Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

September 19, 2009 14:12 ET

Media Advisory: Our Fallen Comrade Returns Home

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 19, 2009) - Our fallen comrade, Private Jonathan Couturier from the 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Regiment, based in Valcartier, Quebec, returns home to Canada tomorrow.

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

When: Sunday, September 20, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.

What: At the request of the families, media will be permitted on the tarmac.

Present to pay their respects will be Her Excellency The Governor General of Canada, The Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Minister of National Defence, The Honourable Peter MacKay, Chief of the Defence Staff, General Walt Natynczyk and other dignitaries.

Pte. Couturier was killed when an improvised explosive device detonated in the vicinity of his vehicle while on patrol in Panjwai District. The incident occurred approximately 25 kilometres South-West of Kandahar City at around 10:15 a.m., Kandahar time, on 17th September, 2009.

Private Couturier was serving as a member of the 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Regiment Battle Group.

Eleven other soldiers on foot patrol in the vicinity of the explosion were also injured.

For more information:
Captain Mark Peebles 8 Wing/CFB Trenton Public Affairs Officer
Tel: (613) 392-2811, ext. 2041

For general queries, please contact the Media Liaison Office at 1-866-377-0811 or 613-996-2353. For flight information, please contact the Air Passenger Terminal at 1-800-487-1186.

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