“The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 20, 1942, has awarded the Legion of Merit (Degree of Legionnaire) to Colonel John A. Roper, Royal Canadian Air Force, Canada.”
So opens the text accompanying a prestigious recognition of the character, abilities, actions and leadership acumen of one of the RCAF’s own. Currently, Colonel Roper is the Mission Support Squadron commanding officer at 22 Wing/Canadian Forces Base North Bay, Ontario.
The text goes on to read, “For exceptionally meritorious service as Branch Chief, Command and Control Missions Services and Deputy Chief, Joint Operations Center, Headquarters, North American Aerospace Defense Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, from July 2015 to July 2019.
“Colonel Roper displayed exceptional leadership and strategic vision and directly facilitated support to multiple disasters, National Special Security Events, dignitary travel and National Capital Region Air Defense.
“As the Vice Chief of the Cyberspace Operations Division, he completed the Bi-National memorandum of agreement for Defensive Cyber Operations in the United States and Canada revision with United States Cyber Command. With the addition of Cyber Command as a signatory with the Commands, the document links all strategic and operational organizations responsible for the defense of North America in cyberspace through the necessary guidance on authorities and responsibilities to defend North…