Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

June 09, 2010 13:33 ET

Long Awaited Recognition for a Cosmopolitan Soldier

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 9, 2010) - Major Corey Crosby, a native of Cape Breton Island, received the newly instated Rotation Bar to the General Campaign Star-South-West Asia for service in Afghanistan at a ceremony in Ottawa on April 19th.

During his last tour, Maj. Crosby served as Communications and Electronic Engineering Officer with Commander, Kandahar Airfield (COMKAF), a NATO organization that operates Kandahar Airfield - one of the busiest runway airports in the world, and in 2009 hosted 1,700 to 5,000 flights a week.

The Rotation Bar was created to recognize multiple rotations, which amount to 180 days of service after the initial qualifying period of 30 days, in missions that are eligible for the South-West Asia Service Medal, the General Campaign Star and the General Service Medal. When asked about receiving the decoration, Maj. Crosby said, "It was an honour to receive the multiple rotation bar from the Chief of Defence Staff and the Minister of National Defence and it was a privilege to be in the presence of those CF members at the ceremony who received numerous multiple rotation bars."

Prior to his recent tour, Maj. Crosby was deployed to Kandahar from December 2005 until December 2006 while serving in the same capacity with the Canadian Forces Joint Signal Regiment.

Maj. Crosby is no stranger to living in different places. Due to his father's occupation as a Radar Technician in the Air Force, his family moved quite frequently, and Maj. Crosby states that, "I don't really have a hometown as I have moved around all my life, and at 36 years old, I haven't lived for more than four years in one location." These locations range from Lahr, West Germany, where he was born, to Chatham, NB; Uplands, ON; Sydney, NS; and Dartmouth, NS where he graduated from Cole Harbor District High School at the age of 17. However, Maj. Crosby considers Cape Breton Island his 'adopted' hometown due to the significant number of immediate and extended family that reside there.

Following his completion of high school, he joined the military and enrolled in the Royal Roads Military College in Victoria, BC. He continued to globetrot after completing his university degree, and has lived in an additional four locations including Sinai, Egypt where he stayed for a year on a peacekeeping mission. He is currently working as a Career Manager in the Chief of Military Personnel organization in Ottawa, Ontario.

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