OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec 10, 2012) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, will preside over an Order of Military Merit investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. The Governor General will bestow the honour on one Commander, seven Officers and 31 Members.
This year marked the 40th anniversary of the creation of the Order of Military Merit. Created in 1972, the Order of Military Merit recognizes meritorious service and devotion to duty by members of the Canadian Forces. The Order honours them for their commitment to Canada, according to the following three levels of membership: Commander (C.M.M.), Officer (O.M.M.) and Member (M.M.M.).
A media schedule for the investiture ceremony, the list of recipients and additional information on the Order of Military Merit are attached.
Media who would like to interview recipients are asked to contact the Department of National Defence. Those wishing to cover the ceremony are asked to inform the Rideau Hall Press Office and must arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance no later than 10:15 a.m., on the day of the event.
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Media are asked to observe the following schedule:
|10:30 a.m.:||Ceremony begins|
|The Governor General speaks|
|The Governor General presents the insignia|
|(Commanders first, followed by Officers and Members)|
|The Chief of the Defence Staff speaks|
|11:30 a.m.:||Interviews with recipients|
ORDER OF MILITARY MERIT RECIPIENTS
|Major-General Christian Rousseau, C.M.M., C.D.||Chief of Defence Intelligence |
|Colonel Kirby Abbott, O.M.M., C.D.||Office of Judge Advocate General |
|Captain(N) Cyd Courchesne, O.M.M., C.D.||Canadian Forces Health Services Group Headquarters |
|Major-General Michael Day, O.M.M., C.D.||Canadian Special Operations Forces Command Headquarters |
|Lieutenant-Colonel Daniel Farris, O.M.M., C.D.||4 Health Services Group Headquarters |
|Major Michael Fawcett, O.M.M., C.D.||Canadian Contingent Alaskan Norad Region Headquarters |
|Lieutenant-Colonel Telah Morrison, O.M.M., C.D.||35 Quebec Service Battalion |
|Colonel Pierre Ruel, O.M.M., C.D.||Office of Deputy Commander, North American Aerospace Defence Command |
Colorado Springs, U.S.A.
|Master Warrant Officer Jorg Adler, M.M.M., C.D.||Canadian Forces Support Unit Europe Detachment United Kingdom |
|Chief Warrant Officer Haley Bransfield, M.M.M., C.D.||1 Service Battalion |
|Chief Warrant Officer Claude Chouinard, M.M.M., C.D.||Armour School |
|Warrant Officer Peter Dingle, M.M.M., C.D.||Land Force Area Training Centre Detachment Aldershot |
|Captain Lorne Doucet, M.M.M., C.D.||The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery School |
|Master Warrant Officer Shane Holwell, M.M.M., C.D.||Joint Task Force Pacific Headquarters |
|Chief Warrant Officer Pierrot Jetté, M.M.M., C.D.||Canadian Forces Base Borden |
|Master Warrant Officer Serge Laforge, M.M.M., C.D.||1 Canadian Air Division Headquarters |
|Lieutenant Horace Lane, M.M.M., C.D.||5th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group |
|Master Warrant Officer Claude Lavoie, M.M.M., C.D.||Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School |
|Warrant Officer Wayne Lundrigan, M.M.M., C.D.||1st Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery |
|Chief Warrant Officer Dianne Maidment, M.M.M., C.D.||Canadian Forces Health Services Centre Atlantic |
|Master Warrant Officer Alain Marcil, M.M.M., C.D.||1st Battalion, Royal 22nd Regiment |
|Chief Warrant Officer Deborah Matthews, M.M.M., C.D.||14 Wing |
|Chief Warrant Officer Robert McCann, M.M.M., C.D.||Canadian Forces Support Unit Europe |
|Warrant Officer Patricia-Joanne Mears, M.M.M., C.D.||19 Wing |
|Chief Warrant Officer Jean-Pierre Morin, M.M.M., C.D.||1 Wing Headquarters |
|Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Moyer, M.M.M., C.D.||Fort Hood |
|Chief Warrant Officer Derek Munroe, M.M.M., C.D.||The Ontario Regiment, Royal Canadian Armoured Corps |
|Petty Officer 1st Class Linda Parrish, M.M.M., C.D.||Her Majesty''s Canadian Ship Calgary |
|Master Warrant Officer Paul Pinel, M.M.M., C.D.||1st Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery |
|Petty Officer 1st Class David Poole, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.||Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic) |
|Master Warrant Officer Patrick Richer, M.M.M., C.D.||Canadian Forces Base Area/Support Unit Valcartier |
|Master Warrant Officer Claude Rodrigue, M.M.M., C.D.||12e Régiment blindé du Canada |
|Warrant Officer Dominic Roux, M.M.M., C.D.||5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters and Signals Squadron |
|Sergeant James Smallbones, M.M.M., C.D.||Canadian Forces Base Suffield |
Medicine Hat, Alta.
|Chief Warrant Officer Robert Unger, M.M.M., C.D.||The Black Watch Royal Highland Regiment of Canada |
|Captain Jonathan Utton, M.M.M., C.D.||Office of Canadian Forces Provost Marshal |
|Chief Warrant Officer Chadley Wagar, M.M.M., C.D.||5e Régiment d''artillerie légère du Canada |
|Petty Officer 1st Class Paul Walsh, M.M.M., C.D.||Fleet Diving Unit Atlantic |
|Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Stephen Wood, M.M.M., C.D.||Sea Training (Atlantic) |
Please note that the information in this media advisory was provided by the Department of National Defence and reflects the rank and posting of the members at the time of their nomination.
ORDER OF MILITARY MERIT FACT SHEET
The Order of Military Merit recognizes distinctive merit and exceptional service displayed by the men and women of the Canadian Forces, both Regular and Reserve. Many have demonstrated dedication and devotion beyond the call of duty, and the Order honours them for their commitment to Canada, according to the following three levels:
The level of Commander (post-nominal:C.M.M.) recognizes outstanding meritorious service and demonstrated leadership in duties of great responsibility.
The level of Officer (post-nominal:O.M.M.) recognizes outstanding meritorious service in duties of responsibility.
The level of Member (post-nominal:M.M.M.) recognizes exceptional service or performance of duty.
Eligibility and Nominations
A commanding officer or a military advisory committee (for ranks of colonel and above) recommends to the chief of the Defence Staff the names of those serving members of the Canadian Forces, both Regular and Reserve, they consider eligible. The chief of the Defence Staff then submits the names to the governor general for approval.
The number of appointments per year is limited to one-tenth of one per cent of the average number of persons who were members of the Canadian Forces during the previous year. In 2009, for instance, 111 appointments were made. There are no posthumous appointments.
Recipients may be promoted within the Order. They must exchange their insignia for that which corresponds to the new level, since no member may hold more than one appointment at any time.
The Order''s constitution permits members of the armed forces of another country to be appointed as honorary Commanders, Officers and Members. Appointments are made for outstanding meritorious service to Canada or to the Canadian Forces in the performance of military duties.