Media Advisory - Governor General to Invest 48 Recipients into the Order of Military Merit

OTTAWA, June 5, 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 Monday, June 8, 2015, at 11 a.m. The Governor General will bestow the honour on 2 Commanders, 8 Officers and 38 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. Due to construction work, they must arrive at the residence's main entrance no later than 10:30 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



Lieutenant-General Michael Day, C.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.

This is a promotion within the Order.

Chief of Force Development

Ottawa, Ontario

Rear-Admiral Patrick Finn, C.M.M., C.D.

This is a promotion within the Order.

Office of the Assistant Deputy Minister (Materiel)

Ottawa, Ontario



OFFICERS



Lieutenant-Colonel Eleonora Agnew, O.M.M., C.D.

 

Office of the Chief of Force Development

Ottawa, Ontario

Colonel Blaise Frawley, O.M.M., C.D.

 

Task Force Tampa Bay

MacDill Armed Forces Base
Florida, U.S.A.

Colonel Kerry Horlock, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

 

4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa

Petawawa, Ontario

Brigadier-General Rob Roy MacKenzie, O.M.M., C.D.

 

3rd Canadian Division Headquarters

Edmonton, Alberta

Lieutenant-Colonel James Peck, O.M.M., C.D.

 

21 Aerospace Control and Warning Squadron

Hornell Heights, Ontario

Commander Patricia Roberts, O.M.M., C.D.

 

Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt

Victoria, British Columbia

Colonel Donald Rousseau, O.M.M., C.D.

 

Office of the Director General Information Management Technology and  Strategic Planning

Ottawa, Ontario

Commander Sandra Sukstorf, O.M.M., C.D.

 

Assistant Judge Advocate General Central

Toronto, Ontario





MEMBERS



Sergeant Nicole Barrett, M.M.M., C.D.

Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers School

Borden, Ontario

Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Brent Bethell, M.M.M., C.D.

 

Sea Training (Pacific)

Victoria, British Columbia

Petty Officer 1st Class Sylvain Bolduc, M.M.M., C.D.

 

Canadian Forces National Investigation Service

Ottawa, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Raymond Brodeur, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

 

1st Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry

Edmonton, Alberta

Master Warrant Officer Daniel Campbell, M.M.M., C.D.

 

408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron

Edmonton, Alberta

Warrant Officer Martin Caron, M.M.M., C.D.

 

12e Régiment blindé du Canada

Courcelette, Quebec

Master Warrant Officer John Copeland, M.M.M., C.D.

 

3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment

Petawawa, Ontario

Sergeant Steven Dacey, M.M.M., C.D.

 

1 Service Battalion

Edmonton, Alberta

Chief Warrant Officer Claude Dallaire, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

 

2 Wing Headquarters

Alouette, Quebec

Master Warrant Officer Denis Delisle, M.M.M., C.D.

 

2 Air Expeditionary Squadron

Alouette, Quebec

Warrant Officer Brenda Di Bartolo, M.M.M., C.D.

 

4th Air Defence Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery

Burton, New Brunswick

Master Warrant Officer André Dugal, M.M.M., C.D.

 

Royal Military College Saint-Jean

Richelain, Quebec

Petty Officer 1st Class Dale Durand, M.M.M., C.D.

 

Fleet Diving Unit (Pacific)

Victoria, British Columbia

Major Stephen Gallagher, M.M.M., C.D.

 

4th Air Defence Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery

Burton, New Brunswick

Major George Garrard, M.M.M., C.D.

 

Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineering School

Borden, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Dominique Geoffroy, M.M.M., C.D.

 

Canadian Forces Health Services Centre (Atlantic)

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Chief Warrant Officer René Gilbert, M.M.M., C.D.

 

Office of the Director General Land Equipment Program Management

Ottawa, Ontario

Sergeant Rachel Girard, M.M.M., C.D.

 

2nd Canadian Division Support Group Signal Squadron

Richelain, Quebec

Captain Nancy Guérin, M.M.M., C.D.

 

Canadian Forces Base Kingston

Kingston, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer Colleen Halpin, M.M.M., C.D.

 

22 Wing Headquarters

Hornell Heights, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Crystal Harris, M.M.M., C.D.

 

4th Canadian Division Training Centre

Meaford, Ontario

Warrant Officer Daniel Holley, M.M.M., C.D.

 

Royal Military College of Saint-Jean

Richelain, Quebec

Chief Warrant Officer Stéphane Marcoux, M.M.M., C.D.

 

2nd Canadian Division Support Group

Montréal, Quebec

Chief Warrant Officer James Marshall, M.M.M., C.D.

 

21 Aerospace and Control Warning Squadron

Hornell Heights, Ontario

Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Richard Meredith, M.M.M., C.D.

 

Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Ville de Québec

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Master Warrant Officer David Milligan, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

 

2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery

Petawawa, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer Richard Nadeau, M.M.M., C.D.

 

Office of the Chief of Force Development

Ottawa, Ontario

Lieutenant(N) Heather Oake, M.M.M., C.D.

 

Joint Personnel Support Unit Detachment Halifax

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Chief Warrant Officer Ambrose Penton, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

 

2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters and Signals Squadron

Petawawa, Ontario

Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Danny Peppar, M.M.M., C.D.

 

Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Windsor

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Captain Michael Perkins, M.M.M., C.D.

 

Canadian Special Operations Forces Command Headquarters

Ottawa, Ontario

Warrant Officer Steven Price, M.M.M., C.D.

 

Canadian Forces School of Communications and Electronics

Kingston, Ontario

Warrant Officer Steven Rutt, M.M.M., C.D.

 

103 Search and Rescue Squadron

Gander, Newfoundland & Labrador

Chief Warrant Officer Yancy Savard, M.M.M., C.D.

 

3rd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment

Courcelette, Quebec

Warrant Officer Lawrence Schnurr, M.M.M., C.D.

 

3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry

Edmonton, Alberta

Warrant Officer Michael Swinimer, M.M.M., C.D.

 

12 Wing Headquarters

Shearwater, Nova Scotia

Chief Warrant Officer Robert Viel, M.M.M., C.D.

 

4 Wing Headquarters

Cold Lake, Alberta

Petty Officer 1st Class Tara White, M.M.M., C.D.

 

Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Halifax

Halifax, Nova Scotia

 

 

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 Government House

For further information: For 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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