Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

June 08, 2009 14:06 ET

Canadian Forces Members' Contributions Recognized

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 8, 2009) - The Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, today recognized twelve members of the Canadian Forces (CF) for their contributions to the military, as part of the CF Recognition Program.

"The CF Recognition Program provides an opportunity for Canadians to demonstrate the great pride we have in our military members," said Minister MacKay. "The individuals recognized today represent the very best of our sailors, soldiers, airmen and airwomen."

"These deserving members represent the commitment, determination, skill and initiative that enable Canada to have one of the most professional militaries in the world," said General Walter Natynczyk, Chief of Defence Staff.

The individuals recognized were:

- Master Corporal David Bickford (8 Wing Trenton, ON),

- Major Pierre Breckenridge (RCSU Det North Bay, ON),

- Captain Aaron Cutler (Victoria, BC),

- Warrant Officer Thomas Fraser (Kingston, ON),

- Corporal Sayeh Hejazi (CFRC Vancouver, BC),

- Petty Officer 2nd Class Kerry Joy Houghton (Halifax, NS),

- Master Corporal John MacDonald (CFB Gagetown, NB),

- Master Corporal Scott McAvoy (MCE Ottawa, ON),

- Petty Officer 1st Class Marc Paquin (St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, QC),

- Sergeant Albert Sutherland (Constance Lake, ON),

- Corporal Roger Louis Thomas (CFRC Hamilton, ON), and

- Captain Wayne Yeomans (CDI Ottawa, ON).

The CF Recognition Day Program annually honours twelve outstanding members. The deserving members, along with a guest, are invited to the National Capital region for four days and participate in events including an official presentation to Parliament, a Chief of the Defence Staff and Canadian Forces Chief Warrant Officer Brunch and a visit to the War Museum. They are also invited to attend a Swearing in Ceremony, the CF Day Walk/Run in Red and the Canadian Forces Liaison Council Employer Support Award Dinner.

Member Biographies

Master Corporal David Bickford enrolled as a Supply Technician in 1990. He has been posted to CF Bases Portage la Prairie, Chatham and Petawawa. He later became a Traffic Technician and was posted to 8 Wing Trenton where he worked on Line Crew, Flight Programming, and Payload and was selected for the Basic CC130 Loadmaster Course, where he received his wings. MCpl Bickford is currently employed with Sierra Flight as a Check Loadmaster. His deployments include Op Assistance, OP BOXTOP, Bosnia, two Middle East rotations and three tours in Afghanistan.

Major Pierre Breckenridge was enrolled into the Cadet Instructor Cadre in 1982 and held various appointments within his unit. He has instructed for both Land Ops and Regional Cadet Instructor School on instructor level courses, such as the Basic Officer Qualification and the Junior Officer Leadership Courses. Maj Breckenridge has served at Cadet Summer Training Centres, acted as Chief of Competition for the National Cadet Biathlon Competition and continues to volunteer with the cadets. Maj Breckenridge has received the Canadian Forces' Decoration 1, 125th Commemorative Medal, Region Commendation, Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship, United Way Volunteer of the Year, Region Commendation and the Chief of Reserves and Cadets Coin.

Captain Aaron Cutler completed Canadian Forces Air Navigation School (CFANS) training in 2005 where he earned his wings as an Air Navigator. Upon graduation, he was posted to 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron in Victoria to fly on the CH-124 Seaking. Capt. Cutler has worked in the Standards Training and Readiness cell, completed Tactical Co-ordinator training and participated in numerous exercises supporting both Canadian and foreign navies. Most recently, he was deployed on Op Altair in the Gulf of Oman in HMCS Calgary. Capt. Cutler received the James R. Dow Memorial Trophy for top flying performance on his CFANS course.

Warrant Officer Thomas Fraser joined the Canadian Forces as a Supply Technician in 1987. His postings have included CF Bases Halifax, Petawawa, Goose Bay, Cold Lake and Winnipeg and a deployment to Syria with the United Nations. WO Fraser is currently serving as Land Force Doctrine and Training System headquarters, Kingston Supply Non-Commissioned Officer. WO Fraser has received a Command Land Force Doctrine and Training System Commendation for outstanding logistical support to senior Army Directorates and a Base Commander's Commendation for committee work in organizing the Kingston Garrison Ball.

Corporal Sayeh Hejazi joined the Reserve Forces in 2002 as a Military Police (MP) Non-Commissioned Member. She has served with 1 MP Unit, Richmond and on Roto 3 at Camp Julian in Kabul, Afghanistan as an interpreter. Cpl Hejazi is currently employed with the Canadian Forces Recruiting Centre Vancouver as a Booking and Testing Clerk. She received the Campaign Star for service on Roto 3 in Afghanistan under NATO command.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Kerry Joy Houghton joined the Canadian Forces in 1991 as a Naval Signalman. She served in HMC Ships Gatineau, Fredericton, Iroquois, Athabaskan, Preserver, and Provider, and at the Halifax Detachment Mill Cove. PO2 Houghton has received the Special Service Medal, the CF Peacekeeping medal, the former Yugoslavia Medal and the formation Chief Petty Officer Award during Primary Leadership Qualification. She is currently posted to Naval Radio Section Halifax as the Alternate Communications Security Custodian

Master Corporal John MacDonald enrolled in the Reserve Force as an Infantryman in 1973 and enlisted as a Regular Force Artilleryman in 1984. MCpl MacDonald was posted to CF Bases Shilo, Germany, Sault St Marie, Petawawa and the Gagetown Artillery School and has completed deployments in Cyprus and Bosnia. As an artilleryman, he achieved the rank of Warrant Officer. WO MacDonald later accepted a medical trade re-assignment to Supply Technician, where he has since obtained the rank of Master Corporal.

Master Corporal Scott McAvoy enrolled as an Infanteer with the Canadian Forces in 1990. MCpl McAvoy served as an instructor at the Meaford Royal Canadian Regiment Battle School and the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in St-Jean, QC. MCpl McAvoy also participated in Op Recuperation and was part of the initial search for the remains of Swiss Air flight 111. MCpl McAvoy's deployments include Cyprus, the former Yugoslav Republic of Croatia, three tours in Bosnia and a tour in Afghanistan as a Geomatics Technician, as part of a team lead by the US Naval Research Laboratory, to capture aerial imagery.

Petty Officer 1st Class Marc Paquin joined the Canadian Forces in 1988 as a Marine Engineer Systems Operator. He served aboard HMC Ships Donnacona, Porte Saint-Louis, Porte Quebec, Kingston, Whitehorse, Summerside and Goose Bay. PO1 Paquin has instructed the Basic Military Qualification course at CF Bases Cornwallis and Borden, acted as main propulsion chief aboard three ships and was a Standards Petty Officer at CF Fleet School Quebec. PO1 Paquin is currently a Naval Reservist on full-time contract as an Intermediate Leadership Qualification facilitator with the Non-Commissioned Member Professional Development Centre in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu and he volunteers as a Naval Reserve Division Coxswain.

Sergeant Albert Sutherland has been a member of the Canadian Forces for 12 years and has commanded his Canadian Ranger Patrol for over 6 years. In his capacity as a Canadian Ranger, Sgt. Sutherland's expert leadership and contribution to northern Ontario has guaranteed the operational readiness of his Canadian Ranger Patrol and ultimately that of the 3rd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group. Sgt. Sutherland also acts as Patrol Commander to the Junior Canadian Rangers. He has received the Canadian Forces Decoration, the Special Service Medal with Ranger Bar and will be soon invested into the Order of Military Merit.

Corporal Roger Louis Thomas has worked with Canadian Forces Recruiting for the past six years. Cpl. Thomas was selected to teach on four national recruiting courses for file managers and was chief instructor in 2006. He significantly contributes to the processing and management of applicants to the Canadian Forces with an average monthly workload of 200 applicant files. Cpl Thomas is currently a File Manager at the Canadian Forces Recruiting Centre Detachment in London.

Captain Wayne Yeomans joined Canadian Forces in 1988 and has served as a Leopard tank driver in CFB Lahr; conducted two tours in the former Yugoslavia; deployed to the Winnipeg floods and the eastern Ontario ice storm; worked at Combat Training Centre (CTC) Headquarters in CFB Gagetown, the Canadian Forces Training Development Centre in CFB Borden and the Land Force Atlantic Area Training Centre. Currently, he works under the Director General Intelligence Production. Capt. Yeomans has received commendations from the CTC Commander and the Land Force Area Commander, and received the Intrepid award for comradeship from his peers at the Canadian Forces School of Military Intelligence.

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