5th Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Mourns a Colleague

    VALCARTIER GARRISON, QC, Dec. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Members of the 5th
Canadian Mechanized Brigade-Group and the 5e Régiment d'artillerie légère du
Canada are deeply saddened by the death of a fellow comrade and friend in
Afghanistan: Private Jonathan Dion.
    "Regardless of the circumstances, the loss of a brother in arms is always
an event that affects deeply the whole Canadian Forces community. This is a
painful and sensitive situation for all families, friends and colleagues of
those involved in today's incident. At the present time, our efforts are
mainly focused on the CF soldiers' significant others in order to give them
support they deserve during this difficult period" says Colonel Eric Tremblay,
5th CMBG Commander.
    "We have lost a fine Canadian today and our most sincere thoughts go out
to the family and friends of this brave soldier. We also take a moment to
remember our soldiers who are still deployed in Afghanistan and proudly and
professionally continue to help the Afghan people on a daily basis" adds
lieutenant-colonel Dany Fortin, 5e RALC Commanding Officer.

    Media advisory: This news release is the only official declaration that
will be made from Valcartier. No other action is foreseen before the remains
of Gunner Dion is repatriated. Any additional information concerning today's
incident may be sought through the Media Liaison Office at 613-996-2353 or


For further information:

For further information: Lieutenant Navy Bruno Tremblay, Public Affairs
Officer of 5 CMBG, (418) 844-5000, ext 4688

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