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AB Melanie Schinkel
CPL Natalie Kent's job as investigator
with the ADF Investigative Service (AD-
FIS) at Multinational Base Tarin Kot is a
far cry from the glamorous stereotypes
that many of us watch on TV.
ADFIS is a tri-service unit whose
investigators use the most up-to-date
police techniques to analyse and
collect evidence relating to service
offences both under and outside of the
Defence Force Disciplinary Act.
ADFIS, established in 2007 has
an office or investigator at all major
Defence establishments throughout
Australia and the MEAO. The ADFIS
MEAO team comprises four investi-
CPL Kent joined the ADFIS team
in 2007 after working in Air Force's
security police branch where she was
trained in service investigation and
"My deployment has been pretty
interesting," CPL Kent said. "I have
travelled all over the Middle East to
assist with investigations and have had
the opportunity to see how coalition
forces conduct their policing.
"It has been great to learn about
how they do their job and what their
She said she had also helped with
a furtherance of enquiry (FOE) from
A FOE occurs when an inves-
tigator is doing an investigation in
Australia but needs to gather evidence
from a member who is deployed in
"Rather than hold up the inves-
tigation until the deployed member
returns to Australia, the investigator
uses the ADFIS team in the MEAO to
conduct the FOE on their behalf.
"We conduct the FOE and send the
information back to the investigator in
Australia, so they can continue with
She said that ADFIS's primary
objectives in Tarin Kot were to sup-
port the mission in Afghanistan by
maintaining discipline, promptly
reporting on sensitive issues, mortu-
ary affairs and investigating serious
crimes, such as theft and assault.
If an ADF member is killed in
action, ADFIS is responsible for the
member's positive identification to
ensure the repatriation process runs
"I helped with a number of the
repatriation processes in 2010. A
couple of times I had to accompany
human remains back to Australia and
hand over evidence to the coroner,"
CPL Kent said.
She said that working as an inves-
tigator in a tri-service environment
offered her the opportunity to work on
a range of different cases.
"Working with Navy and Army
has exposed me to a range of differ-
ent investigation types that I wouldn't
normally be exposed to in the Air
"The tri-service environment just
broadens the types of offences that I
get to investigate," she said.
does not apply '
INVESTIGATORS: CPL Natalie Kent and ADFIS
colleague PO Glen Chamberlain on their way to a call
out in Tarin Kot, Afghanistan. Right: CPL Kent writes up
paperwork for evidence.
Photos: AB Jo Dilorenz
I have travelled all
over the Middle
East to assist with
and have had the
see how coalition
THE DAY after receiving East
Timor's highest honour, CDF ACM
Angus Houston visited ADF per-
sonnel to thank them for their work
in the country.
On February 2, ACM Houston
was recognised for his commitment
and support to East Timor during
his leadership of the ADF since
East Timorese President Jose
Ramos Horta presented CDF with
the Medal of the Order of Timor
Leste, the highest recognition that
can be bestowed in East Timor.
The ceremony coincided with
the 11th anniversary of the estab-
lishment of the East Timor Defence
On February 3, ACM Houston
visited ADF personnel serving
in East Timor with the Defence
Cooperation Program (DCP) and
International Stabilisation Force
(ISF) to thank them for their work
in East Timor.
Australia has 25 DCP personnel
in East Timor, including specialists
in communications, medical and
infantry skills, logistics, engineer-
ing, maritime security, finance and
strategic policy, providing advice
and training to support the devel-
opment of the F-FDTL and East
Timor's Secretariat of Defence.
About 400 ADF personnel and
70 New Zealand Defence Force
personnel are deployed as part of
CDF's East Timor honour
the ISF to support the development
of East Timor's security sector and
build the capacity of the F-FDTL in
support of the DCP.
"Each of you is mak-
ing an important contribution to
Australia's efforts in East Timor. I
thank you for your hard work. We
are proud of you and very much
appreciate the support of your fami-
lies," ACM Houston said.
"The government of East Timor
values the ADF's assistance, and
we continue to work closely with
the government, the United Nations
and New Zealand to ensure our
assistance meets East Timor's secu-
rity and development needs."
DOWN TO BUSINESS:
ACM Angus Houston
meets members of the
Force in Dili; left, shaking
hands with Jose Ramos
Horta a day earlier.
Photos: LAC Leigh Cameron
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