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Canadian Forces CF (Canadian Forces)

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United Nations Command (UNC) United Nations Command (UNC)

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.
2 Combat Engineer Regiment 2 Combat Engineer Regiment

2 Combat Engineer Regiment is a regiment of the Canadian Military Engineers. It is located at Garrison Petawawa, and is part of 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group. 2 CER was redesignated from 1 Field Engineer Squadron in 1977. It currently consists of 23 Field Squadron, 24 Field Squadron, 25 Support Squadron, 26 CIED Squadron and 28 Administration Squadron. After the Canadian Forces unified in 1968, the Royal Canadian Engineers, Royal Canadian Navy Civil Engineers and the Royal Canadian Air Force Construction Division were amalgamated. The new branch went under the name Royal Canadian Engineers until 1973 when they were renamed the Canadian Military Engineers.

Battle Honours
Spr Desmarais Gilles Joseph Stephan
Rank: Sapper Spr
Service Number: B76 036 857
Born: Jun 07, 1975 Sudbury, Ontario
Discharged: Killed In Action

Served In: Peacekeeping
Service: CF (Canadian Forces)
Battle Group: United Nations Command (UNC)
Regiment: 2 Combat Engineer Regiment
Dag Hammarskjöld Dag Hammarskjöld
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 :
Served in Bosnia and his first deployment was in the Quebec ice storm in 1998.

Canadian Peace Keeping Service Medal (CPSM)
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.
NATO Medal for Former Yugoslavia (NATO-FY)
After the peaceful conduct of the September 1996 elections, IFOR successfully completed its mission of implementing the military annexes of the General Framework Agreement for Peace. However, it was clear that much remained to be accomplished on the civil side and that the political environment would continue to be potentially unstable and insecure. On 25-26 September, one week after the Bosnian elections NATO Defence Ministers concluded that the Alliance needed to re-assess how it might continue to provide support for the establishment of a secure environment after the end of IFOR's mandate in December. The role of IFOR (Operation Joint Endeavour) was to implement the peace. The role of SFOR (Operation Joint Guard / Operation Joint Forge) is to stabilise the peace. The difference between the tasks of IFOR and SFOR is reflected in their names.

Service Notes: Sapper Desmarais, 23, had been working on a building and died when he came in contact with a 10,000-volt, high-tension hydro wire hanging above a wood shed being constructed at the camp. Capt. Ives, a military engineer and second-in-command of 24 Field Squadron, pleaded guilty to negligent duty at his court martial. As one of a number of officers in command, he admitted he should not have let soldiers install metal sheeting on a roof within 1.3 metres of overhead power lines carrying 10,000 volts of electricity.
Enlisted: April 26, 1995
Pre/Post War:

Deceased: September 25, 1998 at Zgon, Bosnia
Cemetery NOELVILLE CEMETERY Ontario, Canada
Obituary: Son of Joffre and Carmen Desmarais. Step brother of Roger Giroux. Brother of Denis and Rose-Anne Desmarais. Uncle of Stephan Demarais.
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Medals and Commendations
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Canadian Peace Keeping Service Medal (CPSM)
NATO Medal for Former Yugoslavia (NATO-FY)

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