A rare and historic moment for Canadian Rangers was celebrated on Feb. 29 when Brigadier-General Stéphane Lafaut, Commander 2nd Canadian Division and Joint Task Force, presented eight Canadian Rangers from Nunavik with the third clasp to the Canadian Forces’ Decoration. Each ranger has 42 years of service, a rare accomplishment in the CAF.
“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,” said Lafaut.
These dedicated rangers have served according to the mission of Canadian Rangers since 1972, which is to provide lightly-equipped and self-sufficient mobile forces in support of Canadian Armed Forces sovereignty and domestic operations in Canada.
The eight rangers, who serve in the Akulivik and Puvirnituq Canadian Ranger Patrols, are Ranger Alasauk Aayco, Ranger Georges Nunga, Ranger Simon Novalinga, Ranger peter Ittukallak, Ranger Adamie Anautak, Ranger William Nappatuk, Ranger Juanasi Tulugak and Corporal Paulusi Novalinga.
These rangers are known to have shown great commitment to Canada and have exemplified distinct pride and professionalism.
“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,” said Lieutenant-General Marquis Hainse, Commander, Canadian Army.
This historic occasion was attended by many guests including 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.
There are currently approximately 5000 Canadian Rangers in 200 Canadian communities.