Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

May 08, 2008 12:17 ET

Media Advisory: Fallen Soldier Returning Home

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 8, 2008) - Our fallen soldier, Corporal Michael Gunter Starker, a member of 15 Field Ambulance, based in Edmonton, is scheduled to return home to Canada Friday, May 9, 2008. Corporal Starker was a reservist from Calgary, Alberta.

Where: 8 Wing Trenton, Canadian Forces Base Trenton, Ontario.

When: Friday, May 9, 2008, 2:00 p.m.

What: At the wishes of the family, there will be no media permitted on
the tarmac and no interviews will be given.

Present to pay their respects will be the Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and other dignitaries.

Corporal Starker was killed at approximately 11:45 a.m., May 6, 2008, when the patrol he was with came under fire.

Note to the Editor/News Director:

Interested media must contact Capt. Nicole Meszaros, 8 Wing/CFB Trenton Public Affairs Officer, who can be reached at (613) 392-2811 ext. 2041, mobile (613) 391-5233 or at:

Inquiries regarding the deceased or the funeral ceremony may be addressed to Captain Peter Fuerbringer, 41 Canadian Brigade Group Public Affairs Officer (403) 921-7525 or at

Contact Information

  • For all other queries:
    Media Liaison Office
    For flight information:
    Air Passenger Terminal