Governor General David Johnston awarded 43 military decorations at Rideau Hall yesterday. Included in the recipients is a Burlington native, Corporal Joy Francis. The MSM is a decoration normally reserved for senior officers, and some senior non-commissioned. It is rarely given to non-officers, especially of such low rank as Corporal. For a Corporal to be granted such an honour reveals more than possible in the short citation attached to the award. Well done Corporal Francis.

Corporal Joy Francis, M.S.M.
Burlington, Ontario
Meritorious Service Medal (Military Division)

While deployed to Afghanistan with the All Source Intelligence Centre, from May to December 2010, Corporal Francis was instrumental to the unit’s ability to provide thorough intelligence support to Canadian and coalition units. Possessing a profound knowledge of the intelligence process, counter-insurgency warfare, the enemy and the battlespace, she worked diligently to provide timely and actionable intelligence to ground forces. Corporal Francis’ efforts were critical to the success of numerous combat operations.