I had the pleasure of knowing and serving with Nichola for the last two years in 1 RCHA. She was a professional and conscientious officer who always put the welfare of her soldiers before her own needs. She always wore a smile and knew when to work hard and when to play hard.
sorry to hear about this one. It sounds like she was a fine officer. I hope her friends, family and her troops remember the fun times and the good times more then the bad times.
She was a soldier first.
No man is an island, entire of itself
every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main
if a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were,
as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were
any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind
and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls
it tolls for thee.
I am very sad to see that Capt Goddard was lost in Afghanistan. She was one of the most professional, level headed and full of common sense officers It was ever my pleasure to work with. I too rarely saw her without a smile and word for the troops. The 2IC said she was marked for advancement and I can attest that this was not at all undeserved.
There were reports on CBC that 18 Taliban were killed in the exchange. While this is some comfort, not 118 would be worth 1 Capt Goddard.
I personally know her sister, today she was called out of one of my classes, you think nothing of it until you hear the name on the radio and then it really hits home. It's strange coincidence that she and I were talking about the very subject just a few days ago. Definitely makes you think.