Chief of the Defence Staff Commendation and Canadian Forces Medallion for Distinguished Service

Article / February 16, 2017

My congratulations to today’s recipients of the Chief of the Defence Staff Commendation and Distinguished Service Medallion. Your service to the Canadian Armed Forces and to Canada is outstanding.

Chief of the Defence Staff Commendation

The Chief of the Defence Staff Commendation is awarded by the Chief of the Defence Staff to recognize deeds or activities beyond the demand of normal duty.

  • Corporal Erik Altoft (Governor General’s Foot Guards)
  • Master Corporal Sean Chard (Canadian Special Operations Command)
  • Master Corporal Cherchnev (Canadian Special Operations Command)
  • Major Timothy Day (Canadian Special Operations Command)
  • Warrant Officer Dustin Dorken (Vice Chief of the Defence Staff)
  • Master Warrant Officer Vincent Downs (Canadian Forces Language School)
  • Lieutenant Colonel (now Colonel) Shayne Elder (Royal Canadian Air Force)
  • Captain Jose Fernandez (Canadian Army)
  • Major Morgan Hladik (Vice Chief of the Defence Staff and Governor General’s Foot Guards)
  • Master Corporal Hugo Hodgett (Canadian Special Operations Command)
  • Ms. Margaret Lehre ((Doctors Without Borders)
  • Mr. Martin Magnan (DND/CAF Ombudsman)
  • Lieutenant (Navy) (Retired) Kevin Patrick McNamara
  • Major (now Lieutenant Colonel) Eric Quirion (Royal Canadian Navy)
  • Captain Paul Schenk (Royal Canadian Air Force)
  • Major Jason Thompson (Canadian Special Operations Command)

Canadian Forces Medallion for Distinguished Service

The Canadian Forces Medallion for Distinguished Service is awarded by the Chief of the Defence Staff on behalf of the Canadian Armed Forces to recognize distinguished or outstanding service performed by persons other than active military personnel or by civilian groups.

  • Captain (Retired) Suzanne Jaenen
  • Colonel (Retired) Douglas Stannage Moreside
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