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Media Advisory: Governor General to Invest 50 Recipients into the Order of Military Merit

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OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 03/04/13 -- 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 Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at 11 a.m. The Governor General will bestow the honour on 3 Commanders, 10 Officers and 37 Members.

Created in 1972, the Order of Military Merit recognizes meritorious service and devotion to duty by members of the Canadian Forces. The Order honours them for their commitment to Canada, according to the following three levels of membership: Commander (C.M.M.), Officer (O.M.M.) and Member (M.M.M.).

A media schedule for the investiture ceremony, the list of recipients, and additional information on the Order of Military Merit are attached.

Media who would like to interview 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 event.

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Media are asked to observe the following schedule:11 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 speaks12 p.m.: Interviews with recipients



----------------------------------------------------------------------------Major-General Nicolas Matern, C.M.M., Canadian Defence Liaison StaffC.D. Washington Washington, D.C., U.S.A.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Rear-Admiral Mark Norman, C.M.M., C.D.Office of the Chief of the Naval Staff Ottawa, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Lieutenant-General Alain Parent, Deputy Commander, North AmericanC.M.M., C.D. Aerospace Defence CommandThis is a promotion within the Order. Colorado Springs, CO, U.S.A.----------------------------------------------------------------------------


----------------------------------------------------------------------------Commander Jeffrey Agnew, O.M.M., C.D. Office of the Assistant Deputy Minister (Public Affairs) Ottawa, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Brigadier-General Blaise Cathcart, Judge Advocate GeneralO.M.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Brigadier-General Richard Giguere, Land Force Quebec Area HeadquartersO.M.M., M.S.M., C.D. Montreal, Que.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Major Patrick Heebner, O.M.M., C.D. 2 Service Battalion Petawawa, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Colonel Gregory Loos, O.M.M., C.D. Royal College of Defence Studies London, U.K.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Colonel Samuel Michaud, O.M.M., Office of the Chief of ForceM.S.M., C.D. Development Ottawa, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Lieutenant-Commander Lorinda Semeniuk,Canadian Fleet Pacific HeadquartersO.M.M., C.D. Victoria, B.C.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Major Raymond Stockermans, O.M.M., 424 Transport and Rescue SquadronC.D. Astra, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Lieutenant-Colonel Christian St- Royal Military College Saint-JeanPierre, O.M.M., C.D. Richelain, Que.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Colonel Richard Witherden, O.M.M., 2 Canadian Air DivisionM.B., C.D. Winnipeg, Man.----------------------------------------------------------------------------


----------------------------------------------------------------------------Petty Officer 1st Class Christian Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic)Belanger, M.M.M., C.D. Shearwater, N.S.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Master Corporal Pierre Bernier, M.M.M.4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group Detachment Winnipeg Winnipeg, Man.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Chief Warrant Officer Michel Bezeau, 1st Canadian Division HeadquartersM.M.M., C.D. Kingston, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Master Warrant Officer James 1st Battalion, The Royal CanadianBlackmore, M.M.M., C.D. Regiment Petawawa, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Chief Warrant Officer Michael Brideau,Office of Chief Review ServicesM.M.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Captain Jean-Claude Caron, M.M.M., Canadian Material Support GroupC.D. Headquarters Ottawa, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Lieutenant(N) Robert Cookson, M.M.M., Canadian Forces Base EsquimaltC.D. Victoria, B.C.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Warrant Officer Susan Coupal, M.M.M., 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia'sC.D. Canadian Light Infantry Edmonton, Alta.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Chief Warrant Officer Shawn Croucher, Canadian Forces School of MilitaryM.M.M., C.D. Engineering Oromocto, N.B.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class James Canadian Forces Base BordenDicks, M.M.M., C.D. Borden, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Warrant Officer Jeffrey Dickson, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, RoyalM.M.M., C.D. Canadian Artillery Regina, Sask.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Chief Warrant Officer Darcy Elder, Canadian Forces Language School OttawaM.M.M., M.S.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Master Warrant Officer Darrell Ellis, 14 WingM.M.M., C.D. Greenwood, N.S.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Sergeant Lorne Ford, M.M.M., C.D. 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Edmonton, Alta.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Master Warrant Officer John Hann, 1 Canadian Field HospitalM.M.M., C.D. Petawawa, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Sergeant Christopher Hanrahan, M.M.M.,Canadian Forces Base/Area Support UnitC.D. Gagetown Oromocto, N.B.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Captain Andrew Harrington, M.M.M., Land Force Central Area TrainingC.D. Centre Meaford, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Master Warrant Officer Timothy 8 WingHolland, M.M.M., C.D. Astra, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Warrant Officer Curtis Hollister, Land Force Western Area TrainingM.M.M., C.D. Centre Denwood, Alta.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Captain Jennifer Kennedy, M.M.M., C.D.8 Wing Astra, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Chief Petty Officer 1st Class BertrandPersonnel Support UnitLafontaine, M.M.M., C.D. Halifax, N.S.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Warrant Officer Eric LeClair, M.M.M., 1st Battalion, The Royal CanadianC.D. Regiment Petawawa, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Chief Warrant Officer Stephen Madore, 2 Combat Engineer RegimentM.M.M., C.D. Petawawa, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Sergeant Joel Manaigre, M.M.M., C.D. 435 Transport and Rescue Squadron Winnipeg, Man.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Master Warrant Officer Nicolas Canadian Forces Base Kingston/AreaManoukarakis, M.M.M., C.D. Support Unit Kingston Kingston, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Leo Fleet Diving Unit (Pacific)McDonald, M.M.M., C.D. Victoria, B.C.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Chief Petty Officer 1st Class GeoffreyCanadian Forces Joint Support GroupMcTigue, M.M.M., C.D. Headquarters Kingston, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Warrant Officer Bradley Olmstead, Canadian Forces Health ServicesM.M.M., C.D. Training Centre Borden, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Chief Warrant Officer Dorothee 1 Canadian Field HospitalParadis, M.M.M., C.D. Petawawa, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Petty Officer 2nd Class Alana Power, Her Majesty's Canadian Ship WinnipegM.M.M., C.D. Victoria, B.C.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Chief Warrant Officer Allan 38 Canadian Brigade Group HeadquartersRishchynski, M.M.M., C.D. Winnipeg, Man.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Captain Mark Rittwage, M.M.M., C.D. 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group Borden, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Master Warrant Officer Richard Stacey,Strategic Joint StaffM.M.M., S.M.V., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Warrant Officer Darcy St-Laurent, Canadian Forces School of Survival andM.M.M., S.C., M.B., C.D. Aeromedical Training Winnipeg, Man.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Major Elizabeth vanOostrum, M.M.M., Canadian Forces School of MilitaryC.D. Engineering Oromocto, N.B.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Master Warrant Officer Francois Vidal,4th Air Defence Regiment, RoyalM.M.M., C.D. Canadian Artillery Oromocto, N.B.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Warrant Officer Alan Wilson, M.M.M., 3 Intelligence CompanyC.D. Halifax, 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.


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.

Marie-Pierre Belanger
Rideau Hall Press Office

Department of National Defence
Media Liaison Office

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