Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

December 28, 2008 10:59 ET

Message From Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General and Commander-In-Chief of Canada, on the Deaths of Warrant Officer Gaétan Roberge and Sergeant Gregory John Kruse

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 28, 2008) -

Still reeling from the shock of yesterday's announcement, we have received further heart-wrenching, painful news today, again from Afghanistan. It was with great sorrow that we learned that Warrant Officer Gaetan Roberge, from the 2nd Battalion, The Irish Regiment of Canada and Sergeant Gregory John Kruse, from 2 Combat Engineer Regiment based in Petawawa were killed when an explosive device was detonated while they were conducting security operations in the Panjwayi District. One member of the Afghan National Police and one Afghan interpreter were also killed. Four Canadian soldiers and one Afghan interpreter were wounded.

This past year has been a very difficult one. It is coming to an end under a cloud of grief and terrible sadness for these families cruelly struck by loss, for our soldiers, for Canada, for Afghanistan and for the entire world.

We recognize the tremendous courage of these women and men who have chosen to serve with the Canadian Forces and who are prepared to make incredible sacrifices, facing every peril to help people in danger and aid them in their desire to achieve freedom and security.

To the families, friends and loved ones of these fallen soldiers, we offer our sincerest condolences as we mourn this tragedy with them.

Michaelle Jean

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