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Canadian Forces CF (Canadian Forces)


The Canadian Forces have derived many of their traditions and symbols from the military, navy and air force of the United Kingdom, including those with royal elements. Contemporary icons and rituals, however, have evolved to include elements reflective of Canada and the Canadian monarchy.
ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) ISAF (International Security Assistance Force)
Motto: Assistance and Cooperation

The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was a NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan, established by the United Nations Security Council in December 2001 by Resolution 1386, as envisaged by the Bonn Agreement. Its main purpose was to train the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and assist Afghanistan in rebuilding key government institutions, but was also engaged in the 2001–present war with the Taliban insurgency.
Military Police Branch Military Police Branch


Members of the Canadian Forces Military Police are also involved in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), a NATO-led formation that operates in Afghanistan under the authority of the UN. The Canadian Forces contribution to ISAF is conducted under Operation ATTENTION, and through this operation, CFMP members are primarily based in Kabul, Afghanistan, where they are employed across the city in a variety of training and advisory roles. CFMP members are also stationed with the Canadian Contingent Training Mission - Afghanistan (CCTM-A) Military Police Element, where they are responsible to enforce Canadian Law among the CF personal, and to assist other Military Police of different nations in enforcing conduct and discipline Under the former Operation ATHENA, CFMP members were stationed with Task Force Kandahar for the Operational Mentor and Liaison Team (OMLT), Operational Mentor and Advisory Teams (OMATs) and the Police Operational Mentor and Liaison Team (P-OMLT). CFMP also had a unit supporting Task Force Afghanistan.

Battle Honours
Cpl Downey Brendan Anthony
Rank: Corporal Cpl
Service Number: H32 508 875
Born: Jun 26, 1972 Montreal, Québec
Discharged: Deceased

Served In: Afghanistan
Service: CF (Canadian Forces)
Battle Group: ISAF (International Security Assistance Force)
Regiment: Military Police Branch
Service Details :
15 Jul 2003 - Posted to 4 Wing MP Section, Cold Lake, AB. 16 Jul 2007 - Posted to 17 Wing Det Dundurn MP Section, Dundurn, SK. 3 Feb 2006 - Completed his QL5 MP Crs. 10 Jun 2008 - Deployed to JTF Afghanistan MP Coy at Camp Mirage, UAE.


Sacrifice Medal (SM)
The Sacrifice Medal was created in the context of increased casualties in overseas operations to fulfill the desire of Canadians and the Government to provide formal recognition, through the award of an official medal emanating from the Crown, to those who die as a result of military service or are wounded by hostile action. This honour replaces the Wound Stripe
The Medal may be awarded to members of the Canadian Forces, members of an allied force working as an integral part of the Canadian Forces such as exchange personnel, civilian employees of the Government of Canada or Canadian citizens under contract with the Government of Canada, on the condition that they were deployed as part of a military mission under the authority of the Canadian Forces, that have, on or after October 7, 2001, died or been wounded under honourable circumstances as a direct result of hostile action on the condition that the wounds that were sustained required treatment by a physician and the treatment has been documented.
The Medal may also be awarded posthumously to any member of the Canadian Forces who served on or after 7 October 2001 in the Regular Force, Primary Reserve, Cadet Organizations Administration and Training Service or Canadian Rangers, or any member of the Supplementary Reserve who served in or with one of the components aforementioned on or after 7 October 2001, and dies under honourable circumstances as a result of an injury or disease related to military service.
When a death is obviously related to service, the SM will be issued immediately. When the cause of death is not clear, the SM will only be issued once Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) has officially determined that the death was related to military service, in such a case, delays are to be expected before the SM can be awarded.
General Service Medal – SOUTH-WEST ASIA (GSM-SWA)
This general service award has been created as a means to recognize in a more timely manner those who provide direct support to operations in the presence of an armed enemy. Rather than creating a new honour for each new Canadian Forces operation as it arises, the General Campaign Star and General Service Medal - with the addition of individual operational bars - can be awarded in future to honour participation in any operation that meets the criteria.
The General Service Medal (GSM) is awarded to members of the CF and members of allied forces serving with the CF who deploy outside of Canada - but not necessarily into a theatre of operations - to provide direct support, on a full-time basis, to operations in the presence of an armed enemy.
The GSM may also be awarded, depending on the operation, to Canadian citizens other than members of the Canadian Forces, who are deployed outside Canada, either inside or outside a theatre of operations and working with the CF to provide direct support, on a full-time basis, to operations in the presence of an armed enemy.
The GSM is always issued with a ribbon specific to the theatre or type of service being recognized, and each ribbon has its own criteria.
The GSM with SOUTH-WEST ASIA ribbon is awarded to: Canadian citizens other than members of the Canadian Forces who served either:
in direct support of the Canadian participation to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan while deployed inside the theatre of operations consisting of the political boundaries of Afghanistan and its airspace for at least 30 cumulative days between April 24, 2003 and July 31, 2009;
and/or in direct support of the Canadian military operations while deployed inside the theatre of operations consisting of the political boundaries of Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman, the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea, the Suez Canal and those parts of the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea that are west of sixty-eight degrees East longitude and north of five degrees South latitude, as well as the airspace above the aforesaid areas for at least 30 cumulative days commencing on August 1, 2009.

Service Notes: Downey was an instructor in the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program, which consists of classroom lessons led by police officers to help children avoid drugs. "He helped kids to make correct life choices and that will be his legacy," said Sgt. Mike Collet, who worked with Downey in Cold Lake, Alta. "The kids will always remember his words of wisdom."
Enlisted: July 31, 2002 Dundurn SK
Pre/Post War: Cpl. Downey, age 36, was born in Montreal and raised in Toronto. He was described as a committed patriot who joined the military in response to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. After graduating from the military police academy, he was posted at Cold Lake, AB and then Dundurn in 2007. Downey had a two-year-old son named Adam and was married to another soldier, Cpl. Vanessa Downey, who was pregnant with a second child. Downey enlisted in July 2002 and was posted to 4 Wing at Cold Lake, Alta., along with Vanessa, shortly after he graduated from the military police academy. Born in Montreal, Downey was known by family and military personnel as "a committed patriot," who was "extremely professional" in his role.

Deceased: July 04, 2008 at Camp Mirage, UAE
Cemetery NATIONAL Military Cemetery (Beechwood) Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Obituary: Corporal, Canadian Forces Military Police, 17 Wing Detachment in Dundurn, Saskatchewan. He was deployed at a staging base in the Persian Gulf region that provides aviation technical and logistics support services to Joint Task Force Afghanistan. He is survived by his wife, Cpl. Vanessa Downey and their son, Adam; his parents Neil and Angela Downey, siblings Jo-Anna, Christopher and Andrew; and other family members.
Cpl Brendan Anthony Downey on other official websites
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Cpl Brendan Anthony Downey
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Medals and Commendations
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Sacrifice Medal (SM)
General Service Medal – SOUTH-WEST ASIA (GSM-SWA)

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