Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

March 20, 2008 10:42 ET

Governor General to Present Five Military Valour Decorations and 31 Meritorious Service Decorations (Military Division)

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 20, 2008) - Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, will present one Star of Military Valour and four Medals of Military Valour to members of the Canadian Forces who have displayed gallantry and devotion to duty in combat. The ceremony will be held at Rideau Hall on March 26, 2008, at 10:30 a.m.

During the same ceremony, the Governor General will also present eight Meritorious Service Crosses and 23 Meritorious Service Medals (Military Division) to individuals whose specific achievements have brought honour to the Canadian Forces and to Canada.

A media schedule for the investiture ceremony (Annex A), a complete list of recipients (Annex B) and a backgrounder (Annex C) are attached. Media interested in covering this event and in interviewing recipients are asked to contact the Rideau Hall Press Office before the day of the ceremony.


Annex A- SCHEDULE

Members of the media are asked to observe the following schedule:

9:30 a.m. Arrival of media through the Princess Anne entrance

9:55 a.m. Sound and light checks

10:30 a.m. The Governor General enters the Ballroom

The Governor General speaks

The Governor General presents recipients with their decorations

The Chief of the Defence Staff speaks

12:00 p.m. National anthem and end of ceremony

12:05 p.m. Media interviews with recipients


Annex B-RECIPIENTS



MILITARY VALOUR DECORATIONS

Star of Military Valour

Major David Nelson Quick, S.M.V., C.D.
Ottawa, Burnstown and Trenton, Ont.

Medal of Military Valour

Private Shane Aaron Bradley Dolmovic, M.M.V.
Petawawa, Ont. and Cottlesville, N.L.

Corporal Dave Gionet, M.M.V.
Petawawa, Ont. and Pigeon-Hill, N.B.

Sergeant Gerald Alexander Killam, M.M.V., C.D.
Oromocto, N.B. and Dartmouth, N.S.

Private Jay James Renaud, M.M.V.
Petawawa and Tilbury, Ont.

MERITORIOUS SERVICE DECORATIONS

Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

Chief Warrant Officer Mark Leslie Baisley, M.S.C., C.D.
Oromocto and Newcastle, N.B.

Chief Warrant Officer Wayne Alan Bartlett, M.S.C., C.D.
Meaford, Ont., and Saint John, N.B.

Master Warrant Officer William Alan Bolen, M.S.C., C.D.
Denwood, Alta.

Colonel Wayne Donald Eyre, M.S.C., C.D.
Ottawa, Ont. and Wadena, Sask.

Warrant Officer Ian Long, M.S.C., C.D.
Edmonton, Alta.

Master Warrant Officer Wayne Francis O'Toole, M.S.C., C.D.
Oromocto, N.B., and St. John's, N.L.

Major Alexander Thomas Ruff, M.S.C., C.D.
Oromocto and Lincoln, N.B. and Tara, Ont.

Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Daren Keith Walker, M.S.C., C.D.
Kingston, Ont., Fredericton, N.B. and North Battleford, Sask.


Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Colonel Peter Gerald Abbott, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
Belleville, Ont. and Comox, Courtenay and Richmond, B.C.

Commander Steven Albert Bell, M.S.M., C.D.
Ottawa and Collingwood, Ont.

Lieutenant-Colonel David Brian Berry, M.S.M., C.D.
Victoria and Comox, B.C., and St. Catharines, Ont.

Warrant Officer Jules Joseph Jean Berube, M.S.M., C.D.
Courcelette, St-Redempteur and St-Jean-Chrysostome, Que.

Colonel Stephen Joseph Bowes, M.S.C., M.S.M., C.D.
Oromocto, N.B. and Bedford, N.S.

Major Thomas Bradley, M.S.M., C.D.
Edmonton and Lancaster Park, Alta.

Master Warrant Officer William John Crabb, M.S.M., C.D.
Edmonton, Alta. and Summerside, P.E.I.

Major Marc G. Diamond, M.S.M., C.D.
McChord Air Force Base and Spanaway, Washington, U.S.A. and
Vankleek Hill, Ont.

Corporal Matthew John David Elliott, M.S.M.
Oromocto, N.B. and Halifax, N.S.

Major Richard William R. Goodyear, M.S.M., C.D.
Petawawa, Ont. and Main Point, N.L

Major Steven Geoffrey Graham, M.S.M., C.D.
Petawawa, Ont. and Winnipeg, Man.

Warrant Officer Eric Richard Green, M.S.M., C.D.
Whitehorse, Y.T., and Heart's Content Trinity Bay, N.L.

Sergent Abdoul Amtou Guindo, M.S.M.
Ottawa, Ont.

Colonel Joseph Jean Rene Guy Hamel, M.S.M., C.D.
Ottawa, Ont. and Levis, Que.

Warrant Officer James Adam Hunter, M.S.M., C.D.
Springhill, N.S.

Master Warrant Officer Stephen Goward Jeans, M.S.M., C.D.
Oromocto and Haneytown, N.B. and Cape Ray, N.L.

Lieutenant Paul Joseph Ernest Lavigne, M.S.M., C.D.
Ottawa, Ont. and Saskatoon, Sask.

Corporal Brett James Lovelace, M.S.M.
Oromocto, N.B. and Orillia, Ont.

Commodore Paul Andrew Maddison, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
Ottawa, Ont.

Master Warrant Officer William Alan Richards, M.S.M., C.D.
Petawawa, Ont. and St. Stephen, N.B.

Rear-Admiral Joseph Alphonse Denis Rouleau, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
Ottawa, Ont. and Quebec, Que.

Corporal James Michael Ryan, M.S.M.
Oromocto and Fredericton, N.B. and St. John's, N.L.

Colonel Richard Geoffrey St. John, M.S.M., C.D.
Ottawa, Ont.


CITATIONS

Major David Nelson Quick, S.M.V., C.D.

Ottawa, Burnstown and Trenton, Ontario

Star of Military Valour

Major Quick displayed exceptional courage while commanding India Company, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group, Joint Task Force Afghanistan, from January to August 2007. He led his troops from the front during numerous intense combat operations throughout the Zharey District. On April 22, 2007, despite injuries incurred by the explosion of a bomb, Major Quick kept on going, using his tactical skills. His prowess and selfless dedication, fundamental in defeating a determined enemy, inspired the Battle Group to victory.


Private Shane Aaron Bradley Dolmovic, M.M.V.

Petawawa, Ontario and Cottlesville, Newfoundland and Labrador

Corporal Dave Gionet, M.M.V.

Petawawa, Ontario and Pigeon-Hill, New Brunswick

Medal of Military Valour

On April 11, 2007, Private Dolmovic and Corporal Gionet saved the life of a fellow crewmember after his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device in Nalgham, Afghanistan. After freeing the trapped driver, Private Dolmovic and Corporal Gionet performed life-saving first aid, despite imminent risks of fire, explosions and enemy attack.


Sergeant Gerald Alexander Killam, M.M.V., C.D.

Oromocto, New Brunswick and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Medal of Military Valour

On May 16, 2007, Sergeant Killam, then Master Corporal, repeatedly exposed himself to lethal enemy fire during an ambush launched by insurgents in Sangsar, Afghanistan. Although separated from his platoon, he identified enemy positions and issued clear orders that enabled his section to engage the enemy. Inspired by his leadership, Sergeant Killam's troops fought back a numerically superior enemy with no casualties to his section.


Private Jay James Renaud, M.M.V.

Petawawa and Tilbury, Ontario

Medal of Military Valour

On April 11, 2007, despite his injuries, Private Renaud provided life-saving first aid to a seriously injured crewmate after his Coyote reconnaissance vehicle was destroyed by an improvised explosive device. At the time of the incident, Private Renaud was deployed as a surveillance operator with Reconnaissance Squadron, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group, Joint Task Force Afghanistan.


Chief Warrant Officer Mark Leslie Baisley, M.S.C., C.D.

Oromocto and Newcastle, New Brunswick

Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

While deployed in Afghanistan as the regimental sergeant major of 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group, from January to August 2007, Chief Warrant Officer Baisley maintained an unwavering focus on his mission and an exemplary discipline. His effective management of personnel, from soldier welfare to force protection, was highly regarded and respected.


Chief Warrant Officer Wayne Alan Bartlett, M.S.C., C.D.

Meaford, Ontario, and Saint John, New Brunswick

Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

Chief Warrant Officer Bartlett, then master warrant officer, is being recognized for his outstanding military expertise while deployed as the regimental sergeant major of the Operational Mentor and Liaison Team in Afghanistan, from February to August 2007. His integrity and profound regard for cultural differences greatly contributed to improving the confidence of the Afghan National Army and its operational effectiveness.


Master Warrant Officer William Alan Bolen, M.S.C., C.D.

Denwood, Alberta

Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

Master Warrant Officer Bolen is recognized for his outstanding leadership and professionalism as the sergeant-major for Patrol Company, Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team, during Operation ARCHER, Rotation 0, from May 2005 to February 2006. His guidance was instrumental in the successful establishment of Canada's first Provincial Reconstruction Team and in the initial deployment of Canadian soldiers into an extremely demanding operational environment.


Colonel Wayne Donald Eyre, M.S.C., C.D.

Ottawa, Ontario and Wadena, Saskatchewan

Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

Colonel Eyre, then lieutenant-colonel, distinguished himself by his outstanding commitment to the success of the mission while deployed to Afghanistan as the commanding officer of the Operational Mentor and Liaison Team, from March to August 2007. His expert knowledge of counter-insurgency strategy and tactics ensured Afghan successes against Taliban operations, bringing stability to the volatile region and strengthening good governance within Kandahar Province.


Warrant Officer Ian Long, M.S.C., C.D.

Edmonton, Alberta

Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

Warrant Officer Long was deployed to Afghanistan as the platoon second-in-command with Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group, from February to August 2007. During that time, he led his platoon back into combat operation in the aftermath of devastating improvised explosive device strikes that claimed the lives of numerous members of his platoon, including its commander.


Master Warrant Officer Wayne Francis O'Toole, M.S.C., C.D.

Oromocto, New Brunswick, and St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

Master Warrant Officer O'Toole, deployed as the sergeant-major of Hotel Company, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group, Joint Task Force Afghanistan, from January to August 2007, is recognized for his leadership during combat operations, for his exemplary dedication to his troops and for his compassionate care of those injured.


Major Alexander Thomas Ruff, M.S.C., C.D.

Oromocto and Lincoln, New Brunswick and Tara, Ontario

Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

Major Ruff was deployed as the officer commanding Hotel Company, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group, Joint Task Force Afghanistan, from January to August 2007. His tactical skills and outstanding leadership were instrumental in defeating a determined enemy during numerous engagements of his combat team.


Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Daren Keith Walker, M.S.C., C.D.

Kingston, Ontario, Fredericton, New Brunswick and North Battleford, Saskatchewan

Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

Lieutenant-Colonel Walker was deployed as the commanding officer, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group, Joint Task Force Afghanistan, from February to August 2007. His dynamic leadership enabled the expansion of the Kandahar Afghan Development Zone and empowered the Canadian International Development Agency in its rehabilitation efforts.


Colonel Peter Gerald Abbott, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Belleville, Ontario and Comox, Courtenay and Richmond, British Columbia

Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Colonel Abbott commanded Task Force El Gorah, in the Sinai, Egypt, from July 2004 to July 2007. Throughout his twice-extended deployment, he exhibited insightful and dedicated leadership to the Canadian contingent. Furthermore, as the threat of terrorist attacks increased, he reinforced the required practices and training to ensure the security and operational effectiveness of the task force.


Commander Steven Albert Bell, M.S.M., C.D.

Ottawa and Collingwood, Ontario

Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As co-chair of the Standing Contingency Task Force Working Group, and as first officer-in-charge of the Maritime Amphibious Unit from June 2006 to April 2007, Commander Bell consistently displayed the highest standards of professionalism and innovative leadership. He is credited for writing the Standing Contingency Force Concept of Operations, and for providing critical guidance with the planning of the first Integrated Tactical Effects Experiment.


Lieutenant-Colonel David Brian Berry, M.S.M., C.D.

Victoria and Comox, British Columbia and St. Catharines, Ontario

Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Lieutenant-Colonel Berry was a key international advisor to the Afghan minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, Strategic Advisory Team, from August 2006 to August 2007. His proactive leadership and trust-building skills contributed to the implementation of development initiatives that affected over 900 strategic reconstruction activities throughout Afghanistan.


Warrant Officer Jules Joseph Jean Berube, M.S.M., C.D.

Courcelette, St-Redempteur and St-Jean Chrysostome, Quebec

Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

While deployed to Afghanistan with 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group, from January to August 2007, Warrant Officer Berube treated and stabilized, without the assistance of a doctor, an unprecedented number of soldiers who suffered major traumas and injuries, in austere and primitive conditions in a remote unit aid station.


Colonel Stephen Joseph Bowes, M.S.C., M.S.M., C.D.

Oromocto, New Brunswick and Bedford, Nova Scotia

Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As the first deputy commander of the Standing Contingency Task Force (SCTF) from June 2006 to April 2007, Colonel Bowes displayed the highest standards of professionalism and innovative leadership. He is credited for his efforts in leading the uniquely integrated SCTF headquarters from its launch in July 2006, through to the highly successful execution of the first joint Integrated Tactical Effects Experiment at sea in November 2006.


Major Thomas Bradley, M.S.M., C.D.

Edmonton and Lancaster Park, Alberta

Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Major Bradley served as Chief of Operations within Joint Task Force Afghanistan headquarters, from November 2006 to August 2007. In only eight months, he developed the framework to secure the Kandahar City Afghan development zone, which subsequently spread to much larger areas.


Master Warrant Officer William John Crabb, M.S.M., C.D.

Edmonton, Alberta and Summerside, Prince Edward Island

Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Master Warrant Officer Crabb was deployed to Afghanistan as the sergeant major of Alpha Squadron, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group, from February to September 2007. His resourcefulness and exceptional coordination skills ensured the success of replenishment operations throughout the Kandahar and Helmand provinces despite repeated exposure to improvised explosives attacks and mine strikes.


Major Marc G. Diamond, M.S.M., C.D.

McChord Air Force Base and Spanaway, Washington, United States of America and Vankleek Hill, Ontario

Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Major Diamond led an institutional reform as the advisor to the Afghan Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation. While deployed as a member of the Strategic Advisory Team, Joint Task Force Afghanistan, from August 2006 to August 2007, he helped lay the groundwork for a safe and secure transportation system for all Afghans.


Corporal Matthew John David Elliott, M.S.M.

Oromocto, New Brunswick and Halifax, Nova Scotia

Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

While deployed with India Company, 2nd Battalion, the Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group, Joint Task Force Afghanistan, from January to July 2007, Corporal Elliott demonstrated versatility and ingenious methods of collecting intelligence. His efforts resulted in the successful operations of the Company, of the Battle Group and of the Joint Task Force in the most complex region of Afghanistan.


Major Richard William R. Goodyear, M.S.M., C.D.

Petawawa, Ontario and Main Point, Newfoundland and Labrador

Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Major Goodyear served as the finance officer of Joint Task Force Afghanistan, Rotation 2, from August 2006 to January 2007. By providing a clear vision, which he sustained with dedication, Major Goodyear promoted the authority of the Afghan National Bank and helped to increase the foreign use of Afghan currency.


Major Steven Geoffrey Graham, M.S.M., C.D.

Petawawa, Ontario and Winnipeg, Manitoba

Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Major Graham was deployed as the officer commanding Reconnaissance Squadron, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group, from February to August 2007. During that time, he expertly led his squadron through intense combat operations, disrupting insurgent movements, destroying an improvised explosive device and dismantling a mine laying cell in the Zharey district of Afghanistan.


Warrant Officer Eric Richard Green, M.S.M., C.D.

Whitehorse, Yukon Territory and Heart's Content Trinity Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador

Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Warrant Officer Green was deployed to Afghanistan as the second in command of 7 Platoon, India Company, the Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group, Joint Task Force Afghanistan, from January to August 2007. While acting as commander, Warrant Officer Green led his platoon to significant gains on the battlefields and effectively mentored junior personnel during several close engagements with the enemy.


Sergeant Abdoul Amtou Guindo, M.S.M. Ottawa, Ontario

Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Sergeant Guindo deployed as a Combat Logistics Patrol commander with Force Protection Platoon, National Support Element, Joint Task Force Afghanistan, from June 2006 to March 2007. He consistently demonstrated excellent situational awareness as he led his troops through numerous ambushes and improvised explosive device strikes on combat logistics patrols. His leadership and conduct were an inspiration to his soldiers and were determining factors in the success of the mission.


Colonel Joseph Jean Rene Guy Hamel, M.S.M., C.D.

Ottawa, Ontario and Levis, Quebec

Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As the first chief of staff of the Standing Contingency Task Force (SCTF) from May 2006 to April 2007, Colonel Hamel displayed the highest standards of professionalism and innovative leadership. He is credited for his efforts in leading the uniquely integrated SCTF headquarters from its launch in July 2006, through to the highly successful execution of the first joint Integrated Tactical Effects Experiment at sea in November 2006.


Warrant Officer James Adam Hunter, M.S.M., C.D.

Springhill, Nova Scotia

Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Warrant Officer Hunter was deployed as the civil-military cooperation detachment commander, Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team, in Afghanistan, from January to August 2007. His diligence, particular attention to cultural sensitivities while dealing with local Afghans, as well as his vast knowledge of the Zharey district were instrumental to successful counter-insurgency operations in the region.


Master Warrant Officer Stephen Goward Jeans, M.S.M., C.D.

Oromocto and Haneytown, New Brunswick and Cape Ray, Newfoundland and Labrador

Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Master Warrant Officer Jeans was Company sergeant major, India Company, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group, Joint Task Force Afghanistan, from January to August 2007. He is recognized for his leadership, exemplary performance and extreme loyalty to his soldiers and the mission during diverse and complex operations while under intense enemy fire.


Lieutenant Paul Joseph Ernest Lavigne, M.S.M., C.D.

Ottawa, Ontario and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Lieutenant Lavigne, then Petty Officer First Class, provided outstanding service as the Canadian Defence Attache Assistant to Pakistan and Afghanistan between 2003 and 2007. His performance in a demanding and dangerous operational environment during Canadian Forces Operations ATHENA, ARCHER, PLATEAU and ARGUS brought great credit to the Canadian Forces and to Canada.


Corporal Brett James Lovelace, M.S.M.

Oromocto, New Brunswick and Orillia, Ontario

Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

While deployed with India Company, 2nd Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group, Joint Task Force Afghanistan, from January to July 2007, Corporal Lovelace provided unique and sound insight into the local situation, which resulted in the acquisition of high value intelligence. Dedicated to the success of the mission, he developed a tracking system that identified regions of concern and information requirements for future patrols and operations.


Commodore Paul Andrew Maddison, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Ottawa, Ontario

Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As Commander Standing Contingency Force from January 2006 to June 2007, Commodore Maddison developed an unprecedented model for achieving strategic effects. His successes in leading joint elements provide the template for integrated operations and littoral manoeuvre.


Master Warrant Officer William Alan Richards, M.S.M., C.D.

Petawawa, Ontario and St. Stephen, New Brunswick

Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Master Warrant Officer Richards was deployed as the sergeant major of the Reconnaissance Squadron, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group, Joint Task Force Afghanistan, from January to August 2007. The leadership and dedication he displayed in mentoring officers and soldiers from several different units created a squadron able to successfully conduct combat operations against insurgent forces.


Rear-Admiral Joseph Alphonse Denis Rouleau, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Ottawa, Ontario and Quebec, Quebec

Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

As commander of NATO's highest readiness maritime force, Standing NATO Maritime Group One, from January 2006 to January 2007, Rear-Admiral Rouleau, then commodore, provided innovative leadership to the maritime force consisting of fourteen ships from eight countries. His task group was integral to maintaining NATO's maritime surveillance and response, including the successful participation in Operation Active Endeavour.


Corporal James Michael Ryan, M.S.M.

Oromocto and Fredericton, New Brunswick and St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

While deployed as field engineer with 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group, Joint Task Force Afghanistan, from February to August 2007, Corporal Ryan is recognized for demonstrating a reassuring demeanour and composure on the battlefield in a harsh environment. His immediate actions in the aftermath of devastating improvised explosive device attacks contributed to saving the lives of numerous Canadian soldiers.


Colonel Richard Geoffrey St. John, M.S.M., C.D.

Ottawa, Ontario

Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Colonel St. John is commended for his extraordinary support to the Canadian government and the Canadian Forces during the Israel-Hezbollah conflict in 2006. He was a tremendous asset for Canada in the Middle East where he worked tirelessly to allow that Canadian air, ground, and sea movements in the conflict zone proceed unimpeded. His actions contributed directly to the protection of Canadian citizens and ensured their safe evacuation from Lebanon.


Annex C - 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 armed force that is serving with, or in conjunction with, the Canadian Forces, on or after January 1, 1993.


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, 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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