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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.
Intelligence Branch (Canadian Forces) Intelligence Branch (Canadian Forces)

The Intelligence Branch (French: Branche du service du renseignements) is a personnel branch of the Canadian Forces (CF) that is concerned with providing relevant and correct information to enable commanders to make decisions. The branch works in a variety of challenging positions, at home and abroad, meeting the needs of commanders and operational planners of the Canadian Forces at all levels and in all environments, be it on overseas missions like Bosnia and Herzegovina, Haiti, Somalia, Rwanda, Timor-Leste, and Afghanistan, or at home like the ice storms in Quebec, floods in Winnipeg, and fires in British Columbia.

Battle Honours
Maj Mendes CD Michelle Linda
Rank: Major
Service Number: R60 939 154
Born: Jul 21, 1978 Wicklow, Ontario
Discharged: Deceased

Served In: Afghanistan
Service: CF (Canadian Forces)
Battle Group: ISAF (International Security Assistance Force)
Regiment: Intelligence Branch (Canadian Forces)
Service Details :

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 Campaign Star – SOUTH-WEST ASIA (GCS-SWA)
This general service award has been created as a means to recognize - in a timelier manner - those who serve in 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 their theatre or service specific ribbons - can be awarded in future to honour participation in any operation that meets the criteria. The General Campaign Star (GCS) is awarded to members of the Canadian Forces and members of allied forces working with the Canadian Forces who deploy into a defined theatre of operations to take part in operations in the presence of an armed enemy.
The GCS is always issued with a ribbon specific to the theatre or type of service being recognized, and each ribbon has its own criteria.
The GCS with South-West Asia ribbon is awarded to Canadian Forces members and members of allied forces working with the Canadian Forces who served either:
with the Canadian contribution to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan for at least 30 days cumulative between 24 April 2003 and 31 July 2009, in the theatre of operations which consisted of the political boundaries and airspace of Afghanistan; and/or in 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 those areas for at least 30 cumulative days commencing on August 1, 2009, provided that the service has not been recognized by another service medal.
Canadian Forces Decoration (CD)
The Canadian Forces' Decoration is awarded to officers and Non-Commissioned Members of the Canadian Forces who have completed twelve years of service. The decoration is awarded to all ranks, who have a good record of conduct.

The decoration is awarded to the regular forces, reserve forces, officers of the Cadet Instructors Cadre (CIC), Canadian Rangers and holders of honorary appointments in the CF. Service in the regular and reserve or auxiliary forces of the British Commonwealth of Nations will be counted towards the medal if the final five years have been served with the Canadian Forces and no other long service, good conduct or efficiency medal has been awarded for the same service. The medal may be awarded to persons in possession of any long service, good conduct or efficiency decoration or medal clasps, provided that the individual has completed the full qualifying periods of service for each award and that no service qualifying towards one award is permitted to count towards any other. The service need not be continuous.

Service Notes: On a previous tour of duty in Afghanistan, a captain at the time, she was attached to a military intelligence unit. She was one of 11 soldiers who returned to Canada after a friendly fire incident in September 2006. The nature of their injuries was not disclosed. A lay chaplain at the base described Mendes, "Mic" to her friends, as a person who tried to make life more enjoyable for those around her by baking cookies, making cards or just being there when they needed a friendly ear. She always strove to do her best and was respected for her professional knowledge and work ethic. Aged 30. She was found dead in her room at the Kandahar Airfield base. Canadian military officials say the incident is under investigation. No further details have been released, although enemy action has been ruled out.
Enlisted: June 21, 1997 Ottawa
Pre/Post War: Maj. Mendes grew up on her family's apple farm near Wicklow, Ontario. She graduated in 2001 with a history degree from the Royal Military College in Kingston and later attained a master's degree in international affairs from Carleton University.

Deceased: April 23, 2009 at Afghanistan
Cemetery Saint Marys Roman Catholic Cemetery Kingston, Canada
Obituary: MENDES, MICHELLE LINDA Maj. Michelle Mendes (Knight) touched so many lives it would be impossible to name everyone. She lived everyday to its fullest potential and saw the best in everyone. She surrounded herself with wonderful family and friends. She will be dearly missed by all. Michelle is survived by her husband, Victor Mendes, Victor's parents Jose and Laura Mendes, her brother in law, Emmanuel Mendes, her God son Joao Tomas Figueiredo Ameral, Michelle's parents Ron and Dianne Knight, her sister Melissa Knight, her brother in law Rodney Bampton and their children Elle and Evie Bampton, her grandmother Jean Knight, her aunts and uncles; Mary Buchanan & Bill Pratt, Linda Whaley & Brian Foster, Richard Whaley, Carolyn & Bob Atkins, Martin Whaley, Roger & Diane Knight, Craig & Beryl Williams, many cousins and her military family. She is predeceased in death by her grandparents Evelyn & Earl Whaley, Jim Knight and Aunt Wendy Williams. We know you were greeted by the best and will be protected until we meet again.
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Medals and Commendations
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Sacrifice Medal (SM)
General Campaign Star – SOUTH-WEST ASIA (GCS-SWA)
Canadian Forces' Decoration (C.D.)

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Maj. Michelle Mendes (waving) and other Canadian Forces personnel.
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