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.
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.
Members of the Canadian Forces Military Police are also involved in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), a NATO-led formation that operates in Afghanistan under the authority of the UN. The Canadian Forces contribution to ISAF is conducted under Operation ATTENTION, and through this operation, CFMP members are primarily based in Kabul, Afghanistan, where they are employed across the city in a variety of training and advisory roles. CFMP members are also stationed with the Canadian Contingent Training Mission - Afghanistan (CCTM-A) Military Police Element, where they are responsible to enforce Canadian Law among the CF personal, and to assist other Military Police of different nations in enforcing conduct and discipline
Under the former Operation ATHENA, CFMP members were stationed with Task Force Kandahar for the Operational Mentor and Liaison Team (OMLT), Operational Mentor and Advisory Teams (OMATs) and the Police Operational Mentor and Liaison Team (P-OMLT). CFMP also had a unit supporting Task Force Afghanistan.
Cpl Dinning Matthew David James
Service Number: N21405994
Born: Mar 15, 1983 Richmond Hill, Ontario
Discharged: Killed In Action
Service: CF (Canadian Forces)
Battle Group:ISAF (International Security Assistance Force)
Regiment: Military Police Branch
Service Details :
30 Apr 2004 - Completed his QL3 MP Crs.
4 May 2004 - Posted to 2 MP Platoon, Petawawa, ON.
1 Feb 2006 - Deployed to TF Afghanistan - Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.
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.
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.
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.
Cpl Dinning's first posting was to CFB Petawawa in May 2004, where he was employed as a Patrolman. Almost from his first day, he continually requested an overseas tour, as that was his primary motivation for CF service. As such, he was subsequently posted to 2 MP Platoon on 11 July 2005, where he immediately jumped into tactical MP employment. At the same time, he volunteered for Close Protection training, which was successfully completed in December 2005. He was deployed to Afghanistan in February 2006.
May 29, 2003 CFB Petawawa
Corporal Dinning grew up in the small Southwestern town of Wingham, Ontario where he attended High School. He was a member of the local hockey team, the Wingham Junior Ironmen. He also urged the school to create a rugby team, who later toured Wales and England in 2001. After high school, he enroled in a police program at college, with a view to becoming a military police officer. His father, an Ontario Provincial Police also volunteered in Kosovo where he helped train police officers.
Honouring A Fallen Hero:
Richmond Hill Council approved the naming of a parkette on Kerrybrook Drive in Richmond Hill as Matthew Dinning Memorial Parkette
While serving his country in Afghanistan on Saturday, April 22, 2006, Corporal Matthew David James Dinning of Wingham, age 23 years. Beloved son of Lincoln and Laurie Dinning of Wingham. Dear brother of Brendon Dinning. Special friend of Tanya and Taylor Lowerison of Petawawa. Lovingly remembered by his grandparents Jim and Rhelda Stockall of Richmond Hill and Eileen Dinning of Aurora. Nephew of David and Sandy Stockall and Kent and Lori Dinning of Aurora. Predeceased by his grandfather Sidney Dinning.
Cpl Matthew David James Dinning
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Sacrifice Medal (SM)
South-West Asia Service Medal (SWASM)
General Campaign Star – SOUTH-WEST ASIA (GCS-SWA)
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Cpl Matthew Dinning Memorial Bridge
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Military Police Support the Troops pin was struck to honour Cpl Matthew Dinning, Cpl Randy Payne and Cpl Stephen Gibson.
Colonel R.P. Delaney, Canadian Forces Provost Marshal and Commander of the Canadian Forces Military Police Group, Military Police Chief Warrant Officer Richard Day and members of the Dinning family pose at the bridge dedicated to Corporal Matthew Dinning. The ceremony to dedicate the Highway 21 bridge over Clark Creek, Bruce County in honour of Corporal Matthew Dinning was held on 18 July 2014.