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.
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 (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.
Pte Watkins Lane William Thomas
Service Number: F66 580 456
Born: Jun 05, 1987 Winnipeg, Manitoba
Discharged: Killed In Action
Service: CF (Canadian Forces)
Battle Group:ISAF (International Security Assistance Force)
Regiment: Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry
Service Details :
His first posting was to Edmonton where he was stationed with 3PPCLI. He was deployed to Afghanistan February 18, 2007.
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.
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.
He was one of six Canadian soldiers, along with an Afghan interpreter, killed when their RG-31 Nyala armoured vehicle struck a massive roadside bomb approximately 20 km southwest of Kandahar City. The incident occurred while the soldiers were returning in a convoy to a forward-operating base in the Panjwaii-Zhari district after completing joint operations with the Afghan National Army.
July 28, 2005 Edmonton, AB
Prior to enlisting in 2005, he attended high school in Pilot Mound and enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing hockey and baseball. The soldier grew up in Clearwater, Man., and attended high school in nearby Pilot Mound. Lynn Galbraith, one of his former teachers, said the sometimes-shy young man had always shown an interest in a career with the military. "He was well-liked by all his classmates. He was a big strapping lad. He was a good-sized kid. He could be shy at times, but he was outgoing with his friends," Galbraith said. "I find it very hard to look at his picture on the news and think of him as gone, being so young." Wade Watson, the principal at Pilot Mound Collegiate, said he would respect the family's wish for privacy. "I think I'm going to honour that, other than to tell you that he was a very good kid and he was doing what he wanted to do."
PTE. LANE WILLIAM THOMAS WATKINS On July 4, 2007, in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, at the age of 20 years, while serving with Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. Lane was born in Winnipeg, MB, June 5, 1987, the third child of Charles and Wanda Watkins, a brother for Andrew and a twin to Leigh. He was raised in Clearwater, MB, surrounded by a loving and supportive extended family and community. He attended nursery and elementary school in Clearwater, junior high at Thomas Greenway in Crystal City and graduated from Pilot Mound School in 2005. He enjoyed the freedom of small town life, spending much time outdoors with his brothers and friends, playing hockey, baseball, hunting and fishing. Pte. Watkins is survived by his parents Charles and Wanda, brother Andrew, twin brother Leigh, and other family members.
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