Meritorious Service Decorations (Military Division) – November 09, 2023

Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

Captain John Marc Comeau, M.S.C., C.D.

As a Canadian Forces Intelligence Command all-source technical analyst from August 2011 to October 2019, Captain Comeau’s constant vigilance and insightfulness enabled the Government of Canada to curtail illicit foreign activities. His exemplary dedication safeguarded Canadian and allied technological and economic interests. His expertise and influence far exceeded his rank level, as he diligently collected evidence to effectively inform ministerial level decisions. Captain Comeau’s professionalism and persistence impacted major foreign military capability development and has brought great honour to the Canadian Armed Forces.

The recipient has since been promoted to the rank of major and is now retired.

Colonel Colleen Ann Forestier, M.S.C., C.D.

From July 2020 to September 2021, Colonel Forestier demonstrated unwavering dedication and leadership in helping to plan, implement and lead the Canadian Armed Forces response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the director of Health Services Operations in Ottawa, Ontario, she played a vital role in the nation’s efforts to protect Canadians. Colonel Forestier’s professionalism, commitment to duty and collaboration enabled quick responses to pandemic-related incidents across the globe and facilitated a comprehensive immunization campaign both at home and abroad.

Captain Robert James Johnson, M.S.C., C.D.

On August 15, 2021, Captain Johnson led a tactical evacuation mission into Hamid Karzai International Airport as part of the Canadian Armed Forces’ effort to evacuate Afghans who had a significant relationship with the Government of Canada. As the aircraft commander, he brilliantly overcame dynamic and deteriorating conditions at the airport. Despite degraded aircraft system challenges and extreme crew fatigue, Captain Johnson successfully extracted 69 personnel, including the Canadian ambassador to Afghanistan, foreign diplomats from five coalition nations, and 30 Canadian entitled personnel.

Commodore Marie Thérèse Josée Kurtz, O.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.

From June to December 2019, Commodore Kurtz was deployed to the Black and Mediterranean seas as commander of Standing NATO Maritime Group Two. In a complex multinational environment and despite the constant threat posed by foreign fleets operating nearby, she ensured the vigilance and tactical effectiveness of the ships personnel under her command. Her exceptional analytical skills directly contributed to security and stability in Eastern Europe. Thanks to her strong leadership and persistence, Commodore Kurtz continuously furthered Canada’s interests internationally.

The recipient has since been promoted to the rank of rear-admiral.

Colonel Éric Laforest, M.S.C., C.D.

From June 2019 to June 2021, Colonel Laforest served with confidence as commander of Task Force Latvia, where he was responsible for force generation and management of nearly 2 000 troops from 9 countries. He successfully and continuously cultivated good relations with the host nation, sending countries and NATO headquarters, despite a series of tactical, operational, strategic and political challenges. Colonel Laforest’s outstanding professionalism significantly enhanced the operational effectiveness of the Task Force, bringing great credit to Canada.

The recipient has since been promoted to the rank of brigadier-general.

Corporal Thomas William Oakes, M.S.C., C.D.

From June 2018 to May 2020, Corporal Oakes, an electronic intelligence analyst at Canadian Forces Electronic Warfare Centre (CFEWC) in Ottawa, Ontario, designed a new analytic tool that considerably increased the efficiency of the international operational electronic intelligence community. His singular sense of innovation has greatly enhanced the ability of the Canadian Armed Forces and key allies to correctly identify land-based electronic intelligence and validate new geo-locatable operational electronic intelligence. Corporal Oakes’s exceptional achievement established CFEWC as a significant contributor to intelligence partnerships.

The recipient is now retired.

Sergeant Damien Lindsey Robison, M.S.C., C.D.

On March 5, 2017, as the search and rescue team leader on Rescue 901 from 103 Search and Rescue Squadron, Sergeant Robison responded to a mayday call from the fishing vessel Northern Provider, caught in a fierce North Atlantic storm 280 kilometres northeast of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. Demonstrating exceptional professionalism and determination in perilous circumstances, Sergeant Robison was lowered into the frigid water to rescue three fishers after they had abandoned ship in extremely hazardous sea conditions.

The recipient has since been promoted to the rank of master warrant officer.

Second Award of a Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Commodore Daniel Alan Charlebois, M.S.M., C.D.

From January to July 2021, Commodore Charlebois was deployed to Bahrain as the commander of Combined Task Force 150. Effectively balancing Canadian strategic objectives in the Middle East with those of the Combined Maritime Force, he led this vital multinational task force at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the ships under his command experienced many operational successes while at sea. Commodore Charlebois’ exceptional professionalism greatly contributed to regional security and stability, thereby bringing great credit to Canada.

The recipient has since been promoted to the rank of rear-admiral.

Brigadier-General Paul James Peyton, M.S.M., C.D.

From July 2020 to May 2021, Brigadier-General Peyton served as the director of Strategic Communications for the Combined Joint Task Force - Operation INHERENT RESOLVE in Kuwait and Iraq. He led a multinational team that supported the commander of the international coalition against Daesh, enabling the transition to the final phase of the campaign plan. Brigadier-General Peyton’s exceptional efforts while engaging with the Government of Iraq, the Iraqi Security Forces and the international diplomatic community brought great credit to Canada.

The recipient has since been promoted to the rank of major-general.

Brigadier-General Michael Charles Wright, M.M.V., M.S.M., C.D.

From May 2020 to May 2021, Brigadier-General Wright was deployed to the Middle East as commander of Joint Task Force–Impact / Task Force–Central. Charged with overseeing operations IMPACT and FOUNDATION, he brilliantly commanded a 500-member task force distributed throughout Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and within an environment of extreme uncertainty and volatility. Despite these challenges, he delivered concurrent strategic and tactical effects with allies and partners on behalf of Canada.

The recipient has since been promoted to the rank of major-general.

Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Sergeant Christopher Delaval Astley, M.S.M., C.D.

As the Canadian defence attaché assistant in Kingston, Jamaica, from November 2020 to July 2021, Sergeant Astley was the sole Canadian military member representing Canada to the government of Jamaica. He was instrumental in ensuring continuity of operations as he provided a constant flow of information back to Canada, preserved the working relationship with the Jamaican Defence Force, and ensured the continued success of the Canadian Defence Attaché Office in Jamaica. Sergeant Astley’s actions brought great credit to the Canadian Armed Forces.

The recipient has since been promoted to the rank of warrant officer.

Brigadier-General Christopher Charles Ayotte, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

From July 2019 to July 2020, Brigadier-General Ayotte was deployed to Iraq and Kuwait as an embedded officer within Combined Joint Task Force–Operation INHERENT RESOLVE. At a time of unprecedented tension within an active conflict zone, he displayed innovative leadership, remarkable strategic acuity, and indomitable poise and composure within this vital United States-led fighting coalition command. Having earned the trust of his coalition commander, Brigadier-General Ayotte made significant and influential contributions to the task force’s efforts, which had a substantial strategic effect and brought great credit to Canada.

The recipient is now retired.

Lieutenant-Colonel Nicolas André Michael Babin, M.S.M., C.D.

From January to August 2019, Lieutenant-Colonel Babin was deployed to Gao, Mali, where he commanded the aviation battalion. His effective leadership and tactical acumen were instrumental in ensuring the success of advanced heliborne medical evacuations that directly saved the lives of UN peacekeepers, allied soldiers and Malian civilians. Lieutenant-Colonel Babin’s outstanding performance throughout a difficult and dangerous mission helped reduce the risks to Task Force Mali personnel and resources while maximizing the effects of air operations for the Canadian Armed Forces and UN.

The recipient has since been promoted to the rank of colonel.

Chief Warrant Officer Wayne John Bantock, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

From July 2020 to July 2021, Chief Warrant Officer Bantock was deployed to Egypt to assume the role of Multinational Force and Observers sergeant major. As key advisor and confidante to the force commander, he provided tactical, operational and strategic counsel. Moreover, he promoted co-operation and harmony throughout the Force, and served as a role model, particularly in the aftermath of the fatal crash of a Force helicopter. Chief Warrant Officer Bantock’s professionalism brought great credit to Canada.

Master Corporal Justin Douglas Barfoot, M.S.M., C.D.

From 2015 to 2019, Master Corporal Barfoot became the first Canadian and second Party National Security Agency Red Team qualified operator. During two cyber exercises, he developed an enormous virtual environment, with hundreds of targets, and led the opposing force Red Team as technical director. As acting curriculum manager—a position requiring a Ph.D.—he substantially improved the cyber occupation course curriculum and delivery method. His professionalism and dedication have strengthened the Canada-United States relationship on cyber capabilities development.

The recipient is now retired.

Lieutenant-Colonel Joseph François Martin Barrette, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Colonel Barrette served with distinction as commander of Joint Task Force – Ukraine Medical Training Group. An insightful and analytical leader, he identified the lack of training and standards of combat casualty care as one of the key survivability issues for the Ukrainian military in operations. To address this issue, he implemented an integrated training program. Lieutenant-Colonel Barrette’s professional and diplomatic contributions greatly enhanced the credibility of the Canadian Armed Forces’ capabilities in Ukraine.

Major Marie Diane Danielle Geneviève Marilou Beaucage, M.S.M., C.D.

From February 2020 to June 2021, as commander of the Canadian Forces Aeromedical Evacuation Flight, Major Beaucage demonstrated leadership and professionalism in the development of transportation for patients with infectious disease during the COVID‑19 crisis. Working with partners, she oversaw the evacuation of 700 stranded Canadians and was instrumental in the acquisition of a new biological containment system used to transport 10 critically ill patients at a time. Major Beaucage’s experience and ingenuity have brought great credit to the Canadian Armed Forces.

Major Michelle Katharine Berlinguette, M.S.M., C.D.

From 2018 to 2021, Major Berlinguette demonstrated outstanding initiative and technical knowledge as the project manager of the new Performance and Competency Evaluation (PaCE), Ottawa, Ontario. Whether leading a team of two or single-handedly throughout most of the COVID-19 pandemic, she successfully conducted a trial involving more than 1 000 participants and set the conditions for PaCE implementation throughout the Department of National Defence. In transforming performance appraisal, Major Berlinguette brought great honour to the Canadian Armed Forces.

The recipient has since been promoted to the rank of lieutenant-colonel.

Major Kristina Lee Bois, M.S.M., C.D.

From 2018 to 2020, Major Bois served as chief of network operations within Director General Information Management Operations in Ottawa, Ontario. While leading operational support for the global communication and information system infrastructure, she galvanized numerous and diverse teams consisting of both internal and external stakeholders. Her contributions in this role led to innovative solutions and the modernization of several processes and procedures. By ensuring support for critical operations and ushering in a new era of technological innovation, Major Bois set a standard of excellence far beyond expectations.

The recipient has since been promoted to the rank of lieutenant-colonel and is now retired.

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Joseph Boniface, M.S.M., C.D.

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Boniface served from January to July 2021 as coxswain of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Halifax during operations in the Baltic, Irish, Norwegian and North seas. In this role, he provided outstanding leadership and support to the ship’s crew, and judicious advice to the commander of Standing NATO Maritime Group 1. His exceptional efforts mitigated the effects of isolation placed on the crew by the COVID-19 pandemic, and ensured high morale and mission effectiveness despite extreme and extraordinary challenges.

Warrant Officer Marcel Yan Boursier M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Warrant Officer Boursier was assigned to the aviation battalion for the mission in Mali from July 2018 to January 2019. He demonstrated great professionalism and a strong sense of initiative in developing force protection measures used by Canadian emergency medical response teams and international partners. In doing so, he provided outstanding leadership within the Quick Reaction Force. Warrant Officer Boursier helped reduce the risks to first responder operations in an unpredictable and complex environment, which brought great credit to Canada.

The recipient has since been promoted to the rank of master warrant officer and is now retired.

Major Douglas Richard Edward Bugeaud, M.S.M., C.D.

From 2016 to 2021, Major Bugeaud was employed as the deputy chief of the Canadian Liaison Detachment to the United States National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in Springfield, Virginia. Throughout his tenure, he projected a high degree of professionalism and leadership within the Five Eyes intelligence domain. His contributions have laid the foundation that will accelerate the Five Eyes Geospatial-Intelligence cycle through the leverage of data science, machine learning, and other emerging techniques and technologies. His accomplishments have brought great honour to the Canadian Armed Forces and to Canada.

The recipient is now retired.

Major Jennifer Margaret Campbell, M.S.M., C.D.

From 2014 to 2020, Major Jennifer Campbell served as a member and leader of the 1 Canadian Air Division Family Support Team. She played a key role in conceiving, developing and implementing the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Family Sponsor Program, which has proven to be highly successful in improving communication and connectivity between RCAF units, members and their families, especially during transition. Major Campbell’s leadership, initiative and ingenuity have been the critical driving force behind the program’s success.

Commander John Derek Cann, M.S.M., C.D.

As the Canadian Surface Combatant Detachment Commander from 2016 to 2019, Commander Cann demonstrated professional competence and inspired leadership, which were instrumental in fostering trust among senior Canadian Armed Forces officers, public servants and industry executives. His capacity for finding innovative solutions was critical to the overall success of the design selection for the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) new ships—the cornerstone of the RCN’s future capability—and key to meeting the Government of Canada’s priorities as laid out in Strong, Secure, Engaged.

The recipient is now retired.

Commander Lorne Campbell Carruth, M.S.M., C.D.

From March to June 2020, as acting deputy commander Naval Reserve, Quebec, during the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, Commander Carruth led the largest activation of the Naval Reserve since the Second World War. Displaying innovation and professionalism, he crafted and realized the nationwide plan, ensuring sailors were ready for the demands of the pandemic. His vision, engagement and tireless efforts ensured the rapid transition of units across Canada to an operational tempo that served the needs of Canadians.

The recipient is now retired.

Lieutenant-Colonel Krystle Rose Connerty, M.S.M., C.D.

As acting director of Plans North America, in Ottawa, Ontario, from June 2020 to July 2021, Lieutenant-Colonel Connerty demonstrated outstanding performance while balancing and executing strategic, national-level support to concurrent challenges. Her impressive leadership facilitated the coordination of the Government of Canada’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Quebec long-term care inquiry, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) vaccine roll-out, and the review of strategic documents for NORAD modernization. Despite the difficult circumstances, she excelled in a range of various roles, which had a significant positive impact on CAF strategic guidance.

Commander Landon Tod Creasy, M.S.M., C.D.

From March 2020 to June 2021, Commander Creasy displayed exceptional professionalism and leadership as the commanding officer of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Regina. In supporting positive cultural change and a safe work environment, he created a command culture advisory position, which has since been adopted throughout the fleet to help enforce departmental policy and address crew concerns. Executing a demanding, uncertain operational schedule involving multiple international and domestic exercises, he maintained high morale and readiness despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Commander Jeffrey William Dargavel, M.S.M., C.D.

From July to December 2020, Commander Dargavel displayed outstanding leadership, initiative and professionalism as the commanding officer of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Toronto. During operations in the Baltic, Norwegian and North seas in support of NATO assurance measures, HMCS Toronto became the first Canadian frigate to successfully execute an expeditionary deployment during a global pandemic. Commander Dargavel’s remarkable efforts and tactical acumen directly contributed to mission success and Canada’s strong standing among its NATO allies.

The recipient has since been promoted to the rank of captain(N).

Lieutenant-Colonel Laurianne Margo Denis Darras, M.S.M., C.D.

As acting commander of 12 Wing in Shearwater, Nova Scotia, from April to May 2020, Lieutenant-Colonel Denis Darras provided outstanding leadership following the Stalker 22 helicopter crash and during the early stages of the global pandemic. Her compassion and concern for the well-being of individuals and families in the aftermath of the accident reassured and inspired 12 Wing and the entire Royal Canadian Air Force. Her constant and deliberate attention to the maritime helicopters was essential to maintaining this capability. Lieutenant-Colonel Denis Darras’ outstanding professionalism brought great credit to the Canadian Armed Forces.

Colonel Joseph Stéphane Dubois, M.S.M., C.D.

In 2019, Colonel Dubois demonstrated outstanding leadership in the planning and execution of the Kandahar Cenotaph rededication ceremony. He put together an incredible team of officers, non-commissioned officers, non-commissioned members and civilians within a very tight timeframe to deliver a flawless and respectful event. The ceremony provided an opportunity to properly honour and recognize the sacrifice of the fallen soldiers, their families and all veterans affected by the operations in Afghanistan. His commitment brought great honour to the Canadian Armed Forces.

The recipient is now retired.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Joan Ohiovbemi Emode, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Following two untimely deaths in 2019 and 2020 on Her Majesty’s Canadian ships Star and Unicorn, Petty Officer 2nd Class Emode demonstrated exceptional leadership and professionalism by volunteering for assignments to mitigate critical clerical shortages. Her impeccable expertise and organizational skills not only kept these units functional but surpassed previous administrative standards while she actively supported her shipmates’ mental health in their time of need. Her selfless actions exemplified the Canadian Armed Forces military values: duty, loyalty, integrity and courage.

The recipient has since been promoted to the rank of petty officer 1st class.

Colonel Vincent Benoit Michel Giroux, M.S.M., C.D.

From March 2019 to March 2020, Colonel Giroux was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, as deputy director of the Direction du Renseignement et de l’Influence. He brilliantly synchronized all of the unique functions of his position, including those related to strategic engagements, advice on gender equality, ministerial liaison in Baghdad and Erbil, and capacity building within Iraq’s security forces. Thanks to Colonel Giroux’s outstanding leadership and resilience, Canada’s contribution to the Combined Joint Task Force Headquarters exceeded expectations, bringing honour to Canada.

The recipient is now retired.

Chief Warrant Officer Marie Jenny Madelaine Godin, M.S.M., C.D.

Throughout 2020, Chief Warrant Officer Godin served as the first occupational advisor of the Chief Petty Officer 1st Class / Chief Warrant Officer Corps, Director General Military Careers, in Ottawa, Ontario. In this demanding role, she demonstrated tremendous professionalism and impressive dedication. Her on-going commitment to excellence, modernization, coherence and awareness had a positive impact on the newly constituted corps, and brought great honour to the Canadian Armed Forces.

The recipient is now retired.

Major Jamie Donald David Green, M.S.M., C.D.

Major Green was the driving force behind the creation and leadership of a combined, joint and inter-agency intelligence architecture devoted to an operation. Despite initial resource and access limitations, he swiftly established inter-agency and allied networks, as well as developed innovative intelligence workflows and procedures, thus resulting in the creation of a sophisticated intelligence framework. Major Green’s efforts delivered critical understanding that will endure beyond the immediate need and will be of great benefit to the Canadian Armed Forces.

The recipient has since been promoted to the rank of lieutenant-colonel and is now retired.

Sergeant Michael Andrew Hall, M.S.M.

A gifted musician, Sergeant Hall was at the forefront of contemporary musical development in the Canadian Armed Forces from 2010 to 2020. In addition to exceptional instrumental performances on guitar, he composed numerous original songs paying tribute to Canada’s serving and fallen heroes. Through social media outreach, recordings, videos and live performances, Sergeant Hall’s compositions have reached thousands of Canadians at home and abroad, inspiring national pride and honouring those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to Canada.

The recipient is now retired.

Lieutenant-Colonel Sarah Anne Heer, M.S.M., C.D.

As the commander of Joint Task Force-Ukraine from September 2020 to April 2021, Lieutenant-Colonel Heer displayed exceptional leadership and strategic decision making in overcoming myriad challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. She provided the necessary focus to resume and maintain all operations in Ukraine and completed a mission restructure to more efficiently meet the operational requirements of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Lieutenant-Colonel Heer’s outstanding professionalism and execution of this vital mission in difficult circumstances reflected positively on Canada.

The recipient has since been promoted to the rank of colonel.

Colonel Aslak Heisner
Bundeswehr (German Armed Forces)

From January to October 2018, Colonel Heisner was the commander of Germany’s Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Task Force, serving with the United Nations in Mali. He displayed exemplary leadership and professional acumen in orienting his team to facilitate the inflow and establishment of the Canadian Aviation Task Force that joined the mission in July, and personally assured that Canada had full access to his unit’s resources. Colonel Heisner’s outstanding efforts were instrumental in enabling Canadian operations within Mali.

Colonel Donald Roy Henley, M.S.M., C.D.

As commanding officer of Real Property Operations Unit – Ontario, Colonel Henley was instrumental in managing a delicate and complex First Nations protest at former Camp Ipperwash from March to July 2019. Through daily communications with protesters, the Chief of Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation, and other partners, he showed genuine compassion and respect for First Nation peoples, while resolving the standoff. His efforts to develop a successful path forward serve as an example for Indigenous community engagement.

Colonel David Joseph Glenn Holmes, M.S.M., C.D.

Colonel Holmes has been employed as the Director of Continental Operations within the Canadian Joint Operations Command Headquarters since July 2020. In this role, he has demonstrated remarkable leadership, acumen and personal resolve while planning and supporting Canadians across the entire country who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of numerous natural disasters. Colonel Holmes’ untiring dedication and tremendous efforts have helped save lives and reduce suffering, bringing great credit to Canada.

Major Duncan James Irwin, M.S.M., C.D.

Since September 2018, Major Irwin has demonstrated exceptional leadership and dedication as the Latvian Mechanized Infantry Brigade deputy signals officer. A champion for progress, he has vastly improved signals as well as command and control capabilities. He also facilitated the creation of structures and procedures that have made the Latvian National Armed Forces more capable, resilient and effective. Major Irwin’s remarkable professionalism and technical acumen have had a significant impact on mission success and have brought great credit to the Canadian Armed Forces.

Lieutenant (N) Frederick Raymond Joseph, M.S.M., C.D.

From July to December 2018, Lieutenant (N) Joseph provided essential mission support through his in-depth analysis of maritime threats in the South and East China seas. As the intelligence officer on board HMCS Calgary, he accumulated significant data on naval operations and vessels of interest in the region, thereby providing the Five Eyes community with valuable insight.  His dedicated efforts notably contributed to the enforcement of embargoes against fuel shipments to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.  Lieutenant (N) Joseph’s exemplary performance and leadership in Calgary’s intelligence-gathering efforts greatly enhanced Canada’s reputation abroad.

The recipient has since been promoted to the rank of lieutenant-commander.

Lieutenant-Colonel Cory Steven Kwasny, M.S.M., C.D.

Lieutenant-Colonel Kwasny demonstrated exceptional compassion and empathy as the commanding officer of the 423 Maritime Helicopter Squadron following the tragic loss of six crew members on board the Cyclone helicopter Stalker 22, on April 29, 2020. Under the most challenging of circumstances, he honoured the service of the fallen, and supported their families and fellow squadron members during this difficult time. His professionalism and focus throughout this period, all while re-establishing a critical Maritime Helicopter capability, brought credit to the Canadian Armed Forces.

The recipient has since been promoted to the rank of colonel.

Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Réal Luc Lacombe, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

As the first senior non-commissioned officer at Headquarters Multinational Corps North-East in Poland, from August 2018 to February 2019, Chief Warrant Officer Lacombe exceeded expectations by demonstrating an impeccable level of professionalism and initiative. A pioneer in the implementation of the professional development program for Multinational Corps North-East NCOs, he ensured the credibility and respect of NCOs in Poland. Chief Warrant Officer Lacombe’s determination and strength of character greatly enhanced overall operations and strengthened Canada’s reputation as an effective coalition leader.

The recipient has since been promoted to the rank of major and is now retired.

Colonel Jérôme Lacroix-Leclair
Armée de l’Air et de l’Espace française (French Air and Space Force)

Between June 2019 and June 2022, as a French defence attaché to Canada, Colonel Lacroix‑Leclair strengthened the strategic alliance between France and Canada. Through his outstanding leadership and professionalism, he carried out the duty of remembrance, revived ministerial bilateral relations, renewed the unit exchange program and played a key role in building a monument celebrating the friendship between Canada and France. Colonel Lacroix‑Leclair’s diplomacy and attention to detail brought the two military forces closer, establishing permanent ties between the two Francophone countries.

The recipient is now retired.

Lieutenant-Commander Jean Alexandre Lebel, M.S.M., C.D.

Assigned to Tampa, Florida, Lieutenant-Commander Lebel excelled as Canadian intelligence liaison officer to the United States Central Command from July 2018 to June 2020. With an unwavering dedication to the dissemination, synchronization and fusion of intelligence, he was instrumental in establishing Canadian intelligence as a reliable and integral component of the Five Eyes intelligence community. Lieutenant-Commander Lebel’s outstanding performance ensured the mission’s success and had a positive and lasting impact on Canada-US relations.

The recipient has since been promoted to the rank of commander.

Lieutenant-Commander Joseph Pierre Michel Vincent Léonard, M.S.M.

As legal advisor to the Chief of Force Development from 2017 to 2021 in Ottawa, Ontario, Lieutenant-Commander Léonard made outstanding contributions to cyberspace and intelligence telecommunications operations. His exceptional performance, commitment and determination helped to operationalize the cyber domain in a constantly shifting and rapidly evolving context. He created a risk assessment framework to align different intergovernmental approaches to establish a high priority course of action. His efforts led to the resolution of complex legal issues in the cyber domain, benefiting the entire Canadian Armed Forces.

Major Christopher Donavon Lunney, M.S.M., C.D.

From August 2016 to August 2021, Major Lunney was employed as the provincial liaison officer to Manitoba. At the start of the COVID‑19 pandemic, he was instrumental in the coordination and oversight of multiple pandemic and natural-disaster responses within the province. Providing incredible leadership and support to both military and civilian stakeholders, he mentored multiple working groups and developed processes that dramatically improved both provincial and Canadian Armed Forces domestic response capabilities. His efforts resulted in timely whole-of-government responses to assist Canadians.

The recipient is now retired.

Major Susan Adele Magill, M.S.M., C.D

From October 2018 to September 2020, Major Magill distinguished herself as the public affairs officer at the United Nations Command Headquarters, in Pyeongtaek, Republic of Korea. She brilliantly led and coordinated all media activities for countless high-profile visits to the Demilitarized Zone, while implementing a comprehensive communications strategy that transformed the headquarters. Her professional competence was crucial in promoting the Command’s mission of maintaining peace and security on the peninsula. Major Magill’s accomplishments and efforts brought great honour to Canada.

The recipient is now retired.

Master Warrant Officer Gregory Francis Gerard Martin, M.S.M., C.D.

From 2016 to 2019, Master Warrant Officer Martin made exceptional contributions to facilitate the introduction of the CH-148 Cyclone into service. His leadership and commitment to excellence advanced the maintenance, airworthiness and training programs, which contributed significantly to this transition for the Maritime Helicopter community and introduced a new operational capability. Master Warrant Officer Martin’s dedication and mission focus provided the ability to project air power on international deployments from Halifax-class frigates, bringing great credit to the Canadian Armed Forces.

The recipient is now retired.

Lieutenant-Commander Megan McLachlan McKenzie, M.S.M., C.D.

From January to June 2020, Lieutenant-Commander McKenzie demonstrated exceptional leadership as team lead for the Canadian Forces Intelligence Command’s Medical Intelligence Team, while supporting the National Defence, Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and Government of Canada response to the COVID-19 pandemic. She directed the focus of the team towards ensuring CAF leaders had operationally relevant medical intelligence to support strategic decision making. Lieutenant-Commander McKenzie’s steadfast commitment to operational effectiveness brought great honour to the Royal Canadian Medical Service Branch and to the CAF.

The recipient is now retired.

Lieutenant-Colonel Kevin Henny Ka-Leong Ng, M.S.M., C.D.

As the senior Canadian liaison officer to the United States National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency from 2016 to 2020, Lieutenant-Colonel Ng led the development of a comprehensive five-year rolling capability plan, the first of its kind. The outcome of this initiative has been praised by the senior leaders of the Five Eyes geospatial-intelligence community. It will showcase Canada’s space-based collection assets and strengthen Canadian Armed Forces capabilities as well as its relations with the United States and other Five Eyes partners.

The recipient is now retired.

Commander Mark McGinnes O’Donohue, M.S.M., C.D.

From March to August 2021, Commander O’Donohue was deployed to the Indo-Pacific region as the commanding officer of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Calgary, where he led Canada’s naval contribution to global security, counter-terrorism and maritime interdiction operations. At the helm of the first Royal Canadian Navy warship to transit the disputed Spratly Islands, he maximized opportunities to demonstrate Canada’s interoperability. In addition, under his exemplary leadership, the mission carried out 17 successful heroin seizures, which resulted in more than US$95 million being kept out of terrorist hands.

The recipient has since been promoted to the rank of captain(N).

Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Bruno Poirier, M.S.M., C.D.

In the spring of 2020, Chief Warrant Officer Poirier provided critical leadership in the repatriation of the crew of a CH-148 Cyclone helicopter, Stalker 22, and a Snowbirds public affairs officer. His work, in collaboration with several commands and civilian agencies in support of multiple ceremonies, helped to unite families, members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and Canadians in their grief, while respecting the wishes of loved ones. Chief Warrant Officer Poirier’s exceptional dedication and compassion under extremely difficult circumstances eased the pain of the bereaved families and brought great credit to the CAF.

The recipient is now retired.

Lieutenant-Colonel Michael John Reekie, M.M.V., M.S.M., C.D.

From November 2020 to January 2021, Lieutenant-Colonel Reekie was at the forefront of the Canadian Armed Forces’ effort to deal with the deleterious effects of the COVID-19 virus within Manitoba’s First Nations communities. His outstanding professionalism and skills during this crisis directly led to the reduction of COVID‑19 cases within these communities and the bolstering of integral First Nations leadership. Lieutenant-Colonel Reekie’s remarkable actions resulted in a tangible resolution of three crisis situations, and undoubtedly saved lives.

The recipient has since been promoted to the rank of colonel.

Lieutenant-Colonel Keith Alan Reichert, M.S.M., C.D.

From January to July 2020, Lieutenant-Colonel Reichert served brilliantly as the Strategic Joint Staff legal advisor during the Canadian government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the Canadian Armed Forces assisted with the repatriation of Canadians abroad and supported civil authorities helping the vulnerable at home, Lieutenant-Colonel Reichert worked tirelessly, anticipating and resolving myriad operational legal issues. His dedication, skill and outstanding collaboration with legal and operational colleagues in various departments contributed significantly to mission success.

Captain Eric Thomas O’Neill Simmons, M.S.M., C.D.

From February to August 2021, Captain Simmons was deployed to northern Iraq where he demonstrated exceptional leadership and tactical acumen as the regional operations officer for Combined Joint Task Force—Operation INHERENT RESOLVE. In particular, his intervention prevented a catastrophic incident that could have resulted in the loss of friendly force lives and triggered a strategic incident that would have negatively affected regional stability. Captain Simmons’ exceptional commitment to the mission brought tremendous credit to Canada.

Commander Michael Wayne Stefanson, M.S.M., C.D.

From September to December 2020, Commander Stefanson was deployed to the Asia-Pacific region as commanding officer of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Winnipeg. He displayed exceptional leadership and professionalism while leading the first West Coast warship to deploy under the arduous conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic. Commander Stefanson’s exemplary poise and dedication in unprecedented times were instrumental in Winnipeg’s notable contribution to the multinational Enforcement Coordination Cell and to overall mission success, which greatly enhanced Canada’s reputation abroad.

The recipient has since been promoted to the rank of captain(N).

Lieutenant-Colonel James Jordan Stocker, M.S.M., C.D.

Between April and July 2020, as a Joint Task Force commander, Lieutenant-Colonel Stocker demonstrated outstanding leadership as part of the Canadian government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. When the Province of Ontario called upon the Canadian Armed Forces to assist with an ongoing long-term care facility crisis, Lieutenant-Colonel Stocker quickly organized diverse components into a cohesive team. In doing so, he integrated augmented civilian care teams from the Canadian Forces Health Services Group into seven different long-term care facilities. Lieutenant-Colonel Stocker’s leadership was instrumental in improving the Canadian government’s response to the emerging pandemic.

Captain Peter Rudolf Stocker, M.S.M., C.D.

Captain Stocker was deployed to Iraq from July 2016 to January 2017 as future plans and operations officer at Combined Joint Operations Center–Erbil. He provided critical coordination functions within the headquarters and its subordinate units, preserving the integrity of the coalition. As a lead executor of the relief-in-place from 101st Airborne Division to 1st Infantry Division, he directly contributed to the success of four major security force operations that ultimately set the conditions for the liberation of Mosul.

The recipient has since been promoted to the rank of major.

Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Claude Gaston Christian Thomassin, M.S.M., C.D.

From May 2020 to May 2021, Chief Warrant Officer Thomassin demonstrated leadership and outstanding mentoring skills while assigned to the Middle East as a sergeant major of the Joint Task Force IMPACT. During a deployment marked by the dual challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic and increased regional tensions, he promoted a resiliency training program for deployed leaders, which he was instrumental in creating and implementing. Chief Warrant Officer Thomassin performed his duties with great aplomb, thereby ensuring the success of the mission.

Brigadier-General Edward Lawrence Vaughan IV
United States Air Force

From August 2019 to July 2021, Brigadier-General Vaughan served as deputy Joint Force Air Component commander and deputy commander of the Canadian NORAD Region in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He demonstrated exceptional dedication in the delivery of air power for all expeditionary operations and NORAD missions. His commitment to promoting diversity and inclusivity positively impacted the professional development of American and Canadian air force personnel. His inspiring leadership is a credit to his nation and has strengthened the relationship between both countries’ air forces.

The recipient has since been promoted to the rank of major-general.

Chief Warrant Officer Devin Roy Whiting, M.S.M., C.D.

As the regimental sergeant major with the Real Property Operations Unit Ontario from June 2018 to December 2021, Chief Warrant Officer Whiting demonstrated exemplary leadership, engagement and collaboration with myriad departments and organizations involved in the continued remediation of the former Camp Ipperwash. His actions propelled progress on a variety of contentious legacy issues such as unexploded ordnances, derelict housing, security, and Indigenous relations. Chief Warrant Officer Whiting’s exceptional efforts directly contributed to the Government of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation commitments.

The recipient is now retired.