Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

October 27, 2006 16:13 ET

Media Advisory/DND: Media Availability with Four Honoured Soldiers

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 27, 2006) - General Rick Hillier, the Chief of the Defence Staff, will introduce today four Canadian soldiers who have been awarded Military Valour Decorations, marking a first in Canadian military history.

The following honoured soldiers will be introduced to the media:



- Sergeant Patrick Tower, of Victoria, British Columbia - The Star of
Military Valour;
- Sergeant Michael Thomas Victor Denine, of Edmonton, Alberta - Medal
of Military Valour;
- Master Corporal Collin Ryan Fitzgerald, of Morrisburg, Ontario -
Medal of Military Valour; and
- Private Jason Lamont, of Greenwood, Nova Scotia - Medal of Military
Valour.


Media representatives are invited to attend a short media availability to be held today at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Calgary from 5:45-6:15 pm. Media should arrive in the hotel lobby no later than 5:30 pm. Please confirm your attendance by contacting Mr. Eric Cameron at the National Defence Public Affairs Office in Calgary at (403) 974-2826 or (403) 630-0443.

Requests for interviews with honoured soldiers: Given the anticipated media interest for this announcement, we have implemented a process to collect and submit interview requests with the honoured soldiers (recipients). Your patience and cooperation is requested. All media queries shall be directed as follows:



a. Media queries regarding background on the decorations should
be directed to:
Lucie Brosseau, Rideau Hall Public Affairs
613-998-0287
b. Media requests for interviews with the recipients shall be
directed to:
Katie McLaughlin, Land Force Western Area Public Affairs
780-973-1942


More information on this announcement, including full citations for the four soldiers' actions, is available at Governor General of Canada web site at www.gg.ca

Military Valour Decorations: http://www.gg.ca/honours/decorations/mv/index_e.asp

Background information can also be found on the Canadian Forces web site at www.forces.gc.ca

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