Not Sure Who’s Who?

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Not Sure Who’s Who?

We always had at least two vehicles when we patrolled and that was it. We were in the Iltis back then, the G wagons was the next vehicle and they were just coming into the operation at that time. But we always travelled in two just in case something happened to the first vehicle there was always a secure vehicle there to react or help out if need be. Sometimes there would be bigger patrols but two was the smallest that we ever did. Sometimes we did it by foot, we weren’t even on vehicles we’d just walk from the gate and go for a 13, 14 km patrol within the city and then come back to the gate. Interviewer: And the presence of you there on patrol, were the Afghan people always respectful of the purpose of you being there? There were some. There were some that would look at us with a little bit of, I don’t know untrust, especially those older males that have been through some of the wars. They didn’t know exactly why we were there. They didn’t understand or they didn’t trust us so. The kids always, they were always coming up and giving high fives and what have you. But some of the older males they would look at you a little different but some of them would be very friendly and very open to, and you never know who’s who. That’s kind of the challenge in a theatre of war like Afghanistan is that you can’t identify the enemy easy so you don’t know who is who right, when you are driving down the road.

While on duty, Major Feyko expresses the need to be on the alert in determining who’s who amongst the Afghan community.

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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