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On July 4th, the Manitoba Branch of the Royal Military Colleges Club of Canada was pleased to announce General R.R. (Ray) Henault, CMM CD, as the 2008 recipient of the Birchall Leadership Award.

The Birchall Leadership Award honours the memory of Air Commodore Leonard J. Birchall, CM, OBE, DFC, OO, CD, the "Saviour of Ceylon", distinguished RMC cadet, career officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force, former Commandant of RMC, Honourary Colonel of 413 Squadron (until his death in September 2004), and Vice Patron of the Royal Military Colleges Club of Canada. Instituted in 2005, the Birchall Leadership Award recognizes integrity, responsibility, and moral courage in an individual:

General Henault was born and raised in Manitoba, served as former Canadian Forces Chief of Defence Staff, and serves as outgoing Chairman of the NATO Military Committee (CMC). Since joining the Canadian Forces in 1968, General Henault has demonstrated a total commitment to the defence and security of Canada, and to that of the International Community throughout his 40-year military career.

In perhaps the most difficult and challenging years since Canada and NATO countries committed to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in support of the Government and Leadership of Afghanistan; the role of NATO CMC been critical to the success of the mission. It is with respect to his arduous work, dedication and strong leadership that General Henault is being honoured with the Birchall Leadership Award.

The Award will be presented by the Royal Military Colleges Club of Canada (Manitoba Branch) at the Military Family Resource Centre, (MFRC) "Yellow Ribbon Gala & Birchall Leadership Award Presentation"; Saturday February 21, 2009 at the Delta Hotel, Winnipeg.

Previous recipients of the Award include:

2005 Arthur R. Smith, OC, DFC, AOE, LLD, DCL(Hon)

2006 General A.J.G.D. de Chastelain, OC, CMM, CD, CH, LLD, BA

2007 Major Danny McLeod, MC, CD

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