Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

December 29, 2008 11:51 ET

Media Advisory: Our Fallen Soldiers Return Home

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 29, 2008) - Our fallen soldiers, Private Michael Freeman, Sergeant Gregory John Kruse and Warrant Officer Gaetan Roberge, will return home to Canada on Tuesday, December 30, 2008.

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

When: Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at 2:00 p.m.

What: At the wishes of the families, 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 Michaelle Jean, Minister of National Defence, The Honourable Peter MacKay, Chief of Defence Staff, General Walt Natynczyk and other dignitaries.

Private Freeman of 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment, based at CFB Petawawa, Ontario, was killed and three other Canadian soldiers were injured when their armoured vehicle was struck by an explosion in Zharey District about 12:45 p.m. Kandahar time, December 26, 2008.

Sergeant Kruse, of 2 Combat Engineer Regiment based at CFB Petawawa, Ontario and Warrant Officer Roberge of the Royal 22nd Regiment and attached to 2nd Battalion, The Irish Regiment of Canada in Sudbury, Ontario, were killed, as well as one member of the Afghan National Police and one Afghan interpreter and four other Canadian soldiers and one Afghan interpreter were injured when an explosive device detonated in their vicinity in the Panjwayi District at about 12:15 p.m. local time, approximately 25 kilometres west of Kandahar City on December 27, 2008.

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) 243-7330.

For flight information, please contact the Air Passenger Terminal at 1-800-487-1186.

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