Christmas in Kandahar

© 2011 FrontLine Defence (Vol 8, No 1)

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As in past years, a feisty group of Canadian politicians and entertainers descended on Kandahar to celebrate Christmas with the troops. This year, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence; the Honourable Beverly Oda, Minister of International Cooperation; and Laurie Hawn, MP for Edmonton Centre, joined General Walter Natynczyk, Chief of the Defence Staff and Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Bob Cléroux, Canadian Forces Chief Warrant Officer, to meet the troops at Kandahar Air Field and several Forward Operating Bases in Afghanistan on December 24th and 25th, 2010. Accompanying the Minister was Hockey Night in Canada personality, Don Cherry, who was a big hit as he signed a Leopard 2M4 tank round for the troops during his Team Canada visit. Also joining the fun was Tim Hortons President and CEO, Don Schroeder, and entertainers Jimmy Mac and Dany St-Arnaud.

Operation ATHENA is Canada’s participation in the International Security Assistance Forces in Afghanistan. Focused on Kandahar Province in southern Afghanistan since the fall of 2005, Op ATHENA has one over-arching objective: to leave Afghanistan to Afghans, in a country that is better governed, more peaceful and more secure.
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