Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

November 10, 2011 14:24 ET

CF Personnel Stand Sentry on Remembrance Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 10, 2011) - On November 11, 2011, five deserving Canadian Forces (CF) personnel and a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) will stand sentry at the National War Memorial in Ottawa as part of the national Remembrance Day ceremony.

"I congratulate the members of the Canadian Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who were selected to participate in the 2011 Remembrance Day Sentry program," said Chief of the Defence Staff General Walt Natynczyk. "I am extremely proud of those deserving CF members who have been chosen to be our sentries for the very important and honourable national Remembrance event."

For over 10 years, the Remembrance Day Sentry program has recognized outstanding Regular and Reserve Force sailors, soldiers, airmen, and airwomen of the Canadian Forces and members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) for their dedication, professionalism, and performance within their communities.

"Participants are selected from a list of qualified members who have been acknowledged for their hard work and accomplishments," said Rear-Admiral Andy Smith, Chief of Military Personnel. "These members will be part of a very distinct honour that they will never forget."

The three-day program includes a visit to the Parliament grounds, Rideau Hall, and the RCMP National Operations Centre. Following the November 11 ceremony, the sentries attend the CDS-hosted Silver Cross Mother's Luncheon.

This year's deserving personnel are:

Petty Officer 2nd class Jason Bode - Sentry Commander

Petty Officer 2nd class Jason Bode joined the CF with The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry reserve unit. He has deployed twice to the Arabian Gulf aboard HMCS Calgary.

Leading Seaman Nadine Brideau - Navy Sentry

Leading Seaman Nadine Brideau joined the CF in May 2006 as a Boatswain. She is presently employed at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Saint-Jean, QC.

Corporal Rich Morrison - Army Sentry

Corporal Rich Morrison enrolled in the CF in 2005 as a semi-skilled Vehicle Technician. In 2009, he deployed to Afghanistan with B Squadron's Maintenance Echelon.

Corporal Josianne Masse - Air Sentry

Corporal Josianne Masse joined the CF as an Aviation Technician in 2002. She was posted to 435 Squadron, Winnipeg and promoted to her current rank in 2006.

Lieutenant (Navy) Kristi Velthuizen - Nursing Officer

Lieutenant (Navy) Velthuizen joined the CF in 1997 as a Naval Communicator with HMCS Nonsuch. She is currently posted to CFB Borden as the Basic Nursing Officer Course Director.

Constable Keenan Moore - RCMP Sentry

Constable Keenan Moore joined the RCMP in November 1994 and was posted to the New Hazelton Detachment, BC. He deployed to Southern Afghanistan in 2008 and was attached to the U.S. Military Police Mentoring team.

Note to editors: For more information or to set up interviews with any of the CF members being honoured, please contact: Elliot Frutkin, CMP Public Affairs Officer, 613-992-3462, or email: Elliot.Frutkin@forces.gc.ca.

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