Sunday, October 30, 2011
My deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Cpl Byron Greff. He died helping to bring freedom to the people of Afghanistan.
He loved playing hockey
Greff, who was based in Edmonton with the reconnaissance platoon of the 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, was described by a senior officer as an "extremely fit" soldier who loved hunting and playing hockey in his free time.
"To say that he was highly respected by his fellow soldiers would be an understatement," Colonel Peter Dawe, deputy commander for the Canadian training mission, told reporters in Kabul.
"We will mourn the loss of our brother Byron but we will continue with the mission," he added. "This is a difficult time. The members of the task force remain steadfast in their focus and determination as they continue to help the people of Afghanistan work towards a safer and more peaceful future."
OTTAWA, ONTARIO, Oct 29, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement today on the death of a Canadian soldier in Afghanistan:
"I am deeply saddened by the loss of Master Corporal Byron Garth Greff. MCpl Greff died in Afghanistan today when insurgents attacked the vehicle in which he was traveling.
My heartfelt condolences and prayers go to his family, friends and comrades. The Defence family mourns with you during this difficult time.
Canada is in Afghanistan at the request of the democratically elected Afghan government and is a partner in a United Nations-mandated, NATO-led mission to bring peace and stability to the Afghan people. We remain committed to training the Afghan National Security Forces so that Afghans can provide the security needed to build a better and brighter future for Afghans.
MCpl Greff gave his life while proudly serving Canada and bringing hope to a population that has seen hardship and turmoil. We are all saddened by this loss and will remain forever grateful for his service.