Calgary Highlanders on
Note from the webmaster -
these listings are very incomplete. Over 200 Calgary Highlanders have
served on UN and NATO missions since 1992. The Regiment takes great
pride in the personal sacrifices made by each and every soldier to
have volunteered for these missions in the service of Peace. If you
are a Calgary Highlander and have served overseas, or know of anyone
who is not listed here and should be, please contact the webmaster so
that this list can be made as complete as possible. Please contact the
webmaster at the address listed on the first page of this site and
please include first name, last name, rank (at time of tour), name of
mission, unit served with, name of OP/Roto # and approximate dates of
service. Corrections to the existing listing below are also
||General Campaign Star
The General Campaign Star was created to recognize in a
timely manner personnel serving in operations in the presence of an armed enemy. The
award of this medal, and the General Service Medal, allows the CF to honour participation
in various campaigns (with the addition of individual operational bars) with less delay to
the individuals concerned.
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 bar specifying the operations being
recognized, and each bar has its own criteria.
The ribbon is red and white (the official colours of Canada as appointed by King George V
in 1921) with the green representing service.
The bars to the Star are gold in colour with a raised edge and bear the name of the
operation or the geographical area for which it is awarded.
Bars approved to date are:
* ALLIED FORCE: Awarded to fighter pilots and AWACS crew members who flew at least 5
sorties during Operation ALLIED FORCE from 24 March to 10 June 1999 in the theatre of
operations which consisted of the airspace over Kosovo and other territories of the
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Albania, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and the
Adriatic and Ionian seas. Some recipients may have to exchange their previously presented
NATO Medal to receive this award.
* ISAF+FIAS: Awarded to Canadian Forces members and members of allied forces working with
the Canadian Forces who served with the Canadian contribution to the International
Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan for at least 30 days cumulative between 24
April 2003 and a termination date to be determined, in the theatre of operations which
consisted of the political boundaries and airspace of Afghanistan. Aircrew flying into the
theatre accumulate one day of service for the first sortie flown on any day, additional
sorties flown on the same day receive no further credit.
Calgary Highlanders who have received this award while members of the Regiment include:
Warrant Officer Martin Woods - Warrant Officer Martin Woods served with the National Command
Element of Canadian forces in Afghanistan from Aug 2005 to Jan 2006.
Master Corporal Steve Malenfant
||South West Asia Service
Warrant Officer Martin Woods
Warrant Officer Martin Woods served with the National
Command Element of Canadian forces in Afghanistan from Aug 2005 to Jan 2006.
Lieutenant Colonel Warren Spaan
|Lieutenant Colonel Warren Spaan, Commanding
Officer from 1999 to 2002, was awarded the South West Asia Service Medal (SWASM) with
Afghanistan bar, for his service on Op ATHENA, Roto 2. The medal was presented in
Camp Julien, the Canadian camp in Kabul, on 4 Feb 2005 by the Task Force Commander,
Colonel Jim Ellis. This medal recognized service with the Headquarters of Combined
Forces Command - Afghanistan (CFC-A), the U.S. led coalition serving there (as opposed to
ISAF, the NATO led force).
||European Security and
Defence Policy Service Medal
|Captain McLean was also awarded the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) service medal. The European
Union (EU) awards the ESDP service medal for 30 days’ continuous service on a
designated EU-led crisis management operation. The medal is always awarded with a bar
identifying the operation being recognized. Bars have been created recognizing service on
the European Union-led: police mission (EUPM) in Bosnia, since January 1,2003;as well as
military operation ARTEMIS in the Democratic Republic of Congo, from June 12 to September
1, 2003 (CF Operation CARAVAN); military operation CONCORDIA in the former Yugoslav
Republic of Macedonia, from March 31 to December 15, 2003 (CF Op FUSION); police mission
PROXIMA in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, from December 15, 2003, and European
Union Force (ALTHEA) in Bosnia-Herzegovina from December 2, 2004 (CF Op BOREAS).