Commander Louis Christian Haché, M.S.M., C.D.

Petit-Rocher, N.B. and Middle Sackville, N.S.

Captain(N) Richard Philip Harrison, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Victoria, B.C.

Colonel Jeffrey Holachek, M.S.M. (United States Army)

Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.

Major Patrick John Koch, M.S.M., C.D.

White Rock, B.C.

Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Frederick McGrath, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

St. John’s, N.L.

Sergeant Charles Andrew McLean, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Ottawa, Ont.

Captain(N) John Frederick Newton, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Halifax, N.S.

Captain James Alan O’Neill, M.S.M., C.D.

Hamilton, Ont.

Warrant Officer George Nelson Parrott, M.S.M., C.D.

Duncan, B.C.

Lieutenant-Colonel Michael Brian Patrick, M.S.M., C.D.

Kitchener, Ont.

Captain(N) Kenneth John Pickford, M.S.M., C.D.

Ottawa, Ont. and Halifax, N.S.

Major Derek Prohar, M.M.V., M.S.M.

Avonlea, Sask.

Major Liam Wade Rutland, M.S.M., C.D.

Pembroke, Ont.

Lieutenant-Colonel Andrew Scheidl, M.S.M., C.D.

Ottawa, Ont.

Captain Robert Scott, M.S.M.

Prince Albert, Sask.

Major Donald James Senft, M.S.M., C.D.

Kelowna, B.C.

Lieutenant-Colonel Jeffery Douglas Smyth, M.S.M., C.D.

Chatham, Ont.

Lieutenant-Colonel Michael Whited, Jr., M.S.M. (United States Army)

Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.A.

Brigadier-General Gregory Achilles Young, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Windsor, Ont.

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

CITATIONS

MILITARY VALOUR DECORATIONS

Captain William Todd Fielding, M.M.V., C.D.
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Medal of Military Valour

On August 5, 2010, Captain Fielding’s Chinook helicopter was struck by enemy fire, in Panjwaji, Afghanistan, causing the fuel tank to explode and rendering the aircraft nearly inoperable. With the helicopter in flames and the cockpit rapidly filling with smoke, Captain Fielding made the time-critical decision to land in enemy territory rather than fly to a friendly landing zone.  His outstanding courage and devotion to duty allowed him to execute an emergency landing and then lead the evacuation of the burning aircraft. His actions no doubt saved the lives of all crew and passengers that day.

Master Corporal Adam Holmes, M.M.V.
Kapuskasing, Ontario
Medal of Military Valour

From July 30 to August 2, 2010, Master Corporal Holmes displayed tremendous courage and continuous composure while coordinating exceptional fire support during a four-day combat operation. Constantly under fire, he willingly and repeatedly exposed himself to attack while identifying enemy positions and directing fire upon them. In addition, he single-handedly turned back a group of insurgents who had come within 50 metres of a friendly position. Master Corporal Holmes’ valour and determination were critical to the success of the operation.

Master Corporal Gilles-Remi Mikkelson, M.M.V.
Bella Coola, British Columbia
Medal of Military Valour

On November 1, 2009, a member of Master Corporal Mikkelson’s joint Canadian-Afghan foot patrol was severely wounded by an improvised explosive device. During the ensuing ambush, Master Corporal Mikkelson selflessly crossed through intense enemy fire to provide life-saving first aid to the critically wounded Afghan soldier. Despite the danger, his outstanding courage saved a comrade’s life and brought great credit to Canada and the Canadian Forces.

Private Philip Millar, M.M.V.
Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia
Medal of Military Valour

On November 23, 2009, Private Millar demonstrated great heroism during an insurgent attack on Forward Operating Base Wilson, in Afghanistan. With mortar bombs falling around him, he unhesitatingly ran to the impact area to provide first aid to a seriously wounded American soldier. Despite the danger, he remained with the casualty, fully exposed to the attack. Private Millar’s courageous actions under fire allowed for the best possible treatment to his comrade and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.

Master Corporal Paul Douglas Mitchell, M.M.V.
Weymouth, Nova Scotia
Medal of Military Valour

On June 5 and July 18, 2010, Master Corporal Mitchell’s front line devotion to duty and courageous actions under fire were instrumental in the defeat of two sustained insurgent attacks. While repeatedly exposing himself to enemy fire and fearlessly maintaining his position, he inspired other soldiers and ultimately repelled the enemy attacks. Master Corporal Mitchell’s selfless actions and disregard for his own safety undoubtedly saved the lives of his fellow soldiers.

Private John Nelson, M.M.V.
Wiseton, Saskatchewan
Medal of Military Valour

On June 16, 2010, Private Nelson’s foot patrol came under attack by insurgents on three sides, in Afghanistan. Upon hearing of a casualty, Private Nelson, under his own initiative, rushed headlong into the raging battle to reach his wounded comrade. Bullets rained around them as he administered first aid. While risking his own life, Private Nelson displayed courage, composure and selflessness as he rendered the necessary assistance to save the life of a fellow Canadian soldier.

Sergeant Graham Marc Verrier, M.M.V., C.D.
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Medal of Military Valour

On July 31, 2010, Sergeant Verrier’s patrol was caught in open terrain by an insurgent ambush, during an operation in Afghanistan. Despite being fully exposed to enemy fire, he immediately initiated a frontal assault on the enemy position. He also inspired his fellow soldiers to follow and relentlessly engaged the insurgents until they broke contact. Sergeant Verrier’s selfless, courageous and decisive actions under fire were critical to protecting the remainder of his platoon and defeating the enemy ambush.


MERITORIOUS SERVICE DECORATIONS (MILITARY DIVISION)

Colonel Christian Drouin, M.S.C., C.D.
Montréal, Quebec
Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

As commander of the Air Wing in Afghanistan from November 2009 to September 2010, Colonel Drouin was instrumental in developing the squadron’s capability so that it could fully support operations. While promoting the strength of combat aviation to an unprecedented degree, he ensured Canada’s leadership within several multinational operations, including one of the largest airmobile operations in the history of Canada’s efforts in Afghanistan. Colonel Drouin is a first-rate leader and innovator, and his outstanding command was pivotal to operational success.

Colonel Simon Charles Hetherington, M.S.C., C.D.
Oakville, Ontario
Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

Colonel Hetherington served as deputy commander of Joint Task Force Afghanistan from November 2009 to September 2010. His dedication and integrity helped to maintain campaign momentum despite an increasingly demanding operational tempo. With exceptional leadership abilities, he assumed command of the task force at a critical juncture in the mission, which strenghthened Canada’s credibility with our allies and kept the task force focused. Colonel Hetherington’s professionalism was critical to the success of the mission, and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.

This is the second Meritorious Service Cross for Colonel Hetherington.

Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Simon Armand Vinet, M.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.
Longueuil, Quebec
Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

As regimental sergeant-major of Joint Task Force Afghanistan from November 2009 to September 2010, Chief Warrant Officer Vinet was committed to each and every soldier in his group, which was critical to maintaining a cohesive fighting force during intense combat operations. He regularly lived and patrolled with his soldiers and established solid links with American troops under Canadian command, ensuring that fallen Americans received the same honours and memorialization as their Canadian comrades-in-arms. Chief Warrant Officer Vinet’s leadership and outstanding professionalism were pivotal to operational success and brought great credit to Canada.

Lieutenant-Colonel Jerome Francis Walsh, M.S.C., C.D.
Ottawa, Ontario
Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

As commanding officer of the battle group in Afghanistan from October 2009 to May 2010,
Lieutenant-Colonel Walsh marshalled significant gains on the battlefield. An innovative commander who led from the front, he inspired his multinational battle group. His unit overcame many complex challenges as he led soldiers in operations that enhanced security and stability in the volatile Panjwayi district, a former insurgent stronghold. Lieutenant-Colonel Walsh’s exemplary leadership was critical to the success of the mission in Afghanistan. He brought great credit to the Canadian Forces and to Canada.

Colonel David Edward Barr, M.S.M., C.D.
Victoria, British Columbia
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

From 2007 through 2010, Colonel Barr served as chief of staff and deputy commander of Joint Task Force Games. He played a significant role in the Canadian Forces’ provision of security support to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The success of this operation was largely due to his dedication and his adaptation, implementation and execution of the operational planning process in a multi-agency environment. Colonel Barr’s leadership, professionalism and distinctive accomplishments have brought great credit to the Canadian Forces and to Canada.

Major Annie Bouchard, M.S.M., C.D.
Roberval, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Following the catastrophic earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010, Major Bouchard, as a first responder, commanded a medical platoon from January to February of that year. Despite the physical and mental challenges of administering medical treatment in such a horrifying environment, she provided critical care to countless wounded, while keeping watch over her team’s morale and well-being.
Major Bouchard’s selfless actions alleviated the suffering of many victims of the earthquake, leaving a lasting impression of Canadian compassion in Léogâne, Haiti.

Master Corporal Danny Denis Boyd, M.S.M., C.D.
La Tuque, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Master Corporal Boyd’s leadership and technical skills greatly improved the efficiency of the Fire Support Coordination Centre within Joint Task Force Afghanistan Headquarters during his deployment from November 2009 to September 2010. In addition to developing a method that enhanced information management, he was selected to brief an American unit on the Centre’s procedures, helping them integrate seamlessly into the area of operations. Master Corporal Boyd’s dedicated efforts enhanced the Centre’s ability to ensure the effective delivery of fire support.

Colonel Shane Anthony Brennan, M.S.M., C.D.
Ottawa, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

From September 2009 to May 2010, Colonel Brennan’s performance as commander of the Operational Mentor and Liaison Team was essential to building Afghan National Army capacity. Whether interacting with senior Afghan leaders or sharing the risk with soldiers on the ground, he forged strong relationships among members of the multinational contingent. He was critical to transitioning the coalition’s focus from mentoring the Afghans to conducting fully partnered operations.
Colonel Brennan’s remarkable efforts were crucial to mission success, bringing great credit to Canada.

This is the second Meritorious Service Medal awarded to Colonel Brennan.

Corporal Bobby Brown, M.S.M.
Holland Centre, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

On December 26, 2008, a massive improvised explosive device launched Corporal Brown’s vehicle into the air, killing the driver instantly and causing several other casualties. After being temporarily knocked unconscious, Corporal Brown moved to the burning vehicle to provide first aid. Despite the intense heat and smoke, his resolve never wavered as he helped those wounded by the blast. Throughout this tragic event, Corporal Brown demonstrated tremendous character, devotion to duty and true leadership with actions that inspired his fellow soldiers.

Lieutenant-Colonel Kenneth Freeman Butterworth, M.S.M., C.D.
Glace Bay, Nova Scotia
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As the chief of staff of Task Force Tampa from May 2007 to June 2010, Lieutenant-Colonel Butterworth served as a critical information conduit between United States Central Command and the Canadian Forces. Lieutenant-Colonel Butterworth’s leadership and professionalism enabled the enhancement of the operational effectiveness of the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan. His efforts achieved support for troop increases and the loan of equipment while gaining considerable credit and recognition for Canada.

Colonel James Roy Forestell, M.S.M., C.D.
Campbellford, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As Canadian Defence attaché to the United Arab Emirates, and then Syria, from 2004 to 2011,
Colonel Forestell was pivotal to furthering the interests of the Government of Canada and the Department of National Defence in that area. With sharp operational focus and effective diplomatic skills, he spearheaded key strategic issues with foreign governments throughout the region to guarantee operational success for the Canadian mission in Afghanistan. Colonel Forestell’s leadership and dedication helped to place Canada in a positive light internationally.

Warrant Officer Joseph Jacques Friolet, M.S.M., C.D.
Bathurst, New Brunswick
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

While deployed to Afghanistan from November 2009 to August 2010, Warrant Officer Friolet was instrumental in the establishment and operational employment of the Task Force Freedom Maintenance Flight in Afghanistan. Under his skilled leadership, the flight maximized its support capability, doubling the amount of aircraft available for operations. On numerous occasions, his skilful and diplomatic engagements with coalition allies ensured the successful coordination of critical support requirements. Warrant Officer Friolet’s outstanding leadership and professionalism ensured the effective employment of Canadian aviation assets.

Colonel Raymond Marc Gagné, M.S.M., C.D.
St-Gilles de Lotbinière, Quebec
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As the first chief of staff to the Deputy Commander for Afghan National Police Development from March to October 2010, Colonel Gagné’s efforts helped lay the foundation to strengthen the Afghan National Police. Assuming leadership of a diverse multinational staff, he was able to consistently raise the profile of police issues and was instrumental in developing effective NATO training programs. Colonel Gagné’s dedicated efforts to improving policing capabilities in Afghanistan brought great credit to Canada.

Lieutenant-Commander Louis Christian Haché, M.S.M., C.D.
Petit-Rocher, New Brunswick and Middle Sackville, Nova Scotia
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As deputy commander of Task Force Port-au-Prince, and chief of Plans and Strategic Measures within the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti from July 2009 to April 2010, Lieutenant-Commander Haché was instrumental to the success of international efforts in the country. In the aftermath of the January 2010 earthquake, he re-established command and control capabilities that were lost when the local United Nations Headquarters was destroyed.  Lieutenant-Commander Haché’s leadership contributed significantly to the United Nations’ efforts in Haiti and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces and to Canada.

Captain(N) Richard Philip Harrison, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
Victoria, British Columbia
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

From 2009 to 2010, Captain(N) Harrison was instrumental in planning and executing a series of very high-profile and successful events in support of the Canadian Naval Centennial. These events, including the exercising of the freedom of the city of Victoria and an international fleet review, received national and international recognition, which enhanced the standing of the Canadian Forces both at home and abroad. In addition to these centennial activities, Captain(N) Harrison was involved in groundbreaking work on the charter of the Western Pacific Naval Symposium, which elevated Canada’s influence in the region and among the 24 participating nations.

Colonel Jeffrey Holachek, M.S.M. (United States Army)
Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As deputy chief of staff of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Command since July 2009,
Colonel Holachek, of the United States Army, consistently demonstrated strong leadership and outstanding professionalism. He developed and employed innovative concepts, effectively led his staff through complex operational planning, and delivered effective plans for implementation. Colonel Holachek’s dedication and unwavering commitment greatly enhanced the operational effectiveness of expeditionary operations and brought great credit to Canada.

Major Patrick John Koch, M.S.M., C.D.
White Rock, British Columbia
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Major Koch played a key role in leading the integration of the Canadian Forces’ support into security planning for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. He achieved exemplary results thanks to his leadership and the strong relationships he built throughout the Games’ large and complex multi-agency Integrated Security Unit. Major Koch’s accomplishments complement a distinguished career and brought great credit to himself and to the Canadian Forces.

Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Frederick McGrath, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As branch advisor for the Cadet Instructors Cadre from 2006 to 2010, Lieutenant-Colonel McGrath oversaw numerous high-profile events across Canada to celebrate the branch’s centenary, as well as the creation of several unifying symbols for the branch. Thanks to his visionary leadership, the successful events generated considerable public interest and brought great credit to the Cadet program and to the Canadian Forces. His dedicated personal efforts have had an enduring impact on the esprit-de-corps of the Cadet Instructors Cadre.

Sergeant Charles Andrew McLean, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
Ottawa, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Since 2007, Sergeant McLean’s dedication to Soldier On, a program which he co-founded, has ensured the continued success of this initiative to optimize the functional independence of Canadian Forces members or former members who have become ill or who have been injured. His passion and commitment have provided opportunities for these individuals to reach beyond their physical limitations and find a better quality of life on their road to recovery and reintegration. Over the years, he has successfully promoted and created awareness of the needs of injured and ill Canadian Forces members and their families, as well as the programs available to them.

Captain(N) John Frederick Newton, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Captain(N) Newton was the base commander for Canadian Forces Base Halifax from July 2008 to July 2010. During his tenure, he displayed exceptional leadership in guiding the planning and execution of two extremely high-profile ceremonial events: the consecration and presentation of a new Queen’s Colour to Maritime Command in 2009, and the international fleet review by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2010. Through his success, Canadians were inspired anew by their navy as a treasured national institution, and sailors were filled with pride in their naval service to Canada.

Captain James Alan O’Neill, M.S.M., C.D.
Hamilton, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As a platoon commander from October 2009 to May 2010, Captain O’Neill enhanced security in Haji Baba and Nakhonay, Afghanistan. Living within the local community and partnered with an Afghan platoon, Captain O’Neill established strong ties with local leaders, creating an atmosphere of trust within the community. He took great pride in mentoring his Afghan counterpart, providing leadership that enabled the platoons to synchronize operations and disrupt insurgent activities. Captain O’Neill’s dedication brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.

Warrant Officer George Nelson Parrott, M.S.M., C.D.
Duncan, British Columbia
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As sergeant-major of Kandak Mentor Team 3 from September 2009 to April 2010, Warrant Officer Parrott provided exceptional mentorship to his Afghan counterpart and ensured that widely dispersed mentoring teams received the operational support they required. Leading from the front during joint combat operations, he set an example emulated by Afghan soldiers and created the conditions for successful interoperability between Canadian, coalition and Afghan units. Warrant Officer Parrott’s leadership contributed to enhancing the capabilities of the Afghan National Army and brought great credit to Canada.

Lieutenant-Colonel Michael Brian Patrick, M.S.M., C.D.
Kitchener, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Lieutenant-Colonel Patrick served as chief of operations of Joint Task Force Afghanistan from February to November 2009. He demonstrated outstanding leadership and tactical acumen, which were critical to the successful development and implementation of the summer campaign plan, aimed at denying insurgents the ability to gain momentum over the traditional fighting season. Lieutenant-Colonel Patrick’s excellence in the art of operational planning helped to disrupt Taliban objectives and to strengthen the Afghan government’s authority within Kandahar province.

Captain(N) Kenneth John Pickford, M.S.M., C.D.
Ottawa, Ontario and Halifax, Nova Scotia
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

From 2005 through 2010, Captain(N) Pickford displayed leadership and vision during the planning and execution of the Canadian Naval Centennial celebrations. With him at the helm, the centennial team drove a comprehensive program from coast to coast, with a mandate to bring the Navy to Canadians. In all respects, the celebrations were an unparalleled success and well-received by both national and international audiences, bringing considerable credit to the Navy and to the Canadian Forces.

Major Derek Prohar, M.M.V., M.S.M.
Avonlea, Saskatchewan
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As Operational Mentor and Liaison Team operations officer and headquarters company commander in Afghanistan from September 2009 to May 2010, Major Prohar planned and influenced operations, guaranteeing the necessary support to mentor teams operating in isolated and high-threat locations. His coordination with Canadian, American and Afghan units, his detailed knowledge of unit capabilities and his outstanding situational awareness reduced the level of risk and facilitated task force success. Major Prohar’s leadership and professionalism were critical to the success of operations and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.

Major Liam Wade Rutland, M.S.M., C.D.
Pembroke, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As the commanding officer of the Charlie Company Combat Team from October 2009 to May 2010, Major Rutland forged a first-rate combat unit through his knowledge of combat operations, his understanding of counter-insurgency warfare and his firm grasp of the battlespace. From complex air assaults to supporting operations, he inspired both Canadian and Afghan soldiers. Major Rutland’s leadership and remarkable efforts led to increased stability in Panjwayi district, where he gained the respect of the population and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.

Lieutenant-Colonel Andrew Scheidl, M.S.M., C.D.
Ottawa, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

While working within Canadian Expeditionary Force Command Headquarters from July 2008 to March 2011, Lieutenant-Colonel Scheidl provided exceptional support and leadership to Canada’s international security commitments. Whether working with American allies to understand the situation in Southwest Asia, supporting humanitarian relief in Haiti, or helping transition the Canadian combat mission in Afghanistan to a training mission, Lieutenant-Colonel Scheidl proved to be a dedicated officer. His efforts have brought considerable credit to the Command, the Canadian Forces and to Canada.

Captain Robert Scott, M.S.M.
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As unit chaplain of the Operational Mentor and Liaison Team, and of the Military Police Company in Afghanistan from September 2009 to April 2010, Captain Scott was a pillar of spiritual and moral strength. During the mission’s most difficult times, his compassion and sage advice helped soldiers to cope with the realities of war. With a deep understanding of human nature and genuine concern for the well-being of his fellow Canadians, Captain Scott was critical to the units’ ability to continue the mission.

Major Donald James Senft, M.S.M., C.D.
Kelowna, British Columbia
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Major Senft was a key participant in planning for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. He led the Joint Task Force Games and acted as the senior liaison with a multitude of inter-agency partners from both Canada and the United States. His exemplary leadership was essential to the successful contingency planning for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats.
Major Senft’s impressive national and international achievements brought great credit to himself and to the Canadian Forces.

Lieutenant-Colonel Jeffery Douglas Smyth, M.S.M., C.D.
Chatham, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

With keen insight, Lieutenant-Colonel Smyth advanced Canadian tactical aviation as commanding officer of the Canadian Helicopter Force (Afghanistan) from September 2009 to August 2010. He was committed to taking troops off the dangerous Afghan road networks, and led the maintenance staff as they ensured aircraft serviceability was never a limiting factor. Mastering the employment of new equipment, he enhanced support provided to ground forces. Lieutenant-Colonel Smyth’s remarkable efforts were critical to the success of operations, including the largest airmobile operation in the history of Canada’s involvement in Afghanistan.

Lieutenant-Colonel Michael Whited, Jr., M.S.M. (United States Army)
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States of America
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

From 2007 to 2010, Lieutenant-Colonel Whited distinguished himself as the United States Northern Command liaison officer to Canada Command. His professionalism, leadership and integrity in developing the foundation for improvements in continental defence, security and stability went far beyond the duties of a liaison officer. He fostered the development of Canada-United States Combined Defence and Civil Assistance Plans, and facilitated cross-border military collaboration in the buildup to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (Operation Podium). Lieutenant Colonel Whited’s contributions brought great credit to Canada and to the United States.

Brigadier-General Gregory Achilles Young, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
Windsor, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As deputy commanding general of the Combined Security Transition Command–Afghanistan from November 2006 to May 2007, Brigadier-General Young worked with the President of Afghanistan and his Minister of the Interior to establish a legitimate and professional national police force. His dedicated efforts were instrumental in establishing the rule of law, extending the government’s legitimacy and transitioning the nation to democracy. Brigadier-General Young’s leadership tremendously increased the country’s policing capabilities, bringing great credit to the Canadian Forces and to Canada.



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.