Posts Tagged ‘Joint Task Force Afghanistan’
Canada’s latest addition to the official list of the fallen – this, from a CF news release:
Following a review of the Canadian Forces’ casualty policy, the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Walt Natynczyk, today announced his decision to add the name of Captain Francis (Frank) Cecil Paul to the official list of Canadian Forces (CF) casualties sustained in support of the mission in Afghanistan. Capt Paul died in Canada last February while on leave from Kandahar.
“Although his death came suddenly while on leave from his deployment in Afghanistan, he was still on duty and considered part of the mission, and therefore his death is no less important than any other CF member who served and died while in Afghanistan,” said Gen Natynczyk. “It is important that his name be added to the list of fallen.”
Following his death, Capt Paul was awarded the sacrifice medal and his name was added to the seventh book of remembrance. His family was also presented with the Memorial Cross.
Following today’s announcement, Capt Paul’s photo has been placed on the CF’s Fallen Canadians web site and a minute of silence will be observed throughout Department of National Defence and CF facilities in the National Capital Region on Monday, November 29.
Capt Paul died of natural causes in Canada while on leave from deployment on 10 February 2010. He was a member of 28 Field Ambulance in Ottawa. While deployed in operations, he was the adjutant for the health services support unit of Joint Task Force Afghanistan. The number of fallen is now established at 153.
Well, it seems to be almost official – this, from CanWest News Service:
“The marriage between Canadian and American troops in war-plagued Kandahar is still some weeks away from consummation, but the two forces have settled on a division of labour for Canadian-American military and civilian efforts in the battle-plagued Taliban heartland.
Which country will be responsible militarily for what parts of Kandahar is not something Canadian or American officers have wished to discuss in precise detail, but the rough overlay is expected to have the Canadians concentrating their effort against the Taliban insurgency primarily in heavily populated areas such as Kandahar City and its southern and western approaches.
The 3,000 or 4,000 fresh U.S. troops from a cutting edge, light-armoured Stryker Brigade will cover the rest of the province, including a few distant places that Canada has until now usually maintained a presence.
“The opportunity for us is that where we have had forces deployed in very small numbers, conducting very important operations, we can bring them back into our main effort,” (Canada’s Joint Task Force Afghanistan Commander Brigadier General John) Vance said. “Where we normally had a company-sized element, they will put in a battalion-sized element and enablers. It is an order of magnitude of difference in capability in those areas and we get to concentrate our force.” “
Good for Kandahar as a whole ONLY:
1) as long as Canadian troops remain in K’Har City, and
2) as long as US troops remain in the rest of K’Har Province.
Time will tell.
Also, there was some MSM hand-wringing about the potential need for private sector security to protect Canada’s work on the Dahla Dam. Now, this, in the same article, from General Vance:
“Just because it happens that the headwaters will exist within an American AO does not mean the project will stop,” Vance said of the $50-million undertaking, which is slated to be completed by the end of 2012. “It will be serviced by Canadian civilians, but some of the prima facie military support will come from Americans.”
No need for opponents of the war to dust off their boilerplate “private military contractors=mercenaries” letters to the editor.