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Army May 12, 2011
TWO successful operations in
Afghanistan last month have
directly impacted on two district-
level cells and a larger regional-
level insurgent group.
In the 11-day Operation Tigers
Avalanche, members of the Afghan
National Army (ANA) and their
Australian mentors in Uruzgan
uncovered 39 caches.
The operation, which started on
April 17, aimed to clear insurgents
from the Kamisan valley region of
CO MTF 2 Lt-Col Darren
Huxley said the operation was
planned by his partners in the ANA's
"The success of the operation is
a great credit to the officers and sol-
diers of the 2nd Kandak, 4th Bde,
ANA," Lt Col Huxley said.
"The combined team of Afghan
National Security Forces and ISAF
partner forces has again surprised
the insurgents and struck a blow
in an area they had thought them-
During the operation, soldiers
uncovered more than 2400 rounds
of ammunition, 33 rocket-propelled
grenade warheads, 11 grenades, six
radios, a quantity of explosives, a
range of IED-making components
and stores of opium resin.
A week later, Australian Special
Forces killed a prominent Uruzgan
insurgent during an Afghan National
Police-led operation in Tarin Kot on
Hayat Ustad, a known insurgent
leader, drew a pistol and attempted
to shoot members of the Australian
SOTG. Acting in self defence, the
Australians shot and killed him.
SOTG CO Lt-Col G said Ustad
was a key insurgent leader in
"He was a highly influential
insurgent and key logistician with
links to other senior insurgent lead-
ers in southern Afghanistan," he said.
"Ustad was responsible for arms
smuggling, transporting weapons
and fighters, and improvised explo-
sive device construction. He was
also heavily involved in the coor-
dination, direction and planning of
Combined Team Uruzgan
Commander US Army Colonel
James Creighton said the recent
successes had been reinforced with
improvements in governance and
development across the province.
"The locals want peace. They
have seen how governance and
development follows security in
other areas and they now want a life
without violence," Col Creighton
"These successes have turned the
population away from the insurgents
as they see an opportunity for a bet-
ter quality of life."
The recent operations were spe-
cifically designed to unhinge insur-
gent fighting-season preparations.
Clean-up effort: Australian and Afghan soldiers talk with Kamisan valley locals after a cache find during
Operation Tigers Avalanche. Inset, these and many other insurgent weapons and equipment items were
uncovered during the operation.
Photos by Cpl Adam Sheldon
AUSTRALIA'S Federation Guard
(AFG) will travel to Greece and Crete
on May 15 to commemorate the 70th
anniversaries of the infamous World
War II battles there.
The triservice contingent will sup-
port up to 16 ceremonial activities dur-
ing their deployment in both mainland
Greece and Crete at Australian, Allied
and Axis memorials.
The contingent will support a
Department of Veterans' Affairs mission
including Australian WWII veterans who
served in the region in 1941. AFG also
supported the last mission in 2001 to
commemorate the battles' 60th anniver-
The AFG contingent commander is a
Greek-Australian officer, Lt Luke Haitas.
"We are extremely lucky to have the
opportunity to be a part of these com-
memorations in Greece and Crete," he
"Several of our contingent members
have relatives who served for Australian
and even German forces during the war,
so this will be a rare chance to walk in
their footsteps and even visit some of
their grave sites."
Lt Haitas said he felt a particularly
strong family connection to the com-
"It's quite a coincidence that I recent-
ly discovered one of my Greek ancestors
travelled to serve in Crete in the 19th
century," he said.
"This activity has great significance
to me both as an Australian and a Greek."
Greece and Crete trip
is personal for some
Heritage: Greek-Australian Lt Luke Haitas leads an AFG contingent during
ceremonial duties in Canberra. He will soon travel to Greece and Crete with
other AFG personnel to commemorate the WWII battles. Photo by LCpl Leif Abraham
THE Royal Australian Corps of
Military Police (RACMP) celebrated
its 95th birthday during a ceremony
at the Defence Police Training
Centre in Sydney on April 3.
RACMP Colonel Commandant Col
John Cook and LCpl Cassie Radunz,
A Coy, 1 MP Bn, cut a "joint" cake
that also recognised the RAAF's 90th
DPTC RSM WO1 Jason Pratt said
the event was important in keeping
RACMP customs and traditions alive
and maintained the corps profile in the
lead-up to the 100th anniversary.
The AIF Police Cops was formed in
the Middle East on April 3, 1916.
The corps went through several
name changes including Anzac Provost
Corps and Royal Australian Army
Provost Corps before becoming the
Royal Australian Corps of Military
Police in 1974.
MPs celebrate corps' 90th
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