Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

May 06, 2007 18:16 ET

Statement by the Minister of National Defence on the Death of Corporal Benoit Chevalier

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 6, 2007) - The Honourable Gordon O'Connor, Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement today on the death of Corporal Benoit Chevalier:

"We deeply mourn today's loss of a dedicated Canadian Forces member who died in an aircraft accident in the Sinai in Egypt. Corporal Benoit Chevalier, an Aerospace Control Operator from 3 Wing Bagotville (Quebec), was part of a team of six air traffic controllers deployed to provide flight services for the Multinational Forces and Observers in the Sinai.

A highly regarded and important member of the Canadian Forces personnel assigned to this operation, Corporal Chevalier was fulfilling a key role in the Canadian contingent. His comrades will forever remember him as an extremely thoughtful and professional airman.

My heartfelt sympathies and thoughts are with the family and friends of Corporal Chevalier, who should be extremely proud of this member's honourable service to his country. I would also like to extend my deepest condolences to the families and friends of the other personnel who died in this accident.

We will mourn the memory of this brave Canadian, who echoes our values as a nation helping to spread security and stability across the globe. I am deeply honoured by the commitment and professionalism that Corporal Chevalier demonstrated."

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