Afghanistan – Full Fighting Order – BGen G Young OMM, MSM, CD – 2006

a. Arrid Helmet cover with US UCP (Universal Camouflage Pattern) Velcro rank identifier patch – Brigadier General , b. helmet, c. arrid canteen cover, d. name patch, e. Arrid shirt, f. Arrid vest with all pouches. g. arrid pants, h. tan combat boots, i. Arrid slip on rank, Brigadier General, j. sunglasses, k, Afghan pattern scarf, l. tan Canada shoulder patches, velcro backing, m. tac-vest with pouches, n. tan gloves, o. ISAF shoulder patch, velcro backing. The uniform was worn in Afghanistan by BGen Greg Young, OMM, MSM, CD. Fifty-two Highlanders volunteered for service in Afghanistan, many of them for multiple tours. The 48th Highlanders was awarded its fiftieth battle honour Afghanistan, for their service. An arrid pattern small pack is at the foot of the mannequin.

The current operational dress was issued to the Canadian Army in 2002, replacing the older field dress and webbing. The new uniform introduced CADPAT  (Short for Canadian Disruptive Pattern), an effective ‘digitalized’ camouflage pattern that allowed soldiers to better blend in to their surroundings and reduce detection by night vision goggles. An arrid print was developed for desert theatres of operation, and was deployed to Afghanistan between 2003 and 2004. A rank slip is worn in the centre of the chest, a name badge above the right breast pocket, and a Canadian flag on the left shoulder.  A unit crest on the right arm indicates the soldier is a member of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

The uniform also composes of personal protective equipment including the CG634 Kevlar helmet and ballistic eyewear, to protect the wearer from fragmentations and debris. A ballistic vest with composite plates serves as body armour, and a tac-vest is worn overtop for equipment and load bearing. The tac-vest features four C7 magazine pouches, four grenade pouches, a map pocket, 2 pouches for smaller equipment, and two larger pouches that are used for a canteen or C9 LMG ammunition box. A back panel also has attachments for using a hydration bladder or other pouches for additional equipment.

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BGen G. Young
2000 – 21st C.
Location of artifact
Case 47 Afghanistan
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