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.
Peacekeepers monitor and observe peace processes in post-conflict areas and assist ex-combatants in implementing the peace agreements they may have signed. Such assistance comes in many forms, including confidence-building measures, power-sharing arrangements, electoral support, strengthening the rule of law, and economic and social development. Accordingly, UN peacekeepers (often referred to as Blue Berets or Blue Helmets because of their light blue berets or helmets) can include soldiers, police officers, and civilian personnel.
The mission of the Royal Canadian Engineers is to contribute to the survival, mobility, and combat effectiveness of the Canadian Armed Forces. Their roles are to conduct combat operations, support the Canadian Forces in war and peace, support national development, provide assistance to civil authorities, and support international aid programs. Military engineers’ responsibilities encompass the use of demolitions and land mines, the design, construction and maintenance of defensive works and fortifications, urban operations (hostile room entry), breaching obstacles, establishing/maintaining lines of communication, and bridging. They also provide water, power and other utilities, provide fire, aircraft crash and rescue services, hazardous material operations, and develop maps and other engineering intelligence. In addition, military engineers are experts in deception and concealment, as well as in the design and development of equipment necessary to carry out these operations. The official role of the combat engineer is to allow friendly troops to live, move and fight on the battlefield and deny that to the enemy.
The Dag Hammarskjöld Medal is a posthumous award given by the United Nations (UN) to military personnel, police, or civilians who lose their lives while serving in a United Nations peacekeeping operation. The medal is named after Dag Hammarskjöld, the second Secretary-General of the United Nations, who died in a plane crash in what is now Zambia in September 1961.
Service Details :
1 Combat Engineer Regiment. On June 21, 1994, an armoured personnel carrier took Isfeld and some other soldiers to clear landmines near Kakma, Croatia. In the process the carrier accidentally tripped the mine, “an insidious contraption” that jumps about a metre in the air before exploding and sending the steel balls in all directions. It is considered lethal to 50 metres and dangerous to 100 metres.
“Mark was hit from about three metres,” explains his father, Brian. The military worked efficiently in an attempt to save his life–the medical evacuation chopper arrived in 14 minutes–but he died on the operating table at a Czech field hospital in Knin, Croatia. He was 31, and had been married to his wife, Kelly, for less than three years.
The prestigious Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to all United Nations Peacekeepers in 1988 in recognition of their collective efforts in the cause of peace. This inspired the creation of the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal (CPSM) to acknowledge the unique contribution to peace that Canadian peacekeepers have made since 1947.
This mission was established in April 1991, to monitor a demilitarized zone established along the boundary between the States of Iraq and Kuwait and the Khor Abdullah and to retrieve non-exploded ammunition and de-mine the area.
Awarded for 90 days consecutive service from 03 April 1991 to present.
UNPROFOR was established in February 1992 as an interim arrangement to create the conditions of peace and security required for the negotiation of an overall settlement of the Yugoslavian crisis. The role of the UN troops was to ensure that areas designated as "UN Protected Areas" (UNPA) became and remained demilitarized and that all persons residing in these areas were protected from fear of armed attack. The role of UN police monitors was to ensure that local police forces carried out their duties without discriminating against persons of any nationality or abusing any human rights. The force also assisted the humanitarian agencies of the UN in the return of all displaced persons who so desired.
There were several extensions of the original UNPROFOR covering the following purposes: reopening of the Sarajevo airport for humanitarian purposes; establishing a security zone encompassing Sarajevo and its airport; protection of convoys of released detainees in Bosnia and Herzegovina as requested by the International Committee of the Red Cross; monitoring arrangements for the complete withdrawal of the Yugoslavian Army from Croatia; the demilitarization of the Prevlaka peninsula and the removal of heavy weapons from neighbouring areas of Croatia and Montenegro (Res 779,1992); monitoring compliance with the ban on military flights (Res 781,1992); and the establishment of the United Nations presence in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
Approximately 860 Canadian Forces personnel deployed to the Balkans with UNPROFOR in the spring of 1992 as Operation HARMONY, followed by a second deployment of 800 in Sep of that year. For three years, from the fall of 1992 to the fall of 1995 there were approximately 1,600 Canadians in the Balkans at any one time, as part of UNPROFOR, the United Nations Peace Forces Headquarters (UNPF-HQ) and (briefly) UNCRO.
May 22, 1986 Edmonton, Alberta
June 21, 1994 at Kakma, Republic of Croatia
LITTLE MOUNTAIN ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION CEMETERY , Marker: PH AA82
Son of Carol Margaret (nee Donaldson) and Brian Lynthor Isfeld of Courtenay, British Columbia. Husband of Kelly Rae (nee LeMaster) Isfeld and stepfather of Wade and Kari. Brother of Leigh and Glenn. Master Corporal Isfeld has also been honoured in Courtnay, British Columbia where a school has been renamed Mark R. Isfeld Secondary School.
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MCpl Mark Robert Isfeld
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Canadian Peace Keeping Service Medal (CPSM)
UN Iraq – Kuwait Observer Mission (UNIKOM)
UN Protection Force (Yugoslavia) (UNPROFOR)
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Mark R Isfeld Secondary School
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Mark Isfeld in Croatia, Oct 92 - Apr 93. OP HARMONY, First tour. Mark Hitchhiking in the Former Yugoslavia while on his first UN tour.
Mark Isfeld in Kuwait May 1991.
Mark Isfeld in Kuwait Apr to Oct 1991. OP RECORD A small kitten Mark and his comrades were nursing back to health after being stepped on by a big army boot.
Mark Isfeld in Croatia APR 94 - JUN 21 1994 OP HARMONY Second and final tour. Mark shown clearing mines somewhere in sector south, Croatia.
Mark Isfeld in Croatia APR 94 - JUN 21 1994 OP HARMONY Second and final tour. Mark shown pointing out an anti personnel mine somewhere in sector south, Croatia.
Mark Isfeld in Kuwait Apr to Oct 1991. OP RECORD Shown here visiting with Barney, the American troops' Mascot. The American compound across the way from the 1CER quarters was the scene of a devastating explosion of ammunition during this tour. Mark's great sense of humour comes to the forefront.
This picture of Carol Isfeld, Mark's mother taken in december 1994 in Chilliwack, at Little Mountain Royal Canadian Legion Cemetery before the permanent headstone was placed, speaks for itself.
The permanent Grave marker selected by Mark's widow Kelly. Little Mountain Royal Canadian Legion Cemetery, Chilliwack BC.