Brigadier-General Milner Welcomed Home From Afghanistan

Fri Jul 22, 2011 3:29pm EDT

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Brigadier-General Dean Milner, the last commander of Canada's combat
mission in Afghanistan, and the final members of his team returned home
from Afghanistan this afternoon.

    Meeting them at the Ottawa International Airport from Afghanistan were
friends and family of the returning members, as well as the Honourable
Peter MacKay, the Minister of National Defence, General Walt Natynczyk,
the Chief of the Defence Staff, and Lieutenant-General Peter Devlin, the
Chief of the Land Staff.

    "Today's return of members of the Canadian Forces marks a great milestone
in Canadian history. Brigadier-General Milner, his troops, and their
predecessors have made incredible contributions to improving the lives
and security of the people of Afghanistan, have earned the respect of
their NATO peers, and have given Canadians from across the country a
newfound pride in our men and women in uniform," said Minister Peter
MacKay. "He and everyone who has served or is serving in Afghanistan have
distinguished themselves on the international stage. I am confident that
Major-General Mike Day, along with all of our other troops, will continue
to make Canadians proud as we transition into Canada's new training

    Combat operations for Canada's troops in Kandahar Province ended on July
7, 2011 with the transfer of authority for Panjwaii, Daman and Dand
districts from Brigadier-General Milner to Colonel Todd Wood of the
United States Army. Operation ATHENA will be formally concluded in
December 2011 following the transition to Canada's training mission,
Operation ATTENTION, centred in Kabul.

    "I am very proud of Brigadier-General Milner's team and their
accomplishments in Afghanistan," said General Walt Natynczyk. "To the
families who supported them while they were away, I say 'thank you' for
all they did and for the sacrifices they made. Today is their day to
celebrate, and our day to mark a well-earned homecoming."

    Brigadier-General Charles Lamarre took over command of the remaining
Canadian Forces members in Afghanistan from Brigadier-General Milner on
July 17, 2011 under the auspices of the Mission Transition Task Force
(MTTF), which is responsible for concluding all aspects of the Canadian
military mission in Kandahar Province by December 2011.

    A biography of Brigadier-General Dean Milner can be found here: http://ww

    Information regarding Canadian Forces operations in Afghanistan can be
found here:

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