Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

June 09, 2010 13:17 ET

Canadian Forces Soldier Receives Recognition for Multiple Tours in Afghanistan

OTTAWA, ONTARIO-–(Marketwire - June 9, 2010) - Warrant Officer John Moreno, a native of Toronto, Ontario, received four Rotation Bars to the General Campaign Star-South-West Asia for service in Afghanistan at a ceremony in Ottawa on April 19th.

WO Moreno has deployed on three tours of Afghanistan where he served as an Intelligence Officer, with a speciality in Imagery Analysis, in the Canadian HERON Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Detachment (CHUD) unit. The CHUD unit, which has embarked on more than 335 missions, plays a vital role in the Canadian Forces mission to Afghanistan by providing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, aided by photographs and other data collected by the fully autonomous Heron UAV.

WO Moreno, who served as a reservist with the Queen's Own Rifles Regiment in Toronto, said that the issuing of the rotation bars, "allows Canadian Forces members to display their commitment and achievements to their peers and the country."

The Rotation Bar was created to recognize multiple rotations, which amount to 180 days of service after the initial qualifying period of 30 days, in missions that are eligible for the South-West Asia Service Medal, the General Campaign Star and the General Service Medal.

During his three tours of Afghanistan, WO Moreno observed "substantial and positive changes in the country such as growth of built up areas, a return of refugees and the construction of schools."

WO Moreno, who attended Castle Frank High School in Toronto, is currently working at the Canadian Forces Joint Imagery Centre in Ottawa, Ontario.

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