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Army August 2, 2012
The Afghan National Army's 4th Brigade
gunners are preparing to reinforce security near
patrol bases after live-fire training for Exercise
Eagle's Flight, Capt Jesse Platz reports.
Afghans get fired up
THE Afghan National
Army's 4th Brigade is a
step closer to deploying
gun detachments outside
coalition patrol bases after a suc-
cessful live-fire artillery shoot.
Exercise Eagle's Flight show-
cased the improving capability of
the 2nd Battery, or Canon Tolay,
as the Afghan gunners fired high
explosive, smoke and illumination
rounds onto a designated target
area near Patrol Base Sorkh Bed,
northern Kandahar, in July.
Offensive support mentor Capt
Raj Chetty, of the 3RAR Task
Group, said the live-fire training
would prepare the ANA artillery
capability for transition and even-
"In supporting ANA activities,
there will be a requirement to push
their offensive support assets out
to the patrol bases and enhance
their force on the ground. We are
aiming to gauge their current abil-
ity and advance them to a level
where they can conduct their job
without support from Coalition
forces," he said.
"They definitely have the capa-
bility to progress further. We're
introducing them to new equip-
ment and systems and we are try-
ing to digitise them.
"The sky is the limit with them.
Now it's just a matter of time."
Despite using a manual pre-
diction method, the ANA gunners
have become competent in sup-
porting manoeuvre elements and
helping defeat the insurgency.
The Sorkh Bed live-fire serial
spanned two days and one night
and followed successful validation
using D-30 122mm Howitzers.
CO 3RAR Task Group Lt-Col
Trent Scott said his troops were
striving to provide as much inte-
grated instruction and training as
possible to the 4th Brigade to build
momentum and self sufficiency.
"We are trying to leave a last-
ing legacy with the ANA where
commanders can command the
soldiers, where they can plan mis-
sions and execute them effec-
tively on the ground," he
"We've only got a
short time here and our
aim is to get them as far
along as possible."
Fire power: An ANA
soldier hammers the
leg of a D-30 artillery
piece into the ground for
live firing at Patrol Base
Sorkh Bed. Above, ANA
gunners fire the D-30
during a night
Photos by Cpl
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