Corporal Matthew McCully, (CP/HO/Canadian Armed Forces)

CEFCOM NR–07.015 - May 25, 2007

OTTAWA – Killed earlier today in Afghanistan was Corporal Matthew McCully, a Signals Operator, from 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters and Signals Squadron, based at Petawawa, Ontario. His next-of- kin have been notified.

Corporal McCully tragically lost his life after an improvised explosive device detonated in the proximity of where he was patrolling by foot, along with Afghan national security forces, close to the village of Nalgham, approximately 35 km west of Kandahar City. The incident occurred at approximately 8:00 a.m. Kandahar time.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Corporal McCully, and with his comrades in Afghanistan who remain committed to helping Afghans improve their living conditions and build a free and democratic society.

The courage and dedication demonstrated by Corporal McCully in his efforts to assist the Afghan national security forces represent Canadian values in the finest tradition. He will be greatly missed.