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WORLD NEWS 13
Army April 15, 2010
By LAC Aaron Curran
THE ADF now has full control over
management and storage of its ammuni-
tion in the MEAO.
This stems from the opening of the
temporary Ammunition Storage Point
(ASP), which became fully operational
at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan in
"This facility provides a consolidated
storage area for all Australian ammuni-
tion in the MEAO," OC Force Support
Team -- KAF Maj Jo Richards-Bell said.
"The reliance upon the coalition force
support with respect to ammunition stor-
age has been significantly reduced and
means that the Force Support Unit can
manage the theatre stocks more efficiently
and more ably provide timely ammuni-
tion support to force elements further for-
Currently, the ASP is in a temporary
location but with the expanding works in
progress at KAF, they will move into a
much larger ASP that the US forces are
constructing. That will provide a more
secure, safe and permanent facility com-
prising earth-covered magazines by 2011.
The ASP facility is operated by five
Army personnel -- four ammunition tech-
nicians and one operator supply.
The team managed the huge task of
rebasing the ammunition into the tempo-
WO2 Brian Snape is the senior AT
for KAF and is responsible for the dis-
tribution of all ordnance throughout the
"We now are the central holding point
and manage the theatre stocks for the
MEAO," he said.
"We then supply that ammunition for-
ward to Tarin Kowt in Oruzgan as well as
force elements in Al Minhad."
He said their job was to hold a sig-
nificant volume of ammunition, pack and
supply it forward to force elements and
then work to achieve Australian standards
"The facility we are currently in is
By LAC Aaron Curran
THE Rotary Wing Group (RWG)
has changed address.
As part of the wider plan to de-
conflict helicopter operations with
fixed-wing traffic at Kandahar
Airfield in Afghanistan, RWG has
moved to a facility that will become
its permanent home in theatre.
Previously based at 'Lima' ramp,
RWG has moved to an interim facil-
ity at 'Mustang' ramp on the north-
ern side of the airfield. At Mustang
it will eventually move into new
facilities comprising a hangar, build-
ings and a good-sized hardstand.
CO RWG 5 Lt-Col David Lynch
said the move was in line with the
US Combat Avn Bde's eventual
move to the same location.
"We will spend the next three
months getting the information sys-
tems up and running," Lt-Col Lynch
said. "It gives us an opportunity to
get a firm footprint on the ground
over at Mustang so we have got our
place there when they eventually
tear down our current hangar, which
we've borrowed from our American
The first containers were in place
in mid-March and most of the other
containers and equipment by the end
"During the move, we conducted
aircrew theatre qualification training
as well as assembling our second
airframe so we have a busy period
ahead," Lt-Col Lynch said.
"Everyone picked up a respon-
sibility for the move even if it was
'out of their lane' and not their pri-
Force Support Unit and Force
Communications Unit provided
heavy equipment for the uplift and
established reliable communications
The interim facilities are col-
lapsible fabric hangars that are open
"What we have negotiated for
our new facilities is a massive con-
crete hard stand with a hangar on
one part of it with plywood build-
ings and lots of container space,"
Lt-Col Lynch said.
"Even better for us is that the
Tactical Operations Centre (TOC)
will be right next door to where
we are ... as all of our missions are
operated through the TOC."
He said the move provided the
opportunity to renew and improve
the maintenance workspace.
"We have already taken two
truckloads of garbage to the tip from
our current hangar. Anyone who
has had to move on posting will be
familiar with this phenomenon."
At the interim facility, RWG per-
sonnel will experiment with the best
arrangement of equipment before
the permanent move.
"We have an opportunity to pro-
vide a workspace for the tradesmen
that is as good as possible in this
rudimentary environment," Lt-Col
Lynch said. "It will hopefully stand
us in good stead for the future."
only for the short term," WO2 Snape said.
"The American forces are building
another facility, which Australia is con-
tributing resources towards, and we will
leverage off these US efforts.
"Land here at KAF is at a premium
and so it is as a result of the great rela-
tionship with the US forces that the ADF
is able to have some space to further
expand our operations and ammunition
"We will ensure the Australian stand-
ards are understood by the Americans
during the build -- things like floor space,
height and storage size -- which will mean
that, on completion, the new ASP should
be as good as we have in Australia."
Consolidation: Pte Douglas Ward,
left, and AT Cpl Robert Selby, move
5.56mm ammunition at the ASP.
Photo by LAC Aaron Curran
Heavy loads: Cfn Dan O'Connell lines up the pallets to load equipment on for the re-location of RWG at
Photo by LAC Aaron Curran
RWG ramps up
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