ARCHIVED — Vol. 146, No. 49 — December 8, 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 a Military Valour Decoration as follows:
Star of Military Valour
PRIVATE TAUMY ST-HILAIRE, S.M.V.
On April 19, 2011, Private St-Hilaire demonstrated exceptional courage during a battle in Afghanistan. While engaging the enemy from his rooftop position, he noticed an Afghan father and son pinned down under enemy fire. On his own initiative, despite enemy aggression from three separate positions, he requested covering fire before going down to the exposed victims to lead them to shelter. Private St-Hilaire’s bravery and selflessness enabled him to save both lives and to quell the attack.
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
BRIGADIER-GENERAL KENNETH ANDRÉ CORBOULD, O.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.
St. Albert, Alberta
As deputy commander of Regional Command (South) Headquarters from October 2010 to October 2011, Brigadier-General Corbould showed leadership and used his combat-tested experience and a results-focused approach to contribute significantly to the success of the international military campaign in southern Afghanistan. Working within a diverse battle space and across multiple lines of operations, he created a clear and direct path for his organization to meet its objectives. Brigadier-General Corbould’s remarkable efforts were critical to multinational success in Afghanistan, highlighting Canada’s role in bringing stability to the country.
COLONEL DEAN JAMES MILNER, O.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.
While deployed as commander of Joint Task Force Afghanistan from September 2010 to July 2011, Colonel Milner demonstrated exceptional leadership that was critical to the success of Task Force Kandahar. Working in close partnership with Afghan National Security Forces and allies, he enabled the disruption of insurgent networks, the successful completion of infrastructure improvements and enhanced the overall level of security for the Afghan population. Colonel Milner’s performance and leadership secured Canada’s legacy in Afghanistan and positioned the Canadian Forces for a successful transition to its training mission.
Meritorious Service Medal
SERGEANT JOSEPH CLAUDE PATRICK AUGER, M.S.M., C.D.
On December 18, 2010, during a reconnaissance operation to secure a road building project in Afghanistan, Sergeant Auger’s platoon came upon a group of buildings that had been heavily booby trapped with explosive devices. Following explosions that seriously injured several of his soldiers, Sergeant Auger took charge of the situation calmly and in an exemplary manner. He regained control of his soldiers and ensured the rapid evacuation of the wounded personnel. Sergeant Auger’s expertise and actions minimized the disastrous consequences of a chaotic and very dangerous situation.
CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER JOSEPH MARIO CLAUDE BELCOURT, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
As the Canadian Forces Support Unit chief warrant officer in Ottawa from 2009 through 2012, Chief Warrant Officer Belcourt demonstrated leadership, initiative and professionalism. Historic commemorative events such as the Canadian Forces’ farewell to the Commander-in-Chief and the Operation Mobile end of mission parade largely benefited from his attention to detail and his ability to work with a number of partners and organizations. Developing and mentoring non-commissioned members during his tenure was his hallmark; a contribution that will have a profound, lasting impact upon the future of the Canadian Forces.
COLONEL GÉRARD JOSEPH BLAIS, M.S.M., C.D.
As director of Casualty Support Management, beginning in November 2008, Colonel Blais was responsible for setting up integrated personnel support centres and operational stress injury support programs in Canada. He demonstrated the highest degree of leadership, initiative, determination and vision, ensuring the provision of ongoing and high quality support to the members of the Canadian Forces and their families. Colonel Blais’ extraordinary commitment and dedication helped to achieve the success of these projects.
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.
MASTER WARRANT OFFICER JOSEPH YVON PRUDENT CLAUDE DALLAIRE,
As sergeant major of the Canadian Helicopter Force Afghanistan maintenance squadron from July 2010 to April 2011, Master Warrant Officer Dallaire distinguished himself by his professionalism and insight. Through his strong leadership and with the cohesive team of aircraft technicians that he trained, he kept the fleet accessible and available for all Task Force missions. Master Warrant Officer Dallaire’s dedication and discipline ensured ongoing air support for Canadian soldiers, thereby helping to bring about the operational success of the Canadian Forces.
MAJOR RAYMOND JEAN FRANÇOIS DUFAULT, M.S.M., C.D.
As deputy commanding officer of the battle group deployed to Afghanistan from November 2010 to July 2011, Major Dufault played a key role in the group’s effectiveness. A seasoned leader and tireless worker, he supported the commanding officer during his tours and updated the liaison in the chain of command, thereby facilitating the battalion’s actions on the complex battlefields of the Panjwayi District. Major Dufault’s tactical skills and perseverance greatly contributed to the success of the group’s mission.
LIEUTENANT-COLONEL JOHN WILLIAM ERRINGTON,
Saskatchewan, and Courtenay, British Columbia
As commander of a special operations task force in Afghanistan from October 2010 to March 2011, Lieutenant-Colonel Errington distinguished himself as a combat leader and special operations advisor. His unit’s participation was critical to the achievement of campaign objectives pursued by Regional Command (South) and Task Force Kandahar, and contributed directly to enhancing the capabilities of the Afghan police. Lieutenant-Colonel Errington’s efforts were critical to the success of the Canadian mission and enabled his unit to operate effectively within a dynamic multinational environment.
HONORARY CAPTAIN(N) THE HONOURABLE MYRA AVA FREEMAN,
C.M., O.N.S., M.S.M.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Since her appointment in 2003, Honorary Captain(N) Freeman has demonstrated uncompromising loyalty to the Royal Canadian Navy, as well as initiative and leadership in establishing the Halifax-based Community Leadership Advisory Council in 2007. Through her efforts and dedication she has fostered a tremendous spirit of collaboration between the Navy and the people of Nova Scotia. Her actions have brought great credit to the Canadian Forces, and have promoted a strong sense of pride among the citizenry for the sacrifices and accomplishments of members serving in the Atlantic region.
MAJOR ÉTIENNE JOSEPH ROBERT CLAUDE GAUTHIER, M.S.M., C.D.
As operations officer for the National Support Element in Afghanistan from November 2010 to July 2011, Major Gauthier demonstrated remarkable leadership and strong presence of mind. His dedication and exemplary service resulted in a support plan to secure the Horn of Panjwayi, by increasing the effectiveness of logistical combat patrols and by diligently meeting the logistical needs of battlespace commanders. Major Gauthier’s worthy contributions to support operations greatly enhanced the success of the Canadian Forces.
COLONEL RICHARD JOSEPH GIGUÈRE, M.S.M., C.D.
As deputy commander of Joint Task Force Afghanistan from September 2010 to July 2011, Colonel Giguère distinguished himself by his loyalty and dedication. With extraordinary strategic and analytical acumen, he developed a superior operational approach that allowed soldiers and their equipment to be efficiently deployed in the field and redeployed to Kandahar Airfield to consolidate the Task Force’s combat element. Colonel Giguère’s dynamic leadership and sound advice contributed greatly to the success of the mission.
CORPORAL HOPE GINGRICH, M.S.M.
From July 2010 to January 2011, Corporal Gingrich performed outstandingly as a signaller within the Joint Defence Operations Centre at Kandahar Airfield. Most notably, in response to indirect fire attacks on the airfield, she led her section to cordon the impact sites until they could be cleared by counter-explosive personnel. Taking on new roles as required and providing excellent mentorship to inexperienced NATO personnel, Corporal Gingrich displayed exceptional leadership and was a key member of the Operations Centre.
COLONEL JOSEPH PIERRE HERVÉ HERCULE GOSSELIN, M.S.M., C.D.
As commander of the Operational Mentor and Liaison Team from November 2010 to July 2011, Colonel Gosselin increased the confidence and effectiveness of the Afghan National Army by personally supporting the commander of 1 Brigade, 205 Corps. He distinguished himself by his honesty in conveying the reality of the terrain to the Afghan commanders and in conceptualizing the principles of training with Afghan National Security Forces. A seasoned mentor and experienced leader, Colonel Gosselin enhanced the reputation of the Canadian Forces.
CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER JOSEPH LUCIEN ÉRIC GRAVEL,
M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
From November 2010 to July 2011, Chief Warrant Officer Gravel, regimental sergeant major of the battle group deployed to Afghanistan, was a workhorse who distinguished himself by his dedication and his knowledge of the terrain. His ability to understand the intentions of commanders and to relay them to the various sub-units was vital to decentralizing operations. Chief Warrant Officer Gravel’s leadership and involvement in the command and control of the unit made him an essential component of the battle group’s success.
CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER ALAIN GRENIER, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
As regimental sergeant major of the Operational Mentor and Liaison Team from November 2010 to July 2011, Chief Warrant Officer Grenier distinguished himself by his dedication and leadership in supporting his Afghan counterpart in 1 Brigade, 205 Corps of the Afghan National Army. With his excellent tactical knowledge and sense of duty, he gave greater responsibility to the role of Afghan non-commissioned officers, thereby increasing the Brigade’s operational capability. An extraordinary mentor, Chief Warrant Officer Grenier significantly increased the effectiveness of the Afghan National Army.
LIEUTENANT-COMMANDER AARON GYORKOS, M.S.M., C.D.
Medicine Hat, Alberta
From July 2011 to January 2012, Lieutenant-Commander Gyorkos demonstrated exceptional leadership as commandant of the Canadian Forces Fleet School Esquimalt. Through his problem-solving abilities, he effectively advanced numerous projects considered critical to the success of the naval training system. He led the On-the-Job Performance Requirements implementation program, a classroom modernization project, the development of a pan-naval training performance management framework, and the detailed analysis of the quality control and assurance model. His efforts brought great credit to the Royal Canadian Navy.
MAJOR JOSEPH ANTONIO MARCEL LOUIS HAMEL, M.S.M., C.D.
From September 2010 to March 2011, Major Hamel was the operations officer for the Air Wing in Afghanistan, where he demonstrated extraordinary dedication and professionalism. An experienced planner, he proposed and implemented several initiatives to improve Task Force effectiveness and to ensure its security. Major Hamel’s leadership and commitment ensured the operational success of the mission and enhanced the reputation of the Canadian Forces.
COLONEL JEFFREY ALLEN HAUSMANN, M.S.M.
(United States Air Force)
Adrian, Michigan, United States of America
Colonel Hausmann was the senior United States Defense attaché and head of the Office of Defense Cooperation, from September 2009 to January 2012. His focus on binational co-operation was critical to Royal Canadian Air Force operations and ensured that the Air Force benefitted from the information, experience and resources of the United States Department of Defence and aerospace industry. His efforts were instrumental in the successful procurement of the C-17 aircraft for Canada and the accompanying training of 1 600 Canadian Forces members in the United States.
COMMANDER SIMON RUPERT HUGHES, M.S.M., C.D.
Between August 2010 and January 2012, Commander Hughes contributed strategic benefit to the Royal Canadian Navy. He was instrumental in conceiving and developing innovative approaches, which made sure of the readiness of naval personnel for the introduction of the internationally successful REGULUS program and the adoption of the Single Fleet Scheme of Manoeuvre. Commander Hughes’ leadership, strategic wisdom and ground-breaking work helped ensure the future success of the Navy, the Canadian Forces and Canada.
LIEUTENANT-COMMANDER STEWART THOMAS HUGHES, M.S.M., C.D.
Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador
Lieutenant-Commander Hughes demonstrated dedication, initiative and leadership throughout his tenure as the Canadian Forces Naval Engineering School Detachment commander in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, from 2009 to 2012. He forged close relations with public and private enterprises, as well as many levels of government, by organizing a number of community-based activities involving the Canadian Forces and naval students attending the Marine Institute. Through his leadership and mentorship, Lieutenant-Commander Hughes inspired his organization in its role to support the Canadian Forces.
LIEUTENANT-COLONEL ROBERT EDWARD KEARNEY, M.S.M., C.D.
While deployed to Afghanistan from October 2010 to May 2011, Lieutenant-Colonel Kearney made a critical contribution to the fight against corruption as chief of staff of Combined Joint Interagency Task Force Shafafiyat. He displayed the ability to simultaneously track a broad range of issues while collaborating with high-level military and civilian stakeholders from numerous countries. Lieutenant-Colonel Kearney’s leadership and in-depth understanding of Afghanistan’s complex political dynamic was essential to the operational success of the mission.
COLONEL PATRICK KELLY, M.S.M., C.D.
As senior advisor to the Afghan Vice-Chief of the General Staff from October 2010 to July 2011, Colonel Kelly made exemplary contributions to the development of the Afghan National Army and the Ministry of Defence. His guidance allowed the Vice-Chief to champion improvements within the Army and to take a more active role in its command and control. Colonel Kelly’s leadership and diplomacy contributed directly to building a stable command structure within the Afghan National Army and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.
MAJOR JEAN ÉRIC LANDRY, M.S.M., C.D.
As commander of the C Squadron Combat Team from November 2010 to June 2011, Major Landry was given responsibility for building a vital road in Afghanistan. Overcoming complex challenges in this dangerous environment, he skilfully coordinated the Squadron’s various security, construction and logistical elements and effectively supported Headquarters’ other logistical operations. Major Landry’s leadership, so often demonstrated while under enemy fire and in the presence of improvised explosive devices, ensured the success of this mission.
WARRANT OFFICER DANIEL PIUS MANSFIELD, M.S.M., C.D.
North Sydney, Nova Scotia
Warrant Officer Mansfield was deployed as the Task Force Kandahar Engineer Regiment Operations warrant officer from August 2010 to July 2011. As the engineer advisor to the Tactical Operations Centre, he ensured the optimal allocation of engineering resources and coordinated explosive ordnance disposal activities. He also contributed to the provision of accurate information regarding threat levels and enabled the acquisition of equipment that would have otherwise been inaccessible to the task force. Warrant Officer Mansfield’s efforts and leadership were critical to the operational success of the Engineer Regiment.
MAJOR JEAN-CHRISTIAN MARQUIS, M.S.M., C.D.
As commander of the C Company Combat Team deployed to Afghanistan from November 2010 to June 2011, Major Marquis distinguished himself by his tactical agility. In his battlespace, he prevailed over numerous incidents caused by, among other things, improvised explosive devices; he faced the enemy on several occasions; and he became involved with the local population. Even with the loss of soldiers and the complex challenges faced during combat, Major Marquis’ leadership contributed greatly to the success of his soldiers and improved stability in his area of operations.
MAJOR CHRISTOPHER ALAN MCKENNA, M.S.M., C.D.
As the officer commanding Chinook Flight, within the Canadian Helicopter Force (Afghanistan) from July 2010 to April 2011, Major McKenna was vital to the execution of helicopter operations, which provided critical support to Canadian and coalition ground forces. A proven soldier and an officer of the highest standard, he forged a professional and cohesive team that guaranteed operational success. Whether in the air or in the planning room, Major McKenna demonstrated a level of performance and leadership that reinforced Canada’s reputation for excellence in aviation.
MAJOR-GENERAL CHRISTOPHER D. MILLER, M.S.M.
(United States Air Force)
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States of America
From 2007 to 2009, Major-General Miller of Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, distinguished himself by developing enduring staff relationships and identifying operational improvements within the North American Aerospace Defence Command, the United States Northern Command and Canada Command. His outstanding leadership and integrity ensured effective intergovernmental and military co-operation, ultimately strengthening the defence and security of Canada and the United States.
WARRANT OFFICER DAVID ELWELL MILLIGAN, M.S.M., C.D.
Summerside, Prince Edward Island
As the operations warrant officer of Brigade Troops Stability A Company from April to November 2010, Warrant Officer Milligan facilitated the success of military and civilian units operating out of Camp Nathan Smith. In addition to leading his team in providing force protection throughout Kandahar City when called upon, he excelled in the roles of both company and camp sergeant-major. Warrant Officer Milligan’s efforts contributed directly to operational success and enhanced the profile of the Canadian Forces.
CAPTAIN JOSEPH GUY NOURY, M.S.M., C.D.
As senior mentor for 1 Brigade, 205 Corps Headquarters of the Afghan National Army from November 2010 to July 2011, Captain Noury distinguished himself by his hard work, vision and dedication. His mentorship of the Brigade facilitated the joint operations of the Canadian, Afghan and American Forces, illustrated by five large-scale combat interventions. Through his professionalism and leadership, Captain Noury helped to ensure the operational success of the coalition forces.
MASTER CORPORAL MARTIN JOSEPH ANDRÉ PELLETIER, M.S.M.
From December 2010 to July 2011, Master Corporal Pelletier, infantryman and tactical information operator, markedly improved the quality of combat information in numerous areas of operations in Afghanistan. He updated the list of principal insurgents active in networks manufacturing improvised explosive devices and, during reconnaissance and operations patrols, identified, questioned and detained them. Master Corporal Pelletier’s dedication and astute judgment helped him to provide a safer environment for Canadian soldiers and the local population.
COLONEL JACQUES PAUL ROBERT PRÉVOST, M.S.M., C.D.
As commander of the Joint Task Force Afghanistan Air Wing, from August 2010 to March 2011, Colonel Prévost worked to improve the air capabilities of the Canadian Forces. Working in a complex and dynamic environment, he had a positive impact on combat operations by bringing out the best in his staff while making effective use of the limited equipment available. Through his leadership and organizational talents, Colonel Prévost effectively contributed to the operational success of the coalition forces.
CAPTAIN(N) ALEXANDER FRANZ GEORG RUEBEN, M.S.M., C.D.
North Vancouver, British Columbia
As commander of the Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Breton from 2004 to 2009, Captain(N) Rueben made invaluable contributions to the future of the Royal Canadian Navy, and of the Canadian shipbuilding and repair industry. His visionary efforts to forge strategic partnerships connecting the Canadian Forces, Government and industry enabled the success of the National Shipbuilding and Procurement Strategy and the establishment of the Marine Training and Applied Research Centre. Captain(N) Rueben’s personal engagement and perseverance in achieving broad co-operation brought strategic benefits to Canada.
CORPORAL SCOTT SCHOLTEN, M.S.M., C.D.
Prince George, British Columbia
Deployed as a firefighter during Operation Nanook 2011, Corporal Scholten demonstrated the highest standards of professionalism throughout the crash response to First Air Flight 6560 on August 20, 2011. Arriving at the scene as a first responder, he hiked approximately 800 metres over adverse terrain while carrying his breathing apparatus, tools and extinguishers in order to rescue victims of the accident. His personal actions, speed and endurance led to three severely injured passengers being promptly rescued from the scene. Corporal Scholten’s exceptional contribution enhanced civil-military co-operation and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.
LIEUTENANT-COLONEL ÉRICK DAVID SIMONEAU, M.S.M., C.D.
Lieutenant-Colonel Simoneau, Commanding Officer of the Canadian Helicopter Force Afghanistan from July 2010 to April 2011, distinguished himself by his leadership and dedication. He optimized air support effectiveness by supporting a high number of deliberate operations and air assaults, transporting more passengers and cargo, and ensuring an uninterrupted combat supply. Following an aircraft crash, he developed a plan that would minimize the effects of such a loss. Lieutenant-Colonel Simoneau’s leadership and initiatives greatly contributed to operational success.
LIEUTENANT-COLONEL MASON JAMES STALKER, M.S.M., C.D.
Revelstoke, British Columbia
Lieutenant-Colonel Stalker displayed leadership and tactical acumen as the commanding officer of the Canadian contingent at Regional Command (South) Headquarters and as executive officer to the deputy commanding general from September 2010 to October 2011. Responsible for operations in the most volatile and violent region of Afghanistan, his efforts were instrumental to operational success and significantly contributed to defeating the insurgents. Lieutenant-Colonel Stalker’s performance was of a high standard and brought honour to the Canadian Forces and to Canada.
LIEUTENANT-COLONEL MICHEL-HENRI ST-LOUIS, M.S.M., C.D.
Commanding officer of the battle group deployed to Afghanistan from November 2010 to July 2011, Lieutenant-Colonel St-Louis distinguished himself by his leadership and tactical acumen. A confident and innovative leader, he orchestrated and led numerous focused and aggressive operations in partnership with Afghan kandaks and, in so doing, halted the annual spring surge of insurgents in the Horn of Panjwayi. Lieutenant-Colonel St-Louis’ dedication and infectious enthusiasm enabled the battle group to make tremendous progress in security and governance in this vast and complex battlespace.
MAJOR RICHARD CIMON TURNER, M.S.M., C.D.
As a battle group deputy commanding officer in Afghanistan from October 2009 to May 2010, Major Turner played a critical role in executing a fundamental change in the coalition’s approach to counter-insurgency operations. As additional forces and aid agencies surged into Afghanistan, he led the development and implementation of collaborative military-civilian district stabilization plans that, for the first time, fully synchronized security, governance, reconstruction and development operations. Major Turner’s leadership united an array of multinational partners, which ensured the success of this critical process and brought great credit to Canada.
COLONEL SIEGFRIED USAL, M.S.M.
(French Air Force)
The binational co-operation efforts of Colonel Usal, Defence Attaché to the embassy of France in Ottawa since 2010, were vital to the Royal Canadian Air Force’s operations. They also helped to ensure stronger ties between French and Canadian armed forces during Canadian operations in Libya. Colonel Usal’s expertise has been indispensable for Canada and manifestly aided in strengthening the coalition forces, of which Canada was an essential participant.
CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER KEVIN CHARLES WEST, M.S.M., C.D.
Chief Warrant Officer West played a critical role in optimizing morale and maintaining mission focus as chief warrant officer of the Joint Task Force Afghanistan Air Wing from March to August 2011. He mentored senior personnel, provided sage advice to command, and developed robust plans to resolve identified deficiencies in force protection and personnel recognition. Chief Warrant Officer West’s efforts contributed directly to the unit’s effectiveness and to overall operational success in Afghanistan; his leadership and professionalism brought great credit to both the air wing and the Canadian Forces.
LIEUTENANT-COLONEL CHRISTOPHER JOHN ZIMMER, M.S.M., C.D.
As headquarters commanding officer and wing chief of staff of the Joint Task Force Afghanistan Air Wing at Kandahar Airfield from March to September 2011, Lieutenant-Colonel Zimmer demonstrated the highest calibre of initiative, leadership and support. Whether streamlining processes, instituting morale and welfare programs, or establishing relationships with other headquarters, his guidance ensured that all staff executed their tasks to a consistently high standard. In addition, his planning effectively positioned the unit for successful mission transition as the Canadian Forces left Kandahar. Lieutenant-Colonel Zimmer’s efforts contributed directly to the success of the air wing and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.
Deputy Secretary and
Deputy Herald Chancellor