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Canadian Forces CF (Canadian Forces)

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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.
The Loyal Edmonton Regiment The Loyal Edmonton Regiment

The Loyal Edmonton Regiment (4th Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry), or LER, is a Primary Reserve infantry unit of the Canadian Forces based in Edmonton, Alberta. The LER is part of 3rd Canadian Division's 41 Canadian Brigade Group. They are colloquially known as "The Loyal Eddies".

Battle Honours
Cpl McCormack Zachery Wilfrid
Rank: Corporal Cpl
Service Number: N40 116 262
Born: Mar 14, 1988 Edmonton, Alberta
Discharged: Killed In Action

Served In: Afghanistan
Service: CF (Canadian Forces)
Battle Group: ISAF (International Security Assistance Force)
Regiment: The Loyal Edmonton Regiment
Service Details :
Cpl McCormack was one of four Canadian soldiers and a journalist, Michelle Lang, killed by a massive roadside bomb explosion. Four other soldiers and another Canadian civilian official were injured in the incident about four kilometres south of Kandahar city. The three other fallen were Sgt George Miok, Sgt Kirk Taylor and Pte Garrett Chidley.

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.

Service Notes: Cpl McCormack joined the military in 2006 as a reservist. He lived in Sherwood Park, AB and was also an apprentice electrician. He was a champion wrestler and gifted athlete and remembered as a caring individual. Described as an outstanding soldier and dedicated team member, he had a way of raising morale by making his comrades laugh. His family called him a gentle soul who cared deeply about his family and the well being of others.
Enlisted: August 1, 2006 Edmonton AB
Pre/Post War:

Deceased: December 30, 2009 at Kandahar City, Afghanistan
Cemetery GLENWOOD Memorial Gardens Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada
Obituary: McCORMACK, Corporal Zachery W. March 14, 1988 . December 30, 2009 It is with profound sadness and regret that we announce the passing of our Zach, who was a kind son, big brother, loving fiancé, caring cousin, joyful nephew, and friend. He was killed in action serving Canada just outside of Kandahar, Afghanistan on December 30, 2009. Zach grew up in Sherwood Park, Alberta and his life long dream was to serve in the Military. He joined the military in 2006 with the Loyal Edmonton Regiment (4PPCLI), and in 2008 he enlisted to serve in Afghanistan. Zach paid the ultimate price to protect not only the freedom of us Canadians, but served to protect the freedom of those oppressed in Afghanistan. His courage and bravery were exemplified by his words and actions to his fellow soldiers and all that knew and loved him. He leaves proud parents Robin and Armande, and two younger sisters, Courtney and Isabelle; his loving fiance, Nicole; his grandparents Wilfrid and Virginia, and Lillian and Andrew; greatgrandmother, Doreen, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Zach is predeceased by his great-grandfather, Walter, and grandfather, Armand.
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Cpl Zachery Wilfrid McCormack
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Medals and Commendations
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Sacrifice Medal (SM)
General Campaign Star – SOUTH-WEST ASIA (GCS-SWA)

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