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.
The Royal Canadian Regiment The Royal Canadian Regiment
Motto: Pro Patria (For Country)

The RCR was originally authorized as the Infantry School Corps on 21 December 1883, and established its first three company stations at Fredericton, New Brunswick; St Jean, Quebec; and Toronto, Ontario. In 1887 a fourth Company was authorized and the next year was established at London, Ontario. Now consisting of three Regular Force battalions and one Reserve Force battalion, the regiment's four battalions are now stationed in Ontario and New Brunswick. With many of its soldiers drawn from Ontario and the Atlantic Provinces in recent decades, the regiment maintains a general connection as the "local" infantry regiment for eastern Canada. The RCR maintains a Regimental Headquarters (RHQ) in Petawawa, Ontario, which has no operational command role but handles regimental affairs outside the responsibility of the individual Battalions. The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum is located within historic Wolseley Hall in London, Ontario. Wolseley Barracks in London has been continuously occupied by some element of the regiment since construction of Wolseley Hall was completed in 1888. At various times Wolseley Barracks has been the home of the Regimental Headquarters, the 1st and 2nd Battalions, and remains the home of the 4th Battalion today.

Battle Honours
South African War

Paardeberg * South Africa, 1899–1900

Great War

Ypres, 1915, '17 * Gravenstafel * St. Julien * Festubert, 1915 * Mount Sorrel * Somme, 1916 * Pozières * Flers–Courcelette * Ancre Heights * Arras, 1917, '18 * Vimy, 1917 * Arleux * Scarpe, 1917, '18 * Hill 70 * Passchendaele * Amiens * Drocourt–Quéant * Hindenburg Line * Canal du Nord * Cambrai, 1918 * Pursuit to Mons * France and Flanders, 1915–18

Second World War

Landing in Sicily * Valguarnera * Agira * Adrano * Regalbuto * Sicily, 1943 * Landing at Reggio * Motta Montecorvino * Campobasso * Torella * San Leonardo * The Gully * Ortona * Cassino II * Gustav Line * Liri Valley * Hitler Line * Gothic Line * Lamone Crossing * Misano Ridge * Rimini Line * San Martino–San Lorenzo * Pisciatello * Fosso Vecchio * Italy, 1943–1945 * Apeldoorn * North-West Europe, 1945

Korea, 1951–1953

Afghanistan
Cpl Beerenfenger Robbie Christopher
Rank: Corporal Cpl
Service Number: B89 157 679
Born: Apr 28, 1974 Ottawa, Ontario
Discharged: Killed In Action

Served In: Afghanistan
Service: CF (Canadian Forces)
Battle Group: ISAF (International Security Assistance Force)
Regiment: The Royal Canadian Regiment
Service Details :
Corporal Beerenfenger was killed in the same landmine explosion that took the life of Sergeant Short. Both men were members of the Third Battalion Royal Canadian Regiment and, sadly, were the first Canadians soldiers to be killed by the enemy in Afghanistan.


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.
NATO Medal for Kosovo (NATO-K)
The conflict in the Kosovo province of the Yugoslav Federal Republic started at the beginning of 1998 with the armed incidents between the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) and the Yugoslav military and police force. The armed conflict caused a humanitarian catastrophe which had to be urgently addressed by a consorted action of the broad international community. From the very beginning NATO took an active part in the peace campaign as well as contributing to Kosovo reconstruction process after the conflict has been terminated with the help of the international community.

Service Notes: Ultimately, Beerenfenger didn't go overseas until 2003, when he volunteered for a temporary posting with Royal Canadian Regiment's 3rd Battalion parachute company in Kabul. For years, he had been wanting to join the elite parachute unit. The day before he died, he called home from Kabul with good news. "He told me he'd been formally accepted into para company and when he returned he'd be training full time with his new unit," Beerenfenger says. "He was so excited about the future."
Enlisted: March 5, 1997 CFB Petawawa
Pre/Post War: Robbie Beerenfenger was a man of action. He loved riding mountain bikes with his army buddies on the dirt trails around Petawawa, Ont. He'd snowboard in winter and wakeboard in summer, riding the rapids in the Ottawa River. He was equally passionate about being a father, and spent hours alongside his two sons. He would ride and board outdoors with Mathew, his eldest, then come home and relax with Kristopher, his younger, quieter son, playing computer games on the family's X-Box. But the truth is, "Robbie couldn't sit still for more than a half an hour," says his wife, Christina. "He was just that kind of guy, he loved to be active - which attracted me to him, he was such an exciting person." It was Beerenfenger's love of adventure that led him into the infantry, and to a tour in Kosovo with 1st Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment.

Deceased: October 02, 2003 at Kabul, Afghanistan
Cemetery NATIONAL Military Cemetery (Beechwood) Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Obituary: Beerenfenger, Cpl. Robbie Christopher: 1ST Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment. On Thursday October 2, 2003 while on duty in Afghanistan. Cpl. Robbie Beerenfenger beloved husband of Tina. Father of Matthew 9, Kristopher 5 and Madison 1. Son of Wilhelmina Koehler of Ottawa and Daniel Roy (Marg) of Kanata. He will be sorely missed by his in-laws Jan, Todd, Hannah, Robin, and Aaron Leacock and Shirley and Mike Leach. Rob considered everyone family. His extended family, many aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents as well as all his friends will all miss him.
 
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Medals and Commendations
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Sacrifice Medal (SM)
General Campaign Star – SOUTH-WEST ASIA (GCS-SWA)
NATO Medal for Kosovo (NATO-K)

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