Media advisory - Joint Task Force Afghanistan Headquarters


VALCARTIER GARRISON, QC, Oct. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - Media representatives are invited to attend a ceremony highlighting the end of training and the upcoming deployment of about 435 Canadian Forces (CF) members who will form Joint Task Force Afghanistan Headquarters (JTF Afg HQ) for nine months.

    When:   Thursday, October 15, 2009, at 6:00 pm - beginning of ceremony
            (media expected at 5:15 pm)
    Where:  Valcartier Garrison

The ceremony will be presided over by Brigadier-General Daniel Ménard, who will replace Brigadier-General Jonathan H. Vance as Commander of JTF Afg HQ in mid-November 2009. Among the approximately 435 CF members being honoured, approximately 130 are from Valcartier, while the others are based elsewhere in Canada.

JTF Afg HQ is located at Kandahar Airfield. One of its main responsibilities is to provide logistic and administrative support to JTF Afg HQ units and personnel. To find out more, go to

Media members who wish to cover the pre-deployment ceremony are asked to contact the 5 CMBG Public Affairs Office using the information below. Journalists are asked to be at the main gate of Valcartier Garrison at 5:15 pm on October 15.

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

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