NR–12.122 - June 8, 2012
OTTAWA – The Chief of the Defence Staff, General Walt Natynczyk, completed a three-day trip to Kabul, Afghanistan, earlier this week where he spent time with deployed Canadian Forces (CF) members, and met with Afghan government officials and the new Canadian Ambassador to Afghanistan, Mr. Glenn Davidson. Travelling with Gen. Natynczyk during this visit was Lieutenant-General Stuart Beare, the Commander, Canadian Expeditionary Force Command.
"Each time I visit Afghanistan, I am struck by the fact that the Canadian Forces’ men and women deployed on the NATO training mission are making great strides. The Afghan security forces are growing in strength, capability and confidence," said General Walt Natynczyk. “I was impressed by our troops' ability to gain the trust of our Afghan partners. Our troops are rightfully proud of their accomplishments and they are enabling Afghans to take ownership of their own security."
Gen. Natynczyk and Lt.-Gen. Beare visited many of Canada’s 925 deployed personnel, as well as their new Task Force Commander, Major-General Jim Ferron, at their various Kabul-area camps and headquarters. While in the area Gen. Natynczyk also met with General Bismillah Khan Mohammadi, Afghanistan’s Minister of the Interior, and General Sher Mohammad Karimi, the Afghan National Army Chief of General Staff. Before leaving Kabul, Gen. Natynczyk and Lt.-Gen. Beare participated in a wreath laying ceremony at the 133-year old “British cemetery”, which is also home to a memorial honouring the sacrifice of Canada’s fallen in Afghanistan.
Operation ATTENTION is Canada’s military contribution to the NATO Training Mission–Afghanistan and is also known as the Canadian Contribution to the Training Mission in Afghanistan. The aim of this mission is to deliver training advice and professional development support to the national security forces of Afghanistan, with a specific focus on the Afghan National Army, Afghan National Air Force and the Afghan National Police.
Canada ended its UN-mandated, NATO-led combat mission in Kandahar Province in July 2011 and began a non-combat, Kabul-centred training advisory role that will continue until 2014.
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