By Colonel William Rowell, U.S. Defense Attaché –
As United Stated of America Vice President Mike Pence said during a recent visit to Ottawa, “The United States and Canada have stood shoulder to shoulder in the defense of freedom for generations. Our ancestors fought side by side in the great conflicts of the 20th century. And in recent years, our armed forces have fought against the scourge of radical Islamic terrorism across the Middle East. And both of our nations have endured great sacrifice.”
On 16 July, 2019, the United States Embassy in Ottawa celebrated the United States’ historic alliance with Canada by awarding thirteen Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members for their contributions to the U.S. Armed Forces. The annual award ceremony hosted at the Embassy congratulated members who have displayed an exceptional commitment to service. These CAF members have worked in solidarity with U.S. military counterparts by serving at a U.S. military unit or under U.S. command to provide defense and security.
“Your service has greatly contributed to the defense of North America,” said Richard Mills Jr., Deputy Chief of Mission to the U.S. Embassy Ottawa.
The awards ceremony became a true celebration of friendship thanks to a rousing performance by the historic Canadian Ceremonial Guard following the recognition of the medals.
The United States is proud to call Canada its steadfast ally and I was personally honored by the opportunity to recognize the contributions of the men and women of the Canadian military for their cooperation every day in overseas operations, multinational coalitions, and in military exercises around the globe. Thank you for your service.
The ceremony recognized the following CAF members:
- Major-General Jocelyn Paul Legion of Merit (Degree of Officer)
- Brigadier-General (ret’d) Martin Andres Frank Legion of Merit (Degree of Officer)
- Colonel Brian Nekurak Defense Meritorious Service Medal
- Lieutenant-Colonel Phillip Breton Defense Meritorious Service Medal
- Major Matthew Charette Defense Meritorious Service Medal
- Major Michael B. Peters Defense Meritorious Service Medal
- Major Sepp J.W. Rodgers Defense Meritorious Service Medal
- Major William L. Smith Defense Meritorious Service Medal
- Captain (N) (ret’d) Steve E. Irwin Meritorious Service Medal
- Lieutenant-Colonel (ret’d) Kevin H. Tromp Meritorious Service Medal
- Major Jason Czarnecki Meritorious Service Medal
- Major Jaime Phillips Army Commendation Medal
- Lieutenant (N) Desmond James Macmillan Joint Service Achievement Medal
All photos from the ceremony may be viewed here.
Photo: U.S. EMBASSY OTTAWA’S PRESS OFFICE/Mariah MacKeigan
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