Media Advisory - Governor General to Invest 55 Recipients into the Order of Military Merit

OTTAWA, June 1, 2016 /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 Friday June 3, 2016, at 11 a.m. The Governor General will bestow the honour on 3 Commanders, 12 Officers and 40 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 Princess Anne 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 Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff speaks

12 p.m.:     

Interviews with recipients

 

ORDER OF MILITARY MERIT RECIPIENTS

COMMANDERS

 

Lieutenant-General Michael John Hood, C.M.M., C.D.

Chief of the Air Force Staff

Ottawa, Ontario

Rear-Admiral John Frederick Newton, C.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Maritime Forces Atlantic Headquarters

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Lieutenant-General Christine Theresa Whitecross, C.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Chief of Military Personnel

Ottawa, Ontario

 

OFFICERS

 

Lieutenant-Colonel Roy Armstrong, O.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Intelligence Command Headquarters

Ottawa, Ontario

Colonel Marie Annabelle Jennie Carignan, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Royal Military College Saint-Jean

Richelain, Quebec

Colonel Peter Samson Dawe, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters and Signal Squadron

Petawawa, Ontario

Brigadier-General Luis Alberto Botelho de Sousa, O.M.M., C.D.

2nd Canadian Division Headquarters

Montréal, Quebec

Lieutenant-Colonel George Heber Gillam, O.M.M., C.D.

Office of Director General Compensation and Benefits

Ottawa, Ontario

Captain(N) Joseph Jeannot Hervé Richard Jean, O.M.M., C.D.

Naval Staff Headquarters

Ottawa, Ontario

Major John Allison Lewis, O.M.M., C.D.

8 Wing Logistics and Engineering

Astra, Ontario

Colonel David William Lowthian, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

 

8 Wing Headquarters

Astra, Ontario

Brigadier-General Joseph Paul Alain Pelletier, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Canadian Detachment, Continental United States NORAD Region

Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, United States of America

Brigadier-General Neville Edward Russell, O.M.M., C.D.

Strategic Joint Staff

Ottawa, Ontario

Colonel Michel-Henri St-Louis, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Strategic Joint Staff

Ottawa, Ontario

Lieutenant-Commander John Aubrey Williston, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Office of Assistant Deputy Minister (Public Affairs)

Ottawa, Ontario

 

MEMBERS

 


Chief Petty Officer 1st Class David Ronald Arsenault, M.M.M., C.D.

Naval Reserve Headquarters

Québec, Quebec

Chief Warrant Officer Robert Joseph Beaudry, M.M.M., C.D.

The Royal Canadian Artillery School

Oromocto, New Brunswick

Warrant Officer David Timothee Bérubé, M.M.M., M.M.V., C.D.

The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery School

Oromocto, New Brunswick

Chief Warrant Officer Mario Paul Bizier, M.M.M., C.D.

1 Dental Unit

Ottawa, Ontario

Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Colin Philip Bond, M.M.M., C.D.

Her Majesty's Canadian Ship St. John's

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Jacques Boucher, M.M.M., C.D.

1 Wing Headquarters

Kingston, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Todd Barry Buchanan, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

1st Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery

Shilo, Manitoba

Major Marie Françoise Lucie Burelle, M.M.M., C.D.

2nd Canadian Division Support Group

Montréal, Quebec

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Norman William Cawthra, M.M.M., C.D.

Sea Training (Pacific)

Victoria, British Columbia

Chief Warrant Officer Edward Joseph John Curtis, M.M.M., C.D.

Joint Meteorological Centre

Oromocto, New Brunswick

Chief Warrant Officer Mary Elizabeth Demetruk, M.M.M., C.D.

4th Canadian Division Headquarters

Toronto, Ontario

Captain Joseph Robert Alain Deslauriers, M.M.M., C.D.

Le Régiment de Maisonneuve

Montréal, Quebec

Master Warrant Officer Dana Robert Eagles, M.M.M., C.D.

5th Canadian Division Support Group

Burton, New Brunswick

Major Erica Leigh Fleck, M.M.M., C.D.

36 Service Battalion

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Master Warrant Officer Michael Fuentespina, M.M.M., C.D.

Joint Personnel Support Unit Detachment Winnipeg

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Ranger Donald Upton Gourlay, M.M.M., C.D.

Valleyview Canadian Ranger Patrol

Edmonton, Alberta

Chief Warrant Officer John Henry Graham, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Canadian Special Operations Forces Command

Ottawa, Ontario

Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephen Harold Haughn, M.M.M., C.D.

Office of Director Project Delivery Management Information Systems

Ottawa, Ontario

Captain Carl Homer, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Joint Signal Regiment

Kingston, Ontario

Warrant Officer Kimberlee Jones, M.M.M., C.D.

Office of the Chief of the Defence Staff

Ottawa, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Réal Luc Lacombe, M.M.M., C.D.

1st Batallion, Royal 22e Régiment

Courcelette, Quebec

Master Warrant Officer William Edward Lang, M.M.M., C.D.

2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters and Signal Squadron

Petawawa, Ontario

Major Line Michele Leboeuf, M.M.M., C.D.

Office of Director General Military Careers

Ottawa, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Grant Clarence Lewis, M.M.M., C.D.

8 Wing Headquarters

Astra, Ontario

Petty Officer 1st Class Marie Stephanie Dawn MacKay, M.M.M., C.D.

Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Toronto

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Warrant Officer Joseph James William Lorne McAdam, M.M.M., C.D.

2nd Canadian Division Support Group

Montréal, Quebec

Master Warrant Officer Patrick William Moran, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Base North Bay

Hornell Heights, Ontario

Lieutenant Karen Deborah Mullen, M.M.M., C.D.

Strategic Joint Staff

Ottawa, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Thomas Kincaid Neill, M.M.M., C.D.

The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery School

Oromocto, New Brunswick

Warrant Officer Robert Harold John Peldjak, M.M.M., C.D.

21 Aerospace Control and Warning Squadron

Hornell Heights, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Gerald Donald Pelletier, M.M.M., C.D.

35 Service Battalion

Québec, Quebec

Major Jaime Phillips, M.M.M., C.D.

The Royal Regiment Artillery School

Oromocto, New Brunswick

Warrant Officer Claude Pierre Provost, M.M.M., C.D.

Office of Director General Information Management Technology

Ottawa, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Wallace Rideout, M.M.M., C.D.

Royal Military College of Canada

Kingston, Ontario

Warrant Officer Stuart John Dalton Russelle, M.M.M., C.D.

1 Canadian Field Hospital

Petawawa, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer Jeffrey Harold Saunders, M.M.M., C.D.

Office of Director General Land Equipment Program Management

Ottawa, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Keith Alan Sexstone, M.M.M., C.D.

Office of Director General Major Project Delivery (Land and Sea)

Ottawa, Ontario

Ranger Stanley Robert Stephens, M.M.M., C.D.

English River Canadian Ranger Patrol

English River, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer Robert Peter Michael Talach, M.M.M., C.D.

31 Canadian Brigade Group Battle School

London, Ontario

Petty Officer 2nd Class Jody Patrick Waterfield, M.M.M., C.D.

Canadian Forces Naval Operations School

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.

 

SOURCE Governor General of Canada

For further information: For information on the ceremony: Emily Keogh, Rideau Hall Press Office, 613-993-2569, emily.keogh@gg.ca; For information on the recipients: Department of National Defence, Media Liaison Office, 1-866-377-0811, 613-996-2353, Follow GGDavidJohnston and RideauHall on Facebook and Twitter.


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