Col. James Covel (left), Virginia Wing commander, presents 2nd L. Peter Vallee the Canadian Commander-In-Chief Unit Commendation Insignia.
Photo by 2nd Lt. Jan Kopacz
Capt. Kevin Brownstein
Public Affairs Officer
Herndon Composite Squadron
Second Lt. Peter Vallee of the Herndon Composite Squadron was awarded the Canadian Commander-In-Chief Unit Commendation insignia in recognition of his service 2007-2008 as a Canadian Armed Forces sergeant during operations in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
The commendation insignia is given to Canadian military units for “an extraordinary deed or activity of a rare high standard in extremely hazardous circumstances.” Vallee’s former colleagues received the award during a formal parade Nov. 11 in Montreal.
The Canadian Armed Forces contacted Civil Air Patrol about presenting Vallee’s insignia in a formal ceremony. The presentation took place in Herndon with the Virginia Wing’s commander, Col. James Covel, presiding and Lt. Col. Clay Wilkins, Herndon Composite commander, assisting.
Vallee is the Herndon squadron’s disaster preparedness officer and aerospace education officer as well as an active emergency services participant as a mission scanner and observer. His CAP honors include the Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager Aerospace Education Achievement Award and the 2016 Unit Citation Award as a member of the Virginia Wing’s Leesburg Composite Squadron.