Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

May 17, 2006 20:30 ET

Statement by the Minister of National Defence on the Passing of Captain Nichola Goddard

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 17, 2006) - Gordon O'Connor, Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement today:

"It is with deep sadness that I send my sincere condolences to the family, friends, and comrades of Captain Nichola Kathleen Sarah Goddard.

This brave Canadian soldier was killed today west of Kandahar, while engaged in an operation supporting Afghan authorities. Captain Goddard was a member of the 1 Royal Canadian Horse Artillery based in Shilo, Manitoba.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Captain Goddard's loved ones. She will be sorely missed, and while we mourn her loss, we can take comfort in knowing her sacrifice will not have been made in vain.

The brave men and women of the Canadian Forces are helping Afghanistan become a stable and self-sufficient state so that it will never again serve as a terrorist haven, and threaten global and Canadian security.

On behalf of the Government of Canada and as Minister of National Defence, I want to thank the men and women serving in Afghanistan. They are serving our country and its people with distinction. Canada will not forget their sacrifice."

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