From the Front Line In Afghanistan: The Complexity Facing the Canadian Forces

March 18, 2010 :: Colonel Greg Burt
Moderated by Mark Nelson


This presentation will provide first-hand insight into the challenges of command during a demanding and complex mission, as well as the advances being made by Canadian soldiers and civilians in spite of the difficult conditions in the heart of Kandahar Province.

The Operational Mentor and Liaison Team (OMLT) in Kandahar Province are comprised of about 200 Canadian soldiers. They are largely responsible for the training, development and mentoring of the Afghan National Army (ANA) 1st Brigade.

Through experiences by the speaker, you will learn how Canadian Forces are assisting the Afghans in sustaining a more secure environment to facilitate development, reconstruction and law and order while preparing the ANA to assume responsibility for their own security as the NATO nations prepare to leave the scene.

Speaker: Colonel Gregory Burt G.D., OMM, CD

Col. Burt recently returned from Afghanistan where he served from Feb. to Nov. 2009 as Commander of the Operational Mentor and Liaison Team (OMLT) in Kandahar Province.

A proud native of Newfoundland, Col. Burt is a member of the Royal 22e Régiment du Canada. He has a Bachelor''s degree from the Royal Military College in Business Admin. and a Master of Arts in Defence Studies from King''s College, London. He also holds a Master''s degree from the École nationale d''administration publique (ENAP) de Québec in public administration.

Col. Burt has served Canada in Lahr (Germany), Somalia, former Yugoslavia and Bosnia. Within Canada, his postings have included: Commanding Officer and Chief of Staff of the Land Force, Quebec Area, Director of Land Strategic Concepts in Kingston and Defence Strategy Management, Department of National Defence.

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