A Badger Armoured Engineering Vehicle from the 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group, lifts facine from the back of an Armoured Heavy Support Vehicle System during recent operations in the volatile Panjwa’i and Zhari Districts of Kandahar Province. Facine is used in aiding the crossing of obstacles that would otherwise be impossible or dangerous to cross.
In close cooperation with Afghan National Security Forces, 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group provides security by conducting counter-insurgency operations throughout Panjwa’i District located south-west of Kandahar City. The Battle Group conducts partnered operations with the 2nd Kandak of the 1st Brigade, 205 Corps of the Afghan National Army, Afghan National Police and the Panjwa’i District Governor in order to advance governance, reconstruction and security in the area.
Operation ATHENA is Canada’s participation in the International Security Assistance Forces 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, in a country that is better governed, more peaceful and more secure.
(By Corporal Shilo Adamson with Canadian Forces Combat Camera/Canadian Forces)