Monday, November 27, 2006

Canada rebuilds Afghanistan

Approximately 2,300 Canadian Forces personnel are deployed with Task Force Afghanistan on Canada's renewed commitment to the international campaign against terrorism known as Operation ATHENA . Task Force Afghanistan's mission is about Canadians and their international partners helping Afghans rebuild their lives, their families, their communities and their nation. Canadian operations will work to improve the quality of life of Afghans by providing a secure environment in which Afghan society can recover from more than 25 years of conflict.


22 Nov 06, Kandahar, Afghanistan: Visit to the Shaheed Abdul Ahad Khan Orphanage in Kandahar City to drop off items donated by the Assistance to Afghanistan Fund. PRT Military Police PO2 Bryon Dempsey mugs for the camera with children at the Shaheed Abdul Ahad Khan Orphanage in Kandahar City. The PRT delivered a washing machine, winter coats, hats and mittens, drinking glasses, teapots and school supplies as well as treats.

The PRT consists of Canadian Forces members, a civilian police contingent led by the RCMP, representatives of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and the Canadian International Development Agency. The PRT conducts coordinated interdepartmental operations to promote good governance and assist the Government of Afghanistan to extend its authority in the province of Kandahar, to facilitate the development of a stable, secure and self-sustaining environment for the Afghan people..Photo Capt Dave Muralt


At the scene of the aftermath of a suicide bomber the Provincial Reconstruction Team Quick Response Force (PRT QRF) responded to to secure the site along Highway 4. Photo Capt Dave Muralt


Visit to the Shaheed Abdul Ahad Khan Orphanage in Kandahar City to drop off items donated by the Assistance to Afghanistan Fund. WO Sean Chase, Cpl Ashley Brace and Cpl Dean Shavalier, all from the PRT, discuss the next visit to the orphanage as they prepare to leave. Photo Capt Dave Muralt


Major Erin Savage, Officer Commanding, Health Service Support Company (HSS Coy), 1 Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group (1 RCR BG) shows Afghan children the photograph she just took of them. Elements of HSS Coy travelled to various villages west of Kandahar Airfield (KAF) to conduct a Village Medical Outreach (VMO). VMO security was provided by A Flight, 2nd Royal Air Force Regiment (2 RAF Regt). Photo Capt Edward Stewart


Leopard C2 Tanks of B Squadron (B Sqn) 1 Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group (1 RCR BG) roll out of their tank park in Kandahar Airfield (KAF) to conduct security tasks on Highway 4 in Kandahar Province. Photo Capt Edward Stewart


13 Nov 2006, Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan: Corporal Yun Lin (left), from 192 Airfield Engineering Flight (AEF) in Abbotsford, BC and Corporal Clarence Parnell, from 143 AEF in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia assemble the new accommodations for the soldiers at the Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan. Approximately 40 engineers from all across Canada are employed at the Kandahar Airfield to construct a variety of projects such as the building of a new Canada House, gym, accommodations and other structures around the camp. Photo by Sgt Roxanne Clowe


Afghan children pose for the camera at a Village Medical Outreach (VMO) west of Kandahar Airfield (KAF). Elements of Health Service Support Company (HSS Coy) travelled to various villages west of Kandahar Airfield (KAF) to conduct a Village Medical Outreach (VMO). VMO security was provided byA Flight, 2nd Royal Airforce Regiment (2 RAF Regt). Photo Capt Edward Stewart.

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