One Canadian soldier was killed and three others were injured when their armoured vehicle struck an improvised explosive device approximately 35 kilometres north of Kandahar City in the Shah Wali Kowt District. The incident occurred at approximately 8:00 a.m., Kandahar time, on January 7, 2009.The fallen soldier is Trooper Brian Richard Good, from The Royal Canadian Dragoons based at Canadian Forces Base Petawawa. Trooper Good was serving with the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group.The injured soldiers were evacuated by helicopter to the Multinational Medical Unit at Kandahar Airfield. All three soldiers are reported to be in good condition. Their names will not be released.
The thoughts and prayers of every member of Joint Task Force Afghanistan are with Trooper Good's family and friends during this very difficult time.
Trooper Brian Richard Good was killed when his armoured vehicle struck an improvised explosive device approximately 35 kilometers north of Kandahar City in the Shah Wali Kowt on January 7, 2009.
Trooper Brian Richard Good, from The Royal Canadian Dragoons based at Canadian Forces Base Petawawa. Trooper Good was serving with the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group.
Joint Task Force Afghanistan (JTF-Afg) is the Canadian Forces (CF) contribution to the international effort in Afghanistan. Its operations focus on working with Afghan authorities to improve security, governance and economic development in Afghanistan.
JTF-Afg comprises more than 2,750 CF members. Most of them serve at Kandahar Airfield or Camp Nathan Smith, the home of the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Kandahar City. CF members also work at various military headquarters and support bases in southwest Asia, and with civilian organizations in Afghanistan.
Le Soldat Brian Richard Good a été tué lorsque son véhicule blindé a touché un engin explosif improvisé à environ 35 kilomètres de Kandahar City, dans le district de Shah Wali Kowt le 7 janvier 2009.
Le Soldat Brian Richard Good, appartenait à l’unité The Royal Canadian Dragoons basée à la Base des Forces canadiennes Petawawa. Le Soldat Good servait à titre de membre du groupement tactique du 3e Bataillon, The Royal Canadian Regiment.
La Force opérationnelle interarmées en Afghanistan (JTF-Afg) est la contribution des Forces canadiennes (FC) à l’effort international en Afghanistan. Ses opérations portent sur le travail avec les autorités afghanes pour améliorer la sécurité, la gouvernance et le développement économique en Afghanistan.
The commanding officer of the Ottawa soldier who died in Afghanistan Wednesday says Trooper Brian Richard Good died doing what he wanted to do and that he strongly believed in improving the lives of people living in Afghanistan through the efforts of the Canadian Forces fighting there.
His colleagues say it made no difference that Trooper Good joined the military late in life and at 42, was serving alongside men and women more than half his age.
One day after he was killed in a roadside bomb attack, Good's fellow soldiers remembered a man who could be trusted to never break his word; a man who was devoted to his job as a driver of a light-armoured vehicle, to his unit and to his family, including his wife, Sandra, and daughters Kayla and Jessica.
Ramp Ceremony "These are qualities that transform just another soldier into a buddy who's got your back," said Padre Dave Donevan during Thursday's ramp ceremony. Canadian soldiers said goodbye to Trooper Good, Thursday at a sombre ramp ceremony in Afghanistan. About 2,400 troops representing various NATO countries came out to pay their respects as Good's flag-draped coffin was slowly carried into the back of a waiting transport plane in preparation for the flight back to Canada.
Also in attendance at Kandahar Airfield were the three soldiers injured in the same blast that killed Good. Two men were able to stand during the ceremony, while one soldier remained seated in a wheelchair.
At CFB Petawawa, Ont., Col. Dean Milner, commander of 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, also said Good was a hero to his fellow soldiers as well as "to this brigade and the rest of the Canadian Forces," he said.
Despite the fact that Milner has commanded thousands of soldiers and trains about 2,500 at a time, he said Good left an impression on him during training exercises.
"I definitely remember him . . . I remember him as one of those soldiers who stood out. Very bright. A soldier that has lots of experience because of the fact that he joined the forces late. He stood out as one of those guys who liked to talk to you. Again, from the troops, a real team player. I can distinctly pick his face out."
He said Good was a great "dad" to the many soldiers in their early 20s serving in Afghanistan.
"He played that experienced, mature, father figure with the troops," said Milner.
At Kandahar Airfield, Maj. Brian Healey, deputy commanding officer of 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group, said the recent heavy death toll has been "tough" on soldiers.
But, he said, "We're here to do a job. We're here to take care of the Afghan people and I think the soldiers are ever more committed to do that right now."
Funeral details for Good were not made available, but services were expected to be held in Ottawa.
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"We wish to express first-hand, how proud we are of Brian. Brian was a caring, outgoing and dedicated family man and Brian died doing what he wanted to do and what he truly believed in. Brian will be greatly missed. He will be remembered as our and Canada's hero. At this time we would like to extend out sincere thank you to our Canadian Forces for their tremendous support to our family in this difficult time." ~ Family of Trooper Good
"We have once again received terrible news from Afghanistan, having just learned that Trooper Brian Richard Good was killed and three others were injured when an improvised explosive device detonated in the Shah Wali Kowt District. A member of The Royal Canadian Dragoons, Trooper Brian Richard Good was serving with the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group. The relentless violence with which our troops are confronted in Afghanistan continues on a daily basis.
My husband, Jean-Daniel Lafond, joins me in extending our sincerest condolences on behalf of all Canadians to the family, loved ones, friends and comrades in arms who are mourning the loss of this courageous soldier, a generous man who was driven by his desire to help a population in danger and by his sense of duty. Our thoughts also go out to the wounded, to whom we wish a full recovery, and to their families who are also grappling with this tragedy.
I have the utmost respect for all members of the Canadian Forces, who are risking their lives to ensure the success of this very difficult mission in Afghanistan, the purpose of which is to secure and rebuild a country that has been ravaged by so much hardship, misery and inhumanity. " ~Michaelle Jean
"I would like to offer my most sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Trooper Brian Richard Good, who died today in Afghanistan when the armoured vehicle he was travelling in struck an improvised explosive device north of Kandahar City. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this time of loss.
I would also like to wish a speedy recovery to the three Canadian soldiers injured in the same incident. Our thoughts are very much with you during this difficult time. Despite our grief, we will continue to contribute to the United Nations-mandated, NATO-led mission to bring peace and stability to the people of Afghanistan. Whether improving the security situation in order to set the conditions for reconstruction and development, or providing humanitarian assistance, the Canadian Forces are making a considerable difference in a country that has seen decades of war. Rest assured that Trooper Good's sacrifice was not made in vain.
Trooper Good served his country proudly. He will not be forgotten." ~ Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence
My prayers are lifted for Trooper Good and his family who loves him so! ~AirmanMom
Repatriation Ceremony Tentatively Scheduled for Saturday
Our fallen soldier, Trooper Brian Richard Good will be coming home on Saturday per Public Affairs Officer, Lieutenant Annie Morin. The repatriation ceremony will be held on Saturday, January 10th, 2009 at 2:00 pm.
A ramp ceremony was held at the Kandahar Airfield today (Thursday, January 8th, 2009)
It will be another sombre occasion at CFB Trenton this Saturday. Please remember to pay tribute to the family and our soldier on the overpasses of the 401 (Highway of Heroes) between Trenton and Toronto. Let the family know that they are not alone.