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Army August 30, 2012
Specialist Nevada Jack Smith,
THE 3RAR Task Group's Mentoring
Team Bravo has qualified Afghan sol-
diers on 81mm mortars at Patrol Base
Managing the training schedule for
the course, Cpl Dane
Farquhar, of 3RAR, was
happy with how quickly
the Afghan troops pro-
"When they came
to the class I think that
only two of them had
ever touched a mortar
before and since then
they have picked the
skills up really well," he
said.The Afghans are
from the ANA 4th
Brigade's 6th Kandak,
which has never had a
mortar capability in the
past.Mentoring Team Bravo's LCpl
Matthew Casey said the capability would
enhance independent operations by the
"It's a force multiplier, so it will ena-
ble them to use it to support their own
troops when they are conducting opera-
tions," he said.
"The ANA soldiers will have the capa-
bility to affect the battlefield by using a
technique called direct lay.
"Direct lay is when the mortar is not
used indirectly, but when the target is
within the firer's direct line of sight.
"If they can get a sight picture on the
enemy, they can put rounds down on that
Since the start of the course the ANA
soldiers of the 6th Kandak's heavy weap-
ons platoon have grown in their profi-
ciency and tactical
LCpl Casey said
in just a week of
instruction the course
members had become
"It's not the most
difficult thing to learn,
but they are grasping it
very quickly and per-
forming very well," he
said. "It's important
because it is one more
thing they can do inde-
pendent of us, using
their own organic fire
"It surprised me
how well they picked up the ranging sys-
tem on the sight, since it isn't in their lan-
guage -- they are very adaptable."
Heavy weapons platoon leader 1st Lt
Zabih Mohammad Akbar said his soldiers
were grateful for the opportunity to learn
and improve their skills.
"My platoon has learnt very well from
our Australian brothers in combat," he
said. "We are very thankful to get this
training and have this equipment to use."
The 6th Kandak is currently planning
and conducting its own operations.
Bombs away at Sorkh Bed
Troops from the 6th Kandak's heavy weapons platoon are ready to provide indirect fire support
Incoming: Soldiers from the 6th Kandak's heavy weapons platoon fire an illumination round during the
validation phase of the mortar course at Patrol Base Sorkh Bed. Inset, Cpl Dane Farquhar checks an ANA
soldier's sight adjustment during the course.
Photos by Specialist Nevada Jack Smith
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