Task Force Kandahar

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    Task Force Kandahar

    Post by ladrang on Fri Aug 19, 2011 1:18 pm

    Task Force Kandahar (TFK) is the formation conducting the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission in Kandahar Province under ISAF Regional Command South. The formation includes a Canadian Forces battle group, three U.S. Army battalions (two of infantry and one of military police), an engineer regiment, a signal squadron, Operational Mentor and Liaison Teams (OMLTs), and contributions to Operational Mentor and Advisory Teams (OMATs) and the Police Operational Mentor and Liaison Team (P-OMLT).

    On 29 November 2005, the Canadian base Camp Julien in southwest Kabul officially closed.[2] Canadian Forces (CF) components that were in Kabul under Operation Athena were relocated to Kandahar as part of the United States-led campaign against terrorism known as Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). The Canadian component was initially designated Operation Archer. A Canadian Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) had already been at Camp Nathan Smith in Kandahar City since August 2005. The PRT integrated elements from the Canadian Forces (CF), Foreign Affairs Canada (FAC), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
    [edit] Task Force Afghanistan

    In early 2006, Canada's contribution to Operation Archer increased to approximately 2300 personnel. The then designated Task Force Afghanistan also included a Canadian-led multinational brigade headquarters, designated Task Force Aegis, and Canadian battle group designated Task Force Orion centred on 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (1 PPCLI). This time frame also saw the introduction of the M777 howitzer as part of the task force in February 2006. The period was highlighted by Operation Mountain Thrust and Operation Zahara (also designated the First Battle of Panjwaii). 1 PPCLI was given the Commander-in-Chief Unit Commendation from the Governor-General of Canada for "exceptional determination and courage during relentless combat in Afghanistan, from January to August 2006". On 31 July 2006, with the expansion of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mandate, US-led Coalition forces handed command of the southern region of Afghanistan to Regional Command South. With the transfer of command authority, the majority of Canadian Forces in Afghanistan came again under Operation Athena.

    Evolution of Task Force Kandahar
    Task Force 3-06 (Operation Athena Rotation 2)

    On 19 August 2006, the 1st Battalion of The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group (1RCR BG) assumed command of the Kandahar Province area of operations from Task Force Orion. In early September 2006 the Task Force lead Operation Medusa with the aim to clear Taliban insurgents from a fortified position in Pashmul. For the operation, the battle group was partnered with forces from the United States, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Denmark and Afghanistan. The Battle of Pashmul marked the first time NATO had engaged in combat operations at the battle group-level.[11] In the citation for the Commander-in-Chief Unit Commendation, the Battle Group had succeeded "where larger forces had failed, they prevented the enemy from realizing their goals of capturing the city and weakening international resolve and cohesion". An Operational Mentor and Liaison Team (OMLT) was formed to work with the 1st Brigade of the 205 Atul (Hero) Corps (1/250 Corps), based in Kandahar Province. This surge, along with the deployment of a squadron of Leopard 1 tanks from Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians), CFB Edmonton, increased the number Canadian Forces in Afghanistan to 2500. With Brigadier-General Timothy Grant assuming command of the Canadian elements in Kandahar in November 2006 and the construction of Provincial Operations Centre at Kandahar Airfield, the framework for Joint Task Force Afghanistan (JTF-Afg) was in place.

    Task Force 1-07 (Operation Athena Rotation 3)

    Although the battle group for TF 1-07 was based on 2nd Battalion of The Royal Canadian Regiment (2RCR) from CFB Gagetown, the headquarters for Task Force Kandahar was primarily force generated from Land Force Atlantic Area, taking on a greater responsibility than previously rotations' Nation Command Elements. The commander for Task Force Kandahar was also designated Commander Joint Task Force Afghanistan, ultimately responsible for all Canadian Forces personnel and assets deployed in southwest Asia. The task force contributed to Operation Achilles mid-April to mid-March 2007, the clearing of Taliban fighters from Helmand Province. This offensive action was the largest NATO operation in Afghanistan up to this point. On 15 May 2007, the Canadian OMLT took over full responsibility for the mentoring of 1/250 Corps from the United States Army.[16] In July 2007, the Government of Canada increased its diplomatic presence in Kandahar by appointing Michel de Salaberry as the Representative of Canada Kandahar (RoCK)

    Task Force 3-07 (Operation Athena Rotation 4)

    Both the headquarters and the battle group were generated from 5e Groupe-brigade mécanisé du Canada (5e GBMC) with Brigadier-General Guy Laroche as the commander. This rotation of the headquarters saw the "digitizing" of the task force, modernizing the command and control information systems within the task force and the standing up of Task Force Kandahar Signal Squadron. The 3rd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment Battle Group (3 R22eR), which was awarded the Commander-in-Chief Unit Commendation, was "instrumental in dismantling improvised explosive device networks, re-capturing checkpoints and returning them to Afghan control, enhancing the capacity of Afghan forces and providing guidance on community building and local governance." On 16 October 2007, the Government of Canada indicated the current mission was to end in 2011.[

    Task Force 1-08 (Operation Athena Rotation 5)

    Battle Group - 2nd Battalion, PPCLI
    TFK - Roto 4 TFK headquarters remained (9-month tour)
    Dates - February 2008 – August 2008

    Task Force 5-08

    Based on headquarters from 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, TF 5-08 was also part of Operation Athena Rotation 5, but as the headquarters were on nine-month tours vice the standard six, the headquarters were no longer in sync with their respective rotation. The headquarters, although it was involved with force-generation exercises with both Rotation 5 and 6, the Commander, Brigadier-General Denis Thompson, referred to the headquarters as "Rotation 5.5". On the evening of 13 June 2008, Taliban fighters executed a raid on Kandahar’s Sarposa Prison, freeing as many as 1100 prisoners (approximately 400 Taliban).

    Battle of Arghandab
    2-2 Infantry Battalion (US) comes under operational command of TFK for operations in Maywand.[23]

    Task Force 3-08 (Operation Athena Rotation 6)

    Battle Group - 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group
    Operation Shahi Tandar
    Joint Task Force Afghanistan Air Wing stands up 6 December 2008
    Dates - August 2008 – February 2009

    Task Force 5-09

    TFK - Headquarters rotation only. Based on headquarters from 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group.
    Comd - Brigadier-General Jonathan Vance
    Transfer of Command Authority 19 February 2009

    Task Force 1-09 (Operation Athena Rotation 7)

    Battle Group - 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment Battle Group
    Dates - February 2009 – August 2009

    Task Force 3-09 (Operation Athena Rotation 8 )

    Battle Group - 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Battle Group
    Dates - August 2009 – February 2010

    Task Force 6-09

    TFK - Headquarters rotation only. Based on headquarters from 5e Groupe-brigade mécanisé du Canada.
    Comd - Brigadier-General Daniel Ménard. Relieved from his position and Colonel Simon Hetherington was designated as Acting Commander in the interim. Brigadier-General Jonathan Vance returns in until TF 5-10.
    At the beginning of July 2010, Canadians transferred command responsibility for Kandahar City, Arghandab and Zhari to U.S. forces and control for the Horn of Panjwaii directly to Regional Command South.

    Task Force 1-10 (Operation Athena Rotation 9)

    Battle Group - 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group
    Dates - February 2010 – October 2010

    Task Force 3-10 (Operation Athena Rotation 10)

    Battle Group - 1st Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment Battle Group
    Dates - October 2010 – July 2011
    Last TF with under combat operations mandate

    Task Force 5-10

    TFK - Headquarters rotation only. Based on headquarters from 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group.
    Comd - Brigadier-General Dean Milner
    Last HQ prior to Mission Transition Task Force and Operation Attention.
    Canada's combat mission in Kanadar ends 7 July 2011.
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    Re: Task Force Kandahar

    Post by Easy Gee on Sun Sep 04, 2011 4:01 am

    Very interesting info Will. Thanks for sharing with us Very Happy


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    Re: Task Force Kandahar

    Post by ladrang on Sun Sep 04, 2011 6:01 am

    Easy Gee wrote:Very interesting info Will. Thanks for sharing with us Very Happy

    Hi Gary , I hope it will be able to help you Wink

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    Re: Task Force Kandahar

    Post by Skeletor on Tue Sep 20, 2011 8:25 pm

    I was in 2PPCLI and deployed with the TF 1-08 Battle Group.
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    Re: Task Force Kandahar

    Post by ladrang on Tue Sep 20, 2011 8:30 pm

    Hi nice to see another canadian soldier from Manitoba, I hope you will enjoy this forum, please don't forget to introduce yourself in the section "introductions" Wink

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