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Army July 19, 2012
Lt Kara Wansbury
MEMBERS of the Afghanistan
National Army (ANA) proved their
skills under pressure when they recov-
ered an Australian Bushmaster after a
break down in Deh Rawud last month.
Returning to Forward Operating
Base (FOB) Hadrian after a patrol
near Dizak in Uruzgan province, the
Mentoring Team One members' vehi-
cle came to a halt in the Deh Rawud
District Centre. It could no longer be
The Bushmaster couldn't be repaired
on site and assistance was called in from
FOB Tysz to retrieve it.
Platoon commander Lt David
Nazareth said the incident highlight-
ed the good relationship between the
Australians and Afghans.
"It is a really good relationship
between my team and their ANA col-
leagues; we work together really well,"
Lt Nazareth said.
He said it also showed the progress
made by the ANA.
"It shows the ANA have come a long
way. They were able to recover a vehi-
cle successfully that was not one of their
own, using a complicated set of equip-
ment," Lt Nazareth said.
"You don't want to be recovered by
another callsign, but the fact that it was
completed successfully was a really
The vehicle was returned to the
workshop at FOB Hadrian and repaired.
Helping hand: Lt Dave Nazareth, of MTF 4, discusses the mission to retrieve
a Bushmaster with members of the ANA.
Photo by Cpl Hamish Paterson
Bushmaster returned with teamwork
Up skilling in Sorkh Bed
Sgt Mick Davis
AUSTRALIAN engineers are
working closely with the Afghan
National Army (ANA) at Patrol
Base Sorkh Bed in northern
Kandahar in teams that are finding
and destroying IEDs and weapons
Search team member LCpl
Daniel Parker said Australian
explosive ordnance disposal tech-
nicians and explosives detection
dog handlers formed the search
teams which, through training,
assistance, specialist courses and
mentoring, provided an enduring
skill set to their ANA partners.
"The courses have gone really
well. I have operated with the ANA
since and they have retained a lot
of knowledge," LCpl Parker said.
Spr Joel Thomas has enjoyed
the exchange of ideas and skills.
"It's good to see how that they
have adapted to the threat which
they live in, but also taken advice
from the mentors to improve their
skills," he said.
Pictured here are Cpl Wayne
Meech, Spr Joel Toms, explosive
detection dog Solo, Cpl Tyson
Clark and LCpl Daniel Parker from
Combined Team -- Uruzgan at
Patrol Base Sorkh Bed.
Photo by Cpl Hamish Paterson
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