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RESPECT -- EXCELLENCE -- AGILITY -- DEDICATION -- INTEGRITY -- TEAMWORK
Living the Air Force Values:
July 18, 2013
CPL Mark Doran
A TEAM of six Air Force security
police are part of the Force Protection
Security Section (FPSS) keeping watch
over the 7000 ISAF troops and locally
engaged employees at Multinational
Base Tarin Kot (MNB-TK).
They integrate closely with the
airfield defence guards who form the
Security Force (SECFOR) at MNB-TK
to achieve a unified approach to force
They provide ground defence, secu-
rity and policing functions and conduct
screening, base entry and exit searches,
biometric testing and enrolment and
prohibited substance testing.
In September 2012, the last of the
US military police completed their tour
at MNB-TK leaving the four Air Force
security police responsible to ISAF for
coordinating force protection.
OIC FPSS and Provost Marshal for
MNB-TK FLTLT Geoff Jarrett said his
team does not stop as they are on call
"FPSS operate in teams of two
and we all perform the same hands-on
tasks," he said.
"There is so much happening on the
base but 60 per cent of what we do is
old fashioned policing, so basic com-
munication and the ability to listen are
Prohibited substance testing
includes testing for explosive residue
and the ingredients and components
used in explosive devices.
FPSS also facilitate airport security
by screening and vetting the incoming
and outgoing passengers flying on the
Op Anode ceases
ADF support to the Regional
Assistance Mission to
Solomon Islands ceased on
Chief of Joint Operations
LTGEN Ash Power said the
conclusion of ADF assistance,
known as Operation Anode,
was a result of the stable
security situation and capacity
of the Royal Solomon Islands
Police Force and Participating
Police Force to respond to pub-
lic order management issues.
"Australian personnel and
equipment will be progres-
sively withdrawn in the com-
ing months," he said.
"All ADF personnel will
return to Australia by the end
Combined Task Force 635 has
included rotations of person-
nel from New Zealand, Tonga
and Papua New Guinea who
will now begin the task of
redeploying personnel and
LTGEN Power commended
the efforts of ADF personnel
who have been committed
to the country continuously
since July 24, 2003.
"Security in Solomon
Islands and the ability of its
government to re-establish
law and order and build public
confidence has improved
markedly since the ADF first
arrived to assist in restoring
public order," he said.
"The progress to date
means the time is now right
for us to return home."
More than 7200 Australian
personnel have deployed to
Operation Anode since 2003.
Afghan civilian airline which uses the
FLTLT Jarrett said the main
offences investigated by FPSS includ-
ed major fraud, vehicle accidents and
possession of narcotics by civilians.
"Narrow roads and heavy machin-
ery combined with local drivers are
the most common causes of ISAF
vehicle accidents," he said.
"There are occasional minor
thefts, but there have been no report-
ed cases of violence within the ISAF
forces at MNB-TK."
ADFIS jurisdiction at MNB-TK
is solely for Australian forces while
FPSS are responsible for polic-
ing the Australian, US, Slovak and
Singaporean military personnel.
Two female security police joined
the FPSS team in March, to help with
the cultural requirements of screening
LACW Meegan Chadwick, FPSS,
arrived in Afghanistan in late April
and said the main challenges included
understanding the significant cultural
differences and beliefs.
"We are usually well received by
the contractors and locals because
they understand we are doing our job
and trying to make their lives better,"
"Communication is generally easy
when our interpreter is with us, other-
wise we have to resort to a lot of hand
signals to get our message across.
"We try to engage the locals by
speaking Pashtu words and it's funny
and unexpected when they respond in
"It can also be humbling because
we realise we are both cooperating
and trying to make things easier for
each other. It confirms we are doing a
good thing here."
On the second day of her deploy-
ment, LACW Chadwick was exposed
to the realities of Afghanistan when
an Afghan National Security Force
(ANSF) casualty from an improvised
explosive device was brought by
ambulance to the MNB-TK Role 2
LACW Chadwick says part of the
FPSS role is to provide security for
the Role 2 medical staff.
"It was hard for me to watch, the
victim had a compound fracture to his
leg, but it also really grounded things
for me -- this is a war-zone and terrible
things happen," she said.
"The ANSF are doing a similar job
to us by policing and patrolling and it
is unfortunate when they are targeted
"So far the whole experience of this
deployment with the FPSS has been
amazing. We have opportunities to see
and do things we would never do at
"We have a very close-knit team,
so it's hard to have a bad day because
if you are feeling down it takes two
seconds for someone to realise and do
whatever they can to pick you up."
A BIG step towards Afghan independ-
ence was taken on June 23 when the
last ISAF-manned Forward Operating
Base (FOB) in Uruzgan province was
COL Douglas Cardinale, Deputy
Commander Combined Team Uruzgan
(CT-U), said FOB Hadrian, in the Deh
Rawud district, was closed after the
final relocation of remaining ISAF per-
sonnel and equipment.
Australian Mentoring Teams
worked out of FOB Hadrian from 2010
mentoring the 1st Kandak, 4th Brigade
Afghan National Army until it achieved
operational independence in November
"The Afghan National Police and
the Afghan National Army have been
doing a good job, and showing they
are capable of conducting independent
operations," COL Cardinale said.
"The insurgency wasn't expecting
the resistance that the ANSF has put up
this fighting season."
Australian and US Army engineers
Last ISAF FOB closesPACKING
worked from December last year to remedi-
ate the large base and reduce the tactical
infrastructure, which included two M777A2
howitzers from the US Army's 1-9 Field
CTU deputy chief engineer CAPT
Michael Jasny said the ground was handed
over in a clean and sustainable condition with
only the base's perimeter walls left to be dis-
mantled by contracted support.
"The two howitzers were airlifted to
Kandahar Air Field by US Army CH-47
Chinooks from Task Force Knighthawk on
June 18 along with containers of stores and
equipment," CAPT Jasny said.
"The site will be returned to bare earth."
SECURITY: LACW Meegan Chadwick, of
Multinational Base Tarin Kot FPSS, takes a
biometric image of an Afghan local with a
Secure Electronic Enrolment Kit. Inset, CPL
Barry Twomey conducts an explosive and
bomb-making component swab test.
Photos: CPL Mark Doran
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