Governor General invests 50 recipients into the Order of Military Merit

News Article / July 4, 2014

From Rideau Hall

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, presided over an Order of Military Merit investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Friday, June 20, 2014. The Governor General bestowed the honour on three Commanders, 13 Officers and 34 Members.

Among the recipients were several members of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

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.).

ORDER OF MILITARY MERIT RECIPIENTS

(Please note that the information below reflects the rank and posting of the members at the time of their nomination.)

Commanders

Major-General Stephen Bowes, C.M.M., M.S.C., M.S.M., C.D.
Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre Headquarters, Kingston, Ontario

Rear-Admiral David Gardam, C.M.M., C.D.
Office of the Assistant Deputy Minister (Policy), Ottawa, Ontario

Rear-Admiral Ronald Lloyd, C.M.M., C.D.
Chief of Force Development, Ottawa, Ontario

Officers

Captain(N) Robert Auchterlonie, O.M.M., C.D.
Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, Victoria, British Columbia

Lieutenant-Colonel Kenneth Butterworth, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
Land Force Atlantic Area Headquarters, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Delaney, O.M.M., C.D.
Canadian Forces Military Police Group Headquarters, Ottawa, Ontario

Commander Wayne DiPersio, O.M.M., C.D.
Personnel Support Unit, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Colonel Christian Drouin, O.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.
Canadian Forces College,Toronto, Ontario

Colonel Stéphane Lafaut, O.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.
5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters and Signals Squadron, Courcelette, Quebec

Major Robert MacKay, O.M.M., C.D.
Regional Cadet Support Unit Atlantic Detachment Gagetown, Oromocto, New Brunswick

Brigadier-General Karl McQuillan, O.M.M., C.D.
Office of the Chief of the Army Staff, Ottawa, Ontario

Brigadier-General Matthew Overton, O.M.M., C.D.
Office of the Chief of Military Personnel, Ottawa, Ontario

Lieutenant-Colonel Louis-Henri Rémillard, O.M.M., C.D.
3 Wing Bagotville, Alouette, Quebec

Lieutenant-Colonel Harjit Sajjan, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
The British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught’s Own), Vancouver, British Columbia

Colonel Kristiana Stevens, O.M.M., C.D.
Canadian Forces Health Services Group Headquarters, Ottawa, Ontario

Colonel Carl Turenne, O.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.
3 Canadian Division Support Base Edmonton, Edmonton, Alberta

Members

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Pierre Auger, M.M.M., C.D.
Office of the Judge Advocate General, Ottawa, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Rock Boucher, M.M.M., C.D.
5 Canadian Division Support Group Signal Squadron, Oromocto, New Brunswick

Petty Officer 1st Class Darcy Burd, M.M.M., C.D.
Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Toronto, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Master Warrant Officer Alain Caron, M.M.M., C.D.
5 Service Battalion, Courcelette, Quebec

Chief Warrant Officer Gorden Cavanagh, M.M.M., C.D.
3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, Edmonton, Alberta

Sergeant Félix-Alexandre Charette, M.M.M.
Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians), Edmonton, Alberta

Chief Warrant Officer William Crabb, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians), Edmonton, Alberta

Chief Warrant Officer Gordon Crossley, M.M.M., C.D.
Land Force Western Area Headquarters, Edmonton, Alberta

Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Thomas Curley, M.M.M., C.D.
Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Discovery, Vancouver, British Columbia

Captain Kirk Darch, M.M.M., C.D.
33 Combat Engineer Regiment, Ottawa, Ontario

Warrant Officer Donald Farr, M.M.M., C.D.
Canadian Forces Base/Area Support Edmonton, Edmonton, Alberta

Master Warrant Officer Darryl Foster, M.M.M., C.D.
8 Wing Trenton, Astra, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Brent Gittens, M.M.M., C.D.
Land Force Atlantic Area Headquarters, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Captain Theresa Green, M.M.M., C.D.
3 Canadian Division Headquarters, Edmonton, Alberta

Petty Officer 2nd Class Martin Harrisson, M.M.M., C.D.
Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Iroquois, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Warrant Officer Éric Henry, M.M.M., C.D.
3 Air Maintenance Squadron, Alouette, Quebec

Chief Warrant Officer René Kiens, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, Edmonton, Alberta

Master Warrant Officer Carl Kletke, M.M.M., C.D.
33 Combat Engineer Regiment, Ottawa, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer Pierre Lefebvre, M.M.M., C.D.
Les Fusiliers de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Quebec

Captain Yves Lesieur, M.M.M., C.D.
Directorate of History and Heritage, Ottawa, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Michael Lever, M.M.M., C.D.
Directorate of Honours and Recognition, Ottawa, Ontario

Sub-Lieutenant Murray McKnight, M.M.M., C.D.
Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Preserver, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Master Warrant Officer Keith Mitchell, C.V., M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
14 Wing Greenwood, Greenwood, Nova Scotia

Master Warrant Officer Daniel Parenteau, M.M.M., C.D.
Directorate of History and Heritage, Ottawa, Ontario

Major Mario Pelletier, M.M.M., C.D.
2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment, Québec, Quebec

Major Sylvain Rhéaume, M.M.M., C.D.
2 Canadian Division Headquarters, Montreal, Québec

Warrant Officer Gerald Shaw, M.M.M., C.D. 
3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, Edmonton, Alberta

Warrant Officer Marlene Shillingford, M.M.M., C.D.
Canadian Component - NATO Airborne Early Warning Force, Geilenkirchen, Germany

Master Warrant Officer Leigh Taylor, M.M.M., C.D.
Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians), Edmonton, Alberta

Master Warrant Officer Louise Toussaint-Langlois, M.M.M., C.D.
Office of the Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff, Ottawa, Ontario

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Michel Vigneault, M.M.M., C.D.
Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Montréal, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Chief Warrant Officer Christopher Waugh, M.M.M., C.D.
2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, Shilo, Manitoba

Chief Warrant Officer Helen Wheeler, M.M.M., C.D.
4 Wing Cold Lake, Cold Lake, Alberta

Sergeant Timothy Woznow, M.M.M., C.D.
442 Transport and Rescue Squadron, Lazo, British Columbia

ORDER OF MILITARY MERIT

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 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. 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 Armed Forces in the performance of military duties.

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