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14 WORLD NEWS
Army October 29, 2009
THE first class of Afghan policemen who will
work alongside Australian forces has gradu-
ated in Oruzgan province.
The graduates form the basis of the new
Oruzgan Provincial Police Reserve Company
and have recently completed three months of
mentoring by Special Operations Task Group
At a ceremony held near the Australian
base at Tarin Kowt, the SOTG CO told the new
policemen they could be proud of their achieve-
"Your effort, hard work and dedication is rec-
ognised today as you graduate as Afghan police-
men," he said.
"It is a solemn responsibility that you have
chosen to accept and one that you must faith-
fully undertake to discharge fairly, honestly and
with courage. You owe this to your people and
they should expect nothing less."
Provincial Police Reserve units have recently
been formed in all provinces across Afghanistan
and draw their members from local towns and
villages rather than a national recruiting base.
The SOTG CO said the men came from the
same communities they would serve.
"They understand the local issues and the
bond with their local communities is very impor-
tant," he said. "Being a policeman in Afghanistan
is not easy. They risk their lives every day."
Australian special forces have been involved
at every stage in the evolution of the Oruzgan
force. The mentors have worked with Afghan
trainers and interpreters to raise the unit.
The mentoring and training included class-
room lessons and joint operations with the
SOTG among the local population.
"Training them to be Afghan police officers
is only part of the work. The key is in training
them so they, in time, can assume the responsi-
bility for training later courses," the CO said.
"The objective is a self-sustaining unit -- one
that's able to recruit, train and operate without
the need for outside support. With the commit-
ment these officers have demonstrated, we'll
The final few weeks of the course were a
challenge for the new graduates, taking place
over the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which
forbids eating and drinking during the day.
"These men continued training throughout
Ramadan, going without food and drink during
some extremely hot days for over 20 days. It's
been a fantastic effort," the CO said.
on home turf
Long arm of the law: A mentor from SOTG congratulates a newly capped Afghan police
officer after the graduation ceremony in Tarin Kowt.
By Sgt Andrew Hetherington
Communications Unit 2 (FCU
2) has achieved a number of
milestones since arriving in
Afghanistan in recent months.
FCU 2 nodal commander Lt
Jessica Adams said her unit provid-
ed assistance throughout Kandahar.
"Our role is to provide commu-
nications and DRN, DSN network
support to the Rotary Wing Group,
Force Support Unit, the RAP at
Kandahar airfield and a few embeds
in other locations," she said.
"We've increased the speed of
the welfare wireless internet serv-
ice for members in Kandahar and
established a welfare room with six
"Personnel from the unit also get
tasked to assist other units serving in
other locations in Afghanistan."
The unit comprises communica-
tions personnel from Army and Air
Force. "We have 11 personnel split
into two sections: a technical detach-
ment and an information systems (IS)
detachment," Lt Adams said.
"The bulk of the daily work is
done between 8.30am to 8.30pm,
where we support personnel if they
have issues with their DRN, DSN,
email accounts or computers."
IS detachment commander
Cpl Dean Gebert, 3CSR, said this
deployment to Afghanistan was dif-
ferent from his first.
"I also served in Afghanistan at
Tarin Kowt between 2007 and 2008,
but I was in a different role," he
said. "Now I'm working in a head
quarters-type position, where the
systems I work on are different."
The work is hectic. "We only
have three people working on the
systems and we maintain a 24-hour
help desk as well," Cpl Gebert said.
"It works out to be a 12-hour day."
Wired: Cpl Dean Gebert inspects
cables while on duty for FCU 2.
Photo by Sgt Andrew Hetherington
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