Governor General invests 45 recipients into the Order of Military Merit

News Article / November 15, 2017

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From Rideau Hall

Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada Julie Payette, presided over an Order of Military Merit investiture ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Friday, November 10, 2017. The Governor General bestowed the honour on two Commanders, seven Officers and 36 Members. Among them were several individuals who are members of the Royal Canadian Air Force or who were posted to positions within the RCAF at the time of their nomination.

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.).

The information below reflects the rank and posting of the members at the time of their nomination.

Commanders

Rear-Admiral Scott Edward George Bishop, C.M.M., C.D.
Canadian Forces Intelligence Command, Ottawa, Ontario

Major-General Denis William Thompson, C.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.
Office of the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff, Ottawa, Ontario

Officers

Major Marie Josée Brigitte Allaire, O.M.M., C.D.
Canadian Forces School of Communications and Electronics, Kingston, Ontario

Lieutenant-Colonel Holly Abigail Bernita Apostoliuk, O.M.M., C.D.
Office of the Chief of the Air Force Staff, Ottawa, Ontario

Brigadier-General James Frederick Camsell, O.M.M., M.S.M, C.D.
5 Canadian Division Headquarters, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Captain(N) James Allan Clarke, O.M.M., C.D.
Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, Victoria, British Columbia

Commodore Haydn Clyde Edmundson, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
Office of Director General Military Careers, Ottawa, Ontario

Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Joseph McNeil, O.M.M., C.D.
Regional Cadet Support Unit (Central), Borden, Ontario

Colonel Steven Masaaki Moritsugu, O.M.M., C.D.
Canadian Forces Information Operations Group Headquarters, Ottawa, Ontario

Members

Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Marcel Ghislain Angel, M.M.M., C.D.
5e Régiment d’artillerie légère du Canada, Courcelette, Quebec

Chief Warrant Officer Wayne John Bantock, M.M.M., C.D.
1 Service Battalion, Edmonton, Alberta

Captain Michael Joseph Charles Bastien, M.M.M., C.D.
Royal Canadian Armoured Corps School, Oromocto, New Brunswick

Warrant Officer Kevin Grant Beattie, M.M.M., C.D.
442 Transport and Rescue Squadron, Lazo, British Columbia

Warrant Officer Vickie Lucie Benoit, M.M.M., C.D.
Canadian Forces Military Police Group Headquarters, Ottawa, Ontario

Petty Officer 1st Class Yves Leonide Bernard, M.M.M., C.D.
Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic), Halifax, Nova Scotia

Master Warrant Officer Richard Joseph Rosaire Martin Bonenfant, M.M.M., C.D.
5 Combat Engineer Regiment, Courcelette, Quebec 

Chief Warrant Officer John Andrew Andres Bonvie, M.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
Canadian Special Operations Forces Command Headquarters, Ottawa, Ontario

Warrant Officer Marc Joseph Luc Boucher, M.M.M., C.D.
Canadian Forces Intelligence Command Headquarters, Ottawa, Ontario

Warrant Officer Marcel Yan Boursier, M.M.M., C.D.
 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment, Québec, Quebec

Chief Warrant Officer Kevin Denis Colcy, M.M.M., C.D.
443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron, Victoria, British Columbia

Chief Warrant Officer Michael Allan Davis, M.M.M., C.D.
Canadian Materiel Support Group Headquarters, Ottawa, Ontario

Sergeant Adam de Bartok, M.M.M., C.D.
Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre Headquarters, Kingston, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer William Perry Fudge, M.M.M., C.D.
3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment, Petawawa, Ontario

Warrant Officer Renee Joyce Hansen, M.M.M., C.D.
Office of Director General Military Careers, Ottawa, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer John Arthur Thomas Heffernan, M.M.M., C.D.
37 Service Battalion, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

Petty Officer 1st Class Sean Edward Roy Kelly, M.M.M., C.D.
Office of Director Naval Requirements, Ottawa, Ontario

Captain Stephane Joseph Claude Laplante, M.M.M., C.D.
Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering, Oromocto, New Brunswick

Master Warrant Officer William Jack Lovely, M.M.M., C.D.
4th Engineer Support Regiment, Oromocto, New Brunswick

Chief Warrant Officer Joseph André Serge Marcotte, M.M.M., C.D.
34 Signal Regiment, Westmount, Quebec

Warrant Officer Stephen Richard Miller, M.M.M., C.D.
Canadian Army Advanced War Centre, Trenton, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Michael Morrison, M.M.M., C.D.
39 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters, Vancouver, British Columbia

Warrant Officer John Bernard O’Neill, M.M.M., C.D.
4th Canadian Division Training Center, Meaford, Ontario

Ranger Levi Palituq, M.M.M., M.B., C.D.
1 Canadian Ranger Patrol Group, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Master Warrant Officer Brett Robert Perry, M.M.M., C.D.
3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, Edmonton, Alberta 

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Brian Charles Schwenker, M.M.M., C.D.
Office of Director General Military Careers, Ottawa, Ontario

Major James Edwin Short, M.M.M., C.D.
The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, Vancouver, British Columbia 

Petty Officer 1st Class Jaime Elizabeth Stohl, M.M.M., C.D.
Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Vancouver, Victoria, British Columbia

Master Warrant Officer Glen Curtis Taylor, M.M.M., C.D.
5 Service Battalion, Courcelette, Quebec

Warrant Officer Sergio Tomasi, M.M.M., C.D.
1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment, Petawawa, Ontario

Petty Officer 2nd Class Sarah Marie Valentine, M.M.M., C.D.
Canadian Forces Fleet School Esquimalt, Victoria, British Columbia

Sergeant Marie VanAlstyne, M.M.M., C.D.
3 Canadian Division Training Centre, Wainwright, Alberta

Chief Warrant Officer Thomas Kenneth Verner, M.M.M., C.D.
Office of Director General Military Careers, Ottawa, Ontario

Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Andre Martin Walhin, M.M.M., C.D.
4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa, Petawawa, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Gilbert Stephen Waye, M.M.M., C.D.
21 Aerospace Control and Warning Squadron, Hornell Heights, Ontario

Master Warrant Officer Scott Robbins Wilson, M.M.M., C.D.
Office of the Assistant Chief of Military Personnel, Ottawa, Ontario

About the Order of Military Merit

The Order of Military Merit recognizes distinctive merit and exceptional service displayed by the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces, both Regular and Reserve Force. 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. 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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