|Canadian Forces will turn a new corner in the goal of training the Afghan military and the police|
This year Canadians will return to Kabul in force this time with the mandate of training the Afghan police and military in the profession of arms.
|Camp Julien as it sits today.|
We created a military base in the southern part of the city called camp Julien that was the envy of all the nations that were based in the city. Not only was the food excellent it provided immediate access to the nearby Camp Darlaman which was one of the main training camps for the Afghan National Army (ANA). After the move to Kandahar the base was closed and handed over to the Afghans.
The Canadian Embassy is in a wealthy neighbourhood and is well protected... the question is will the trainers be as well protected and the simple answer is no. But as soldiers we are trained for the risks and are prepared for the next stage of our mission.
|LAV III in front of the Kings Palace|
|A man flees the area as a bomb in a vehicle explodes in Kabul this image taken from TV Monday Jan. 18, 2010. Taliban militants struck the heart of the Afghan government in Kabul on Monday, prompting fierce gun battles after a suicide bomber blew himself up near the presidential palace.|
|7 July 2008 bombing of the Indian Embassy in Kabul that killed 41 people -- four Indians (two diplomats) and 37 Afghans|
|Suicide bombing near the Kings Palace|
Canadian military deaths in Kabul have been minimal but not to the families, friends and comrades.
Colonel Geoff Parker killed on 18 May 2010
|Cpl Jamie Murphy killed by a suicide bomber 26 Jan 2004|
Corporal Robbie Christopher Beerenfenger killed on 2 October 2003
Sergeant Robert Alan Short killed on 2 October 2003
Small un -armoured Iltis jeep destroyed in Kabul
|Iltis Kabul 2003|
|Light Utility Vehicle Wheeled (LUVW) Gwagen|
|LUVW Gwagen that was destroyed in 2006|
|RG 31 Nyala with remote control weapon systems|
|RG 31 Nyala that did its job|
|LAV III in Kandahar and is excellant in the urban environment and provides maximum firepower|
|LAV III can also sustain damage and people can die... there is only so much protection|
|Operational Mentor and Liaison Team, or otherwise known as Omelette(OMLT)|
The training program will be tough but the enemy should never be underestimated. They will attack and have done so wherever we are. They also know now that the Canadians are a military to be reckoned with and will try and make us bleed.
|Canadian NCOs are respected teachers. Sergeant John Hawtin of the Embedded Training Team (ETT), teaches Afghani soldiers the principles of Observation Posts during a training session, Kabul 2004.|
We are resourceful and we will succeed side by side with our Afghan allies.