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October 27, 2011
LS Paul Berry
THERE is no job too hard for the ADF movers
at Kandahar Airfield (KAF) in Afghanistan.
No matter where you need to go, Joint
Movement Control Office section commander
FLGOFF Robert Lahey and his Movement
Control Detachment of four will get you there.
The KAF team plan, schedule and control
personnel and cargo movements from KAF
throughout the MEAO.
FLGOFF Lahey said he and his team worked
long hours to make sure things went smoothly.
"When people are coming over at the start
of their tour or they're going home or on leave,
it's generally a stressful time or they're agitated
about getting home," FLGOFF Lahey said.
"We always do our best to make sure people
get where they need to go by the easiest, fastest
and most comfortable means."
FLGOFF Lahey said he enjoyed the variety
and multinational flavour at KAF.
"We spend a lot of time moving coa-
lition troops like the Americans, Slovaks and
Singaporeans," he said.
"In terms of the number of Australians here
in the MEAO, we make a big contribution in
air movement. That has really stood out for me,
it's how much we contribute to the effort."
He said unusual requests and movements
were the most challenging to deal with.
"One day we moved about 80 Slovaks on an
"We had 80 guys who didn't speak English,
but got them to where they needed to go with-
out any issues."
LS Paul Berry
TUCKED away in the warehouse precinct
of the ADF's Middle East headquarters, a
new state-of-the-art medical storage facil-
ity is buzzing with activity.
Pharmacist FLTLT Perlon Leung is
overseeing the space taking shape, as
medical stores are ordered, stocked and
redistributed across the MEAO.
The pharmacist has been a per-
manent fixture in the MEAO for 10
months and the ADF has quickly real-
ised the capability pharmacists bring.
FLTLT Leung, the second pharma-
cist to deploy into theatre, says the new
facility and its subject matter expertise
provides a first port of call for medical
demands and health logistics support to
the forward medical teams.
"Prior to a pharmacist being
deployed we had multiple force ele-
ments frustrated at medical stores being
hidden among all the other classes of
supply. The demands back to Australia
created a burden of backlog and were
remotely managed from Australia,"
FLTLT Leung says.
"We realised there needs to be a
subject matter expert to be the inter-
preter between the supply chain and the
medical teams, because we want to let
them focus on performing their clinical
role to support the mission.
"The regularity of having a pharma-
cist here will also provide training to
deployed members in sustaining the med-
While pharmacists have deployed to
ADF humanitarian aid missions such
as Operation Pakistan Assist II, this is
their first foray into a warlike operation.
"It is definitely a game changer
because there are different health logis-
tics implications in supporting a men-
toring force versus humanitarian aid,
so the setup is quite different. What
remains the same is the dedication to
our patients," FLTLT Leung says.
Deployed within the Force Support
Unit, FLTLT Leung services all ADF
medical facilities throughout the
MEAO, communicating at least weekly
with the in-theatre medical teams.
"We are able to give them stores
more rapidly than before, leading to bet-
ter demand satisfaction and guiding the
needs of the medical teams and their
patients with less frustration."
ADF's smooth movers
NO JOB TOO HARD: Members of the RAAF air load team load pallets on to a
C-17A at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan; inset, Joint Movement Control Office
section commander FLGOFF Robert Lahey (right), and PTE Greg Carr.
Photos: LS Paul Berry
Pharmacist revels in
a rare opportunity
Leung in the
Al Minhad Air
Photo: LS Paul
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