To Honour Canada's Military

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.
Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic) Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic)

Canadian Forces diving is performed by units of the maritime, land, and air environmental commands (ECs), the Experimental Diving and Undersea Group (EDU Grp), and Special Operations Forces (SOF). Divers can be trained as Clearance Divers (CL Diver), Search and Rescue Technicians (SAR), Port Inspection Divers (PID), Ship's Team Divers, and Combat Divers.

Battle Honours
PO 2 Blake CD Douglas Craig
Rank: Petty Officer, 2nd Class PO 2
Service Number: C75 934 903
EOD Specialist
Born: May 21, 1972 Simcoe, Ontario
Region: Brantford and Area
Discharged: Killed In Action

Served In: Afghanistan
Service: CF (Canadian Forces)
Battle Group: ISAF (International Security Assistance Force)
Regiment: Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic)
Other Commendations: Clearance Diver Badge
Service Details :
Maritime Forces Atlantic Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic).

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 Peace Keeping Service Medal (CPSM)
The prestigious Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to all United Nations Peacekeepers in 1988 in recognition of their collective efforts in the cause of peace. This inspired the creation of the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal (CPSM) to acknowledge the unique contribution to peace that Canadian peacekeepers have made since 1947.
NATO Medal for Former Yugoslavia (NATO-FY)
After the peaceful conduct of the September 1996 elections, IFOR successfully completed its mission of implementing the military annexes of the General Framework Agreement for Peace. However, it was clear that much remained to be accomplished on the civil side and that the political environment would continue to be potentially unstable and insecure. On 25-26 September, one week after the Bosnian elections NATO Defence Ministers concluded that the Alliance needed to re-assess how it might continue to provide support for the establishment of a secure environment after the end of IFOR's mandate in December. The role of IFOR (Operation Joint Endeavour) was to implement the peace. The role of SFOR (Operation Joint Guard / Operation Joint Forge) is to stabilise the peace. The difference between the tasks of IFOR and SFOR is reflected in their names.
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: Blake "effortlessly adapted to the rigours of land operations," said Brigadier-General Dan Menard, the commander of Task Force Kandahar. Brigadier-General Menard paid tribute to Blake, detailing the charisma of a peewee hockey coach who had a "backbone of steel" and competed in triathlons. "Jokingly known as the ‘Poker Pirate,’ he enjoyed pillaging his army friends during friendly card games. He had a great smile and a genuine laugh and his friends considered themselves lucky to have known him," Menard said in a statement. Based at Fleet Diving Unit Atlantic in Halifax, Blake shifted to Petawawa last year, where he underwent transitional training to become an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Operator. It was there that he fell in with the fresh troop rotation that began deploying to Kandahar last month. A native of Simcoe, ON, PO2 Blake joined the navy in his late teens and had been in the FDU(A)) since 2000. He and his wife Priscilla have two sons, seven-year-old Ty and 14-year-old Cain. "Craig worked in all aspects of the diving branch," said PO1 Walsh, adding that PO2 Blake started out in underwater engineering and battle damage repair before moving into training. "Which is where I first got to know Craig well. He was a great guy. He was quiet but his actions spoke louder than his words." The two men worked together training navy divers, combat army divers and Special Forces divers. "Craig was directly responsible for the physical training and he took great pride in that. "Craig was a total professional. Craig was the guy who would sit in the boat for hours and hours, dressed in all the heavy equipment as the leading seaman standby diver. For that instant reaction to an emergency when something could go terribly wrong, you could simply tap Craig on the shoulder and he would respond. His job was priority one, and it was to make sure other people were safe."
Enlisted: July 18, 1991 Halifax
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Deceased: May 03, 2010 at Panjwaii District, Afghanistan
Cemetery *Grave Location Unknown* ,
Obituary: Petty Officer (second class) Douglas "Craig" Blake died after an improvised explosive device detonated about 25 kilometres southwest of Kandahar City. The 37-year old Simcoe native was returning to camp yesterday afternoon after disposing of another IED when the blast occurred. Blake leaves behind a wife and two boys in Halifax. He was a navy clearance diver and began a tour of Afghanistan as an explosives disposal expert.
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Medals and Commendations
(In Order):

Sacrifice Medal (SM)
General Campaign Star – SOUTH-WEST ASIA (GCS-SWA)
Canadian Peace Keeping Service Medal (CPSM)
NATO Medal for Former Yugoslavia (NATO-FY)
Canadian Forces' Decoration (C.D.)

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