RCMP Sgt. Bob Fogarty received a hero’s welcome when he returned home to Prince Edward Island early Saturday morning.
Friends, family and other RCMP employees gathered at the Charlottetown Airport for the midnight arrival to welcome Fogarty home after serving a 10-month mission in Afghanistan.
Chief Superintendent Craig Gibson, who is commanding officer of the L Division on P.E.I., joined the crowd to welcome Fogarty on his safe return.
"It's great to have Sgt. Fogarty back on Island soil, safe and sound and into the welcoming arms of his family, friends and co-workers,” said Gibson. “ We are all genuinely proud of him and the great work he has done."
Fogarty served in the Heret region near the Pakistan border.
He was awarded a medal from the Canadian ambassador and when European countries pulled out of Afghanistan, Fogarty took on a leadership role in the area.
Fogarty is originally from P.E.I. and joined the RCMP in 1991 where he was posted to Prince Rupert City Detachment in British Columbia after graduating from the RCMP training facility.
In 1996 he was transferred to Newfoundland and Labrador where he served in a number of posts and was subsequently transferred to P.E.I. in 2003.
He was promoted to the rank of Corporal in 2004 and then Sergeant in 2008.
Fogarty was working out of the Kings District office when he accepted the mission to Afghanistan.
With the end of the mission in Afghanistan, RCMP commissioner Bob Paulson issued a statement saying the Canadian police have had a hand in supporting many aspects of the Afghan National Police’s (ANP) development over the past 11 years.
"From mentoring individuals on fundamental policing skills to helping them develop crucial administrative skills, infrastructure and much more. Our senior police officers have also held key strategic positions that have helped shape and drive ANP progress," said Paulson. “The RCMP has been part of a unique whole-of-government effort in Afghanistan, working closely with Canadian civilian and military staff as well as international allies in a conflict zone. The Afghan mission has been a significant part of our 25-year history in international peach operations, and will remain one of our most challenging missions. Your contributions have helped Afghans build a more professional and responsive police service which support the goal of a safer and more democratic society. I would also like to extend our thanks to your families who made sacrifices to support you during your time in mission."