Master Corporal Darrell Jason Priede, (Military
Master Corporal Darrell Jason Priede, a military Imagery Technician
serving with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)
Regional Command (South) Headquarters at Kandahar Airfield, was
killed when the helicopter in which he was a passenger went down at
approximately 9 p.m. Kandahar time on May 30th, near the town of
Kajaki, Helmand Province, about 95 kms northwest of Kandahar City.
Master Corporal Priede was a member of the Army News Team from 3
Area Support Group, based at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown, New
Brunswick. His next of kin have been notified.
The other six military personnel (5 from the US and one from England) aboard the helicopter were also killed in the incident.
The Honourable Gordon O'Connor, Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement today "On behalf of the entire Defence community I extend my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Master Corporal Darrell Jason Priede who died when a helicopter, in which he was a passenger, went down in Helmand Province in Afghanistan. I also extend my condolences to the families and friends of the six other coalition troops who died in this incident.Master Corporal Priede was a valued member of the Army News Team from 3 Area Support Group, based at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown. He gave his life not only to protect Canadians and our national interests, but also to provide hope to Afghans for a better future.Master Corporal Priede was part of an international coalition working to bring peace and security to this troubled country. Canadians are forever proud and grateful for his service and for the contributions of all our men and women in uniform."