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July 4, 2013
CPL Mark Doran
AIRFIELD Defence Guards from
Security Force One (SECFOR 1)
marked the end of their 198-day mis-
sion in Afghanistan on June 5.
Guardianship of the base was
handed over to SECFOR 2 during a
Transfer of Authority parade at the
Multinational Base Tarin Kot (MNB-
SECFOR 1 deployed with about
70 personnel to replace the Slovak
guard force in November 2012, and
was responsible for providing pro-
tection and safety for the 7500 per-
sonnel, infrastructure and assets at
The unit conducted more than 60
patrols outside the wire with combat
engineers from the 7RAR Task Group
and the US 883rd Engineer Company
as well as other enabling teams.
SECFOR 2 will be responsible for
perimeter security as the base ret-
rograde continues, and will assume
the security police role later in the
year until the end of Combined Team
Uruzgan's (CTU) mission.
CO MNB-TK WGCDR Lee de
Winton welcomed SECFOR 2 to
Tarin Kot and said its challenges
would be different to those encoun-
tered by SECFOR 1.
"I have no doubt that when pre-
sented to you, the challenges will
be tackled with the professionalism,
flexibility and adaptability that is
synonymous with airfield defence,"
"For SECFOR 1, it was a long and
successful 11 months. It was made
more impressive with the training
and the preparation for a short notice
deployment. You have done an out-
Drawn from No. 1 and No. 2
Airfield Defence Squadrons, 395
Expeditionary Combat Support Wing,
based at RAAF Base Amberley,
SECFOR 1 was the first significant
deployment of Air Force security spe-
cialists since 1999.
The airfield defence guards were
SECFOR 2 takes the lead
also the first personnel to train on
US search equipment and the crew
remote operating weapon system for
use at entry control points.
Commander 2 Brigade, 3rd
Infantry Division, COL Douglas
Cardinale said SECFOR 1's mission
was to secure MNB-TK from air and
"Through coordination with ISAF
forces, SECFOR 1 accomplished
all assigned tasks at the entry-con-
trol points, on quick-reaction teams
and conducting ground area defence
patrols," he said.
"Your collective efforts through
hard work and perseverance secured
the base and protected all personnel on
it. CTU could not have been successful
without your teamwork and steadfast
SECFOR 1 were constantly
exposed to activities of the Afghan
National Security Forces, predomi-
nately the Afghan National Army, and
host nation private security company
personnel at MNB-TK.
SECFOR 1 Commander FLTLT
Adrian Rodgers said his men did an
excellent job providing security for
MNB-TK 24-hours a day, seven-days a
week for seven months.
"It was a long deployment and
combined with the lead-up training we
were away for 11-and-a-half months,
which was a big challenge for the
team," FLTLT Rodgers said. For many
of the younger guys it was their first
deployment, so the separation from
family and friends was probably their
"SECFOR 1 also instigated the
counter small-arms-fire plans at the
base for the protection of aircraft on
approach and take-off.
"It is part of our normal job in
Australia and to be able to do it on
operations was a key achievement
SECFOR 2 Commander FLTLT
Ben Kurylowicz said his men were
ready for their mission and had spent
the past six months in intense indi-
vidual and collective training.
"We are fortunate as the previous
rotation has set us up well by estab-
lishing outstanding procedures and
expanded the mission by increasing
the security which can be provided to
the base," he said.
"The retrograde of the base
is one of our biggest security chal-
lenges. Security will become more
challenging as we go on, but we will
maintain flexibility and continually
adapt and re-evaluate the situation
to provide our effect until the last air-
HAND OVER: SECFOR 2 is marched off by Commander FLTLT Ben Kurylowicz during the Transfer of Authority parade with SECFOR 1 at
Multinational Base Tarin Kot.
Photo: CPL Mark Doran
Heron 12 at the helm
CAPT Sean Childs
HERON Rotation 11 officially
transferred their command author-
ity to Rotation 12 at Kandahar Air
Field on June 10.
Heron 11 built on their pre-
decessor's achievements and CO
WGCDR Adrian Maso said their
work had a direct and positive
impact on Australia's Afghan
National Security Forces (ANSF)
advisory role in Uruzgan.
"We worked closely with
Combined Team Uruzgan at Tarin
Kot by providing a vital train-
ing and feedback tool they could
use when advising the ANSF,"
WGCDR Maso said.
The Heron detachment flew
more than 2000 hours during their
108 days in theatre.
"It's been a rewarding experi-
ence for all of us with Rotation
11," WGCDR Maso said.
"We're leaving behind solid,
collegiate stakeholder relation-
ships. That is entirely down to the
hard work and positive input by
all."Rotation 12 CO WGCDR
Steven Parsons said the ground
work laid by Rotation 11 and those
before makes their job just that lit-
tle bit easier.
"Let's be under no illusions,
ops means long hours of concen-
trated effort and tirelessly provid-
ing for the needs of our supported
units. So to take over from a solid
base means we're just that little bit
ahead," WGCDR Parsons said.
The Heron Remotely Piloted
Aircraft (RPA) is capable of
providing medium altitude long
endurance intelligence, surveil-
lance and reconnaissance (ISR)
First deployed in January
2010, the Heron monitors the bat-
tlefield, providing ISR support to
Australian and other International
Security Assistance Force troops.
Heron 11 included 34 ADF per-
sonnel, one Defence civilian and
TAKING REIGNS: CO Heron Rotation 11 WGCDR Adrian Maso
watches CO Heron 12 WGCDR Steven Parsons sign the Transfer
of Authority certificate during a ceremony at Kandahar Air Field.
Photo: LS Justin Brown
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