Home' Army News : February 14th 2013 Contents Annual variable rate
Defence Bank Li mited AB N 57 087 651 385 AF SL/Australian Credit Licence 234582 (01/13)
Great rate, great features
Call 1800 033 139 or visit your local Defence Bank branch
DHOAS Saver Home Loan
100% mortgage o fset
Unlimited free redraw
No monthly fees
* Comparison rate is based upon $150,000 loan secured loan over 25 years. WARNING: This comparison rate is true only for the examples given and may not
include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees and other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate. Terms, conditions, fees and charges apply
and are available on request. Approval subject to the satisfaction of Defence Bank's lending criteria. DHOAS eligibility criteria also apply. 100% mortgage offset
available on variable rate loans. Unlimited free redraw minimum amount $100, available on variable rate loans. Interest rates current as at 30 January 2013, and
are subject to change. Please refer to defencebank.com.au for current rates.
Army February 14, 2013
WO2 Andrew Hetherington
COORDINATION teams from the
Afghan National Security Forces
(ANSF) in Tarin Kot are improv-
ing skills and countering security
threats with the advisory assistance of
Australian and US military personnel.
The ANSF Uruzgan command group
comprises personnel from the Afghan
National Army, Afghan National
Police and the National Directorate of
Their HQ is an Operational
Coordination Centre -- Provincial (OCC-
P) at Multinational Base Tarin Kot.
Each Afghan province has an OCC-
P, which allows ANSF commanders to
coordinate the management of security
The commander of the OCC-P
Uruzgan advisory group and senior
adviser to the ANSF commanders is
Australian Lt-Col Mick Birtles.
"The OCC-P advisory team consists
of four Australian and 10 US person-
nel," Lt-Col Birtles said.
"We arrived here in October last
year and our role is to advise the dep-
uty commander and staff of the OCC-P
The Centre operates in a similar way
to an ISAF coalition operations room.
"When a security incident occurs,
the information is passed to the OCC-
P," Lt-Col Birtles said.
"The ANSF commanders share the
information between each agency and
decide how they'll respond."
By 2014, Lt-Col Birtles said his
vision for OCC-P Uruzgan was for their
commanders to have the ability to inde-
pendently plan their own inter-agency
After only three months the
Australian and US advisory personnel
have already achieved much to progress
the capabilities of their Afghan partners.
"We've seen the standard of leader-
ship improve greatly, with OCC-P dep-
uty commander Col Haji Abdul Matin
(ANA) demonstrating positive leader-
ship. He has given clear and profes-
sional direction which his staff respond
well to," Lt-Col Birtles said.
"Under Col Matin's leadership, the
OCC-P Uruzgan command group now
also leads and delivers its operations
and command-post training activities,
which will ultimately lead to further
future inter-agency planning.
"We're very happy how they've
been progressing overall and I have no
doubt the OCC-P Uruzgan will be able
to operate independently by the end of
Plans into action
Advisory team helps Afghan HQ coordinate operations
Coordination: ANA Lt-Col Mohammed Zamir briefs Australian Lt-Col Mick
Birtles at the Operations Coordination Centre -- Provincial alongside US and
Photo by LS Andrew Dakin
to Lebanon Lex Bartlem led a
ceremony on January 12 to com-
memorate the 25th anniversary of
Capt Peter McCarthy's death during
peacekeeping operations in southern
Capt McCarthy had been serv-
ing on Operation Paladin with the
United Nations Truce Supervision
Organization (UNTSO) Observer
Group Lebanon when on January
12, 1988, his vehicle struck a land-
mine. Patrol commander Canadian
Army Maj Gilbert Cote was also
seriously wounded in the incident.
Capt McCarthy was survived by
his wife and daughter, who at the
time were living in the local UN HQ
in Naquora, Lebanon.
The commemoration cer-
emony was jointly arranged by the
Australian Embassy in Lebanon
and the Australian observers cur-
rently serving in Southern Lebanon
on Op Paladin as part of UNTSO.
The occasion was also supported
by Irish, Ghanaian, Italian and
Indonesian soldiers from the UN
Interim Force in Lebanon.
Brig Andrew Bottrell attended
the service to represent the
McCarthy family and the CA
alongside senior embassy and UN
personnel, the local mayor and
Brig Bottrell recounted his
memories of Capt McCarthy as one
of his instructors at Duntroon.
"Capt McCarthy was one of
those highly professional officers
that I remember well. As an inspi-
rational Transport Corps officer
he was one of the reasons why I
chose to go to the same corps," Brig
Capt McCarthy's memorial
stone stands as a lasting reminder of
a fallen Australian peacekeeper on
a hillside in southern Lebanon over-
looking the Mediterranean.
A total of 32 military observers
have been killed in the region dur-
ing the 63-year history of UNTSO.
Memorial: Capt Peter McCarthy
was killed during peacekeeping
operations in Lebanon in 1988.
Links Archive January 31st 2013 February 28th 2013 Navigation Previous Page Next Page