Newfoundland soldier the latest to die in Afghanistan

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A Canadian soldier from Newfoundland, who was wounded August 22 in Afghanistan, passed away at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany Monday.

Corporal Brian Pinksen from 2nd Battalion, The Royal Newfoundland Regiment, based in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, was serving in Afghanistan with the 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group.
Pinksen is the 152nd Canadian soldier to lose his life in the Afghanistan conflict.

Pinksen sustained his injuries when an improvised explosive device detonated during a routine patrol in the Panjwa'i District, southwest of Kandahar City at approximately 1:40 p.m., Kandahar time Aug. 22.

Pinksen was treated at the scene before being evacuated by helicopter to the Role 3 Multi-National Medical Facility at Kandahar Airfield. He was subsequently moved to the Landstuhl Regional Medical Centre in Germany. He arrived in Ramstein, Germany August 25.

He died Monday at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.

A second soldier was wounded in the attack. It is Canadian Forces policy to withhold the names of soldiers who have been wounded and continue to be treated.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of our fallen comrade during this very difficult time," said a statement posted on the the Canadian Forces website Monday. "We will not forget Corporal Pinksen's sacrifice as we continue to bring security and hope to the people of Kandahar Province."

Minister of Defence Peter McKay also issued a statement Monday.

"We deeply mourn the loss of this dedicated Canadian Forces member who died as a result of injuries suffered while in Afghanistan," McKay said. "Corporal Brian Pinksen was seriously wounded recently by an explosive device while on patrol in the Panjwa'i District, southwest of Kandahar City, and has since been under medical care at the Landstuhl Military Hospital in Germany. Sadly, his wounds were too great and he succumbed today. I extend my heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends.

"Corporal Pinksen bravely served with his comrades to help build a stable environment to support a better and brighter future for Afghans. This tragic passing illustrates some of the many risks that the men and women of the Canadian Forces face every day in carrying out their duties.

"Canada's participation in this United Nations-mandated, NATO-led mission is a true reflection of the Canadian values of helping those in need and defending the interests of those who can't yet defend themselves.

"I am proud of the dedication of our men and women of the Canadian Forces as they strive to bring security to the people of Afghanistan."