ARCHIVED — Vol. 146, No. 6 — February 11, 2012
MILITARY VALOUR DECORATIONS
His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, on the recommendation of the Chief of the Defence Staff, has awarded Military Valour Decorations as follows:
Medal of Military Valour
LIEUTENANT GUILLAUME FRÉDÉRIC CARON, M.M.V., C.D.
As part of an Operational Mentor and Liaison Team in Afghanistan from April to October 2009, Lieutenant Caron contributed to the battle group’s operational success. While supervising an Afghan National Army company, he distinguished himself during combat operations through his courage on the battlefield, notably when he led the difficult recovery of an Afghan helicopter that had been shot down. Through his leadership, combat skills and tactical acumen, Lieutenant Caron has brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.
CORPORAL BRADLEY D. CASEY, M.M.V.
Pugwash, Nova Scotia
On February 18, 2010, Corporal Casey risked his life to provide treatment to a wounded Afghan National Army soldier. With bullets striking around him, he provided critical treatment and transported the casualty to the medical evacuation helicopter. Despite being under constant fire, Corporal Casey never wavered from his task, ensuring the provision of exceptional medical care to a fellow soldier.
CAPTAIN WILLIAM TODD FIELDING, M.M.V., C.D.
Niagara Falls, Ontario
On August 5, 2010, Captain Fielding’s Chinook helicopter was struck by enemy fire, in Panjwayi, Afghanistan, causing the fuel tank to explode and rendering the aircraft nearly inoperable. With the helicopter in flames and the cockpit rapidly filling with smoke, Captain Fielding made the time-critical decision to land in enemy territory rather than fly to a friendly landing zone. His outstanding courage and devotion to duty allowed him to execute an emergency landing and then lead the evacuation of the burning aircraft. His actions no doubt saved the lives of all crew and passengers that day.
PRIVATE TONY RODNEY VANCE HARRIS, M.M.V.
Penfield, New Brunswick
On November 23, 2009, Private Harris was at Forward Operating Base Wilson, in Afghanistan, when insurgents unleashed a mortar attack. Without regard for his own safety, he ran to the scene of the impact and provided first aid to American soldiers. Noticing another soldier trapped inside a burning sea container, Private Harris went to his aid, single-handedly pulled him to safety and rendered life-saving first aid as rounds continued to fall. Private Harris’ courageous and decisive actions under fire that day saved several lives and brought great credit to Canada.
MASTER CORPORAL ADAM HOLMES, M.M.V.
From July 30 to August 2, 2010, Master Corporal Holmes displayed tremendous courage and continuous composure while coordinating exceptional fire support during a four-day combat operation. Constantly under fire, he willingly and repeatedly exposed himself to attack while identifying enemy positions and directing fire upon them. In addition, he single-handedly turned back a group of insurgents who had come within 50 metres of a friendly position. Master Corporal Holmes’ valour and determination were critical to the success of the operation.
CAPTAIN MICHAEL A. MACKILLOP, M.M.V., C.D.
As commander of a reconnaissance platoon from October 2009 to May 2010, Captain MacKillop disrupted insurgent activities in a volatile sector of Afghanistan through his courageous and relentless engagement of the enemy. Often facing fierce resistance and fire from multiple directions, he remained composed during intense battles, calmly providing direction and constantly looking to gain the advantage. Captain MacKillop’s exceptional leadership under fire and his ability to get the most from his soldiers were critical to consistently defeating insurgents in Afghanistan.
MASTER CORPORAL GILLES-REMI MIKKELSON, M.M.V.
Bella Coola, British Columbia
On November 1, 2009, a member of Master Corporal Mikkelson’s joint Canadian-Afghan foot patrol was severely wounded by an improvised explosive device. During the ensuing ambush, Master Corporal Mikkelson selflessly crossed through intense enemy fire to provide life-saving first aid to the critically wounded Afghan soldier. Despite the danger, his outstanding courage saved a comrade’s life and brought great credit to Canada and the Canadian Forces.
PRIVATE PHILIP MILLAR, M.M.V.
Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia
On November 23, 2009, Private Millar demonstrated great heroism during an insurgent attack on Forward Operating Base Wilson, in Afghanistan. With mortar bombs falling around him, he unhesitatingly ran to the impact area to provide first aid to a seriously wounded American soldier. Despite the danger, he remained with the casualty, fully exposed to the attack. Private Millar’s courageous actions under fire allowed for the best possible treatment to his comrade and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.
MASTER CORPORAL PAUL DOUGLAS MITCHELL, M.M.V.
Weymouth, Nova Scotia
On June 5 and July 18, 2010, Master Corporal Mitchell’s front line devotion to duty and courageous actions under fire were instrumental in the defeat of two sustained insurgent attacks. While repeatedly exposing himself to enemy fire and fearlessly maintaining his position, he inspired other soldiers and ultimately repelled the enemy attacks. Master Corporal Mitchell’s selfless actions and disregard for his own safety undoubtedly saved the lives of his fellow soldiers.
PRIVATE JOHN NELSON, M.M.V.
On June 16, 2010, Private Nelson’s foot patrol came under attack by insurgents on three sides, in Afghanistan. Upon hearing of a casualty, Private Nelson, under his own initiative, rushed headlong into the raging battle to reach his wounded comrade. Bullets rained around them as he administered first aid. While risking his own life, Private Nelson displayed courage, composure and selflessness as he rendered the necessary assistance to save the life of a fellow Canadian soldier.
MASTER CORPORAL MARC-ANDRÉ J. M. ROUSSEAU, M.M.V.
La Sarre, Quebec
On August 3, 2010, while Master Corporal Rousseau was conducting an exercise with a group of civilians at the Kandahar Airfield, insurgents blew a hole in the fence in an attempt to force their way inside. Despite being under heavy fire, Master Corporal Rousseau led two comrades over exposed ground, occupied a nearby vehicle and aggressively engaged the enemy. Without regard for his own safety, Master Corporal Rousseau demonstrated outstanding leadership and courage, which proved vital to winning the battle and saving countless lives on the airfield.
SERGEANT GRAHAM MARC VERRIER, M.M.V., C.D.
On July 31, 2010, Sergeant Verrier’s patrol was caught in open terrain by an insurgent ambush, during an operation in Afghanistan. Despite being fully exposed to enemy fire, he immediately initiated a frontal assault on the enemy position. He also inspired his fellow soldiers to follow and relentlessly engaged the insurgents until they broke contact. Sergeant Verrier’s selfless, courageous and decisive actions under fire were critical to protecting the remainder of his platoon and defeating the enemy ambush.
Deputy Secretary and
Deputy Herald Chancellor
MERITORIOUS SERVICE DECORATIONS
His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, on the recommendation of the Chief of the Defence Staff, has awarded Meritorious Service Decorations (Military Division) as follows:
Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)
LIEUTENANT-GENERAL JOSEPH JACQUES CHARLES BOUCHARD,
C.M.M., M.S.C., C.D. Chicoutimi, Quebec
From March to September 2011, Lieutenant-General Bouchard was the Commander, Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) Unified Protector. In a complex political environment, he developed a campaign plan that put pressure on the entrenched regime while successfully synchronizing the efforts of multiple nations. Leading an intricate combination of multinational naval and air forces, Lieutenant-General Bouchard brought great credit to Canada with his demonstration of exceptional operational and strategic acumen, which helped to protect the citizens of Libya from harm during this period of civil strife.
COLONEL CHRISTIAN DROUIN, M.S.C., C.D.
As commander of the Air Wing in Afghanistan from November 2009 to September 2010, Colonel Drouin was instrumental in developing the squadron’s capability so that it could fully support operations. While promoting the strength of combat aviation to an unprecedented degree, he ensured Canada’s leadership within several multinational operations, including one of the largest airmobile operations in the history of Canada’s efforts in Afghanistan. Colonel Drouin is a first-rate leader and innovator, and his outstanding command was pivotal to operational success.
BRIGADIER-GENERAL JOSEPH MARCEL MARQUIS HAINSE, M.S.C., C.D.
As deputy commander, Regional Command South in Afghanistan, from April 2007 to January 2008, Brigadier-General Hainse demonstrated leadership and drew upon his experience to assist international efforts in Afghanistan. An inspiration to everyone under his command and a first-rate ambassador for Canada, he quickly earned the trust of Afghan partners and of the coalition. Brigadier-General Hainse’s generous contribution proved indispensable to the success of the mission, earning international praise for Canada.
COLONEL SIMON CHARLES HETHERINGTON, M.S.C., C.D.
Colonel Hetherington served as deputy commander of Joint Task Force Afghanistan from November 2009 to September 2010. His dedication and integrity helped to maintain campaign momentum despite an increasingly demanding operational tempo. With exceptional leadership abilities, he assumed command of the task force at a critical juncture in the mission, which strengthened Canada’s credibility with our allies and kept the task force focused. Colonel Hetherington’s professionalism was critical to the success of the mission, and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces. This is the second Meritorious Service Cross for Colonel Hetherington.
ADMIRAL MICHAEL GLENN MULLEN, M.S.C. (United States Navy)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
As chairman of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff from October 2007 to September 2011, Admiral Mullen was an outstanding pillar of support to the Canadian Forces. Operating at the highest strategic and political levels, he remained continually responsive to Canadian concerns around the world. A catalyst for co-operation among multiple government agencies in Canada and the United States, he promoted a collaborative and collective approach to continental security. He also proved to be a strong supporter of the Canadian Forces’ mission in Afghanistan. Admiral Mullen’s unparalleled service, vision and leadership were of exceptional benefit to the Canadian Forces.
CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER SHAWN DOUGLAS STEVENS, M.S.C., M.S.M., C.D.
Port Arthur, Ontario
Chief Warrant Officer Stevens was the regimental sergeant-major of the battle group in Afghanistan from October 2009 to May 2010. His exacting standards and attention to detail enabled every soldier in the unit to succeed during intense operations. Whether providing sage advice to senior leaders or sharing the risk with ground troops, he enabled the battle group to work as a unified fighting force. His outstanding leadership and professionalism ensured operational success and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces and to Canada.
BRIGADIER-GENERAL JONATHAN HOLBERT VANCE, O.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.
From June to September 2010, Brigadier-General Vance demonstrated exemplary leadership in his second tour as commander of Joint Task Force Afghanistan. Under extremely challenging conditions, he distinguished himself as a master of counter-insurgency warfare. Demonstrating outstanding dedication and professionalism, Brigadier-General Vance provided leadership to coalition and Afghan soldiers, which significantly advanced NATO efforts in Afghanistan and enhanced Canada’s international reputation. This is the second Meritorious Service Cross for Brigadier-General Vance.
CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER JOSEPH SIMON ARMAND VINET, M.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.
As regimental sergeant-major of Joint Task Force Afghanistan from November 2009 to September 2010, Chief Warrant Officer Vinet was committed to each and every soldier in his group, which was critical to maintaining a cohesive fighting force during intense combat operations. He regularly lived and patrolled with his soldiers and established solid links with American troops under Canadian command, ensuring that fallen Americans received the same honours and memorialization as their Canadian comrades-in-arms. Chief Warrant Officer Vinet’s leadership and outstanding professionalism were pivotal to operational success and brought great credit to Canada.
LIEUTENANT-COLONEL FRANCIS JEROME WALSH, M.S.C., C.D.
As commanding officer of the battle group in Afghanistan from October 2009 to May 2010, Lieutenant-Colonel Walsh marshalled significant gains on the battlefield. An innovative commander who led from the front, he inspired his multinational battle group. His unit overcame many complex challenges as he led soldiers in operations that enhanced security and stability in the volatile Panjwayi district, a former insurgent stronghold. Lieutenant-Colonel Walsh’s exemplary leadership was critical to the success of the mission in Afghanistan. He brought great credit to the Canadian Forces and to Canada.
ADMIRAL JAMES ALEXANDER WINNEFELD, JR., M.S.C. (United States Navy)
Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.A.
As Commander North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) and United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) from May 2010 to July 2011, Admiral Winnefeld distinguished himself by strengthening the Tri-Command relationship between NORAD, USNORTHCOM and Canada Command. His leadership and collaboration were instrumental in furthering Canada–United States areas of co-operation in the North and in engagement initiatives with Mexico. Admiral Winnefeld’s exceptional leadership ensured effective intergovernmental and military co-operation, and created an environment of mutual trust, ultimately strengthening the defence and security of both countries.
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)
LIEUTENANT-COLONEL RONALD ALLAN ALLISON, M.S.M., C.D.
Miramichi, New Brunswick
As the deputy commanding officer of Task Force Jerusalem from July 2009 to October 2010, Lieutenant-Colonel Allison demonstrated leadership and initiative while conducting security sector reform with Palestinian security forces. His mentorship of Palestinian battalion commanders, as well as the implementation of a modern, operational-level command and control capability, were crucial to expanding the capacity of Palestinian security forces. Lieutenant-Colonel Allison’s selfless dedication and exemplary leadership contributed directly to the task force’s success and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.
COLONEL DAVID EDWARD BARR, M.S.M., C.D.
Victoria, British Columbia
From 2007 through 2010, Colonel Barr served as chief of staff and deputy commander of Joint Task Force Games. He played a significant role in the Canadian Forces’ provision of security support to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The success of this operation was largely due to his dedication and his adaptation, implementation and execution of the operational planning process in a multi-agency environment. Colonel Barr’s leadership, professionalism and distinctive accomplishments have brought great credit to the Canadian Forces and to Canada.
MAJOR ANNIE BOUCHARD, M.S.M., C.D.
Following the catastrophic earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010, Major Bouchard, as a first responder, commanded a medical platoon from January to February of that year. Despite the physical and mental challenges of administering medical treatment in such a horrifying environment, she provided critical care to countless wounded, while keeping watch over her team’s morale and well-being. Major Bouchard’s selfless actions alleviated the suffering of many victims of the earthquake, leaving a lasting impression of Canadian compassion in Léogâne, Haiti.
MASTER CORPORAL DANNY DENIS BOYD, M.S.M., C.D.
La Tuque, Quebec
Master Corporal Boyd’s leadership and technical skills greatly improved the efficiency of the Fire Support Coordination Centre within Joint Task Force Afghanistan Headquarters during his deployment from November 2009 to September 2010. In addition to developing a method that enhanced information management, he was selected to brief an American unit on the Centre’s procedures, helping them integrate seamlessly into the area of operations. Master Corporal Boyd’s dedicated efforts enhanced the Centre’s ability to ensure the effective delivery of fire support.
COLONEL SHANE ANTHONY BRENNAN, M.S.M., C.D.
From September 2009 to May 2010, Colonel Brennan’s performance as commander of the Operational Mentor and Liaison Team was essential to building Afghan National Army capacity. Whether interacting with senior Afghan leaders or sharing the risk with soldiers on the ground, he forged strong relationships among members of the multinational contingent. He was critical to transitioning the coalition’s focus from mentoring the Afghans to conducting fully partnered operations. Colonel Brennan’s remarkable efforts were crucial to mission success, bringing great credit to Canada. This is the second Meritorious Service Medal awarded to Colonel Brennan.
MASTER WARRANT OFFICER RAYMOND JOSEPH BRODEUR, M.S.M., C.D.
As the sergeant-major of the Charlie Company Combat Team, in Afghanistan from September 2009 to April 2010, Master Warrant Officer Brodeur set high standards for his soldiers, which contributed to their success during counter-insurgency operations. His advice and tactical acumen contributed to the team’s successful conduct of operations that increased stability within the highly volatile Panjwayi District. Master Warrant Officer Brodeur distinguished himself as an experienced and exceptional leader who was critical to the success of his battle group’s operations.
CORPORAL BOBBY BROWN, M.S.M.
Holland Centre, Ontario
On December 26, 2008, a massive improvised explosive device launched Corporal Brown’s vehicle into the air, killing the driver instantly and causing several other casualties. After being temporarily knocked unconscious, Corporal Brown moved to the burning vehicle to provide first aid. Despite the intense heat and smoke, his resolve never wavered as he helped those wounded by the blast. Throughout this tragic event, Corporal Brown demonstrated tremendous character, devotion to duty and true leadership with actions that inspired his fellow soldiers.
LIEUTENANT-COLONEL KENNETH FREEMAN BUTTERWORTH, M.S.M., C.D.
Glace Bay, Nova Scotia
As the chief of staff of Task Force Tampa from May 2007 to June 2010, Lieutenant-Colonel Butterworth served as a critical information conduit between United States Central Command and the Canadian Forces. Lieutenant-Colonel Butterworth’s leadership and professionalism enabled the enhancement of the operational effectiveness of the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan. His efforts achieved support for troop increases and the loan of equipment while gaining considerable credit and recognition for Canada.
LIEUTENANT-COLONEL MARIE ANNABELLE JENNIE CARIGNAN, M.S.M., C.D.
From November 2009 to September 2010, Lieutenant-Colonel Carignan demonstrated outstanding command of the Task Force Kandahar Engineer Regiment, ensuring that the necessary support was provided to Canadian and coalition forces in Afghanistan. With superb leadership abilities, she oversaw the completion of infrastructure and development projects, and effectively synchronized the efforts of military and civilian agencies. In addition, she provided support to newly arrived American forces without compromising support to Canadians. Lieutenant-Colonel Carignan’s remarkable efforts were critical to operational success.
CAPTAIN BREEN CARSON, M.S.M.
From October 2009 to February 2010, Captain Carson’s exceptional mentorship of multiple companies of the Afghan National Army enhanced their capabilities and contributed to the success of Canadian efforts in Afghanistan. In addition to providing front line leadership during multiple enemy contacts and improvised explosive device finds, Captain Carson established a comprehensive training plan that furthered the partnering concept between the Afghan National Army and the battle group. Captain Carson’s superb professionalism and unwavering dedication has brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.
LIEUTENANT-COLONEL DAVID BRUCE COCHRANE, M.S.M., C.D.
Lieutenant-Colonel Cochrane served as commanding officer of the Joint Task Force Afghanistan Air Wing Theatre Support Element at Camp Mirage, from June to December 2009. His leadership was critical to maintaining airlift support for operations in Afghanistan and his diplomatic skills enabled him to establish relationships with the host nation that benefited Canadian and coalition operations, both at Camp Mirage and in Afghanistan. Lieutenant-Colonel Cochrane’s exemplary dedication, tact and operational focus contributed to the success of the Afghan mission, and enhanced Canada’s international reputation.
CORPORAL ERIC DANIEL DIONNE, M.S.M.
While deployed to Afghanistan from April to October 2009, Corporal Dionne was instrumental in successful operations and the mentorship of Afghan soldiers. During repeated engagements, his courage under fire inspired both his Canadian and Afghan comrades to persevere. He also took it upon himself to mentor his protégés in reconnaissance tactics, English-language skills and mathematics. His leadership, tactical acumen and commitment led to the success of the mission and contributed to significant improvements within the Afghan National Army, all of which reflected well on the Canadian Army and Canada.
COLONEL JAMES ROY FORESTELL, M.S.M., C.D.
As Canadian Defence attaché to the United Arab Emirates, and then Syria, from 2004 to 2011, Colonel Forestell was pivotal to furthering the interests of the Government of Canada and the Department of National Defence in that area. With sharp operational focus and effective diplomatic skills, he spearheaded key strategic issues with foreign governments throughout the region to guarantee operational success for the Canadian mission in Afghanistan. Colonel Forestell’s leadership and dedication helped to place Canada in a positive light internationally.
WARRANT OFFICER JOSEPH JACQUES FRIOLET, M.S.M., C.D.
Bathurst, New Brunswick
While deployed to Afghanistan from November 2009 to August 2010, Warrant Officer Friolet was instrumental in the establishment and operational employment of the Task Force Freedom Maintenance Flight in Afghanistan. Under his skilled leadership, the flight maximized its support capability, doubling the amount of aircraft available for operations. On numerous occasions, his skilful and diplomatic engagements with coalition allies ensured the successful coordination of critical support requirements. Warrant Officer Friolet’s outstanding leadership and professionalism ensured the effective employment of Canadian aviation assets.
COLONEL RAYMOND MARC GAGNÉ, M.S.M., C.D.
Saint-Gilles de Lotbinière, Quebec
As the first chief of staff to the Deputy Commander for Afghan National Police Development from March to October 2010, Colonel Gagné’s efforts helped lay the foundation to strengthen the Afghan National Police. Assuming leadership of a diverse multinational staff, he was able to consistently raise the profile of police issues and was instrumental in developing effective NATO training programs. Colonel Gagné’s dedicated efforts to improving policing capabilities in Afghanistan brought great credit to Canada.
LIEUTENANT-COMMANDER LOUIS CHRISTIAN HACHÉ, M.S.M., C.D.
Petit-Rocher, New Brunswick, and Middle Sackville, Nova Scotia
As deputy commander of Task Force Port-au-Prince, and chief of Plans and Strategic Measures within the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti from July 2009 to April 2010, Lieutenant-Commander Haché was instrumental to the success of international efforts in the country. In the aftermath of the January 2010 earthquake, he re-established command and control capabilities that were lost when the local United Nations Headquarters was destroyed. Lieutenant-Commander Haché’s leadership contributed significantly to the United Nations’ efforts in Haiti and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces and to Canada.
CAPTAIN(N) RICHARD PHILIP HARRISON, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
Victoria, British Columbia
From 2009 to 2010, Captain(N) Harrison was instrumental in planning and executing a series of very high-profile and successful events in support of the Canadian Naval Centennial. These events, including the exercising of the freedom of the city of Victoria and an international fleet review, received national and international recognition, which enhanced the standing of the Canadian Forces both at home and abroad. In addition to these centennial activities, Captain(N) Harrison was involved in groundbreaking work on the charter of the Western Pacific Naval Symposium, which elevated Canada’s influence in the region and among the 24 participating nations.
COLONEL JEFFREY HOLACHEK, M.S.M.
Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America
As deputy chief of staff of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Command since July 2009, Colonel Holachek, of the United States Army, consistently demonstrated strong leadership and outstanding professionalism. He developed and employed innovative concepts, successfully led his staff through complex operational planning, and delivered useful plans for implementation. Colonel Holachek’s dedication and unwavering commitment greatly enhanced the operational effectiveness of expeditionary operations and brought great credit to Canada.
MAJOR JAY LYMAN INDEWEY, M.S.M., C.D.
Georgetown, Prince Edward Island
Major Indewey demonstrated leadership and professionalism as the operations officer of the Joint Task Force National Support Element from October 2009 to May 2010. He ensured the provision of exceptional combat service support to Canadian and coalition forces in Afghanistan. In addition, he enabled the mentoring of and partnering with the combat service support kandak of the Afghan National Army. Major Indewey’s remarkable efforts improved the capabilities of the Afghan National Army and contributed directly to operational success in Afghanistan.
MAJOR MICHAEL KAISER, M.S.M., C.D.
As deputy commanding officer of the Health Services Unit from September 2009 to April 2010, Major Kaiser ensured the implementation of numerous partnership and capacity-building projects. His efforts increased the number of coalition medical technicians available to mentor their Afghan counterparts, raised the standard of Afghan dental care, and significantly improved the Afghans’ ability to provide treatment on the battlefield. Major Kaiser’s efforts greatly improved the capabilities of Afghan medical institutions and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.
CAPTAIN ENNO ALEXANDER KERCKHOFF, M.S.M., C.D.
While deployed to Afghanistan from September 2009 to April 2010, Captain Kerckhoff was instrumental in the successful establishment of the Dand District Operational Coordination Centre. His ability to synchronize activities throughout the district contributed to building Afghan National Security Force capacity, fostering more effective Afghan governance and setting the conditions for further stabilization throughout the region. Captain Kerckhoff’s leadership and professionalism were critical to operational success and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces and to Canada.
MASTER WARRANT OFFICER RENÉ KIENS, M.S.M., C.D.
While deployed in Afghanistan from September 2009 to April 2010, Master Warrant Officer Kiens played a key role in the delivery of effective combat service support to Canadian ground forces. He was intimately involved in the casualty administration process, where his leadership and compassion ensured soldiers wounded or killed in action were treated with the utmost respect and dignity. Master Warrant Officer Kiens’ exceptional dedication contributed significantly to the success of operations in Afghanistan, and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.
MAJOR PATRICK JOHN KOCH, M.S.M., C.D.
White Rock, British Columbia
Major Koch played a key role in leading the integration of the Canadian Forces’ support into security planning for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. He achieved exemplary results thanks to his leadership and the strong relationships he built throughout the Games’ large and complex multi-agency Integrated Security Unit. Major Koch’s accomplishments complement a distinguished career and brought great credit to himself and to the Canadian Forces.
LIEUTENANT-COLONEL DAVID WILLIAM LOWTHIAN, M.S.M., C.D.
Lieutenant-Colonel Lowthian was deputy commander of the Joint Task Force Afghanistan Air Wing from November 2009 to September 2010. His leadership, dedication and tact contributed to the expansion of the air wing’s operational capability. As the architect behind numerous technical advancements, he had an immediate impact on the unit’s effectiveness, while he improved relations with coalition partners with skilful diplomacy. Lieutenant-Colonel Lowthian’s efforts were critical to the operational success of the air wing and the entire task force.
MAJOR STEVEN KELLY MACBETH, M.S.M., C.D.
As the officer commanding Kandak Mentor Team 2 in Afghanistan from September 2009 to May 2010, Major Macbeth demonstrated leadership and acute cultural awareness. His mentorship of the kandak commander enhanced his ability to plan, coordinate and execute operations. Major Macbeth’s profound influence on kandak soldiers was also exceptional and enhanced their capacity to seamlessly partner with coalition forces and conduct increasingly complicated operations independently. Major Macbeth’s exceptional efforts contributed significantly to the operational success of the Afghan National Army and brought great credit to the Canadian Army. This is the second Meritorious Service Medal awarded to Major Macbeth.
MAJOR JOSHUA JAMES MAJOR, M.S.M., C.D.
North Bay, Ontario
As chief of current operations for Joint Task Force Afghanistan from November 2009 to September 2010, Major Major successfully synchronized the efforts of Canadian, coalition and Afghan personnel in Afghanistan’s demanding counter-insurgency environment. He was a key player in the development of the Kandahar City security plan, lending his instrumental expertise during its planning sessions. As a result, a cohesive approach to enhanced public security was developed. His leadership contributed directly to operational success and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.
MASTER WARRANT OFFICER KEVIN JAMES MATHERS, M.S.M., C.D.
As sergeant-major of the battle group reconnaissance squadron in Afghanistan from October 2009 to May 2010, Master Warrant Officer Mathers demonstrated leadership, professionalism and concern for his subordinates, which was critical to the Squadron’s success. A true combat leader, he exposed himself to the risks faced by his soldiers, leading missions to replenish forward positions throughout insurgent-laden areas. Master Warrant Officer Mathers was the heart and soul of the Squadron: his steadfast leadership inspired all ranks and brought considerable honour to the Canadian Forces.
LIEUTENANT-COLONEL THOMAS FREDERICK MCGRATH, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
As branch advisor for the Cadet Instructors Cadre from 2006 to 2010, Lieutenant-Colonel McGrath oversaw numerous high-profile events across Canada to celebrate the branch’s centenary, as well as the creation of several unifying symbols for the branch. Thanks to his visionary leadership, the successful events generated considerable public interest and brought great credit to the Cadet program and to the Canadian Forces. His dedicated personal efforts have had an enduring impact on the esprit de corps of the Cadet Instructors Cadre.
CAPTAIN JAMES HUGH MCKAY, M.S.M.
While deployed as the chaplain for Canadian Helicopter Force (Afghanistan) from November 2009 to August 2010, Captain McKay voluntarily assumed the role of chaplain for the American Role 3 Health Services Unit as well. While there, he provided spiritual and emotional support to Canadian and coalition soldiers throughout their healing process. Surrounded by the chaos of a medical unit in a war zone, he also worked tirelessly to ensure the well-being of those providing care. In addition to this work, he found time to visit sick and wounded Afghans nearby. Captain McKay’s unwavering dedication to the spiritual health of soldiers from all nations, as well as the compassion he showed them, facilitated the success of the mission and brought great credit to Canada.
SERGEANT KEVIN MENDIOROZ, M.S.M., C.D.
From 2010 to 2011, Sergeant Mendioroz was the Canadian Defence attaché assistant and, at one point, the sole Canadian Forces member present at the sensitive and strategically important attaché office in Cuba. Sergeant Mendioroz demonstrated professionalism and confidence, despite being faced with the complex situation of operating independently. His efforts led to the vast expansion of Canadian co-operation with the Cuban military and ensured a constant flow of information and analysis, bringing great credit to Canada.
MAJOR LEE JAMES MOSSOP, M.S.M., C.D.
Major Mossop served as the battle group operations officer in Afghanistan from September 2009 to May 2010. His comprehensive understanding of counter-insurgency operations and battle group capabilities led to greater stability in the Panjwayi district. His dynamic and aggressive leadership forged a proficient tactical operations centre and planning cell, empowering his subordinates to excel beyond all expectations. Major Mossop ensured that critical guidance was provided to all battle group operations, which was essential to their success.
LIEUTENANT-COLONEL DAVID CHRISTOPHER MURPHY, M.S.M., C.D.
Vancouver, British Columbia
In February 2010, Lieutenant-Colonel Murphy rose to the challenge of leading 8 Wing Trenton through what was probably the most difficult period of its history. He successfully led his team under trying conditions, where confidence in the Wing leadership had been compromised. During a period of high operational tempo, imposed by numerous concurrent foreign and domestic operations, Lieutenant-Colonel Murphy’s strength and leadership were instrumental in ensuring that the Wing and local communities rebuilt and maintained trust in the Canadian Forces.
CAPTAIN(N) JOHN FREDERICK NEWTON, M.S.M., C.D.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Captain(N) Newton was the base commander for Canadian Forces Base Halifax from July 2008 to July 2010. During his tenure, he displayed exceptional leadership in guiding the planning and execution of two extremely high-profile ceremonial events: the consecration and presentation of a new Queen’s Colour to Maritime Command in 2009, and the international fleet review by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2010. Through his success, Canadians were inspired anew by their navy as a treasured national institution, and sailors were filled with pride in their naval service to Canada.
MAJOR WAYNE KENNETH NIVEN, M.S.M., C.D.
New Westminster, British Columbia
As officer commanding Delta Company from October 2009 to May 2010, Major Niven distinguished himself as a first-rate combat leader. Tasked with securing the volatile Nakhonay village, he worked with his Afghan counterpart to clear and hold the area. His ability to work effectively with Afghan officials influenced village elders who were initially resistant to security initiatives. An astute and skilful officer who fully embraced counter-insurgency doctrine, Major Niven and his superb leadership were critical to the battle group’s operational success.
LIEUTENANT ANDREW RICHARD NUTTALL, M.S.M. (Posthumous)
Victoria, British Columbia
As a platoon commander from October 2009 until December 23, 2009, Lieutenant Nuttall moulded his soldiers into a cohesive team that excelled in Afghanistan’s demanding environment. His professionalism while working and living with his Afghan comrades created a common understanding and enabled seamless integration during counter-insurgency operations. While the loss of Lieutenant Nuttall was devastating, the culture and esprit de corps forged under his leadership were instrumental in enabling his soldiers to successfully continue their mission.
CAPTAIN JAMES ALAN O’NEILL, M.S.M., C.D.
As a platoon commander from October 2009 to May 2010, Captain O’Neill enhanced security in Haji Baba and Nakhonay, Afghanistan. Living within the local community and partnered with an Afghan platoon, Captain O’Neill established strong ties with local leaders, creating an atmosphere of trust within the community. He took great pride in mentoring his Afghan counterpart, providing leadership that enabled the platoons to synchronize operations and disrupt insurgent activities. Captain O’Neill’s dedication brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.
WARRANT OFFICER STEEVE OUELLET, M.S.M., C.D.
As second-in-command of an Operational Mentor and Liaison Team from April to October 2009, Warrant Officer Ouellet was instrumental in improving the operational success of the Afghan National Army soldiers stationed at Strongpoint Lakokhel. His skilled coordination of artillery and air support during numerous insurgent attacks greatly enhanced the strongpoint’s ability to repel insurgent actions. Warrant Officer Ouellet’s leadership and tactical acumen enabled Afghan soldiers to improve their soldiering skills and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.
WARRANT OFFICER GEORGE NELSON PARROTT, M.S.M., C.D.
Duncan, British Columbia
As sergeant-major of Kandak Mentor Team 3 from September 2009 to April 2010, Warrant Officer Parrott provided exceptional mentorship to his Afghan counterpart and ensured that widely dispersed mentoring teams received the operational support they required. Leading from the front during joint combat operations, he set an example emulated by Afghan soldiers and created the conditions for successful interoperability between Canadian, coalition and Afghan units. Warrant Officer Parrott’s leadership contributed to enhancing the capabilities of the Afghan National Army and brought great credit to Canada.
LIEUTENANT-COLONEL MICHAEL BRIAN PATRICK, M.S.M., C.D.
Lieutenant-Colonel Patrick served as chief of operations of Joint Task Force Afghanistan from February to November 2009. He demonstrated outstanding leadership and tactical acumen, which were critical to the successful development and implementation of the summer campaign plan, aimed at denying insurgents the ability to gain momentum over the traditional fighting season. Lieutenant-Colonel Patrick’s excellence in the art of operational planning helped to disrupt Taliban objectives and to strengthen the Afghan government’s authority within Kandahar province.
CAPTAIN(N) KENNETH JOHN PICKFORD, M.S.M., C.D.
Ottawa, Ontario, and Halifax, Nova Scotia
From 2005 through 2010, Captain(N) Pickford displayed leadership and vision during the planning and execution of the Canadian Naval Centennial celebrations. With him at the helm, the centennial team drove a comprehensive program from coast to coast, with a mandate to bring the Navy to Canadians. In all respects, the celebrations were an unparalleled success and well-received by both national and international audiences, bringing considerable credit to the Navy and to the Canadian Forces.
MASTER WARRANT OFFICER DEAN EDWARD POFFLEY, M.S.M., C.D.
As sergeant-major of Delta Company from September 2009 to May 2010, Master Warrant Officer Poffley provided steadfast leadership to all ranks during intense counter-insurgency operations in Afghanistan. With his Company stationed within the local community, Master Warrant Officer Poffley maintained professional interactions with local leaders while simultaneously applying relentless pressure on insurgents to help secure key villages. He offered unwavering support and advice to the entire company, ensuring their operational success and that of the battle group.
MAJOR DEREK PROHAR, M.M.V., M.S.M.
As Operational Mentor and Liaison Team operations officer and headquarters company commander in Afghanistan from September 2009 to May 2010, Major Prohar planned and influenced operations, guaranteeing the necessary support to mentor teams operating in isolated and high-threat locations. His coordination with Canadian, American and Afghan units, his detailed knowledge of unit capabilities and his outstanding situational awareness reduced the level of risk and facilitated task force success. Major Prohar’s leadership and professionalism were critical to the success of operations and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.
CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER JOSEPH CAMILLE ROBICHAUD, M.S.M., C.D.
Rexton, New Brunswick
As regimental sergeant-major of the National Support Element in Afghanistan from October 2009 to May 2010, Chief Warrant Officer Robichaud forged, into a single cohesive unit, soldiers and civilian contract personnel from across Canada. His focus on developing professionalism and strengthening the combat effectiveness of his soldiers increased their confidence and their ability to excel. When the unit began training its Afghan counterparts, he rose to the occasion and effectively coordinated the task. Chief Warrant Officer Robichaud’s efforts provided exceptional support to all members of Joint Task Force Afghanistan.
MAJOR LIAM WADE RUTLAND, M.S.M., C.D.
As the commanding officer of the Charlie Company Combat Team from October 2009 to May 2010, Major Rutland forged a first-rate combat unit through his knowledge of combat operations, his understanding of counter-insurgency warfare and his firm grasp of the battlespace. From complex air assaults to supporting operations, he inspired both Canadian and Afghan soldiers. Major Rutland’s leadership and remarkable efforts led to increased stability in the Panjwayi district, where he gained the respect of the population and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.
CORPORAL JOHN TOMMY SALOIS, M.S.M.
Greenfield Park, Quebec
While deployed to Afghanistan from November 2009 to April 2010, Corporal Salois was critical to the implementation and ongoing maintenance of the Persistent Surveillance System. He provided field commanders with enhanced situational awareness, and his exceptional repair work, troubleshooting of systems and development of standard operating procedures augmented protection for all soldiers. His dedication, intellect and technical ability were essential to operational success in Afghanistan and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.
LIEUTENANT-COLONEL ANDREW SCHEIDL, M.S.M., C.D.
While working within Canadian Expeditionary Force Command Headquarters from July 2008 to March 2011, Lieutenant-Colonel Scheidl provided exceptional support and leadership to Canada’s international security commitments. Whether working with American allies to understand the situation in Southwest Asia, supporting humanitarian relief in Haiti, or helping transition the Canadian combat mission in Afghanistan to a training mission, Lieutenant-Colonel Scheidl proved to be a dedicated officer. His efforts have brought considerable credit to the Command, the Canadian Forces and to Canada.
CAPTAIN ROBERT SCOTT, M.S.M.
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
As unit chaplain of the Operational Mentor and Liaison Team, and of the Military Police Company in Afghanistan from September 2009 to April 2010, Captain Scott was a pillar of spiritual and moral strength. During the mission’s most difficult times, his compassion and sage advice helped soldiers to cope with the realities of war. With a deep understanding of human nature and genuine concern for the well-being of his fellow Canadians, Captain Scott provided critical support to the units as they continued their mission.
MAJOR DONALD JAMES SENFT, M.S.M., C.D.
Kelowna, British Columbia
Major Senft was a key participant in planning for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. He led the Joint Task Force Games and acted as the senior liaison with a multitude of inter-agency partners from both Canada and the United States. His exemplary leadership was essential to the successful contingency planning for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats. Major Senft’s impressive national and international achievements brought great credit to himself and to the Canadian Forces.
LIEUTENANT-COLONEL JEFFERY DOUGLAS SMYTH, M.S.M., C.D.
With keen insight, Lieutenant-Colonel Smyth advanced Canadian tactical aviation as commanding officer of the Canadian Helicopter Force (Afghanistan) from September 2009 to August 2010. He was committed to taking troops off the dangerous Afghan road networks, and led the maintenance staff in their efforts to ensure aircraft serviceability was never a limiting factor. Mastering the employment of new equipment, he enhanced support provided to ground forces. Lieutenant-Colonel Smyth’s remarkable efforts were critical to the success of operations, including the largest airmobile operation in the history of Canada’s involvement in Afghanistan.
HONORARY COLONEL GARY CHRIS SOLAR, M.S.M., C.D.
Honorary Colonel Solar demonstrated exceptional dedication, professionalism and vision as the honorary colonel of the Fort Garry Horse from 2003 through 2009. His commitment to the military community and his civic leadership in a variety of public circles significantly enhanced public awareness of the Canadian Forces, particularly in Manitoba. His personal efforts in promoting public support for soldiers and their families have been of great benefit to all concerned.
CHIEF PETTY OFFICER 2ND CLASS DAVID SYDNEY TOBIAS, M.S.M., C.D.
Victoria, British Columbia
Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class Tobias’ professionalism, technical expertise and leadership were instrumental in developing the Tactical Data Link Common Operating Picture for Operation Podium, the Canadian Forces’ contribution to supporting the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Vancouver. From 2008 to 2010, he successfully integrated Canadian and American platform data links to produce the common operating picture for both Joint Task Force Games and the Canadian NORAD Region. This framework greatly helped to facilitate information transfer and improved communications throughout this important operation.
CAPTAIN KRISTIAN UDESEN, M.S.M.
Kamloops, British Columbia
From November 20 to 23, 2009, Captain Udesen displayed courage and front line leadership in the aftermath of two improvised explosive device attacks and ensuing enemy ambushes in the Panjwayi district of Afghanistan. Remaining calm, he organized and led two successful counterattacks, winning the firefights and clearing the enemy positions. Captain Udesen’s tactical acumen, composure under fire and remarkable abilities as a soldier were critical to the defeat of the enemy and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces and to Canada.
COMMANDER STEVEN MICHAEL WADDELL, M.S.M., C.D.
Commander Waddell served with distinction from October 2009 to May 2010, as commanding officer of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Fredericton and commander of Task Force Saiph, deployed to the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea in support of international counter-piracy and counter-terror efforts. Commander Waddell demonstrated tactical awareness, leadership, operational focus and a humanitarian approach to operations, allowing him to successfully lead his team through challenging missions, which brought great credit to the Royal Canadian Navy and to Canada.
CAPTAIN(N) CRAIG WALKINGTON, M.S.M., C.D.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
In the two years leading up to the Canadian Naval Centennial, in 2010, Captain(N) Walkington provided commendable leadership in Atlantic Canada. This included bringing the Navy to Canadians, in order to honour its past, showcase its present and reinforce its future. Captain(N) Walkington’s actions had significant impact on the eastern component of the Royal Tour to Canada in 2010, which included an international fleet review by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. His meritorious contribution brought great credit to the Navy, to the Canadian Forces and to Canada.
SERGEANT AUSTIN KANE WILLIAMS, M.S.M.
Lillooet, British Columbia
From October 2009 to May 2010, Sergeant Williams ensured the best possible surveillance coverage was provided to ground forces in Afghanistan. He forged the Tactical Operations Centre into a cohesive team and implemented new capabilities to provide uninterrupted surveillance coverage, gaining the highest confidence of senior leadership. Sergeant Williams’ personal commitment in this regard contributed directly to operational success and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.
BRIGADIER-GENERAL PAUL FRANCIS WYNNYK, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
Sherwood Park and Breton, Alberta
Brigadier-General Wynnyk deployed to Afghanistan as the assistant commanding general for Afghan National Army Development within the NATO Training Mission, in Kabul, from March 2009 to March 2010. Working with and mentoring the country’s most senior leaders, he exerted strategic influence that shaped and developed the Afghan National Security Forces. Brigadier-General Wynnyk’s commanding presence and diplomacy furthered international efforts in Afghanistan and brought great credit to Canada.
BRIGADIER-GENERAL GREGORY ACHILLES YOUNG, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
As deputy commanding general of the Combined Security Transition Command–Afghanistan from November 2006 to May 2007, Brigadier-General Young worked with the President of Afghanistan and his Minister of the Interior to establish a legitimate and professional national police force. His dedicated efforts were instrumental in establishing the rule of law, extending the government’s legitimacy and transitioning the nation to democracy. Brigadier-General Young’s leadership tremendously increased the country’s policing capabilities, bringing great credit to the Canadian Forces and to Canada.
Deputy Secretary and
Deputy Herald Chancellor
MENTION IN DISPATCHES
His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, on the recommendation of the Chief of the Defence Staff, has awarded Mentions in Dispatches as follows:
Master Corporal Martin Amyot
Corporal Joshua Antonia
Captain Breen Carson
Corporal Neil Dancer
Corporal Andrew Paul Downer
Master Corporal Evan Duff
Sergeant Patrick Michael Farrell, C.D.
Private Kirk Farrell
Corporal Joseph Don Henry
Corporal Shaun Hofer
Major Robert Mathew Hume, C.D.
Sergeant Jedd Michael Lafleche
Sergeant James Ray Brent Martin, C.D.
Master Corporal Ian R. Matthews-Pestana
Master Corporal Stuart Douglas Murray, C.D.
Corporal Christopher Joseph Novak
Lieutenant Brian Riddell
Corporal Corey Sagstuen, C.D.
Warrant Officer Lawrence Jeffrey Schnurr, C.D.
Sergeant Michel Simoneau, C.D.
Master Corporal Jayson Swift
Lieutenant Matthew Tompkins
One other whose name is withheld for operational and security reasons.
Deputy Secretary and
Deputy Herald Chancellor