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Army February 28, 2013
WO2 Andrew Hetherington
IF Australian units based at
Multinational Base Tarin Kot need
a person or a piece of equipment
brought in or sent out of Uruzgan
province by air, the unit making
it happen will be the Movement
Control Detachment Tarin Kot
(MC Det TK ).
four Army personnel supervised by
platoon commander WO2 Meagan
"In conjunction with our Air
Force air load teams we do dan-
gerous goods checks, confirm the
priority of cargo to be sent back to
Australia and we move units into
and out of Tarin Kot," WO2 Bressow
saidShe and her team work long
and odd hours to synchronise with
changing flight schedules.
"To move people and cargo out
of Tarin Kot quickly we try to use
other coalition aircraft when they
have space available," WO2 Bressow
"We also handle the bookings for
all overseas and return to Australia
leave for Tarin Kot-based Australian
Since arriving at Tarin Kot in July
last year the MC Det TK has moved
an enormous amount of cargo and
"Up to early January this year
we've moved more than 3.5 million
kilograms of cargo, 8755 personnel
and 1155 aircraft pallets out of Tarin
Kot," said WO2 Bressow, who is on
her first deployment.
Pte Tara Pavel is a movement
operator in the detachment and is
also on her first deployment. Her
main role is to book flights for per-
sonnel going on Australian and over-
seas leave from Tarin Kot.
"The most common places
I make bookings for are Rome,
Germany or to the US," Pte Pavel
"The most unusual destination
request I've had to book flights to
was a small island off the coast of
Brazil. This took the person six
flights to get there.
"He was happy I'd organised the
flights for him but he wasn't happy
with what it cost him to get to a ran-
Pte Pavel said her deployment
to Afghanistan had been a learning
"I've not only been deployed
to Tarin Kot, but I've also worked
at Kandahar and the United Arab
Emirates," she said.
"I now have a wider knowledge
and understanding of how other
movement detachments operate."
Part of Pte Pavel's role has
involved helping personnel get home
for compassionate reasons.
"Assisting them to get home as
quickly as possible is the most satis-
fying and important part of my job
here," Pte Pavel said.
"If personnel need to get back
urgently I have to be switched o
and quickly make arrangements fo
them to fly home."
One of the other team members
is Pte Daniel Lapham. Pte Lapham
has only been a movement operator
since April last year.
Previously Pte Lapham was an
ASLAV and Bushmaster driver
and has deployed to both Iraq and
"I arrived here in mid-October
last year and apart from assisting
with booking leave for personnel to
go home or overseas, I work with the
PMV vehicle rotations into and out
of Afghanistan," he said.
"My previous deployments to
Iraq and Afghanistan were nothing
like this. I was out and about work-
ing with the Iraqi Army, the Afghan
National Army and local people. I
now work behind a desk and around
Pte Lapham said the best part
of his deployment was meeting and
working with new people.
"It's been good interacting with
different units and people and seeing
what they do here," he said.
"If we weren't here, there would
be no one to write the movement
orders, book people's leave or flights
out of Afghanistan."
Tarin Kot's movers and shakers will get you there quick smart
Moving on out: Pte Tara Pavel, WO2 Meagan Bresso and Pte Daniel Lapham
from the Movement Control Detachment based at Multinational Base Tarin
Kot, Afghanistan, get cargo and people to their destinations.
Photos by WO2 Andrew Hetherington
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