Lieutenant-Colonel Christopher John Zimmer, M.S.M., C.D.
Esterhazy, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada
Meritorious Service Decorations - Military Division
Meritorious Service Medal
Awarded on: May 17, 2012
Invested on: November 15, 2012
As headquarters commanding officer and wing chief of staff of the Joint Task Force Afghanistan Air Wing at Kandahar Airfield from March to September 2011, Lieutenant-Colonel Zimmer demonstrated the highest calibre of initiative, leadership and support. Whether streamlining processes, instituting morale and welfare programs, or establishing relationships with other headquarters, he ensured that all staff executed their tasks to a consistently high standard. In addition, his planning effectively positioned the unit for successful mission transition as the Canadian Forces left Kandahar. Lieutenant-Colonel Zimmer’s efforts contributed directly to the success of the air wing and brought great credit to the Candian Forces.