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ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) ISAF (International Security Assistance Force)
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Tpr Bouthillier Jack
Rank: Trooper
Tpr
Service Number: K20 081 659
Born: Sep 13, 1988 Hearst, Ontario
Discharged: Killed In Action

Served In:Afghanistan
Service: CF (Canadian Forces)
Battle Group: ISAF (International Security Assistance Force)
Regiment: The Royal Canadian Dragoons
Service Details :
Reconnaissance Squadron, 3rd Battalion The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group. He and Tpr Corey Hayes were killed, and three soldiers were wounded, when their armoured vehicle struck an improvised explosive device during a patrol in the Shah Wali Kot District approximately 20 kilometres northeast of Kandahar City.


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: Tpr. Michel Fleury noted that "Jack was a bit of a momma's boy, and we always told him that. He was a great friend, and he made his mark on all of us." So badly did he want to be a soldier that at one point in courses he downplayed a foot injury so as not to miss training. The "most physically fit person" on training courses, Tpr. Bouthillier whose was nicknamed "Boots" was as well a humble person who did not need expensive things to make him happy. He would go out of his way for, and was there for, his friends.
Enlisted: August 8, 2006 CFB Petawawa
Pre/Post War: Trp Bouthillier, known as Boots, was a keen sportsman and martial arts specialist renowned for his sense of humour. He joined the army in 2006 a month before he turned 18. A skilled fighter who often would show martial arts techniques to friends, he loved the UFC, but he would rather resolve the problem than fight at all. Still, he was a true believer: he honestly believed he could take on (renowned Québec-based UFC champ) Georges St-Pierre.

Deceased: March 20, 2009 at Shah Wali Kot District, Afghanistan
Cemetery: MONSIGNOR PIERRE GRENIER Cemetery Hearst, Ontario, Canada
Obituary: He and Tpr Corey Hayes were killed, and three soldiers were wounded, when their armoured vehicle struck an improvised explosive device during a patrol in the Shah Wali Kot District approximately 20 kilometres northeast of Kandahar City. Jack is survived by his parents Raynald and Elaine, his sister Michelle and his girlfriend Christine.
       


Tpr Jack Bouthillier

Medals and Commendations
(In Order):

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

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