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VCDF Air-Mshl Mark Binskin met with coalition
commanders in Afghanistan and received updates
on the security situation and transition progress
during his visit to the MEAO last month.
He also met with ADF members deployed to
Multinational Base Tarin Kot, Kandahar Airfield
and Al Minhad Air Base in the United Arab
Emirates during his visit.
While at Kandahar Airfield and Forward
Operating Base Lindsay in Kandahar province,
VCDF held meetings with the Commander of
Regional Command South, Maj-Gen Robert
Abrams, and the Commander of the Afghan 205
Hero Corps, Maj-Gen Abdul Hamid.
He was told Uruzgan province remained on
track for the full security handover to the Afghan
National Army by the end of 2013.
At FOB Lindsay, Air-Mshl Binskin also met
with ADF members embedded as part of the advi-
sory team supporting the ANA 205 Corps.
He said it was a good opportunity to speak with
troops on the ground who were working every day
with their Afghan counterparts.
“It’s clear that they have built very good work-
ing relationships with the Afghan forces,” he said.
“I have visited Afghanistan periodically since
2004 and in recent years have noted significant
progress in the capability of the Afghan security
“All four infantry kandaks in Uruzgan have
been operating independently since December
“When the provinces currently under the fourth
tranche of transition complete the process, approx-
imately 87 per cent of Afghanistan’s population
will be under Afghan National Security Forces
focus in VCDF’s
Official visit: Sgt Scott Hannan shows VCDF
Air-Mshl Mark Binskin through a Bushmaster at
Multinational Base Tarin Kot in Afghanistan.
Photo by Sgt William Guthrie
TARIN Kot-based Australian
and US soldiers were rewarded
with new clothes and a banquet
fit for a king by their Afghan
National Army colleagues for
their help restoring power at
Two generators providing
power to the ANA 4th Bde 205
Corps camp at Multinational Base
Tarin Kot broke down on January
8 and left more than 800 soldiers
without light and heating at night.
OC of the 7RAR Task Group
Garrison Support Advisory Team,
Capt Michael Royall-Mateer,
was contacted by ANA Garrison
Support Commander Col Akbar
on January 9, who said his base
was without power.
“Basically both generators had
stopped working and we managed
to source two other generators
and got the power back on,” Capt
“Unfortunately one of the two
generators did not function prop-
erly and we had to find two other
replacements, which are now
After five days of hard
work by Capt Royall-Mateer,
two tradesmen from the 7RAR
Task Group’s Logistic Support
Company and two person-
nel from the US component of
the Operational Co-ordination
Centre – Provincial (OCC-P),
power was finally restored for the
“Col Akbar was so happy
with our efforts he organised an
Afghan lunch in our honour and
had a local tailor measure us up
for traditional Afghan dress,”
Capt Royall-Mateer said.
Col Akbar said if they had not
solved the power problem, his
soldiers would still be in the dark.
“I am so happy they came for
lunch and I thank them for their
strong friendship,” Col Akbar
Electrical technician Cfn
Danny Kingston was one of the
personnel who helped install the
“I didn’t expect anything in
return for our work there – all I
expected was a thank you,” Cfn
“The ANA were very gracious
and generous and we were lucky
to receive traditional clothing as
well as a nice lunch in return for
“The clothing is loose fitting
and comfortable to wear.”
US Army Capt Jayson
Dickerson, from OCC-P Uruzgan,
helped fix the generators along-
side one of his corporals.
“We both have electronics
experience and assisted with fault
finding one of the generators,”
Capt Dickerson said.
“What Col Akbar did was
completely unexpected. The lunch
was fantastic and a once-in-a -life-
Power team gets a
seat at Afghan table
Soldiers who helped restore electricity given grand reception
Amped up: Col Akbar, of the Afghan National Army (centre left), thanks Capt Michael Royall-Mateer and the other personnel who helped
restore power to his camp. Inset, the team is treated to a traditional dinner with the Afghan soldiers.
Photos by WO2 Andrew Hetherington
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