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Best wishes for a speedy and full recovery, folks...

Three Canadian soldiers wounded in blast during foot patrol in Afghanistan
Canadian Press, 15 Oct 08
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Three Canadian soldiers have been wounded in an improvised explosive device blast during a foot patrol in a volatile district of Afghanistan west of Kandahar City.

Military spokesman Maj. Jay Janzen says the soldiers have been airlifted to the hospital on the Kandahar Airfield base, where one remains in critical condition and the other two are in fair condition.

Janzen says the explosion occurred today during a so-called "framework" patrol - "routine, day-to-day patrolling that Afghan National Security Forces, in co-operation with Canadian soldiers, do to maintain security in the area."

The spokesman says the names of the wounded soldiers will not be released.

They are members of the 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, based in Petawawa, Ont.

They were in the area as part of an Operational Mentor and Liaison Team....

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Re: 15 Oct 08 - Three CF Troops on Foot Ptl Injured in IED Blast
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2008, 15:44:56 »
Prayers for a full and speedy recovery.  :cdn:
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Re: 15 Oct 08 - Three CF Troops on Foot Ptl Injured in IED Blast
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2008, 03:43:17 »
Get well, troops :salute:

FOR CLARIFICATION: THE SOLDIERS WERE NOT MEMBERS OF 3RD BATTALION, THE ROYAL CANADIAN REGIMENT.  Correction should appear in the media soon.
So, there I was....

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Re: 15 Oct 08 - Three CF Troops on Foot Ptl Injured in IED Blast
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2008, 04:53:44 »
Get well, troops :salute:

FOR CLARIFICATION: THE SOLDIERS WERE NOT MEMBERS OF 3RD BATTALION, THE ROYAL CANADIAN REGIMENT.  Correction should appear in the media soon.

Do the media just guess at this stuff or do they actually wait for facts before printing something?
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Re: 15 Oct 08 - Three CF Troops on Foot Ptl Injured in IED Blast
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2008, 05:26:13 »
Wishing/hoping for a speedy recovery. These words and thoughts are all too common these days.

Thoughts are with their comrades they've left behind.


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Re: 15 Oct 08 - Three CF Troops on Foot Ptl Injured in IED Blast
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2008, 08:56:15 »
Get well soon troops!!

To the rest of you who remain....go get em!!
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Re: 15 Oct 08 - Three CF Troops on Foot Ptl Injured in IED Blast
« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2008, 21:13:50 »
Do the media just guess at this stuff or do they actually wait for facts before printing something?

Well, considering its the 3rd Battalion battle group there, they probably didn't know there was a difference between the OMLT/POMLT and the battle group. I know its their job to research this kind of thing, but we jump on every tiny mistake they make but get angry when they target us..
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Re: 15 Oct 08 - Three CF Troops on Foot Ptl Injured in IED Blast
« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2008, 21:41:41 »
Corrected version from Canadian Press....

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Three Canadian soldiers have been wounded in an improvised explosive device blast during a foot patrol in a volatile district of Afghanistan west of Kandahar City.

Military spokesman Maj. Jay Janzen says the soldiers have been airlifted to the hospital on the Kandahar Airfield base, where one remains in critical condition and the other two are in fair condition.

Janzen says the explosion occurred Wednesday during a so-called "framework" patrol - "routine, day-to-day patrolling that Afghan National Security Forces, in co-operation with Canadian soldiers, do to maintain security in the area."

The spokesman says the names of the wounded soldiers will not be released.

The soldiers were from a variety of military units.

They were in the area as part of an Operational Mentor and Liaison Team, one of several small groups of Canadian soldiers attached to Afghan National Army units to help guide their development
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Globe & Mail version still needs correcting.
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Re: 15 Oct 08 - Three CF Troops on Foot Ptl Injured in IED Blast
« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2008, 21:44:53 »
           Speedy recovery to the wounded .

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Re: 15 Oct 08 - Three CF Troops on Foot Ptl Injured in IED Blast
« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2008, 21:45:33 »


FOR CLARIFICATION: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.  Correction should appear in the media soon.

That is not for you to say, not here nor elsewhere on the internet on open source.

People not where you are do not know that.
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Re: 15 Oct 08 - Three CF Troops on Foot Ptl Injured in IED Blast
« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2008, 22:16:01 »
Best wishes!
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Re: 15 Oct 08 - Three CF Troops on Foot Ptl Injured in IED Blast
« Reply #11 on: October 16, 2008, 22:18:28 »
Speedy recovery to the troops...  :salute:
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Re: 15 Oct 08 - Three CF Troops on Foot Ptl Injured in IED Blast
« Reply #12 on: October 16, 2008, 22:19:17 »
Speedy recovery Troops!


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Re: 15 Oct 08 - Three CF Troops on Foot Ptl Injured in IED Blast
« Reply #13 on: October 16, 2008, 22:47:12 »
Speedy recovery troops  :salute:

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Re: 15 Oct 08 - Three CF Troops on Foot Ptl Injured in IED Blast
« Reply #14 on: October 16, 2008, 23:02:45 »
"Citation de: Mortarman Rockpainter le Hier à 08:43:17

FOR CLARIFICATION: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.  Correction should appear in the media soon."

That is not for you to say, not here nor elsewhere on the internet on open source.

People not where you are do not know that.

I don't know if you know who is Mortamar...

Maybe because I'm a civie, but I don't see anything wrong with him
saying that the hurts ones don't belong to a particular battalion.
He is reassuring loves and loving ones, without scaring anyone, as he
doesn't say to which battalion they belong...
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Re: 15 Oct 08 - Three CF Troops on Foot Ptl Injured in IED Blast
« Reply #15 on: October 16, 2008, 23:06:38 »
I don't know if you know who is Mortamar...

Maybe because I'm a civie, but I don't see anything wrong with him
saying that the hurts ones don't belong to a particular battalion.
He is reassuring loves and loving ones, without scaring anyone, as he
doesn't say to which battalion they belong...
Still though, it is OPSEC.

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Re: 15 Oct 08 - Three CF Troops on Foot Ptl Injured in IED Blast
« Reply #16 on: October 16, 2008, 23:07:45 »
That is not for you to say, not here nor elsewhere on the internet on open source.

People not where you are do not know that.
Actually, it was for me to say.  There was misinformation in the media.  "They" said it was 3 RCR BG.  "They" were wrong.  It was not OPSEC.  If I said his name was "Joe Bloggins of 123 Fake Street, and he suffered a severe diaper rash", THAT would be OPSEC.


Edit: before I typed in my post (the original one, not this), the PAO was already on the media, and corrections were being made.  The Western Papers had it right, the Eastern Papers had it wrong (they had already gone to print).  The info was out there already, just not well disseminated.
So, there I was....

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Re: 15 Oct 08 - Three CF Troops on Foot Ptl Injured in IED Blast
« Reply #17 on: October 16, 2008, 23:08:58 »
Actually, it was for me to say.  There was misinformation in the media.  "They" said it was 3 RCR BG.  "They" were wrong.  It was not OPSEC.  If I said his name was "Joe Bloggins of 123 Fake Street, and he suffered a severe diaper rash", THAT would be OPSEC.

Seen, thanks for the clarification.


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Re: 15 Oct 08 - Three CF Troops on Foot Ptl Injured in IED Blast
« Reply #18 on: October 16, 2008, 23:11:46 »
Regarding OPSEC, the Taliban know who they are fighting. They know which organization is manning what piece of the Afghan pie. Let there be no doubt of that. It doesn't take much for a Taliban/AQ operative in Canada ( and yes there are Taliban/AQ operatives in Canada) to find out who is going next. It's practically advertised on TV. Like Larry the Cable Guy says:
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Re: 15 Oct 08 - Three CF Troops on Foot Ptl Injured in IED Blast
« Reply #19 on: October 17, 2008, 07:26:44 »
A bit more, from the Sudbury Star:
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A Sudbury reservist was critically injured Wednesday along with two other soldiers when an improvised explosive device detonated during a routine morning foot patrol west of Kandahar city.  To respect the wishes of the family, The Sudbury Star will not release the soldier's name or the extent of his injuries until his condition stabilizes ....

Continued prayers for this and the other wounded to recover....
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Re: 15 Oct 08 - Three CF Troops on Foot Ptl Injured in IED Blast
« Reply #20 on: October 17, 2008, 21:55:21 »
Regiment releases name of injured Sudbury soldier
Sudbury Star, 17 Oct 08
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Sudbury's 2nd Battalion Irish Regiment of Canada has released the name of a member critically injured this week in Afghanistan.  (Corporal) Bill Kerr was on his second tour of duty in the country, and was serving as an infantry soldier with the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment when he was hurt. He was a member of (an observer) mentor team.  Kerr, the father of two, has been a member of the 2nd Irish, a reserve unit, since 2003 ....

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Re: 15 Oct 08 - Three CF Troops on Foot Ptl Injured in IED Blast
« Reply #21 on: October 17, 2008, 22:53:03 »
Regiment releases name of injured Sudbury soldier
Sudbury Star, 17 Oct 08
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Sudbury's 2nd Battalion Irish Regiment of Canada has released the name of a member critically injured this week in Afghanistan.  (Corporal) Bill Kerr was on his second tour of duty in the country, and was serving as an infantry soldier with the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment when he was hurt. He was a member of (an observer) mentor team.  Kerr, the father of two, has been a member of the 2nd Irish, a reserve unit, since 2003 ....

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Wrong unit....again!
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Re: 15 Oct 08 - Three CF Troops on Foot Ptl Injured in IED Blast
« Reply #22 on: October 17, 2008, 23:11:35 »
Wrong unit....again!

Getting frustrated are we MMRP?

All the same, be safe over there. And best wishes for the injured troops.

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Re: 15 Oct 08 - Three CF Troops on Foot Ptl Injured in IED Blast
« Reply #23 on: October 18, 2008, 13:32:53 »
Wrong unit....again!

Noted, and mentioned to the paper - no change yet.

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Re: 15 Oct 08 - Three CF Troops on Foot Ptl Injured in IED Blast
« Reply #24 on: October 18, 2008, 14:21:51 »
Getting frustrated are we MMRP?

All the same, be safe over there. And best wishes for the injured troops.

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The frustrating thing, especially since I am in 3 RCR BG, when people read that, they think "I wonder if that was The Mortarman?"  So, I guess it's for personal reasons I get frustrated.  But, thanks, I'm staying safe.  And you'll be happy to note that I am NOT one of four people (out of three) who has a problem with fractions! ;-)
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Re: 15 Oct 08 - Three CF Troops on Foot Ptl Injured in IED Blast
« Reply #25 on: October 18, 2008, 14:28:59 »
That is not for you to say, not here nor elsewhere on the internet on open source.

People not where you are do not know that.
I disagree.  That is the sort of media error which should be immediatly corrected by anyone who knows it to be an error.  It would not have been his place to tell us the unit that the soldiers actually were from, but he did not do that.  He only pointed out an unacceptable error that required being pointed out.

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Re: 15 Oct 08 - Three CF Troops on Foot Ptl Injured in IED Blast
« Reply #26 on: October 18, 2008, 14:31:16 »
I disagree.  That is the sort of media error which should be immediatly corrected by anyone who knows it to be an error.  It would not have been his place to tell us the unit that the soldiers actually were from, but he did not do that.  He only pointed out an unacceptable error that required being pointed out.
And, in the spirit of CYA, our PAO had already brought up the point that (a) there was an error in reporting and (b) it was being corrected.  So, the "word was out" already, so to speak, just that the print media had yet to catch up.
So, there I was....

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Re: 15 Oct 08 - Three CF Troops on Foot Ptl Injured in IED Blast
« Reply #27 on: October 18, 2008, 15:17:54 »
The frustrating thing, especially since I am in 3 RCR BG, when people read that, they think "I wonder if that was The Mortarman?" 

Didn't use your name, but used that rationale with the Sudbury paper - mind you, if Canadian Press STILL has the mistake on the wires (in spite of a corrected version I saw last night), the reporter in the subscriber paper will trust CP....
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Re: 15 Oct 08 - Three CF Troops on Foot Ptl Injured in IED Blast
« Reply #28 on: October 18, 2008, 22:49:10 »
 Hopes for a speedy recovery. RCR kick some @ss over there for us !! Ubique
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Re: 15 Oct 08 - Three CF Troops on Foot Ptl Injured in IED Blast
« Reply #29 on: October 21, 2008, 10:00:47 »
He's made it to Germany....

Reservist transported to Germany
Local soldier wounded in Afghanistan attack

Lara Bradley, Sudbury Star, 21 Oct 08
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Cpl. Bill Kerr, the critically injured Sudbury reservist, was flown from Kandahar, Afghanistan, to Germany on Monday for medical treatment and assessment.  "His condition is still critical," said Lt.-Col. John Valtonen, the commanding officer of the Sudbury-based 2nd Battalion, The Irish Regiment of Canada. "His next of kin is now by his side." ....

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Re: 15 Oct 08 - Three CF Troops on Foot Ptl Injured in IED Blast
« Reply #30 on: October 21, 2008, 11:36:55 »
The frustrating thing, especially since I am in 3 RCR BG, when people read that, they think "I wonder if that was The Mortarman?"

Exactly, and when senior leaders in the units hear on the news that a member of their unit was wounded/killed and they haven't gotten a call yet it causes waves. A few weeks ago my mother in law got a call from the Moncton hospital to tell her that her daughter and grandchild were in a car accident and were in the ER. The real person in the ER had the same name as my wife, but they called the wrong NOK. Its kinda the same thing, it causes an unnecessary reaction.

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Re: 15 Oct 08 - Three CF Troops on Foot Ptl Injured in IED Blast
« Reply #31 on: October 22, 2008, 10:00:26 »
Shared with the usual disclaimer...

Montana's helps injured reservist
Cpl. Bill Kerr was injured by IED in Afghanistan

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Montana's restaurant has set up a bucket on its bar to take donations in honour of the Sudbury reservist critically injured in Afghanistan last week.  "So far, it has just been employees," said manager Sean Voisin. "We're going to do a fundraiser for them. But we want to wait until Tracy gets back into town before we hold a fundraiser for them."  Tracy Lachance, the partner of Cpl. Bill Kerr, had worked at the restaurant and its employees wanted to do something. At the family's request, all donations raised will be given to the local chapter of the War Amps in their names.  Sources say plans are in the works to move Kerr, currently in Germany receiving medical attention, to an Ottawa Hospital in about 10 days ....

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Re: 15 Oct 08 - Three CF Troops on Foot Ptl Injured in IED Blast
« Reply #32 on: October 25, 2008, 09:27:38 »
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Wounded Soldier Returns Home
City-born man injured in Afghanistan

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A soldier born and raised in Thunder Bay and badly wounded in Afghanistan is back in Canada.  Cpl. Bill Kerr ....  was scheduled to arrive back in Ottawa for further recovery in hospital, said one of his brothers, who did not want his name published ....  LCol John Valtonen, Kerr's commanding officer in Sudbury, said he is waiting for Kerr's permission before releasing the extent of his injuries ....  The family and Cpl. Kerr need time to re-evaluate what they need, if anything, he continue, adding once that's known, he'll make it public.  Messages for Cpl. Kerr and his family can be posted online at a Facebook site called "Send some shout outs for Corporal W.A. Kerr."  Cards and other messages can be sent to Cpl. Bill Kerr, c/o 2nd Battalion, The Irish Regiment of Canada, 333 Riverside Drive, Sudbury, ON, P3H 1H6.

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Re: 15 Oct 08 - Three CF Troops on Foot Ptl Injured in IED Blast
« Reply #33 on: November 03, 2008, 06:05:00 »
Bill is back in Canada now in Ottawa recovering. He's in extremely high spirits, surrounded by friends and family and determined to get back to a normal life. Knowing how stubborn he is I completely believe it.

Anyone who served with him on 0306 we're planning a get together to visit him after those of us deployed get back from 0308.
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Re: 15 Oct 08 - Three CF Troops on Foot Ptl Injured in IED Blast
« Reply #34 on: November 03, 2008, 06:42:01 »
Thanks tons for the update!

I've started a new thread here:
http://forums.army.ca/forums/index.php/topic,80936.0.html
for further updates.
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