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Cyprus was Different

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Cyprus was Different

So right away after we got to the 1st Battalion we went on a small exercise tasking to Norway, came back so that was kind of my first experience of being really outside of Canada and then when we came back from there and then we got ready to deploy to Cyprus. So it was our turn to do a tour in Cyprus in ’91, 1991. It’s different. It’s getting used to different languages and the food and the way things are there but being around again the whole battalion that was there, you’re still around all your friends and your peers so there really wasn’t that getting thrown in by yourself somewhere so you always have that buddy to lean on or the platoon or whatever to kind of guide you through so it makes it a lot easier when you’re around people that you spent the last few months training with or years or whatever. Typically we’d be up and we’d either be out on patrol looking over the buffer zone between the Greeks and the Turks and at that time there really wasn’t much going on so the two of us would do a shift, twelve hours off, twelve hours on and really just watching the buffer zone and other than that we would be just back in the compound and sometimes we would get a leave. We ended up in Europe for a leave and come back so it’s just a six months of a routine of on and off shift of patrolling or being in the observation post. A lot of guard duty at either the front gate or just overlooking the buffer zone in the heat, it’s a little bit warmer there then we are used to in Canada so getting used to the heat was one thing but it was great.

Mr. Feyko shares his experiences in Cyprus as part of the PPCLI regiment.

Michael Feyko

Mr. Michael Feyko was born July 12, 1970 in Windsor, Ontario. Immediately out of high school, Mr. Feyko joined the military and held rank of private with the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry. He attended battle school in Wainwright, Alberta. First deploying to Norway, Mr. Feyko then continued on with tours to Cyprus and to Somalia. Realizing his true passion was to be a jumper and following his desire to gain a career with Search & Rescue, Mr. Feyko found himself back in Canada with the SkyHawks attending many air shows across the country. While in Edmonton, Mr. Feyko was involved in a parachute accident where he was left with a lifetime injury. With major injury to his body, Mr. Feyko rehabilitated himself back into civilian life and in 2000 a decision was made for medical discharge. With great determination and desire to continue life as it was prior to his injury, Mr. Feyko was inspired by the Soldier On program and assisted as coach of the Team Canada Golf Team leading them to five medals at the Invictus Games held in Toronto, Ontario September 2017. Now married and with a family, Mr. Feyko enjoys a career as a PGA golf pro and continues to train golfers who are part of Soldier On in preparing for the next Invictus Games to be held in Sydney, Australia.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
September 29, 2017
Person Interviewed:
Michael Feyko
War, Conflict or Mission:
Canadian Armed Forces
Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI)

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