Canadian Armed Forces member dies while in the Middle East

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November 17, 2016 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

A Canadian Armed Forces member, Major Scott Foote, died today from non-combat related circumstances in Amman, Jordan. He was found unconscious in a military gym and was later pronounced dead after efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. As with any death of a Canadian Armed Forces member, an investigation into the circumstances of Major Foote’s death is currently underway. Until the investigation has been completed, only limited details will be made available.

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of our fallen soldier during this difficult time. The Canadian Armed Forces will support Major Foote’s loved ones to provide them assistance. We will not forget his sacrifice as we continue on our mission in Jordan.

Major Scott Foote was a logistics officer from 1 Canadian Division Headquarters, based at Canadian Forces Base Kingston. He was working in Jordan as a liaison officer within the Canadian Defence Attaché’s office. He was part of the Canadian Training Assessment Team supporting the Op IMPACT Building Partner Capacity effort in Jordan.

Major Foote worked with Jordanian and Canadian defence officials to facilitate opportunities for the Canadian Armed Forces to increase the Jordanian Armed Forces’ capabilities. His work helped set the conditions for the long-term success of our Jordanian partners by enabling their security forces to improve security and stability in the region.


“We lost a member of our deployed team today, and a Canadian family has lost a loved one in the service of Canada. Major Scott Foote was a dedicated officer, and his passing will be felt by service members, as it will be keenly felt by his family and friends. We will carry on with our mission with heavy hearts but steadfast resolve. We will remember him.”

— Rear Admiral Bob Auchterlonie, Acting/Commander Canadian Joint Operations Command

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Notes to editor / news director:

There will be a media opportunity with MGen Omer Lavoie, Commander 1 Canadian Division at 5:30 p.m. (EST). Media interested in participating can call the following number: 613-960-7526 / 877-413-4814. The passcode is 4511936.

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