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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.
Royal Canadian Horse Artillery Royal Canadian Horse Artillery

RCHA units are the senior units of the Canadian land field force, with a history dating back to the birth of Canada as a nation. 'A' and 'B' Batteries of Garrison Artillery were formed as the first units of Canada's permanent military force in 1871 in Kingston and Quebec City respectively, with a third ('C' Battery) authorized in 1883 and formed in 1887 in Esquimalt. These bore the name of the Regiment of Canadian Artillery, with the Royal Canadian Artillery being formed as the militia element in 1895. In 1905, to distinguish between the regular force and militia, the regulars were given the title Royal Canadian Horse Artillery. In addition to the three regiments currently serving, two further regiments have served in the past prior to being disbanded:

Battle Honours
Capt Goddard MSM Nichola Kathleen Sarah
Rank: Captain
Service Number: D48 045 301
Born: May 02, 1980 Papua, New Guinea
Discharged: Killed In Action

Served In: Afghanistan
Service: CF (Canadian Forces)
Battle Group: ISAF (International Security Assistance Force)
Regiment: Royal Canadian Horse Artillery
Service Details :
1st Regiment, Captain Goddard was supporting B Coy of 2 PPCLI as part of Task Force ORION in the Kandahar region of Afghanistan. Goddard was killed on May 17, 2006, during a firefight in the Panjwaye District. It was part of a joint two-day operation between Canadian and Afghan troops, to secure Kandahar's outskirts after a rumour of Taliban preparations to launch an assault on the city. As troops were moving into a mosque to capture 15 alleged Taliban members, several dozen hidden militants began firing from neighbouring houses. As a crew commander, Goddard was standing half-exposed in her LAV III, which was hit by two rocket-propelled grenades early in the battle. The battle lasted most of the day on the 17th and into the night, and ended shortly after an American B-1 Lancer dropped a 225 kg bomb. In the end, the two-day operation saw Goddard, an Afghan National Army soldier, and 40 Taliban killed, as well as approximately 20 Taliban captured.

Meritorious Service Medal (M.S.M.)
The Meritorious Service Medal (military division) recognizes a military deed or activity that has been performed in a highly professional manner or of a very high standard that brings benefit or honour to the Canadian Forces.
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.

Service Notes: Second Lieutenant Goddard spent the following three months at CFB Gagetown in New Brunswick to complete Artillery Phase IV, following which she was posted to 1 st Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery at CFB Shilo, Manitoba as A Battery's Gun Position Officer. Second Lieutenant Goddard quickly gained the respect of her peers and the soldiers of 1 RCHA with her positive attitude and outstanding interest in the welfare of her soldiers. In May 2003, she was promoted to Lieutenant, following which she undertook the very busy task of Training Officer in A Battery, where she performed excellently, organizing exercises, courses, and other training for her Battery and coordinating for Regimental exercises with other Batteries. Lieutenant Goddard completed her Army Tactical Operations Course in October, 2004 and was promoted to Captain in April, 2005. She immediately began her Forward Observation Officer (FOO) course and was subsequently employed as a FOO with A Battery. Only months later, in August 2005, A Battery began training toward deploying to Afghanistan in January 2006.
Enlisted: June 1998 Shilo, Manitoba
Pre/Post War: Captain Nichola Kathleen Sarah Goddard joined the Canadian Forces under the Regular Officer Training Program in June 1998. She entered Royal Military College as an Officer Cadet from 1998 until 2002, when she was granted a degree on the Dean's List in English and commissioned as Second Lieutenant. A new Canadian Coast Guard patrol vessel will be named after Nichola Goddard. This particular group of vessels are described as "Hero Class". The vessel is expected to be ready in 2013. Captain Goddard was known as a reader and dog lover who volunteered with the Girl Guides. "She wanted to be remembered as a really,really good soldier, not as a female officer, a female soldier or a first of anything" shared her former supervisor,Major Anne Reiffenstein. Credit: The Globe and Mail, Thursday, May 18, 2006. A new Canadian Coast Guard patrol vessel will be named after Nichola Goddard. This particular group of vessels are described as "Hero Class". The vessel is expected to be ready in 2013.

Deceased: May 17, 2006 at Kandahar, Afghanistan
Cemetery NATIONAL Military Cemetery (Beechwood) Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Obituary: Capt Goddard was 26 at the time of her death and is survived by her husband, Second Lieutenant (Ret'd) Jason Beam, her father, Tim, her mother, Sally, and her two sisters, Victoria, 23 years old, and Kate, 16 years old. She was ... resilient, strong, funny, smart, caring, compassionate - she had so many strengths, and lived seriously the motto of the Royal Military College: Truth, Duty, Valour. She was a ball of energy, always on the go, packing everything in - Nichola lived more in her lifetime than many of much longer years.
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Medals and Commendations
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Meritorious Service Medal (M.S.M.)
Sacrifice Medal (SM)
South-West Asia Service Medal (SWASM)

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Capt Nichola Goddard in Afghanistan - February 2006
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Captain Nichola Goddard school, Panatella Blvd, Calgary, Alberta T3K OP3. The middle school, named in honour of Captain Nichola Goddard, was opened in 2012.