Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

March 09, 2011 09:52 ET

Media Advisory: Governor General to Invest 56 Individuals Into the Order of Military Merit

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 9, 2011) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, will preside over an Order of Military Merit investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall, on March 11, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. The Governor General, who is chancellor of the Order, will bestow the honour on two Commanders, 13 Officers and 41 Members.

The Order of Military Merit was created in 1972 to recognize meritorious service and devotion to duty by members of the Canadian Forces. The Order has three levels of membership: Commander (C.M.M.), Officer (O.M.M.) and Member (M.M.M.).

The list of recipients and additional information on the Order of Military Merit are attached.

Media who would like to conduct interviews with the recipients are asked to contact the Department of National Defence. Those wishing to cover the ceremony are asked to inform the Rideau Hall Press Office, and must arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance no later than 10:45 a.m.

CEREMONY SCHEDULE

Media are asked to observe the following schedule:  
11:00 a.m.: Ceremony begins
  The Governor General speaks 
  The Governor General presents the insignia
  (Commanders first, followed by Officers and Members)
  The Chief of the Defence Staff speaks
12:00 p.m.: Ceremony ends
12:15 p.m.: Interviews with recipients

ORDER OF MILITARY MERIT RECIPIENTS

COMMANDERS

Major-General Marquis Hainse, C.M.M., C.D.
This is a promotion within the Order.
Office of Vice Chief of the Defence Staff
Ottawa, Ontario
Rear-Admiral Paul Andrew Maddison, C.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
This is a promotion within the Order.
Office of Chief of the Maritime Staff
Ottawa, Ontario

OFFICERS

Captain(N) Scott Bishop,
O.M.M., C.D.
Office of Chief of the Defence Staff
Ottawa, Ontario
Lieutenant-Colonel Kevin Bryski,
O.M.M., C.D.
Canadian Operational Support Command Headquarters
Ottawa, Ontario
Brigadier-General Simon Hébert,
O.M.M., C.D.
Land Force Quebec Area Headquarters
Montréal, Quebec
Colonel David Henley,
O.M.M., C.D.
Land Forces Atlantic Area Headquarters
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Lieutenant-Colonel Patricia Henry,
O.M.M., C.D.
Directorate of Reserve Support Management
Ottawa, Ontario
Colonel Jean-Marc Lanthier,
O.M.M., M.S.C., M.S.M., C.D.
5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters
Courcelette, Quebec
Lieutenant-Colonel Deborah
McKenzie, O.M.M., C.D.
1 Canadian Air Division Headquarters
and Canadian NORAD Region Headquarters
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Lieutenant-Colonel Darryl Mills,
O.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.
Land Force Central Area Training Centre
Meaford, Ontario
Colonel Richard Pucci,
O.M.M., C.D.
Canadian Forces Health Services Group Headquarters
Ottawa, Ontario
Lieutenant-Colonel Joël Roy,
O.M.M., C.D.
Canadian Defence Academy Headquarters
Kingston, Ontario
Captain(N) Martin Teft,
O.M.M., C.D.
Joint Task Force Pacific Headquarters
Victoria, British Columbia
Chief Warrant Officer Bernard
Verreault, O.M.M., C.D.
This is a promotion within the Order.
1 Canadian Air Division Headquarters
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Colonel Robert Williams,
O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
Office of the Chief of Defence Intelligence
Ottawa, Ontario

MEMBERS

Chief Warrant Officer Denise Ballermann,
M.M.M., C.D.
Land Force Western Area Headquarters
Edmonton, Alberta
Chief Warrant Officer Alain Bergeron,
M.M.M., C.D.
202 Workshop Depot
Montréal, Quebec
Petty Officer 1st Class Luc Champagne,
M.M.M., C.D.
Fleet Diving Unit Atlantic
Shearwater, Nova Scotia
Sergeant Mario Charette,
M.M.M., M.B., C.D.
Canadian Forces Health Services Centre Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario
Chief Petty Officer 1st Class
Malcolm Conlon, M.M.M., C.D.
Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Regina
Victoria, British Columbia
Sergeant Russell Coughlin,
M.M.M., C.D.
2 Field Ambulance
Petawawa, Ontario
Chief Warrant Officer William
Darling, M.M.M., C.D.
Land Force Central Area Headquarters
Toronto, Ontario
Warrant Officer Robert David,
M.M.M., C.D.
Canadian Forces Base Area Support Unit
Petawawa, Ontario
Master Warrant Officer Stephen
Downey, M.M.M., C.D.
Canadian Forces Base Area Support Unit
Edmonton, Alberta
Captain Sylvain Falle,
M.M.M., C.D.
Peace Support Training Centre
Kingston, Ontario
Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class
Richard Fisher, M.M.M., C.D.
8 Wing
Astra, Ontario
Major Carl Gauthier,
M.M.M., C.D.
Directorate of Honours and Recognition
Ottawa, Ontario
Chief Warrant Officer Daphne
Germain, M.M.M., C.D.
Office of Director General, Material Systems and Supply Chain
Ottawa, Ontario
Chief Warrant Officer Gerald
Gravelle, M.M.M., C.D.
Peace Support Training Centre
Kingston, Ontario
Warrant Officer Sean Hansen,
M.M.M., C.D.
Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre
Denwood, Alberta
Captain Paul Hartinger,
M.M.M., C.D.
Land Forces Atlantic Area
Oromocto, New Brunswick
Master Warrant Officer Richard
Hills, M.M.M., C.D.
Land Force Central Area Training Centre
Meaford, Ontario
Captain Lewis Irvine,
M.M.M., C.D.
Land Forces Atlantic Area Headquarters
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Warrant Officer Kevin Johnson,
M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
1st Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery
Shilo, Manitoba
Master Warrant Officer Edward
Kilcup, M.M.M., C.D.
Canadian Forces Land Advanced Warfare Centre
Astra, Ontario
Master Warrant Officer Marc
Lafontaine, M.M.M., C.D.
3 Wing
Alouette, Quebec
Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephen Lamarche,
M.M.M., C.D.
Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Hunter
Windsor, Ontario
Sergeant Frédéric Lavoie,
M.M.M., C.D.
Canadian Forces School of Communications and Electronics
Kingston, Ontario
Chief Warrant Officer Robert
MacDonald, M.M.M., C.D.
14 Wing
Greenwood, Nova Scotia
Petty Officer 1st Class
Wilberforce MacLeod, M.M.M., C.D.
Fleet Diving Unit Atlantic
Shearwater, Nova Scotia
Captain William McAuley,
M.M.M., C.D.
41 Combat Engineer Regiment Detachment Calgary
Calgary, Alberta
Chief Petty Officer 1st Class
Michael McCallum, M.M.M., C.D.
Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Calgary
Victoria, British Columbia
Warrant Officer Craig McKay,
M.M.M., C.D.
4 Construction Engineering Squadron
Cold Lake, Alberta
Master Warrant Officer
Shawn Mercer, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
The Royal Canadian Dragoons
Petawawa, Ontario
Master Warrant Officer Christine
Ouellet, M.M.M., C.D.
Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment
Cold Lake, Alberta
Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Pynn,
M.M.M., C.D.
2 Combat Engineer Regiment
Petawawa, Ontario
Major Douglas Reid,
M.M.M., C.D.
Land Force Doctrine and Training System Headquarters
Kingston, Ontario
Master Warrant Officer Joseph
Sampson, M.M.M., C.D.
8 Wing
Astra, Ontario
Chief Warrant Officer Normand
Sauvageau, M.M.M., C.D.
5th Area Support Group
Montréal, Quebec
Master Warrant Officer Patrick
Simms, M.M.M., C.D.
Land Force Western Area Headquarters
Edmonton, Alberta
Chief Warrant Officer Andrew Peter
Stapleford, M.M.M., C.D.
1st Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry
Edmonton, Alberta
Captain Terence Stead,
M.M.M., C.D.
5th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group
Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador
Master Warrant Officer
Guy Tremblay, M.M.M., C.D.
22 Wing
Hornell Heights, Ontario
Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Louis
Philippe Turbide, M.M.M., C.D.
Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School
Richelain, Quebec
Master Warrant Officer Lise Ward,
M.M.M., C.D.
3 Canadian Support Unit
Montréal, Quebec
Captain Shannon Wills,
M.M.M., C.D.
4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group
Victoria, British Columbia

Please note that the information in this media advisory was provided by the Department of National Defence and reflects the rank and posting of the members at the time of their nomination.

ORDER OF MILITARY MERIT FACT SHEET

The Order of Military Merit recognizes distinctive merit and exceptional service displayed by the men and women of the Canadian Forces, both Regular and Reserve. Many have demonstrated dedication and devotion beyond the call of duty, and the Order honours them for their commitment to Canada, according to the following three levels:

The level of Commander (post-nominal: C.M.M.) recognizes outstanding meritorious service and demonstrated leadership in duties of great responsibility.

The level of Officer (post-nominal: O.M.M.) recognizes outstanding meritorious service in duties of responsibility.

The level of Member (post-nominal: M.M.M.) recognizes exceptional service or performance of duty.

Eligibility and Nominations

A commanding officer or a military advisory committee (for ranks of colonel and above) recommends to the chief of the Defence Staff the names of those serving members of the Canadian Forces, both Regular and Reserve, they consider eligible. The chief of the Defence Staff then submits the names to the governor general for approval.

The number of appointments per year is limited to one-tenth of one per cent of the average number of persons who were members of the Canadian Forces during the previous year. In 2009, for instance, 111 appointments were made. There are no posthumous appointments.

Recipients may be promoted within the Order. They must exchange their insignia for that which corresponds to the new level, since no member may hold more than one appointment at any time.

The Order's constitution permits members of the armed forces of another country to be appointed as honorary Commanders, Officers and Members. Appointments are made for outstanding meritorious service to Canada or to the Canadian Forces in the performance of military duties.

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