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Army May 24, 2012
Afghans put skills to test
A team of Afghan soldiers prove they can hold their own in a military skills competition with Australians
Leut Nikola Johnson
AN AFGHAN National Army
(ANA) team won a collective train-
ing activity with Australian troops
at Multinational Base Tarin Kot last
Members of MTF 4's Operational
Mentor and Leadership Team joined
forces with the ANA to run the collec-
tive training activity.
The training exercise included five
teams from the OMLT, a team from
Combined Team -- Uruzgan and a team
from the ANA.
The teams were put through a kit
check, the correct application of a
tourniquet, a stretcher carry, a 5km
route march and a range shoot.
Teams had points deducted if com-
ponents of their kit were missing and
for failing to apply the correct marks-
manship principles during the range
Capt Craig Armitage, of MTF 4,
said the activity was a sign of unity
between the two forces.
"The purpose of today's event
was to mentor the ANA in a collec-
tive training activity and to enhance
the current relationship we have with
them, with joint participation in a
small-team environment," he said.
ANA Sgt Muhiullah said he
enjoyed the competition.
"These drills were very good. This
is very good for our operations with
coalition partners," he said.
"We are really happy about coali-
tion forces and especially Australian
forces. They are really here in
Afghanistan to help the Afghan people
and we have a very good relationship
going on patrols with them."
OMLT OC Maj Phil Whitehead
complimented the Afghan soldiers on
their leadership, teamwork, endurance
and determination -- qualities he said
were essential for soldiers to succeed
on the battlefield.
The winning Afghan team mem-
bers were each awarded a certificate
and a compass for their efforts in
Carrying their weight: Afghan and Australian troops compete side by side in a stretcher carry during the training activity at Multinational Base Tarin
Kot in Afghanistan.
Photo by Cpl Melina Mancuso
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