Brigadier-General Jonathan Vance: Canada in Afghanistan

Canadian Brigadier-General Jonathan Vance, the former Commander of Joint Task Force 5-09 who until recently commanded all Canadian and NATO Forces in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, spoke before the Atlantic Council on counterinsurgency in Afghanistan from a Canadian perspective.

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He also adressed the complexities of fighting and supporting development in the same operational space.  A true voice from the field, Brigadier-General Vance’s command tour in Afghanistan saw some of the heaviest fighting in the volatile Kandahar province.

Damon Wilson, Vice President and Director of the International Security Program at the Atlantic Council, moderated the discussion.  Brigadier-General Vance’s remarks were part of the International Security Program’s NATO Forum, the Euro-Atlantic community’s premier venue for discussion, debate and analysis on issues relating to NATO and its future.

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Brigadier-General Vance is an infantry officer by trade and has commanded rifle platoons and companies.  During his time as a battalion commander with the Royal Canadian Regiment, he deployed with his unit in support of Operation Athena, Canada’s first force contribution to Afghanistan shortly after the 9/11 attacks.  He assumed command of 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group in 2006.  In February 2009, he took command of all Canadian forces in Afghanistan.

The NATO Forum is generously supported by BAE Systems.

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