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Order of Military Merit Investiture Ceremony

 June 27, 2018

Governor General to Invest 38 Recipients into
the 
Order of Military Merit at the Citadelle of Québec

OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, will preside over an Order of Military Merit investiture ceremony at the Residence of the Governor General at the Citadelle of Québec, on Friday, June 29, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. The Governor General will bestow the honour on 5 Commanders, 7 Officers and 26 Members.

Created in 1972, the Order of Military Merit recognizes meritorious service and devotion to duty by members of the Canadian Armed 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.

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 Media interested in covering the ceremony are asked to confirm their attendance with the Rideau Hall Press Office, and must arrive no later than 10:15 a.m. on the day of the ceremony. Accreditation must be shown at the Citadelle gate (Côte de la Citadelle, near the St. Louis Gate) prior to accessing the Ballroom via the administration door.

Those wishing to interview recipients are asked to contact the Department of National Defence.

For information on the ceremony:

Sara Régnier-McKellar
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-993-2569 (office)
613-301-2465 (cell)
sara.regnier-mckellar@gg.ca

For information on the recipients:

Department of National Defence
Media Liaison Office
1-866-377-0811
613-996-2353
mlo-blm@forces.gc.ca

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CEREMONY SCHEDULE

Media are asked to observe the following schedule:

10:30 a.m.:       Ceremony begins
                        The Governor General speaks 
                        The Governor General presents the insignia
                        The Chief of the Defence Staff speaks
11:30 a.m.:       Interviews with recipients

ORDER OF MILITARY MERIT RECIPIENTS

COMMANDERS 

Major-General Christopher John Coates, C.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

North American Aerospace Defense Command
Colorado Springs, United States of America

Rear-Admiral Darren Carl Hawco, C.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Chief of Force Development
Ottawa, Ontario

Major-General Jean-Marc Lanthier, C.M.M., M.S.C., M.S.M., C.D.

Chief of Programme
Ottawa, Ontario

Major-General Alexander Donald Meinzinger, C.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

Strategic Joint Staff
Ottawa, Ontario

Major-General Michael Norman Rouleau, C.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.

Canadian Special Operations Forces Command Headquarters
Ottawa, Ontario


OFFICERS

Lieutenant-Colonel Joseph Léo Cédric Aspirault, O.M.M., C.D.

Office of the Chief of the Defence Staff
Ottawa, Ontario

Lieutenant-Colonel Brook Garrett Bangsboll, O.M.M., C.D.

Director General, Compensation and Benefits
Ottawa, Ontario

Brigadier-General Trevor John Cadieu, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters and Signal Squadron
Edmonton, Alberta

Colonel Joseph Marc Gagné, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa
Petawawa, Ontario

Lieutenant-Colonel Jason Gabriel Langelier, O.M.M., C.D.

Strategic Joint Staff
Ottawa, Ontario

Lieutenant-Colonel Liam Wade Rutland, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
Edmonton, Alberta

Lieutenant-Colonel Marcy Ellen Spiers, O.M.M., C.D.

1st Canadian Air Division Headquarters
Winnipeg, Manitoba

 
MEMBERS

Master Warrant Officer Joseph Martin Claude Bédard, M.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.

Office of the Director General,
Military Personnel Support Services
Ottawa, Ontario

Sergeant Marie Stella Thérèse Geneviève Blouin, M.M.M., C.D.

Le Régiment de la Chaudière
Lévis, Quebec

Chief Warrant Officer Albert Boucher, M.M.M., C.D.

38 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters
Winnipeg, Manitoba 

Sergeant Steven Leo Boyd, M.M.M., C.D.

Military Police Security Service
Tokyo, Japan

Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Martin David Cashin, M.M.M., C.D.

Office of the Director General,
Maritime Equipment Program Management
Ottawa, Ontario

Sergeant Marie Rollande Isabelle Caya, M.M.M., C.D.

 

34th Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters
Montréal, Quebec

Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Guy Alain Richmond Champagne, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.

2nd Canadian Division Support Base Valcartier, Detachment Montréal
Montréal, Quebec

Warrant Officer Hugo Dany Deshaye, M.M.M., C.D.

2nd Canadian Division Support Group Signal Squadron
Courcelette, Quebec

Chief Warrant Officer Sophie Marie Patricia Desjardins, M.M.M., C.D.

4th Canadian Division Support Base Technical Services
Petawawa, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Duane Wilfred Feltham, M.M.M., C.D.

Royal Canadian Air Force Academy
Borden, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer Paul Michael Francis, M.M.M., C.D.

3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
Edmonton, Alberta

Warrant Officer Omere Jules Gagne, M.M.M., C.D.

 

Canadian Special Operations Forces Command Headquarters
Ottawa, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer Marie Solange Isabelle Galbrand, M.M.M., C.D.

Office of the Director, Alternative Dispute Resolution
Ottawa, Ontario

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Bradley Gale, M.M.M., C.D.

Office of the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff
Ottawa, Ontario

Captain Robert Bruce Grant, M.M.M., C.D.

5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown
Oromocto, New Brunswick

Chief Warrant Officer Michael Charles Hamilton, M.M.M., C.D.                                

Infantry School
Oromocto, New Brunswick

Master Warrant Officer Terry Thomas Jones, M.M.M., C.D.

3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment
Petawawa, Ontario

Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas John Arthur LePage, M.M.M., C.D.

Fleet Diving Unit (Pacific)
Victoria, British Columbia

Warrant Officer Joseph Dany Martin, M.M.M., C.D.

 

430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron Valcartier
Courcelette, Quebec

Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Serge Masson, M.M.M., C.D.

2nd Canadian Division Training Centre
Courcelette, Quebec

Captain Brigitte Noël, M.M.M., C.D.

2nd Canadian Division Support Base Valcartier, Detachment Montréal
Courcelette, Quebec

Warrant Officer Guillaume Page, M.M.M., C.D.

2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
Shilo, Manitoba

Chief Warrant Officer Kelly James Parent, M.M.M., C.D.

76 Communication Regiment
Ottawa, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer Stephen Arthur Rice, M.M.M., C.D.

1st Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery Shilo, Manitoba

Warrant Officer Teresa Marie Rodden-Aubut, M.M.M., C.D.

Office of the Chief of the Air Force Staff
Ottawa, Ontario

Lieutenant Martin Simard, M.M.M., C.D.

5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters and Signals Squadron
Courcelette, Quebec

 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 Armed 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 Armed 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 Armed Forces during the previous year. 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 Armed Forces in the performance of military duties.

 For more information about the Order of Military Merit, 
visit our website at www.gg.ca/honours.