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Army August 2, 2012
Cpl Mark Doran
TROOPS from MTF 4 and Force
Communication Unit (FCU) 6 were
welcomed home by friends and fam-
ily at Gallipoli Barracks in Brisbane
on July 21.
Commanded by Lt-Col Kahlil
Fegan, MTF 4 was predominantly made
up of members of 8/9RAR, assisted by
specialists from units in 7 Bde and other
south-east Queensland units.
During the five-month deployment,
MTF 4 was involved in more than 400
operational incidents, including the
largest-recorded cache find in MTF and
4 Bde Afghan National Army history.
No task force members were killed
during the deployment.
The men and women on parade were
from all three services and had been a
part of a joint commitment by the ADF
to Australia's longest war, CA Lt-Gen
David Morrison reminded them.
"Their endeavours have contributed
to our defence through the protection
of our national interests and as part of
this country's role as a great democrat-
ic nation whose influence among the
global family of nations is strengthened
through the courage and sacrifice of
ADF personnel," he said.
Lt-Gen Morrison advised those pre-
sent that their return from active service
was cause for celebration but also for
"You have cause to celebrate because
you have returned safely to your homes
and families having served with courage
and honour in a very dangerous environ-
Welcome home 7 Bde
After five months in Afghanistan, MTF 4 troops are glad to be hom
THE parade to welcome home MTF 4 also
farewelled 27 members of the Artillery
Mobile Training Team, predominantly made
up from members of 1 Regt RAA, heading
The teams are an ISAF initiative to ensure
a common standard of training, core skills and
effectiveness across all ANA artillery battalion,
Since early 2011 Artillery Mobile Training
Teams have been deployed from a range of
NATO countries, but this is the first time that
Australia has been invited to provide a team.
CO 1 Regt RAA Lt-Col Nick Bolton said the
task involved taking an ANA artillery kandak
from the field and delivering an intensive pro-
gram of focused, specialist artillery training.
"This process culminates in the certifica-
tion of the kandak for operational service
across the country, and ensures a consistent
capability across all ANA artillery kandaks," he
said. "The preparation and deployment of this
team is an example of Australia's commitment
to supporting a key element of the coalition
strategy -- the development of a professional,
competent and capable ANA to provide endur-
ing security for the Afghan people."
ment where you fought a very danger-
ous foe. Enjoy your reunions with loved
ones -- you have earned it," he said.
FCU 6, commanded by Lt-Col
James Murray, was predominantly
made up of members of 1 Sig Regt as
well as IT and communications special-
ists from the Navy and Air Force.
FCU 6 deployed to the Middle East
in November last year and returned in
May, providing the Australian National
Command Communications and
Information Systems services through-
out the MEAO.
Lt-Gen Morrison urged people to
pause for sombre reflection to observe
that what the soldiers had done had
exacted a price -- whether it was visible
"There is the time with loved ones
that can never be recovered -- first
words uttered by kids in your absence,
first steps taken by toddlers and a dozen
other important milestones that you
may have missed," he said.
"Moreover, you have lived with the
constant threat of danger. This changes
you. It makes you older, more mature,
less frivolous than many of your civil-
"Be proud of what you have done
without being arrogant. More impor-
tantly, if you experience trauma and
mental issues after the initial thrill of
coming home wears off, know that the
soldierly thing to do is to put your hand
up and ask for help.
"Likewise if you see one of your
team-mates struggling, make sure you
help and inform the chain of command."
Greatly missed: Sgt Don Mander is happy to be reunited with his children after the welcome
Photo by Cpl Casey Smith
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