Goudreault, 147th soldier to die in conflict

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Sergeant Martin Goudreault

Once again, federal Defence Minister Peter MacKay has been called to cite a Canadian soldier fallen in Afghanistan.

"On behalf of the Defence family," said MacKay "I extend my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Sergeant Martin Goudreault, who was killed by an improvised explosive device while investigating a suspected weapons cache.

"Sergeant Martin Goudreault served to help build a safe and stable future for Afghans, and he did so with honor and pride. This tragic loss is another example of the daily risks faced by the men and women of the Canadian Forces.

"Sergeant Martin Goudreault's sacrifice will not be forgotten and it will not deter us from continuing to help Afghans rebuild their country."

Goudreault was killed after an improvised explosive device detonated during a foot patrol, about 15 kilometres southwest of Kandahar City, in the Panjwayi District, at approximately 6:30 a.m. Kandahar time on June 6.

Goudreault was serving with 1 Combat Engineer Regiment, based in Edmonton, Alberta, and was serving in Afghanistan as a member of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group.

Goudreault was the 147th Canadian soldier to lose his life in the war. He died on Canadian Forces Day as MacKay honored the commitment of soldiers like Goudreault.

"Canadian Forces Day was proclaimed to honour members of the Canadian Forces and recognize their contributions in Canada and abroad. Since then, CF members have proven time and time again that such recognition is well deserved," MacKay said.

"Canadian Forces Day was proclaimed to honour members of the Canadian Forces and recognize their contributions in Canada and abroad. Since then, CF members have proven time and time again that such recognition is well deserved.

"Whether patrolling our frontiers, performing search and rescue operations, providing assistance during natural disasters or participating in international security or humanitarian missions, Canadian Forces members perform their duties with devotion, commitment and enthusiasm.
"I have seen them at work in Haiti, alleviating the suffering of thousands of people affected by the devastating earthquake in that poverty-stricken country; in Afghanistan, helping bring peace and stability to a nation that has known decades of strife; off the coast of Africa, disrupting and deterring pirate activity in the area; and at home, providing assistance to Canadians in their time of greatest need.

"I had the rare opportunity to put on the uniform for a day and experience the life of a soldier in training and realized that this is not just a job, it is a calling. We ask CF members to put their lives at risk, defending our values of freedom, democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law. They do this for love of country and a deep sense of commitment to the well-being of their fellow man.

"The unwavering loyalty and passionate commitment of our men and women in uniform have earned our recognition and respect."