Three members of the 1 Canadian Air Division VIP Aircraft Security Detail received the Commander's Commendation in late May for their exceptional leadership, dedication, and technical expertise during the evacuation of Canadian refugees from Cyprus. Warrant Officer Denis Lacasse, Master Corporal Real Dumonceaux, and Corporal Jorge Prudencio were providing integral air marshal security support to the Prime Minister of Canada during his visits to the UK, Russia, and France. The mission aircraft was unexpectedly diverted to provide humanitarian airlift assistance to Canadians fleeing Lebanon. Without additional support, the air marshal team maintained a constant three-day security posture over the Prime Ministers' aircraft. Despite being awake for nearly 72 hours, the keen-eyed air marshals seized several illegal and potential dangerous items, including butterfly knives, which had passed through the initial passenger search by local airport officials.
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Security team recognized
July 4, 2007
L To R: Corporal Jorge Prudencio, Warrant Officer Denis Lacasse and Master Corporal Real Dumonceaux at the Canada Reception Centre in Ottawa.