The Colonel-in-Chief Commendation was established by Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, Princess Anne. The award was officially unveiled on the 24th of October, 2013 to help mark the 110th anniversary of military communications in the Canadian Armed Forces. The Colonel-in-Chief Commendation is the highest award that the C&E Family may bestow. It serves to recognize recipients for exceptional service and selfless dedication, and who made a lasting contribution to the objectives of the C&E Branch and our greater family writ large.
All members of the C&E Family – including military, civilian, honorary appointments, retired members, and immediate family members – are eligible for the Colonel-in-Chief Commendation. Furthermore, units or sections of a unit may be nominated when submitting a collective award.