Governor General of Canada



Governor General of Canada

February 14, 2014 14:54 ET

Media Advisory: Governor General to Present 35 Military Decorations at Rideau Hall

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 14, 2014) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, will present 35 Meritorious Service Decorations (Military Division) to members of Canadian Armed Forces and allied forces. The presentation ceremony will take place on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, at 10:30 a.m., at Rideau Hall.

The Governor General will present 3 Meritorious Service Crosses (Military Division) and 32 Meritorious Service Medals (Military Division) to individuals whose specific achievements have brought honour to the Canadian Armed Forces and to Canada.

A media schedule for the presentation ceremony, a list of recipients and their citations, and additional information on Meritorious Service Decorations (Military Division) are attached.

Media wishing to cover the ceremony are asked to contact the Rideau Hall Press Office and must arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance no later than 10:15 a.m. on the day of the ceremony.

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CEREMONY SCHEDULE

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

10:30 a.m.: Ceremony begins
The Governor General speaks
The Governor General presents the decorations
The Chief of the Defence Staff speaks
11:30 a.m.: Ceremony ends
11:45 a.m.: Media interviews with recipients

RECIPIENTS

MERITORIOUS SERVICE DECORATIONS

Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

Brigadier-General Kenneth André Corbould, O.M.M., M.S.C., C.D. St. Albert, Alta.
Lieutenant-Colonel Conrad Joseph John Mialkowski, M.S.C., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Captain Aaron Noble, M.S.C. Burnaby, B.C.

Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Major Joseph Henri Christian Bergeron, M.S.M., C.D. Trois-Rivières, Que.
Warrant Officer Joseph Damien Roger Bibaud, M.S.M., C.D. Lasalle, Que.
Major Scott Charles Alfred Bland, M.S.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Brigadier-General Jack L. Briggs II, M.S.M. (United States Air Force) Spokane, Washington, U.S.A.
Lieutenant-Commander Douglas Ian Campbell, M.S.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Colonel Kenneth Chadder, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D. Barrhaven, Ont.
Lieutenant-Colonel Joseph Marcel Edmond Chevarie, M.S.M., C.D. Cap-aux-Meules, Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Que.
Commander Jeffrey Campbell Climenhaga, M.S.M., C.D. Kindersley, Sask.
Colonel Grant Fernand Dame, M.S.M., C.D. Montréal, Que.
Colonel Peter Samson Dawe, M.S.M., C.D. Edmonton, Alta.
Captain Gregory Alan Dixon, M.S.M., C.D. Gladstone, Man.
Captain(N) Haydn Clyde Edmundson, M.S.M., C.D. Port Coquitlam, B.C.
Captain Islam Elkorazati, M.S.M. Toronto, Ont.
Colonel Philip Frederick Charles Garbutt, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Colonel Michael Richard Gibson, M.S.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Chief Warrant Officer Stuart Gordon Hartnell, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D. Weston, Ont.
Brigadier-General Douglas Craig Hilton, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D. Fort Churchill, Man.
Petty Officer 1st Class Jeffery Kenney, M.S.M., C.D. Yarmouth, N.S.
Sub-Lieutenant David Ronald Lewis, M.S.M. London, Ont.
Colonel Norman Peter Litterini, M.S.M. (United States Army) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Lieutenant-Colonel Sylvain Ménard, M.S.M., C.D. Sherbrooke, Que.
Captain Aaron Noble, M.S.M. Burnaby, B.C.
Captain(N) Rebecca Louise Patterson, M.S.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Lieutenant-Colonel Paul Gregory Pickell, M.S.M., C.D. Toronto, Ont.
Colonel Jean François Riffou, M.S.M.*, C.D.
*This is the second Meritorious Service Medal for Colonel Riffou.
Québec, Que.
Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel William Rowe, M.S.M., C.D. Parsboro, N.S.
Sergeant Jessie David Scheller, M.S.M. Edmonton, Alta.
Captain Shane Alexander Smith, M.S.M., C.D. Dartmouth, N.S.
Colonel Gregory Ronald Smith, M.S.M., C.D. Oshawa, Ont.
Major Leonard Kerry St. George, M.S.M., C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Warrant Officer Allan Roy Upshall, M.S.M., C.D. Corner Brook, N.L.
Captain(N) Douglas Michael Charles Young, M.S.M., C.D. Halifax, N.S.

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

CITATIONS
MERITORIOUS SERVICE DECORATIONS (MILITARY DIVISION)
Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)
Brigadier-General Kenneth André Corbould, O.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.
St. Albert, Alberta
As deputy commander of Regional Command (South) Headquarters from October 2010 to October 2011, Brigadier-General Corbould demonstrated leadership, combat-tested experience and a result-focused approach that significantly contributed to the success of the international military campaign in southern Afghanistan. Working within a diverse battle space and across multiple lines of operations, he created a clear and direct path for his organization to move forward. Brigadier-General Corbould's efforts were critical to multinational success in Afghanistan, highlighting Canada's role in bringing stability to the country.
Lieutenant-Colonel Conrad Joseph John Mialkowski, M.S.C., C.D.
Ottawa, Ontario
As commanding officer of the Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group in Afghanistan from May to November 2010, Lieutenant-Colonel Mialkowski solidified Canada's reputation as a reliable ally and served as an example to his soldiers. An innovative commander who led from the front, he applied his understanding of Kandahar province's dynamic counter-insurgency environment to great effect. Lieutenant-Colonel Mialkowski's distinction as a leader and a soldier was critical to the Canadian Armed Forces' success in a complex area of operations.
Captain Aaron Noble, M.S.C.
Burnaby, British Columbia
On October 27, 2011, aircraft commander Captain Noble, onboard Rescue 915, was tasked with rescuing two hunters stranded in Foxe Basin, near Igloolik, Nunavut. The mission would require over 2 000 kilometres of travel, far exceeding the maximum aircrew day. Despite aircraft limitations, adverse weather conditions and compounding operational complexities, Captain Noble expertly planned and executed his mission, saving the lives of the two hunters, and recovering the three search and rescue technicians who had parachuted in to assist them.
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)
Major Joseph Henri Christian Bergeron, M.S.M., C.D.
Trois-Rivières, Quebec
During his assignment in the Sinai Peninsula from July 2012 to July 2013, Major Bergeron represented Canada as a member of the Multinational Force and Observers. After analyzing a previous infiltration of North Camp by belligerents, he modernized a protection plan for the Force. He also implemented a number of projects to improve the living conditions of Force members. Major Bergeron's efforts during a difficult assignment helped to improve the organization's operational effectiveness.
Warrant Officer Joseph Damien Roger Bibaud, M.S.M., C.D.
Lasalle, Quebec
Between August 2010 and May 2011, Warrant Officer Bibaud was assigned to Canada's Tactical Helicopter Squadron in Afghanistan, as a planner responsible for all sustainment operations. He greatly contributed to the success of the operations by developing meticulous aviation plans essential for moving troops and equipment during the relief in place of the Squadron. Warrant Officer Bibaud demonstrated leadership and excellence in a complex multinational environment, thus bringing great credit to the Canadian Armed Forces and to Canada.
Major Scott Charles Alfred Bland, M.S.M., C.D.
Ottawa, Ontario
From February to November 2012, as the chief of staff of the Consolidated Fielding Centre, Major Bland demonstrated leadership critical to the training and deployment of Afghan National Army soldiers. He formed a cohesive organization between Canadian, Afghan and coalition personnel, and provided essential mentorship and sage advice that contributed to the Centre's operational effectiveness. Major Bland's performance ensured the successful fielding of over 15 000 soldiers and millions of dollars' worth of equipment, bringing great credit to the Canadian Armed Forces.
Brigadier-General Jack L. Briggs II, M.S.M. (United States Air Force)
Spokane, Washington, United States of America
Between July 2011 and October 2013, as deputy combined/joint forces air component commander at 1 Canadian Air Division/Canadian NORAD Region Headquarters, Brigadier-General Briggs was instrumental in the successful delivery of the "NORAD defence of North America" mission, and of the Canadian Armed Forces' domestic operations and international combat and support missions. Brigadier-General Briggs's performance has strengthened our relationship with our United States allies and has contributed to the ongoing pursuit of our North American security goals.
Lieutenant-Commander Douglas Ian Campbell, M.S.M., C.D.
Ottawa, Ontario
From January to June 2012, Lieutenant-Commander Campbell deployed to the Arabian Sea aboard Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Charlottetown. As executive officer, he demonstrated leadership that was critical to maintaining crew readiness and contributed directly to the ship's effectiveness during two operations. Whether fighting a fire, engaging with foreign dignitaries, or personally participating in boarding operations, Lieutenant-Commander Campbell greatly contributed to mission success with professionalism and dedication.
Colonel Kenneth Chadder, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
Barrhaven, Ontario
From 2011 to 2013, Colonel Chadder's performance was critical to the successful planning and execution of Training Exercise JOINTEX 13, one of the most ambitious joint training efforts ever undertaken by the Canadian Armed Forces. As the exercise planning team leader, he developed the training support framework and methodology, and successfully synchronized the efforts of countless individuals and organizations. Without the efforts and leadership of Colonel Chadder, this complex training event would not have enjoyed the success that it ultimately achieved.
Lieutenant-Colonel Joseph Marcel Edmond Chevarie, M.S.M., C.D.
Cap-aux-Meules, Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec
As the commander of the 2nd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group since January 2010, Lieutenant-Colonel Chevarie distinguished himself through his unwavering promotion of the development, training and contribution of the Canadian Rangers, particularly the Junior Canadian Rangers. His vision and forward thinking helped the Canadian Rangers play a leading-edge role and enhanced their operational status, enabling them to perform their duties more effectively.
Commander Jeffrey Campbell Climenhaga, M.S.M., C.D.
Kindersley, Saskatchewan
While deployed to Afghanistan from March to November 2012, Commander Climenhaga delivered an exceptional performance as the J7 within the Deputy Commander-Special Operations Forces organization, and as the senior Canadian at Camp Eggers. He planned, coordinated and executed equipment acquisitions, as well as oversaw the building of infrastructure that greatly enhanced the capabilities of the Afghan National Army, all while concurrently ensuring Canadian personnel were fully supported.
Colonel Grant Fernand Dame, M.S.M., C.D.
Montréal, Quebec
From July 2010 to July 2011, while deployed to the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti as chief of staff, Colonel Dame synchronized the efforts of over 9 000 UN personnel. Confronted with concurrent catastrophes of cholera, violence and severe weather, he nevertheless helped the mission achieve outstanding results, particularly in the areas of hurricane relief and security for the presidential elections. Colonel Dame's leadership and work ethic contributed directly to mission success and enhanced Canada's international reputation.
Colonel Peter Samson Dawe, M.S.M., C.D.
Edmonton, Alberta
As deputy commander of NATO's Canadian Contingent Training Mission in Afghanistan from April 2011 to February 2012, Colonel Dawe did an outstanding job during the establishment of the task force. He oversaw the planning and implementation of all task force activities and developed constructive relationships with other countries and civilian partners. Through his leadership, Colonel Dawe played a key role in increasing the capability of the Afghan Forces and brought great honour to the Canadian Armed Forces.
Captain Gregory Alan Dixon, M.S.M., C.D.
Gladstone, Manitoba
Captain Aaron Noble, M.S.M.
Burnaby, British Columbia
Warrant Officer Allan Roy Upshall, M.S.M., C.D.
Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador
On February 11, 2011, then first officer Captain Dixon, aircraft commander Captain Noble, and flight engineer Warrant Officer Upshall were on board helicopter Rescue 903, tasked to carry out a medical evacuation of a sailor from a fishing vessel. The combination of darkness, poor weather and sea conditions, as well as numerous obstacles in the surrounding area, made this challenging rescue very hazardous. The crew's professionalism under such extreme circumstances resulted in the successful completion of the mission.
Captain(N) Haydn Clyde Edmundson, M.S.M., C.D.
Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
While deployed to Afghanistan from July 2011 to July 2012, Captain Edmundson delivered an inspired performance as the chief of staff to the police development general officer. He facilitated critical changes within this organization while concurrently playing a key leadership role in the Canadian contingent. Additionally, his actions during an attack on the Kabul inner security zone were crucial to safeguarding personnel in his vicinity. Captain Edmundson's outstanding and multi-faceted contributions were essential to mission success.
Captain Islam Elkorazati, M.S.M.
Toronto, Ontario
From September 2011 to September 2012, Captain Elkorazati's efforts as a liaison officer between the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force and Syrian authorities were critical to maintaining communications during a period of intense internal conflict. Whether navigating illegal checkpoints, solving emergencies in the ceasefire zone or providing front-line mentorship to other officers, he risked his safety daily. Captain Elkorazati's leadership and demeanour were instrumental to the Force's ability to communicate with Syrian authorities and contributed directly to operational success.
Colonel Philip Frederick Charles Garbutt, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
Ottawa, Ontario
Colonel Garbutt's knowledge and professionalism in his role as the senior Canadian advisor to the Afghan Border Police cannot be overstated. From August 2011 to July 2012, he helped improve day-to-day operations, accelerating the force's development and moving it towards self-sufficiency. His most significant accomplishment was his work on the border agreement between Afghanistan, Pakistan and coalition forces. Colonel Garbutt's leadership and ability brought together disparate international parties to develop a stronger border force, enhancing Afghanistan's security.
Colonel Michael Richard Gibson, M.S.M., C.D.
Ottawa, Ontario
From February 2010 to June 2013, Colonel Gibson displayed consummate expertise in criminal law and military justice as the deputy judge advocate general (Military Justice). He lead the sustained effort to advance Bill C-15, the Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act, a strategic policy that culminated with Royal Assent of the bill in June 2013. Colonel Gibson's dedication and leadership have enhanced Canada's military justice system and the operational effectiveness of the Canadian Armed Forces.
Chief Warrant Officer Stuart Gordon Hartnell, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
Weston, Ontario
As battle group sergeant-major in Afghanistan from April to November 2010, Chief Warrant Officer Hartnell was a key player in high-intensity counter-insurgency operations. Tenacious in combat and a firm disciplinarian, he was respected throughout the unit as a model for others to emulate. Whether providing advice to the commander or leading soldiers in combat, Chief Warrant Officer Hartnell demonstrated impressive leadership and soldiering ability, which proved to be critical to the battle group's operational success.
Brigadier-General Douglas Craig Hilton, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
Fort Churchill, Manitoba
Since 2009, Brigadier-General Hilton has displayed professionalism, dedication and institutional leadership in the advancement of professional military education. He has raised the bar for our security professionals to an internationally respected and recognized level. He is also known for his ability to impart insight and understanding of Canada's political imperatives to his students. Brigadier-General Hilton's efforts have brought great credit to the Canadian Armed Forces and to Canada.
Petty Officer 1st Class Jeffery Kenney, M.S.M., C.D.
Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
As the Signals Intelligence team leader from February to November 2012, Petty Officer 1st Class Kenney greatly contributed to improving protection for coalition forces operating within Kabul. He worked relentlessly to refine the tactics, techniques and procedures related to intelligence collection and dissemination. He also enhanced threat knowledge, and enabled the identification and interdiction of insurgent networks. Through these accomplishments, Petty Officer 1st Class Kenney established himself as a leader in his field and significantly bolstered the Canadian Armed Forces' reputation in Afghanistan.
Sub-Lieutenant David Ronald Lewis, M.S.M.
London, Ontario
Sub-Lieutenant Lewis demonstrated outstanding initiative, leadership and dedication in the creation of the Battle of the Atlantic Memorial and Naval Memorial Park, in London, Ontario. From May 2009 to May 2010, he was instrumental in the concept, design and creation of this nationally recognized memorial, which honours the brave young Canadians that were lost in battles at sea. His hard work brought national and international attention to our history. Sub-Lieutenant Lewis has gone above and beyond to create a legacy for all Canadians.
Colonel Norman Peter Litterini, M.S.M. (United States Army)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America
As deputy chief of staff of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Command, and subsequently of Canadian Joint Operations Command, from July 2011 to June 2013, Colonel Litterini played a critical role in the transformation of the Canadian Armed Forces' operational command triad into a single structure. Displaying remarkable leadership and drive, he effectively navigated this transformation while ensuring staff focus remained on supporting operations. Colonel Litterini's clear vision and insight provided great benefit to the Canadian Armed Forces and brought credit to the United States Army.
Lieutenant-Colonel Sylvain Ménard, M.S.M., C.D.
Sherbrooke, Quebec
Lieutenant-Colonel Ménard was posted to Libya from March to May 2011 to support NATO operations. As CF-18 detachment commander, he successfully organized the rapid deployment of his unit despite tight timeframes, and provided stable leadership at the front during the mission. He worked with local authorities to resolve a number of operational matters and was able to integrate new capabilities smoothly. Lieutenant-Colonel Ménard was essential to operational success.
Captain(N) Rebecca Louise Patterson, M.S.M., C.D.
Ottawa, Ontario
From July 2011 to July 2012, Captain Patterson deployed to Afghanistan as the team leader of the Armed Forces Academy of Medical Sciences. Through her in-depth understanding of health systems, she significantly enhanced the level of medical training provided by this institution, and paved the way for its ongoing improvement. Captain Patterson's proactive leadership, professionalism and vast medical knowledge fostered excellence at this critical institution, and brought great credit to the Canadian Armed Forces.
Lieutenant-Colonel Paul Gregory Pickell, M.S.M., C.D.
Toronto, Ontario
Lieutenant-Colonel Pickell was deployed to Sierra Leone from October 2011 to June 2012 as commander of Canada's military force contribution to the International Military Training and Advisory Training Team. His leadership, forethought and insight were critical to preparing the country's armed forces for deployments on peacekeeping missions and to the conduct of security operations in support of national elections. Lieutenant-Colonel Pickell's performance enhanced the capacity of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces, as well as Canada's reputation in the country.
Colonel Jean François Riffou, M.S.M.*, C.D.
Québec, Quebec
As the commander of Task Force Jerusalem from August 2011 to May 2012, Colonel Riffou led the Canadian contingent sent to support security sector reform of the Palestinian Authority. His extensive experience and intellectual capacity helped lay the foundation for major transformations within the organization of the United States Security Coordinator. His work helped to strengthen the role of the Canadian Armed Forces within the mission and to cement Canada's reputation as an important collaborator in the Middle East.
*This is the second Meritorious Service Medal for Colonel Riffou.
Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel William Rowe, M.S.M., C.D.
Parsboro, Nova Scotia
On December 28 and 29, 2012, as chief boatswain mate on board Her Majesty's Canadian Ship Athabaskan, Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Rowe displayed technical acumen and perseverance while executing crucial repairs to the ship's towline while at sea. Working in gale-force winds and three- to five-metre waves, he prevented the ship from running aground. Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Rowe's initiative and unrelenting efforts directly resulted in the Athabaskan's safe return.
Sergeant Jessie David Scheller, M.S.M.
Edmonton, Alberta
While deployed to the Consolidated Fielding Centre from May 2011 to February 2012, Sergeant Scheller significantly improved the efficiency of equipping newly formed Afghan National Army units. Working directly with Afghan commanders and coalition mentors from 10 different nations, he overcame language and cultural barriers, and completely overhauled the equipment and vehicle fielding process. Sergeant Scheller's leadership and innovative ideas greatly facilitated the deployment of over 11 000 Afghan soldiers and their equipment.
Captain Shane Alexander Smith, M.S.M., C.D.
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
While deployed to the Kabul Military Training Center from February to November 2012, Captain Smith improved the capability and confidence of Afghan National Army medical personnel through his remarkable mentorship. Additionally, his performance following a massive propane explosion on July 4, 2012, was critical to the effective management of this mass casualty situation, and set a remarkable example for Afghan personnel to follow. Displaying his leadership ability and superb medical knowledge throughout his tour, Captain Smith brought great credit to the Canadian Armed Forces and to Canada.
Colonel Gregory Ronald Smith, M.S.M., C.D.
Oshawa, Ontario
As deputy commander of the NATO training mission in Afghanistan from March to November 2012, Colonel Smith demonstrated dedication, strategic vision and leadership essential to achieving the effectiveness of Canada's contingent. He led over 900 personnel while working tirelessly to raise the visibility of Canada's contribution to NATO leadership. Colonel Smith's strategic vision, diplomacy and professionalism were critical to the success of the mission, and brought great credit to the Canadian Armed Forces and to Canada.
Major Leonard Kerry St. George, M.S.M., C.D.
Ottawa, Ontario
From July 2006 to October 2008, Land Force Central Area Casualty Administration Officer Major St. George was responsible for coordinating the repatriation of 81 soldiers killed in Afghanistan. As the liaison officer between the fatality repatriation organizations and the families of the fallen, he went to great lengths to ensure everything possible was done to respect their wishes during a most difficult period of time. Major St. George's dedication, professionalism and compassion under extremely arduous circumstances set the standard for exemplary performance of duty.
Captain(N) Douglas Michael Charles Young, M.S.M., C.D.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
From April 2009 to September 2012, Captain(N) Young, Maritime Forces Atlantic/Joint Task Force Atlantic Assistant Chief of Staff for Operational Readiness, was the driving force behind the successful reshaping of the Maritime Operations structure. As a result of his leadership, the newly created National Maritime Component Command garnered a great deal of national and international acclaim. Maintaining his professional acumen while under enormous pressure, Captain(N) Young has brought great credit to the Canadian Armed Forces.

FACT SHEET ON 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 Armed 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 Armed 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 Armed 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.

Contact Information

  • For information on the ceremony: Marie-Pierre Belanger
    Rideau Hall Press Office
    613-998-9166
    marie-pierre.belanger@gg.ca

    For information on the recipients:
    Department of National Defence
    Media Liaison Office
    1-866-377-0811
    613-996-2353
    www.forces.gc.ca