Valcartier saddened by the death of two soldiers in Afghanistan

    VALCARTIER GARRISON, QC, Jan. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - It is with sorrow that all
members of 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade-Group (5 CMBG) and especially those
of 2 Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment (2 R22eR) learned of the death of Warrant
Officer Hani Massouh and Corporal Eric Labbé in Afghanistan yesterday.
    "My thoughts go to the families and loved ones of Warrant Officer Massouh
and Corporal Labbé who are grieving. Even if this incident is not the result
of enemy action, it still reminds us of the various inherent risks in this
mission. There is no doubt in my mind that the professionalism and training of
Valcartier soldiers reduce the risk of such incidents", said Colonel Eric
Tremblay, 5 CMBG Commander.
    "It is with respect and compassion for the families of the deceased that
the Royal 22e Régiment received the sad news of the death of two of its
members on Afghan soil. Both soldiers were known for their profound dedication
with regards to the well-being of others, Warrant Officer Massouh and Corporal
Labbé were trained soldiers who were respected for their accomplishments
during many missions abroad. Warrant Officer Massouh was recognized for his
enthusiasm, determination and keen leadership. As for Corporal Labbé, he was
appreciated by all of those who crossed his path and who had the chance to
notice his commitment, his perseverance and courage", added Lieutenant-Colonel
Hercule Gosselin, 2 R22eR Commanding Officer.

    Note: This news release is the only official declaration that will be
made from Valcartier at this time. For any additional information regarding
the incident that caused the death of Warrant Officer Hani Massouh and
Corporal Eric Labbé, please call the Media Liaison Office at 1-866-377-0811.

For further information:

For further information: Lieutenant (Navy) Bruno Tremblay, Public
Affairs Officer of 5 CMBG, (418) 844-5000 ext 4688, Pager: (418) 260-3082

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