KABUL, AFGHANISTAN -- (Marketwired) -- 05/24/13 -- Major-General Dean J. Milner took command of the Canadian Contribution to the Training Mission - Afghanistan during a change of command ceremony here today at Camp Phoenix.
Major-General Milner assumed command from Major-General Jim Ferron, who completed a year-long tour commanding the Canadian Armed Forces mission in Afghanistan. Like his predecessor, Major-General Milner will also hold the position of Deputy Commander for Operations of the NATO Training Mission in Afghanistan.
"Through our training mission, Canada is committed to helping Afghans rebuild Afghanistan into a stable, secure, and democratic country," said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence.
Major-General Milner assumes command at a critical juncture for Canadians in Afghanistan. This summer, Roto 3 - the final rotation of personnel for Operation Attention - will arrive in Afghanistan. During this rotation, the Canadian Armed Forces will begin a gradual draw-down of personnel.
"It's a great honour for me to take the reins of Canada's Afghan training mission, Operation Attention," said Major-General Milner. "Canada's achievements in Afghanistan spanning more than a decade have been remarkable; I humbly accept the task of commanding our Canadian troops for a second time during this final chapter of Canada's major contribution to helping the Afghan people."
After nearly 13 years of intense commitment, the Canadian military mission will come to an end on March 31, 2014. This has been the most significant Canadian military engagement since the Korean War. Over the course of the Afghan mission, Canadian Armed Forces personnel have fought the insurgency, and built the capacity for Afghanistan's National Security Forces to stabilize and secure their own country.
At the present time, there are approximately 900 Canadian military personnel in Afghanistan, most of them deployed in the Kabul area.
Note to editors:
Biography of Major-General Milner: http://www.cmp-cpm.forces.gc.ca/dsa-dns/sa-ns/ab/sobv-vbos-eng.asp?maction=view&mbiographyid=683
For more information on Operation Attention: http://www.cjoc.forces.gc.ca/exp/attention/index-eng.asp
For photos of Operation Attention: http://www.combatcamera.forces.gc.ca/site/01/opattention11/index-eng.asp
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