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ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) ISAF (International Security Assistance Force)
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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.
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The Lake Superior Scottish Regiment is a Primary Reserve infantry regiment of the Canadian Forces. The regiment is located in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and is part of the 3rd Canadian Division's 38 Canadian Brigade Group. Also known as the "Lake Sups" (pronounced soups), the regiment was active during World War II. During which, the regiment, then known as The Lake Superior Regiment (Motor) or LSR(M), mobilized a Motor (motorized infantry) battalion for the 4th Canadian (Armoured) Division. Since World War II, its soldiers have served throughout the world on numerous peacekeeping operations. Most recently, the LSSR has had several soldiers serve in Afghanistan.

Battle Honours
Cpl Boneca Anthony Joseph
Rank: Corporal Cpl
Service Number: T83149941
Born: Feb 13, 1985 Thunder Bay, Ontario
Discharged: Killed In Action

Served In: Afghanistan
Service: CF (Canadian Forces)
Battle Group: ISAF (International Security Assistance Force)
Regiment: Lake Superior Scottish Regiment
Service Details :
Cpl. Boneca served with Task Force Afghanistan as part of the 1st Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (1 PPCLI) Battle Group.

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: Cpl Boneca was killed during a firefight with Taliban insurgents near the village of Pashmul, approximately 25 kilometres west of Kandahar, Afghanistan. This was considered a gathering point for militants. Boneca, who started out in the militia, had previously done tours that included guard duty in the United Arab Emirates that included a couple of trips to Kabul before he arrived in southern Afghanistan in February. He was on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan and serving with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry.
Enlisted: April 30, 2002 Thunder Bay, Ontario
Pre/Post War: In addition to his love for outdoor activities, Anthony was a serious Catholic Youth Leader, a Police Cadet and he was interested in many pursuits, always displaying a high level of personal achievement. Tony's four years in the Army Reserve earned him respect from all ranks. He was a popular soldier. Tony was often recognized by the ubiquitous football under his arm (he was a capable, high school quarterback). Other interests included a love of music - leading to guitar playing; paintball - leading to interest in the military; fishing - leading to frustration for his uncles. Cycling, skateboarding, skiing and swimming, any athletic activity, challenged Tony to his limits. Tony's greatest joy was participating in family celebrations.

Deceased: July 09, 2006 at Pashmol, Afghanistan
Cemetery THUNDER BAY (MOUNTAIN VIEW) Cemetery Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Obituary: Tony will be sadly missed and forever embedded in the hearts of his parents, Antonio and Shirley Boneca. Proud and loving aunts and uncles include: Elizabeth Babe (William) Dorothy Sdraulig ( Giuseppe) Valerie Victor (Paul) Rose Marie Villalta (Sergio) John Hagdu (Pat) Barbara Valente (Frank) Joseph Hagdu (Janice) Debbie Bjorklund (Tim) His numerous cousins include: Paula Melanson (Ron) Giovanni and Lorenzo Villalta (Shannon) Jesse (Becky) and Jeffrey Hagdu Kelly and Ashley Bjorklund Cory Victor (Stacy) Rick and Bryan Hagdu Christopher and Anthony Valente Gillian Babe (Stephane) Jessica and Amanda Melanson Davin Victor Carys Villalta Annick Dupuis Tony's plans for the future revolved around his special friend Megan DeCorte. His military family will endure the loss of a special soldier.
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Cpl. Anthony Joseph Boneca, a 21-year-old from Thunder Bay, Ont., was on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Cpl Anthony Joseph Boneca
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Sacrifice Medal (SM)
South-West Asia Service Medal (SWASM)

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