Yarmouth native receives meritorious service medal

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Petty Officer (first class) Jeff Kenney received a meritorious service medal from Governor General David Johnston during a ceremony in Ottawa Feb. 18.

Petty Officer (first class) Jeff Kenney, a Yarmouth native living in Ottawa, received a meritorious service medal Feb. 18 in recognition of his tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2012.

Governor General David Johnston presented the medal in the nation’s capital, where about 30 people were honoured.

As the signals intelligence team leader from February to November 2012, Kenney “greatly contributed to improving protection for coalition forces operating within Kabul,” says the award citation provided by the governor general’s office.

Kenney “worked relentlessly to refine the tactics, techniques and procedures related to intelligence collection and dissemination. He also enhanced threat knowledge and enabled the identification and interdiction of insurgent networks.”

Through these accomplishments, Kenney “established himself as a leader in his field and significantly bolstered the Canadian Armed Forces’ reputation in Afghanistan.”

Kenney has done three tours in Afghanistan. Prior to 2012, he was there in 2005 and 2002.

Kenney graduated from Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School in the mid-1990s and joined the armed forces in 1998.

He is based at CFS Leitrim in Ottawa, where he is training manager.




Organizations: Canadian Armed Forces, Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School

Geographic location: Afghanistan, Yarmouth, Ottawa Kabul

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