Governor General Honours Military Personnel at Rideau Hall
His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, presented Meritorious Service Decorations (Military Division) and Bravery Decorations to members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and allied forces at a ceremony at Rideau Hall, this past Friday, April 29th.
The Governor General presented 5 Meritorious Service Crosses (Military Division) and 18 Meritorious Service Medals (Military Division) to individuals whose specific achievements have brought honour to the CAF and to Canada. He also presented 1 Medal of Bravery to a CAF member who has performed an act of bravery in hazardous circumstances.
Our look at the list spotted:
15137 Charles Adrien Lamarre;
B178 (UTPO) Joseph Albert Paul St-Cyr;
22564 Allan Ferriss;
20591 Luc Joseph Girouard;
16303 Colonel Mario Leblanc; and
13908 Russell Barry Mann
15137 Brigadier-General Charles Adrien Lamarre, O.M.M., M.S.C., C.D.
Brigadier-General Lamarre deployed to Afghanistan from July to December 2011, as commander of the Mission Transition Task Force. With inspired leadership and strategic acumen, he successfully accomplished the daunting task of closing out the Canadian combat mission and repatriating massive stockpiles of materiel and equipment, all while ensuring there was no disruption of support to personnel at Regional Command South and Kandahar Airfield. Brigadier-General Lamarre’s efforts, diplomacy and outstanding professional knowledge ensured the flawless execution of this important mission.
B178 (UTPO) – Colonel Pierre Joseph Albert Paul St-Cyr, M.S.M., C.D. (Ret’d)
As Canadian defence attaché to Kyiv from March 2014 to September 2015, Colonel St-Cyr played a key role in distributing significant donations of military equipment from Canada and in developing a whole-of-government military training assistance program for Ukraine. His extensive knowledge was critical to developing a program to provide tangible tactical training to the appropriate elements of Ukraine’s armed forces. Colonel St-Cyr’s outstanding contribution brought great credit to the Canadian Armed Forces and strengthened Canada’s international reputation.
This is the third Meritorious Service Medal awarded to Colonel St-Cyr.
22564 Major Allan Ferriss, M.S.M., C.D.
Belle River, Ontario
As commanding officer of 8 Air Communications and Control Squadron from July 2014 to July 2015, Major Ferriss demonstrated superior vision and professionalism. He orchestrated the transfer of command to 2 Wing, which aligned Royal Canadian Air Force expeditionary capabilities. During a year-long transition period, he enabled the rapid projection of air power by way of his unit’s involvement in 12 exercises and operations. Major Ferriss’ efforts contributed to the Canadian Armed Forces’ international reputation for excellence.
20591 Lieutenant-Colonel Luc Joseph Girouard, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
Sainte-Marie-de-Kent, New Brunswick
From February 2013 to November 2014, Lieutenant-Colonel Girouard played an instrumental role as commanding officer of 2 Air Expeditionary Squadron, increasing the expeditionary capabilities of the Royal Canadian Air Force. His unit’s performance and contributions were vital to developing support elements used during exercises and air operations. Lieutenant-Colonel Girouard’s efforts helped advance a new air expeditionary squadron for Canada and benefitted the Canadian Armed Forces as a whole.
16303 Colonel Mario Leblanc, M.S.M., C.D.
Colonel Leblanc demonstrated outstanding leadership while serving in Haiti as chief of staff from June 2014 to July 2015. His empathy for the Haitian people and his dedication to the mission instilled a sense of pride and unity within the multinational environment. His effective management of the peacekeeping forces and his knowledge of the security context maintained stability during the broad-based reduction in activities and military forces. Colonel Leblanc’s actions brought great credit to the Canadian Armed Forces and to Canada.
13908 Colonel Russell Barry Mann, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D. (Ret’d)
From 2012 to April 2015, Colonel Mann successfully transformed Military Family Services into a vibrant entity endowed with renewed inspiration to address and respond to the challenges facing Canadian Armed Forces military families. Displaying great leadership, Colonel Mann has revolutionized the organization’s services and programs. He has become the voice of military families in Canada, leaving an unmatched legacy within the Military Family Services organization.
If we missed anyone with a military college connection please let us know.
Presentation of Meritorious Service Decorations (Military Division) and Decorations for Bravery – GG speech