Ex-Cadets in the News

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, recently announced the presentation of Military Valour Decorations and Meritorious Service Decorations (Military Division) to members of the Canadian and allied forces.

The presentation ceremony took place on Thursday, November 15, 2012, at 10:30 a.m., at Rideau Hall.

A quick review of the list found a number of Ex cadets from all three military colleges. If we missed anyone, please let us know. Reference



Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division)

12966 LGen Joseph Marcel Marquis Hainse M.S.C., C.D. served as deputy commander, Regional Command South, in Southern Afghanistan from April 2007 to January 2008. He 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. His generous contributions proved indispensable to the success of the mission, earning international praise for Canada. He joined the Canadian Forces in 1977 and studied at the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean.

14596 BGen Dean James Milner O.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.  deployed as commander of Joint Task Force Afghanistan from September 2010 to July 2011. He 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. His performance and leadership secured Canada’s legacy in Afghanistan and positioned the Canadian Forces for a successful transition to its training mission. He entered Royal Roads Military College in 1980 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Commerce from the Royal Military College. Brigadier-General Milner also has a Masters in War Studies from the Royal Military College, which he completed in May of 2010.

14890 MGen David Gordon Neasmith, O.M.M., M.S.C., C.D. (CMR 1985) was deployed as assistant commanding general for Afghan National Army development, within the NATO Training Mission in Kabul, Afghanistan, from March 2010 to March 2011. His work yielded a significant contribution to the ongoing expansion and professionalization of the Afghan National Army, which was critical to revamping the country’s governmental systems and set the conditions for the transfer of security responsibilities to the Afghan people. His leadership and performance brought great honour to Canada.joined the Canadian Forces in 1980. He began his education at Collège Militaire Royal de St-Jean and graduated from the Royal Military College, Kingston in 1985 with a Bachelors of Science (Math and Physics).

Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

BGen Richard Giguère M.S.M., C.D. (CMR 1993) served as deputy commander of Joint Task Force Afghanistan from September 2010 to July 2011. He 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. His dynamic leadership and sound advice contributed greatly to the success of the mission. He holds a bachelor’s degree in military and strategic studies from Royal Military College Saint-Jean 1991-3. He taught in the political science and economics department at the Royal Military College of Canada in 2001-2.

16271 Colonel Hercule Gosselin M.S.M., C.D.  served as commander of the Operational Mentor and Liaison Team from November 2010 to July 2011. He 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, he enhanced the reputation of the Canadian Forces. He graduated in 1988 with an Honour Arts degree in Military and Strategic Studies from Collège militaire royal in Saint-Jean.

13275 Captain (N) Alexander Franz Georg Rueben, M.S.M., C.D. served as commander of the Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Breton from 2004 to 2009, He made invaluable contributions to the future of the Royal Canadian Navy, and that 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. His personal engagement and perseverance in achieving broad co-operation brought strategic benefits to Canada. He attended studies at both Royal Roads and Royal Military Colleges, graduating in 1981 with a degree in Engineering and Management.

20979 LCol Mason James Stalker, M.S.M., C.D. 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, he was instrumental to operational success and significantly contributed to defeating the insurgents. His performance was of a high standard and brought honour to the Canadian Forces and to Canada.

18254 Col Michel-Henri St-Louis  served as Commanding officer of the battle group deployed to Afghanistan from November 2010 to July 2011. He 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. His dedication and infectious enthusiasm enabled the battle group to make tremendous progress in security and governance in this vast and complex battlespace. He started his military career at the Collège Militaire Royal du Canada de St-Jean-sur-le-Richelieu in August 1987. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Military and Strategic Studies, a Masters in War Studies and a second Masters in Defence Studies.

19561 LCol Chris John Zimmer, M.S.M., C.D.  served 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. He demonstrated the highest calibre of initiative, leadership and support. Whether streamlining processes, instituting morale and welfare programs, or establishing relationships with other headquarters, he 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. His efforts contributed directly to the success of the air wing and brought great credit to the Candian Forces.


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