Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

November 19, 2009 10:21 ET

New Commander for Joint Task Force Afghanistan

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 19, 2009) - Command of Joint Task Force Afghanistan was transferred from Brigadier-General (BGen) Jonathan Vance to BGen Daniel Menard during a ceremony held today at Kandahar Airfield.

Key Afghan and coalition force leaders attended the change of command that was performed in front of members of the Canadian task force operating in Kandahar Province as part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

"BGen Menard is a dedicated soldier with a tremendous amount of experience. I know he looks forward to leading the men and women of Joint Task Force Afghanistan. His team will continue to work with our coalition and Afghan partners and will build on the momentum and achievements of their predecessors," said General Walter Natynczyk, Chief of Defence Staff.

"I intend to follow in the footsteps of previous commanders and move the yardsticks as far forward as possible over the next ten and a half months," said incoming commander, BGen Menard. "Our integrated military-civilian team gives us the breadth and depth of knowledge needed to help Afghans rebuild their country as a stable, democratic and self-sufficient society."

The 2, 830 Canadians that make up Joint Task Force Afghanistan include all Canadian Forces assets deployed in southwest Asia on Operation ATHENA and Operation ARCHER. Members of Task Force Afghanistan work along side their Afghan partners and are committed to bringing peace, stability and good governance to Afghanistan. For more information about Joint Task Force Afghanistan, please visit:

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For a biography of Brig.-Gen. Daniel Menard, visit

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