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Deployment of a Military Advisor to Afghanistan

NR-02.075 - November 28, 2002

OTTAWA - The Honourable John McCallum, Minister of National Defence, announced today that a senior Canadian Forces officer has been deployed to Afghanistan to serve as a military advisor to the civilian-led United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). Canada's participation in UNAMA is named Operation ACCIUS. Lieutenant-Colonel Stewart Schock arrived in Kabul, Afghanistan this morning.

"The appointment of Lieutenant-Colonel Schock as a military advisor to Operation ACCIUS is yet another indication of Canada's strong commitment to United Nations peace-support operations," said Minister McCallum.

UNAMA is a civilian-led mission responsible for the planning and conduct of all United Nations activities in Afghanistan, particularly political affairs and relief, recovery and reconstruction efforts, in co-ordination with the Afghan Transitional Authority. Canada recently received a request from the United Nations for one military advisor to support the mission.

"Assisting the Afghan people to rebuild their country is a vital task," said General Ray Henault, Chief of the Defence Staff. "By fulfilling the United Nations' request to contribute a military advisor to this mission, the Canadian Forces has the unique opportunity to participate in the effort to maintain a secure environment in this war-torn country."

As one of three military advisors within UNAMA, Lieutenant-Colonel Schock's duties will include liaison with International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) and coalition military personnel operating in Afghanistan.

Lieutenant-Colonel Schock comes to his overseas deployment from a senior staff appointment at 1st Canadian Air Division Headquarters in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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