Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

April 25, 2009 14:04 ET

Media Advisory: Our Fallen Soldier Returns Home

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 25, 2009) - Our fallen soldier, Major Michelle Mendes, based in Ottawa, Ontario, will return home to Canada on Sunday, April 26, 2009.

Where: 8 Wing, Canadian Forces Base Trenton, Ontario.
When: Sunday, April 26, 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 The Minister of National Defence, The Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, Chief of the Defence Staff, General Walt Natynczyk, and other dignitaries.

Major Mendes was found dead in her accommodation room, at Kandahar Airfield at approximately 4:00 p.m. Kandahar time, April 23, 2009.

An investigation is ongoing to establish the circumstances of this incident. No further details are available at this time, although enemy action has been ruled out.

Note to Editors/News Directors:

Interested media may contact Lieutenant Annie Morin, 8 Wing/CFB Trenton Public Affairs Officer, who can be reached at (613) 392-2811, ext. 4565, (613) 243-7330 (mobile), or at:

For general queries, please contact the Media Liaison Office at (866) 377-0811, or on weekends 613-792-2973. For flight information, please contact the Air Passenger Terminal at 1-800-487-1186.

Contact Information

  • Interested media may contact Lieutenant Annie Morin
    8 Wing/CFB Trenton Public Affairs Officer
    613-392-2811, ext. 4565
    613-243-7330 (mobile)
    For general queries
    Media Liaison Office
    866-377-0811, or on weekends 613-792-2973
    For flight information
    Air Passenger Terminal