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December 9, 2010
AB Melanie Schinkel
CPL Adrian Skewes is part of the three-
man team at Kandahar Airfield (KAF)
which coordinates the movements of all
Australian task groups throughout the
MEAO as well as working with coali-
Up to three C-130s arrive at KAF
every day and, depending on opera-
tional tempo, they shift between 20
and 400 ADF personnel in and out of
theatre each week.
CPL Skewes is part of the Joint
Movement Control Office (JMCO)
which uses KAF as a site to shift cargo
The team members start their day
early to ensure the aircraft is where it
should be and that the correct numbers
of passengers arrive and are briefed for
The team is headed by JMCO KAF
platoon commander LT Alexander
"Leading up to the colder months
it's fairly quiet, but we have just come
out of one of our busiest periods, so
both my troops are enjoying a well-
earned rest," LT Spence said.
"My role here is to look after the
soldiers' well-being and administration,
as well as oversee all the movement
operations from KAF, Tarin Kot and
"I also facilitate with any complex
Here comes the sun in Kandahar
There's never a dull day for CPL Robert Busby who is based at Kandahar Airfield in southern
Afghanistan. The communications information systems controller from RAAF Base Tindal is working
with coalition, ADF and welfare networks. "During this deployment I hope to continue expanding my
knowledge by working with different systems and coalition forces and I also hope to provide support
and training to my troops," he said.
Photo: AB Jo Dilorenzo
ALL ABOARD: CPL Adrian Skewes with bag tags he issues to
passengers on a flight out of Kandahar Airfield; inset, movements
operator PTE Michael Griffin escorts passengers to a RAAF C-130.
Photos: AB Jo Dilorenzo
the way in
movements that may arise such as
transporting fatalities and urgent travel
back to Australia for compassionate or
They also assist personnel in return-
ing to Australia.
CPL Skewes is one of only two
Air Force personnel within JMCO in
the MEAO. The other member is SGT
John McDonald, who is based at the
JMCO at Al Minhad Air Base.
"My job is to co-ordinate the move-
ments of Australian personnel who
travel on coalition ISAF aircraft," CPL
"It's fantastic to work with so many
nations, but you have to learn a lot of
different processes because they all do
"I have been able to do things we
don't do back in Australia. I'm general-
ly answering questions about relief out
of country leave or relief out of country
fare assistance travel, and receiving
movement requests from personnel."
' It's fantastic to
work with so many
nations, but you
have to learn a lot
of different pro-
cesses because they
all do things
SGT Andrew Hetherington
TROOPS deployed to Afghanistan
will have a new uniform to wear
when patrolling outside their bases.
They will wear a multicam pat-
terned uniform during a one-year
trial after Special Operations Task
Group soldiers gave it the thumbs
up after wearing it in combat.
Defence Materiel Minister
Jason Clare announced this at
the Land Warfare Conference in
Brisbane on November 19.
Mr Clare said the feedback
from Special Forces troops -- who
have trialled the combat uniform
over the past year -- was extremely
"The camouflage pattern pro-
vides troops with greater levels of
concealment across the range of
terrains in Afghanistan -- urban,
desert and green," he said.
"It also makes it easier for our
troops to do their job."
The multicam shirt and trou-
sers have innovative features which
make them safer and more comfort-
able to wear than other uniforms.
The shirt and trousers have
elbow and knee pads to reduce
soft tissue injuries; are cooler and
designed to be worn under body
armour; have a padded waistband
to make it more comfortable under
webbing or a field pack; and have
more pockets and a stretch fabric
at the joints.
Mr Clare said Defence
placed an urgent order to the US
to get the uniforms to troops in
Afghanistan as quickly as possible.
"I have also instructed the
Defence Materiel Organisation to
pursue the purchase of a licence
to provide for the potential manu-
facture of this uniform in Australia
if the extended trial is successful,"
Mr Clare said.
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