Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

June 09, 2008 15:10 ET

Statement From Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry

CFB EDMONTON--(Marketwire - June 9, 2008) - The following is a statement by Lieutenant-Colonel David Anderson, Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry concerning the death of Captain Jonathan Snyder:

"It is with deep regret and with a profound sense of loss that all ranks of the First Battalion, Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry acknowledge the loss of Captain Jon Snyder. Jon was an exemplary junior officer who was an exceptional leader to his peers and subordinates. He will be remembered as a soldier's soldier who always led from the front, regardless of the risks or hazards involved. Jon's compassion and care for his soldiers - whether they were Canadian or Afghan - endeared him to all who worked closely with him. This was Jon's second tour in Afghanistan in the past two years and his commitment to the mission and all he served with was self-evident. Captain Snyder's passing will be felt by all and he will be sorely missed by his fiancee, family, friends, regimental brothers and the Canadian Forces. The Regiment and the Forces have stepped forward and are actively engaged in supporting his loved ones through this especially trying time. At the request of his fiancee, we would ask that the media refrain from contacting her at this time, until she has had time to cope with her loss."

Contact Information

  • 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group
    Captain Mark Peebles
    Public Affairs Officer
    780-973-4011, ext. 7415
    (Cell): 780-884-2475