Media Advisory - Governor General to Invest 39 Recipients into the Order of Military Merit

OTTAWA, Nov. 9, 2015 /CNW/ - 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, November 10, 2015, at 11 a.m. The Governor General will bestow the honour on 2 Commanders, 8 Officers and 29 Members.

Created in 1972, the Order of Military Merit recognizes meritorious service and devotion to duty by members of the Canadian Armed 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 interested in covering the ceremony are asked to confirm their attendance with the Rideau Hall Press Office. They must arrive at the residence's main entrance no later than 10:45 a.m. on the day of the ceremony.

Those wishing to interview recipients are asked to contact the Department of National Defence.

 

CEREMONY SCHEDULE


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 speaks

12 p.m.:


Interviews with recipients

 

ORDER OF MILITARY MERIT RECIPIENTS


COMMANDERS


Major-General Dean James Milner, C.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.

This is a promotion within the Order.

1st Canadian Division Headquarters

Kingston, Ontario

Major-General Pierre St-Amand, C.M.M., C.D.

This is a promotion within the Order.

Deputy Commander North American
Aerospace Defence Command

Colorado Springs, Colorado,
United States of America


OFFICERS


Lieutenant-Colonel Joseph Michel Steve Boivin, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Canadian Special Operations Forces
Command Headquarters
Ottawa, Ontario

Colonel Joseph Serge Steve Dany Fortin, O.M.M., C.D.

 

5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group
Headquarters and Signal Squadron

Courcelette, Quebec

Lieutenant-Colonel Steven Leslie Hart, O.M.M., C.D.

5th Canadian Division Support Base
Gagetown

Oromocto, New Bruswick

Lieutenant-Colonel Mark Bradley Larsen, O.M.M., C.D.

1 Canadian Air Division Headquarters

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Major Rickey Maxwell Lewis, O.M.M., C.D.

 

Regional Cadet Support Unit (Pacific)

Victoria, British Columbia

Colonel Marie Céline Danielle Savard, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

 

Office of Director Military Careers
Administration

Ottawa, Ontario

Colonel David Ross Weger, O.M.M., C.D.

 

Canadian Forces Health Services Group
Headquarters

Ottawa, Ontario

Colonel Terrence Leroy Wood, O.M.M., C.D.

 

Office of Director General Aerospace
Equipment Program Management

Ottawa, Ontario


MEMBERS


Master Warrant Officer Ian Ronald Jude Bennett, M.M.M., C.D.

3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment

Petawawa, Ontario

Warrant Officer David Carman Bibby, M.M.M., C.D.

 

3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian
Light Infantry

Edmonton, Alberta

Master Warrant Officer Marnie Davis, M.M.M., C.D.

 

1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group
Headquarters and Signals Squadron

Edmonton, Alberta

Warrant Officer Stephen Michael Dawe, M.M.M., C.D.

 

1 Combat Engineer Regiment

Edmonton, Alberta

Master Warrant Officer Paul André Christian Doucet, M.M.M., C.D.

 

Office of Director General Land Equipment
Program Management

Ottawa, Ontario

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Paul Andrew Fenton, M.M.M., C.D.

Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Breton

Victoria, British Columbia

Sergeant Timothy Ferguson, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Special Operations Forces
Command Headquarters

Ottawa, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Joseph Lucien Steve Fréchette, M.M.M., C.D.

3 Wing–Administration

Alouette, Quebec

Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Gérard Marc Gabanna, M.M.M., C.D.

2nd Canadian Division Support Group

Montréal, Quebec

Master Warrant Officer Clermont Gagné, M.M.M., C.D.

3 Wing–Logistics

Alouette, Quebec

Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Dominic Stéphane Gaudreau, M.M.M., C.D.

5 Combat Engineer Regiment

Courcelette, Quebec

Master Warrant Officer David Edward Hepditch, M.M.M., C.D.

12 Wing Headquarters

Shearwater, Nova Scotia

Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Cyrus Jawahar John, M.M.M., C.D.

Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Iroquois

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Ian Mark Kelly, M.M.M., C.D.

Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Protecteur

Victoria, British Columbia

Captain Joseph Ghislain Levesque, M.M.M., C.D.

 

202 Workshop Depot

Montréal, Quebec

Captain Malcolm Alastair McMurachy, M.M.M., C.D.

 

Canadian Forces Base Borden

Borden, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer John Robert McNabb, M.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.

5th Canadian Division Training Centre
Detachment Aldershot

Kentville, Nova Scotia

Private Thomas Nickel, M.M.M., C.D.

4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group

Victoria, British Columbia

Master Warrant Officer Joseph Gilles Alain Oligny, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit
School

Richelain, Quebec

Warrant Officer Kimberly Christine Pyke, M.M.M., C.D.

 

Canadian Army Doctrine and Training
Centre Headquarters

Kingston, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer Eric John Rolfe, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian
Regiment

Burton, New Brunswick

Warrant Officer Scott Vernon Russell, M.M.M., C.D.

 

1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment

Petawawa, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer David George Shultz, M.M.M., S.M.V., C.D.

1st Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian
Light Infantry

Edmonton, Alberta

Petty Officer 2nd Class Philip Wade Smith, M.M.M., C.D.

 

Fleet Diving Unit (Pacific)

Victoria, British Columbia

Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric Wilfred Stone, M.M.M., C.D.

Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Charlottetown

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Warrant Officer Jason Tomlinson, M.M.M., C.D.

 

The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery
School

Oromocto, New Brunswick

Chief Warrant Officer Martin Woods, M.M.M., C.D.

 

41 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters

Calgary, Alberta

Major Darcy James Wright, M.M.M., C.D.

 

2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian
Light Infantry

Edmonton, Alberta

Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelly Allan Yerama, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Fleet School Esquimalt

Victoria, British Columbia

 

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.


ORDER OF MILITARY MERIT FACT SHEET

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 Armed 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 Armed Forces during the previous year. In 2014, for instance, 108 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 Armed Forces in the performance of military duties.

For more information about the Order of Military Merit, visit our website at www.gg.ca/honours.

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SOURCE Governor General

For further information: on the ceremony: Marie-Pierre Bélanger, Rideau Hall Press Office, 613-998-9166, marie-pierre.belanger@gg.ca; For information on the recipients: Department of National Defence, Media Liaison Office, 1-866-377-0811, 613-996-2353

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