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16 WORLD NEWS
Army August 4, 2011
By AB Jo Dilorenzo
FOUR engineers from the
Afghan National Army (ANA)
have started a series of trade
courses that are being overseen
by Australian Army engineers
at the Trade Training School in
This is the first time the ANA
engineers have been assigned to
undertake the full suite of cours-
es offered by the Trade Training
School. They will be trained in
carpentry, plumbing, advanced
carpentry, concreting and tiling.
Recently deployed from
3CER, LCpl Jason Corradi is a
mentor within the Trade Training
School and is responsible for the
training of the ANA engineers.
"Previously ANA personnel
would attach to a course to learn
a specific set of skills over a short
period," he said.
"Having the ANA engineer
soldiers on the series of cours-
es will allow them to have the
necessary skills to maintain their
own compounds and patrol bases
as ISAF begin to hand over bases
to the Afghan National Security
Currently the courses are
being conducted with non-mili-
tary students, mainly local youth.
The Provincial Reconstruction
Team is considering creating
an ANA-specific course, which
will focus on patrol base mainte-
nance, working with septic tanks,
plumbing and water supply.
It is an option that will further
enhance ANSF capability and set
them up for independent success.
The Trade Training School
model is unique in Afghanistan
and has been run by Australian
Forces since it was established
Learning the trade: LCpl Jason Corradi observes an ANA engineer as he saws into his wood project during a practical
lesson on basic carpentry.
Photo by AB Jo Dilorenzo
Engineers learn ropes
MULTINATIONAL Base Tarin
Kot was the target of rocket
attacks just after midnight on
Combined Team-Uruzgan Col
David Smith said three rockets
were launched from about 6.5km
west of the base.
"One of the three rockets
struck and exploded on the roof
of an armoured accommodation
container but it failed to penetrate
the hardened building," Col
No Australian soldiers were
wounded in the attack with the
only casualty being a foreign
soldier treated by medics for con-
The other two rockets fired
in the attack also failed to cause
damage, with one rocket landing
outside the perimeter of the base
and another in a car park.
The rockets were identified
by the counter rocket, artillery
and mortar (C-RAM) 'sense and
warn' system at the base.
"C-RAM proved effective in
providing personnel with an early
warning of the incoming threat,
giving those outside suitable time
to take cover," Col Smith said.
Afghan National Security
Forces and their ISAF partners
continue to actively patrol for
those who fired the rockets.
WO1 MATTHEW Smith
was one of two staff officers
in JTF 633 HQ to receive a
Commander's silver com-
mendation for his efforts in
improving administrative pro-
cesses and increasing reporting
WO1 Smith and Sqn-Ldr
Brett Nansen were recognised
for streamlining administrative
functions and personnel reporting
requirements, which have halved
reporting times across the theatre.
WO1 Smith's technical
knowledge and devotion to his
work has been directly focused
toward ongoing improvement of
in-theatre administrative policy,
significantly improving HR data
quality on PMKeyS and the level
of personnel administration on
These efforts have assisted
administrators across theatre
in performing their duties and
enhancing operational capability.
WO1 Smith is due to finish his
deployment this month. He was
employed in the Joint Operations
Room and implemented these
reforms during a time of high
operational tempo in the MEAO.
On the mark: The C-RAM provided
an early warning of the attack.
Photo by Sgt Andrew Hetherington
Rocket hit on base
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