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Intensity of Daily Routine

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Intensity of Daily Routine

I joined the military to serve my country and to, to try and make a difference in the world.. That’s what peacekeeping is. There was a country in need of help and we were sent there to help these people. Like really, you can’t do anything about the, the armies is trying to kill each other, but you can at least help the people out and that’s what we did. We did open up an airport that was besieged which allowed the planes to fly in relief aid and then we did the convoys to the, to villages that were, that were completely devastated, needed these relief and supplies and medical and food and we did get the job done that we were tasked to do. You were on edge the whole time you were there. You, it’s almost like you were waiting for a bullet to hit you at anytime because of the snipers. Land mines throughout to the point that we couldn’t even walk on grass. Shelling, mortars, artillery, road blocks, all kinds of, you know, all kinds of obstacles whenever we had to go and do our deliveries. It was pretty hairy place to be. The first day we got there we were shelled so that baptism under fire happened immediately. The shock, everything’s in slow motion. You can’t believe it’s happening, but after that you actually, got easier and then you’d numb it out. Completely numb it out. And it was a daily routine.

Mr. Bilinskis describes the tension felt when convoying supplies to the devastated villages of Sarajevo.Mr. Bilinskis describes the tension felt when convoying supplies to the devastated villages of Sarajevo.

John Bilinskis

Mr. John Bilinskis was born July 26, 1967 in Montreal, Quebec. With a strong military background of his mother, father and grandfather serving in the Second World War, Mr. Bilinkis carried the strong fascination for the service. When making the decision to join the army, Mr. Bilinskis joined with 3 Royal Canadian Regiment holding rank of Corporal . After living in Germany for two years and being trained as a combat soldier, Mr. Bilinskis was selected to be a part of Operation Harmony where soldiers of 3 RCR November Company travelled to Sarajevo for the purpose of providing humanitarian aid and reopening of the airport. For this service, Mr. Bilinkis was awarded with recognition Commander-In-Chief Commendation for his participation in this effort. After discharge from the Canadian Forces, Mr. Bilinskis moved to Ontario where he resides with his wife and family.

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John Bilinskis
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