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Team work is just like... a team that will come to work together and form, intertwine that unit. I think that is the best way I can describe it, intertwine. And you become that unit, one might lack certain skills but the other one makes up for it. Eventually, that one that was lacking skills, becomes proficient of what, of what they were lacking and then you build that team in such a strong way that you are all thinking alike. You're all seeing the same vision. You have the same vision. You're hearing the same thing. You're saying the same thing. You're feeling the same thing. You're feeling that spirit of comradeship, the spirit of working together and it's coming from your heart.

Mr. Eagle talks about how important it is to have teamwork.

Tom Eagle

Mr. Eagle was born on the Ojibwa First Nation Reserve in Valley River, Manitoba, in 1932. Upon seeing the impressive way two Second World War Veterans conducted themselves on the reserve, Mr. Eagle decided to enlist in the army at the age of 19 in hopes of fighting in the Korean War. However recruitment for NATO was also taking place and Mr. Eagle was sent to Germany as a new member of the NATO peacekeeping force. Within six months Mr. Eagle became a corporal and also a platoon commander and Sergeant while serving in Cyprus. A strong leader and disciplinarian, Mr. Eagle also coached the unbeatable Queen's Own Rifles cross country running team. After spending 25 years in the army Mr. Eagle took his discharge in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, where he has made it his home, and has continued his leadership role educating people in his fight for the recognition of First Nation Veterans, speaking to students in public schools and working with the cadets and rangers in Yellowknife. Mr. Eagle also took part in the 2005 Aboriginal Spiritual Journey.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
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Tom Eagle
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Canadian Armed Forces
Queen's Own Rifles of Canada
Platoon Sergeant

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