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Current Awards:  Victoria Cross OMM/MMM MSM (Cdn) MiD    
Former Awards: Imp.Honours & Foreign DSO MC DCM MSM (Brit) MM 
Service Awards: United Nations NATO Foreign Volunteer Long  
Commemoratives: Confederation Jubilee Provincial      
Canadian Meritorious Service Medal

The Canadian Meritorious Service Medal was introduced as part of the Canadian Honours system. From the Governor General of Canada's website:

Created by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Meritorious Service Decorations recognize Canadians for exceptional deeds that bring honour to our country. The cross was originally created in 1984, for members of the military. In 1991, a medal was added to the military division, and both the cross and medal were introduced for civilians.

A rare distinction, it was awarded fewer than 200 times throughout the entire Canadian Forces from 2002 to 2007 inclusive. From the Veterans' Affairs of Canada website:

The Meritorious Service Medal (military division) recognizes a military deed or activity that has been performed in a highly professional manner or of a very high standard that brings benefit or honour to the Canadian Forces.

At least two recipients have been from The Calgary Highlanders.

Chief Warrant Officer Emmett Kelly, MSM, CD

Notice has been received that CWO Kelly has been selected to receive the MSM with an investiture to be held in the autumn of 2017. The notice from the Governor General's office indicates that CWO Kelly is being recognized for  "leadership and planning during the 2015 100th anniversary of the 2nd Battle of Ypres."

A number of activities occurred during the 2015 anniversary, including a two-week pilgrimage to the United Kingdom, France and Belgium. During the tour, the Regiment was hosted at Canada House to tea with the Colonel-in-Chief, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, following a parade through the Canada Gate at Buckingham Palace to the Canada Memorial at Green Park. On 22 April 2015, 100 years later to the day, The Calgary Highlanders and The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary's) stepped off on the road from Mouse Trap Farm and followed the path of their predecessor units, the 10th and 16th Battalions, CEF, and marched to Kitcheners Wood, the site of their famous counter-attack at the start of the 2nd Battle of Ypres. Both units dined on the battlefield and commemorated the attack of their forefathers with local Belgian citizens who paid host to them with a chicken dinner. Other activities included shooting vintage weapons on the range at Bisley, parading at the Menin Gate during the Last Post ceremony, and visits to significant battlefields at Vimy, the Somme, Walcheren Causeway and Normandy.


CWO Kelly, serving as Brigade RSM of 41 CBG, on parade in Green Park
during the 2015 Centennial activities.

Warrant Officer Michael Smith, MSM, CD

Warrant Officer Michael Bradley Smith, M.S.M., C.D.
Calgary, Alberta
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

From May 4 to November 2006, Warrant Officer Smith served as the senior tactics and weapons maintenance instructor for the Armoured Vehicle General Purpose and Machine Gun course, two critical components of operations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. His outstanding leadership and technical expertise contributed to a significant improvement in the operational effectiveness of UN patrols conducted in some of the world’s most unforgiving environmental conditions. In a diverse and complex mission, Warrant Officer Smith’s dogged determination, technical expertise and strength of character enhanced the operational effectiveness of over 200 African Union soldiers.

2 Oct 2007 Rideau Hall, Ottawa Ontario, Canada Military Valour and Meritorious Service medal presentations. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada presents Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division) (MSM) to Warrant Officer Michael Bradley Smith. From May to November 2006, Warrant Officer Smith served as the senior tactics and weapons maintenance instructor for the Armoured Vehicle General Purpose and Machine Gun course, two critical components of operations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. His outstanding leadership and technical expertise contributed to a significant improvement in the operational effectiveness of UN patrols conducted in some of the world’s most unforgiving environmental conditions. In a diverse and complex mission, Warrant Officer Smith’s dogged determination, technical expertise and strength of character enhanced the operational effectiveness of over 200 African Union soldiers. 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. Photo by Cpl Bern LeBlanc


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