Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

October 29, 2011 18:52 ET

Statement by the Minister of National Defence on the Death of Master Corporal Byron Garth Greff

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 29, 2011) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement today on the death of a Canadian soldier in Afghanistan:

"I am deeply saddened by the loss of Master Corporal Byron Garth Greff. MCpl Greff died in Afghanistan today when insurgents attacked the vehicle in which he was traveling.

My heartfelt condolences and prayers go to his family, friends and comrades. The Defence family mourns with you during this difficult time.

Canada is in Afghanistan at the request of the democratically elected Afghan government and is a partner in a United Nations-mandated, NATO-led mission to bring peace and stability to the Afghan people. We remain committed to training the Afghan National Security Forces so that Afghans can provide the security needed to build a better and brighter future for Afghans.

MCpl Greff gave his life while proudly serving Canada and bringing hope to a population that has seen hardship and turmoil. We are all saddened by this loss and will remain forever grateful for his service.

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