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WORLD NEWS 13
Army September 17, 2009
By Cpl Andrew Hetherington
FORCE Support Unit 2 has begun a new era
in logistics support in the MEAO, settling into
its work routine after taking over from FSU 1
in early August.
The OC of FSU's element in Afghanistan,
Maj David Nathan, said personnel from the team
were located in Kandahar and Tarin Kowt.
The team's job is to provide logistics, life
support and Q-store support to personnel in both
The unit comprises about 70 Army and Air
One of the soldiers working in Kandahar is
Cpl Michael Hammett, a terminal operator who
is kept busy working in two important roles.
"I'm in control of the receipt and dispatch of
all cargo which comes into Kandahar and I'm
also transport NCO," Cpl Hammett said.
"It's my fourth deployment. I served in Fiji in
2006, and Iraq in 2005 and 2008.
"It's a good experience to get out and see
He said the main challenge for him so far was
working in the two roles.
"There are a lot of long days and nights and
we don't get to bed until the early hours of the
morning," Cpl Hammett said.
"I've done this role before and I'm using my
previous experience working here. I'm doing
what I have to do to get through."
While it's a busy job, he said it was a reward-
"I actually get to see first hand all the cargo
coming in and, with my offsider, we distribute
it to the guys out there doing the shooting," Cpl
ARMY and Air Force personnel
have joined a Canadian detachment
using the one-tonne Heron UAVs in
Defence Minister John Faulkner
announced on September 7 that the
RAAF would lease the Heron UAV serv-
ices under Project Nankeen.
"This high-resolution intelli-
gence, surveillance and reconnaissance
capability will enhance the capabil-
ity of Australian forces in Afghanistan,"
Senator Faulkner said.
The ADF has signed a memorandum
of understanding with the Canadian mili-
tary. This has meant the ADF has rapidly
established its Heron capability by draw-
ing on Canada's operational knowledge,
experience and facilities.
In July, Australian personnel under-
No rest for new shift
In it for the long
haul with Herons
took Heron training in Canada. They
are now based with the Canadian UAV
detachment at Kandahar airfield that con-
ducts combat operations in support of the
International Security Assistance Force.
The Heron UAV is capable of medi-
um-altitude, long-endurance flights. It
can conduct operations in excess of 24
hours, with a maximum speed of more
than 100 knots (180km/h) and at alti-
tudes of up to 10,000m.
Upping the ante: A Heron UAV.
Stocking up: FSU 2 terminal operators Pte Philip Bilson (left) and Cpl Michael Hammett at work in Kandahar. Photo by Cpl Andrew Hetherington
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