OTTAWA -- David Johnston, Governor General of
Canada, will present a Meritorious Service Medal on Thursday to
Major Derek Prohar, a McGill University graduate
from Avonlea, Sask., who played hockey and football at McGill.
The presentation ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m., in
It is the second military decoration for Prohar, who previously
received the Medal of Military Valour in 2007, after working as a
liaison officer with the United States Special Forces in
Afghanistan during the battle at Sperwan Ghar, September 5-12,
Prohar was a defensive back with the McGill Redmen football team
for one season, then joined the hockey Redmen, where he played at
forward and patrolled the blueline from 1994 to 1998. He won the
University's Richard Pound Award in 1998 for proficiency and
leadership in athletics before graduating with a bachelor's degree,
majoring in economics and political science.
Prohar was an Operational Mentor and Liaison Team operations
officer and headquarters company commander in Afghanistan. He
planned and influenced operations, guaranteeing the necessary
support to mentor teams operating in isolated and high-threat
In 2006, he held the rank of captain and was working as the rear
machine gunner on the battalion commander's vehicle when wounded by
an improvised explosive device during an intense enemy ambush and
despite his injuries. He continued returning fire and assisted the
commander with the control of the attack, which resulted in the
successful seizing of key terrain.
The Governor General will present seven Medals of Military
Valour to members of the Canadian Forces who have displayed
gallantry and devotion to duty in combat, as well as four
Meritorious Service Crosses (Military Division) and 28 Meritorious
Service Medals (Military Division) to individuals whose specific
achievements have brought honour to the Canadian Forces and to
MILITARY VALOUR DECORATIONS
Medal of Military Valour
Captain William Todd Fielding, M.M.V.,
Niagara Falls, Ont.
Master Corporal Adam Holmes,
Master Corporal Gilles-Remi Mikkelson,
Bella Coola, B.C.
Private Philip Millar,
Lower Sackville, N.S.
Master Corporal Paul Douglas Mitchell,
Private John Nelson,
Sergeant Graham Marc Verrier, M.M.V.,
MERITORIOUS SERVICE DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Cross (Military
Colonel Christian Drouin, M.S.C.,
Colonel Simon Charles Hetherington, M.S.C.,
C.D. Oakville, Ont.
Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Simon Armand Vinet, M.M.M., M.S.C.,
C.D. Longueuil, Que.
Lieutenant-Colonel Jerome Francis Walsh, M.S.C.,
C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Meritorious Service Medal (Military
Colonel David Edward Barr, M.S.M.,
Major Annie Bouchard, M.S.M.,
Master Corporal Danny Denis Boyd, M.S.M.,
Colonel Shane Anthony Brennan, M.S.M.,
Corporal Bobby Brown,
Holland Centre, Ont.
Lieutenant-Colonel Kenneth Freeman Butterworth, M.S.M., C.D.
Glace Bay, N.S.
Colonel James Roy Forestell, M.S.M.,
Warrant Officer Joseph Jacques Friolet, M.S.M.,
C.D. Bathurst, N.B.
Colonel Raymond Marc Gagne, M.S.M.,
St-Gilles de Lotbiniere, Que.
Lieutenant-Commander Louis Christian Hache, M.S.M.,
C.D.Petit-Rocher, N.B. and Middle Sackville, N.S.
Captain(N) Richard Philip Harrison, O.M.M., M.S.M.,
Colonel Jeffrey Holachek, M.S.M. (United States
Army) Cleveland, Ohio,
Major Patrick John Koch, M.S.M.,
White Rock, B.C.
Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Frederick McGrath, O.M.M., M.S.M.,
C.D. St. John's, N.L.
Sergeant Charles Andrew McLean, M.M.M., M.S.M.,
C.D. Ottawa, Ont.
Captain(N) John Frederick Newton, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
Captain James Alan O'Neill, M.S.M.,
Warrant Officer George Nelson Parrott, M.S.M.,
C.D. Duncan, B.C.
Lieutenant-Colonel Michael Brian Patrick, M.S.M., C.D.
Captain(N) Kenneth John Pickford, M.S.M.,
Ont. & Halifax, N.S.
Major Derek Prohar, M.M.V.,
Major Liam Wade Rutland, M.S.M.,
Lieutenant-Colonel Andrew Scheidl, M.S.M.,
Captain Robert Scott,
Prince Albert, Sask.
Major Donald James Senft, M.S.M.,
Lieutenant-Colonel Jeffery Douglas Smyth, M.S.M., C.D.
Lieutenant-Colonel Michael Whited, Jr., M.S.M. (United
Colorado Springs, States Army) Colorado, U.S.A.
Brigadier-General Gregory Achilles Young, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D.
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