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By Sgt Andrew Hetherington
CIVILIAN works project manage-
ment and vital force protection
against IEDs -- that's the scope
of work the Engineer Task Unit
(ETU) is doing in and around
Tarin Kowt in Afghanistan.
SSM WO2 Chris Panteli said the
unit had more than 100 personnel
serving in a wide range of engineer-
"There is a construction and
works project management element
and a combat engineer element,
which encompasses explosive ord-
nance disposal (EOD) and explo-
sive detection dogs (EDD)," WO2
Panteli said. "We run a trade train-
ing school in Tarin Kowt, which is
also mobile and recently travelled to
the Chora region to select boys for
Building projects the unit's
works project team is managing
include two schools and a hospital.
"They go out into the commu-
nity to plan and design projects,
then there's a tender process and the
project is awarded to local contrac-
tors," WO2 Panteli said. "The team
visits the project locations and site-
manages the project, advising the
contractors and ensuring the work is
Architectural draughtsman Cpl
Josh Tyacke's work is an essential
part of ETU's works project team.
"I interpret all the information
which comes down from the project
engineers and produce the drawings
the Afghan building contractors will
work from," Cpl Tyacke said.
"We make the construction pro-
cess for them as easy as possible
by outlining it step-by-step, giving
them as much detail as we can."
Since the start of Mentoring
Task Force 1's depoyment, he has
designed several bridges and two
The start of construction is usu-
ally the end of the project for Cpl
Tyacke, but he likes to see how
work is progressing.
"I go out to see how my draw-
ings relate in the real world," Cpl
Tyacke said. "Seeing the buildings
I've designed is the most rewarding
part of my job."
Cpl Tyacke conducted a simi-
lar role when he was deployed to
Afghanistan with Reconstruction
Task Force 3 during 2007-2008.
"The buildings I designed back
then have now been built, such
as the two boys' schools in Tarin
Kowt," he said.
One of the most crucial and
dangerous roles ETU performs for
MTF 1, other Inernational Security
Assistance Force units and the
Afghan population is counter-IED
and manoeuvre support.
"Searchers will clear a patrol
route and if they find IEDs they will
mark it and the EOD technicians
will come in and deal with it," WO2
"We also have EDD teams that
are an asset in the green zone and
they also locate caches and IEDs."
The ETU works with the
Weapons Intelligence Team (WIT)
to collect IEDs or preserve scenes
for the WIT to investigate.
"Without our counter-IED
capability, there is no easy way to
manoeuvre around Afghanistan,"
WO2 Panteli said.
Since February the ETU has
dealt with more than 130 weapons
caches, including IED components.
16 WORLD NEWS
Army July 22, 2010
By Capt Alastair McPherson
A DEEP sense of patriotism has
spurred an Australian Government
civilian working at Multinational Base
Tarin Kowt to write and produce trib-
utes to the Australian soldiers who
have made the ultimate sacrifice for
Iain Smith, better known as Fred,
penned a tribute to Pte Ben Renaudo
in 2009 and on June 12 performed a
new song in remembrance of Spr Jacob
"Snowy" Moerland and Spr Darren
"Smitty" Smith in front of more than 150
soldiers at the base.
The two-hour concert was an initia-
tive that Mr Smith put forward to the
Mentoring Task Force Regimental Trust
Fund committee to gather donations for
a fund being developed by MTF 1 for the
families of the fallen.
He donated almost $1400 from the
proceeds of the sale of his self-produced
Vocal tribute to
those who fell
top project list
albums to the trust fund. "It was a tough
time on the base after the deaths of
Snowy and Smitty so I thought it would
be good to get everyone together to
grieve a bit and raise a few dollars for
the trust fund at the same time," he said.
"I wrote Dust of Uruzgan, a tribute
to Pte Renaudo, after talking to a few
people who had been involved in the
incident. It was important to me to get
the facts right as much as possible out of
respect for those affected.
"The service and ramp ceremony
for Snowy and Smitty was an emotion-
al experience for all of us. The song
Sapper's Lullaby came to me pretty
Mr Smith wrote Sapper's Lullaby
three days after Snowy and Smitty
and Smitty's explosive detection dog,
Herbie, were killed by an IED in the
Mirabad Valley on June 7.
He has been working alongside
Australian troops in Afghanistan since
July 2009 and is likely to return to
Australia in December after 18 months
His involvement with the ADF began
in 1999 as a civilian peace monitor with
the Department of Foreign Affairs and
Trade in Bougainville. His work took
him back to Bougainville two more
times, Solomon Islands and now to
"I worked closely with Australian
troops in Bougainville. I learned pidgin,
so I wrote a few songs about local life in
Bougainville that we would sing to the
people," he said. "I would sing and play
guitar and the soldiers would do back-
ing vocals. I'm not sure if they liked it at
first but they did it anyway and the songs
really reached out to the people."
More than $100,000 is expected
to be raised through donations from
Australian and International Security
Assistance Force personnel by the end
of MTF 1's rotation in October.
Inspired: Fred Smith strums his guitar
on the rooftop at Multinational Base
Tarin Kowt in Afghanistan.
Photo by LS Paul Berry
Screenshot: Cpl Josh Tyacke, an architectual draughtsman deployed with the Engineer Task Unit, works
on a building design in Tarin Kowt.
Photo by Sgt Andrew Hetherington
Government has hon-
oured the invaluable
help provided by the
Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels to
Australian soldiers in
the Kokoda campaign
during World War II.
Bob McMullan pre-
sented seven commemo-
rative medals to Fuzzy
Wuzzy Angels and
their relatives at a spe-
cial ceremony in Port
Moresby on July 9.
Mr McMullan said
the strength, ingenuity
and compassion of the
Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels
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