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WORLD NEWS 13
Army March 4, 2010
By Capt Al McPherson
MENTORING Task Force 1 took over
from MRTF 2 during a transfer-of-author-
ity parade at the multinational base at Tarin
Kowt in Afghanistan on February 14.
In near zero temperatures, CO MRTF 2
Lt-Col Andrew Hocking and CO MTF 1 Lt-
Col Jason Blain addressed troops on parade.
Representatives from Australian govern-
ment agencies, the Afghan National Army
(ANA), and the Dutch and US militaries
Lt-Col Hocking said he would always be
immensely proud of his soldiers and the sac-
rifices they had made.
"I stood beside soldiers lying on the oper-
ating table and what choked me up was the
way they accepted their injuries," he said.
"We wish MTF 1 luck and we know as
fellow Australians you will do us proud."
Major achievements during the MRTF 2
rotation included the expansion into Mirabad,
ANA mentoring, and provision of safe and
secure Afghan elections in Oruzgan province.
"Providing security in Mirabad allowed
for development that will improve the lives
of the local people, but most importantly we
mentored and developed the ANA so that in
future they may set the conditions for pros-
perity for all Afghan people," Lt-Col Hocking
Lt-Col Blain said MTF 1 aimed to con-
tinue the great work and momentum of its
"We will continue to enhance and expand
the capability of the ANA through increased
mentoring support, while also working with
other Australian-government agencies in
reconstruction and development efforts," he
"We will also work closely with the
Dutch and the Afghan governments on ini-
tiatives and projects in Tarin Kowt, Chora,
Baluchi and Mirabad to bring economic ben-
efits to the people of Oruzgan."
The MTF 1 rotation will mentor and part-
ner components of the ANA 4th Bde until
MRTF 2's achievements -- Pages 18-19
It's over to you, MTF 1
Good luck: CO MTF 1
Lt-Col Jason Blain, left,
and CO MTRF 2 Lt-Col
Andrew Hocking wish
each other well after the
transfer of authority in
Photo by Sgt Mick Davis
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