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14 WORLD NEWS
Army September 17, 2009
By Cpl Andrew Hetherington
PERSONNEL of the Joint
Centre -- Afghanistan in Kandahar
are adjusting to a fast-paced work
tempo after arriving in country just
over a month ago.
Pte Justin Lennon, JMCO Perth,
is an operator movement on his third
deployment to the MEAO and on his
first to Afghanistan. He said working
in Afghanistan was a demanding task.
"I face a few challenges working
here. We try to build relationships with
movers from other countries to help
each other out, if we need to get cargo
or passengers on each other's aircraft,"
Pte Lennon said.
"All of our jobs are the same and
the language barrier sometimes gets in
the way, but we get by."
He said despite the challenges the
job was satisfying.
"So far it's really rewarding. The
work load is high -- over the last week
we've worked between 16-20 hours
a day -- but just when you think you
won't achieve all your work, the next
thing you know, you do."
By Capt Matt Moran
COMMANDER Joint Operations Command Lt-Gen
Mark Evans was joined by top Defence brass for
a visit to troops in Afghanistan just days after the
Lt-Gen Evans met CO MRTF 2 Lt-Col Peter
Connolly and presented medals to soldiers and took the
opportunity to talk to the troops.
The senior officers visited ADF reconstruction
projects in Tarin Kowt and visited FOB Mirwais and
Patrol Base Buman while in Oruzgan province.
The visitors also inspected facilities at Australia's
base at Tarin Kowt and the successful MRTF Trade
Training School where Australian troops deliver trade
training to Afghan locals.
Lt-Gen Evans met with the ANA's Commander 4
Bde, which MRTF 2 is working closely with in its men-
He also met with the Commander of Task Force
Oruzgan who is the senior coalition officer in the prov-
Senior officers included Comd 1 Div Maj-Gen
Michael Slater, Comd JTF633 Maj-Gen Mark Kelly and
Deputy Commander JTF663 Brig Wayne Budd.
A fund-raising raffle was held on the night with sev-
eral thousand dollars being raised for Legacy.
Top shots: MRTF 2 soldiers (left to right) Cpl Bradley Sanderson, Lt Ryan Sharp, LCpl Mathew McNab, Sgt Henry Collins and
WO1 Darren Murch display the trophy for winning the Afghanistan Skill at Arms Meeting. Dutch, US, Slovakian and British troops
also took part in the shooting competition at Camp Holland in Tarin Kowt. Twenty teams of four firers each competed, with the
MRTF 2 team winning both the Rifle Team and Pistol Team matches to finish overall champions. Also pictured is a Netherlands
soldier who organised the event.
MRTF 2 members proven hot shots
Awarded: Lt-Gen Mark Evans presents Capt
Kathryn Christie with the ISAF medal.
Photo by Cpl Rachel Ingram
sort in Afghanistan
TWO Bushmasters and an ASLAV made up the
largest load of cargo flown into Tarin Kowt to date.
A RAAF C-17 delivered the 41.7-tonne load on
The aircraft's engines remained running as the
cargo was offloaded under the time allotted for the
completion of the task.
"We have limited parking and by keeping the
engines running we can achieve a quick turn-
around," said the pilot, Sqn-Ldr Travis Walters.
Sorted: Pte Justin Lennon (left) and Cpl Alison
Dempster, JMCC Kandahar, check cargo.
Photo by Cpl Andrew Hetherington
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