Valcartier Garrison grieves over combat engineer's death in Afghanistan

    VALCARTIER GARRISON, QC, Jan. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - It is with great sorrow
that all members of the 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (5 CMBG),
particularly those of the 5 Combat Engineer Regiment (5 CER), received the
news of the death of Corporal Etienne Gonthier in Afghanistan.
    "It was with great emotion that I was informed of the death of Corporal
Etienne Gonthier, who was working to provide greater security for the afghan
people. In these difficult circumstances, we are all saddened and filled with
sorrow. To his family and to those who knew and cherished him, know that the
thoughts and hearts of an entire community are with you. I ask you to accept
my most sincere condolences, in my name, but also in the name of all men,
women and families of 5 CMBG", says Colonel Eric Tremblay, 5 CMBG Commander.
    "Parents, loved ones and friends of Etienne, I can only painfully imagine
the great void created by Etienne's sudden passing. For us, his brothers in
arms of 5 CER, his departure is a very sad ordeal that reminds us of the
reality attached to our commitment. In this period of great sorrow, the most
soothing gesture we can think of is to reiterate our friendship and our
solidarity in this terrible loss. A dedicated and professional soldier,
Etienne embodied what every commander wants to see in his men and women. He
will be missed. CHIMO", adds Major Claude Many, 5 CER Commanding Officer,
Corporal Gonthier's home unit.

    Note: Please note that this news release constitutes the only official
declaration that will be made from Valcartier Garrison today. No further
action is foreseen at the moment.

    Any questions regarding Corporal Etienne Gonthier's death may be
forwarded to 5 CMGB Public Affairs Office (see numbers below). Details 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: 5 CMBG Public Affairs Office, (418) 844-5000,
extension 4224, Pager: (418) 260-3082

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