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Army March 1, 2012
MAJ-GEN Michael Krause has been awarded the US
Bronze Star for flying the Australian flag high at the
International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) joint
command in Afghanistan.
He received the award at the end of his 12-month
appointment as deputy chief of staff plans at the
As the first Australian officer to take up the posi-
tion, he described it as one of the most challenging
experiences of his 32-year Army career.
"This position was certainly the toughest job I've
had by a country mile. It's required a level of perse-
verance and mental strength that I didn't expect,"
Maj-Gen Krause said.
"It has also been extremely rewarding. Working
in a multinational headquarters where you are not
the lead nation means you have to sell yourself, your
goods and your plan every day."
The Australian embeds at ISAF joint command
work with their coalition partners and in full part-
nership with the Afghan National Security Forces
to conduct operations which reduce the insur-
gent threat and support improved governance in
"I leave this appointment confident that the
Afghanistan plan is working," Maj-Gen Krause said.
"We have seen the insurgent momentum stopped
and we enter 2012 with the initiative. This campaign
is very achievable and it's a case of us having the
willpower and the resources to finish it off."
Australia is just one of 49 contributing nations,
but Maj-Gen Krause said the contribution of the
Australian embeds at the joint command was invalu-
"The Australians who work here are a classic
example of punching above their weight," he said.
"I am proud of each and every one who has
served here because they have been a credit to
Australia. We produce exceptionally good officers
who put the mission first, and who endure a complex
and difficult work environment."
He said he was honoured to be awarded the
"Working with the US forces is both humbling
and awe inspiring. They have paid a heavy toll in
blood and treasure and I am honoured to have taken
part in this campaign with them."
Maj-Gen Krause handed over to fellow Australian
Maj-Gen Stephen Day on January 24.
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A SMALL group of ADF
embeds are making a real dif-
ference across key positions
at the International Security
Assistance Force (ISAF)
joint command in Kabul,
Based at Kabul International
Airport, the operational head-
quarters is responsible for the
daily campaign in Afghanistan
and is staffed by personnel from
33 contributing countries.
A small group of Australians
hold key appointments through-
out the HQ. They range in
rank from captain up to depu-
ty chief of staff plans Maj-Gen
Steve Day, the highest ranking
Australian officer in Afghanistan.
The command's chief of
staff, UK Maj-Gen Tim Radford,
described the Australian embeds
at the headquarters as "impres-
"Their contribution has been
made at a very important time in
this campaign, whether in legal
advice in support of operations,
future plans or current opera-
tions," he said.
"The high quality Australian
officers within this HQ have pro-
vided a combination of intellect,
diplomacy and operational expe-
rience which has been invalu-
Australian embed Lt-Col
Michael Colquhoun has recent-
ly taken up a position as one of
the campaign planners and has
assisted Afghan forces writing
the future campaign plan.
"Working in this HQ offers a
unique experience for Australian
embeds. There's nothing like
this at home," Lt-Col Colquhoun
Senior Afghan planners
recently produced their first cam-
paign plan written in Dari and
translated to English.
Embeds make mark
Australian officers 'punch above their weight' at international headquarters
"The fact that the Afghan
National Security Forces wrote
the campaign plan with assis-
tance from us is a real indicator
that they are ready to step for-
ward and take on lead responsi-
bility for securing their country,"
Lt-Col Colquhoun said.
Maj Jim Matchett, another
Australian embed, said the multi-
national flavour of the headquar-
ters was eye opening.
"The exposure to how the
other international partners con-
duct their operations has broad-
ened my understanding of the
campaign in Afghanistan," Maj
Held in high regard: Former deputy chief of staff plans at Headquarters ISAF joint command, Maj-
Gen Michael Krause, is presented with the US Bronze Star by regional commander, US Maj-Gen
Curtis Scaparrotti in Kabul, Afghanistan.
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