Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

April 14, 2010 09:49 ET

Presentation of a Meritorious Service Decoration (Military Division)

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 14, 2010) - On behalf of Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, General Walter Natynczyk, Chief of the Defence Staff, presented a Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division) to General Victor Renuart of the United States Air Force, during a ceremony at the Citadelle in Québec City, on April 12, 2010.

General Renuart's citation follows. For additional information on the Meritorious Service Decorations, please see Annex A.

General Victor Eugene Renuart, Jr., M.S.C. (United States Air Force)

Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

From 2006 until 2009, General Victor Renuart, Commander of North American Aerospace Defence Command and United States Northern Command, displayed the highest level of professionalism, leadership and dedication. In his quest to improve the security of our nations, his outstanding determination, infectious esprit de corps, boundless energy and notable integrity ultimately resulted in unprecedented improvements in North American defence and security, and brought great benefit to Canada and to the Canadian Forces.


The Meritorious Service Decorations include a military division and a civil division, with two levels each: a medal and a cross. The military division recognizes individuals for their outstanding professionalism and for bringing honour to the Canadian Forces and to Canada. The civil division recognizes individuals who have performed an exceptional deed or an activity that brought honour to the community or to Canada.

The Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division) recognizes a military deed or activity that has been performed in an outstandingly professional manner, according to a rare high standard that brings considerable benefit or great honour to the Canadian Forces. 

The Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division) recognizes a military deed or activity performed in a highly professional manner, according to a very high standard that brings benefit or honour to the Canadian Forces.

These decorations are an important part of the Canadian Honours System, which recognizes excellence. Meritorious Service Decorations honour either a single achievement or an activity over a specified period. The Meritorious Service Decorations are open to both Canadians and non-Canadians.

Anyone may nominate an individual for the civil division of the Meritorious Service Decorations, while military candidates are recommended by the Chief of the Defence Staff. Nominations and awards may be made posthumously, but nominations for activities that occurred prior to June 1984, the year in which the honour was first created, are not accepted.

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