Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

August 05, 2006 20:11 ET

Statement by the Minister of National Defence on the Passing of Master Corporal Raymond Arndt

The Honourable Gordon O'Connor, Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement today on the passing of Master Corporal Raymond Arndt.

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 5, 2006) - "I was deeply saddened to learn today of the tragic death of Master Corporal Raymond Arndt, who was accidentally killed when his resupply vehicle was involved in a collision with a local civilian vehicle. The accident also injured three fellow members and I am hopeful they will soon recover.

While this incident pains our nation, Master Corporal Arndt's death was not in vain.
I am joined by all Canadians in my grief, and extend my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Master Corporal Arndt. His resolve to fulfill his mission in the face of danger speaks to the strength of all our Canadian Forces members.

Master Corporal Arndt's legacy will be carried on by the people of Afghanistan whose lives he has touched, by his Canadian Forces family and by all who knew him.

In spite of the complex risks faced in Afghanistan, our Canadian Forces members have the support of our great nation to succeed and will fulfill their mission.

As a country we honour their daily sacrifices in the name of Canada's national interests and we wish for the safety of all Canadian Forces members serving around the world."

Contact Information