Wednesday, December 08, 2004

I'd tell you, but then I'd have to kill you

Babble on.

Finally, some all-too-infrequent good news for our proud but beleaguered military: JTF2 has been awarded a Presidential Unit Citation for its actions in Afghanistan.

Canada's special operations military unit, Joint Task Force 2, has been awarded the U.S. Presidential Unit Citation for heroism in battle in Afghanistan, but Canadians will not be able to hear any details of the elite unit's actions.
Steven Jurgutis, press secretary for Defence Minister Bill Graham, confirmed that members of JTF-2 were present for the private ceremony, which he described as "low-key," but he could not reveal the number of soldiers in attendance or any information about the actions being honoured.

"It's one of these tricky situations where it is important to recognize and honour the good work they've done, but the nature of their work, it's not exactly something you can talk about," he said.

For those of you who don't follow military matters all that closely, this is a very big deal. Only one other Canadian unit has ever received this honour: the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) for their heroic stand at Kapyong, Korea, on the 24th and 25th of April 1951. Their Citation can be read here.

So to the warriors of JTF2, I say 'well done'. I don't know what you did to receive this recognition, but I'm guessing it wasn't playing paddy-cake with Al-Qaeda or Taliban jihadis. BZ.

Babble off.


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