Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

May 30, 2012 15:30 ET

Minister MacKay Congratulates Commodore Hans Jung Named One of "Top 25 Canadian Immigrants"

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 30, 2012) - On May 29, 2012, Commodore Hans Jung, Canadian Forces Surgeon General, was recognized among the "Top 25 Canadian Immigrants."

The people's choice award, rewarded on an annual basis by Canadian Immigrant magazine, recognizes and celebrates the stories and achievements of outstanding Canadian immigrants who have had a positive impact on the country and who serve as an inspiration for all newcomers to Canada.

"I am pleased to extend my congratulations to Commodore Jung for his career achievements and for his dedication to the Canadian Forces," said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence. "He is a true role model not only for all immigrants, but for all those who proudly serve our nation."

Commodore Jung has dedicated his life to serving Canada and over his career has made many important contributions to the military healthcare system. Most recently, the Canadian Forces' Physical Rehabilitation Program has expanded and evolved, the mental health program has become a model among NATO allies, and he has championed the role of physician assistants in Canada.

"I am very proud of Commodore Jung and all he has accomplished. His leadership and commitment to the Canadian Forces has been nothing short of exemplary," said General Walt Natynczyk, Chief of the Defence Staff. "He has truly distinguished himself as the Canadian Forces' most senior medical officer, as a naval commodore, and as a leader in Canada's Korean community."

Commodore Jung was selected from a pool of 75 shortlisted candidates that included professional athletes, artists, politicians, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and community activists.

"Commodore Jung has gained some very well-deserved public recognition for his exemplary service to Canada," said Vice-Admiral Paul Maddison, the National Defence Champion for visible minorities. "This is another clear signal to Canadian communities that the Canadian Forces are committed to putting people first, increasing diversity, and promoting inclusiveness amongst its personnel."

Each of the "Top 25 Canadian Immigrants" will receive a commemorative certificate and a $500 donation will be made towards a registered charity of their choice. Commodore Jung has named the Canadian Institute of Military and Veterans Health Research, which he championed in its early stages, as his chosen charity.

Notes to editor / news director: For more information on Canadian Immigrant magazine and the Top 25 Canadian Immigrants of 2012, visit

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