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16 -17 September 2010
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2010 RAEME Corps
Maintaining the Army of 2019
"Before we got there the Dutch had
already done a lot of clearing so we
could concentrate on the hold, build and
One of the more noticeable differ-
ences, Col Yeaman said, was the Dutch
approach in meetings with locals.
He said the Australians presented a
strong military face in Afghanistan while
the Dutch took a more community-
It enabled the Dutch to communi-
cate better with civilians such as doc-
tors, shopkeepers and politicians, which
in turn enabled them to gather a lot of
Col Yeaman said the civilian focus
of the Provincial Reconstruction Team
(PRT) contributed to that openness.
"The PRT was headed by a civilian
and had a lot of civilians in it. It could
talk to the government about water,
irrigation, agriculture and related areas
whereas we -- the Reconstruction Task
Force -- were more or less the implemen-
Last year, US Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton praised the Dutch for the
work they had done in Uruzgan and the
approach they had taken.
She said the Americans had examined
the Dutch mission and tactics in Uruzgan
and taken this approach into considera-
tion when developing their own plans.
Col Yeaman said the American think-
ing clearly reflected the way the Dutch
approached the Afghanistan situation as
a civilian-military answer, rather than a
purely military answer.
"One thing we learnt in our time there
was that it is not a problem that can be
solved just by military action.
"As almost every general that's been
through there has said you cannot kill
your way to victory -- it does require
"And the results bear that out.
"Two years ago Tarin Kowt was a
pretty lawless place. By the time RTF 4
handed over to MRTF 1 it had been paci-
"Again, when you develop that inter-
face between the military and civilian
organisations -- whether they are gov-
ernment or NGOs or the UN or the Red
Cross -- that civilian face is vital."
Col Yeaman said the Dutch proved
their mettle on many occasions.
He said the Dutch soldiers had shed
a lot of blood supporting us and that
contribution needed to be respected by
Col Yeaman considered the
Netherlands was a nation we would like
to work with again in the future.
"Outside of British forces, we prob-
ably share more in common with them
than most of the other European nations.
"And they are a very professional and
effective force. I'd have that same Dutch
logistics [organisation] route working
with me again anywhere."
Army August 5, 2010
On foot: CO MTF 1 Lt-Col Mark Jennings takes his first patrol as
commander during a visit to the Chora Valley region.
Photo by LS Paul Berry
Mates: Australians and Dutch soldiers patrol together through Sorkh Lez in the Mirabad Valley.
Photo by Cpl Rachel Ingram.
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