Cpl. Robert Thomas James Mitchell Royal Canadian Dragoons
OTTAWA, Ontario – Cpl. Robert Thomas James Mitchell was
killed on 3 October in an attack on International Security
Assistance Force (ISAF) troops. Both soldiers were members of the
Royal Canadian Dragoons, based in Petawawa, Ontario.
The attack occurred at approximately 4:50 p.m. Kandahar time, about 20 km west of Kandahar City, as ISAF forces worked to clear a route of mines and improvised explosive devices for a future road construction project.
A number of ISAF soldiers, including Canadians, suffered injuries in the attack. All of the injured Canadian soldiers have non-life threatening injuries. They are being treated at the Canadian-led multinational hospital at Kandahar Airfield.
"This is a time of mourning," Maj. James Follwell, regimental second-in-command with the Dragoons, told reporters in Petawawa yesterday. "Everyone in the regiment back home is feeling it, but we are also determined to ensure these soldiers and others did not die in vain."
Mitchell, who joined the military in 2001 and had been in
Afghanistan since August, is survived by his wife, Leanne Hass, who
was recently accepted into the OPP, and their three children, ages
2, 3 and 5.