Keeping a Higher Vigilance on Patrol

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Keeping a Higher Vigilance on Patrol

You are always on guard and kind of making sure higher vigilance when we are out on patrol and I had a switch. After a mine incident in October that hit the Canadians we changed where we patrolled so at first my platoon was patrolling more the rural area of Afghanistan so we were out into the smaller villages but after the mine incident they changed that up and put more of the armoured vehicles out there because of the threats and the mines and be more protected so we moved into the city which was a little bit more complex of an environment to be vigilant because there is so much more, all these buildings and so many more people and all those factors that come into it. We try to change things up so we don’t become complacent and keep that vigilance up. There are a couple of times when the anxiety gets up but we’re well trained in our standard operating procedures to handle those situations and, you know, you never know how people are going to react to a situation but there were a few incidents where you are really stressed out and it is high anxiety but together you remember you are part of a team and everybody is looking after each other so that’s a way to get through that aspect of it.

Major Feyko expresses the emotions of anxiety and fear of the unknown that may be present and how the troops handled themselves while on patrol duty.

Jay Feyko

Mr. Jay Feyko was born April 25, 1973 in Windsor, Ontario. While attending Trenton University, unsure of his future, Mr. Feyko decided to join the military under a three year contract with the Canadian Forces. After having the opportunity to be honour guard in commemoration of the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, his inspiration for those who served before him led him to the decision to remain in the military. Joining as private under the 3rd Battalion Royal Canadian Regiment, Infantry Division, Mr. Feyko deployed to Afghanistan under Operation Roto O holding rank of platoon commander. He was medically discharge and rose to the rank of major. Deployment to Afghanistan resulted in a severe injury when he became wounded after a suicide bomber detonated the vehicle he was travelling in. Not allowing his injuries to change his lifestyle, Mr. Feyko carried on with his career, accepting a position as senior manager of Soldier On where he continues present day in supporting and assisting other Veterans with challenges in life. Mr. Feyko was medically discharged from the Canadian military in June 2016 and continues to advocate for the needs of his fellow comrades. Mr. Feyko now resides in Ottawa, Ontario with his wife and children.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
September 29, 2017
Person Interviewed:
Jay Feyko
War, Conflict or Mission:
Canadian Forces
3rd Battalion Royal Canadian Regiment
Platoon Commander

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