Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

December 01, 2008 10:29 ET

Media Advisory: Chief of the Defence Staff to Recognize Distinguished Service

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 1, 2008) - General Walt Natynczyk, the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), will present 58 Mention in Dispatches insignias, nine CDS Commendations, and a Canadian Forces (CF) Medallion for Distinguished Service, during a ceremony at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Valcartier, Quebec tomorrow. In addition to 26 recipients from the Valcartier area, recipients will be coming from across Canada.

The Mention in Dispatches is a national honour created to recognize valiant conduct, devotion to duty or other distinguished service for specific achievements that have brought honor to the Canadian Forces and to Canada. Recipients are entitled to wear a bronze oak leaf on the appropriate campaign or service medal ribbon.

A list of the Mention in Dispatches recipients can be found at the following link:

The CDS Commendation recognizes deeds or activities of a CF member beyond the demands of normal duty. The CF Medallion for Distinguished Service is the highest honour bestowed upon civilians for service of a rare and exceptionally high standard, which greatly benefits the CF.

Details of the award ceremony are as follows:

WHEN: Tuesday, December 2, 2008
WHERE: CFB Valcartier, Quebec City
TIME: 7 p.m.
NOTE: Media are asked to arrive at the front gate at 6:15 p.m.
Since this ceremony pertains to protocol, access will be denied to

Some recipients will be available for interviews after the ceremony.

- 30 -


Media interested in attending are asked to confirm no later than noon, December 2, by calling Capt Lyne Poirier, CFB Valcartier public affairs officer, at 418-844-5000, ext. 5880, or by pager at (418) 260-2548.

Please see for more information on all the honours and awards pertinent to the CF.

Contact Information