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August 29, 2013
TWO C-17s delivered six
Bushmaster Protected Mobility
Vehicles (PMVs) to Australia's
Afghan Headquarters at Kabul
International Airport -- North on
August 10 and 11.
The PMVs will support
Australia's contribution to the
Afghan National Army Officer
Kabul's logistics officer CAPT
Monika Gabrys, of Force Support
Unit -- 8, who facilitated the PMV
move, said it was a coordinated
effort between Air Force and the
Joint Movements Control Centre.
"A lot of effort was required in
order to ensure the delivery went
smoothly," CAPT Gabrys said.
"Central to our scheme of
manoeuvre was detailed planning
so all involved on the ground
here in Kabul understood
Globemasters deliver Bushmasters
fond farewell from TK
"The challenging part of my role
was in knowing who did what within
the different organisations.
"Within the coalition environment
there were some capabilities we were
not familiar with, so it was vital we
discovered who could be of assistance
in different situations.
"With help from the US
Expeditionary Disposal Remediation
Team, MNBC-TK coordinated the
removal of more than one million kilos
of scrap metal through a waste
RAAF ground defence and security
personnel provide security and access
control to MNB-TK.
The MNBC-TK security force ele-
ment provide security for the base and
The base commander was also ably
supported by the MNBC-TK security
Guests at the transfer of author-
ity Parade included Chief of Joint
Operations (CJOPS) LTGEN Ash
Power; Commander Joint Task Force
633 (CTF 633) MAJGEN Michael
Crane; Commander Combined Team
Uruzgan (CTU) COL Simon Stuart;
and incoming Commander CTU COL
COL Stuart welcomed Rotation
Seven and told Rotation Six that apart
from acknowledging the transfer of
authority, the parade allowed the com-
bined team in Uruzgan to recognise
their demonstrated commitment to the
"You have done a sterling job to
improve every aspect of this now large
operational base's functions, from
security to contractors, and literally
everything in between," COL Stuart
"In each and every endeavor
encountered you have proven equal
to the challenge and there have been
many. Rotation Six has displayed
determination, perseverance and a lot
of initiative, which represented your
service exceptionally well."
STRONG GUIDANCE: WOFF Discipline Jennine Riches, of Rotation Seven, marches during the transfer of
authority parade. Inset, Rotation Seven Base Commander WGCDR Simon Sauer addresses his team during
Photos: CPL Mark Doran
GOODBYE: Members of Rotation Six salute before marching off from the Multinational Base
Command Tarin Kot.
He said MNBC-TK had routinely
been tested, but had approached the lot
with good humor and good heart.
"You have contributed much to
the unity among the formation and
through your engagement with every
unit that resides at the multinational
base," he said.
"Each of you should depart clear in
the knowledge that your efforts con-
tributed to helping protect and support
coalition and Afghans alike. You have
made a difference and it matters."
During the parade LTGEN Power
presented the Australian Active
Service Medal (International Coalition
Against Terrorism), the Afghanistan
Campaign Medal and the NATO
Medal to eligible members and award-
ed a CJOPS Gold Commendation to
SQNLDR Alan Brown.
MAJGEN Crane awarded a CTF-
633 Silver Commendation to SGT
William Burnett and CTF-633 Bronze
Commendations to CPL Nicolas
Sheriff and FLTLT Geoffrey Jarrett.
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