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Orillia native awarded pair of medals for military service 0

On Nov. 29 at the 22 Wing Fitness and Wellness Centre, Col. Conrad Namiesniowski, 22 Wing commander, left, and Chief Warrant Officer Gilles Caouette, right, presented Master Warrant Officer and Orillia native Krzysztof Rylski with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Also celebrating the medal investiture were his mom, Barbara Rylski, wife, Yvonne, dad, Jan, and daughter, Monica Rylski. (Submitted photo)

On Nov. 29 at the 22 Wing Fitness and Wellness Centre, Col. Conrad Namiesniowski, 22 Wing commander, left, and Chief Warrant Officer Gilles Caouette, right, presented Master Warrant Officer and Orillia native Krzysztof Rylski with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Also celebrating the medal investiture were his mom, Barbara Rylski, wife, Yvonne, dad, Jan, and daughter, Monica Rylski. (Submitted photo)

Master Warrant Officer Krzysztof Rylski, who hails from Orillia, was presented with two medals over two days in November for his service with 22 Wing/Canadian Forces Base North Bay.

On Nov. 28, Rylski received the NATO Operation Unified Protector (OUP)—Libya Medal for his participation in Operation Mobile. The next day, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for outstanding leadership and compassion during his years of service to Canada, exemplifying the adage “mission first, people always.”

The NATO OUP—Libya Medal is awarded for 30 consecutive or 60 cumulative days of honourable service under NATO Operation OUP commencing March 23, 2011, and ending Oct. 31, 2011.

Individuals eligible for the medal must have served as part of, or in direct support of, Operation Unified Protector within the political boundaries, territorial waters and airspace of Libya, as well as in or over the central-southern Mediterranean Sea, at the support bases of Trapani and Sigonella, Italy, and at NATO and Canadian Supporting Headquarters in Naples and Poggio Renatico.

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a commemorative medal that was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne.

“My wife and children are so proud for the accomplishment and contribution that I have made to my unit and my country,” said Rylski. “It was an emotional experience for me to share this honour with my parents, Barbara and Jan Rylski, who, in 1971, emigrated from Poland with their three sons.”

Rylski, 50, grew up in Orillia and joined the Canadian Forces in 1983. In March 2011, he volunteered for Op Mobile, did a three-month tour in Italy, returning to North Bay in June. Promoted to his current rank on his return, Rylski was appointed as wing telecommunications and information services master warrant officer.

Krzysztof is in charge of military discipline and regulations of the behaviours of members of any military and behaviour inside and outside the institution, including the socialization processes that happen in military training.

Krzysztof, his spouse, Yvonne, and three daughters live in North Bay. His son, Anthony, who is following his dad’s footsteps, has joined the Canadian Forces and now lives in Quebec.

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