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The annual Rent Allowance review
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If you are currently in receipt of Rent Allowance,
and you are included in this year's review, you
should have already received your review letter
and statement. If this is the case, you will need
to respond quickly.
You will need to complete a statement with details of your rental
situation and provide a current rent receipt or tenant payment
history. NOTE: Other supporting documentation may be requested.
It is important you respond to this review as it establishes if there
have been any changes to your domestic circumstances that could
affect your Rent Allowance.
Failure to respond by the due date may cause your Rent Allowance
to be stopped.
If you have any questions, please contact your
regional DHA office on 139 DHA (139 342).
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14 WORLD NEWS
Army April 15, 2010
By Capt Al McPherson
THE Force Support Team (FST) is
providing essential logistical sup-
port to Australian soldiers based
in Oruzgan Province, southern
One of the FST responsibilities is
to cater for up to 2000 personnel dur-
ing each of the three meal sittings a
day at the main dining facility. About
12,000kg meat and up to 16,000kg of
fresh fruit, vegetables and eggs are
prepared every week.
Caterer WO2 Nicole Smith said
fresh produce, eggs and Dutch spe-
cialty foods were air-freighted into
Tarin Kowt to ensure the best possible
quality, while frozen foods such as
meat as well as dry goods and water
"We took over the mess from the
Dutch on December 1 last year and
since then we've made improvements
with the addition of fresh vegetables
and meat," WO2 Smith said.
"The mess now caters to a wider
range of tastes but with a focus on
nutritious Australian styles of meals.
We take into consideration other coa-
lition partners' tastes."
Catering to the many troops in
Tarin Kowt is a round-the-clock job
for military staff and contractors, as
are some of the other services provid-
ed by the FST, including base main-
tenance, cargo movement and mail
support to the deployed soldiers.
As with feeding the troops, postal
services are a mainstay of operations,
with soldiers in the field always look-
ing forward to a parcel or letter from
Commander FST Capt Dean
Ellis said the Australian Tarin Kowt
Military Post Office processed more
than 1.5 tonnes of mail and 100 bags
of parcels every week.
"Our postie does a great job, as
do all of the staff at FST," Capt Ellis
"The lone postie works 12 hours a
day, seven days a week to ensure that
the troops are able to post and receive
letters from home."
The FST also comprises opera-
tions personnel, administration per-
sonnel, psychologists, drivers, termi-
nal operators, quartermaster staff, air
dispatch personnel, tradesmen, plant
operators, environmental health staff
and ammunition technicians.
By Sgt Mick Davis
MEMBERS of Australian
and Dutch task forces
joined Afghan staff at the
Multinational Base in Tarin
Kowt on March 20 to see in
the year 1389 according to
the Afghan calendar.
speeches, a traditional Afghan
barbecue with kebabs, tra-
ditional dancing and music
from an Afghan band that
travelled from Kandahar for
CO Mentoring Task
Force 1 Lt-Col Jason Blain
said the night was a great
insight into Afghan culture
and its people, especially
"the way that they come
together to celebrate a new
year in the northern spring
with its new growth, energy
"Looking at their dance
and hearing the music and
speeches it's obvious that
New Year celebrations are
about letting go of the past
and looking to the future."
Long hours: Always on the
move, Cpl Shaun Byrnes
from Force Support Unit
at Multinational Base Tarin
Kowt readies a vehicle for
Inset: WO2 Nicole Smith
receives a catering order
from Sgt Karel of the Royal
Netherlands Army (left).
Photos by Sgt Mick Davis
Energy, optimism in 1389
Into the spirit: CO Mentoring Task Force 1,
Lt-Col Jason Blain, left, enjoys the festivities at
Photo by Sgt Mick Davis
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