Meritorious Service Decorations - Military Division
Meritorious Service Cross
Awarded on: October 7, 2010
Invested on: July 01, 2011
As commander of the United States Central Command from October 2008 to June 2010, General Petraeus demonstrated outstanding co-operation with and support of Canadian Forces members engaged in combat operations in Afghanistan. He displayed great appreciation for the Canadian Forces, placing under Canadian command the highest number of United States military forces assigned to any foreign nation in decades. This demonstration of faith enhanced Canada’s role in the development of the American-led campaign plan in Afghanistan, while General Petraeus’ extraordinary leadership strengthened the relationship between our two countries.