Captain Nichola Goddard
Captain Nichola Kathleen Sarah Goddard MSM, joined the Canadian Forces under the Regular Officer Training Program in June 1998. She attended Royal Military College as an Officer Cadet from 1998 until 2002, when she was granted a degree in English on the Dean’s List and commissioned as Second Lieutenant.
Second Lieutenant Goddard spent the following three months at CFB Gagetown in New Brunswick to complete Artillery Phase IV, following which she was posted to 1st Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery at CFB Shilo, Manitoba as A Battery’s Gun Position Officer.
Second Lieutenant Goddard quickly gained the respect of her peers and the soldiers of 1 RCHA with her positive attitude and outstanding interest in the welfare of her soldiers.
In May 2003, she was promoted to Lieutenant, following which she undertook the very busy task of Training Officer in A Battery, where she performed excellently, organizing exercises, courses, and other training for her battery and coordinating for Regimental exercises with other Batteries.
Lieutenant Goddard completed her Army Tactical Operations Course in October, 2004 and was promoted to Captain in April, 2005. She immediately began her Forward Observation Officer (FOO) course and was subsequently employed as a FOO with A Battery.
Only months later, in August 2005, A Battery began training toward deploying to Afghanistan in January 2006. Captain Goddard was supporting B Company of 2 PPCLI as part of Task Force Orion in the Panjwai District of Kandahar Province, Afghanistan when she was killed in action on 17 May 2006.
Capt Goddard was 26 at the time of her death and is survived by her husband, Second Lieutenant (Ret’d) Jason Beam, her father, Tim, her mother, Sally, and her two sisters, Victoria and Kate. She is remembered by her FOO party as a good officer who considered the advice of her subordinates.