08/28/2012 11:25 EDT | Updated 10/28/2012 05:12 EDT

Nichola Goddard: Calgary School Named After First Canadian Female Combat Soldier Killed In Action


CALGARY - The first Canadian female soldier to be killed in action while serving in a combat role will be honoured by having a new school named for her in Calgary.

Capt. Nichola Goddard, a 26-year-old artillery officer, died in a Taliban ambush in the Panjwaii district of Afghanistan on May 17, 2006.

Lt.-Col. Scott Long trained with Goddard and says the school will be a great legacy.

He says he knows she would be proud and thrilled.

And he says from a military perspective, it's good to see the sacrifice of a soldier recognized by the Calgary Board of Education.

Captain Nichola Goddard School will welcome students for classes next Tuesday.