Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

July 17, 2011 09:00 ET

Joint Task Force Afghanistan Change of Command

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 17, 2011) - Command of Joint Task Force Afghanistan was transferred from Brigadier-General Dean Milner to Brigadier-General Charles Lamarre during a ceremony held today at Kandahar Airfield. The ceremony was attended by coalition force leaders and members of the Canadian task force operating in Kandahar Province.

"I am extremely proud of the accomplishments of Canadians in Afghanistan during my time as their Commander," said Brigadier-General Milner of his task force. "They have displayed outstanding dedication and professionalism in working with our Afghan partners, both military and civilian, and our allies. Together we have created momentum to the hopes and dreams of all Afghans to envision and realize a better tomorrow."

"Brigadier-General Milner's team and the task forces before them have achieved tangible results that Canada can be proud of. They have laid a solid foundation for our allies and partners to continue to build on already established progress in the province," praised Lieutenant-General Marc Lessard, Commander of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Command, on hand for today's ceremony. "The Mission Transition Task Force mandate of moving equipment and materiel out of an established theatre of operations such as we have in Kandahar Province, is not one that can happen overnight or without extensive experience. I have every confidence that Brigadier-General Lamarre's broad logistics background will enable his team to excel at this task, delivering on time and on target."

The Mission Transition Task Force role is to close out the mission, dispose of infrastructure and arrange to move or dispose of materiel from Kandahar province by the end of December, 2011.

"This will be an extremely complex task," said Brigadier-General Lamarre. "My team is committed to conducting the mission closeout activities in a collaborative and integrated approach with our partners and allies at Kandahar Airfield. I am convinced that our team is ready, willing and able to meet this challenge in a manner that continues the proud legacy of achievement that the Canadian Forces has earned in Afghanistan."

The 1,500 Canadians currently make up Joint Task Force Afghanistan, including all Canadian Forces personnel deployed in Kandahar Province on Operation ATHENA.

Note to editors:

For a biography of Brigadier-General Charles Lamarre, visit http://www.cmp-cpm.forces.gc.ca/dsa-dns/sa-ns/ab/sobv-vbos-eng.asp?mAction=View&mBiographyID=677

Still imagery of the Transfer of Command Authority will be available at: www.combatcamera.forces.gc.ca

Video b-roll can be downloaded at: http://www.combatcamera.forces.gc.ca/common/combatcamera/news

For more information about Joint Task Force Afghanistan, please visit: http://www.cefcom-comfec.forces.gc.ca/pa-ap/ops/jtfafg-foiafg/index-eng.asp

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