This past year, Canada, along with other allies, left Afghanistan after the Taliban overran Kabul and other major centers of that country. With Canada’s painful exit from Afghanistan, our years in that country are now open to reflection and assessment.
The speaker served in Afghanistan with Canada’s military from October 2009 to June 2010. He will offer observations about the Afghanistan nature and land, the experience of the military and what we can learn from our time there. He also knows what it is like to be a First Nations person in our military and will share how he experienced that role, as well as giving his views of what life is like in Afghanistan.
Speaker: Preston Crow Chief
Preston Crow Chief was born in 1988. His parents are Calvin Crow Chief (Kainai) and Geraldine Sleigh (Siksika). He is from the Blood Tribe Nation. He joined the Canadian Military July 9, 2005. The program he joined through was Bold Eagle which is a Basic Military Qualification course designed for First Nation entry.
After he completed his training, Preston was transferred to the 20th Independent Field Battery, Royal Canadian Artillery, serving on deployment to Afghanistan 2009/2010 – with the current rank of Sergeant. He graduated from the University of Lethbridge, with a General Management Degree and now works with the Blood Tribe Housing as Accounts Payable Clerk. Preston currently lives on the Blood reserve with his son