While deployed on multiple NATO missions throughout 2011, Colonel Kenny was critical to the success of the Canadian Forces' air operations. Initially deployed to Iceland, he excelled as task force commander and effectively led the mission to protect that country's airspace. Subsequently deploying to Italy twice in support of operations in Libya, he provided leadership as CF-18 detachment commander and represented Canada as commander of the Multinational Air Coordination Element. Colonel Kenny's efforts significantly raised the international profile of Canadian aviation.
Corporal Ashraf Khalil, M.S.M. Ottawa, Ontario
From March to August 2011, Corporal Khalil was deployed aboard Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Charlottetown as part of Canada's contribution to the NATO mission to protect the people of Libya. As the only Arabic linguist within the entire NATO contingent, his unique skills and unrelenting efforts were essential to operational success. Whether helping to broadcast information messages ashore or facilitating the delivery of humanitarian aid, Corporal Khalil was critical to the mission and brought great honour to Canada.
Commander Stephane Joseph Dominique Lafond, M.S.M., C.D. Plessisville, Quebec
Commander Lafond demonstrated extraordinary strategic planning talents and distinguished leadership while serving as director of Marine Training and Education from February to July 2011. With strong problem-solving skills, he oversaw the design, analysis and implementation of the marine training system during the transformation of the Royal Canadian Navy. Commander Lafond's accomplishments were vital in redefining the Royal Canadian Navy and renewing its fleet.
Colonel Alexander Donald Meinzinger, M.S.M., C.D. Trenton, Ontario
As commanding officer of the Joint Task Force Afghanistan Air Wing from March to August 2011, Colonel Meinzinger ensured the provision of aviation support to Canadian, coalition and Afghan forces. He forged a highly effective team focused on counter-insurgency operations, and his air crews flew maximum hours in support of the mission. Commanding a diverse array of personnel and assets, Colonel Meinzinger was critical to the ongoing development of air capabilities and contributed directly to operational success.
Lieutenant-Colonel Mark Misener, M.S.M., C.D. Iroquois Falls, Ontario
As commanding officer of the Task Force Kandahar Engineer Regiment, and as task force chief engineer from August 2010 to July 2011, Lieutenant-Colonel Misener was critical to the optimal employment of engineers. His acute understanding of Kandahar's complex counter-insurgency environment allowed him to lead from the front, providing exceptional guidance to his widely dispersed sub-units and ensuring the allocation of assets was in line with command intent. Thanks to Lieutenant-Colonel Misener's remarkable performance, Canadian and coalition forces received exceptional and unwavering engineer support during operations.
Commander Derek Moss, M.S.M., C.D. Portsmouth, United Kingdom and Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Commander Moss displayed decisive leadership of Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Regina during the interdiction of a dangerous and illegal human smuggling operation. The arrest of the motor vessel Ocean Lady during Operation Poseidon, in October 2009, highlighted precision military planning and execution between the Royal Canadian Navy, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canadian Border Services Agency. In all aspects, Commander Moss was central to mission success, and his actions brought great credit to the Canadian Forces and to Canada.
Lieutenant-Colonel John Paganini, M.S.M. (United States Army) Old Bridge, New Jersey, United States of America