From Ottawa Citizen:
Petawawa-based special forces soldiers recognized for bravery in Afghanistan
Members of the special forces regiment in Petawawa were recognized Friday for their bravery during an intense gun battle in Afghanistan in 2011.
Governor General David Johnston announced the awarding of Stars of Military Valour and a Medal of Military Valour to members of the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command.
Johnston presented the medals in a closed door ceremony Friday. General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff, was also in attendance. “The recipients were recognized for devotion to duty and acts of valour in the presence of the enemy and for military deeds performed in a highly professional manner,” the news release from Johnston’s office stated.
The Star of Military Valour is awarded for distinguished and valiant service in the presence of the enemy. It is considered in the Canadian system to be the second highest award for military valour. The Victoria Cross is the highest.
The Medal of Military Valour, considered the third highest honour, is awarded for an act of valour or devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy. The medals are linked to a May 7, 2011 firefight during a Taliban attack on Kandahar City....
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