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August 29, 2013
CPL Mark Doran
SMALL of stature and loud of
voice, SGT Debbie Grylls has
left her mark on ISAF troops at
Multinational Base Tarin Kot.
RAAF Physical Training
Instructor (PTI) SGT Grylls and
Army PTI, CPL Chad Gill, assisted
more than 500 personnel a week
during 24 training sessions to
maintain their operational fitness.
Airmen and airwomen, soldiers
and sailors from Australia and the
US joined the PTIs daily for their
gruelling training routines inside
the former aircraft hangar known
as 'Orion's Gym'.
SGT Grylls said fitness was
essential for maintaining readiness
and her sessions also contributed
to the mental health of the
"They are working long hours
every day, so if they can't make our
sessions, we also provided work-
out plans for their own personal
training and nutrition," SGT Grylls
"Our charity fun runs on the
base were highlights as everybody
got involved and had a good time.
The St Patrick's Day Fun Run
raised more than $2500 for Legacy
and the Tarin Kot Superhero Run
in June drew 235 competitors who
all wore inventive and colourful
"It was a fantastic opportunity
to be deployed to Afghanistan as
SQNLDR Ashley Hill from
Combined Team Uruzgan (CTU)
said SGT Grylls' sessions epito-
mised the ethos of CTU -- courage,
teamwork and unity.
"She drove us individually to
our own physical limits but by
making the sessions teamwork-
focused, she provided an oppor-
tunity for ISAF personnel to work
together, breakdown cultural bar-
riers, unite and achieve success."
SQNLDR Hill said.
During her seven-month
deployment SGT Grylls was
attached to Multinational Base
Command -- Tarin Kot Force
Protection Security Section (FPSS).
FPSS conducts daily operations
at Tarin Kot including screening,
base entry and exit searches, biom-
etric testing and enrolment, as well
as prohibited substance testing.
SGT Grylls said at one stage
FPSS was short of female per-
sonnel and she assisted with the
screening of female local nationals
being processed for civilian flights.
"Meeting a young girl who had
lost her leg was one of the most
confronting experiences I have
had," she said.
"It really brought home the real-
ities of this conflict and the effects
it has on the civilian population.
"I was also tasked for casualty
security at the Role 2 Medical
Facility, which was another real
"I think I have changed a
bit. The personal and profes-
sional development I achieved in
Afghanistan was unexpected. I
didn't fully realise the new skills I
had learnt or the worthwhile expe-
riences which happened until the
end of my deployment."
Dynamo makes them go, go, go
PUSHING HARD: Above, SGT Debbie Grylls
coaches CPL Nicolas Sheriff in Orion's Gym;
left, geeing up her charges. Photos: CPL Mark Doran
MANAGING base security,
infrastructure and utili-
ties for a population of, at
times, almost 7000 mili-
tary personnel, civilians and contrac-
tors has been like running a small
town for WGCDR Lee de Winton.
She was base commander of the
Multinational Base Command -- Tarin
Kot (MNBC-TK), and transferred her
authority to WGCDR Simon Sauer on
This was the last rotation for the
RAAF base command element before
the base is transferred to the Afghan
Government by the end of 2013.
WGCDR de Winton said she was
exceptionally proud to have command-
ed such an amazing group of airmen
and airwomen who had achieved great
things during their rotation.
"It was a challenging and exciting
mission," she said.
"The security of the base was our
responsibility and at times it was like
running a medieval fort.
"It was our job to protect every-
body within MNB-TK, so we redrafted
the force protection plans, secured the
base and searched it multiple times.
"We also maintained the power
supply and spent more time discuss-
ing and fixing sewerage than anybody
could possibly have imagined."
The 26 personnel with HQ MNBC-
TK Rotation Six assumed responsibil-
ity for coordinating logistics resupply,
aviation, medical response and base
support functions of the base on
WGCDR de Winton said her team
had left the MNB-TK in different
shape to how they found it for the final
"We've worked through maintain-
ing the base while helping to coordi-
nate the upcoming redeployment plan
as the base is gradually drawn down,"
PROUD TO SERVE: Above, FSGT
Clayton Haack from Rotation Six
and, right, WGCDR Lee de Winton
speaks to personnel during the
transfer of authority parade.
JOB WELL DONE: SGT Christopher Rounsley from Rotation Six.
the RAAF base
Tarin Kot inherit
a different set
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