Afghanistan: Cpl Joshua Caleb Baker - Killed in Afganistan
Corporal Joshua Caleb Baker, 24, a member of the Loyal Edmonton Regiment, is the 2nd soldier killed in Afghanistan in 2010.
Corporal Baker was killed in a training accident near Khandahar. Apparently this was continuing weapons training, which is standard training to keep a soldier's skills honed and keep him sharp. "This type of training is normal for soldiers in theatre and essential in helping them to maintain high levels of expertise," Brig.-Gen. Daniel Menard, the top commander in Kandahar, said Saturday in a release.
Corporal Baker was based in Edmonton, Alberta with the Loyal Edmonton Regiment, a reserve unit also known as 4 PPCLI. He was serving with the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team.
Brigadier General Menard said that Corporal Baker was mentally tough, loved his job and had a laughter that lid up a room.
An investigation into the incident and cause of death has started. Four others were injured. Not much else is known at this time.
The accident occurred on the eve of an operation into Hellmand Province, involving Canadian helicopters and their crews.
American, British, Afghan and other coalition troops stormed the insurgent-held town of Marjah and the District of Nad Ali early Saturday morning. The Operation is named Operation Moshtarak, meaning "together".
A ramp ceremony for Corporal Baker was conducted Saturday, Corporal Baker has commenced his journey home to Trenton, Ontario.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued a statement on Saturday, urging Canadians to remember Baker “who served to make life better for others.”
"Baker served valiantly in order to build a better future for Afghanistan,” Harper said.
Corporal Joshua Caleb Baker was the 140th Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan.
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Cpl. Joshua Caleb Baker has become the second Canadian soldier to die in Afghanistan in 2010 and the 140th to be killed since Canadian troops arrived early in the spring of 2002.
Baker, a 24-year old Edmontonian and a reservist serving the Loyal Edmonton Regiment was killed late Friday afternoon in a training accident while shooting at a range four kilometres north of Kandahar City.
The death was announced at Kandahar Airfield by Brig.-Gen. Daniel Menard, commander of Canadian troops in Afghanistan. Shortly after Baker died