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Soldier killed in training accident served in Afghanistan

Wainwright, Alta. — A two-tour Canadian Forces veteran of the war in Afghanistan killed at an Alberta military base is being remembered as a “meticulous professional” with an infectious laugh.

Sgt. Robert J. Dynerowicz was killed in a single vehicle crash at CFB Wainwright on Tuesday morning when the light armoured vehicle he was commanding crashed while travelling a high-traffic gravel road on the base.

Three other soldiers were injured in the accident.

Colonel Conrad Mialkowski, commander of 2 Mechanized Brigade group, defended the track record of the vehicle involved in the accident during a Wednesday press conference on the base, saying he had used the same model of light armoured vehicle involved in Tuesday’s accident for eight months in Afghanistan.

“I’m certainly confident these vehicles are safe for use,” he said.

“It is a very reliable vehicle that has been the workhorse of the army for close to two decades. It is a safe operating vehicle.”

Mialkowski said Dynerowicz was commanding a LAV 3 at the conclusion of a series of exercises and was travelling down a gravel road at CFB Wainwright and was being followed by another armoured vehicle.

Not a tactical move

Mialkowski said it was not a tactical move.

“At this time we don’t understand fully what occurred,” he said.

Two members of the vehicle were evacuated to the brigade medical station at the training area. Another was evacuated to Edmonton for observation.

Mialkowski said it was snowing at the time and that the road surface of the “heavy travelled road”, which is the primary route to the training area, could have been a factor.

The investigation by the Canadian Armed Forces National Investigation Service will also look at the condition of the vehicle.

Mialkowski said a short field memorial was held in honour of Dynerowicz and was “attended by every member of the brigade including those soldiers returned to the unit after the accident.”

“It’s a hard time for those of us in uniform and even harder for those within his family,” Mialkowski said.

“They remain in our hearts and prayers.”

Mialkowski said friends and close colleagues of Dynerowicz are in “mourning, which would be expected.”

“However, for a soldier, although unexpected and certainly not anticipated, it’s not the first time we have suffered losses and that is true of the friends and colleagues of Sgt. Dynerowicz many of whom are not only veterans of Afghanistan but veterans of other operations of the Canadian army,” he said.

“Because he was so gregarious and a well humoured fellow, he will be truly missed by his friends.”

source : Calgary SUN
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