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Afghanistan Deployment, Another Story!

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Afghanistan Deployment, Another Story!

Going to Bosnia I was not so scared, you know, but going to Afghanistan was another story. My first mission I deployed as a replacement for someone that had passed away over there so it was difficult, you know, to get into the shoes of someone that passed on; get to the troop that just had that terrible loss. And so I did two months. It went well though for me, I did the end of the mission with them and I was lucky enough during that Roto that things went as good as it can get in Afghanistan. My first Roto we were living in a big open tent on little cots and we were all one beside each other so there is no privacy or anything like that. It gets really hot in a tent in Afghanistan. At 6:30 in the morning there’s no sleeping in because it gets so hot that you got to get up. And so stuff like that was a bit different. Again, I was the only female within that troop but you get used to it, you know, and they get used to you too so there’s, you know, I just act like them. I don’t go around the corner to change, I change and they look away and that’s it.

Mr. Dupuis deploys to Afghanistan and explains the differences in living conditions and environment to what she had previously experienced.

Natacha Dupuis

Ms. Natacha Dupuis was born May 25, 1979 in Longueuil, Quebec. Throughout her younger years, she always had a desire to join the military. In 1997, at age 18, Ms. Dupuis joined the reserves and with family support and encouragement, she enlisted with Armoured Corp as a tanker. After receiving her basic training in Montreal as well as completed the Crewman course in Valcartier, Ms. Dupuis moved to Vancouver and joined the British Columbia Regiment. There she took an advance reconnaissance course and a few years later joined the Regular Force accepting more training on the Leopard tank and completed the Coyote Gunner/Driver course. Ms. Dupuis was deployed to Bosnia and twice to Afghanistan. Suffering from PTSD, Ms. Dupuis was medically released from the military. She now has a positive focus on her future and maintains pride for her service years. She is involved with the Canada Army Run and is a proud member of the Soldier On organization.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
December 9, 2014
Person Interviewed:
Natacha Dupuis
War, Conflict or Mission:
Canadian Armed Forces
Armoured Regiment

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