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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.
Royal Newfoundland Regiment Royal Newfoundland Regiment

During the First World War the battalion-sized regiment was the only North American unit to fight in the Gallipoli campaign of 1915. Later in the war the regiment was virtually wiped out at Beaumont Hamel on July 1, 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Since then July 1 has been marked as Memorial Day in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Battle Honours
Somme, 1916 * Albert (Beaumont Hamel), 1916 * Le Transloy * Arras, 1917 * Scarpe, 1917 * Ypres, 1917, 18 * Langemarck, 1917 * Poelcappelle * Cambrai, 1917 * Lys * Bailleul * Kemmel * Courtrai * France and Flanders, 1916–18 * Gallipoli, 1915–16 * Egypt, 1915–16
Cpl Pinksen Brian Neil Calvin
Rank: Corporal Cpl
Service Number: N39 850 372
Born: Apr 05, 1990 Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador
Discharged: Died Of Wounds

Served In: Afghanistan
Service: CF (Canadian Forces)
Battle Group: ISAF (International Security Assistance Force)
Regiment: Royal Newfoundland Regiment
Service Details :
2nd Battalion, deployed with the 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment 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.
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: Cpl Pinksen died at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany of wounds sustained eight days earlier on August 22 in Afghanistan. He and another soldier were injured when an improvised explosive device detonated during a routine foot patrol near Nakhonay, in the Panjwai district, southwest of Kandahar City. They were treated by medics at the scene, evacuated by helicopter to the hospital at Kandahar Airfield and then moved on August 25 to Germany for further treatment. Cpl Pinksen's his mother and girlfriend were at his bedside when he passed away.
Enlisted: October 25, 2007
Pre/Post War: Aged 21, he was from Sop's Arm, NL and finished school in Corner Brook. Described as mature and well-liked, he loved to hunt, exercise and being outdoors. He was a fun-loving prankster with a great sense of humour. Cpl. Pinksen joined the reserves while still in high school. He took part in infantry training at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown in New Brunswick and in 2009 at Fort Pickett, a U.S. Army National Guard base in Virginia. He deployed on his first operational tour of duty to Afghanistan in May 2010.

Deceased: August 30, 2010 at Landstuhl, Germany
Cemetery Pentecostal Cemetery Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Obituary: Cpl. Brian Pinksen, 21, of Corner Brook, N.L., a member of 2nd Battalion, The Royal Newfoundland Regiment, serving with 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group. Died Monday, August 30, in hospital in Ramstein, Germany, of injuries suffered from an explosion in Nakhonay, Afghanistan, on Aug. 22. Cpl Pinksen leaves behind his mother Debbie Pinksen, younger brothers Brandon and Blair Pinksen, father Neil Pinksen, girlfriend Natasha Burton, grandparents Calvin and Millicent Gillingham and Ross and Gertie Pinksen, large extended family and many friends.
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Among the members of the Second Battalion of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment heading to Afghanistan in the next rotation of troops are, from left, Cpl. Justin Eddison, Cpl. Brian Pinksen, Cpl. Adam Paul and Master Cpl. Chris Mahoney.
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