02/06/2015 06:06 EST | Updated 04/08/2015 05:59 EDT

Former senior air force officer stripped of military merit decoration

OTTAWA - A high-ranking military official has been stripped of a significant decoration after pleading guilty last fall to wearing medals on her uniform that she didn't earn.

Just before Christmas, the Governor General terminated Lt.-Col. Debbie Miller's membership in the Order of Military Merit, which recognizes exceptional service in either regular or reserve force.

Miller, 57, was sentenced to a severe reprimand and a $5,000 fine following a court martial last October in Kingston, Ont.

She pleaded guilty to three counts of conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline for wearing military medals and insignia on her uniform she was not authorized to wear.

According to court martial transcripts, Miller had been awarded the medals following an overseas deployment, but she was not authorized to wear them in Canada, which is something the military takes very seriously.

Miller quietly retired from the military on Jan. 5 and had been posted to the Canadian Defence Academy.