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S: COMKAF ROTO 11B | COMKAF ROTO 11B

FC: COMKAF ROTO 11B | COMKAF ROTO 11B | TRUTH | DUTY | VALOUR

1: Forward by LCol Ian Huddleston | 15 November 2011 – TLS, Kandahar Airfield Commander Kandahar Airfield (COMKAF) was established 1 August, 2007 as a command and control organization tasked with assuming responsibility for KAF on behalf of NATO. Since that time, Canadian officers and non-commissioned members have worked in many key areas including operations, flight line security, air movements, personnel, finance, logistics, engineering, international military police and planning. Holding many of the key staff positions, the Canadians have been integral to mission success at NATO’s largest APOD, the busiest single runway operation in the world. Roto 11B has been no different. As the last Canadian element to serve with COMKAF, there are many things that we can be very proud of. We quickly came together as a team and worked hard to make a significant contribution to the daily mission here at COMKAF. BGen Kendall has often mentioned it but it is worth repeating; Canadians are well-known for punching above their weight. Despite the fact that some of us are leaving our positions unfilled as we redeploy, we can be happy that we have done our level best to leave COMKAF better than we found it. From a more personal perspective, I have truly enjoyed working here at Kandahar with you. It’s people and their attitudes that make a deployment long or short; this past five months have flown by and I’ve had a lot of fun. You are a dedicated group of military professionals and have made it very easy for me in my role as your Commanding Officer. I’d be very happy to serve with each of you again in the future. A special thanks to Scott Oikle for spearheading this project; it is truly a wonderful memory for us to have. Yours, Iain S Huddleston LCol COMKAF CO Cdn Element Roto 11B

2: A Brief History in Time The Canadian Forces in Afghanistan Canadian regular force troops began to arrive in Afghanistan in January 2002 under the Op Apollo mission banner. Despite this early participation, it wasn’t until 2006 in Khandahar province that Canadian troops were heavily deployed. In all about 2900 personnel began to disperse through the area as part of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force. The early years saw Canadian troops exerting command and control over several major offensive missions. Major kinetic operations included but were not limited to: Operation Anaconda, Operation Harpoon in the Shah-i-Kot Valley, Operation Cherokee Sky 2002 and Operation Athena 2003-2005 when Canada commanded ISAF’s mission in Kabul. In addition, the Canadian task force provided assistance to civilian infrastructure such as well-digging and repairs of local buildings. Operation Archer 2005/06 was conducted under American military command with Canada assuming a major role in southern Afghanistan. Canada later took command of the Multi-National Brigade for Regional Command South. Soon thereafter ISAF took control of Kandahar Airfield from the US thus ending Op Archer (Op Enduring Freedom) and renewing once again Op Athena. Operation Mountain Thrust was launched in the summer of 2006 by the 1 PPCLI Battle Group as the Taliban began to regroup and assemble throughout Kandahar and Helmand provinces. It was at this time Canada began to take heavy casualties during the intense fighting of the Battle of Panjwaii.

3: Operation Medusa commenced with the 1 RCR Battle Group at the helm. This Operation was aimed at the approx 2000 insurgents unwilling to leave the Panjwaii district and was an extension of Op Mountain Thrust. The fighting was intense yet successful and in the early fall of 2006 reconstruction teams began to rebuild without serious Taliban interference. 2006 was also a year that Canadian Army elements brought additional fire power to bear. Canada introduced our Leopard tanks, and used heavy M777 howitzers during another ISAF mission dubbed Operation Falcon Summit. This operation was aimed at taking control of several key towns and strongholds. The taking of these areas made possible the eventual completion of a road linking Panjwaii with Kandahar's Highway 1 that runs east-west through Zhari. From July 2007 to February 2008 Canada began efforts through Operational Mentor Liaison Teams (OMLT) and provided protection and engineers for the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT). The brute force was provided by the 3rd Battalion Royal 22 Regiment along with the 5th Canadian Mechanized Battle Group and the Lord Strathcona’s. This rotation reflected a change in Canadian tactics, with emphasis on a system of systematically "clearing-holding-building" in the districts Panjwaii, Zhari and Arghandab, as well as areas along the Afghan–Pakistan border. This maneuvering allowed the Afghan army, police and civil administration to hold cleared areas rather than continually lose them to returning Taliban.

4: In the spring of 2008 the Canadian government passed a motion in parliament to extend the Canadian commitment. This three year mandate allowed the Canadian military to focus on reconstruction efforts with a pullout date for combat during the summer of 2011, and ultimate withdrawl from Kandahar by the end of November. Although there were many other operations conducted from 2008 til present one of note would be 3 PPCLI's part in the U.S. Marja offensive which began shortly after the American troop surge during the period. This offensive was the largest since the original fall of the Taliban in 2001 and included over 20000 troops, numbers that have not been seen since. Even as we see combat operations come to an end and we depart the sandy shores of KAF, Canada will continue its efforts until at least 2014 with our approximately 950 ISAF personnel who will remain in Kabul as part of the specialized NATO training mission in Afghanistan. Canada has left a legacy for the world to follow. Canadian soldiers and the civilian population should be proud of the work they have accomplished and take comfort in the fact that those we have lost have not given their lives in vain. With all that we have given both emotionally and financially, Canada is once again a political and military leader on the global stage and, having freed the people of Afghanistan from the stranglehold of fanatics, we can take comfort in knowing that this mission has been a success. I want to take this opportunity to say that it has been a pleasure to serve with you all and I wish you all the best in your future endeavours. Respectfully, Captain Scott Oikle

6: CJ1

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10: CJ4 ENGR/MAP DEPOT

11: CJ5

12: BOC | RS OIKLE ACC A/RH/POS CDN FORCES CDN | RS OIKLE ACC A/RH/POS CDN FORCES CDN

13: MEJ ROBAR ANG O/POS CDN FORCES CDN | MEJ ROBAR ANG O/POS CDN FORCES CDN | JBN Nordquist P A/RH/POS CDN FORCES CDN | JBN Nordquist P A/RH/POS CDN FORCES CDN | BOC | NT VANBERKEL RC A/RH/POS CDN FORCES CDN | NT VANBERKEL RC A/RH/POS CDN FORCES CDN

14: MET | AK MACINTOSH NRE B/NEG CDN FORCES CDN | AK MACINTOSH NRE B/NEG CDN FORCES CDN

15: CJ6

16: The Boardwalk

17: The Bazaar

18: Sports and Recreation | EA POST RET A/RH/POS CDN FORCES CDN

19: EA POST RET A/RH/POS CDN FORCES CDN | BBQ, Beer and Comrades | EA POST RET A/RH/POS CDN FORCES CDN

20: Buildings of KAF

21: Buildings of KAF

22: COMKAF MEDALS PARADE

23: The Aircraft of KAF

24: RemembranceDay With love, pride and loyalty we join together on this day and will forever remember your sacrifice as we vow to stand united and honour your fall. Lest We Forget

25: In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie, In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields.

26: Afterward by MWO Ted Fudge Once again the Canadian Forces has fulfilled and surpassed the expectations of the NATO alliance. COMKAF Roto 11B was certainly without exception a major contributor to this accomplishment. From day one of deployment training to the dreaded final BFT, thru deployment, employment and redeployment, the team work and perseverance required for what was to be the final Canadian Element at Kandahar Airfield was evident in every individual. Each Soldier, Sailor, Airman and woman, piecemealed from units all across the country came together to continue the proud legacy of all those that served under COMKAF before them. As the final COMKAF Canadian Element Sergeant Major, I would have to confess that I am certain to have had far less Sgt Maj duties to fulfill than any of my predecessors, due simply to the military bearing and discipline previously instilled in our personnel. Whether carrying out your primary duties, enjoying our periodic get-togethers or any other event, pride of mission and “Esprit de corps” was evident. As we close yet another chapter in the history of the Canadian Forces, I would like to thank each of you for your dedication and commitment. You have once again earned the respect and admiration of the International Military Community and unquestionably that of your Command Team Thanks to all of you, we surely have "Discedo cum Honorabilis" (Departed with Honour)

29: LCol Antal C Maj Baspaly L Cpl Beentjes EN Maj Bourgoin JFGG MWO Brisbois MK LS Buxton JC LS Christopherson JP AB Croft TDN Cpl Dalziel JD Mcpl Dantonio PJS Capt Dawe AE MS Dewolfe JM MWO Fudge TS Capt Galway FJ Capt Gervais JJD | Sgt Gillen SA Maj Godon P Pte Grandy ME Maj Hiscock T Lcol Huddelston IS Sgt Johnson WA Pte MacIntosh AK Maj Mcduff MFN Wo Mclean CA Sgt Mcpherson M Capt Murdock J Lcol Newlove BT Mcpl Nordquist JB Capt Oikle RS Lcol Page KP | Pte Post EA Mcpl Robar MEJ WO Robarts K LS Robbins D Cpl Rossiter NJ LS Sirois FKF Cpl Soper CA Cpl Stefanyk Capt St-Gelais JRS Maj Stockermans RJ LS Teasdale CFDMJ Sgt Teixeira SD Capt Vanberkel N Maj Vanmarum MJ Mcpl Vollbrecht CW | Nominal Roll

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