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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.
The Royal Canadian Dragoons The Royal Canadian Dragoons


The Royal Canadian Dragoons, along with Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians), contributed troops to 56 Reconnaissance Squadron for duty with the United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) from March 1957 to January 1959, equipped with Ferret scout cars. The Officer Commanding, Maj. R. Barry Tackaberry, the Second-in-Command, Capt. J.A. Beament, the 2nd Troop Leader, Lt J.G.H. Ferguson, and the 4th Troop Leader, Lt J.B. Long, as well as half of the NCOs and soldiers, were Dragoons. Other squadrons of the regiment served there and in Cyprus. The regiment contributed several other recce squadrons to UNEF until its demise in 1967.

The regiment was part of the initial deployment to Cyprus as part of OPERATION SNOW GOOSE, Canada's long contribution to UNFICYP, and conducted other squadron-sized tours as well as a regimental deployment from March to September 1989. Tpr. Joseph H. "Fess" Campbell died in Cyprus on 31 July 1964.

The regiment served at Fort Beausejour, Iserlohn, Germany from November 1957 - November 1959

The regiment served at CFB Lahr, West Germany, as part of 4 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group from 1970 to 1987 equipped with Centurion, rented German Leopard 1 and Leopard C1 tanks and Lynx tracked reconnaissance vehicles. During this time, the Canadian Army ceased conducting regimental rotations to 4 CMBG, going instead to a man-for-man individual rotation system.

During the 1990s, the regiment conducted deployments to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia with the UN as part of UNPROFOR, and with NATO as part of IFOR, SFOR and in Kosovo with KFOR.

The Royal Canadian Dragoons contributed both reconnaissance and tank crews to the Canadian task forces that served in Afghanistan from 2002 to 2014.

Battle Honours
Afghanistan
Sgt Gillam MSM CD Craig Paul
Rank: Sergeant Sgt
Service Number: C23 317 461
Born: Apr 20, 1966 Stephenville Crossing, Newfoundland
Discharged: Killed In Action

Served In: Afghanistan
Service: CF (Canadian Forces)
Battle Group: ISAF (International Security Assistance Force)
Regiment: The Royal Canadian Dragoons
Mention In Dispatches Mention In Dispatches
A member of the armed forces mentioned in dispatches (or despatches, MiD) is one whose name appears in an official report written by a superior officer and sent to the high command, in which is described his or her gallant or meritorious action in the face of the enemy.

In a number of countries, a servicemember's name must be mentioned in dispatches as a condition for receiving certain decorations.
Service Details :
2nd Battalion, Operation Medusa (Afghanistan).


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: Gillam, born in Stephenville Crossing, Newfoundland, began his 20-year-military career at CFB Petawawa, Ont., and then spent 17 years at CFB Gagetown, N.B. He and his family returned to Petawawa last year. This was Gillam's first deployment to Afghanistan. He was "very realistic, very approachable, very professional and a tremendous leader," Maj. James Follwell, Regimental Second in Command of the Royal Canadian Dragoons, told a CFB Petawawa news conference. Sgt. Gillam's quick action in the seconds before he was killed is being credited for saving the lives of most of his platoon. According to his unit commander, he was the only soldier who had opportunity to shoot back when insurgents tried to sneak up on the observation post to set up an ambush. Seconds later, the insurgents attacked two other posts. Because of Sgt. Gillam's heroism, the insurgents were forced to retreat.
Enlisted: CFB Shilo
Pre/Post War: Gillam loved martial arts and was an unarmed combat instructor. He was also active in the community, playing hockey as well as coaching minor hockey, military officials said. "He was a wonderful husband, a loving father," Cindy Septon, his sister, told the Toronto Star. Maureen and Paul had been high school sweethearts. A town map in is home town is being dedicated to Sgt. Gilliam. "This fits him to a T. All he did was help people," said Maureen Gillam of her late husband's personality. "We were very excited when we found out that the town wanted to dedicate their map to him. It helps keep his memory alive." He loved martial arts and was an unarmed combat instructor. He was also active in the community, playing hockey as well as coaching minor hockey. Although Sgt. Gillam had been with the military for 20 years, he was on his first deployment overseas. He was about a month away from a visit home.

Deceased: October 03, 2006 at Kandahar, Afghanistan
Cemetery SOUTH BRANCH (ST. SYLVESTER'S) Cemetery Newfoundland, Canada
Obituary: GILLAM, SGT. CRAIG PAUL April 20, 1966 - October 3, 2006 It is with great sadness and loss that the family of Craig Paul Gillam announce his sudden passing on Tuesday, October 3, 2006 at the age of 40. Craig will be forever remembered in the hearts of his wife Maureen, his son Stephen, daughter Gale, his parents Agnes and Graham Bishop, sisters Lisa (Trevor, and children Brianna, Brandon, Robert, Megan and Mollie), Cindy (Pat and daughters Samantha and Holly) and Janet (Chris). He will be greatly missed by his mother and father-in-law Cecilia and Pius Gale, along with sisters-in-law Jenny (Tony, son Tyler), Kathleen (Jim, son Alexander) and Margie (Todd, daughters Megan and Alexandra). Survived by his grandmother, Mary Bishop and predeceased by his grandparents Frederick Bishop and Mary and Emmanuel Gillam. Much loved nephew of Mary, Rita and Joe Gillam as well as many other aunts, uncles, cousins 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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