During a November 2, 2010 ceremony at Rideau Hall, Captain Tyler Lavigne, a Communications and Electronics Engineering (Air) Officer presently employed at 16 Wing Headquarters in Borden, was presented the Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division) by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada. The citation reads as follows:
"As the information management officer from November 2008 to April 2009, Captain Lavigne contributed to the concurrent establishment of the Joint Task Force Afghanistan Air Wing, the Canadian Helicopter Force Afghanistan and a Canadian unmanned aerial vehicle detachment. His innovative solutions and ability to balance competing priorities enabled him to implement multiple command and control systems in an austere environment. Captain Lavigne’s leadership and professionalism ensured that units received the communications support necessary for the rapid commencement of flying operations."
The Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division) recognizes a military deed or activity performed in a highly professional manner, according to a very high standard that brings benefit or honour to the Canadian Forces