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Capt Keith Carmack,
A MULTINATIONAL team of
cooks keeps the troops at Forward
Operating Base Mirwais well fed
and ready for the arduous program
of local foot patrols.
Acting mess sergeant Cpl Gavin
Peterson said his cooks worked long
at the front
Mirwais mess puts on a decent spread
hours to feed
the troops at the
base, but the job
was far from
"It's a good
feeling to know
that we are part
of the unit's suc-
cess," he said.
three hot meals
a day keeps the
from dawn until
Being a for-
many of the amenities seen at larger
bases, such as 24-hour snack and
mess operations, are not available
at FOB Mirwais, which makes the
mess meals all the more important.
US Army cook Pte First Class
Mario Hall described working at the
base as "a great experience".
"It makes me feel good to know
that I affect the morale of the sol-
diers," he said.
The mess facility, much like the
rest of the base, is located on a hill-
side in a former Afghan government
operations building with stoves,
shelving set up
by the cooks to
provide the most
within the avail-
able supplies is
a challenge the
"I have learnt
more about my
job during my
time here in
country than I
ever would have
learnt back in the US," Pte Hall
"I love what I do [and] it gives
me the opportunity to be creative in
I have learnt more
about my job
during my time
here in country
than I ever would
have learnt back
in the US.
-- US Army Pte First Class
Get it while it's hot: Cpl Gavin Peterson grills beef on a hotplate
in preparation for dinner at Forward Operating Base Mirwais in the
Photo by Cpl Raymond Vance
MORE than four tonnes of drug making
chemicals were seized by Afghan and
Australian forces during recent opera-
tions in southern Afghanistan.
Just under two tonnes of poppy seeds,
340kg of opium and a large amount of
drug making equipment was also found
SOTG CO Lt-Col J said the recent
hauls degraded the insurgents' ability to
fight Afghan and coalition forces.
"The Afghan street value of drugs
and drug making equipment destroyed
was just over US$3 million," he said.
"The more narcotics operations we
destroy the more we reduce the insur-
gents' ability to fight, which makes this
area of Afghanistan safer for everyone."
The insurgents fought hard to protect
their drug labs, with a senior insurgent
commander killed during one of the
raids, according to Lt-Col J.
"The senior insurgent commander
was an experienced improvised explo-
sive device maker who also helped facili-
tate the movement of suicide bombers
through Afghanistan to conduct attacks
on Afghan National Security Forces and
International Security Assistance Force
During that mission, one Australian
soldier received minor wounds as a result
of shrapnel from small arms.
In a separate mission, Afghan forces
killed an insurgent commander who was
an improvised explosive device expert
and had taught other insurgents how to
make and place IEDs.
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