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February 14, 2013
ROTATION 5 of Multinational Base
Command Tarin Kot handed over
responsibility to their successors in an
official ceremony in Afghanistan on
Since August last year, Rotation 5
had been responsible for maintaining
base security and sustainment, coor-
dinating logistics resupply and man-
aging contracts in fuel supply, power
generation and waste treatment.
CO WGCDR Robert Graham said
he was proud of his team's achieve-
ments during their deployment.
"We've achieved significant out-
comes in our time. The team was
small but very close knit and through
their hard work, they formed strong
relationships with our coalition part-
ners and in particular our contractors,"
WGCDR Graham said.
"I was blessed with a team that
were both capable and very close,
they were pulled together very quickly
but they hit the ground running and
have done an exceptional job."
Rotation 5 comprised 24 personnel
from 16 units across Air Force.
During the official handover cer-
emony, two RAAF officer distinguish-
ing flags were exchanged between the
outgoing and incoming COs to offi-
cially mark the change of command.
New commander WGCDR Lee
de Winton said it was a fitting way
to start her deployment as CO of
"WGCDR Graham's pennant has
been flying for the last six months,
and he will take that home with him
and I was presented with a brand new
one with which to fly during my ten-
ure here as the CO," she said.
Almost 5000 coalition soldiers
operate out of the base, including
most Australian troops deployed to
"Rotation 5 did a fantastic job in
posturing the base for reduction and
redeployment," WGCDR de Winton
"It will be a huge challenge -- it's
VCDF AIRMSHL Mark Binskin
met with coalition commanders in
Afghanistan and received updates
on the security situation and transi-
tion progress during his visit to the
MEAO last month.
He also met with ADF mem-
bers deployed at Multinational Base
Tarin Kot, Kandahar Airfield and Al
Minhad Air Base in the United Arab
While at Kandahar Airfield and
Forward Operating Base Lindsay
in Kandahar Province, VCDF held
meetings with the Commander,
Regional Command-South, Major
General Robert Abrams, and the
Commander of the Afghan 205
Hero Corps, Major-General Abdul
He was informed Uruzgan prov-
ince remained on track for the full
security handover to the Afghan
National Army by the end of 2013.
At Forward Operating Base
Lindsay, VCDF also met with ADF
members embedded as part of the
advisory team supporting the ANA
He said it was a good oppor-
tunity to speak with troops on the
ground who were working every
day with their Afghan counterparts.
"It's clear that they have built
very good working relationships
with the Afghan forces," he said.
"I have visited Afghanistan periodi-
cally since 2004 and in recent years
have noted significant progress in
the capability of the Afghan secu-
"All four infantry kandaks in
Uruzgan have been operating inde-
pendently since December 2012.
When the provinces currently under
the fourth tranche of transition com-
plete the process, approximately 87
per cent of Afghanistan's popula-
tion will be under Afghan National
Security Forces security responsi-
Coalition progress clear as
transition moves forward
FLYING VISIT: VCDF AIRMSHL Mark Binskin sits in the cockpit
of a C-130 Hercules in transit back to Al Minhad Air Base after his
visit to Afghanistan.
Photo: SGT William Guthrie
THREE Air Force C-130 aircraft
maintainers spent four months cre-
ating a piece of Australia near their
work place at the Al Minhad Air
Base in the United Arab Emirates.
CPLs Nat Thomason and
Nicholas Carney and LAC William
Atlee spent their own money on
materials and spare time away from
work to build an oasis of a recrea-
tion area outside the C-130 hangar.
During his visit to Al Minhad Air
Base late last year, CAF AIRMSHL
Geoff Brown officially opened the
recreational area, called '37 Oasis'
and otherwise known as 'you can't
see me beach'.
The area began as dirt and rub-
bish, but CPL Carney said the trio
turned it into a fish pond with two
fountains, a swimming pool and a
covered in area where people could
come to relax during a break and
"We found some scrap wood
and knocked together a deck area
and then decided we needed a
water feature," CPL Carney said.
"So over a week we wet the area
down and dug out the fish pond."
CPL Thomason said the pond
featured tubed fluorescent lighting,
two fountains and living fish.
"We have 15 fish at the moment
and one of them was donated by
the AP-3C detachment," he said.
"It was great to have CAF offi-
cially open the area, as we weren't
sure it would be allowed to exist
after we return to Australia."
LAC Atlee said the next rotation
of C-130 maintainers would have
the responsibility to keep the fish
alive and to water the grass.
"We've also planted watermel-
ons and grass, so hopefully the
next group will get some use out of
them and the area," he said.
already become clear that my focus
will be very different but I'm looking
forward to it."
Despite the challenging task
ahead, WGCDR Graham said he was
"absolutely confident" in Rotation 6.
HAND OVER: CO Rotation 5
WGCDR Robert Graham and
CO Rotation 6 WGCDR Lee de
Winton exchange RAAF officer
distinguishing flags during the
transfer of authority ceremony.
WELL DONE: Deputy Commander Combined Team Uruzgan COL
Douglas Cardinale shakes hands with FLTLT Lauren Guest during
the transfer of authority ceremony.
Photos: LS Andrew Dakin
I was blessed with a
team that was were
both capable and
very close ...
-- WGCDR Robert Graham
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