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March 29, 2012
CPL Mark Doran
FORCE Support Unit 6 (FSU 6)
was joined by family and friends
for a farewell parade at Lavarack
Barracks on March 16 before its
deployment to the Middle East.
One hundred and forty-two
Army, Air Force and Navy person-
nel will deploy to the MEAO for a
FSU 6 is tasked with the provi-
sion of support to ADF personnel
in the MEAO.
This support covers the recep-
tion, staging, movement and inte-
gration of troops deploying into
the area, and includes health and
psychological support as well as
vital logistic and administrative
functions including postal, supply,
repair and transport.
Drawn primarily from the 10
Force Support Battalion based in
Townsville, FSU 6 includes spe-
cialist personnel from ADF units
CO FSU 6 LTCOL Phil
McMaster said he was incredibly
proud of the unit as the members
of all three services had bonded
together as a team and met his
"These 142 people came togeth-
er from all over Australia, from
52 different units, so we did have
challenges with how people worked
together and understood each other
but they are now a fantastic team,"
LTCOL McMaster said.
"It is an absolute privilege to
be taking them overseas. We have
trained well -- we feel ready."
CPL James Greenhill, of Joint
Logistics Unit at RAAF Base
Amberley, who is a supply supervi-
sor with FSU 6, said he looked for-
ward to putting into action all they
had learnt in the past six weeks of
"The main challenges will
include working in a different envi-
ronment with a heightened tempo,
but we are a good unit and we will
get the job done," CPL Greenhill
"We will return with the satis-
faction of having maintained the
high level of service as previous
deployed units have done."
in the MEAO
CAF AIRMSHL Geoff Brown returned
this month from a visit to the MEAO
with Defence Parliamentary Secretary
Dr Mike Kelly.
They visited Kabul, Kandahar,
and Tarin Kot for briefings on the
progress of the International Security
Assistance Force (ISAF) mission, and
the transition planning for 2014.
They met ISAF personnel, includ-
ing senior Australian ADF officers
embedded within ISAF headquarters.
AIRMSHL Brown also visited Air
Force personnel at Al Minhad Air Base
and saw the work being done by the
crews of the C-17As, Heron Remotely
Piloted Aircraft, AP-3Cs and C-130s,
and the associated engineering and
AIRMSHL Brown said Air Force
personnel were doing an outstanding
job supporting maritime operations
in the MEAO and coalition land opera-
tions in Afghanistan.
"Providing air support and airbase
support for our Army colleagues in
the Australian Mentoring Task Force
and the Afghan National Army 4th
Brigade is important as the Afghans
progress towards acting indepen-
dently," AIRMSHL Brown said.
"I'm pleased by the progress
that is being made, as Afghan forces
increasingly lead their own tactical
"The Air Force's commitment
extends beyond Afghanistan, where
we support ISAF, to the Indian Ocean
off East Africa in support of maritime
security and counter-piracy opera-
Their visit followed a similar one
by VCDF AIRMSHL Mark Binskin and
Parliamentary Secretary David Feeney
to Tarin Kot and Kandahar Airfield in
Afghanistan, and Al Minhad Air Base
at the end of February.
VCDF congratulated the Air Force
personnel for their hard work.
"Across the MEAO, Air Force's
heavy workload continues with
Orions, C-130s, C-17As and Heron
elements providing crucial support
to Australian and coalition forces,"
AIRMSHL Binskin said.
GREAT JOB: CAF AIRMSHL Geoff Brown addresses Australian troops at Multinational Base Tarin Kot,
and inset, meeting some of the Air Force personnel at Tarin Kot, including FSGT Mandy Appleton, of
RAAF Base Amberley, and FLTLT Thomas Close, of RAAF Base Townsville.
Photos: SGT Mick Davis
Family and friends bid farewell
Unit 6 during
Photo: CPL Mark
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