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Vol. 145, No. 33 — August 13, 2011

CANADIAN BRAVERY DECORATIONS

The Governor General, the Right Honourable David Johnston, on the recommendation of the Canadian Decorations Advisory Committee (Bravery), has awarded Bravery Decorations as follows:

Star of Courage

Angela Jeanette Stirk
Fontella Twoyoungmen (posthumous)

Medal of Bravery

Michael Lee Anderson
Norman Anderson (posthumous)
RCMP Constable Andrew Ashton
Brent Michael Blackmore
Robert C. Bombardir
Leading Seaman Cory K. Bond
Darryl Fabian Boone
Kingsley Cheung
Darren Coogan
Archie L. Coughlin
Sergeant Delkie Curtis
Jubal Daley
Jewel Denison
Lieutenant(N) Christopher Michael Devita, C.D.
Ratko Ray Djuric
Constable Patrick Duerden
Brian Dean Fowlow
Dennis William Robert Fowlow
Bonnie Gamble
Gordon Joseph Gamble
Krista Dorothy Girvan
Donald George Gough
Donald Neil Harper (posthumous)
Jeremy Hodder
Justin Kenneth Darwin Ilnicki
Matthew Michael Jackson
Jewel James
Tara Michelle Josey
Nadine Anik Leduc
Tamsen Laine Lahnalampi
Kevin Joseph Leski
Tyler Norman David Lockerby
Dean Lucas
Tina Maryann Moores (posthumous)
RCMP Constable Shane Douglas Nicoll
Barry Ryder Nilsen
Patrick Robert O’Connor
Sergeant John K. Potts
Steven C. Reynolds
Wayne Reynolds
Timothy Andrew Rider
Sharon Yvonne Rider
Eric Roy (posthumous)
Vince P. Sharpe
Sharon Rose Sparks
Chance Stewart
Constable Michelle Stinson
James Jacob Daniel Thede
Sergeant Roger Thomas
Pazia Toyne
Vanna Jade Twoyoungmen
Major Frank Wagener
Glen William Watts
Constable Christopher C. Wells
Russell Ryan Werner
Sheldon Steven Willier
Twain Wright

EMMANUELLE SAJOUS
Deputy Secretary and
Deputy Herald Chancellor

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MILITARY VALOUR DECORATIONS

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, on the recommendation of the Chief of the Defence Staff, has awarded Military Valour Decorations as follows:

Star of Military Valour

LIEUTENANT GABRIEL CHASSÉ-JEAN, S.M.V.
Alma, Quebec

From June 8 to 29, 2009, Lieutenant Chassé-Jean demonstrated valiant service under fire while leading his platoon to defeat the enemy in Afghanistan. Over an extended period, and amidst the chaos and confusion of combat, his fearless conduct in the engagement of a determined enemy, as well as his ability to keep his soldiers composed, were critical to multiple victories in a difficult theatre of operation. Whether leading a frontal assault, controlling the situation while trapped in dangerous positions, or directing supporting gunfire, he showed courage and inspirational leadership, which were key to the success of multiple engagements.

MASTER WARRANT OFFICER RICHARD STACEY, S.M.V., C.D.
Edmonton, Alberta

On August 4, 2009, Master Warrant Officer Stacey’s valour in the face of the enemy enabled his multinational combat team to fight through multiple ambushes by insurgents in Afghanistan. He led the complex recovery of multiple vehicles which had been disabled by improvised explosive devices, while under enemy fire from all sides. He sorted through the chaos and issued clear direction to Canadian, American and Afghan forces. Throughout eight hours of intense combat, his gallantry, perseverance and selfless dedication to his soldiers were critical to defeating a ferocious and determined enemy.

Medal of Military Valour

SERGEANT T. DAVID BÉRUBÉ, M.M.V.
Québec, Quebec

From May 29 to June 29, 2009, Sergeant Bérubé repeatedly placed himself in exposed positions to coordinate fire support for his combat team during operations in Afghanistan. Often isolated and finding himself in dangerous positions, he fearlessly moved forward to gain a clear view of the battlefield and guide artillery and aviation assets onto their targets. His ability to simultaneously and accurately coordinate multiple gun batteries and attack helicopters, while under intense enemy fire, was a decisive factor in the engagements. His courage and outstanding soldiering ability were crucial to the defeat of the enemy.

MASTER CORPORAL SIMON R. FRIGON, M.M.V.
Québec, Quebec

As a section commander in Afghanistan, Master Corporal Frigon distinguished himself during two separate enemy engagements on May 7 and 20, 2009. In both instances his section was trapped and isolated during an ambush. Yet his unwavering composure and willingness to expose himself to enemy fire inspired his soldiers and instilled them with confidence. With little regard for his personal safety, he was able to precisely define the enemy location, defeat the initial attack and lead his section’s fighting withdrawal. Master Corporal Frigon’s courageous front line leadership and tactical acumen were critical to repelling the enemy without taking casualties.

SERGEANT JOSEPH MARTIN STÉPHANE MERCIER, M.M.V., C.D.
LaSarre, Quebec

From April 28 to August 15, 2009, Sergeant Mercier displayed courage in the aftermath of several ambushes and improvised explosive device attacks in Afghanistan. Willing to expose himself to heavy fire, he often moved fearlessly throughout the battlefield to identify enemy locations, provide clear direction to his soldiers and position himself to effectively engage the enemy. Throughout these intense battles, his front line leadership, tactical acumen and unwavering courage inspired confidence in his soldiers, kept them safe and enabled them to repeatedly defeat a determined enemy.

LEADING SEAMAN PIER-VINCENT MICHAUD, M.M.V.
Trois-Rivières, Quebec

On May 29, 2009, Leading Seaman Michaud was a member of a joint Canadian-Afghan patrol that was ambushed by the enemy, leaving one Afghan soldier dead and severely wounding two others. Immediately engaged in an intense, close-quarter firefight, Leading Seaman Michaud directed the Afghan soldiers to seek cover and then moved 50 metres to the casualties’ location, which provided a short 60-centimetre wall for cover. As bullets impacted all around his position, he calmly administered first aid to the casualties and personally brought them to the extraction zone, despite the unrelenting enemy attack. His courage and selfless actions undoubtedly saved the lives of the Afghan soldiers.

SERGEANT JOSEPH DENIS FRANÇOIS RANGER, M.M.V., C.D.
Vaudreuil, Quebec

On June 14, 2009, Sergeant Ranger was mentoring an Afghan reconnaissance company during an air-mobile operation when they were attacked by insurgents. With the company taking heavy mortar fire and suffering numerous casualties, Sergeant Ranger rallied his soldiers, established a position and returned heavy fire. As mortar bombs continued to fall, and with little regard for his personal safety, he single-handedly secured a casualty evacuation point. His leadership, fearless engagement of the enemy and ability to stay composed were critical to the defeat of the insurgents and the successful evacuation of casualties.

EMMANUELLE SAJOUS
Deputy Secretary and
Deputy Herald Chancellor

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MERITORIOUS SERVICE DECORATIONS

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, on the recommendation of the Chief of the Defence Staff, has awarded Meritorious Service Decorations (Military Division) as follows:

Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

MAJOR TIMOTHY MAURICE ARSENAULT, M.S.C., C.D.
Sudbury, Ontario

As company commander from March to October 2009, Major Arsenault’s front line leadership, tactical acumen and unwavering determination greatly contributed to enhancing security in Kandahar province, Afghanistan. Operating with Afghan and coalition forces during numerous combat operations, he demonstrated courage under fire that inspired those around him and enabled them to consistently defeat the enemy. Major Arsenault’s remarkable efforts were critical to the success of Joint Task Force Afghanistan and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.

PETTY OFFICER 2nd CLASS MARTIN JOSEPH CLAUDE BÉDARD, M.S.C., C.D.
Valcourt, Quebec

Petty Officer 2nd Class Bédard was deployed to Afghanistan as a physician assistant from March to November 2009. As the senior medical authority at the remote Forward Operating Base Ma’Sum Ghar, he became a pioneer in the application of advanced medical techniques normally reserved for medical officers. Operating in an incredibly austere environment without the benefit of modern medical facilities, he drew universal praise from other medical personnel, including specialists in the field. With unwavering dedication, he provided exceptional care to our soldiers at this remote location, and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.

LIEUTENANT-COLONEL MARC BIGAOUETTE, M.S.C., C.D.
Québec, Quebec

As commanding officer of Canadian Helicopter Force Afghanistan from April to November 2009, Lieutenant-Colonel Bigaouette demonstrated leadership, professionalism and unwavering dedication which contributed to the success of his unit’s operations. Orchestrating and executing all missions with precision, he ensured exceptional support was provided to Canadian and allied ground forces, whether supporting combat and sustainment operations or transporting dignitaries. Lieutenant-Colonel Bigaouette’s command of his unit reinforced the first-class reputation of Canadian aviation forces among Canada’s international allies in Afghanistan.

GENERAL FRANCISZEK GĄGOR, M.S.C. (Posthumous) (Polish Armed Forces)
Koniuszowa, Poland

General Gągor demonstrated great leadership as chief of the General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces, from February 2006 until his tragic death in May 2010. His dedication to the collective defence of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization made him a highly respected member of the NATO Military Committee. He was a supporter of Canada’s military model and promoted enhanced military co-operation between Canada and Poland, to the benefit of the armed forces of both nations. In particular, his support of bilateral co-operation between Polish and Canadian forces in Afghanistan contributed to the success of the Canadian mission there, to the benefit of Canada and the Canadian Forces.

CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER JULES JOSEPH MOREAU, M.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.
Saint-Pamphile, Quebec

As regimental sergeant-major of 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment Battle Group, from April to October 2009, Chief Warrant Officer Moreau demonstrated leadership and selfless dedication, which set the standards for the unit’s success. His fighting spirit and judicious guidance helped soldiers deal with the physical and psychological toll of combat, particularly in wounded soldiers recovering before their return to Canada. Whether mentoring ground troops or providing strategic advice to the commander, he distinguished himself as a first-rate soldier who was critical to the unit’s integrity and success.

LIEUTENANT-COLONEL JOCELYN J. M. J. PAUL, M.S.C., C.D.
Wendake Indian Reserve, Quebec

As commanding officer of 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment Battle Group, from April to October 2009, Lieutenant-Colonel Paul displayed outstanding leadership and tactical brilliance as he planned and conducted highly successful counter-insurgency operations that significantly degraded the enemy’s combat capability. Through his innovative, bold and focused approach, he disrupted the insurgency’s ability to gain tactical initiative during the traditional fighting season, and strengthened the Afghan government’s authority within Kandahar province. His superb command of his unit ensured its success, advanced international efforts in Afghanistan, and brought great credit to Canada and to the Canadian Forces.

GENERAL DAVID H. PETRAEUS, M.S.C. (United States Army)
Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York, United States of America

As commander of the United States Central Command from October 2008 to June 2010, General Petraeus demonstrated outstanding co-operation with and support of Canadian Forces members engaged in combat operations in Afghanistan. He displayed great appreciation for the Canadian Forces, placing under Canadian command the highest number of United States military forces assigned to any foreign nation in decades. This demonstration of faith enhanced Canada’s role in the development of the American-led campaign plan in Afghanistan, while General Petraeus’ extraordinary leadership strengthened the relationship between our two countries.

REAR-ADMIRAL TYRONE HERBERT WILLIAM PILE, C.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.
Geraldton, Ontario

As commander of Joint Task Force Games for Operation Podium, the Canadian Forces’ mission in support of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, Rear-Admiral Pile led one of the most complex domestic military operations ever conducted in Canada. He demonstrated exceptional leadership in shaping a co-operative and effective working environment among dozens of partners, including all levels of government and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, as well as their civil and military counterparts in the United States. His ability to facilitate the collaboration and coordination of these entities, while ensuring that strategic and operational goals were understood, respected and met by all, was instrumental to the success of Operation Podium and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.

SERGEANT MICHAEL ADAM SMITH, M.S.C., C.D.
Sainte-Thérèse-de-Blainville, Quebec

As an explosive ordnance disposal operator in Afghanistan from April to October 2009, Sergeant Smith made a significant contribution to the elimination of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) concealed by the enemy. Successfully dealing with over 90 devices, including nine in one day, he helped to ensure the safety of ground forces. He also used his extensive knowledge to implement a training program that improved IED awareness among Canadian, coalition and Afghan personnel. Called to task almost daily, Sergeant Smith’s selfless dedication to duty undoubtedly saved numerous lives and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.

LIEUTENANT-COLONEL GILBERT CLEMENT THIBAULT, M.S.C., C.D.
Gaspé, Quebec

On the morning of June 9, 2008, the aircrew of Cormorant Helicopter Rescue 913 successfully evacuated a critically injured sailor from the MV Maersk Dunedin, near Halifax. Aircraft commander Lieutenant-Colonel Thibault made critical command decisions as he piloted the aircraft under exceptionally demanding circumstances. He was assisted by First Officer Captain Mercer, who helped fly the aircraft for nearly 10 hours, twice landing on Sable Island for fuel as the aircraft’s endurance was pushed to its limits. In conditions where visibility was so poor that they could not even see the vessel in distress, flight engineer Sergeant Pawulski was instrumental in providing advice to help guide the aircraft into position over the deck in order to facilitate the hoist operation. Search and rescue technicians Warrant Officer Mitchell and Sergeant Kelland were then lowered onto the heaving deck, where they rendered life-saving medical aid to the injured sailor and coordinated his removal to the rescue helicopter. The team’s conduct, dedication and professionalism in the planning and execution of this daring rescue brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.

LIEUTENANT-COLONEL CARL JEAN TURENNE, M.S.C., C.D.
Kingston, Ontario

As commanding officer of the Provincial Reconstruction Team from January 2009 to January 2010, Lieutenant-Colonel Turenne contributed to the success of all allied operations in Kandahar province, Afghanistan. Working in close co-operation with the Canadian battle group, allied nations and Afghan officials, he led an organization of more than 400 personnel to maintain the initiative against insurgents, while advancing the mandate of the International Security Assistance Force. His leadership ensured the operational success of his unit and furthered international efforts in Afghanistan, bringing great credit to the Canadian Forces and to Canada.

BRIGADIER-GENERAL JONATHAN HOLBERT VANCE, O.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.
Tweed, Ontario

Demonstrating outstanding leadership as commander of Joint Task Force Afghanistan from February to November 2009, Brigadier-General Vance enabled the Canadian Forces to maintain the initiative and advance the mandate of the International Security Assistance Force. His strategic and tactical skills and astute political insight allowed for the disruption of the Taliban’s operational objectives and strengthened the Afghan government’s authority within Kandahar province. Brigadier-General Vance’s forward-thinking diplomacy greatly advanced Canadian and international efforts in the region, and brought credit to the Canadian Forces and to Canada.

Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

MAJOR DARRYL GORDON ADAMS, M.S.M., C.D.
Antigonish, Nova Scotia

As a Chinook flight commander from April to October 2009, Major Adams was instrumental in establishing a reliable helicopter capability to support counter-insurgency operations in Afghanistan. Regularly flying missions under fire, he helped to ensure the success of numerous multinational air assault operations, while his aviation expertise was essential in the mentorship of inexperienced helicopter crews. His leadership, initiative and unwavering dedication were critical to the success and safety of all Chinook operations, enhancing the reputation of Canadian aviation forces in the eyes of the international community.

COLONEL ANTHONY JOSEPH MARK HILAIRE ASHFIELD, M.S.M., C.D.
Montréal, Quebec

As the deputy chief of Staff Support for Canada Command, Colonel Ashfield provided exceptional leadership in the planning and execution of Operation Podium, one of the Canadian Forces’ most complex domestic missions to date: military support of the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Vancouver. Colonel Ashfield’s professionalism and dedication ensured the efficient training, deployment and operational support of over 4 000 people. Of particular note were his efforts to establish and enhance cross-border relations with his counterparts at NORAD and the United States Northern Command, in the common security requirements of western North America at that time. His steady hand and personal involvement were instrumental in Operation Podium’s success.

BRIGADIER-GENERAL ROBERT J. BELETIC, M.S.M. (United States Air Force)
Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America

Since 2009, Brigadier-General Beletic exhibited a high level of professionalism in his duties as the deputy commander Force Employment and Canadian NORAD Region at 1 Canadian Air Division Headquarters. Of particular note was his leadership in the coordination of Canadian Forces air support of both the humanitarian crisis caused by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Vancouver. He also worked tirelessly to ensure the closest cooperation between Canada and the United States. His dedication has helped the Canadian Forces succeed in missions both at home and abroad.

SERGEANT LEE WILLIAM EDWARD BIBBY, M.S.M., C.D.
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

MASTER CORPORAL STÉPHANE JOSEPH MICHEL RICHARD, M.S.M., C.D.
Val-d’Or, Quebec

During the night of August 9, 2008, rescue team leader Sergeant Bibby and rescue team member Master Corporal Richard came to the aid of a woman with severe head injuries acquired while hiking along the ridge of a 400-foot rock face, in Ontario’s Killarney Provincial Park. A rescue helicopter was unable to reach the victim due to poor weather conditions. Upon hearing that the victim’s condition was worsening, the two search and rescue technicians travelled to the scene and ascended a steep and slippery rock face in heavy rain and darkness, while carrying full medical gear. They then stabilized the patient and remained with her until they were extracted by helicopter the following morning. Their perseverance through adversity brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.

COLONEL GREGORY C. BILTON, M.S.M. (Australian Army)
Wanniassa, Australian Capital Territory

Colonel Bilton, of the Australian Army, was deployed to Afghanistan as Deputy Chief of Staff for Security Sector Reform in Regional Command (South) from April to November 2008. His tact and statesmanship helped overcome inter-organizational mistrust and promote harmony in the relationship between the Afghan National Army and Police. His engagement and mentorship of Afghan leaders established exceptional synergy between coalition, Afghan and ISAF forces. Colonel Bilton’s outstanding leadership and commitment greatly enhanced the capability of Afghan National Security Forces in Southern Afghanistan.

MAJOR EMANUEL JEANNOT BOUCHER, M.S.M., C.D.
Granby, Quebec

As deputy commanding officer of Canadian Helicopter Force (Afghanistan) from April to November 2009, Major Boucher demonstrated leadership, foresight and initiative, ensuring the successful deployment of Canada’s first fully-trained aviation battalion in Afghanistan. In addition to forging a cohesive team from a diverse group of individuals and successfully implementing new equipment in a combat zone, he worked with coalition partners to improve their night-flying capabilities. Major Boucher’s remarkable achievements were instrumental to the operational success of coalition forces in Afghanistan, and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.

CORPORAL MATHIEU S. BOULAY-PAILLÉ, M.S.M.
Trois-Rivières, Quebec

As second-in-command of a mentoring team in Afghanistan from April to October 2009, Corporal Boulay-Paillé worked beyond his rank to bring significant improvements to the fighting capabilities of the Afghan National Army. With confidence, he mentored an Afghan sergeant-major and developed defence and sustainment plans; in the face of the enemy, he provided leadership to his troops. Corporal Boulay-Paillé’s performance greatly enhanced the mentoring team’s effectiveness and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.

COLONEL GREGORY DAWSON BURT, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
Cornerbrook, Newfoundland and Labrador

Colonel Burt was the commanding officer of the Operational Mentor and Liaison Team, in Kandahar, from March to October 2009. His command presence and mentorship empowered the 1st Brigade, 205th Corps of the Afghan National Army to successfully conduct increasingly complex operations, disrupting enemy objectives and strengthening the Afghan government’s authority within the province. His leadership inspired his soldiers to persevere as they faced peril on a daily basis, all while mentoring soldiers at remote locations throughout the area of operations. Colonel Burt’s understanding of Afghanistan’s political situation ensured his unit’s success and reinforced Canada’s international reputation.

MAJOR TREVOR JOHN CADIEU, M.S.M., C.D.
Vernon, British Columbia

From October 2006 to February 2007, Major Cadieu commanded B Squadron of Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians), in Afghanistan. Leading the first tank squadron in combat in almost 60 years, Major Cadieu immediately forged a cohesive combat team that excelled during two major offensives and numerous other engagements. His leadership played a decisive role in battling insurgents, and contributed to the battle group’s domination of the Arghandab River area. Major Cadieu’s courage and performance contributed significantly to his squadron’s operational success.

MAJOR LUIS C. CARVALLO, M.S.M., C.D.
Windsor and Essex, Ontario

As deputy commanding officer of the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team from August 2008 to September 2009, Major Carvallo greatly contributed to enhancing development, governance and security in Afghanistan. Leading a diverse team of Canadian, Afghan and American military and civilian personnel in a gruelling counter-insurgency environment, he showed leadership that ensured the successful implementation of numerous projects that enhanced the quality of life for Afghani citizens. Major Carvallo’s leadership and unwavering dedication improved Canadian-Afghan relations and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces and to Canada.

SERGEANT PATRICE PASCAL CHARTRAND, M.S.M., C.D.
Montréal, Quebec

While deployed to Afghanistan as second-in-command of an infantry platoon from April to October 2009, Sergeant Chartrand played a pivotal role in the battle group’s success. He helped to enhance security conditions in Kandahar province in a number of ways, whether by leading his platoon through high-intensity combat operations, developing a successful mentoring program for the Afghan uniformed police, or improving local police stations and schools. His leadership, expertise and dedicated efforts brought great credit to the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan.

LIEUTENANT-COLONEL SCOTT NORMAN CLANCY, M.S.M., C.D.
Ottawa, Ontario

From spring 2008 until summer 2009, Lieutenant-Colonel Clancy played a crucial role in the coordination, preparation and training of the initial deployments of Canadian Forces helicopters into Afghanistan. He oversaw the development of essential new aviation tactics and procedures, implemented standards for the newly acquired Chinook helicopters, and integrated aviation training with deploying land forces. His actions directly contributed to the success of Canada’s deployed aviation forces and reflected highly upon the Canadian Forces. This is the second Meritorious Service Medal for Lieutenant-Colonel Clancy.

CAPTAIN MARC A. DAUPHIN, M.S.M., C.D.
Sherbrooke, Quebec

As the officer commanding the Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit in Afghanistan from April to October 2009, Captain Dauphin showed unparalleled dedication and initiative that were pivotal to ensuring world-class care for all patients. In addition to effectively managing the constant influx of battlefield casualties, he carefully developed relationships with other medical facilities to enable the seamless transfer of patients. Captain Dauphin’s leadership and mentorship of the multinational team significantly increased the medical capacity of the unit, directly benefitting the Canadian mission and bringing distinction to the Canadian Forces.

MAJOR GENERAL MART C. DE KRUIF, M.S.M. (Royal Netherlands Army)
Apeldoorn, Netherlands

As commander of Regional Command (South) from November 2008 to November 2009, Major General de Kruif consistently acknowledged and promoted Canada’s contribution to allied military efforts in Afghanistan. With compassion and respect for Canadian soldiers, he ensured their welfare and security, and provided outstanding support to the command teams of two Canadian task forces. Demonstrating world-class leadership, unwavering dedication and keen operational understanding, Major General de Kruif’s command of Canadian soldiers was exemplary and provided great benefit to Canada.

LIEUTENANT-COLONEL ROLAND GRANT DELANEY, M.S.M., C.D.
Kingston, Ontario

Lieutenant-Colonel Delaney was instrumental in planning and coordinating the training requirements and personnel preparation for the Chinook Helicopter program. His in-depth contract management skills allowed him to overcome complex and conflicting challenges, ensuring all tactical level requirements were properly integrated. This resulted in a new critical capability being made available in-theatre in record time, proving beneficial to Canadian and allied troops.

MASTER CORPORAL JONATHAN D. J. DÉZIEL, M.S.M.
Shawinigan, Quebec

As part of the Operational Mentor Liaison Team in Afghanistan from April to October 2009, Master Corporal Déziel assumed the role of a fire effects officer whose responsibility it was to go forward into battle to observe and report on the situation, and to coordinate artillery support for the troops engaged. In doing so, he repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire. His experience, planning and calm composure ensured the delivery of precise artillery strikes that significantly disrupted insurgent activity and enhanced the combat effectiveness of Canadian soldiers and Afghan National Security Forces. His leadership and tactical acumen were vital to the battle group’s success.

CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER JOSEPH RICHARD DENIS DOMPIERRE, M.S.M., C.D.
Ottawa, Ontario

Between July 2004 and July 2010, Chief Warrant Officer Dompierre demonstrated extraordinary professionalism and innovative leadership by spearheading major reforms within the meteorological technician occupation, specifically in its organizational structure, training and deployment readiness. As a senior member of the Joint Meteorological Centre, he ensured that all deployed technicians were thoroughly prepared and properly equipped. Chief Warrant Officer Dompierre’s efforts have yielded invaluable benefits for meteorological technicians who, in return, support Canadian Forces operations with strengthened abilities.

MAJOR JEAN-FRANÇOIS DUVAL, M.S.M., C.D.
Québec, Quebec

As battery commander of the Royal 22e Régiment Battle Group from April to October 2009, Major Duval showed impressive tactical acumen that resulted in outstanding artillery support during numerous combat operations in Afghanistan. He provided his commander with detailed, yet concise reports on the battery’s capabilities, allowing for the optimal employment of artillery. As a result, his battery detachments were able to operate with surgical precision, thereby minimizing collateral damage. Major Duval’s leadership and dedicated efforts were vital to the battle group’s success and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.

MAJOR J. R. MARIO FERLAND, M.S.M., C.D.
Baie-Saint-Paul and Québec, Quebec

As deputy commander of the Royal 22e Régiment Battle Group from April to October 2009, Major Ferland significantly contributed to the success of the international counter-insurgency campaign in Afghanistan. His effective oversight of the planning, execution and coordination of major combat operations enabled the battle group to achieve significant gains against insurgents and contributed to strengthening the Afghan government’s authority within Kandahar province. Major Ferland’s leadership, planning capabilities and operational focus were key elements of the battle group’s success.

LIEUTENANT-COLONEL GYULA JOHN JOSEPH GERGELY, M.S.M., C.D.
Winnipeg, Manitoba

From 2005 through 2010, Lieutenant-Colonel Gergely’s resourcefulness and untiring efforts greatly contributed to all major Air Force infrastructure programs in support of the Canadian Forces’ domestic and international operations. His knowledge of airfield operations and his unmatched organizational skills were essential during the establishment of the Air Wing in Afghanistan, and when the Air Force introduced the Globemaster III aircraft to its home base in Trenton, Ontario. The positive impact of his contributions will be felt by the Air Force — and the Canadian Forces as a whole — for years to come.

LIEUTENANT-COLONEL LEE JOHN HAMMOND, M.S.M., C.D.
North Vancouver, British Columbia, and St. Albert, Alberta

As chief of operational plans with Joint Task Force Afghanistan from January to November 2009, Lieutenant-Colonel Hammond was the key author of a groundbreaking document that transformed how the task force and its civilian partners conducted counter-insurgency operations. His political insight and his leadership of the military-civilian team enabled the development of a plan that helped to strengthen the Afghan government’s authority within Kandahar province. His professionalism and dedication greatly contributed to operational success in Afghanistan, and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces and to Canada.

COMMANDER CHRISTOPHER JOHN HARGREAVES, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
Victoria, British Columbia

Since his appointment in 2008 as commanding officer of Canadian Forces Fleet School Esquimalt, Commander Hargreaves’ inspirational leadership, detailed analytical skills, dedication and infectious motivation have been the driving force behind initiatives to improve naval courses. His actions were instrumental in enhancing the sailors’ quality of life and reducing time away from home and units. His commitment and professionalism have had a significant impact on the individual training requirements for naval force employment, generation and development.

CORPORAL FRANÇOIS-JONATHAN GILLES MICHEL HÉBERT, M.S.M.
Montréal, Quebec

As a mentor to numerous senior members of the Afghan National Army from April to October 2009, Corporal Hébert worked well above his rank to improve their operational capacity. His leadership was vital to the planning and execution of numerous joint combat operations, and greatly influenced the level of professionalism in the soldiers he mentored. Corporal Hébert’s exemplary performance, tactical acumen and fighting abilities enabled the Afghan National Army to maximize its disruption of insurgent activities.

SERGEANT WILLIAM JOSEPH KELLAND, M.S.M., C.D.
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

CAPTAIN ANDREW JOHN MERCER, M.S.M., C.D.
Toronto, Ontario

WARRANT OFFICER KEITH PAUL MITCHELL, C.V., M.S.M., C.D.
Lasalle, Quebec

SERGEANT DAVID MICHAEL PAWULSKI, S.C., M.S.M., C.D.
Calgary, Alberta

On the morning of June 9, 2008, the aircrew of Cormorant Helicopter Rescue 913 successfully evacuated a critically injured sailor from the MV Maersk Dunedin, near Halifax. Aircraft commander Lieutenant-Colonel Thibault made critical command decisions as he piloted the aircraft under exceptionally demanding circumstances. He was assisted by First Officer Captain Mercer, who helped fly the aircraft for nearly 10 hours, twice landing on Sable Island for fuel as the aircraft’s endurance was pushed to its limits. In conditions where visibility was so poor that they could not even see the vessel in distress, flight engineer Sergeant Pawulski was instrumental in providing advice to help guide the aircraft into position over the deck in order to facilitate the hoist operation. Search and rescue technicians Warrant Officer Mitchell and Sergeant Kelland were then lowered onto the heaving deck, where they rendered life-saving medical aid to the injured sailor and coordinated his removal to the rescue helicopter. The team’s conduct, dedication and professionalism in the planning and execution of this daring rescue brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.

LIEUTENANT-COLONEL JOSEPH JEAN-PAUL CHRISTIAN LABROSSE, M.S.M., C.D.
Montréal, Quebec

From July 2008 to April 2010, Lieutenant-Colonel Labrosse distinguished himself as deputy commander of 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group. Through his exceptional leadership and dedication, he enabled the group to achieve its operational mandate, both in Canada and abroad, at a particularly tumultuous time, notably in Afghanistan and Haiti. Achieving this mandate allowed the Canadian Forces and Canada to remain respected and trusted global leaders in carrying out operations within international coalitions.

CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER GRÉGOIRE RAYMOND LACROIX, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
Orléans, Ontario, and Saint-Mard, Belgium

Between July 2007 and July 2010, Chief Warrant Officer Lacroix demonstrated outstanding leadership as the Canadian Forces chief warrant officer by promoting excellence, professionalism and teamwork among the non-commissioned leaders. He played a critical role in the development and implementation of effective non-commissioned member training, both nationally and internationally. His performance and dedication significantly improved the effectiveness of our soldiers, sailors and air personnel, and brought great benefit to the Canadian Forces.

COLONEL JOSEPH CONRAD ROCH LACROIX, M.S.M., C.D.
Gimli, Manitoba

As deputy commander of Joint Task Force Afghanistan from February to November 2009, Colonel Lacroix was heavily involved in every aspect of the task force’s operations and ensured the commander’s intent was understood and implemented. His clear tactical direction ensured that the enemy was prevented from gaining ground, while friendly forces were able to keep their momentum and push ahead. Colonel Lacroix’s outstanding command presence and determination advanced the mandate of the International Security Assistance Force and strengthened the Afghan government’s authority within Kandahar province.

CAPTAIN FRANCIS JOSEPH MICHEL MALLET, M.S.M., C.D.
LaSalle, Quebec

In 2008 and 2009, Captain Mallet demonstrated exemplary leadership and dedication, which contributed to the 430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron achieving a high state of readiness for its deployment to Afghanistan. He developed a training plan for the unit that became the cornerstone for individual training, and which transformed a group of inexperienced individuals into an effective team. His initiative, as well as his exceptional ability to analyze and prioritize, allowed the unit to deliver an important operational capability in Afghanistan.

SERGEANT CHARLES ANDREW MCLEAN, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
Ottawa, Ontario

Since 2007, Sergeant McLean’s dedication to Soldier On, a program which he co-founded, has ensured the continued success of this initiative to optimize the functional independence of Canadian Forces members or former members who have become ill or who have been injured. His passion and commitment have provided opportunities for these individuals to reach beyond their physical limitations and find a better quality of life on their road to recovery and reintegration. Over the years, he has successfully promoted and created awareness of the needs of injured and ill Canadian Forces members and their families, as well as the programs available to them.

HONORARY COLONEL STANLEY A. MILNER, O.C., A.O.E., M.S.M., C.D.
Edmonton, Alberta

For more than 19 years, Honorary Colonel Milner has demonstrated exemplary leadership and dedication to the South Alberta Light Horse. He was responsible for establishing the South Alberta Light Horse Foundation, through which he has played a key role in preserving the history and traditions of the current regiment and its predecessors in the province. Honorary Colonel Milner’s invaluable contributions have brought great credit to the Canadian Forces, and future generations of regimental members will benefit from his lasting legacy.

MAJOR JOSEPH SERGE RAYNALD MORIN, M.S.M., C.D.
Lac Mégantic, Quebec

As the senior mentor to the commander of an Afghan National Army battalion from April to October 2009, Major Morin was instrumental in improving the battalion’s operational success. Applying his vast experience and knowledge, his mentorship of Afghan soldiers on vital issues, such as the occupation of a forward operating base, resulted in effective partnered combat operations with the Canadian battle group. Major Morin’s outstanding leadership and dedication allowed the Afghan National Army to greatly improve its combat capabilities and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.

MAJOR YANNICK PÉPIN, M.S.M., C.D. (Posthumous)
Arthabaska, Quebec

Major Pépin deployed to Afghanistan in April 2009 as commander of a squadron of combat engineers supporting the Royal 22e Régiment Battle Group. His leadership and technical expertise enabled those under his command to successfully clear roadways that were vital to the movement of Canadian, Afghan and coalition soldiers. Tragically, he was killed in action by an improvised explosive device while commanding a mounted patrol on September 6, 2009. Major Pépin’s unwavering dedication to Canada’s mission in Afghanistan saved lives and brought great credit to Canada.

SERGEANT JOSEPH FRANÇOIS COLIN PICHÉ, M.S.M., C.D.
Saint-Basile-de-Portneuf, Quebec

As a mentor to an Afghan National Army infantry company from April to October 2009, Sergeant Piché demonstrated frontline leadership that led the unit to excel during numerous joint operations. Often under fire and facing fierce resistance, he inspired the Afghans to persevere and consistently defeat the enemy. His exceptional awareness and tactical acumen prevented an imminent friendly fire incident on one occasion, when his company was being attacked from multiple directions. His soldiering abilities and mentorship skills greatly improved the capacity of the company and ensured its operational success.

COLONEL JOHN BRUCE PLOUGHMAN, M.S.M., C.D.
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

As commander of the Joint Task Force Afghanistan Air Wing from May to November 2009, Colonel Ploughman ensured the flawless conduct of Canadian air operations in Afghanistan. Whether transporting critical equipment and VIPs, executing air assault operations, or supporting counter-improvised explosive device efforts, his direction enabled his team to perform all tasks to perfection and provide exceptional support to ground forces. Colonel Ploughman’s leadership and tactical insight contributed to operational success in Afghanistan and brought great credit to Canada.

CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER JOSEPH GERARD GILBERT POIRIER, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
Verdun, Quebec

As regimental sergeant-major of the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan from February 2009 to February 2010, Chief Warrant Officer Poirier fulfilled his duties with the utmost professionalism. He played a pivotal role in implementing a new policy for interaction with the local population, which greatly enhanced the perception of Canadian soldiers in the community. He also worked tirelessly to reinforce a spirit of co-operation between the military and civilian elements of the unit, and sought to enhance everyone’s quality of life through the advancement of morale-building projects. His advice to senior leadership coupled with his outstanding mentorship of all members of the unit were critical to its operational success and brought great credit to Canada.

CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER ERNEST GÉRARD JOSEPH POITRAS, M.S.M., C.D.
Tracadie, New Brunswick

Chief Warrant Officer Poitras was part of the Joint Task Force Afghanistan Air Wing from May to November 2009. He was faced with a number of challenges, including the introduction of a new aircraft to the mission and limited operational experience within the air wing. Nevertheless, his leadership was instrumental in forging a cohesive and operationally focused team. His devotion and professionalism ensured his team was equipped to face the challenges associated with providing the best possible aviation support to ground forces in Afghanistan. His unwavering mission focus contributed to the operational success of the air wing and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.

LIEUTENANT-COLONEL JAMES JOSEPH RAOUL NORMAND RICHARDSON, M.S.M., C.D.
Laval, Quebec

Lieutenant-Colonel Richardson is recognized for his extraordinary leadership and professionalism as commander of the Personnel Support Service of 5 Area Support Group, from 2006 to 2009. Among other things, he encouraged the integration of the Valcartier Family Centre and the Deployment Support Group, and oversaw the creation of the Regional Casualty Support Cell. This initiative became a national reference for military personnel support and has brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.

COLONEL MARIE CÉLINE DANIELLE SAVARD, M.S.M., C.D.
Chicoutimi, Quebec

As commanding officer of the Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit in Afghanistan from April to October 2009, Colonel Savard’s notable leadership ensured the provision of world-class care to Canadian, coalition and Afghan personnel. In addition to ensuring her multinational team had the necessary equipment and training to treat patients under any circumstance, she helped develop mentoring programs that improved the capacity and capability of the Afghan National Army Medical Corps. Colonel Savard’s outstanding professionalism and medical skills were critical to preserving the fighting strength of coalition forces in Afghanistan and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.

MAJOR PAUL SCANNELL, M.S.M. (British Army)
Ruislip, United Kingdom

Major Scannell distinguished himself while serving as a British Army exchange officer with Canadian Operational Support Command Headquarters, in Ottawa, from July 2008 to July 2010, where he led the creation of the Movement Control Multi-National Integrated Logistics Unit. Responsible for coordinating all aspects of the unit’s development, Major Scannell planned and executed two field training exercises, followed by a successful validation exercise, which allowed the unit to be declared operational. His tenacity in seeing this project through to a successful completion has earned him praise from NATO, and his efforts have brought great credit to Canada and to the Canadian Forces.

CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER ANDREW PETER STAPLEFORD, M.S.M., C.D.
Halifax, Nova Scotia

As Joint Task Force Afghanistan regimental sergeant-major from February to November 2009, Chief Warrant Officer Stapleford drew on his vast experience and in-depth understanding of the mission to lead a diverse team engaged in operations across the country. The example he set encouraged all soldiers in the task force to conform to the protection measures in place, thus helping to save lives and prevent serious injury. His unwavering dedication ensured the task force’s operational success and enhanced Canada’s reputation within the international community.

HONORARY CAPTAIN (N) CEDRIC STEELE, M.S.M., C.D.
Victoria, British Columbia

In the 13 years since 1997, Honorary Captain (N) Steele’s unflagging service to Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, Maritime Forces Pacific and to the Canadian Forces in general, has inspired and connected the Navy with prominent Canadians and various business groups, as well as the local community. Through his extraordinary energy, vision and tireless efforts, the Esquimalt-based Navy has become linked to the identity of Greater Victoria as further demonstrated by Captain (N) Steele’s commitment to create the Naval Centennial Homecoming statue on the Victoria waterfront.

LIEUTENANT-COLONEL ANN-MARIE BRIGITTE TARDIF, M.S.M., C.D.
Plessisville, Quebec

As commanding officer of the National Support Element from April to October 2009, Lieutenant-Colonel Tardif’s understanding of Afghanistan’s complex operational environment ensured the delivery of necessary logistical support for the success of Canadian and coalition counter-insurgency operations. Under her leadership, the unit provided the commander with the operational flexibility required to address the ever-changing battle conditions. Her professionalism greatly contributed to the Canadian Forces’ efforts in Afghanistan.

LIEUTENANT-COLONEL JOHN TRINGALI, M.S.M. (United States Air Force)
Charleston, South Carolina, United States of America

Serving as a United States Air Force exchange officer with the Canadian Forces from 2007 to 2010, Lieutenant-Colonel Tringali was employed as the Globemaster III aircraft subject matter expert. His efforts were pivotal to the development of continuation training of first- and second-cadre pilots. He has consistently exhibited a high standard of professionalism and initiative in his duties, and his leadership and dedication have established a solid strategic airlift capability, which brings great benefit to the Canadian Forces.

MAJOR JOSEPH RICHARD MARC VERRET, M.S.M., C.D.
Ottawa, Ontario

As commander of Stabilization Company B, in Afghanistan, from March to October 2009, Major Verret led several widely dispersed teams with his flawless application of counter-insurgency doctrine, contributing to stabilization efforts in three districts of Afghanistan. After completing a survey of population centres, he instituted numerous infrastructure projects that were tailored to the specific needs of Afghan communities and which provided employment opportunities for the local population. Major Verret’s remarkable efforts contributed to the undermining of insurgents and brought great credit to Canada.

LIEUTENANT-COLONEL MICHAEL WHITED, M.S.M. (United States Army)
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States of America

From 2007 to 2010, Lieutenant-Colonel Whited distinguished himself as the United States Northern Command liaison officer to Canada Command. His professionalism, leadership and integrity in developing the foundation for improvements in continental defence, security and stability went far beyond the duties of a liaison officer. He fostered the development of CanadaUnited States Combined Defence and Civil Assistance Plans, and facilitated cross-border military collaboration in the buildup to the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Vancouver (Operation Podium). Lieutenant Colonel Whited’s contributions brought great credit to Canada and the United States.

One other, whose name is withheld for operational security reasons.

EMMANUELLE SAJOUS
Deputy Secretary and
Deputy Herald Chancellor

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