My name is Joel Chidley and I reside in Barrie, Ontario. I spent 14 years in the Canadian Forces with the Grey and Simcoe Foresters. They are a primary reserve infantry unit located in Barrie and Owen Sound. I started the process of recruitment shortly after the September 11th terror attacks on the United States and was officially sworn in February 14th of 2002. I attained the rank of MCpl throughout my career and did two combat tours in Kandahar, Afghanistan. My first tour was with the 1RCR Battlegroup in 2006. I took part in operation Medusa which was the largest Canadian offensive operation since Korea. During this offensive I got very sick and was sent home from deployment. I was hospitalized and recovered. I wanted nothing more than to deploy again, and did so in 2010. I spent 9 months in Afghanistan with the Force Protection Platoon, where we conducted convoy security throughout the Province of Kandahar. I was mentioned in dispatches during this tour for defeating an ambush and saving the life of a fellow soldier. I was formally recognized by the chief of defence staff in 2012 at a ceremony in Quebec.