Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

February 14, 2011 11:21 ET

Presentation of a Meritorious Service Decoration (Military Division)

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 14, 2011) - On behalf of His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, Brigadier-General Peter Atkinson, Deputy Commanding General (Canada) III Armored Corps, presented a Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division) to Lieutenant-Colonel Daniel S. Hurlbut, of the United States Army, during a ceremony at III Corps Headquarters, in Fort Hood, Texas, on February 11, 2011.

Lieutenant-Colonel Daniel S. Hurlbut, M.S.M.

Fort Benning, Georgia and Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

While deployed to Afghanistan from July 2008 to June 2009, Lieutenant-Colonel Hurlbut, commanding officer of an American infantry battalion, provided outstanding support to the Canadian Forces. Tasked with defining the combat zone in Maywand district for the Canadian contingent, he demonstrated an exceptional understanding of the insurgency and of the region's complex political situation. He expertly led his soldiers in multiple counter-insurgency operations while simultaneously expanding the Afghan government's influence. Lieutenant-Colonel Hurlbut's leadership and dedication contributed to Canada's operational success in Afghanistan, enhancing Canadian-American relations.

For additional information on the Meritorious Service Decorations, please see the 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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