Media advisory - Last incoming flight from Afghanistan for our soldiers



    VALCARTIER GARRISON, QC, March 14 /CNW Telbec/ - The 20th and last group
of Canadian Forces (CF) members based in the province of Quebec are set to
arrive home tomorrow following a rotation of more than six months in
Afghanistan, during which they worked to increase security and help in the
country's reconstruction. Media representatives are invited to come and meet
the 55 or so soldiers returning home and the families gathered to welcome
them.

    Location: Valcartier Garrison
    Date/time: Saturday, March 15, 2008, from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

    This will conclude the string of flights back from Afghanistan of the
majority of Valcartier soldiers since February 5. Including the March 15
flight, about 2000 soldiers based in Valcartier will be back home, where they
will enjoy a much deserved vacation with their loved ones.
    In order to underline this last return of soldiers, their buses will be
escorted from Jean-Lesage International Airport to Valcartier Garrison by a
convoy of police vehicles and light armoured vehicles. The route will be as
follows:

    
        Departure from airport, left onto Route de l'Aéroport heading north,
        then right onto Boulevard Chauveau heading east until the Autoroute
        Henri IV intersection. Take Autoroute Henri IV heading north and
        continue to Valcartier Garrison's main entrance.
    

    Members of the public who would like to show support and wave to the CF
members may do so along the convoy route. The population is also encouraged to
wear red clothing - a recognized sign of support to Canadian troops. The
convoy will leave Jean-Lesage International Airport for Valcartier Garrison
between 10:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
    Media representatives who wish to attend the reunion of CF members and
their families at Valcartier are asked to contact the Public Affairs Office.
They must also come to the front gate of Valcartier Garrison on March 15, at
9:00 p.m., to be escorted to the designated area.

    Note: In accordance with instructions from airport authorities, media
representatives will not be given access to Jean-Lesage International
Airport's secure areas or runway for the flight of March 15.




For further information:

For further information: 5 CMBG Public Affairs Office, (418) 844-5000,
ext 4688, Pager: 418-260-3082


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