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May 23, 2013
WO2 Andrew Hetherington
FOR every military force that deploys
on operations overseas, there's also a
force supporting them to enable the
sustainment of the mission.
Performing this role for all
Australians at Multinational Base Tarin
Kot is Force Support Unit 7 (FSU 7) --
a triservice unit of 58 personnel.
Commanded by MAJ Anne
Oliver, FSU 7 is due to return home
to Australia next month after eight
months on deployment.
MAJ Oliver said her personnel had
many different jobs within the unit,
with some of them working in a single
"My personnel work in the areas of
health, finance, administration, post-
al, freight, freight distribution, opera-
tions, the Q-store, catering, mechanical
workshops, ammunition section and a
remediation section," she said.
One of the main tasks the unit has
dealt with since arriving in October last
year is the remediation of Tarin Kot
and treatment of thousands of pieces
of materiel to be returned to Australia
ON THE JOB: CPL
Pauline Devers conducts
a weapon stocktake in the
warehouse at Tarin Kot.
Photo: WO2 Andrew Hetherington
helps one of
or disposed of through approved pro-
"We have 10 years worth of opera-
tional stock and equipment to remedi-
ate and move out of Tarin Kot," MAJ
"The whole process will be a com-
plex task and takes a lot of planning to
correct accounts, decide what should
stay here and what should go."
Many of the answers have been pro-
vided by a deliberate planning team
that has been working on the redeploy-
ment plans for the past 12 months.
Two Air Force members supporting
this effort are CPLs Danielle Gibb and
CPL Gibb's main role has her
working as a pay clerk but she also
performs a clerical administration role
for Australians on base, including Air
Force's Security Force.
"It's a busy job, I answer pay
enquiries and also manage the paper-
work for Australian personnel going on
leave," CPL Gibb said.
"The work I'm doing here is impor-
tant, as I make sure people are being
"It's an enjoyable, rewarding job
and the unit's like a family."
CPL Devers works in the unit's
Q-store and keeps stock of thousands
of items stored within the warehouse.
"My job has me mainly taking care
of the registering, issuing and stocktak-
ing of weapons and body armour," she
"I also issue and take stock of the
huge variety of other items we have
in our warehouse, such as uniforms,
dishwashing liquid, weapons parts and
cups for the mess."
CPL Devers said during her train-
ing and deployment she has learnt a
lot about herself and life working with
personnel from other forces.
"So far I've learnt how to take bet-
ter control of situations, be a vehicle
convoy commander, use a radio, cope
in an IED incident and how to look
after battle casualties," she said.
"The best part of my job would be
seeing how the Army runs a unit on a
deployment and for me working with
someone from a force other than the
"It's impressive to see how every-
thing fits together here."
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