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Friday, March 18, 2011

Canadian Medics will be in training role.

Canada has shown its expertise not only in the battlefield but also in the concepts of Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC).

Worn on the uniform to signify those that have taken the TCCC course
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Canada's defence minister has wrapped up a tour of Afghanistan, visiting the sites where the military could be stationed for its future training mission in the war-torn country.
Corporal Mike Gadway, a Medical Technician with Health Services unit (HSU) operating out of a remote forward installation in the Panjwa'i District, along with a Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) qualified soldier provide medical care to local Afghans on November 10th 2010

Peter MacKay visited several locations in Afghanistan this week, including Mazar-e-Sh
arif which he named as one possible place where military trainers could be once Canadian combat operations wind down this summer.  
MacKay said there will be a medical component to the training mission and efforts to strengthen the Afghan National Security Forces will continue.

Canadian soldiers evacuate injured personnel after their armoured vehicle was struck by an oncoming vehicle outside of Kandahar City. The March 31, 2006, incident wounded two Canadian soldiers. (Robin Mugridge/Combat Camera/Canadian Forces)
Medics and soldiers in action

"As to the type of work we'll be doing, clearly the focus is on building capacity of the Afghan security forces, both army and police," MacKay said Thursday at Kandahar Airfield.  

"But in addition to that, we saw a medical facility, so there's an element of medical training that will occur as part of our contribution."
Members of the Canadian Operational Mentor and Liaison Team (OMLT) and Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) personnel speak with local children and village residents while on a dismounted foot patrol in the Panjwa'i District on October 25th, 2010.  Note the TCCC patch.
He declined to give an exact figure on the number of military and civilian personnel that would be needed, but said a final decision on such details would soon come.    
"I'm able to go back now with a much more informed view and make a recommendation to cabinet, to the prime minister for a final decision, because there is some urgency," MacKay said.    
Canada's 2,800 troops stationed in Kandahar will end combat operations by the end of July, but up to 950 troops and support staff will remain in Afghanistan on the training mission until 2014.

US Army Medivac Evacuate War Wounded In Afghanistan
Afghans, US Army and Canadian soldiers carry a wounded ANA soldier

MacKay concluded his Afghan tour today in Kandahar, where he met with troops in Panjwaii with Canada's top soldier, Gen. Walt Natynczyk.
The Associated Press
Mar. 17, 2011

Canadian troops carry a wounded Afghan man: Photo by Pierre Gazzola (CC)
Medics carry wounded Afghan civilian

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