Media advisory - Departure of the next Commander of Joint Task Force
Afghanistan Headquarters

VALCARTIER GARRISON, QC, Nov. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Media representatives are invited to the departure of the next Commander of Joint Task Force Afghanistan Headquarters, Brigadier-General Daniel Ménard, on Saturday, November 7, 2009. Brigadier-General Ménard, who will take over from Brigadier-General Jonathan Vance, will leave with 125 other Canadian Forces members under his command for the next ten months.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2009

    
    9:30 pm to 10:10 pm: Meeting with Brigadier-General Daniel Ménard, his
    soldiers and their families at Valcartier Garrison (possibility of
    interviews)
    10:15 pm: Departure of military personnel for the airport aboard buses
    (possibility of photos from a distance)
    

The Joint Task Force Afghanistan Headquarters unit, located at Kandahar Airfield, has two functions:

    
    - In the Canadian Forces chain of command, it is the coordination link
      between the units of Joint Task Force Afghanistan and Canadian
      Expeditionary Force Command Headquarters in Ottawa. It is also
      responsible for providing logistical and administrative support to the
      units and personnel of Joint Task Force Afghanistan.
    - For the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) chain of
      command, it is the command and control headquarters of Task Force
      Kandahar, the formation carrying out the ISAF mission in Kandahar
      Province under ISAF Regional Command (South).
    

IMPORTANT: To attend this event at Valcartier Garrison, it is essential that you contact Captain Lyne Poirier at 418-844-5000, ext 4688. Otherwise, access will not be authorized. Once you obtain confirmation, go to the Valcartier Garrison main gate on Saturday, November 7, at 9:30 pm.

SOURCE National Defence

For further information: For further information: Captain Lyne Poirier, 5 CMBG Public Affairs Officer, (418) 844-5000, ext 4688, Pager: (418) 260-3082; Return Flights Information Hotline: 418-844-5000, ext 4429


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