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Receiving the Commander-In-Chief Commendation

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Receiving the Commander-In-Chief Commendation

If you can’t beat this, disorder is what they call it, I’m joining it so my way of trying to fight this emotional distress, whatever you call it, is by trying to get together with my fellow soldiers. Our unit, 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, November Company, for services we provided in the war torn city of Sarajevo, 3RCR we were the first soldiers to receive the Governor General’s Commander-In-Chief unit commendation for doing our jobs basically under fire. Some of my fellow soldiers are still serving and some are retired yet haven’t received this commendation, citation so I made it my responsibility, myself included, to not receive this commendation for whatever reason, and I thought it would be a great idea for me to get this commendation issued to those soldiers that haven’t received them yet from my battalion, November Company.

Mr. Bojalil explains his role played in getting himself and his fellow soldiers recognized for the duty performed in reopening of the airport.

Alfredo “Alphie” Bojalil

Mr. Alphie Bojalil was born in Mexico City, August 9, 1969. At the young age of 15, Mr. Bojalil had the keen desire to join the military as the discipline and adventure for travel intrigued his interest. In 1988-89, Mr. Bojalil went to Battle School in Petawawa, Ontario and joined the Royal Canadian Regiment. After his training, Mr. Bojalil was posted to Germany where he remained for 2 years. A big part of Mr. Bojalil’s military career involved his participation as a peacekeeper with 3 RCR, November Company where he and a contingent of soldiers travelled to the besiege city of Sarajevo in 1992 with their main task to reopen the airport and provide humanitarian aid and supply to the people of this city. For this, Mr. Bojalil gained recognition and was awarded the Commander-In-Chief Commendation for his participation in this effort. After discharge from the military, Mr. Bojalil became a strong advocate for his fellow soldiers involved in this mission and has tirelessly worked to bring them together for a reunion in 2009. Mr. Bojalil remains a strong voice for his service and holds great pride for his unit’s accomplishments. Mr. Bojalil married and has one daughter.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
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Alfredo “Alphie” Bojalil
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Canadian Armed Forces
Royal Canadian Regiment

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