Home' Army News : February 2nd 2012 Contents Hey Soldier!
Isn't it time you did something for yourself?
You've got the experience but can you get the job?
Risk Reduction Services -- Australia are experts in helping you tur n
your military training and experience into Nationally Recognised
Training Competencies and Qualifications such as:
TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
BSB40807 Certificate IV in Frontline Management
BSB51107 Diploma of Management
CPP40707 Certificate IV in Secu rity
and Risk Management
CPP50611 Diploma of Security
and Risk Management
Our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process will identify your
cur rent competencies and where necessary we will design bridging
t raining to bring you up to speed with the National Qualification.
Funds may be available to assist you through the
Defence Assisted Study Scheme (DASS)
or the Career Transition Assistance Scheme (CTAS).
Reg No: 32472
Do something for yourself and get fully qualified now!
Contact Risk Reduction Services -- Australia
or call 0407 539 088
The #1 tax agent
for ADF members
Call 1300 76 35 75 24/7
or visit us online at
Defence Force tax specialists - We have extensive
experience across all ranks and specialities,
Members who are currently deployed or have
ser ved overseas
Members with investment properties
Members who have fallen behind on
lodging their tax returns
Maximum returns - We know all the specific
deductions, so you get a great tax return every year!
Phone consultations - All tax returns are completed
over the phone, so you don't have to leave your base,
ship or assignment.
One tax agent - We are not limited by locality so you
and your family don't ever have to look for another tax
Special Offer - Introduce your partner to us and they
will receive a 20% discount on our fee.
Army February 2, 2012
Maj Lachlan Simond
MENTORS from MTF 3's C
Coy put their Afghan National
Army (ANA) partners to the test
with a complex engagement and
clearance operation in the vil-
lage of Zebzel Kalay.
MTF 3 is the first task force
to have teams operating outside
of Uruzgan province, with ele-
ments of C Coy based at a new
patrol base in Kandahar prov-
ince's far north on the main sup-
ply route between Tarin Kot and
C Coy Operational Mentoring
Liaison Team (OMLT) com-
mander Capt Richard
Thapthimthong said the village
of Zebzel Kalay was near the
"We wanted to mentor the
ANA in the conduct of local
security operations," he said.
"Our job was to go off to a close-
by village, meet the elders there
and conduct house searches.
"The village is on a fairly
prominent route, so we wanted
to make sure we could conduct
a vehicle checkpoint and screen
traffic travelling through."
The mission was a chance for
Capt Thapthimthong's OMLT,
which includes a warrant offic-
er, a sergeant and a corporal, to
monitor and mentor the progress
of their ANA partners from the
6th Kandak patrolling and inter-
acting with the local population.
"This kandak is the newest in
4 Bde, which the Australians are
responsible for mentoring," he
"They've proven themselves
a few times now in conducting
operations, both independently
and directly mentored. Their pro-
gress is good.
"The ANA always leads the
operations and we liaise with the
command team. Our main focus
is to mentor and ensure they are
operating to a good standard."
Capt Thapthimthong under-
took an 18-month language
course before deploying in his
current role and said his language
skills were proving invaluable.
"Its been a unique experience,
in that I can communicate with
the locals and communicate with
the ANA personnel. To really
hear what they have to say, to be
able to respond to them immedi-
ately and keep the conversations
going has been priceless and
enjoyable," he said.
"The response from the
locals is unique. They are very
surprised because Pashtu is a lan-
guage rarely spoken outside of
Afghanistan and Pakistan."
A SMALL team of ADF and US military personnel at
Multinational Base Tarin Kot are spearheading a potent
new capability to reduce the threat from IEDs for coali-
tion troops and the local population.
The Weapons Intelligence Team (WIT) analyses
IED components to help the ADF and its coalition
partners determine the best methods of countering the
This intelligence allows Australian and coalition
forces to update their tactics, techniques and procedures
to counter the threat for troops on the ground.
The specialised team within WIT uses techniques
akin to a police crime lab to analyse recovered IED
componentry and gather evidence for the Afghan jus-
tice system to prosecute individuals involved in supply-
ing, creating and laying IEDs.
The evidence also adds to a worldwide database
used by police forces, immigration and other officials
to help prevent crime.
In the lab with
CSI Tarin Kot
Dust off: Weapons Intelligence Team member Sgt
Matt Clow dusts for prints on IED components in
the laboratory at Tarin Kot. Photo by LS Andrew Dakin
MTF 3 troops join ANA-led patrol to clear village on major road route
Local outreach: Combat first aider Pte Ben
Campbell gives medical assistance to an
Afghan civilian with an injured foot during an
ANA-led operation to clear the village of Zebzel
Kalay. Inset, Lt Jack Hodge, right, checks the
sight lines from an ANA machine gunner's
position during the clearance operation.
Photos by Cpl Raymond Vance
Links Archive December 8th 2011 February 16th 2012 Navigation Previous Page Next Page