An email came to The Observer this week from the Canadian Forces, with a photo of soldier attached.
The soldier, Warrant Officer Corey Miller, is currently serving as as member of the Mission Transition Task Force at the Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan.
But when he’s not working overseas with the military, Miller lives with his family in Agassiz, including his wife Leann and children Coralee and Devon.
The email reads that Miller misses his family the most, but also misses the colours back home.
“Afghanistan is very brown,” he wrote.
Miller is one of the many MTTF members currently stationed in Afghanistan who are tasked with ensuring that all Canadian personnel, vehicles, aviation, and equipment are out of Kandahar, Afghanistan by December 31, 2011.
Miller is part of the British Columbia Dragoons, and is the company Quarter-Master for the All-Source Intelligence Centre, providing intelligence support to the commander.
The ASIC comprises members from a variety of trades from across Canada.
This is the last ASIC to be deployed to Kandahar, and is in charge of closing the unit.
As the CQ his responsibilities are to ensure the assets and equipment of the ASIC are removed from Kandahar in a manner that is in line with the intentions of the Task Force Commander, while ensuring that the ASIC is able to maintain their operational tempo as long as needed.
Of his job, Miller is quoted as saying it’s “not the most exciting tasking I could have, but it is very rewarding on many levels. I am working out of my trade, so it is giving me an opportunity to see the inner workings of a part of the army a lot of people do not normally get to see.
“I have met some incredibly interesting people and have had insight into other trades. The biggest challenge with my job here is balancing the need to maintain operations and the need to get everything home on time.”
He says getting into a normal daily routine, including evening walks with his family, are what he’s looking forward to the most upon his return.