Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

July 02, 2008 12:18 ET

The Governor General Presents Two Meritorious Service Decorations (Military Division)

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 2, 2008) - Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, presented today the Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division) to retired U.S. Brigadier-General Leslie Lawrence Fuller, and the Meritorious Service Medal to British Colonel Andrew David Hawkesford Budd, in a private ceremony.

The following are the official citations:

Brigadier-General Leslie Lawrence Fuller, M.S.C. (Retired)

Huntsville, Alabama and Covington, Georgia, United States of America

Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

Retired Brigadier-General Fuller was deployed as the chief of staff of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, from February to August 2004. He was instrumental in the execution of intelligence-driven operations and for optimizing the strategic effects of ISAF in Afghanistan. His professional knowledge and exceptional dedication forged the essential relationships between ISAF, international partners and senior leaders of the Afghan government. Brigadier-General Fuller's outstanding performance under demanding circumstances has brought international praise and acclaim to the Canadian Forces and to Canada.

Colonel Andrew David Hawkesford Budd, M.S.M.

Brussels, Belgium

Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

Colonel Budd was deployed as chief of operations in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Headquarters in Afghanistan, from February to August 2004. A strategic-level visionary, he overcame serious obstacles and set the conditions for the successful conduct of voter registration and presidential elections. Throughout this demanding tour in a volatile operational environment, he worked tirelessly and selflessly to enhance intelligence-driven security missions and counter-narcotic activities that were vital to the NATO expansion into northern Afghanistan. Colonel Budd's devotion to duty and relentless effort have brought great honour to the Canadian Forces, to Canada and to NATO.


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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