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A member of the Canadian Forces has been found dead of a gunshot wound inside a secure compound in the Afghan capital.
A military statement says the soldier serving at the International Security Assistance Force headquarters in Kabul died shortly after 7:30 a.m. local time today.
The victim had been found seriously injured in his room an hour earlier and doctors were unable to save him
The Canadian soldier who died this week after being found shot in his room has been identified as Maj. Raymond Ruckpaul.
Maj. Ruckpaul, 41, was an armoured officer serving at the NATO coalition headquarters in Kabul. He was previously based at the NATO Allied Land Component headquarters in Heidelberg, Germany.
Maj. Ruckpaul was discovered about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday after suffering a gunshot wound. Medical personnel tried to save him but he died around 7:30 a.m.
Nice to hear from you xxx, how's xxxx? Hope all is well.
Thing are busy here, in every sense of the word... Both sides keep each other busy...
Life on the camp here is not that much exciting per say... there are hardly any vegetation around here... lots of sands... the sand is like extremely fine sifted flour... at mid morning it looks like we have fog but it is actually dust floating around... at one end of the camp there is the open sewage system are for some reason every time the wind blows we are graciously reminded to eat less spices in our foods... nobody belie that the engineers did put much thought into it when they built this system... we have running water but not recommended to drink it... so I consume an average of 10-15 bottled water per day... temperature is sweltering at mid-day... I sleep in a big tent that they call a weather haven... got lucky and scored a real used bed frame to put my newly recycled mattress... my space in the corner of the tent is about 6 x 8 feet... I also scored a lateral filing cabinet with a locking bar so I don't have to live in barrack boxes... I got the internet installed in my room but the speed of it is like sucking molasses from a tinny straw... and half the time it is down... I also scored a TV and DVD player that I put on top of my filing cabinet... I got the cable hooked up at the same time as the internet so I can watch TV or a DVD in between the loading of the pages on the internet... I am ever grateful that we have AC in 98% of all buildings especially the sleeping quarters...
My Internet email address:
My job here is xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx in Kandahar xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx. The bottom line is doubled faced: firstly we have to support our troops and on the same token stimulate the economy of a war-wrecked country. We have to take in consideration that they do not have much to offer here so we stimulate them with blue-collar services like all kinds of vehicle rentals or employment of cleaners, carpenters, interpreters, jack-of-all-trades and masters of none...
Quality hasn't been in their vocabulary for a very long time... At one point we bought furniture and the quality was so bad that you had to be careful when you used it... like wood chairs could collapse on the first sitting... since then we realised that they were not fabricating anything and buying the cheap stuff from China... so now we are educating them on business practices that are more than a hand shake... furniture quality has improved.
I have been here for over xxxxxxxxxxxxxx now and we have two aholes throwing big rockets at the camp... twice they came close...less than a km each from where I was at the time... both times I heard the launching, the whistling by and then the big thumps... sound of gun fire is a normal thing around here... either from the camp range or outside the wire...
We have a Tim Horton, Green Bean coffee shop, Burger King, Subway, just to name the big names serving out of truck trailers or Atco trailers... there is about 5-6 more places like one sit in restaurant... Tim Horton's staffs have their serving caps made out of cammo colours... I'm going try to score one if I can... there is no metal coins on the camp... we have pogs (round plastic token) with a coin value printed on it... the currency is US dollars...
no Wal-Mart's... many dining cuisines (hard shelters and canvas tops)... Food is good most of the time...
I heard same minus the name of the officer in Kabul... many rumours... no confirmation to date... don't know him.
I can't say anything related to location, military/civil physical assets of any kind in use for theatre and/or personnel or personal info related to the mission.
Originally posted by AccessDenied
AD, I would almost say that letter deserves a thread of it's own.