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Army January 31, 2013
WO2 Andrew Hetherington
A DEDICATED and resourceful group
of 30 ADF personnel is deployed to
HQ Joint Task Force 633 -Afghanistan
(HQJTF633-A) at Kabul International
Chief of Staff Lt-Col Dave McGarry
said the unit was the forward headquar-
ters for JTF633, based in the United Arab
"Our primary role is to support
forward ADF elements deployed to
Afghanistan," Lt-Col McGarry said.
"We mainly assist more than 220
embeds posted to ISAF headquarters and
other personnel deployed to task units in
and around the Kabul region."
The personnel perform many roles,
with most responsible for at least two
main jobs as part of their duty statements.
Working in the HQ are administration
clerks, a finance clerk, signallers attached
from FCU 8, operations officers, move-
ment operators, quartermaster support
and transport drivers attached from FCU
7 and two Defence civilians.
They are a crucial lifeline for the ADF
embeds, relying on them for mail deliver-
ies, air movement and administration.
One of Army's contributors to the
transport of personnel and cargo in and
through Kabul is movement operator
Pte Milly McMillan, who is on her first
"I work mainly down at the Kabul air-
port with RAAF Hercules crews who fly
in and out of Afghanistan," Pte McMillan
"I meet passengers who come off the
flights and escort passengers to catch out-
"Part of my job is building and receiv-
ing pallets of cargo, which includes look-
ing after the mail."
Pte McMillan said the best aspect of
her deployment was the people she dealt
with as part of her daily work schedule.
"I'm working with so many differ-
ent people in the ADF and from other
countries who are operating a variety of
roles, whereas back in Australia we usu-
ally only work with movements personnel
or the people we are moving," she said.
"I now have friends from Denmark
and work with personnel from Italy,
Britain, the US and France."
The biggest challenge for her first
deployment was getting used to her new
"Here I'm mostly working outside the
office and in Australia I usually do a lot
of my work over the phone," she said.
HQ staff keep Afghanistan mission running
Team effort: The personnel of HQJTF633-A perform a range of roles in support of Operation Slipper.
Inset, movement operator Pte Milly McMillan prepares to leave the base as part of her role with the HQ.
Photos by WO2 Andrew Hetherington
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