Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

April 19, 2010 13:58 ET

Department of National Defence: Ceremony Recognizes Multiple Overseas Rotations

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 19, 2010) - The newly established Rotation Bar was presented today, recognizing Canadians who have served more than once in Afghanistan. Recipients included more than 30 Canadian Forces (CF) personnel, four members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), two police officers of the Ottawa Police Service and three civilian employees of the Non-public Fund of the CF. Today's ceremony followed changes to the recognition for overseas service recently announced by the Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Peter MacKay, who was also in attendance at this ceremony. 

"The recent changes to the recognition system for overseas service demonstrate the commitment of the Government of Canada to recognize the valued and, in today's case, repeated contributions of the men and women of the Canadian Forces, and of our partners, in Afghanistan," said Minister MacKay. "It ensures the sacrifice of men and women who have served on multiple rotations for extended periods of time away from loved ones is remembered and acknowledged."

Personnel eligible for the Rotation Bars include CF personnel and DND employees, RCMP and other police force members, as well as other government department employees who have served with the Canadian Forces during multiple rotations in and around Afghanistan. They will be receiving the appropriate bars in the next few months depending on the number of days they have served. 

"Canadian Forces members and civilian personnel are working side-by-side on multiple rotations to secure a future of hope and opportunity for the people of Afghanistan," said General Walt Natynczyk, Chief of the Defence Staff. "Whether it is Canadian soldiers protecting Afghans and mentoring their Afghan National Army counterparts, members of the RCMP training Afghan National Police, or civilians fostering critically important reconstruction and development initiatives, recipients of the Rotation Bars are a shining example of our commitment to that important mission."

On March 17, Minister MacKay announced changes to the South-West Asia Service Medal (SWASM), the General Campaign Star (GCS), and the General Service Medal (GSM). Rotation Bars have been created to mark multiple rotations in missions eligible for the three medals. All personnel will earn a Rotation Bar emblazoned with a maple leaf for each period of 180 days of eligible service accumulated after the initial qualifying period of 30 days.

For a full explanation with pictures of the Changes to Recognition Overseas Service, please visit:

For the March 17 News Release on the Changes to Recognition Overseas Service, please visit:

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