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18 WORLD NEWS
Army August 19, 2010
By Sgt Andrew Hetherington
AUSTRALIAN gunners deployed with
their British counterparts in Helmand
province received a visit from Assistant
Commander JTF 633-Afghanistan Brig
Brig Roach said the purpose of his visit
on July 8 was to see how the gunners lived
at Forward Operating Base Budwan, how
they had integrated with the British and to
pass on information from a recent CA visit to
"The FOB is similar to the FOBs and liv-
ing conditions [of other Australian soldiers]
in Uruzgan province," he said.
"Everyone's living in Hesco-barrier-
constructed accommodation, there is more
than one nation working at the FOB and the
guys are working hard and doing well."
He said the role of the gunners was an
"They have integrated fully with the British
and provide key artillery fire support to Danish
troops and have begun supporting the part-
nered patrols with the Afghan soldiers."
He said from the feedback he had
received, he was happy with their perfor-
"All reports I've heard from the key staff
of British 4 Regt Royal Artillery was the boys
are doing very well," Brig Roach said.
"The Danes are very happy with the level
of support, integration and planning.
"From everything I have seen here and
from talking to the fellas, they are happy,
their morale is high and they are working
As part of the visit, he gave the gunners
RSL care packages and a new cricket bat,
which will be put to good use during matches
against British and Danish soldiers between
Star performers: Australian and British gunners await commands during a late night fire mission at Forward Operating Base Budwan in
Afghanistan's Helmand province.
Photos by Cpl Raymond Vance
Words and actions: Bdr Ross Edwards
shows Brig Don Roach one of the guns.
Standing firm: Bdr Ross Edwards leans against the perimeter of the
forward operating base.
Heck of a punch: WO2 Brett Donaldson supervises a Danish soldier
firing the Heckler and Koch grenade machine gun.
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