The Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence, and the Honourable Beverly Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, join General Walter Natyncyk, Chief of the Defence Staff and Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Bob ClÃ©roux, Canadian Forces Chief Warrant Officer, to meet the troops at Kandahar Air Field and several Forward Operating Bases in Afghanistan on December 24th and 25th, 2010. Accompanying the Minister was Don Cherry, Hockey Night in Canada personality, Don Schroeder, Tim Hortons President and CEO, and entertainers Jimmy Mac and Dany St-Arnaud.
Operation ATHENA is Canadaâ€™s participation in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. Focused on Kandahar Province in southern Afghanistan since the fall of 2005, Op ATHENA has one over-arching objective: to leave Afghanistan to Afghans.
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