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CWO Girouard MSC CD Robert Michel Joseph
Rank: Chief Warrant Officer
Regimental Number: V56 527 061
Born: Nov 25, 1960 Bouctouche New Brunswick
Discharged: Killed In Action

Served In: Afghanistan
Service: CF (Canadian Forces)
Battle Group: ISAF (International Security Assistance Force)
Regiment: The Royal Canadian Regiment
Service Details :
Regimental Sergeant-Major, 1st Battalion. He and Cpl Albert Storm were killed when their Bison light armoured personnel carrier was attacked by a suicide bomber as they travelled near Kandahar Airfield base in Afghanistan.

Meritorious Service Cross (M.S.C.)
This Honour is administered by the Chancellery of Honours at Rideau Hall. The nomination process for the military division however, is administered by the Department of National Defence.
The Meritorious Service Cross (military division) recognizes a military deed or activity that has been performed in an outstandingly professional manner, according to a rare high standard that brings considerable benefit or great honour to the Canadian Forces.
Sacrifice Medal (SM)
The Sacrifice Medal was created in the context of increased casualties in overseas operations to fulfill the desire of Canadians and the Government to provide formal recognition, through the award of an official medal emanating from the Crown, to those who die as a result of military service or are wounded by hostile action. This honour replaces the Wound Stripe
The Medal may be awarded to members of the Canadian Forces, members of an allied force working as an integral part of the Canadian Forces such as exchange personnel, civilian employees of the Government of Canada or Canadian citizens under contract with the Government of Canada, on the condition that they were deployed as part of a military mission under the authority of the Canadian Forces, that have, on or after October 7, 2001, died or been wounded under honourable circumstances as a direct result of hostile action on the condition that the wounds that were sustained required treatment by a physician and the treatment has been documented.
The Medal may also be awarded posthumously to any member of the Canadian Forces who served on or after 7 October 2001 in the Regular Force, Primary Reserve, Cadet Organizations Administration and Training Service or Canadian Rangers, or any member of the Supplementary Reserve who served in or with one of the components aforementioned on or after 7 October 2001, and dies under honourable circumstances as a result of an injury or disease related to military service.
When a death is obviously related to service, the SM will be issued immediately. When the cause of death is not clear, the SM will only be issued once Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) has officially determined that the death was related to military service, in such a case, delays are to be expected before the SM can be awarded.
General Campaign Star – SOUTH-WEST ASIA (GCS-SWA)
This general service award has been created as a means to recognize - in a timelier manner - those who serve in operations in the presence of an armed enemy. Rather than creating a new honour for each new Canadian Forces operation as it arises, the General Campaign Star and General Service Medal - with their theatre or service specific ribbons - can be awarded in future to honour participation in any operation that meets the criteria. The General Campaign Star (GCS) is awarded to members of the Canadian Forces and members of allied forces working with the Canadian Forces who deploy into a defined theatre of operations to take part in operations in the presence of an armed enemy.
The GCS is always issued with a ribbon specific to the theatre or type of service being recognized, and each ribbon has its own criteria.
The GCS with South-West Asia ribbon is awarded to Canadian Forces members and members of allied forces working with the Canadian Forces who served either:
with the Canadian contribution to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan for at least 30 days cumulative between 24 April 2003 and 31 July 2009, in the theatre of operations which consisted of the political boundaries and airspace of Afghanistan; and/or in the theatre of operations consisting of the political boundaries of Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman, the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea, the Suez Canal and those parts of the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea that are west of sixty-eight degrees East longitude and north of five degrees South latitude, as well as the airspace above those areas for at least 30 cumulative days commencing on August 1, 2009, provided that the service has not been recognized by another service medal.
Special Service Medal - Nato Bar (SSM)
An aggregate of 180 days of honourable service within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) area of responsibility between 1 January 1951 and 19 October 2004. Qualifying service is service while posted to a NATO unit, or to a Canadian Forces or allied formation or unit outside territorial limits of Canada under the operational control of a NATO headquarters, or in Canada on an operational staff directly participating in the operational control of such formations and units. In the latter case, only those staff personnel serving in an operations room directly participating in the control of ships and aircraft in NATO operations and exercises qualify for this service. Persons in eligible positions or operations on 19 October 04 can continue to count their time until the end of that posting or deployment only. NOT ALL time served in Europe nor at sea can be counted towards this bar.

NATO service since 2004: An aggregate of 180 days of honourable service performed in approved locations or tasks outside Canada from 20 October 2004 as part, or in direct support, of NATO operations or mission provided the service in question is not recognized by another medal.
Canadian Peace Keeping Service Medal (CPSM)
The prestigious Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to all United Nations Peacekeepers in 1988 in recognition of their collective efforts in the cause of peace. This inspired the creation of the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal (CPSM) to acknowledge the unique contribution to peace that Canadian peacekeepers have made since 1947.
UN Mission in Bosnia – Herzegovina (UNMIBH)
This Mission was established in 15 December 1995 for a period of one year from the transfer of authority from the United Nations Protection Force (UNPF) to the multinational implementation force (IFOR). The main tasks of the United Nations civilian police force include: monitoring, observing and inspecting law enforcement activities; training and advising law enforcement personnel; facilitating, within the International Police Task Force mission of assistance, the parties’ law enforcement activities; and ensuring the existence of conditions for free and fair elections.
Awarded for 90 days consecutive service between 21 December 1995 to 31 December 2002. The Canadian contribution ended in February 2000.
NATO Medal for Kosovo (NATO-K)
The conflict in the Kosovo province of the Yugoslav Federal Republic started at the beginning of 1998 with the armed incidents between the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) and the Yugoslav military and police force. The armed conflict caused a humanitarian catastrophe which had to be urgently addressed by a consorted action of the broad international community. From the very beginning NATO took an active part in the peace campaign as well as contributing to Kosovo reconstruction process after the conflict has been terminated with the help of the international community.
Canadian Forces Decoration (CD)
The Canadian Forces' Decoration is awarded to officers and Non-Commissioned Members of the Canadian Forces who have completed twelve years of service. The decoration is awarded to all ranks, who have a good record of conduct.

The decoration is awarded to the regular forces, reserve forces, officers of the Cadet Instructors Cadre (CIC), Canadian Rangers and holders of honorary appointments in the CF. Service in the regular and reserve or auxiliary forces of the British Commonwealth of Nations will be counted towards the medal if the final five years have been served with the Canadian Forces and no other long service, good conduct or efficiency medal has been awarded for the same service. The medal may be awarded to persons in possession of any long service, good conduct or efficiency decoration or medal clasps, provided that the individual has completed the full qualifying periods of service for each award and that no service qualifying towards one award is permitted to count towards any other. The service need not be continuous.
Service Notes: Girouard was the first Regimental Sergeant Major in the battalion's 123-year history to be killed by enemy action. Girouard was due to return home for good in February, when he planned to retire after serving 29 years with the army. He was previously stationed in Germany, Kosovo, Bosnia and Afghanistan. Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Rick Hillier said Girouard represents "the incredible national treasures that we have in uniform." Girouard was an "incredible leader, an incredible chief warrant officer, an incredible NCO, an incredible man who inspires us all. His loss is incredible," he said. Maj. Peter Scott of the Royal Canadian Regiment called Girouard "the glue that kept the battle group motivated and inspired all to do their best."
Enlisted: CFB Petawawa
Pre/Post War: On April 20, the auditorium at the Non-Commissioned Members Professional Development Centre (NCMPDC) in Saint-Jean, Que., was named after Chief Warrant Officer Robert Girouard. The dedication ceremony was a tribute to honour and commemorate him and every NCM who paid the ultimate sacrifice. CWO Girouard is remembered as an inspirational leader, a man who kept the battle group motivated and inspired everyone to do their best. He was 46 years old, and a 29-year veteran of the CF. Following his death, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross.

Deceased: November 27, 2006 at Kandahar City, Afghanistan
Cemetery *Grave Location Unknown* ,
Obituary: While serving his country in Afghanistan on Monday November 27, 2006 at the age of 46 years. RSM Robert Girouard, beloved husband of Jacqueline Girouard. Loving father of Pvt. Robert Girouard (Jennifer) 1 R.C.R., Petawawa, his baby girl Jocelyn Girouard (fianc Eric Ranger), Petawawa and Officer Cadet Michael Girouard (Leandra Reid) R.M.C., Kingston. Loved son of Vincent and Mabel Girouard of Bathurst NB. Brother of Peter and Charles Girouard. Dearly loved by Beatrice Roy, Maryann Lavigne, Kevin and Jasmine Lavigne and Samantha Bernier.
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Medals and Commendations
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Meritorious Service Cross (M.S.C.)
Sacrifice Medal (SM)
General Campaign Star – SOUTH-WEST ASIA (GCS-SWA)
Special Service Medal - Nato Bar (SSM)
Canadian Peace Keeping Service Medal (CPSM)
UN Mission in Bosnia – Herzegovina (UNMIBH)
NATO Medal for Kosovo (NATO-K)
Canadian Forces' Decoration (C.D.)

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CWO Robert Girouard Auditorium Dedication Ceremony at Royal Military College Saint-Jean (RMC Saint-Jean)