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Department of National Defence

June 04, 2012 15:00 ET

House of Commons Recognizes Canadian Forces Members' Contributions

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 4, 2012) - Today, 11 Canadian Forces (CF) soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen and one Canadian Ranger were recognized in the House of Commons for their service to Canada as part of the annual 2012 CF Recognition Program.

"The men and women of the Canadian Forces and Canadian Rangers have given so much for their country and deserve recognition for their hard work," said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence. "I'm proud to recognize these members for the contributions they have made towards keeping Canada safe and secure, both at home and abroad."

"These deserving members have been selected from across the country for the exceptional performance of their duties and their valuable contribution to the Canadian Forces and our nation," said General Walt Natynczyk, Chief of the Defence Staff. "On behalf of the CF, I thank them for their service and the sacrifices they and their families make to achieve our mission to protect Canada and Canadian interests."

CF Recognition Day in the House of Commons is the centerpiece of the annual CF Recognition Program, whereby members of Parliament are presented with an opportunity to thank the Canadian Forces for their service to Canada.

This year's Program recipients are:

Chief Petty Officer 2nd class Ghislaine Arseneau
Maritime Forces Atlantic
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Captain Andrew Baier
51 Aerospace Control and Warning Squadron
North Bay, Ontario
Sergeant Robert Biener
Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians)
Edmonton, Alberta
Corporal Marissa Breese
3 Military Police Regiment
Sackville, Nova Scotia
Ranger Thomas Cook
4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group
Port Hardy, British Columbia
Corporal Robert Edhouse
Canadian Forces School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering
Borden, Ontario
Corporal Lisa Henry
51 Aerospace Control and Warning Squadron
North Bay, Ontario
Master Seaman David Leblanc
Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Athabaskan
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Lieutenant(Navy) Robert Pihlaja
Regional Cadet Support Unit
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Master Corporal Lorinda Sherman
33 Canadian Forces Health Services Centre
Kingston, Ontario
Warrant Officer John Walsh
Chief of Programme Division
Ottawa, Ontario
Captain Chung Leung Wong
Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School
Richelain, Québec

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