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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      

Order of Military Merit

The Order of Military Merit was instituted in 1971 as part of the new Canadian Honours System.  Membership in the order is awarded for "conspicuous merit and exceptional service by members of the Canadian Armed Forces, both Regular and Reserve."  There are three grades, Commander (the highest), Officer, and Member.  The three grades carry post-nominal letters; CMM, OMM and MMM respectively.

The Constitution of the Order limits the number of appointments per year for all three levels combined to one-tenth of one percent of the average number of persons who were members of the Canadian Forces during the previous year. For example, in 1997 110 appointments were made.   The award is thus extremely prestigious.

ribbonomm.gif (1243 bytes) Officer of the Order of Military Merit (OMM)

The Grade of Officer has been traditionally been limited to commissioned officers in the grade of Major, Lieutenant Colonel, or Colonel (in the Army).

By the spring of 2003, there had been just 858 appointments at the Officer level of the Order since the inception of the award in 1972.  At least one Calgary Highlander has been admitted to the order in this level.

Lieutenant Colonel J Lynn Moffatt, OMM, CD


ribbonmmm.gif (1247 bytes) Member of the Order of Military Merit (MMM)

The Grade of Member has been traditionally been limited to Non-Commissioned Members, and Commissioned Members up to the rank (in the Army) of Captain.

By the spring of 2003, there had been just 1,999 appointments at the Member level of the Order since the inception of the award in 1972.  At least four Calgary Highlanders have been admitted to the order in this level while serving as Calgary Highlanders.

Master Warrant Officer Don Maxwell, MMM, CD
Don Maxwell returned to the Calgary Highlanders as Pipe Major in 1977 after a brief two year absence.  While engaged full time in civilian employment with PanCanadian Petroleum (a company with over 1,100 employees) as Comptroller, Pipe Major Maxwell took over a band that had been reactivated in 1975 after being reduced to nil strength in 1969.  The band grew to become the largest pipe band in Calgary under the new leadership and won many awards and competitions.  He was rewarded for his service by being awarded the MMM in 1983.
Chief Warrant Officer Martin McCumber, MMM, CD
Chief Warrant Officer A Sanofsky, MMM, CD
Chief Warrant Officer William Toews, MMM, CD


Honourable Mentions: Calgary Highlanders who have been admitted to the Order after moving on from their duties within the Regiment have included:

Commander of the Order of Military Merit

General AJGD de Chastelain, OC, CMM, CH, CD

General John de Chastelain joined the Calgary Highlanders Pipes and Drums as a Private in January 1956, and in September of that year transferred to the Regular Army, graduating Royal Military College in 1960 and commissioning into the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry.  By September 1989 he had achieved the highest possible rank in the Canadian Armed Forces - General - and was named to the highest military appointment in the land, Chief of Defence Staff.  Made an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Companion of Honour (a British award), he was also named a Commander in the Order of Military Merit.  General de Chastelain, while serving as CDS, paraded once again with the Calgary Highlanders Pipes and Drums in June 1990 during the Presentation of Queen's Colour by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Member of the Order of Military Merit

Chief Warrant Officer Kent Griffiths, MMM, CD

After promotion to 41 Canadian Brigade Group RSM, CWO Griffiths went on to become the senior CWO of the entire Reserve force, and was recognized by admission into the Order in the rank of Member in 2007.

 

 

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