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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.
Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry


Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) is one of the three Regular Force infantry regiments of the Canadian Army of the Canadian Armed Forces. It is named for Princess Patricia of Connaught, then daughter of the Governor General of Canada. The regiment is composed of four battalions including a Primary Reserve battalion, for a total of 2,000 soldiers. The PPCLI is the main lodger unit of Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Edmonton in Alberta and CFB Shilo in Manitoba, and attached to 3rd Canadian Division; as such it serves as the "local" regular infantry regiment for much of Western Canada. The Loyal Edmonton Regiment (LER), a Reserve Force battalion, is affiliated with the PPCLI but is not formally part of it. As part of this affiliation, the LER carries the designation '4th Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry'. The regiment is a ceremonial structure, and the four battalions are independent operational entities, under the 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (1 CMBG) for the Regular Force and the 41 Canadian Brigade Group (41 CBG) for the Primary Reserve. Although the regiment carries the designation of 'light infantry', two of its battalions are mechanized infantry, and the unit has never been organized as a traditional light infantry regiment.

Battle Honours
Afghanistan
Capt Snyder SMV Jonathan (Jon) Sutherland
Rank: Captain
Capt
Service Number: N21 142 400
Born: Dec 20, 1981 Penticton, British Columbia
Discharged: Deceased

Served In: Afghanistan
Service: CF (Canadian Forces)
Battle Group: ISAF (International Security Assistance Force)
Regiment: Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry
Service Details :
Star of Military Valour (SMV) "Capt J. Snyder (Posthumous) For valourous actions and extraordinary courage under fire that saved the lives of dozens of Afghan and Canadians, Joint Task Force Afghanistan, 4 June 2008".


Star of Military Valour (S.M.V.)
Military Valour Decorations are national honours awarded to recognize acts of valour, self-sacrifice or devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy.
A person is eligible to be awarded a Military Valour Decoration if that person, on or after January 1, 1993 is:
a member of the Canadian Forces; or
a member of an allied armed force that is serving with or in conjunction with the Canadian Forces. The Star of Military Valour shall be awarded for distinguished and valiant service in the presence of the enemy.
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.
South-West Asia Service Medal (SWASM)
The South-West Asia Service Medal recognizes the participation of CF members deployed or in direct support of the operations against terrorism in South-West Asia. The medal is awarded to those employed in direct support, and the AFGHANISTAN bar is added for those deployed into the theatre of operations.
The South-West Asia Service Medal is awarded for a minimum of 90 days cumulative service in direct support of operations against terrorism in South West Asia from 11 September 2001 to 31 July 2009. Direct support occurs when a member is deployed to a unit or organization outside Canada but not into a specific theatre of operations, and where his or her primary duty is to provide direct assistance on a full-time basis to the operations against terrorism in South-West Asia.
The medal with AFGHANISTAN bar is awarded for 30 days cumulative service between 11 September 2001 and 31 Jul 2009 in the theatre of operations, which is a subset of the United States Central Command Area of Operation Responsibility (USCENTCOM AOR). The theatre of operations is defined as the land, sea, or air spaces of Afghanistan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, the Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, Red Sea, Suez Canal and those parts of the Indian Ocean north of 5° South Latitude and west of 68° East Longitude.
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: He served in Afghanistan on two tours: first in 2006 as a platoon commander of 8 Platoon, Charlie Company PPCLI, and the second tour as a part of the OMLT task force, training the Afghan National soldiers. He died on this tour on June 7, 2008 and received his medal posthumously. He also received a commendation on the same tour for saving several lives when they were targeted by an IED. Promoted to Lt., Jonathan served in 1st Battalion of the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry in Edmonton. He had three overseas deployments, serving as a platoon commander in Afghanistan for 8 months in 2006, where he was promoted to Captain; in Abu Dhabi (UAE), for three months in 2007. Always wishing to better himself, Jonathan completed a military Parachuting Course and obtained his Scuba Diving certification. Jonathan headed up a military Death Race Relay team in which he competed twice successfully and, in August 2007, he entered as a solo participant and finished the 24-hour marathon, receiving his gold medal.
Enlisted: Edmonton, Alberta
Pre/Post War: Born Dec. 20, 1981, Jonathan attended Uplands Elementary and graduated from Penticton Secondary School with a French Immersion Diploma in 1999. In his youth, Jonathan participated in a variety of sports, including track and field, soccer, Pen-Hi Laker basketball, skiing, snowboarding, rugby and boxing. He played the alto saxophone in high school band. Jonathan enrolled in private voice lessons, under the tutelage of Lynne Frolick, at the age of 9 and was runner-up at the BC. Festival of the Arts held in Trail in 1991. He performed in many community musical theatre, OSSA and Soundstage Productions which included roles in Grease and The King & I (Penticton Light Opera). From the age of 12, Jonathan was an army cadet, where he learned to play the bagpipes; obtained his National Gold Star and attended Outward Bound in Wales, UK. He was a staff cadet at Vernon Army Cadet Camp in 1998. He joined the Army in September 1999 as an ROTP candidate; Jon graduated from U. Victoria with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in sociology in 2003. He was the top candidate in 2 out of 4 summer officer training phases prior to his commission.

Deceased: June 07, 2008 at Zhari District, Afghanistan
Cemetery NATIONAL Military Cemetery (Beechwood) Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Obituary: SNYDER, Capt. Jonathan Sutherland, UE, 1PPCLI: Age 26, while proudly serving his country in Afghanistan. Mourned by his beloved fiancée Megan Stewart, his parents David B.J and Anne Snyder, his brother Adam T. and the Stewart family. Predeceased by his grandparents, Clifford and Margaret Snyder (Penticton); Col. Malcolm and Frances Turner (Chester, NS), Jonathan will be sorely missed by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, soldiers and friends from across the country and around the world. An avid dog lover and handyman, Jonathan was a keen traveller and managed to see many parts of Canada and the world during his short, but very wide life. He completed half of an 8-month term as part of the mentoring program, training troops in the fledgling Afghan National Army in Feb. 2008.
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Capt Jonathan (Jon) Sutherland Snyder SMV
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Medals and Commendations
(In Order):

Star of Military Valour (S.M.V.)
Sacrifice Medal (SM)
South-West Asia Service Medal (SWASM)
General Campaign Star – SOUTH-WEST ASIA (GCS-SWA)

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