Valcartier Garrison grieves over 12e Régiment blindé du Canada member's death in Afghanistan

    VALCARTIER GARRISON, QC, Jan. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - It is with great sorrow
that all members of the 5th Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (5 CMBG),
especially those of the 12e Régiment blindé du Canada (12 RBC), were informed
of the death of Trooper Richard Renaud in Afghanistan.
    "Along with the greater military community of Valcartier, I would like to
offer my condolences to Trooper Richard Renaud's family. I can certify that
his life was not given in vain, and that his contribution in Afghanistan made
a difference. I am certain that the military personnel currently in
Valcartier, myself included, are all having special thoughts towards Trooper
Renaud's family, and his comrades who are still serving on Afghan soil," says
Colonel Eric Tremblay, 5 CMBG commander.
    "The news of the loss of a brother in arms comes with a great deal of
sorrow. The work accomplished by Trooper Renaud was certainly difficult, and
the nature of the tasks given to all Canadian soldiers sets them apart and is
very gratifying. I am particularly conscious of the dedication and pride of
the men and women serving in my unit and I find some relief in the fact that
Trooper Renaud left us with great honour while serving his country," adds
Lieutenant-Colonel Stephen Tremblay, 12 RBC Commanding Officer where Trooper
Renaud was originally serving.

    Note: Please note that this news release will be the only official
declaration made from Valcartier Garrison at this time.

    Any questions regarding Trooper Richard Renaud's death may be forwarded
to 5th CMGB Public Affairs Office (see numbers below). Information on the
funeral will be released at a later date. For any other inquiry concerning
this incident, please contact Media Liaison Office in Ottawa at
1 866 377-0811.

For further information:

For further information: 5th CMBG Public Affairs Office, (418) 844-5000
extension 4224, Pager: (418) 260-3082,

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