ARCHIVED — Vol. 147, No. 17 — April 27, 2013
MOST VENERABLE ORDER OF THE HOSPITAL OF ST. JOHN OF JERUSALEM
His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen of Canada, is pleased hereby to appoint the following Canadian, who has been recommended for such appointment by the Grand Prior of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem:
Knight of the Order of St. John
As of March 14, 2013
His Honour, the Honourable Frank Frederick Fagan, C.M., O.N.L., St. John’s, N.L.
MOST VENERABLE ORDER OF THE HOSPITAL OF ST. JOHN OF JERUSALEM
His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen of Canada, is pleased hereby to appoint the following Canadians, who have been recommended for such appointment by the Grand Prior of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem:
Knights and Dame of the Order of St. John
As of September 25, 2012
His Honour, the Honourable H. Frank Lewis, O.P.E.I., Charlottetown, PEI
As of February 5, 2013
Commander Sylvain Bissonnette, Laval, QC
Robert Cade, C.D., Regina, SK
Gilbert James Carter, Sussex, NB
Her Honour, the Honourable Judith Isabel Guichon, O.B.C., Victoria, BC
Commanders of the Order of St. John
As of September 25, 2012
Daniel Faucher, Repentigny, QC
Marianne Rita Hagen, Timberlea, NS
Commander (Retired) Robert Henry McIlwaine, C.D., Vancouver, BC
Thomas Craig Wilson, Surrey, BC
As of February 5, 2013
Commodore Hans Jung, O.M.M., C.D., Ottawa, ON
Carmie McCormack, Georgetown, ON
Keith Ernest Perron, Guelph, ON
Officers of the Order of St. John
As of September 25, 2012
Constable Kirk Patrick Hughes, Deline, NT
Kevin Robert Edward McCormick, Sudbury, ON
Captain(N) (Retired) Normand Potvin, Courtenay, BC
Mohammad Imran Shamsi, Port Coquitlam, BC
As of February 5, 2013
André Fournier, Drummondville, QC
Steven David Gaetz, Winnipeg, MB
Major Carl Gauthier, M.M.M., C.D., Nepean, ON
Dany Houde, Québec, QC
Lieutenant(N) Jeffrey Lee, Richmond, BC
Kellie Lee Mitchell, Yellowknife, NT
John Nadeau, Whistler, BC
Kathleen May Parker, Walkerton, ON
James Patterson, Ottawa, ON
Annie Pinard, Saint-Ambroise-de-Kildare, QC
Lieutenant Eric Lorenzo Marcel Roy, C.D., Ottawa, ON
Lieutenant-Colonel (Retired) Douglas Edward Slowski, C.D., Nanaimo, BC
Julia Kristine Zoetewey, Vancouver, BC
Members of the Order of St. John
As of September 25, 2012
Daniel Alexander Arbuckle, Ingersoll, ON
Tina Basque, Port Perry, ON
Robert Boily, Laval, QC
Nancy Darlene Burrows, River Ryan, NS
Josée Cadieux, Princeville, QC
Dyane Cadoret, Québec, QC
Samson Ka Yang Chan, Vancouver, BC
Vincenzo Cicero, Acton, ON
Bradley John Collyer, Peterborough, ON
Wendy Lilian Downing, North York, ON
Marilyn Marie Dwyer, Brantford, ON
Donna Marie Flemming, Ketch Harbour, NS
Captain David Jean-Baptiste Donat Moreau Fortin, Saint-Jacques-le-Mineur, QC
Jimmie Leroy Francis, Burlington, ON
Matthew Aaron Glover, Burlington, ON
Colonel Hercule Gosselin, O.M.M., C.D., Montréal, QC
Allan Graham, Oshawa, ON
Christina Hong, Burnaby, BC
Master Warrant Officer Henry Klausnitzer, C.D., London, ON
Patty Wai Yin Lo, Thornhill, ON
Mary Georgette Loblaw, Port Moody, BC
Wendy Luong, Vancouver, BC
Lloyd David McKnight, M.M.M., Chester Basin, NS
Evan John Charles Mohns, Arnprior, ON
Adrian Kar-Hao Ng, Vancouver, BC
Sergeant Lawrence William O’Brien, C.D., Courtenay, BC
Jonathan William Peppler, Elmwood, ON
Master Warrant Officer Richard Louis Perreault, C.D., Smiths Falls, ON
Shirley Ann Philpot, Kamloops, BC
Marsha Elaine Seens, Ajax, ON
Richard Vincent Teixeira, Markham, ON
As of February 5, 2013
Lieutenant-Colonel Paul Bradford, LaSalle, ON
Keith Gordon Brine, Winnipeg, MB
Norma Alice Broadbear, Belleville, ON
Master Corporal (Retired) Paul Joseph Currie, C.D., Fort Smith, NT
Lori Elaine Dubinsky, Dugald, MB
Her Honour Linda May Ethell, Edmonton, AB
Leon Frederick Flannigan, Rivers, MB
Robert Goneau, Rockland, ON
Glen Currie Greenhill, Courtenay, BC
Yves Harvey, Québec, QC
Nancy Lynette Hollman, Belleville, ON
Benjamin Kay Yip Kaan, Vancouver, BC
Darrel Elbert Kennedy, Ottawa, ON
Janie Margaret Law, Dugald, MB
Heather Marie Gordon Leong, Cambridge, ON
Jeffrey Lott, Nanaimo, BC
Reverend Joseph Francis Malley, Miramichi, NB
Lyndsay Alison McGregor, Hanover, ON
Russell Dennis Newcombe, Pitt Meadows, BC
David Robert Paradis, Barrie, ON
David Christopher Rakobowchuk, Ottawa, ON
Trent Alexander Ralston, Burlington, ON
Lieutenant-Colonel (Retired) Henry Leslie Lawrence Simpson, C.D., Belleville, ON
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
GENERAL JAMES MATTIS, M.S.C. (UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS)
Richland, Washington, United States of America
While occupying key leadership positions within the United States Armed Forces and NATO between 2001 and 2012, General Mattis directly and repeatedly contributed to the Canadian Forces’ operational success in Afghanistan. Providing unprecedented access and championing Canadian participation in critical policy and training events, he helped shape Canadian counter-insurgency doctrine. Demonstrating unequivocal support and unwavering commitment to Canada, General Mattis has significantly strengthened Canadian-American relations and has been a critical enabler in both countries’ shared achievements in Afghanistan.
LIEUTENANT-COLONEL BARRY MARSHALL SOUTHERN, M.S.C., M.S.M., C.D.
As Canadian defence attaché at the Canadian Embassy in Libya during 2011, Lieutenant-Colonel Southern played a pivotal role in the successful and safe evacuation of Canadian citizens from that country. In difficult and dangerous situations, he showed an innate cultural awareness and intrinsic leadership ability. Lieutenant-Colonel Southern also provided vital support to the Ambassador in the re-establishment of the embassy, while taking on the responsibility of chargé d’affaires — an opportunity rarely accorded to a defence attaché.
Meritorious Service Medal
PETTY OFFICER 1ST CLASS DANIEL JAMES MAURICE ASH, M.S.M., C.D.
From June 2007 to May 2011, Petty Officer 1st Class Ash was the primary military member of RANA FM, a local radio station which linked Kandahar civilians to Canadian and Coalition forces operating in Afghanistan. His decisiveness and dedication while verifying radio broadcasts and developing procedures to deal with telephone calls regarding insurgent activities directly contributed to the enhancement of in-theatre intelligence. Petty Officer 1st Class Ash’s professionalism and leadership allowed RANA FM to become a vital intelligence asset for operations in Kandahar.
MAJOR DANIEL AUGER, M.S.M., C.D.
As commander of operations and chief of staff of the Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team in Afghanistan, from April to October 2009, Major Auger distinguished himself through his leadership and professionalism. Faced with an increased number of units under Canadian mentorship, he ensured that the teams were properly equipped to meet the challenges of their mission and command expectations. Major Auger’s coordination and tactical acumen greatly improved the operational efficiency of the Afghan units.
SERGEANT JOSEPH CLAUDE PATRICK AUGER, M.S.M., C.D.
On December 18, 2010, during a reconnaissance operation to secure a road building project in Afghanistan, Sergeant Auger’s platoon came upon a group of buildings that had been heavily booby trapped with explosive devices. Following explosions that seriously injured several of his soldiers, Sergeant Auger took charge of the situation calmly and in an exemplary manner. He regained control of his soldiers and ensured the rapid evacuation of the wounded personnel. Sergeant Auger’s expertise and actions minimized the disastrous consequences of a chaotic and very dangerous situation.
CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER GÉRALD BLAIS, M.S.M., C.D.
From May to July 2011, Chief Warrant Officer Blais distinguished himself as Joint Task Force Afghanistan regimental sergeant-major when appointed to this position with little notice. In theatre since August 2010, as regimental sergeant-major of Headquarters and Signals Squadron, he demonstrated loyalty and flexibility, which eased his acceptance by troops and ensured full continuity of Task Force command. Chief Warrant Officer Blais’ personal and professional attributes contributed greatly to the success of the Canadian Forces’ counter-insurgency operations.
MAJOR PASCAL BLANCHETTE, M.S.M., C.D.
As officer commanding Engineer Support Squadron in Afghanistan from November 2010 to July 2011, Major Blanchette ensured the provision of first-rate engineering support to Task Force Kandahar. Operating during a period of unprecedented expansion and transition, he contributed to the construction of over 30 tactical infrastructure installations, including Route Hyena, a critical road in the Horn of Panjwayi. Major Blanchette’s acute resource management and outstanding performance contributed directly to operational success and ensured an efficient handover to our allies.
LIEUTENANT-COLONEL KIRK DOUGLAS BLAND, M.S.M., C.D.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Lieutenant-Colonel Bland was deployed to Naples, Italy, from April to June 2011, as part of Canada’s contribution to the NATO mission to protect the people of Libya. His leadership and unwavering dedication enabled the establishment of the Canadian National Intelligence Centre and its ongoing success. He forged a highly effective team of civilian and military experts that rapidly and consistently provided meaningful, accurate and actionable intelligence to the Commander. Lieutenant-Colonel Bland’s efforts contributed directly to operational success, and brought great credit to Canada.
LIEUTENANT-COLONEL SÉBASTIEN BOUCHARD, M.S.M., C.D.
As commanding officer of the National Support Element of Joint Task Force Afghanistan from November 2010 to July 2011, Lieutenant-Colonel Bouchard distinguished himself by his leadership and dedication. Through his continued efforts, both at the forefront and behind the scenes, and through his determination, he shrewdly led his team, identified and implemented solutions, and provided ongoing support to the Canadian Forces. Lieutenant-Colonel Bouchard’s performance in a dynamic theatre of operations was key to the Element’s operational success.
LIEUTENANT-COLONEL CHARLES DOUGLAS CLAGGETT, M.S.M., C.D.
As chief of staff of Joint Task Force Afghanistan from September 2010 to 2011, Lieutenant-Colonel Claggett was instrumental to the capability of the Task Force Headquarters. Supporting operations in Afghanistan’s demanding counter-insurgency environment, he fully understood and implemented the commander’s intent while ensuring synchronization with our allies. Lieutenant-Colonel Claggett’s skills as a leader, planner and diplomat were critical to the operational success of the mission.
LIEUTENANT-COMMANDER MATTHEW DAVID COATES, M.S.M., C.D.
Calgary, Alberta; and Kingston, Ontario
As executive officer of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Charlottetown from March to August 2011, Lieutenant-Commander Coates was vital to Canada’s notable contribution to NATO operations in Libya. His leadership and in-depth knowledge of their capabilities significantly expedited deployment preparations and kept the crew focused as the mission evolved. During several engagements involving shore weapons and attack boats, his composure instilled confidence throughout the ship’s company. Lieutenant-Commander Coates’ efforts were critical to operational success.
LIEUTENANT-COLONEL DAVID BRUCE COCHRANE, M.S.M., C.D.
Lieutenant-Colonel Cochrane served as commanding officer of the Joint Task Force Afghanistan Air Wing Theatre Support Element at Camp Mirage, from June to December 2009. His leadership was critical to maintaining airlift support for operations in Afghanistan and his diplomatic skills enabled him to establish relationships with the host nation that benefited Canadian and coalition operations, both at Camp Mirage and in Afghanistan. Lieutenant-Colonel Cochrane’s exemplary dedication, tact and operational focus contributed to the success of the Afghan mission, and enhanced Canada’s international reputation. This is the first Meritorious Service Medal for Colonel Cochrane.
COLONEL DAVID BRUCE COCHRANE, M.S.M., C.D.
Colonel Cochrane demonstrated exceptional leadership and service as the 8 Wing commander between February 2010 and November 2011. He assumed command during a period of unprecedented intensity in the operations and his leadership ensured that 8 Wing was able to succeed in its critical role to support the Canadian Forces. Colonel Cochrane inspired those around him by his exemplary dedication and professionalism, and brought great credit to the Air Force and to the Canadian Forces as a whole. This is the second Meritorious Service Medal for Colonel Cochrane.
CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER DANIEL ALEXANDER DEBRIE, M.S.M., C.D.
As operations chief warrant officer of the Engineer Support Squadron from November 2010 to August 2011, Chief Warrant Officer Debrie facilitated the expansion of coalition forces in the Horn of Panjwayi. Responsible for designing and constructing new tactical infrastructure, he optimized the use of scarce resources and ensured the framework would be sustainable in austere locations. Chief Warrant Officer Debrie’s leadership, expert knowledge and determination enhanced the sustainment and protection of Canadian, American and Afghan forces.
LIEUTENANT-COLONEL BRIAN CHARLES DERRY, M.S.M., C.D.
As commanding officer of the Canadian Helicopter Force (Afghanistan) from March to August 2011, Lieutenant-Colonel Derry ensured the provision of exceptional helicopter support to Canadian and coalition forces. He conducted a full spectrum of operations — from troop insertions in austere locations to armed escort and overwatch — which were critical to the unit’s operational success. Whether personally flying combat missions, coaching his team or championing the introduction of enhanced capabilities, Lieutenant-Colonel Derry enhanced the profile of Canadian aviation.
LIEUTENANT-COLONEL MARTIN ANDREAS FRANK, M.S.M., C.D.
Chilliwack, British Columbia
As deputy commanding officer of the Operational Mentor and Liaison Team from April to November 2010, Lieutenant-Colonel Frank was critical to the growth of the Afghan National Security Forces. He established important contacts and brought together many diverse organizations during planning sessions. His leadership and diplomacy shaped the development plan for all of Kandahar Province and the Canadian area of operations. Lieutenant-Colonel Frank’s efforts strengthened the capabilities of the Afghan forces, helping them to repel the enemy.
LIEUTENANT(N) MELISSA HELEN FUDGE,
Nigadoo, New Brunswick
As lead intelligence analyst from May 2010 to November 2011, Lieutenant(N) Fudge provided outstanding strategic analysis to global intelligence and security agencies on human smuggling in Southeast Asia. Her unconditional support aboard HMCS Winnipeg had a direct impact on the highly visible and internationally recognized Operation Poseidon 1-10, which led to the successful interdiction of an illegal migrant vessel en route to Canada. Lieutenant(N) Fudge’s actions contributed to national security and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.
MAJOR JOSEPH JEAN-LOUIS DENIS GENDRON, M.S.M., C.D.
From December 2008 to February 2009, Major Gendron, leading the team tasked with transferring six Chinook aircraft from the U.S. Army to the Canadian Forces, distinguished himself by representing Canada brilliantly. His leadership and diplomacy helped to ensure the cooperation of American forces. Major Gendron’s efforts and insight contributed significantly to the airworthiness certification of the aircraft and to operational success in Afghanistan.
LIEUTENANT(N) JEAN-EUDES GENDRON, M.S.M., C.D.
Port Cartier, Quebec
From March to August 2011, Lieutenant(N) Gendron served as combat officer aboard Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Charlottetown, deployed to the Mediterranean in response to the civil war in Libya. He earned the respect of his international partners when he coordinated the protection of Misratah’s port with NATO and its allies. Lieutenant(N) Gendron’s exceptional tactical planning and unwavering dedication in the face of ever-present threats to the ship helped to ensure the success of this mission and provide security to the Libyan people.
PETTY OFFICER 2ND CLASS PHILIP MURRAY GORMLEY, M.S.M., C.D.
Derry, Northern Ireland
From March to August 2011, Petty Officer 2nd Class Gormley was deployed aboard Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Charlottetown as part of the NATO mission to protect the people of Libya. He established and maintained an effective communications link with the port authority in Misratah, which facilitated the passage of critical intelligence and enabled the delivery of humanitarian aid to the besieged city. Petty Officer 2nd Class Gormley’s ability directly contributed to the success of the mission and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.
WARRANT OFFICER PAUL DERRICK GOULDING, M.S.M., C.D.
Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador
While deployed to Italy as deputy maintenance flight commander for the Aurora aircraft from May 2011 to November 2011, Warrant Officer Goulding was a vital part of Canada’s contribution to NATO operations in Libya. Under his leadership, major infrastructure changes were initiated and the fleet’s inaugural deployed Manual of Aerospace Procedures was developed. Warrant Officer Goulding’s efforts and vast knowledge were critical to forging a robust maintenance organization that ensured an ideal serviceability rate and provided the task force with uninterrupted access to a critical capability.
LIEUTENANT-COLONEL ROBERT HARRISON, M.S.M., C.D.
Lieutenant-Colonel Harrison’s dedication and leadership as acting 1 Wing commander, from September 2008 to May 2009, was critical to the rapid, effective and successful deployment of Tactical Aviation personnel and equipment to Afghanistan. He was the galvanizing force behind the Wing’s swift and effective introduction of Chinook and new Griffon helicopters in theatre. Lieutenant-Colonel Harrison’s initiative and planning directly enhanced the capability of Canada’s deployed aviation forces and contributed to their success, bringing credit to the Canadian Forces.
MAJOR GUY CHARLES INGRAM, M.S.M., C.D.
New Lowell, Ontario
Major Ingram demonstrated foresight, dedication and leadership with the 3 Canadian Ranger Patrol Group. He successfully expanded Ranger operational capabilities beyond their traditional surveillance and sovereignty roles, thereby enabling the Canadian Forces to provide a more immediate and effective response in Northern Ontario. As commanding officer since 2007, he has played a key role in the development, introduction and expansion of the Junior Canadian Ranger Program. Major Ingram’s vision and innovation greatly enhanced the quality and reach of this irreplaceable program to thousands of Aboriginal youth.
COLONEL ERIC JEAN KENNY, M.S.M., C.D.
While deployed on multiple NATO missions throughout 2011, Colonel Kenny was critical to the success of the Canadian Forces’ air operations. Initially deployed to Iceland, he excelled as task force commander and effectively led the mission to protect that country’s airspace. Subsequently deploying to Italy twice in support of operations in Libya, he provided leadership as CF-18 detachment commander and represented Canada as commander of the Multinational Air Coordination Element. Colonel Kenny’s efforts significantly raised the international profile of Canadian aviation.
CORPORAL ASHRAF KHALIL, M.S.M.
From March to August 2011, Corporal Khalil was deployed aboard Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Charlottetown as part of Canada’s contribution to the NATO mission to protect the people of Libya. As the only Arabic linguist within the entire NATO contingent, his unique skills and unrelenting efforts were essential to operational success. Whether helping to broadcast information messages ashore or facilitating the delivery of humanitarian aid, Corporal Khalil was critical to the mission and brought great honour to Canada.
COMMANDER STÉPHANE JOSEPH DOMINIQUE LAFOND, M.S.M., C.D.
Commander Lafond demonstrated extraordinary strategic planning talents and distinguished leadership while serving as director of Marine Training and Education from February to July 2011. With strong problem-solving skills, he oversaw the design, analysis and implementation of the marine training system during the transformation of the Royal Canadian Navy. Commander Lafond’s accomplishments were vital in redefining the Royal Canadian Navy and renewing its fleet.
COLONEL ALEXANDER DONALD MEINZINGER, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
As commanding officer of the Joint Task Force Afghanistan Air Wing from March to August 2011, Colonel Meinzinger ensured the provision of aviation support to Canadian, coalition and Afghan forces. He forged a highly effective team focused on counter-insurgency operations, and his air crews flew maximum hours in support of the mission. Commanding a diverse array of personnel and assets, Colonel Meinzinger was critical to the ongoing development of air capabilities and contributed directly to operational success.
LIEUTENANT-COLONEL MARK MISENER, M.S.M., C.D.
Iroquois Falls, Ontario
As commanding officer of the Task Force Kandahar Engineer Regiment, and as task force chief engineer from August 2010 to July 2011, Lieutenant-Colonel Misener was critical to the optimal employment of engineers. His acute understanding of Kandahar’s complex counter-insurgency environment allowed him to lead from the front, providing exceptional guidance to his widely dispersed sub-units and ensuring the allocation of assets was in line with command intent. Thanks to Lieutenant-Colonel Misener’s remarkable performance, Canadian and coalition forces received exceptional and unwavering engineer support during operations.
COMMANDER DEREK MOSS, M.S.M., C.D.
Portsmouth, Great Britain
Commander Moss displayed decisive leadership of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Regina during the interdiction of a dangerous and illegal human smuggling operation. The arrest of the motor vessel Ocean Lady during Operation Poseidon, in October 2009, highlighted precision military planning and execution between the Royal Canadian Navy, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canadian Border Services Agency. In all aspects, Commander Moss was central to mission success, and his actions brought great credit to the Canadian Forces and to the Government of Canada.
LIEUTENANT-COLONEL JOHN PAGANINI, M.S.M. (UNITED STATES ARMY)
Old Bridge, New Jersey, United States of America
Lieutenant-Colonel Paganini, of the United States Army, performed exceptionally well as commanding officer of the 1-71 Cavalry Squadron, in Afghanistan from April 2010 to March 2011. Under his front line leadership, the squadron earned a reputation for its effectiveness and professionalism, and established itself as a critical component of Task Force Kandahar. Lieutenant-Colonel Paganini’s tactical acumen and drive to succeed set an example for soldiers of all nations and were critical to the Canadian Forces’ operational success in Afghanistan.
COLONEL MICHAEL MATTHEW LAWRENCE RAFTER, M.S.M., C.D.
From September to November 2011, Colonel Rafter displayed leadership while deployed to Italy as part of Canada’s contribution to the NATO-led mission to protect the people of Libya. As chief of staff and subsequently commander of Task Force Libeccio, he arrived at a challenging time for the mission and was essential in rectifying long-standing issues and maintaining the uninterrupted conduct of flying operations. Colonel Rafter’s leadership, professionalism and diplomacy were critical to operational success, and brought great credit to Canada.
MAJOR JEFFREY ALAN RODGER, M.S.M., C.D.
Victoria, British Columbia
From May to November 2011, Major Rodger was deployed as part of Canada’s contribution to the NATO mission to protect the people of Libya. As flight commander of the Aurora Detachment, he developed new aircraft capabilities that brought unique benefits to the operation. He took a Cold War-era submarine hunter and redefined it as a first-rate surveillance platform able to operate effectively over land. Major Rodger’s efforts contributed directly to operational success.
MAJOR HARJIT SAJJAN, M.S.M., C.D.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Major Sajjan deployed to Afghanistan as a special advisor from February to November 2009, and from November 2010 to March 2011. His approach, based on his knowledge of local culture and tribal dynamics, helped senior management to engage with influential Afghan tribal leaders, and led to the identification of insurgent command and control connection points. Taking every opportunity to deploy forward to refine his leads, Major Sajjan provided critical situational awareness and reduced the Taliban’s influence in Kandahar province through his sound analysis.
COLONEL JAMES BAXTER SIMMS, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
As chief of staff within Regional Command (South) Headquarters from September 2008 to June 2009, Colonel Simms performed remarkably well in leading planning efforts for a massive expansion of coalition and Afghan soldiers in southern Afghanistan. He revamped command and control processes to effectively manage an additional 24 000 troops while simultaneously overseeing the planning and synchronization of ongoing combat operations. Colonel Simms’ leadership was critical to effectively integrating the troop surge, and contributed directly to improved security in the region.
COLONEL STEVEN JOSEPH RUSSELL WHELAN, M.S.M., C.D.
From July 2010 to September 2011, Colonel Whelan served as commander of Task Force Jerusalem, in support of Palestinian security reform. He set conditions for major changes within the Palestinian Security Forces’ institutional and operational components, and forged a superb military–civilian team that built needed infrastructure and provided advanced training. Colonel Whelan’s performance facilitated the ongoing professionalization of Palestinian Security Forces, highlighting Canada’s role as an important contributor to the Middle East peace process.
Deputy Secretary and
Deputy Herald Chancellor
AWARDS TO CANADIANS
The Chancellery of Honours announces that the Government of Canada has approved the following awards to Canadians:
From the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia
National Emergency Medal
to Mr. Kelly Bedford
From the Government of the Republic of France
National Defence Medal, Bronze Echelon with Gendarmerie Nationale clasp
to Constable Michel Martel
From the Government of the Republic of Korea
Order of Merit for Diplomatic Service
to Mr. Barry Devolin
From the Government of the United States of America
Officer of the Legion of Merit
to Lieutenant-General Thomas James Lawson
Deputy Secretary and
Deputy Herald Chancellor