Colonel Sajjan Get Canadian Military’s Highest Recognition

Lt. Col. Harjit Singh Sajjan with Canada's Governor General at the award ceremony

Lt. Col. Harjit Singh Sajjan with Canada's Governor General at the Awards presentation ceremony in Ottawa

By R. Paul Dhillon

VANCOUVER – Decorated Canadian war veteran Lt. Col Harjit S received the Order of Military Merit last Friday, one of the military’s highest recognition, the Order of Military Merit.

He is the first Sikh to receive this award and continues to be a role model for youth across the country as he prepares to serve his country in new ways.

Sajjan, who is rumoured to be running for the Vancouver South federal Liberal nomination and close to federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, is the son of the former member of the World Sikh Organization (WSO) Kundan Singh Sajjan.

Sajjan is an Afghanistan war hero who is the first Sikh to command a Canadian Army regiment and who was portrayed as a role model in Ottawa’s latest Welcome to Canada booklet for immigrants.

Sajjan is also a former Vancouver police officer, decorated after serving once in Bosnia and three times in Afghanistan.

Sajjan joined the British Columbia Regiment as a Trooper in 1989 and was commissioned in the Regiment in 1991.   He was promoted to Captain in 1995 and to Major in 2005.  Lt.-Col. Sajjan has served in Bosnia-Herzegovina as well as three deployments to Afghanistan, most recently in November 2010 he was requested to serve as the Special Assistant to US Army Major-General James Terry, Commanding General of 10th Mountain Division and Commander of Regional Command South.

Earlier, Sajjan has history by becoming the first Sikh in Canada to take command of a British Columbia regiment.

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