The award will have been in effect for Admiral Giambastiani since the end of October, of last year. The award has two divisions ó the military and civildivisions, and each division has two ranks; the medal, and the cross (the cross being the higher-ranking of the two). While it is a Canadian award, it can be awarded to non-citizens where such a non-citizen has performed some service or duty that brings honour to the Canadian Forces , Canada, or has been of great benefit to the nation.
Governor General of Canada[/color]]An innovative planner, Admiral Giambastiani, of the United States Navy, has provided outstanding leadership and creativity to ensure that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is ready to meet the challenges of the future. In 2004, he developed new approaches to ensure the advances in technology serve Alliance requirements well into the future. Admiral Giambastianiís personal involvement and skilful execution of his Commands' vital functions have contributed in an outstanding manner to collective security. His achievements have been of great benefit to Canada.
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