Governor General invests RCAF personnel into the Order of Military Merit

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On June 29, 2018, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada Julie Payette, inducted 38 military personnel into the Order of Military Merit. PHOTO: Sergeant Vincent Carbonneau, Rideau Hall © OSGG, 2018, GG02-2018-0185-055

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Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada Julie Payette presided over an Order of Military Merit investiture ceremony at the Residence of the Governor General at the Citadelle of Québec, on June 29, 2018.The Governor General bestowed the honour on five Commanders, seven Officers and 26 Members.

Among the recipients were several members of the Royal Canadian Air Force, including Lieutenant-General Al Meinzinger, commander of the RCAF.

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.).

Please note that the information below reflects the rank and posting of the members at the time of their nomination.

RCAF RECIPIENTS

Commanders

Major-General Christopher John Coates, C.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
North American Aerospace Defense Command
Colorado Springs, United States of America

Major-General Alexander Donald Meinzinger, C.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
Strategic Joint Staff
Ottawa, Ontario
[Editor’s note: Major-General Meinzinger has been promoted lieutenant-general and appointed as commander of the RCAF since his nomination was submitted.]

Officers

Lieutenant-Colonel Brook Garrett Bangsboll, O.M.M., C.D.
Director General, Compensation and Benefits
Ottawa, Ontario

Lieutenant-Colonel Marcy Ellen Spiers, O.M.M., C.D.
1st Canadian Air Division Headquarters
Winnipeg, Manitoba
[Editor’s note: Lieutenant-Colonel Spiers has retired from the Canadian Armed Forces since her nomination was submitted.]

Members

Master Warrant Officer Duane Wilfred Feltham, M.M.M., C.D.
Royal Canadian Air Force Academy
Borden, Ontario
[Editor’s note: Master Warrant Officer Feltham has been commissioned in the rank of captain since his nomination was submitted.]

Warrant Officer Joseph Dany Martin, M.M.M., C.D.
430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron Valcartier
Courcelette, Quebec.
[Editor’s note: Warrant Officer Martin is a member of the Canadian Army employed at 430 Squadron.]

Warrant Officer Teresa Marie Rodden-Aubut, M.M.M., C.D.
Office of the Chief of the Air Force Staff
Ottawa, Ontario
[Editor’s note: Warrant Officer Rodden-Aubut has been promoted to the rank of master warrant officer since her nomination was submitted.]

ORDER OF MILITARY MERIT FACT SHEET

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. 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.

RELATED LINKS

Governor General to invest 38 recipients into the Order of Military Merit at the Citadelle of Québec

Commander of the Order of Military Merit

Officer of the Order of Military Merit

Member of the Order of Military Merit

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