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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.
2 CMBG HQ & Sig Sqn 2 CMBG HQ & Sig Sqn

2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters & Signal Squadron (2 CMBG HQ & Sig Sqn) is a Regular Force Army unit of the Canadian Forces garrisoned at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Petawawa. The unit's parent formation is 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (2 CMBG). The squadron was housed in eight separate buildings but consolidated into one in 2011.

Afghanistan: Kabul (2003-2005), Kandahar (2006-2011)

Battle Honours
Cpl O'Quinn Kenneth Chad
Rank: Corporal Cpl
Service Number: B27002620
Born: Jan 25, 1984 Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador
Discharged: Killed In Action

Served In: Afghanistan
Service: CF (Canadian Forces)
Battle Group: ISAF (International Security Assistance Force)
Regiment: 2 CMBG HQ & Sig Sqn
Service Details :
Communications and Electronics Branch

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: Chad was a great individual who took tremendous pride in being a member of the Canadian Forces. A loving son, Chad cherished his family. Throughout his two tours in Afghanistan, he telephoned, emailed and messaged his family each and every day. He highly valued his faith, his health and loved ones. He challenged life and encouraged others to do the same. A member of the Signals Branch, he was a dedicated soldier who believed in the value of his contribution to the mission in Afghanistan.
Enlisted: June 18, 2002 CFB Gagetown
Pre/Post War: Cpl. O'Quinn was born in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL and spent his childhood there before the family moved to New Brunswick. He attended high school in Oromocto and worked out at the gym on the military base in Gagetown, where his mother is employed. Chad joined the military in June 2002 and previously served in Afghanistan in 2005. He was described as a consummate professional and a charismatic leader with a great future.

Deceased: March 03, 2009 at Afghanistan
Cemetery *Grave Location Unknown* ,
Obituary: Cpl O'Quinn was killed in a roadside bomb attack outside Khandahar He highly valued his faith, his health and loved ones. Throughout his two tours, he telephoned, emailed and messaged his family each and every day. His death happened just days after his grandfather, Alfred Decker, passed away in Canada. Chad is survived by his fiancée Naomi Holder, parents Rhonda and Kenneth, brother Adam (Myriah), niece Alexis, grandparents Alex and Rosaline O'Quinn and Jean Decker, and extended family. Also left behind is Onyx, his beloved pitbull.
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Cpl Kenneth Chad O'Quinn on other official websites
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Cpl Kenneth Chad O'Quinn
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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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