Friday, October 3, 2014

Profile - BG Simon Hetherington (Canada)

The director of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) CJ7 is BG Simon Hetherington - a Canadian officer on an exchange program with the XVIII Airborne Corps based out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina and now deployed to Afghanistan. NATO Training Mission - Afghanistan (NTM-A) has been folded into the ISAF CJ7. Although Canada has pulled out all of its troops there is still the occasional staff officer found working at ISAF headquarters and at one or two of the Regional Commands.

Canada was part of the Afghan War from the very beginning. It's commitment began with the deployment of CANSOF (Joint Task Force 2) working with the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force - Afghanistan (CJSOTF-A) in 2002 to the significant troop deployments in Kandahar province throughout the past decade. Read more in "Handful of Canadian Forces officers till on duty in Afghanistan",, September 25, 2014.

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