Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

May 30, 2011 20:00 ET

Chief of the Land Staff Recognizes Distinguished Service in Valcartier

VALCARTIER, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 30, 2011) - During a ceremony held today at the Valcartier Garrison,
Lieutenant-General Peter Devlin, Chief of the Land Staff, presented 32 insignia for Mention in Dispatches, and 21 Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) Commendations to Canadian Forces (CF) members. Recipients, coming from across Canada, were acknowledged for their bravery, exemplary actions, and commitment to service during deployments in Afghanistan.

"It is imperative to recognize the important work Canadian Forces members do everyday, at home and abroad," said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence. "The recipients of the distinguished service awards have, day after day, served Canada with great integrity and demonstrated their commitment to the safety and security of our great nation."

"I am honoured to present these awards today, on behalf of the Chief of the Defence Staff, to these men and women who have gone far beyond the call of duty," said Lt.-Gen. Devlin. "Their courage, selflessness, and perseverance during the most demanding of situations serve as a source of inspiration to all Canadian Forces members and Canadians as a whole. Their deeds symbolize the best of who we are as soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen."

A Mention in Dispatches is a national honour awarded to CF members for valiant conduct, devotion to duty, or other distinguished service. Recipients are entitled to wear a bronze oak leaf on the appropriate campaign or service medal ribbon.

The CDS Commendation recognizes deeds or activities of a CF member beyond the demands of normal duty.

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A list of all recipients can be found at the following link:

For more information on Canadian Forces honours and recognition, please visit the Directorate of Honours and Recognition website at:

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