• FORWARD OPERATING BASE MA'SUM GHAR, Afghanistan - The General Campaign Star medal was presented to Canadian soldiers of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment's Battle Group, Oct. 7 during a medals parade ceremony. Canadian forces partner with Afghanistan National Army and Afghanistan National Police to conduct daily operations from the FOB.

    General Campain Star medal

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE MA'SUM GHAR, Afghanistan - The General Campaign Star medal was presented to Canadian soldiers of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment's Battle Group, Oct. 7 during a medals parade ceremony. Canadian forces partner with...

  • FORWARD OPERATING BASE MA'SUM GHAR, Afghanistan - Honorary Colonel of the Regiment, retired Maj. Gen. Walter M. Holmes, shakes hands with a Canadian soldier before pinning the General Campaign Star medal on his uniform. Holmes and Regimental Sergeant Major, Chief Warrant Officer Mike R. Hornbrook, were invited to pin the medals on the soldiers of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment and other elements of the Battle Group, Oct. 7 during a medals parade ceremony.

    Canadian Medal Ceremony 1

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE MA'SUM GHAR, Afghanistan - Honorary Colonel of the Regiment, retired Maj. Gen. Walter M. Holmes, shakes hands with a Canadian soldier before pinning the General Campaign Star medal on his uniform. Holmes and Regimental Sergeant...

  • FORWARD OPERATING BASE MA'SUM GHAR, Afghanistan - Regimental Sergeant Major, Chief Warrant Officer Mike R. Hornbrook, shakes hands with a Canadian soldier. Hornbrook and Honorary Colonel of the Regiment retired Major General Walter M. Holmes were invited to pin the medals on soldiers of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment and other elements of the Battle Group, Oct. 7 during a medals parade ceremony

    Canadian Medal Ceremony 2

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE MA'SUM GHAR, Afghanistan - Regimental Sergeant Major, Chief Warrant Officer Mike R. Hornbrook, shakes hands with a Canadian soldier. Hornbrook and Honorary Colonel of the Regiment retired Major General Walter M. Holmes were...

  • FORWARD OPERATING BASE MA'SUM GHAR, Afghanistan - Canadian soldiers of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group stand in formation before being presented the General Campaign Star medal during a medals parade ceremony, Oct. 7.

    Canadian Medal Ceremony 3

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE MA'SUM GHAR, Afghanistan - Canadian soldiers of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group stand in formation before being presented the General Campaign Star medal during a medals parade ceremony, Oct. 7.

  • FORWARD OPERATING BASE MA'SUM GHAR, Afghanistan - The General Campaign Star medal was presented to Canadian soldiers of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment's Battle Group, Oct. 7 during a medals parade ceremony. Canadian forces partner with Afghanistan National Army and Afghanistan National Police to conduct daily operations from the FOB.

    Canadian Medal Ceremony 4

    FORWARD OPERATING BASE MA'SUM GHAR, Afghanistan - The General Campaign Star medal was presented to Canadian soldiers of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment's Battle Group, Oct. 7 during a medals parade ceremony. Canadian forces partner with...

FORWARD OPERATING BASE MA'SUM GHAR, Afghanistan - The General Campaign Star Medal was awarded to Canadian soldiers of the 1st and 2nd Battalions, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group, Oct. 7 during a medals parade ceremony.

The GCS is awarded to members of the Canadian Forces and members of allied forces working together to take part in operations in the presence of an armed enemy.

Honorary Colonel of the Regiment, retired Maj. Gen. Walter Holmes, and Regimental Sergeant Major Chief Warrant Officer Mike Hornbrook were invited to the forward operating base to present the medals. Holmes and Hornbrook are both former members of the regiment.

Canadian Army Capt. Garrett Hallman, 1RCR BG, a Fredericton, New Brunswick, native said every regiment or Canada Army unit has an honorary colonel who is used for events like the medal ceremony.

Canadian Sgt. Kevin Renaud, 1RCR BG, a native of Burton, New Brunswick, is on his first tour in Afghanistan.

This was Renaud's first time receiving the GCS. He said the GCS means different things to the Canadian soldiers.

"The medal is a milestone for some [soldiers], for being that far away from family and friends," he said.

Canadian Army Pvt. Mathew Campbell, 2RCR BG, a Winter Junction, Nova Scotia, native is also on his first tour in Afghanistan.

For the most part of his tour, Campbell said the Canadian forces were well-received by the local Afghan population.

"We got a pretty good reception from the locals; most of the people here are pretty nice," said Campbell.

He was proud to represent his country in Afghanistan.

"It's been a pleasure," Campbell said. "Canada is well-liked around the world, and I think that we are pretty much well-liked in Afghanistan too."

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