Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

May 26, 2009 16:11 ET

Governor General Announces the Awarding of Six Meritorious Service Decorations (Military Division)

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 26, 2009) - Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, announced today the awarding of one Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division) and five Meritorious Service Medals (Military Division) to individuals whose specific achievements have brought honour to the Canadian Forces and to Canada.

The recipients will be invited to receive their decorations at a presentation ceremony to be held at a later date.

The recipients' names and citations follow. For additional information on the Meritorious Service Decorations, see Annex A.



RECIPIENTS
MERITORIOUS SERVICE CROSS (Military Division)
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Lieutenant-General Hans-Otto Budde, M.S.C.
(German Army) Bonn, Germany
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MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL (Military Division)
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Chief Petty Officer 1st Class
Michael Patrick Gourley,
M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D. Dartmouth and Halifax, N.S.
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Major Trevor Gosselin, M.S.M., C.D. North York, Ont. and
Dawson Creek, B.C.
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Major Christopher Robin Henderson, M.S.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont. and
Halifax, N.S.
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Colonel Bernd Horn, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont. and
Montreal, Que.
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Commander Joseph Honore Patrick St-Denis, Victoria, B.C.
M.S.M., C.D. (Retired)
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CITATIONS

Lieutenant-General Hans-Otto Budde, M.S.C. (German Army)

Bonn, Germany

Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

Deployed in Afghanistan in 2008 as inspector of the Army, Lieutenant-General Budde's tireless efforts overcame the tremendous challenges inherent with Canada's request for the loan of 20 German tanks and three armoured recovery vehicles. His exemplary determination ensured the closest intergovernmental and military co-operation, and resulted in the successful delivery of this essential operational capability in the shortest possible time. The Canadian Forces have greatly benefitted from Lieutenant-General Budde's outstanding support.

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Patrick Gourley, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Dartmouth and Halifax, Nova Scotia

Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Gourley was deployed to the Persian Gulf as the coxswain aboard HMCS Charlottetown from December 2007 to April 2008. His organizational skills ensured the ship's seamless integration into a United States carrier strike group. His leadership and steadfast dedication enhanced both the operational readiness of the ship and morale of the crew. Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Gourley's outstanding efforts played a vital role in the ship's notable contribution to the campaign against terrorism.

Major Trevor Gosselin, M.S.M., C.D.

North York, Ontario and Dawson Creek, British Columbia

Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Major Gosselin commanded the Battle Group Tank Squadron in Afghanistan, from August 2007 to March 2008. During numerous combat missions, his personal example and dedication united soldiers from different units into a seamless fighting force. His extensive knowledge of armour capabilities, limitations and tactics were key to the successful introduction of new equipment to theatre. Major Gosselin's inspirational leadership and tactical acumen enhanced his squadron's combat effectiveness.

Major Christopher Robin Henderson, M.S.M., C.D.

Ottawa, Ontario and Halifax, Nova Scotia

Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Major Henderson was deployed to Afghanistan as the officer commanding C Company, from February to August 2007. Responsible for establishing security in the Panjwayi district, he conducted highly effective counter-insurgency operations and earned the trust and respect of the local population. His mentorship of Afghan National Security forces greatly improved their operational effectiveness. In the face of adversity, his unwavering leadership ensured a Canadian presence in the district.

Colonel Bernd Horn, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Ottawa, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec

Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Between 2004 and 2007, during his tenure as director of the Canadian Forces Leadership Institute, Colonel Horn developed this organization into a nationally and internationally recognized centre of military leadership, professionalism and ethics. He also conducted a successful worldwide outreach program to share Canadian Forces concepts with military and academic audiences around the world, while bringing back best practices to benefit Canadian conceptual and doctrine development.

Commander Joseph Honore Patrick St-Denis, M.S.M., C.D. (Retired)

Victoria, British Columbia

Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As commander of Task Force Arabian Sea from November 2007 to May 2008, Commander St-Denis demonstrated exceptional professionalism and dedication. While commanding HMCS Charlottetown, he conducted maritime interdiction operations that successfully reduced terrorist activities in the area, bringing great honour to Canada.



Annex A - MERITORIOUS SERVICE DECORATIONS

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.

Contact Information

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