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Christopher Drewes


My full name is Christopher James Drewes, and I was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario. My mother’s name is Maureen, and my father’s name is Jack. I have one sibling, a brother, he is 23 years old, and his name is Kyle. I graduated with a high school diploma in 2004. I did not start attending university until 2011 because of my military career after high school had been regular/full-time, with deployments. I work for the army reserve right now (Lake Superior Scottish Regiment), and teach courses, including new recruits for the co-operative education program within the community. I love sports, but mostly grappling, like wrestling and, Brazilian Jiu jitsu etc. My hobbies include the sports I mentioned, and I will also be learning how to sail this summer as a hobby. In the spring, I will go fishing, and the fall, I will go hunting. I am a fulltime student right now, working part-time with the army reserves to pay for my education.

I joined the Canadian Forces on January 2004 because I was looking for something interesting to do, and it was offered for my cooperative education at high school. After completion of my high school, and basic military qualifications through co-op (Lake Superior Scottish Regiment), I component transferred to the regular force, and served with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. While serving with PPCLI, I did two tours to Afghanistan, 2008, and 2009/2010. On the first tour I was a corporal, and an M203 gunner. On my second tour to Afghanistan I was a Master Corporal in the Battle group, and served as a section 2ic (second in command) while aggressively patrolling Panjwai, under many dangerous circumstances, including wounds, fatalities, and many close calls. I recently received a CDS commendation for my actions in Afghanistan in 2010. I was leading a 14 man patrol while ambushed, and despite being wounded, and my fire team partner/signaler killed in action (Pte Tyler Todd), I led my section throughout the ambush, and was subsequently medevac’d for my wounds, which were thought to be priority A at the time (Arterial bleeding). My Highest rank achieved to this date is Sergeant, and the most memorable moment would have to be the last patrol I was on with my boys from 1 PPCLI in Afghanistan before I was sent home due to injuries sustained.

I would really like to be a part of the Himalayas Expedition in many ways I was attracted to the military, because of the uncanny opportunities available, and to ascent the oldest mountain range in existence, which gives it a mystique that attracts people to it. I’'ve never done anything quite like this, and am looking forward to the challenge.


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