Rick Hillier
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"Rick Hillier" Order of Canada/OC, Order of Military Merit (Canada)/CMM, Order of Newfoundland and Labrador/ONL, Meritorious Service Decoration (Canada)/MSC, Canadian Forces Decoration/CD (born 1955) is a former Chief of the Defence Staff (Canada)/Chief of the Defence Staff of the Canadian Forces. He held this appointment from February 4, 2005, to July 1, 2008. He retired on July 1, 2008, and was replaced by former Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff (VCDS) Walter Natynczyk. He is also the highest ranking Newfoundland and Labrador officer in history.

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In fact, that vehicle, and our soldiers are the envy of almost every other contingent in Afghanistan or around the Western military forces here.

It was your combined efforts that made your response to this crisis so remarkable.