Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

December 16, 2010 14:25 ET

Presentation of a Meritorious Service Decoration (Military Division)

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 16, 2010) - On behalf of His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, Mr. Gary Doer, Canadian Ambassador to the United States, presented a Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division) to General James L. Jones, of the United States Marine Corps, during a ceremony at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C., on December 2, 2010.

General James L. Jones, M.S.C.
McLean, Virginia, U.S.A.
Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

Since 2003, General Jones, of the United States Marine Corps, has provided outstanding leadership to NATO at a critical time in the Alliance's history. During his mandate as Supreme Allied Commander Europe, NATO's operations in Afghanistan expanded to include the entire country, and thousands of Canadian military personnel served under his command. Although operating at the highest strategic level, Gen Jones has always had the interests of individual soldiers at heart. He has invariably been responsive to Canadian concerns and has provided strong support to Canadian commanders in theatre. His service to NATO and to our military personnel has brought great benefit to the Canadian Forces and to Canada.

For additional information on the Meritorious Service Decorations, please see attached backgrounder.


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 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 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 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.

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