Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

August 30, 2010 17:28 ET

Statement by the Minister of National Defence on the Death of Corporal Pinksen

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 30, 2010) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement today on the death of a Canadian Forces member:

"We deeply mourn the loss of this dedicated Canadian Forces member who died as a result of injuries suffered while in Afghanistan. Corporal (Cpl) Brian Pinksen was seriously wounded recently by an explosive device while on patrol in the Panjwa'i District, southwest of Kandahar City, and has since been under medical care at the Landstuhl Military Hospital in Germany. Sadly, his wounds were too great and he succumbed today. I extend my heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends.

Cpl Pinksen bravely served with his comrades to help build a stable environment to support a better and brighter future for Afghans. This tragic passing illustrates some of the many risks that the men and women of the Canadian Forces face every day in carrying out their duties.

Canada's participation in this United Nations-mandated, NATO-led mission is a true reflection of the Canadian values of helping those in need and defending the interests of those who can't yet defend themselves.

I am proud of the dedication of our men and women of the Canadian Forces as they strive to bring security to the people of Afghanistan."

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