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WORLD NEWS 13
Army December 10, 2009
A LARGE convoy of military vehicles
and personnel, including soldiers from
MRTF 2, have completed a challeng-
ing resupply journey from Tarin Kowt
to Kandahar and back.
Operation Tor Ghar involved the
Afghan National Army (ANA), and
Australian, Dutch and US soldiers in
the collection of supplies to sustain sol-
diers of ANA's 4 Bde through the cold
The Australian element included sol-
diers from OMLT, with support from a
CO MRTF 2 Lt-Col Peter Connolly
said the size of the convoy combined
with the threat of ambush along the route
made it a significant and challenging
operation for 4 Bde and the mentoring
and partnering elements from Task Force
Oruzgan and MRTF 2.
"The achievement of the mission is
testimony to the strong relationships
the men of OMLT and MRTF 2 have
formed at all levels with our mentored 4
Kandak and 4 Bde counterparts," Lt-Col
OC OMLT Maj Gordon Wing, com-
mander of the partnering coalition forces
and mentor to the ANA convoy com-
mander, said OMLT helped the ANA to
plan and rehearse the convoy at all levels.
"The ANA convoy commander
was given the situational awareness he
needed to control the convoy through
the continuous liaison and vigilance
between OMLT headquarters, sub-teams
and MRTF 2 elements," he said.
At various times, the convoy
stretched over several kilometres.
Maj Wing said it presented command
and control problems for the ANA, made
worse by language barriers, communica-
tions problems and unforgiving terrain,
which took its toll on vehicles.
Australian engineer mentors, together
with their ANA counterparts, conducted
searches for IEDs.
Getting the vehicles to and from
Kandahar was only one part of the
equation. Capt Keith Chambers said
Australian logistics mentors faced chal-
lenges during loading in Kandahar.
"Things went really well at times and
less well at others," he said.
The ANA convoy commander from
4 Kandak, Lt-Col Mohammad Mologhul,
was satisfied with the operation.
"This convoy was excellent compared
to previous convoys," Lt-Col Mologhul
said. "The soldiers of 4 Kandak and their
mentors did well."
Commander 4 ANA Bde Brig-Gen
Abdul Hamid was also impressed with
Running the gauntlet
On a roll: MRTF 2
soldiers, with Afghan,
US and Dutch forces,
prepare vehicles for
Op Tor Ghar (above).
Know the drill:
watch a "rock drill" in
preparation for the
Photos by Cpl Rachel Ingram
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