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OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 09/10/13 -- His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, will present 38 Meritorious Service Decorations (Military Division) to members of Canadian and allied forces. The presentation ceremony will take place on Thursday, September 12, 2013, at 10:30 a.m., at Rideau Hall.

The Governor General will present 5 Meritorious Service Crosses (Military Division) and 33 Meritorious Service Medals (Military Division) to individuals whose specific achievements have brought honour to the Canadian Forces and to Canada.

A media schedule for the presentation ceremony, a list of recipients and their citations, and additional information on Meritorious Service Decorations (Military Division) are attached.

Media wishing to cover the ceremony are asked to contact the Rideau Hall Press Office and must arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance no later than 10:15 a.m. on the day of the ceremony.

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CEREMONY SCHEDULE

Members of the media are asked to observe the following schedule:

10:30 a.m.: Ceremony begins The Governor General speaks The Governor General presents the military decorations The Chief of the Defence Staff speaks11:30 a.m.: Ceremony ends11:45 a.m.: Media interviews with recipients



RECIPIENTS

MERITORIOUS SERVICE DECORATIONS

Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

----------------------------------------------------------------------------Major-General Stuart A. Beare, C.M.M., M.S.C., M.S.M., C.D. Shilo, Man.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Brigadier-General Donald Michael Day, O.M.M., M.S.C., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Major-General James Robert Ferron, O.M.M., M.S.C., C.D. Kingston, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Lieutenant-General James Terry, M.S.C. (United States Army) Jasper, Georgia, U.S.A.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Lieutenant-General Guy Robert Thibault, C.M.M., M.S.C., C.D. Comox, B.C.----------------------------------------------------------------------------



Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

----------------------------------------------------------------------------Lieutenant-Colonel Suzanne Marie Bailey, M.S.M., C.D. Zweibrucken, Germany----------------------------------------------------------------------------Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher James Blonde, Woodstock,M.S.M., C.D. Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Major Joseph Eric Stephane Briand, M.S.M., C.D. LaSalle, Que.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Chief Warrant Officer Gorden Roy Cavanagh, M.S.M., C.D. Edmonton, Alta.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Major Derek John Chenette, M.S.M., C.D. St. Albert, Alta.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Major Adam Richard Cybanski, M.S.M., C.D. Kemptville, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Captain Christopher Glen Cyr, M.S.M. Fredericton, N.B.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Lieutenant-Colonel Guy Doiron, M.S.M., C.D. Saint-Avold, France----------------------------------------------------------------------------Petty Officer 2nd Class Michele Claudette Dumaresq-Ouellet, Montreal,M.S.M., C.D. Que.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Honorary Colonel Dennis Erker, M.S.M. Edmonton, Alta.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Honorary Captain(N) the Honourable Myra Ava Freeman, C.M., Halifax,O.N.S., M.S.M. N.S.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Chief Warrant Officer Daphne Viola Germain, M.M.M., M.S.M., St. John's,C.D. N.L.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Major Jay Lyman Indewey, M.S.M., C.D. Georgetown, P.E.I.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Colonel Derek William Joyce, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D. Edmonton, Alta.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Warrant Officer Allan Mark Kendall, M.S.M., C.D. Collingwood, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Major Yannick Lemieux, M.S.M., C.D. Joliette, Que.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Major Dene Leonard, M.S.M. (United States Army) Lancaster, Pennsylvania , U.S.A.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Major Jay Adam MacKeen, M.S.M., C.D. Pointe- Claire, Que.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Captain Stephen Noel, M.S.M., C.D. St. John's, N.L.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Colonel Paul Ormsby, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D. Toronto, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Commander Bradley Alan Peats, M.S.M., C.D. Victoria, B.C.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Colonel Joseph Paul Alain Pelletier, M.S.M., C.D. La Pocatiere, Que.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Master Warrant Officer Anthony Carl Pettipas, M.S.M., C.D. Fredericton, N.B.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Master Corporal Montgomery Patrick Robson, M.S.M., C.D. St. Albert, Alta.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Lieutenant-Colonel David Donald Ross, M.S.M., C.D. Russell, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Chief Warrant Officer Christopher Paul Rusk, M.M.M., M.S.M., Brampton,C.D. Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Major Carol Diane Sawatzky, M.S.M., C.D. Kemptville, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Alistair Skinner, M.S.M., C.D. Halifax, N.S.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Commander Craig Troy Skjerpen, M.S.M., C.D. Saskatoon, Sask.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Chief Warrant Officer Anthony James Slack, M.M.M., M.S.M., Harrowsmith,C.D. Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Warrant Officer Gregory Allan Smit, S.C., M.S.M., C.D. Pickering, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Stephen Spinelli, M.M.M., Victoria,M.S.M., C.D. B.C.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Captain(N) Kenneth Robert Stewart, M.S.M., C.D. Kingston, Ont.----------------------------------------------------------------------------



Please note that the information in this media advisory reflects the rank of the recipient at the time of the event for which they are being recognized.

CITATIONS MERITORIOUS SERVICE DECORATIONS (MILITARY DIVISION) Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division) Major-General Stuart A. Beare, C.M.M., M.S.C., M.S.M., C.D. Shilo, ManitobaAs the deputy commander of the military police within the NATO TrainingMission-Afghanistan from June 2010 to July 2011, Major-General Beare led thelargest build-up of police forces in the mission's history. Workingtirelessly with his Afghan counterparts and commanding a diverse,multinational organization, he built a solid foundation for the AfghanNational Police and positioned the organization for ongoing success. Major-General Beare's leadership and strategic vision had a profound and lastingimpact on the success of the mission. Brigadier-General Donald Michael Day, O.M.M., M.S.C., C.D. Ottawa, OntarioFrom April 2011 to May 2012, Brigadier-General Day excelled as commander ofthe Canadian contribution to the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan, whilesimultaneously occupying key leadership positions within the NATO commandstructure. In addition to overseeing the successful stand-up of the Canadiancontingent, he was critical in shaping the mission's overall approach duringa time of major strategic transformation. Brigadier-General Day's leadershipand vision had a profound impact on the Afghan National Security Forces'transition to self-sufficiency. Major-General James Robert Ferron, O.M.M., M.S.C., C.D. Kingston, OntarioFrom May 2012 to May 2013, Major-General Ferron has provided his leadershipto nearly 4 000 coalition personnel and 13 000 contractors in Afghanistan.With vision and insight as deputy commanding general of the NATO TrainingMission-Afghanistan, he ensured the successful introduction of significantnew capabilities, and the effective training and equipping of over 350 000Afghan National Security Forces. Major-General Ferron's performance set thestandard for Canadian, coalition and Afghan personnel, and was critical tothe success of the mission. Lieutenant-General James Terry, M.S.C. (United States Army) Jasper, Georgia, United States of AmericaLieutenant-General Terry, of the United States Army, provided exceptionalleadership and vision as the commanding general of Regional Command (South)in Afghanistan from November 2010 to October 2011. His support for Canada'smission and Canadian soldiers on the ground was critical to the CanadianArmed Forces' operational success. A steadfast ally, Lieutenant-GeneralTerry widely promoted the significance of the Canadian contribution,highlighting its role in bringing stability to Afghanistan and helpingmaintain the Canadian Armed Forces' legacy there. Lieutenant-General Guy Robert Thibault, C.M.M., M.S.C., C.D. Comox, British ColumbiaAs chairman of the Inter-American Defense Board (IADB) since June 2010,Lieutenant-General Thibault has demonstrated energy, enthusiasm anddiplomatic skill in leading this complex and diverse multilateral group. Heis lauded for his interpersonal skills, his sensitivity to nationaldifferences of opinion, and his intellectual ability to astutely frame andconvincingly articulate a vision for the reform and evolution of the IADB.His efforts have significantly added to Canada's esteem within the board andto the advancement of Canada's engagement toward the Americas. Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division) Lieutenant-Colonel Suzanne Marie Bailey, M.S.M., C.D. Zweibrucken, GermanyLieutenant-Colonel Bailey's leadership and creative initiative wereinstrumental in developing and implementing the Road to Mental Readinessprogram. As the chair of the Mental Health Education Advisory Committee, shealso sits on the NATO Working Group on mental health education. She hasbuilt strong relationships with such organizations as the Mental HealthCommission of Canada to share her knowledge and to help personnel improvetheir mental resiliency. Lieutenant-Colonel Bailey's dedication and passionbrought great honour to the Canadian Armed Forces. Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher James Blonde, M.S.M., C.D. Woodstock, OntarioAs chief engineer since April 2010, Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Blonde hasbeen the driving force behind the technically demanding reactivation of HMCSWindsor. His organizational skills, technical expertise and proactiveinteraction with both local and national engineering agencies contributed tosuccessfully achieving key milestones in the submarine's program. Hisleadership and dedication during periods of change with an unpredictable andstrategically important program has brought credit to the Canadian ArmedForces. Major Joseph Eric Stephane Briand, M.S.M., C.D. LaSalle, QuebecMajor Briand commanded a team of mentors deployed to Afghanistan fromNovember 2010 to June 2011, where he distinguished himself by hisexceptional strategic acumen. With extraordinary initiative, heprofessionalized the efforts of the Afghan National Army on severaloccasions, both while stationed in garrison and in the field. Major Briand'skeen planning sense, resilience and composure contributed greatly to theoperational success of the coalition forces. Chief Warrant Officer Gorden Roy Cavanagh, M.S.M., C.D. Edmonton, AlbertaAs task force sergeant-major from March 2011 to February 2012, Chief WarrantOfficer Cavanagh had a profound impact on the Canadian contribution to theNATO Training Mission-Afghanistan. He developed strong relationships withother nations; maintained a detailed understanding of the morale, welfareand leadership climate; and created a common sense of purpose within thewidely dispersed task force. Chief Warrant Officer Cavanagh's performanceand leadership were critical to the success of this renascent mission. Major Derek John Chenette, M.S.M., C.D. St. Albert, AlbertaWhile deployed to Afghanistan from August 2011 to February 2012, MajorChenette excelled as commanding officer of the Regional Military TrainingCentre-North. He overcame the challenges of being stationed 400 kilometresfrom NATO headquarters, at the end of complex lines of communications, anddelivered an exceptional mentoring program focused on empowering non-commissioned officers and encouraging individual accountability. Drawingpraise from NATO leadership, Major Chenette's unit was considered one of themost effective in the country, bringing great credit to the Canadian ArmedForces. Major Adam Richard Cybanski, M.S.M., C.D. Kemptville, OntarioSince 2009, Major Cybanski has demonstrated exceptional dedication todeveloping innovative flight safety processes. His accomplishments inflight-path reconstruction and visualization have greatly enhanced Canada'sreputation as a leader in the field of flight safety, and will serve theinterest of our flight safety program and the aviation communities for yearsto come. Major Cybanski's unassailable logic and unmatched expertise havebeen recognized at the national and international levels, and have broughtgreat honour to the Canadian Armed Forces and to Canada. Captain Christopher Glen Cyr, M.S.M. Fredericton, New BrunswickWhile deployed to Afghanistan from April to December 2010, Captain Cyr wasan exemplary representative of Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces. Heestablished and maintained critical relationships between Afghan NationalSecurity Forces and their coalition partners, facilitating the conduct ofjoint counter-insurgency operations. In particular, his efforts contributedsignificantly to developing the capabilities of the Afghan Uniformed Police.Well-respected by the Afghans as well as other allies, Captain Cyrdemonstrated frontline leadership, judgment and professionalism, which werecritical to the fight against insurgents in Afghanistan. Lieutenant-Colonel Guy Doiron, M.S.M., C.D. Saint-Avold, FranceAs commander of the Materiel Disposal Unit from May to December 2011,Lieutenant-Colonel Doiron greatly contributed to the success of the MissionTransition Task Force. Responsible for establishing disposal capacity, hetransformed a group of soldiers and civilians into an effective unit thatmaintained complete control over all aspects of disposal. Lieutenant-ColonelDoiron's leadership and knowledge facilitated the end of Canada's combatmission in Afghanistan. Petty Officer 2nd Class Michele Claudette Dumaresq-Ouellet, M.S.M., C.D. Montreal, QuebecPetty Officer 2nd Class Dumaresq-Ouellet contributed to the success ofoperations of HMCS Toronto from 2008 to 2010. She served as seniorelectronic sensor operator, a position that went beyond the requirements ofher rank and qualifications, and demonstrated remarkable innovation indeveloping new ship-to-shore warfare tactics. Petty Officer 2nd ClassDumaresq-Ouellet's leadership and professionalism were essential to theship's operational success and brought honour to the Canadian Armed Forces. Honorary Colonel Dennis Erker, M.S.M. Edmonton, AlbertaSince 2009, Honorary Colonel Erker has demonstrated leadership andunwavering support in caring for the well-being of Canadian Armed Forcesmembers as the honorary colonel of the Loyal Edmonton Regiment. His effortsto promote relationships between the military and civilian communities arecommendable. Honorary Colonel Erker has also been the driving force behindthe creation of Valour Place, Canada's second military support home forinjured serving Canadian Armed Forces members and veterans, as well asmembers of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Honorary Captain(N) the Honourable Myra Ava Freeman, C.M., O.N.S., M.S.M. Halifax, Nova ScotiaSince her appointment in 2003, Honorary Captain(N) Freeman has demonstrateduncompromising loyalty to the Royal Canadian Navy, as well as initiative andleadership in establishing the Halifax-based Community Leadership AdvisoryCouncil in 2007. Through her efforts and dedication, she has fostered atremendous spirit of collaboration between the Navy and the people of NovaScotia. Her actions have brought great credit to the Canadian Armed Forces,and have promoted a strong sense of pride among the citizenry for thesacrifices and accomplishments of members serving in the Atlantic region. Chief Warrant Officer Daphne Viola Germain, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D. St. John's, Newfoundland and LabradorChief Warrant Officer Germain was deployed to Italy from September toNovember 2011, as part of Canada's contribution to NATO operations in Libya.She was a key contributor to translating the commander's strategy intooperational reality. Her personal engagement with all personnel wasinstrumental in maintaining morale and focus, particularly during the rapidtransition from high-tempo operations to the end of the mission. A positiverole model and ambassador for Canada, Chief Warrant Officer Germain had atangible impact on mission success and helped Canada leave a positivelegacy. Major Jay Lyman Indewey, M.S.M., C.D. Georgetown, Prince Edward IslandMajor Indewey demonstrated leadership and professionalism as operationsofficer of the Joint Task Force National Support Element from October 2009to May 2010. He ensured the provision of exceptional combat service supportto Canadian and coalition forces in Afghanistan. In addition, he enabled thementoring of and partnering with the combat service support kandak of theAfghan National Army. Major Indewey's remarkable efforts improved thecapabilities of the Afghan National Army and contributed directly tooperational success in Afghanistan. Colonel Derek William Joyce, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D. Edmonton, AlbertaAs commander of Task Force LIBECCIO from August to November 2011, ColonelJoyce was critical to the success of Canada's contribution to NATOoperations in Libya. He forged geographically dispersed and functionallydistinct units into an effective fighting force that excelled during high-intensity operations. Moreover, he championed the introduction of newcapabilities that positioned the Canadian Armed Forces for success duringthis and future missions. Operating in a high-profile internationalenvironment, Colonel Joyce brought great credit to Canada. Warrant Officer Allan Mark Kendall, M.S.M., C.D. Collingwood, OntarioOn January 10, 2011, Warrant Officer Kendall rescued a suicidal woman whohad wandered out onto thin ice on the Severn River, in Sandy Lake, Ontario.Without regard for his own safety, he went out onto the ice to secure thewoman, which allowed his Ranger team to haul them both safely back to shore.Warrant Officer Kendall's quick thinking brought great credit to theCanadian Rangers and to the Canadian Armed Forces. Major Yannick Lemieux, M.S.M., C.D. Joliette, QuebecMajor Lemieux was deployed to Afghanistan as part of the Mission TransitionTask Force from July to December 2011. As senior communications advisor andcommander of Group Headquarters and Signal Squadron, he coordinated thedelivery of impeccable communications support and developed an exemplaryreduction plan. His leadership, determination and knowledge ensured that theclosure of the Canadian communications infrastructure went smoothly whilemaintaining operational effectiveness during the process. Major Dene Leonard, M.S.M. (United States Army) Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States of AmericaMajor Leonard, of the United States Army, demonstrated leadership,initiative and professionalism as the Joint Task Force Afghanistanintelligence planner from August 2010 to August 2011. The driving forcebehind the integration of several American capabilities, he constantlysought means to increase the operational effectiveness of intelligenceoperations. Major Leonard's ability to synchronize the efforts of Canadian,American and Afghan intelligence staffs enabled the targeted pursuit ofinsurgents and contributed directly to operational success. Major Jay Adam MacKeen, M.S.M., C.D. Pointe-Claire, QuebecAs the chief of staff of the Consolidated Fielding Centre from May 2011 toFebruary 2012, Major MacKeen excelled while entrusted with increasedresponsibilities, and was central to the fielding of 41 new Afghan NationalArmy units. Providing superb leadership to Canadian, coalition andAfghanistan personnel, he developed processes that touched on all aspects ofoperations while providing outstanding mentorship to an Afghan colonel.Major MacKeen's efforts dramatically improved the centre's operationaleffectiveness and enhanced Canada's reputation within NATO. Captain Stephen Noel, M.S.M., C.D. St. John's, Newfoundland and LabradorAs officer commanding India Company from May to December 2010, Captain Noeldistinguished himself as a flexible and effective combat leader. Initiallydeployed to Kandahar City, his company conducted ongoing patrols, whichimproved stability and enabled American forces to seamlessly assume securityresponsibilities. Following their reassignment to volatile Nakhonay, hissoldiers excelled in their new role, and helped reduce incidents of violenceand intimidation towards villagers. Captain Noel's front line leadership wascritical to the Canadian Armed Forces' operational success in Afghanistan. Colonel Paul Ormsby, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D. Toronto, OntarioFrom April to August 2011, Colonel Ormsby was deployed to Italy in supportof NATO operations in Libya. As commander of the nascent Task Force NAPLES,and as senior Canadian representative within the NATO contingent, he wascritical in augmenting the command and control link between NATO forcesabroad and Canadian leadership at home. Demonstrating leadership anddiplomacy, Colonel Ormsby established key deployed capabilities, builtstrong relationships with Canadian allies and ensured mission success. Commander Bradley Alan Peats, M.S.M., C.D. Victoria, British ColumbiaAs commanding officer of HMCS Vancouver from August to December 2011,Commander Peats ensured his ship's maximum effectiveness during NATOoperations in the Mediterranean. Initially supporting international effortsin Libya before moving east to conduct counter-terrorism operations, heestablished HMCS Vancouver as a leading ship within the NATO contingent.Commander Peats' leadership and diplomatic command ensured the ship'soperational success, bringing credit to Canada and supporting our NATOallies. Colonel Joseph Paul Alain Pelletier, M.S.M., C.D. La Pocatiere, QuebecFrom March to September 2011, Colonel Pelletier served as air componentcommander of Operation MOBILE, Canada's contribution to NATO's militaryoperation in Libya. An experienced officer, he took initiative from theoutset of the mission and reviewed the rules of engagement, the Chief of theDefence Staff's targeting directives and other instructions to optimize theuse of force throughout the mission. Colonel Pelletier's leadership and thespecific guidelines that he introduced helped to ensure the operational andtactical success of the mission. Master Warrant Officer Anthony Carl Pettipas, M.S.M., C.D. Fredericton, New BrunswickFrom May to November 2011, Master Warrant Officer Pettipas was deployed toItaly as part of Canada's contribution to the NATO mission to protect thepeople of Libya. As Sicily Air Wing chief warrant officer, he was a championof morale and welfare, and worked tirelessly to establish a camp that wasnot only functional but adequate. Master Warrant Officer Pettipas wasfrequently sought out by personnel throughout the Air Wing for hisexperienced, knowledgeable and operationally focussed counsel, whichcontributed directly to operational success. Master Corporal Montgomery Patrick Robson, M.S.M., C.D. St. Albert, AlbertaMaster Corporal Robson consistently demonstrated outstanding professionalismin his role as the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry RegimentalVeterans Care non-commissioned officer from 2006 to 2011. With great tact,he helped ease the suffering of injured soldiers and their families byproviding them with constant and compassionate support. Through hismentorship and encouragement, numerous soldiers successfully returned towork. Despite the stress of this task, Master Corporal Robson remainedunwavering in his dedication to those he served, bringing great credit tothe Canadian Armed Forces. Lieutenant-Colonel David Donald Ross, M.S.M., C.D. Russell, OntarioFrom July to December 2011, Lieutenant-Colonel Ross was deployed toAfghanistan with the Mission Transition Task Force. As assistant chief ofstaff operations, he orchestrated the Canadian Armed Forces' largest missionclosure in recent history. His leadership, knowledge and ability tosynchronize multiple lines of effort were instrumental in keeping operationsrunning smoothly despite the hectic environment. Lieutenant-Colonel Ross'performance contributed to the successful closure of Canada's combat missionin Afghanistan. Chief Warrant Officer Christopher Paul Rusk, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D. Brampton, OntarioFrom January 2010 to February 2011, Chief Warrant Officer Rusk excelled asregimental sergeant-major of three organizations. Initially deployed withthe Provincial Reconstruction Team, he quickly transitioned to a mentoringrole and prepared an infantry kandak for combat, before moving to the NATOTraining Mission to help lay the foundation for Afghan National Policedevelopment. Whether in the classroom, at headquarters, or on thebattlefield, Chief Warrant Officer Rusk distinguished himself as anexceptional soldier and dynamic leader. Major Carol Diane Sawatzky, M.S.M., C.D. Kemptville, OntarioFrom April to November 2011, Major Sawatzky was deployed to Afghanistan asthe engineer regiment infrastructure officer within the Mission TransitionTask Force. She developed and executed a plan that ensured the smoothtransfer of over 250 buildings and other infrastructure from Canada to itsallies. Facing intense pressure from other nations, Major Sawatzkydemonstrated commendable leadership and diplomatic abilities, whichcontributed to both the successful closure of Canada's combat mission inAfghanistan and to Canada's reputation for professionalism and internationalco-operation. Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Alistair Skinner, M.S.M., C.D. Halifax, Nova ScotiaAs coxswain aboard HMCS Charlottetown from March to August 2011, Chief PettyOfficer 1st Class Skinner was a critical component of the ship'scontribution to NATO operations in Libya. He served as the conduit betweenthe command team and the ship's company, maintaining the crew's morale andfocus, and ensuring that they performed effectively during dangerous anddemanding operations. Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Skinner's effortscontributed to the ship's fighting spirit and the crew's operationalsuccess. Commander Craig Troy Skjerpen, M.S.M., C.D. Saskatoon, SaskatchewanAs commanding officer of HMCS Charlottetown from March to August 2011,Commander Skjerpen led Canada's maritime contribution to the NATO mission toprotect the people of Libya. An outstanding and decisive leader, he quicklyestablished his ship as an aggressive presence off the coast, providingdirect support to the besieged city of Misratah. Commander Skjerpen'sleadership, diplomacy and adaptability contributed directly to the mission'ssuccess, helping the city resist all attempts at occupation. Chief Warrant Officer Anthony James Slack, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D. Harrowsmith, OntarioAs regimental sergeant-major of the Consolidated Fielding Centre from July2011 to July 2012, Chief Warrant Officer Slack successfully trained andequipped over 21 000 Afghan soldiers. Most notably, he created a mentoringprogram that was vital to the empowerment and educational growth of seniornon-commissioned officers. Chief Warrant Officer Slack's efforts supportedthe fielding of 70 newly formed Afghan National Army units, bringing greatcredit to the Canadian Armed Forces. Warrant Officer Gregory Allan Smit, S.C., M.S.M., C.D. Pickering, OntarioOn August 20, 2011, Warrant Officer Smit was instrumental in the rescue ofthe survivors from First Air Flight 6560, during Operation NANOOK 2011. Heassumed control of the crash scene, provided medical assistance, directedthe evacuation of survivors, and preserved and secured the crash site.Warrant Officer Smit's actions prevented further loss of life among thesurvivors, while demonstrating the highest standards of skill andprofessionalism.Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Stephen Spinelli, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D. Victoria, British ColumbiaAs coxswain aboard HMCS Vancouver from July 2011 to January 2012, ChiefPetty Officer 1st Class Spinelli contributed to operational success duringtwo consecutive missions in the Mediterranean. A highly visible leader whoseinfluence was felt throughout the ship, he balanced his twinresponsibilities of fostering morale, while upholding good order anddiscipline. Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Spinelli set an example for theship's company to emulate, and contributed to their maximum effectivenessduring a challenging deployment. Captain(N) Kenneth Robert Stewart, M.S.M., C.D. Kingston, OntarioAs the Canadian senior national representative within Headquarters UnitedStates Central Command from May 2006 to July 2010, Captain(N) Stewart, as aleader of the Canadian Liaison Office, ensured unprecedented access andinfluence for Canada within this extremely dynamic headquarters. Notably,his work was critical to securing the United States' support for the ManleyReport requirements, and for Canadian operations in Afghanistan. Captain(N)Stewart's diplomacy and unrelenting efforts strengthened Canadian-Americanrelations, and brought tremendous benefit to Canadian Armed Forcesoperations. FACT SHEET ON MERITORIOUS SERVICE DECORATIONSThe Meritorious Service Decorations include a military division and a civildivision, with two levels each: a medal and a cross. The military divisionrecognizes individuals for their outstanding professionalism and forbringing honour to the Canadian Forces and to Canada. The civil divisionrecognizes individuals who have performed an exceptional deed or an activitythat brought honour to the community or to Canada. The Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division) recognizes a military deed or activity that has been performed in an outstandingly professional manner, according to a rare high standard that brings considerable benefit or great honour to the Canadian Forces. The Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division) recognizes a military deed or activity performed in a highly professional manner, according to a very high standard that brings benefit or honour to the Canadian Forces.These decorations are an important part of the Canadian Honours System,which recognizes excellence. Meritorious Service Decorations honour either asingle achievement or an activity over a specified period. The MeritoriousService Decorations are open to both Canadians and non-Canadians.Anyone may nominate an individual for the civil division of the MeritoriousService Decorations, while military candidates are recommended by the chiefof the Defence Staff. Nominations and awards may be made posthumously, butnominations for activities that occurred prior to June 1984, the year inwhich the honour was first created, are not accepted.





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