Cpl Martin Dubé 

1974 - Sunday 14 June 2009

Killed in action, Corporal Martin Dubé was from the 5e Régiment de genie de combat based at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier near Quebec City. He was serving as a member of the Joint Task Force Headquarters.

Cpl Dubé was part of 53 C-IED Sqn in 5 RGC.  To all his peers and friends within the branch, we share your grief.  In his courage, dedication and outstanding technical capabilities, Cpl Dubé has shown the very values in which we recognize ourselves as engineers.

Cpl Dubé was known for his dedication towards the mission.  Motivated, serious and very mature, it is with great interest that he became an expert in the neutralization and removal of explosive devices.  Even during the most demanding and stressful tasks, Cpl Dubé was known to maintain his absolute calm and proceed with the task at hand in the most deliberate manner. Cpl Dubé was also an adept of martial arts and in outstanding physical condition.  He his survived by his father Roger Dubé, his mother Marie-Paule Dubé, his brother Cpl Vincent Dubé, members of his extended family, his girlfriend, his peers from 5 RGC and the engineer branch.

Comrades bid final farewell to Canadian soldier

By Craig Pearson, Windsor Star June 15, 2009

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — More than 2,000 soldiers and civilians turned out Monday night to pay their respects to Cpl. Martin Dube, the second Canadian killed in a week in Afghanistan, as his body was placed onto a transport plane for the final flight home.

The 35-year-old soldier was remembered during the sombre nighttime ceremony as a likable soldier with a special ability to lift the spirits of those around him.

"Cpl. Dube had a personal mission: live life to the fullest and make everyone he met laugh," Padre Bastien Leclerc, Task Force Kandahar's senior chaplain, told attendees who stood at attention as Dube's casket was loaded onto a Hercules transport plane. "He lifted the morale of everyone around him, including his superiors. His enthusiasm and energy was contagious."

Maj. Leclerc praised Dube as a talented combat engineer proud of his profession and whose work saved many lives.

"God of all life, you see tonight, all gathered to say farewell to our fallen comrade Martin Dube," Leclerc said. "In his desire to make a difference, he gave his life suddenly, without warning. We will all miss his infectious smile, his determination and his will to make this part of the world a better place to live. Now we have to let him go. He is going back home with his loved ones. But in our faith, we are confident that you have welcomed him in your presence."

Lt.-Col. Mike Gilmore, chief engineer for Task Force Kandahar, said before the ceremony that Dube came to Afghanistan with a sincere desire to help others.

"He will be remembered as an energetic soldier with an infectious smile," Gilmore said. "He was a pleasure to work with."

In a statement released Monday, Dube's family praised his commitment to the Afghan mission.

"He always strived to help others and that can explain why he firmly believed he was making a difference with the Afghan people alongside his fellow soldiers," the statement read. "We can't help but support and admire such altruism."

Dube was raised in the Quebec City area and he leaves behind his parents, brother and girlfriend.

"There is no greater sadness for parents than to lose a child. Martin was an upright, curious and intelligent person who liked to get to the bottom of things," the family said, noting he was very close to his younger brother.

"Your departure leaves a great void. Go, son, you can rest in peace now," the statement said.

Dube was killed Sunday afternoon in southern Afghanistan, when the roadside bomb he was trying to defuse exploded. A police chief was also killed in the blast that occurred about 20 kilometres southwest of Kandahar City. An Afghan interpreter was seriously injured and airlifted to the Kandahar Airfield hospital, where he is recuperating.

Dube served with the 5e Regiment du Genie de Combat, the combat engineer regiment based in Valcartier, near Quebec City.

The military announced Monday that his funeral will be held on Saturday (20 June), in Brownsburg-Chatham, a small town in Quebec's Laurentians, where he was raised.

Echo 2 note - the date of the funeral has changed. "Cpl Dubé's Military funeral will be held at CFB Valcartier (Ste-Jeanne d'Arc Catholic Chapel), on Tuesday 23 June 2009 at 1130hrs."

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Bomb expert killed defusing roadside IED

 KANDAHAR Colin Freeze, Globe and Mail Update,

A military engineer was killed Sunday as he tried to defuse two roadside bombs hidden in a rural culvert.

Corporal Martin Dubé, 35, is the second Canadian Forces soldier killed within a week's span by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) during missions intended to neutralize them. The blast also killed an Afghan police officer and wounded a Pashto interpreter, who was rushed by helicopter to hospital.

“The IED that Martin was dismantling could have killed an entire family, as it was deliberately aimed at passing traffic,” Brigadier-General Jonathan Vance told reporters at Kandahar Air Field.

“His energy and enthusiasm made him one of the best guys to be around,” said Gen. Vance, recalling the soldier's constant smile.

“For that, we loved him.”

The explosion occurred in the Panjwayii district southwest of Kandahar City, the same rural area where Private Alexandre Péloquin, 20, was killed last Monday as he stepped on a bomb. That operation had recovered bombs, detonators, fertilizer and other items that could be used for deadly explosions, but even the planners said it hadn't neutralized the threat.

Many, if not most, Canadian combat fatalities have occurred in the Panjwayii, one of the most dangerous areas in Afghanistan. Countrywide, top U.S generals say, attacks against NATO forces in Afghanistan have peaked compared to any time since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001.

IEDs remain the insurgents' primary weapon. While the military's job of defusing bombs is inherently dangerous, it relatively rarely results in death. Soldiers use small robots and drone planes to work and survey the landscape from a safe distance whenever they can.

But tragedies can occur even amid successes. In March, for example, an explosion killed three Canadian soldiers heading back to base in an armoured convoy, after they had defused a roadside bomb.

The Taliban-led insurgency is adapting to more heavily armoured vehicles by making their bombs more intricate. Culverts have always served as a handy hard-to-get-to hiding spot. Still, the explosions of roadside bombs farmore typically kill civilians and Afghan security forces than NATO soldiers.

For these reasons, Gen Vance said that the Cpl. Dubé did not die in vain. “His work has saved the lives of his peers, of Afghan National Security Forces and Afghan civilians.”

Cpl. Dube, the 120th Canadian soldier to be killed in Afghanistan, served with the 5ieme Régiment du Génie de Combat, based inValcartier, Que. He is survived by his mother Marie-Paule, his father Roger, his brother Vincent and his girlfriend Julie.

News Release

One Canadian soldier killed in an explosive device strike

CEFCOM NR–09.015 - June 14, 2009

OTTAWA– OTTAWA– A Canadian soldier was killed as a result of an explosion of an improvised explosive device (IED). The incident occurred in the vicinity of Panjwayi District, approximately 20 km southwest of Kandahar City at around 12:30 p.m., Kandahar time, June 14, 2009.

Killed in action was Corporal Martin Dubé from the 5e Régiment de genie de combat based at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier near Quebec City. He was serving as a member of the Joint Task Force Headquarters.

Corporal Dubé was responding to a call to neutralize two IEDs when one of them exploded.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of our fallen comrade during this very difficult time.

While our ultimate goal remains to leave Afghanistan to Afghans, in a country that is better governed, more peaceful, and more secure; let’s not consider the tragic death of our soldiers as a failure of our mission as this is precisely what our enemy is counting on. Our collective efforts here are making a noticeable difference in helping Afghans reclaim their lives from oppression and deplorable living conditions.


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