OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 8, 2012) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, announces the awarding of one Meritorious Service Cross, nine Meritorious Service Medals and one Mention in Dispatches to members of the Chief of Defence Intelligence (CDI) and the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM).
These members were presented with their decorations today during a private ceremony at Rideau Hall. They were recognized for military deeds performed in a highly professional manner and for specific achievements that brought honour to the Canadian Forces and to Canada. For security and operational reasons, recipients' names and citations are not released.
Additional information on Meritorious Service Decorations and Mention in Dispatches is attached.
FACT SHEET ON MERITORIOUS SERVICE DECORATIONS
The Meritorious Service Decorations include a military division and a civil division, with two levels each: a medal and a cross. The military division recognizes individuals for their outstanding professionalism and for bringing honour to the Canadian Forces and to Canada. The civil division recognizes individuals who have performed an exceptional deed or an activity that brought honour to the community or to Canada.
||The Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division) recognizes a military deed or activity that has been performed in an outstandingly professional manner, according to a rare high standard that brings considerable benefit or great honour to the Canadian Forces.
||The Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division) recognizes a military deed or activity performed in a highly professional manner, according to a very high standard that brings benefit or honour to the Canadian Forces.
These decorations are an important part of the Canadian Honours System, which recognizes excellence. Meritorious Service Decorations honour either a single achievement or an activity over a specified period. The Meritorious Service Decorations are open to both Canadians and non-Canadians.
Anyone may nominate an individual for the civil division of the Meritorious Service Decorations, while military candidates are recommended by the chief of the Defence Staff. Nominations and awards may be made posthumously, but nominations for activities that occurred prior to June 1984, the year in which the honour was first created, are not accepted.
FACT SHEET ON MENTION IN DISPATCHES
Her Majesty The Queen created the Mention in Dispatches on June 3, 1991, to honour members of the Canadian Forces on active service and other individuals working in conjunction with the Canadian Forces on or after November 1, 1990. The award recognizes valiant conduct, devotion to duty or other distinguished service in combat or near-combat conditions.
The governor general awards Mentions in Dispatches on the recommendation of the chief of the Defence Staff, while presentations are normally made by senior military officials on behalf of the governor general.
The insignia consists of a bronze oak leaf and is worn horizontally on the designated ribbon, with the stalk of the oak leaf farthest from the left shoulder.