Home' Army News : December 6th 2012 Contents Barrack Hill, A History of Anglesea Barracks 1811 -- 2011
On 3rd December 2011 the Department of
Defence celebrated the 200th Anniversary
of Anglesea Barracks in Hobart.
This is the oldest continually used army
Barracks in Australia and contains a mix of
Colonial Georgian, Regency, Federation
and later buildings within a precinct that
has been recognised both locally and
nationally as of great historical importance
to both Tasmania and Australia.
As part of this celebration we have
written a book, Barrack Hill, A History of
Anglesea Barracks 1811 -- 2011
This 258 page book published by the
Department of Defence not only explores
the development of the Barracks buildings
through word and images but also reveals
many of the previously untold stories of
many of the occupiers of the Barracks over
the past two hundred years.
The book is Hard covered (with dust
jacket) has over 180 images, end notes,
several appendixes and is indexed.
Proceeds from the sale of the book will
be used to support the Australian Army
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Army December 6, 2012
WO2 Andrew Hetherington
ALL four infantry kandaks of the
Afghan National Army (ANA) 4th
Brigade are now operating indepen-
dently in Uruzgan province.
With infantry kandaks operating
independently, the ADF has transferred
control of joint forward operating bases
and patrol bases in Uruzgan to the 4th
Bde and consolidated their presence at
Multinational Base Tarin Kot.
Defence Minister Stephen Smith
said the ADF Task Group was shifting
emphasis from partnering and mentor-
ing at kandak level to advising at HQ 4th
Bde level and at the Afghan Operational
Coordination Centre -- Provincial in
"The 2010 Lisbon NATO/International
Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Summit
agreed to transition to Afghan-led security
responsibility in Afghanistan by the end
of 2014," Mr Smith said.
The 2012 Chicago NATO/ISAF
Summit agreed to a post-2014 transition
mission to train, advise and assist the
Afghan National Security Forces
"The commencement of independ-
ent operations by the 4th Bde infantry
kandaks is a significant step in the pro-
cess of transition to Afghan-led security
responsibility in Uruzgan over the next 12
months," Mr Smith said.
A parade was held on November 7 to
farewell the 100 personnel of the 3RAR
Task Group's Mentoring Team Alpha
from Forward Operating Base Hadrian,
Mentoring Team Alpha was the fifth
rotation of Australian mentors to operate
out of FOB Hadrian.
They spent five months working in dif-
ficult conditions mentoring soldiers from
4th Bde's 1 Kandak.
Commander CTU Col Simon Stuart
said Australia had invested a lot of time
and effort in mentoring the 4th Bde
"1 Kandak taking the lead of security
responsibility in the Deh Rawud district
was the beginning of the end of our men-
toring process and marks the transition
to operational support," Col Stuart said.
"We will still remain in support of
the 4th Bde through the Advisory Task
Force and will continue to mentor the
4th Bde HQ, combat support and combat
service support kandaks located in Tarin
OC Mentoring Team Alpha Maj
Mat Gill said the parade was an historic
moment for the Afghan National Army
(ANA), the Australian Task Group and
the soldiers who had worked hard pre-
paring the 1 Kandak soldiers for a more
responsible and independent role.
"We now know they have the exper-
tise and the capability to take on the
insurgency," Maj Gill said.
"My men actively patrolled with the
ANA throughout the Deh Rawud area of
operations, which was the largest the 4th
Bde was responsible for.
"I had three mobile mentoring teams
rotating through seven patrol bases,
spending up to three weeks at a time
mentoring the ANA and validating what
we'd taught them on the ground.
"My guys worked hard and I appreci-
ate their efforts."
One of Maj Gill's soldiers was Pte
Tom Massey, a sniper from 3RAR.
"I was here for five months and today
was something bigger than my rotation
-- it was years in the making leading up
to the handing over of security to the
ANA," Pte Massey said.
"I think they've learnt a lot and set
themselves up for success."
Australian forces transition to advisory role
Historic: Soldiers from 3RAR Task Group's Mentoring Team Alpha present arms and salute during the
raising of the Afghan flag at Forward Operating Base Hadrian, Deh Rawud, on November 7. Inset, Ptes
Andrew Murphy (left) and Tom Massey lower the Australian flag at the base. Photo by WO2 Andrew Hetherington
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