Colonel Cochrane demonstrated exceptional leadership and service as the 8 Wing commander between February 2010 and November 2011. He assumed command during a period of unprecedented intensity in the operations and his leadership ensured that 8 Wing was able to succeed in its critical role to support the Canadian Forces. Colonel Cochrane inspired those around him with his exemplary dedication and professionalism, and brought great credit to the Royal Canadian Air Force and to the Canadian Forces as a whole.
This is the second Meritorious Service Medal for Colonel Cochrane.
Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Alexander Debrie, M.S.M., C.D. Missanabie, Ontario
As operations chief warrant officer of the Engineer Support Squadron from November 2010 to August 2011, Chief Warrant Officer Debrie facilitated the expansion of coalition forces in the Horn of Panjwayi. Responsible for designing and constructing new tactical infrastructure, he optimized the use of scarce resources and ensured the framework would be sustainable in austere locations. Chief Warrant Officer Debrie's leadership, expert knowledge and determination enhanced the sustainment and protection of Canadian, American and Afghan forces.
Lieutenant-Colonel Brian Charles Derry, M.S.M., C.D. Madoc, Ontario
As commanding officer of the Canadian Helicopter Force (Afghanistan) from March to August 2011, Lieutenant-Colonel Derry ensured the provision of exceptional helicopter support to Canadian and coalition forces. He conducted a full spectrum of operations-from troop insertions in austere locations to armed escort and overwatch-which were critical to the unit's operational success. Whether personally flying combat missions, coaching his team or championing the introduction of enhanced capabilities, Lieutenant-Colonel Derry enhanced the profile of Canadian aviation.
Lieutenant-Colonel Martin Andreas Frank, M.S.M., C.D. Chilliwack, British Columbia
As deputy commanding officer of the Operational Mentor and Liaison Team from April to November 2010, Lieutenant-Colonel Frank was critical to the growth of Afghan National Security Forces. He established important contacts and brought together many diverse organizations during planning sessions. His leadership and diplomacy shaped the development plan for all of Kandahar Province and the Canadian area of operations. Lieutenant-Colonel Frank's efforts strengthened the capabilities of the Afghan forces.
Lieutenant(N) Melissa Helen Fudge, M.S.M. Nigadoo, New Brunswick
As lead intelligence analyst from May 2010 to November 2011, Lieutenant(N) Fudge provided outstanding strategic analysis to global intelligence and security agencies on human smuggling in Southeast Asia. Her unconditional support aboard Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Winnipeg had a direct impact on the highly visible and internationally recognized Operation Poseidon 1-10, which led to the successful interdiction of an illegal migrant vessel en route to Canada. Lieutenant(N) Fudge's actions contributed to national security and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.
Major Joseph Jean-Louis Denis Gendron, M.S.M., C.D. Montreal, Quebec
From December 2008 to February 2009, Major Gendron, leading the team tasked with transferring six Chinook aircraft from the U.S. Army to the Canadian Forces, distinguished himself by representing Canada brilliantly. His leadership and diplomacy helped to ensure the co-operation of American forces. Major Gendron's efforts and insight contributed significantly to the airworthiness certification of the aircraft and to operational success in Afghanistan.
Lieutenant(N) Jean-Eudes Gendron, M.S.M., C.D. Port Cartier, Quebec