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Short Deployment to Somalia

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Short Deployment to Somalia

So after Cyprus I was posted right away to the Airborne Regiment and then we found ourselves deployed right away to Somalia. I didn’t go on the initial deployment, I went afterwards. I was only there for a few months but when I got there everything had already been set up and kind of the culture shock that had happened when everyone got on the ground was kind of over with because it wasn’t the shock. So when I got there everything was already set up and compounds were done and fenced and everything so I just kind of went in and it was almost like being in the Cyprus compound again. The barbed wire was up, the OP’s were set and that so just the daily routine was very similar to what was going on in Cyprus; observation posts or working the front gate or going to get supplies or whatever so it was very much the same. And then I found myself back in Canada on a course so a few of us left and we started a course back home so I wasn’t really there that long to experience really the full culture shock of everything. Like I said things were set up when I got there so. We did do, we had some helicopters and we did do some jumps. Just training jumps as we were in the Airborne that’s one thing that we enjoyed to do so we found a spot, they set up a drop zone and we did a few jumps. And they had some volleyball tournaments and stuff to keep the morale up and we ended up putting in showers and stuff for us and keeping, you know, stuff like we have at home. Other than that it was really a very short deployment for me.

Mr. Feyko speaks of his time spent in Somalia and his duties within the compound.

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
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Canadian Armed Forces
Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI)

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