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A Typical Day Inside the Camp

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A Typical Day Inside the Camp

Interviewer: So if I was to ask you a typical day, give us a sense of how your day started and how it ended at night. It could be pretty mundane right and that was one of the things I talked about with a friend of mine once, how like there’s usually something would be blowing up every day right whether it was an attack or if it was the EOD guys would be going out, they’d find stuff all the time and they would go and detonate it to get rid of it and that sort of thing but usually everyday something would be blowing up and you would just get used to it and it was shift work a lot for me, we would run our little detachment and we would send secure information to and from Canada and within Afghanistan but we would do a lot of shift work so you could be working all nights or you could be working all day but then when you’re off, you were off in a small camp and there wasn’t a lot to do so we would go and kind of explore the other side. There was a market that would be set up sometimes and we would let a certain amount of Afghan population come in and set up a little camp or little market, sorry. And we had a gym and that was kind of the big thing for me. It was go to the gym super early or super late or whenever I could and then go from there, kind of maintain the sanity. But we were lucky too, we had a computer set up and you could get some communication back to home pretty easily that way too. Interviewer: So even on your off time, did you more or less tend to stay within the camp or did you have an opportunity to go out amongst the locals and interact with them. Yes, definitely, we couldn’t go outside the camp. It was too I guess hot for a lack of a better term. Even when we did hear people talking about HLTA, it’s like the home leave travel allowance, and typically on tours people would have R&R but we didn’t have any of that so that was all stacked in the middle because there was just too much going on outside the camp, you couldn’t go out, it was too dangerous.

Mr. Lord provides detail as to how he and his comrades spent their day inside the camp while on and off duty.

Justin Lord

Mr. Justin Lord was born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island July 10, 1980. As a teenager he and his family moved to the town of Souris. Before attending university, Mr. Lord made the decision to join the Reserves. With encouragement from his cousin, he joined the 721 Communications regiment as a reservist and worked weekends while attending school. Mr. Lord completed basic training in Kingston, Ontario and experienced varied opportunities with the military. At age 23, he was given the opportunity to join the Royal 22nd Regiment Operation Athena Roto 1 with the regular force deploying to Afghanistan for a six month term in the Communication field holding rank of corporal. Returning home, Mr. Lord continued on as a reservist but his career path took a turn and in 2007 he sought employment with the Federal Government and now resides in Prince Edward Island with his family.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
January 9, 2017
Person Interviewed:
Justin Lord
War, Conflict or Mission:
Canadian Armed Forces

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