OTTAWA – Lt.-Col Mason Stalker received a special military honour at the hands of the Governor General during a presentation ceremony at Rideau Hall.
Lt-Col. Stalker was one of 45 military and civilian personnel from both Canada and other countries receiving honours from His Excellency, the Right Honourable David Johnston on Nov. 15.
The Revelstoke native received the Meritorious Service Medal (military division) for his actions as commanding officer in Afghanistan of the Canadian contingent at the Regional Command (South) Headquarters from September 2010 to October 2011, and also during his assigned duties as executive officer to the deputy commanding general at the time.
“Lt-Col. Stalker displayed leadership and tactical acumen,” stated the Governor General, before presenting the medal. “Responsible for operations in the most volatile and violent region of Afghanistan, he was instrumental to operational success and significantly contributed to defeating the insurgents.”
His Excellency noted that Lt.-Col. Stalker’s performance “was of a high standard and brought honour to the Canadian Forces and to Canada.”