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For Navy Appreciation Day in late October, the Navy League of Canada publicly recognized the work of navy personnel for their achievements at home and abroad. This year, the recipients were: LCdr Stephane Julien, LCdr Mike Mangin, LS Sara-Eve Parent, LS Douglas Young, MS Richard Hussey, and CP02 Thomas Curley.

LCdr Stephane Julien has served in the RCN for over 20 years. Of those, he served three years on an exchange position aboard Belgian mine hunters. He deployed to Kandahar in 2010 where he served as officer in command of the Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Training Company. He developed courses to train over 65,000 NATO soldiers from 12 different nations in counter-insurgency and to help troops detect and disarm IEDs. For his efforts in Afghanistan, including contributions to training 24 new Afghan teams in explosive ordnance disposal, he was awarded the United States Bronze Star.

LCdr Mike Mangin joined the navy in 1990 and was promoted to his current rank in 2008. He spent a year as the officer in charge of submarine training in the CF Naval Operations School. He also deployed to Afghanistan for 10 months serving in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) headquarters. Today, he is the Fleet Operations Officer for Canadian Fleet Pacific in Esquimalt, BC. He was the lead planner for Canadian Task Force 176 Expeditionary Strike Group that was part of the Rim of the Pacific Exercise that involved 25,000 personnel from 22 different nations.

LS Sara-Eve Parent, who joined the naval reserves in 2004, serves as a police officer of the Surete du Quebec provincial police force in her civilian career. During the CF response to the floods in Manitoba, LS Parent applied her skills from her previous naval trade as a boatswain and assisted boat crews. She was awarded, in part, for her extraordinary performance and commitment. She received the Joint Task Force (West) Commendation and was voted Sailor of the Year 2010-2011 by her naval reserve division.

LS Douglas Young was initially a naval reservist in 2005, but transferred five years later when he was selected for the Close Protection Program--a unit responsible for the protection of VIPs in high-threat theatres of operation. He was hand-picked by CF Provost Marshal to be a part of the small team of bodyguards of the Canadian embassy in Kabul. He was personal body guard to Canadian Charge d'affaires Shelley Whiting. He has received the Canadian Forces' General Campaign Star for his service overseas.

CP02 Thomas Curley has served in the CF since 1982 and has served both as a part-time and full-time reservist. He has had a broad naval career, serving on numerous ships and in a number of key positions. On HMCS Discovery, he was in the senior position of coxswain. Today, he is a liaison officer with Joint Task Force (Pacific). Curley is not just accomplished in his military career; as a civilian, he was recently appointed by the B.C. premier as an alternate commissioner with the Skagit Environment Endowment Commission--a commission of both Seattle and B.C. appointees that addresses environmental issues in the Upper Skagit Watershed. He has received the Chief of the Defence Staff Commendation for his work to support a special project committee.

The award recipients spent a weekend in Ottawa, including an official ceremony on Parliament Hill. Bravo Zulu to all recipients from Esprit de Corps.


Former Calgary Highlanders Honourary Colonel Frederick Mannix. A leading figure in the business world, Frederick Mannix has been a passionate advocate of the Canadian Forces. Dedicated to enhancing the role of our military at home and abroad, he has lent his vision to the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute, the University of Calgary's Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, and the Canadian Forces Liaison Council. He has also helped preserve our rich heritage through his unstinting support of the Museum of the Regiments in Calgary.

The Vimy Award was granted at the Conference of Defence Associations Institute's gala reception on November 9 at the Canadian War Museum.

The Vimy Award honours the bravery and sacrifices of the Canadian soldiers who were victorious at the Battle of Vimy Ridge in April 1917. Fighting together for the first time, the battle won by the four divisions of the Canadian Corps brought global recognition to the nation's arms and declared Canada a young nation entitled to a place at the councils of the world. Since 1991, the Vimy Award, which is sponsored by the CDAI, has recognized a Canadian who has made a significant and outstanding contribution to the defence and security of our nation and the preservation of our democratic values.


Scott Taylor, the publisher of Esprit de Corps magazine, was decorated with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by General Peter Devlin in front of the Peacekeeping Monument in Ottawa last month. Bravo Zulo boss!

~ with files by Megan Brush, Julie Simoneau
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Title Annotation:INCOMING; military honors and awards
Author:Brush, Megan
Publication:Esprit de Corps
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Date:Dec 1, 2012
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