Friday, April 1, 2011

UN Norwegian officer, Lt. Colonel Siri Skare

Lt. Col. Skare
Norwegian Lt. Col. Siri Skare, aged 53, was killed in an afternoon attack on the United Nations office in Mazar-e-Sharif on 1st April 2011. 

Lt. Col. Skare was Norway's first female military pilot and the country's first female officer to be killed in service in Afghanistan.

Skare, who finished her training as a pilot in 1983, had been working as a military adviser for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) since August of last year. Those assigned to the UN are unarmed and work to provide aid and development assistance to civilians in Afghanistan.

The attack also claimed the lives of four Nepalese Gurkha guards, along with two other foreign UN workers, Joakim Dungel from Sweden and Filaret Motco from Romania. 

The previous day, but on a different continent, UN aid worker, Zahra Abidi was killed in Ivory Coast, Africa.


  1. This is a very sad news, my condolences to her family for this irreparable lost.
    william alvarado, Col.
    El Salvador AF

  2. This is a very sad news, my condolences to the only woman of Inter'l Officers AWC Class 2010

    Wishnu, Col Indonsian AF

  3. My condolesces to her family and friends. One more great officer and friend leaves us. I hope God be with them.
    Fernando, Lt Col BRAZIL

  4. We will miss you Siri.

    JJ War College

  5. Siri, you were a wonderful person to know and truly a fantastic human being. You managed to touch our hearts through that year in Alabama and will be sorely missed. Speedy

  6. I never knew you. I never met you. But tomorrow when I wake, I will remember you.

  7. Very sorry for the loss of Siri. Mike Flaherty, Col , USAF

  8. Very tragic. I worked with Lt Col Skare at CENTCOM...a true professional who loved her husband, daughter, and country greatly. We miss Siri.
    V/r, Jeffery Bridges, Major, U.S. Air Force

  9. So, so tragic! I worked with Siri here in Tampa, Florida in 2008-2009. She was one of the BEST officers I've worked with and she has been one of the nicest people I've met in my life. She will be sorely missed. I pray for the strength of her Husband, Daughter, and the rest of her family and friends! Rest in Peace, Siri.
    SGT Benjamin Lewis, US Army

  10. It's so nice to see the wonderful posts from those who worked with Siri. It's great that you all recognized her for not only her professional qualities, but also her great personality and zest for life. Thanks from a close family friend.

  11. My condolences. One of the trailblazers in Norway. Never met her, but heard of her. Hvil i Fred.

  12. maruseac marius16 June, 2011 15:22

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