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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.
5 Combat Engineer Regiment 5 Combat Engineer Regiment

5 Combat Engineer Regiment (5 CER) is the only combat engineer regiment operating in French. Its mission is to provide combat engineer support to 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group formations or task forces. 5 CER is also responsible for storing, maintaining and distributing engineer and bridging equipment operational stocks in support of deployed troops and manœuvre troops in peacetime. Organized into five squadrons, 5 CER provides versatile support, covering all engineer specialities. 5 CER has two field engineer squadrons and one engineer squadron, in addition to a support squadron that handles the heavy and engineer equipment such as bridge components and reverse-osmosis water purification systems and a headquarters squadron that coordinates logistics and commands the other squadrons. The unit also provides combat diver, airborne force and complex terrain force capabilities as well as expedient route opening capability (EROC).

Battle Honours
Maj Pépin MSM CD Yannick François Stephe
Rank: Major
Service Number: D35 220 127
Born: Sep 08, 1972 Warwick, Québec
Discharged: Killed In Action

Served In: Afghanistan
Service: CF (Canadian Forces)
Battle Group: ISAF (International Security Assistance Force)
Regiment: 5 Combat Engineer Regiment
Service Details :
Major Pépin and Cpl Jean-François Drouin were killed when a roadside bomb detonated near their armoured vehicle in the Dand District, approximately 14 kilometres southwest of Kandahar City.

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.
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.
Canadian Forces Decoration (CD)
The Canadian Forces' Decoration is awarded to officers and Non-Commissioned Members of the Canadian Forces who have completed twelve years of service. The decoration is awarded to all ranks, who have a good record of conduct.

The decoration is awarded to the regular forces, reserve forces, officers of the Cadet Instructors Cadre (CIC), Canadian Rangers and holders of honorary appointments in the CF. Service in the regular and reserve or auxiliary forces of the British Commonwealth of Nations will be counted towards the medal if the final five years have been served with the Canadian Forces and no other long service, good conduct or efficiency medal has been awarded for the same service. The medal may be awarded to persons in possession of any long service, good conduct or efficiency decoration or medal clasps, provided that the individual has completed the full qualifying periods of service for each award and that no service qualifying towards one award is permitted to count towards any other. The service need not be continuous.

Service Notes: Major Pépin deployed to Afghanistan in April 2009 as commander of a squadron of combat engineers supporting the Royal 22e Regiment Battle Group. His leadership and technical expertise enabled those under his command to successfully clear roadways that were vital to the movement of Canadian, Afghan and coalition soldiers. Tragically, he was killed in action by an improvised explosive device while commanding a mounted patrol on September 6, 2009. Major Pepin's unwavering dedication to Canada's mission in Afghanistan saved lives and brought great credit to the Canada.
Enlisted: October 13, 1999 CFB Valcartier, Que.
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Deceased: September 06, 2009 at Dand District, Afghanistan
Cemetery Parc Commémoratif de la Souvenance Quebec, Canada
Obituary: Major Yannick Pépin died at the age of 36 on Operational Missions in Afghanistan on September 6, 2009 A native of Arthabaska, he is survived by spouse Annie Roberge, his children, Alexandra and Charles, his parents Mr. and Mrs. Serge Pépin Claudette Turcotte, his sister Catherine, her parents Mr. Laurent Caron Roberge and Lisette, his brother and his sister Jean-Sébastien Roberge and Claudia Jean, his nephew Ismail and his niece Lia-Rose, his grandmother Rita Houle Pepin and Alice Caron Rioux, and several aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives and friends.
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Medals and Commendations
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Meritorious Service Medal (M.S.M.)
Sacrifice Medal (SM)
General Campaign Star – SOUTH-WEST ASIA (GCS-SWA)
Canadian Forces' Decoration (C.D.)

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