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Presentation of the Commander-in-Chief Unit Commendation

Presentation of the Commander-in-Chief Unit Commendation
May 23, 2012

Governor General Announces the Awarding and Presentation of the
Commander-in-Chief Unit Commendation
OTTAWA— His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, announces the awarding and presentation of the Commander-in-Chief Unit Commendation to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (United States Army). On behalf of the Governor General, Lieutenant-General Stuart Beare, C.M.M., M.S.M., C.D., Commander Canadian Expeditionary Force Command, presented this honour to the battalion during a ceremony at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on May 23, 2012.

1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (United States Army)
Fort Bragg, North Carolina, U.S.A.

During August and September 2006, the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), United States Army, displayed extraordinary heroism and outstanding combat ability while battling insurgents in support of a Canadian-led operation in Afghanistan. After completing their initial objectives, they willingly engaged a much larger force to secure the Canadian Battle Group’s flank and prevent the enemy from staging an effective counter-offensive. Outnumbered and facing a well-prepared enemy, they were relentless in their assault and eventually captured the position after days of intense fighting.

The Commander-in-Chief Unit Commendation was created on July 3, 2002, to recognize outstanding service by units of the Canadian Forces under direct fire in times of conflict. This commendation is the highest level of award a military unit can receive from Canada and only six such commendations have ever been awarded to Canadian Forces units. The 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) is the first-ever allied unit to be awarded this honour by Canada.

For additional information on this honour, please see the attached backgrounder.

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The Commander-in-Chief Unit Commendation may be awarded to any unit or sub-unit of the Canadian Forces, or to any similar organization of a foreign armed force working with or in conjunction with the Canadian Forces, that has performed an extraordinary deed or activity of a rare high standard in extremely hazardous circumstances. Commander-in-Chief Unit Commendations are restricted to war or war-like conditions in an active theatre of operations.

The Commander-in-Chief Unit Commendation is composed of a scroll, insignia and pennant.

The framed gold-embossed scroll is inscribed with the name of the formation, unit or sub-unit concerned, bears an appropriate citation, and is signed by the governor general as the commander-in-chief of the Canadian Forces.

The insignia is a gold bar with the viceregal lion in full colour. One insignia is given to each member of the unit.

The accompanying pennant is a permanent symbol of the award and may be flown or displayed as a public distinction.



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