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Army July 19, 2012
THE 3RAR Task Group has taken
over responsibility for mentoring
the Afghan National Army's 4th
Brigade in Uruzgan province after
an official transfer of authority
ceremony at Tarin Kot on June 24.
MTF 4 personnel have returned
home after completing their five-
month deployment on Operation
The ADF has changed the task
force name to the 3RAR Task Group
for the latest rotation to align with
International Security Assistance
Force naming conventions for tran-
CO MTF 4 Lt-Col Kahlil Fegan
said his team had helped the ANA
make significant progress in the past
"Security across Uruzgan prov-
ince has improved as a result of the
increased confidence and compe-
tence of the ANA 4th Brigade and
its spring offensive was particularly
successful," he said.
Lt-Col Fegan said the relation-
ship between MTF 4 personnel and
their 4th Brigade colleagues had
been integral to the success of the
"Our mentoring relationship was
based on mutual respect, trust and
friendship," he said
"This trust and respect was
forged in combat and in the face
of adversity -- the manner in which
Australian and Afghan soldiers went
to great lengths to protect each other
from unnecessary risk has been most
"Working with the ANA and see-
ing its steady progress has proved
to be a highlight for many of our
Lt-Col Fegan said the steady pro-
gress had put the 4th Brigade in a
good position to take responsibility
for security in the province.
"I am confident that the ANA 4th
Brigade will be ready for transition
to security lead in accordance with
the established timelines," he said.
"I am immensely proud of the
work my men and women have
achieved in building the confidence
and competence of the 4th Brigade.
"Several successful recent clear-
ance operations led by the Afghan
National Security Forces are testa-
ment to the growing capability of
the ANA, not to mention the dedica-
tion and hard work of its mentors."
Lt-Col Fegan said the planning,
building and manning of a new
patrol base at Chaka Juy in eastern
Uruzgan province was of particular
"The ANA 4th Brigade deter-
mined a need to secure a key sup-
ply route from Tarin Kot to Khas
Uruzgan, and as a result they estab-
lished a patrol base along the route,"
"They have since manned
the patrol base and it is clear that
their presence is having a positive
effect on security in the area with
an increase in local traffic security
along the route.
"MTF 4 personnel assisted in
upgrading the route, transporting
stores and equipment, providing spe-
cialist trade skills at the build site
and mentoring security patrols in
The mission was in good hands
with the hand over to the 3RAR
Task Group, led by Lt-Col Trent
Scott, according to Lt-Col Fegan.
"I have no doubt that the new
task force will continue to build on
the good relationship established by
all those before them," Lt-Col Fegan
"It has been a rewarding deploy-
ment and our men and women are
looking forward to returning to their
CDF Gen David Hurley has called on all
ADF members to keep an eye out for each
other following the public release of the DLA
Piper Review into allegations of inappropri-
"My primary concern at this time is for
the welfare and wellbeing of all those who
are affected by the DLA Piper Review.
Defence has put in place support arrange-
ments to assist serving and former ADF
members who may be experiencing difficul-
ties as a result of this Review," GEN Hurley
The review identified 775 plausible alle-
gations dating back to 1951. While these alle-
gations are yet to be tested, the CDF said any
form of abusive behaviour in the ADF was
"I have said publicly that there is no place
for inappropriate behaviour in Defence and
any serving member who is proven to have
engaged in abusive behaviour will be dealt
with," he said.
The CDF said given the nature of the alle-
gations it was critical that they be addressed
as soon as practicable.
"Australians need to be assured that when
they choose to enlist in the ADF they will
be afforded every opportunity to pursue a
rewarding military career in a safe and sup-
portive work environment," GEN Hurley said.
It is his strong belief that the review does
not define the ADF.
"I have served in the ADF for 40 years
and I know that the ADF is not characterised
by abusive behaviour," he said. "While the
overwhelming majority of ADF members live
up to the high standards expected of us, at
times, some members have acted in a manner
that has harmed people. This is not accept-
able and as members of the ADF we must ask
ourselves 'how could this happen?' and 'how
do we ensure this does not happen again?' "
Government is considering a number of
options presented in the review which may
be adopted to address plausible allegations of
The final report of the review has been
under consideration since April and the
Government is expected to announce a
response in the near future.
For volume one of the DLA Piper Report and for more
information on the review visit http://www.defence.
WHO TO CALL
Counselling or assistance is available for
current and former Defence members:
Serving ADF personnel
1800 628 036
Former ADF and APS employees
1300 361 008
Defence APS employees
1300 361 008
MTF 4 troops return home after hand over to 3RAR Task Group
In good hands
Deployment begins: WO2 Jason Watene, of 3RAR Task Group, gets to know the Mirabad Valley during a familiarisation patrol with troops
from MTF 4. Inset top, from left, 3RAR Task Group RSM WO1 Shane McPhee and CO Lt-Col Trent Scott take over from Lt-Col Kahlil Fegan
and WO1 Ian D'arcy of MTF 4. Inset bottom, troops from the ANA 4th Brigade hold a farewell parade for MTF 4 in Tarin Kot.
Photos by Cpl Hamish Paterson
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