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. IPTC/EXIF embedded within the image. Â© 2010, DND/MDN, Canada. By using this image, you agree to the following notices: www.forces.gc.ca/site/notices-avis-eng.asp // En utilisant cette image, vous acceptez de respecter les avis suivantes : http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/notices-avis-fra.asp. This image may be distributed for non-commercial use provided this notice and all metadata are included, and is subject to copyright and other limitations found at the link above. // Cette image peut Ãªtre distribuÃ©e pour usage personnel, uniquement si on y inclut toutes les mÃ©tadonnÃ©es ainsi que les restrictions d'utilisation mentionnÃ©es dans le lien ci-dessus.