Kandahar Province, Afghanistan
Photos by: Cpl Dan Pop
Members of Joint Task Force Afghanistan conduct a "ramp ceremony" for the departure of the remains of Corporal Kevin Megeney at the Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan (KAF). Corporal Megeney, a reservist from the 1st Battalion of the Nova Scotia Highlanders located in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, died on 6 March 2007 from a gunshot wound sustained on KAF. Joint Task Force Afghanistan’s National Investigation Service Detachment is investigating the matter.
Comrades gathered Wednesday to say goodbye to a Canadian soldier who died in a mysterious shooting in his tent at the Kandahar air field in Afghanistan.
"He was generally, I think, one of the best people I've ever met. A little red-headed guy with the biggest heart," Master Cpl. Nathan Crosby of 1st Battalion, Nova Scotia Highlanders, said Wednesday of Cpl. Kevin Megeney.
The dead soldier's comrades stood 10-deep under the lights of the night-time ramp ceremony.
"Ask anybody who knows him and they'd all say the same thing: Everybody loves him," said Crosby, a pallbearer.
Cpl. Brent Bowden, another pallbearer and platoon mate, will be accompanying Megeney's body home.
"It was an honour to be a friend of his. It's an honour to know his family. And it's an honour to me as well to be going back with him," he said.
Megeney, who was assigned as a guard at the main gate into the Kandahar base, died as Canadians began a major deployment as part of Operation Achilles in southern Afghanistan.
A Veteran Comforts Cpl. Megeney's father during repatriation at CFB Trenton.
To the Megeney Family, friends and comrades:
My heart and prayers are with you as you try to cope with and suffer the loss of a hero our Canadian Hero. He was a brave soldier, venturing to a land to help others whom had never met. God bless you and Cpl Megeney. ~m.m.