His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, presented Meritorious Service Decorations (Military Division) and a Bravery Decoration to members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and allied forces at a ceremony at Rideau Hall April 4. Johnston presented ﬁve Meritorious Service Crosses (Military Division) and 18 Meritorious Service Medals (Military Division) to individuals whose speciﬁc achievements have brought honour to the CAF and to Canada. He presented one Medal of Bravery to a CAF member who has performed an act of bravery in hazardous circumstances. Lieutenant-Colonel Brendan Cook, Ottawa, and former commanding officer of 405 (Long Range Patrol) Squadron, 14 Wing Greenwood; was presented with the Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division). While deployed to Kuwait from October 2014 to April 2015 as the Long Range Patrol Detachment commander, Cook led the training, deployment, activation and execution of overland Aurora combat missions that provided intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities over Iraq. Despite a gruelling tempo, he oversaw the successful implementation of an extensive array of new capabilities that provided critical support to the coalition. Cook’s performance was integral to mission success and enhanced the reputation of the Canadian Armed Forces.
Former CO 405 Sqn Receives MSM
Lieutenant-Colonel Brendan Cook, left, was presented with the Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division) by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada April 4 in Ottawa.
Master Corporal V. Carbonneau, Rideau Hall