Monday, March 17, 2008

Bless Sergeant Jason Boyes March 16, 2008

A Canadian soldier was killed Sunday March 16, 2008, by an explosive device while participating in a joint Afghan-Canadian foot patrol in the Zangabad region, in the District of Panjwayi, approximately 35 km South-West of Kandahar City. The soldier was immediately evacuated by helicopter to the Canadian-led multinational hospital at Kandahar Airfield, where he later succumbed to his wounds. The incident occurred at approximately 8:20 p.m. Kandahar time.

Our deceased and brave soldier is Sergeant Jason Boyes, age 32, 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (2 PPCLI), based out of Shilo, Manitoba.
At the time of the incident, the soldier's unit was conducting a dismounted presence patrol in the area with Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF). These patrols are part of the many ways ANSF and ISAF show their presence, monitor the security situation and interact with the local population.This incident will not deter us from continuing our work with the Government and the people of Afghanistan. Incidents like this one prove that, along with our Afghan National Security Force partners, Canadians need to continue working to bring about peace and security in the region.

Lt.-Col. Dave Corbould, commander of Boyes' battle group, said the soldier was "a committed warrior." Boyes was "a leader through and through," he said. "He was someone we can all emulate. He represented the warrior spirit 100 per cent."
Regimental Sgt.-Maj. Brian Semenko also described Boyes as a committed soldier. He said he had talked a lot about the mission with Boyes over the past few years.
"He was really dedicated to the idea of serving overseas," Semenko said. "He felt the best way to serve was to do it overseas. His idea was not to give candy to children, but to kill insurgents."
Laroche said Boyes had arrived in the last few weeks with a new rotation of troops.
"Our thoughts are with the family and friends of our lost comrade in this very difficult time," he said. "We have lost a brother and a fine soldier who answered a call of duty one last time."
In a statement issued by the military, Boyes' family said they are "devastated" by the news.
"Jason loved his job, he loved the military and his fellow soldiers loved him back. His world was his 2 year old daughter, Mackenzie, his wife, Alison, his dogs and his family," the statement said.
"This was his third tour in Afghanistan. We have always, and still do, support this mission."

Boyes was born in Lynn Lake, Man., but was raised in Camden East and attended Napanee District Secondary School before joining the army in his early 20s. His parents now live in Kingston.
Boyes spoke to the Whig-Standard in 2002 during his first deployment to Afghanistan about the physical hardships of soldiering in that country.
"We pretty much stay out of the sun and drink water constantly," he said from Kandahar.
Then a corporal, Boyes had just returned from a five-day mission clearing caves of Taliban in the mountains in blazing summer heat while carrying 100 kilograms of gear, the last 30 hours without food or water because it was too dangerous to be resupplied.
"It was rough," he said, but he noted the soldiers accomplished their mission and credited the Canadian military's training for their ability to operate there.
"It just seems we're more hardy than our American counterparts ... It's all in the way we're trained," he said. "I like the way we do things. I take pride in that."

We have lost a fine Canadian today, and our hearts go out to the family and friends of this brave soldier.
Statement by the Minister of National Defence on
the Death of Canadian Soldier in Afghanistan

The Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, issued the following statement today on the death of a Canadian soldier in Afghanistan:"I would like to offer my most sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Sergeant Jason Boyes who died tragically yesterday in Afghanistan.Sergeant Boyes was an extremely brave Canadian who made the ultimate sacrifice while proudly serving his country. This is a tragic loss for the Canadian Forces and all of Canada.Sergeant Boyes was killed by an explosive device while on a foot patrol in the Zanghabad region, in Panjwayi district. These patrols are part of the many ways that members of the Canadian Forces show their presence, monitor the security situation and interact with the local population. The efforts of Canada's soldiers are making a difference in southern Afghanistan and their sustained presence in the region will allow for reconstruction and development to continue.Sergeant Jason Boyes was a member of the 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian light infantry, based in Shilo Manitoba.

Statement by Stephen Harper:

Prime Minister Stephen Harper offered his "deepest condolences to the loved ones of Sgt. Jason Boyes." In a statement Monday afternoon, Harper said Boyes was "a well- respected member of the Canadian Forces" and "an exceptionally brave soldier who deserves the support and gratitude of all Canadians."

Statement by Governor General Michaëlle Jean

Gov. Gen. Michaëlle Jean said Boyes "deserves our respect and admiration" and offered condolences to his family and fellow soldiers.
"We share your grief and honour his memory," Jean said in a statement.


Jaro said...

Fuck Peter Gordon MacKay and his pre-written apology. Boyes stood out from the rest. He was very proud to admit he'd rather kill insurgents than hand out candy.

Why not use the money you pay the guys to write those apology's for you and use it to take better care of our troops.

You will be missed old friend.
I will never forget you and what you have just given your Country.

clark73 said...

had the chance to work close with Sergeant Boyse from 98 to 00. There wasn't many that could compare to his skill and heart for the job. Canada has lost one of it's best soldiers this week.
I hope that the sacrifice that Jason and his family have made isn't forgotten.
Hope Mackay gets a good graspe of what are presence must be. I'm know Srgt. Boyse Did. Proud to know you Jason.
I salute you,
Rodney Clark

Annie said...

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sgt Boyes' parents, Alison, Mackenzie, all his family and friends.

Our son Daniel, in the same platoon, was deeply saddened by this tragedy and said of Sgt Boyes 'he was the best soldier he'd ever met.'

God bless you all.

Annabel Marsh

M.Conger said...

Boyzee was the most genuine person I ever had the pleasure of being friends with. I hadn't seen him in years but knew he was inlisted. I was shocked to hear the trajic news, and my heart and prayers go out to his wife, daughter and family. He is a martyr, a hero.

Fire Chief Mike Conger,
Deseronto Fire Department

Anonymous said...

Jason Boyes will always be remembered by his family and friends. I hope he was needed for some greater cause somewhere outside of this world. I will truley miss my brother and my friend for the rest of my life. xoxo Jay love Jodi

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Anonymous said...

I was Jasons fire team partner for the 2002 Apollo mission. He was hard, dedicated, and he loved his family and his job. We spent some time hunting and fishing. I was shocked to hear the news. Canada lost one of its finest fighters. He will be missed. My condolances to the Boyes family.