Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

April 15, 2009 16:56 ET

Media Advisory: Our Fallen Soldier Returns Home

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 15, 2009) - Our fallen soldier, Trooper Karine Blais, from 12e Régiment Blindé du Canada based at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier, Quebec, will return home to Canada on Thursday, April 16, 2009.



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

When: Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.

What: At the wishes of the family, media will not be permitted on
the tarmac.


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

Trooper Blais was killed and four others were injured when their armoured vehicle struck an improvised explosive device north of Kandahar City in the Shah Wali Kowt District. The incident occurred at approximately 5:00 p.m., Kandahar time, on April 13, 2009. Trooper Blais was a member of 12e Régiment Blindé du Canada based at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier, Quebec, serving with the 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment Battle Group.

Note to Editors/News Directors:

Interested media may contact Captain Mark Peebles, 8 Wing/CFB Trenton Public Affairs Officer, who can be reached at (613) 392-2811, ext. 2041, or at: peebles.m@forces.gc.ca

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