February 29, 2016 – Puvirnituq, Quebec – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
Brigadier-General Stéphane Lafaut, Commander 2nd Canadian Division and Joint Task Force (East), today presented the third clasp to the Canadian Forces’ Decoration to eight Canadian Rangers from Nunavik, each of whom have 42 years of dedicated service.
Recognizing 42 years of service by an individual is a rare occasion in the Canadian Armed Forces and this presentation to eight dedicated members is a historic moment for the Canadian Rangers; the organization known as the eyes and ears of the military in the North and remote areas of Canada.
These members have shown great commitment to Canada and have marked their service with distinct pride and professionalism, indicative of the Canadian Rangers, in the accomplishment of their mission.
“The contribution of the Canadian Rangers is a key factor in the success of Canadian Army operations. What you have accomplished is a true source of inspiration that warrants the deepest admiration and gratitude of the entire Defence Team. It is a great honour for the Canadian Army to highlight your commitment to protecting Canadians and providing security in Northern Canada.”
Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse, Commander, Canadian Army
“The third clasp to the Canadian Forces’ Decoration in recognition of 42 years of loyal service is not often presented. Today, I have the privilege of presenting it to eight recipients. Your service and commitment is a clear demonstration of your unwavering support to the Canadian Armed Forces and to Canada. It is a pleasure and an honour to be here with you to celebrate this achievement.”
Brigadier-General Stéphane Lafaut, Commander, 2nd Canadian Division and Joint Task Force (East)
· The eight recipients, who enrolled in 1972, serve in the Akulivik (3) and Puvirnituq (5) Canadian Ranger patrols:
· Ranger Alasuak Alayco
· Ranger Georges Nunga
· Ranger Simon Novalinga
· Ranger Peter Ittukallak
· Ranger Adamie Anautak
· Ranger William Nappatuk
· Ranger Juanasi Tulugak
· Corporal Paulusi Novalinga
· These Canadian Rangers are dedicated members who are involved in their community and have devoted their lives to serving others.
· The mission of the Canadian Rangers is to provide lightly-equipped and self-sufficient mobile forces in support of Canadian Armed Forces sovereignty and domestic operations in Canada.
· There are approximately 5000 Canadian Rangers across Canada in 200 communities.
· The guests in attendance at the ceremony include Levi Amarualik, Mayor of Puvirnituq, Jennifer Munick, Chairperson of the Executive Committee of the Kativik Regional Government, and Bernard Voyer, the Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of 2nd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group.