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the way to deployment
were the expectations of
MTF 5 CO Lt-Col Trent
Scott during the mission rehears-
al exercise held at Towsville's
High Range Training Area from
"These would reflect the range
of challenges that the men and
women are likely to confront during
their deployment," he said.
"There was also a strong empha-
sis on junior leaders making deci-
sions and teaching them how to
think, not what to think."
The Combat Training Centre
went all out planning the exercise,
including using Afghans as role
players to create a language barrier,
which forced the soldiers to appro-
priately use and convey their intent
The soldiers of the 3RAR Battle
Group, as MTF 5 was dubbed when
pre-deployment training began ear-
lier this year, faced many challeng-
es throughout the exercise, from
preparing and advising Afghan
National Army operations to con-
ducting security patrols and even
reacting to mass-casualty events.
Lt-Col Scott said some soldiers
found they were well prepared and,
due to the realism of the exercise,
weaknesses were identified.
"Some soldiers had not expe-
rienced those types of challenges
before," he said.
"But they all rose to the occa-
sion and overall the battle group
performed very well."
One section involved in the
exercise discovered flexibility and
mutual respect were key factors to
successfully integrating and operat-
ing in a deployed environment.
Upon starting the exercise, eight
soldiers of section 61A, Mentoring
Team Delta, received orders to
deploy for the duration of the activ-
ity to Patrol Base Razaq.
Section commander Cpl Nathan
O'Brien said it was a good oppor-
tunity to work with simulated ANA
"We were able to get away as
a section and really focus on the
task," he said.
"This was the first opportunity
Before they could set foot in Afghanistan
the soldiers of MTF 5 had to complete a
highly realistic mission rehearsal exercise,
Cpl Nick Wiseman reports.
had to have
us due to the
-- Cpl Nathan O'Brien, MTF 5
we had to integrate, live with and
work with a simulated ANA pla-
Tasked with the security of the
patrol base and its occupants, the
soldiers had to deal with limited
Defensive routines were initi-
ated, with the soldiers establishing
range cards and engagement areas
for vehicles, and daily patrol base
duties were drawn up.
"Once we established our rou-
tine and relationships we started
running daily lessons and training
sessions with the ANA in between
patrols," Cpl O'Brien said.
"We ran lessons to help their
engineers find IEDs easier and to
better protect themselves, as well as
A typical day at the patrol base
when not needed for tasking or
security started at 6am, when the
soldiers carried out their morning
routine and ate a ration-pack break-
fast.From there they finalised their
plans for the day, which could
involve anything from patrol-
ling with their ANA counterparts
through to maintaining security at
key leadership engagements.
Once the day's events were
completed preparations would start
for any night tasking with night
patrols occurring when needed.
Difficulties with the simulated
ANA platoon tested the patience
of section members. At times the
section members would be ready
to start a planned joint patrol but
found themselves waiting for up to
half an hour for their counterparts.
With a lot of emphasis on casu-
alty treatment, Cpl O'Brien said it
was good to see everyone using the
skills they had all been taught.
"There were quite a few occa-
sions throughout the exercise where
the boys were able to put to use
their training and skills," he said.
"Casualities were evacuated
using vehicles, simulated helicop-
ters and even carried out by foot."
Of the many challenges faced
throughout the exercise, the biggest
was the language barrier.
Cpl O'Brien was pleased to see
the organisers had gone to a lot of
effort with the mission rehearsal
"Having Afghan role players and
other assets that will be available
to us in country made a very slick
training package for us," he said.
"We actually had to have inter-
preters with us due to the language
The section learnt to remain
flexible and often change their oper-
ating techniques to work better with
their Afghan counterparts.
Cpl O'Brien said his soldiers
were receptive to the new ideas put
forward and keen to adapt.
"They would do whatever it took
to make things work as smooth as
possible," he said.
"I'm really happy with the way
they performed. There's always
going to be small things you can
work on but overall the boys are
really well prepared for what they're
about to go into."
After finishing the mission
rehearsal the soldiers moved on to
company-level training and live-fire
platoon attacks, spending time on
the range with the various weapons
they will use when deployed.
Cpl O'Brien said it was good to
have the time after the exercise on
the range and be able to spend time
working on points that had been
"I think we're as prepared as we
can be for now," he said.
Summing up the mission
rehearsal exercise, Lt-Col Scott said
it was not a test but rather an oppor-
tunity to get the soldiers further pre-
"The battle group is well pre-
pared, well equipped and mentally
in a great position, ready to achieve
the mission," he said.
"They're keen to get on that
plane and start doing the job they
volunteered for and are profession-
ally committed to."
Mission ready: A 3RAR soldier patrols through the High Range Training Area
during the MTF 5 mission rehearsal exercise.
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