Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

September 07, 2007 13:55 ET

General Peter Pace Awarded the Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 7, 2007) - Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, presented the Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division) to General Peter Pace, Chairman of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff, during a private ceremony held on September 6, 2007, at Rideau Hall.

The following text is the official citation:

General Peter Pace, M.S.C.

Washington, D.C., USA

Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

General Pace, Chairman of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff, is recognized for his outstanding co-operation and support of the Canadian Forces' participation in the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. Since the beginning of his tenure as chairman in 2005, General Pace has demonstrated great appreciation for Canada, especially for our Canadian Forces men and women engaged in combat operations in Afghanistan. General Pace embodies this spirit of co-operation through his dynamic leadership and personal vision. His abilities and dedication have strengthened the relationship between Canada and the United States and have brought great credit to the Canadian Forces and to Canada.


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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