Congratulations to our French Comrade

By CDR Jeffrey Fallat, USA-N, Department Director DL, 19 May 21

Ceremony

The ceremony

The NATO School Oberammergau (NSO) is proud to announce that on the occasion of the commemoration of the Victory Day, Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Fabien Le Camus received the Médaille Militaire. The Medal was handed over during a military ceremony in reduced format, near his home town in Alsace, France.

This medal is awarded for 31 years of active duty, of which 30 years in the French Troupes de Marine. For CSM Le Camus it was a great honour to receive the most senior entirely military active French decoration.

CSM LeCamus

CSM Le Camus

CSM LeCamus

CSM Le Camus

CSM LeCamus

CSM Le Camus

Médaille militaire

Médaille militaire

The Médaille militaire (Military Medal) is a military decoration of the French Republic for other ranks for meritorious service and acts of bravery in action against an enemy force. It is the third highest award of the French Republic, after the Légion d'honneur, a civil and military order, and the ordre de la Libération, a Second World War-only order.

The Médaille militaire is therefore the most senior entirely military active French decoration.

The award was first established in 1852 by the first President of the French Republic, Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte who may have taken his inspiration from a medal established and awarded by his father, Louis Bonaparte, King of Holland.

Like many other French awards, the médaille can be awarded for different reasons. It can be awarded

  • To foreign nationals serving with or alongside the French armed forces.
  • To members of the military other than commissioned officers (including enlisted ranks).
  • As an award for valour, it is the second highest award ranking immediately after the Légion d'honneur.
  • As an in between medal for enlisted members and NCO awarded the Légion d'honneur for "combat actions", nowadays mostly done posthumously.
  • As a service medal, for long-serving NCOs.
  • To generals and admirals who have been commanders-in-chief, as a supreme award for leadership. These general officers must already have been awarded the grand cross of the Légion d'honneur.
Ceremony

The ceremony