Opening Up the Sarajevo Airport

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Opening Up the Sarajevo Airport

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Opening up the airport in Sarajevo was probably amongst some of the biggest highlights I think in my career. Bringing food/medicine to people that hadn’t had it. I mean that’s what we were there for. But everybody, we always look at the heartbreak of the shooting and the shelling. We were the first Canadians shelled since Korea. It’s not something I’m proud to say, but I mean it did happen and, yeah, we have to deal with that.
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Mr. Ott contributes the opening of the airport as one of his unit’s greatest accomplishments as a Canadian soldier.

David Ott

Mr. David Ott was born January 26, 1968 in Amherst, Nova Scotia. Fresh out of high school, Mr. Ott made his decision to join the military and entered battle school. The military way of life held a fascination for him and after being in army cadets for 6-7 years prior, it was an easy decision to choose army as his branch of service for active duty service. He joined The Royal Canadian Regiment and held rank of Corporal. Mr. Ott took his basic training in Petawawa, Ontario and after six months there, travelled to Germany for additional preparation. In 1992, Mr. Ott was part of the contingent of soldiers to arrive in the besieged city of Sarajevo for the purpose providing humanitarian aid and medical supplies, as well as reopening of the airport and for this received an honour, Commander-in-Chief Unit commendation. Mr. Ott made the decision to leave the military shortly after this tour.

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Medium:
Video
Owner:
Veterans Affairs Canada
Duration:
0:34
Person Interviewed:
David Ott
War, Conflict or Mission:
Canadian Armed Forces
Location/Theatre:
Sarajevo
Branch:
Army
Units/Ship:
Royal Canadian Regiment
Rank:
Corporal
Occupation:
Rifleman

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