To Honour Canada's Military

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.
Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry

Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) is one of the three Regular Force infantry regiments of the Canadian Army of the Canadian Armed Forces. It is named for Princess Patricia of Connaught, then daughter of the Governor General of Canada. The regiment is composed of four battalions including a Primary Reserve battalion, for a total of 2,000 soldiers. The PPCLI is the main lodger unit of Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Edmonton in Alberta and CFB Shilo in Manitoba, and attached to 3rd Canadian Division; as such it serves as the "local" regular infantry regiment for much of Western Canada. The Loyal Edmonton Regiment (LER), a Reserve Force battalion, is affiliated with the PPCLI but is not formally part of it. As part of this affiliation, the LER carries the designation '4th Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry'. The regiment is a ceremonial structure, and the four battalions are independent operational entities, under the 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (1 CMBG) for the Regular Force and the 41 Canadian Brigade Group (41 CBG) for the Primary Reserve. Although the regiment carries the designation of 'light infantry', two of its battalions are mechanized infantry, and the unit has never been organized as a traditional light infantry regiment.

Battle Honours
Sgt Karigiannis Christos
Rank: Sergeant Sgt
Service Number: H39 835 389
Born: Sep 20, 1975 Montreal, Québec
Discharged: Killed In Action

Served In: Afghanistan
Service: CF (Canadian Forces)
Battle Group: ISAF (International Security Assistance Force)
Regiment: Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry
Service Details :
3rd Battalion

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: Karigiannis was a top-tier parachutist who taught first- jump courses at the civilian Eden North skydive club in Edmonton, where he completed 750 jumps. "That's what Chris did. He put his life on the line for his friends and for his comrades. He put his life on the line for you and I. Chris put his life on the line for his country and for a cause that he believed in. Chris gave his life in the service of his country. But, more than that, he gave his life protecting the people of Afghanistan. This remarkable feat is no small matter " It's no small matter for his mother, Niki, to say goodbye to her son - and it's no small matter for the Canadian Forces to say goodbye to a respected and dedicated soldier." Capt. James B. Young, Karigiannis's forward commanding officer, recounted how a young recruit, who had started as an Air Cadet, advanced steadily through the ranks of Canada's armed forces. "Needless to say that presenting an officer's commission to a private is a highly unusual event," he said, referring to one of Karigiannis's promotions. "He was always willing to help anyone in need and never turned away from a challenge or difficult job. Chris truly represented what being a member of Air Cadets and the Canadian Forces is about and his loss is deeply felt by all who knew him " I can only say that it was a pleasure and a privilege to work with Chris and I'll always remember the good times we shared." "He was solid, serious, hardworking. He researched everything he did. He was committed - he was very good at everything he did, very precise." Karigiannis was an expert marksman and a member of the elite Skyhawks Canadian Forces Parachutist Team - the army's equivalent of the Snowbirds flying team.
Enlisted: Edmonton, AB
Pre/Post War: Although Chris was an outstanding leader and achiever, his self-effacing and unpretentious nature, combined with a friendly attitude that made you feel welcome whenever you dealt with him, were what Chris was all about. He was always ready to help anyone in need and never turned away from a challenge or a difficult job. Chris truly represented what being a member of the Canadian Forces is about and his loss will be deeply felt by all who knew him. A serious, clean-cut, focused youngster, Karigiannis was awarded the Lord Strathcona Medal while he was still in the cadets, the highest decoration a cadet can get in recognition of exemplary performance in physical and military training. He completed a seven-week summer flying course on scholarship and obtained his pilot's licence. He also went to John Abbott College, where he studied aircraft maintenance.

Deceased: June 20, 2007 at Panjwaii district, Afghanistan
Cemetery MCDONALD Cemetery Port Lambton, Ontario, Canada
Obituary: Sergeant Christos Karigiannis of the 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, was killed when the vehicle in which he was traveling struck an improvised explosive device approximately 40 km west of Kandahar City, Afghanistan
The medals and information on this page have not been verified by Family, Friends or historical document. To help us make this page more accurate and complete please email to request any changes or to help us verify any medals or commendations.
Sgt Christos Karigiannis on other official websites
Canadian Virtual
War Memorial

Researched By: Sean Wilson

Sgt Christos Karigiannis
Printable Version
Medals and Commendations
(In Order):

Sacrifice Medal (SM)
General Campaign Star – SOUTH-WEST ASIA (GCS-SWA)

Page 225 from 7th
Book of Remembrance

(Click to Enlarge)

Clicking Thumbnail will enlarge image
Highslide JS
Highslide JS