2018/06/24 Selling the public on the Mali mission will get underway pretty soon. The African mission is the Liberal government’s high-profile initiative to show Canada supports the United Nations. The government is concentrating on generating as much positive publicity as it can for Canada’s contribution, which also coincides with a Liberal election promise to do with the UN. Continuer à lire … « Mali/Canada – Selling the public on the Mali mission – Gen. Vance expected to head to Mali with journalists »
2018/05/19 – Pre-deployment training for Canadian Forces personnel who are headed to Mali is now underway. The pre-deployment training for Air Task Force Mali is taking place in Wainwright, Alberta and some of that training will be on display on May 21 for journalists, according to the Canadian Forces. Helicopters and personnel from the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 450 and 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadrons, along with medical and support personnel, are validating their capabilities in anticipation of an eventual deployment in August 2018, the military noted. Continuer à lire … « Mali/Canada – Petawawa helicopter crews training in Alberta for Mali mission – Canadian helicopters in Africa in July »
The number of helicopters the RCAF will eventually send to Mali continues to be uncertain.
In mid-March Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan announced that Canada would send to the United Nations mission in Mali two Chinook helicopters and four armed Griffon helicopters to escort them. Continuer à lire … « Mali/Military – More RCAF helicopters for Mali being considered #Canada »
2018/04/23 -On Friday, Col. Jay Janzen, a senior public affairs officer, entered the political debate on the Mali mission by claiming that questions being asked about whether the mission was combat or not missed the point. Other questions needed to be asked, according to Janzen, the Canadian Forces director of Strategic Communications. Details about the mission’s cost, risk and length were among the questions suggested by the officer. Continuer à lire … « Mali/Canada – Mali mission questions still go unanswered by Canadian Forces, Liberals »