A Maple Ridge soldier is working in communications in Afghanistan as Canada winds down its military mission there.
Cpl. Ashley Turner, 27, who is currently doing her doctorate in psychology at the University of Toronto, is working as a signaler in Afghanistan.
The reservist with the 39 Signals Regiment in Vancouver is a member of the Quick Reaction Force deployed as part of the 900-member contingent of Canadian troops on Operation Attention, Canada’s part in the NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan.
This is her second time in Afghanistan, having taken part in the Operation Athena in 2011.
The goal of the current operation is to deliver training and professional development support to the national security forces of Afghanistan.
“For me, one of the most rewarding aspects of this job is getting to see the progress being made in Afghanistan, especially with regard to women and their roles within society” Turner said.
Things have changed in Afghanistan since Turner was there two years ago, and she said she’s seen improvement in the situation of women.
“Two years ago I didn’t see a single Afghan woman at work or on the street, but now, I am starting to see more and more women out in public, at work, or in a uniform, this is different from my last tour,” Turner said.
The NATO training mission is part of the preparation to transfer the main responsibility for security back to the Afghans in 2014.
Canadian forces have been in Afghanistan since January 2002.
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