Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

September 09, 2011 10:26 ET

Governor General Announces the Awarding of Six Military Valour Decorations

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 9, 2011) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, announced today the awarding of six Medals of Military Valour, to members of the Canadian Forces who displayed gallantry and devotion to duty in combat.

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

A list of recipients and their citations, as well as additional information on the Military Valour Decorations, are attached.

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RECIPIENTS

MILITARY VALOUR DECORATIONS

Medal of Military Valour

Lieutenant Guillaume Frédéric Caron, M.M.V., C.D. Rimouski, Que.
Corporal Bradley D. Casey, M.M.V. Pugwash, N.S.
Private Tony Rodney Vance Harris, M.M.V. Penfield, N.B.
Captain Michael A. MacKillop, M.M.V., C.D. Calgary, Alta.
Master Corporal Gilles-Remi Mikkelson, M.M.V. Bella Coola, B.C.
Master Corporal Marc-André J. M. Rousseau, M.M.V. La Sarre, Que.

Please note that the information in this news release reflects the rank of the recipient at the time of the event for which they are being recognized.

CITATIONS

MILITARY VALOUR DECORATIONS

Lieutenant Guillaume Frédéric Caron, M.M.V., C.D.
Rimouski, Quebec
Medal of Military Valour

As part of an Operational Mentor and Liaison Team in Afghanistan from April to October 2009, Lieutenant Caron contributed to the battle group's operational success. While supervising an Afghan National Army company, he distinguished himself during combat operations through his courage on the battlefield, notably when he led the difficult recovery of an Afghan helicopter that had been shot down. Through his leadership, combat skills and tactical acumen, Lieutenant Caron has brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.

Corporal Bradley D. Casey, M.M.V.
Pugwash, Nova Scotia
Medal of Military Valour

On February 18, 2010, Corporal Casey risked his life to provide treatment to a wounded Afghan National Army soldier. With bullets striking around him, he provided critical treatment and transported the casualty to the medical evacuation helicopter. Despite being under constant fire, Corporal Casey never wavered from his task, ensuring the provision of exceptional medical care to a fellow soldier.

Private Tony Rodney Vance Harris, M.M.V.
Penfield, New Brunswick
Medal of Military Valour

On November 23, 2009, Private Harris was at Forward Operating Base Wilson, in Afghanistan, when insurgents unleashed a mortar attack. Without regard for his own safety, he ran to the scene of the impact and provided first aid to American soldiers. Noticing another soldier trapped inside a burning sea container, Private Harris went to his aid, single-handedly pulled him to safety and rendered life-saving first-aid as rounds continued to fall. Private Harris' courageous and decisive actions under fire that day saved several lives and brought great credit to Canada.

Captain Michael A. MacKillop, M.M.V., C.D.
Calgary, Alberta
Medal of Military Valour

As commander of a reconnaissance platoon from October 2009 to May 2010, Captain MacKillop disrupted insurgent activities in a volatile sector of Afghanistan through his courageous and relentless engagement of the enemy. Often facing fierce resistance and fire from multiple directions, he remained composed during intense battles, calmly providing direction and constantly looking to gain the advantage. Captain MacKillop's exceptional leadership under fire and his ability to get the most from his soldiers were critical to consistently defeating insurgents in Afghanistan.

Master Corporal Gilles-Remi Mikkelson, M.M.V.
Bella Coola, British Columbia
Medal of Military Valour

On November 1, 2009, a member of Master Corporal Mikkelson's joint Canadian-Afghan foot patrol was severely wounded by an improvised explosive device. During the ensuing ambush, Master Corporal Mikkelson selflessly crossed through intense enemy fire to provide life-saving first aid to the critically wounded Afghan soldier. Despite the danger, his outstanding courage saved a comrade's life and brought great credit to Canada and the Canadian Forces.

Master Corporal Marc-André J. M. Rousseau, M.M.V.
La Sarre, Quebec
Medal of Military Valour

On August 3, 2010, while Master Corporal Rousseau was conducting an exercise with a group of civilians at the Kandahar Airfield, insurgents blew a hole in the fence in an attempt to force their way inside. Despite being under heavy fire, Master Corporal Rousseau led two comrades over exposed ground, occupied a nearby vehicle and aggressively engaged the enemy. Without regard for his own safety, Master Corporal Rousseau demonstrated outstanding leadership and courage, which proved vital to winning the battle and saving countless lives on the airfield.

FACT SHEET ON MILITARY VALOUR DECORATIONS

The three Military Valour Decorations, namely the Victoria Cross, the Star of Military Valour and the Medal of Military Valour, were created by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, on January 1, 1993. The decorations may be awarded posthumously.

The Victoria Cross is awarded for the most conspicuous bravery, a daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice, or extreme devotion to duty, in the presence of the enemy.

The Star of Military Valour is awarded for distinguished and valiant service in the presence of the enemy.

The Medal of Military Valour is awarded for an act of valour or devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy.

Anyone can propose a nomination for the Military Valour Decorations. If a member of our Canadian Forces meets the criteria, a submission will be made through the member's chain of command for consideration by the Military Valour Decorations Advisory Committee and the governor general.

For all three Military Valour Decorations, recipients must be a member of the Canadian Forces or a member of an allied force that is serving with, or in conjunction with, the Canadian Forces, on or after January 1, 1993.

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