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Army March 14, 2013
THE Provincial Reconstruction
Team -- Uruzgan (PRT-U) has wel-
comed a new civilian director.
Adrian Lochrin handed over control
to John Feakes during a transfer of
authority ceremony at Multinational
Base Tarin Kot on February 14.
The role of the PRT-U is to build
capacity in the local Uruzgan admin-
istration, lay a foundation for further
development by the government and
oversee Australian and US-funded
infrastructure projects such as the
building of schools and roads.
The civilian component of the
team comprises 12 Australians from
the Department of Foreign Affairs
and Trade and Australian Agency for
International Development (AusAID),
and three US personnel, one each from
US Aid, the State Department and US
Australia and the US also provide
military engineering, civil affairs, oper-
ations and force protection support so
the civilian component can operate out-
side the Tarin Kot base.
Australia took over the civilian
director leadership of the PRT-U in
Mr Lochrin, the second Australian
director, began his term in August
"During my time here one of the
main focuses of the PRT-U was build-
ing the capacity of the provincial
administration," Mr Lochrin said.
"We implemented a number of pro-
grams which focused on improving the
skills of officials working in the admin-
New PRT-U director
Another Australian civilian is heading the capacity-building team in Afghanistan, WO2 Andrew Hetherington reports.
Commander CTU Col
Simon Stuart says the
Team Uruzgan and the
Team -- Uruzgan is strong.
"CTU and the PRT-U
work as one team. The
PRT-U focuses on gov-
ernance and develop-
ment with our main focus
on security. But govern-
ance, development nor
security can progress
without equal gains in
all three areas. It's a
combined team effort,
with our Afghan partners.
In the same way CTU
has partnered, mentored,
advised and assisted the
Afghan National Security
Force, the PRT-U has
performed similar work
in building the structure,
organisation and the
capacity of the provincial
is focused on the same
outcomes and it works.
Adrian Lochrin, in his
time as PRT-U director,
has done a sterling job
and made a real con-
tribution to the PRT-U,
CTU and the people of
Getting involved: New Australian Provincial Reconstruction Team Uruzgan
director John Feakes engages local officials during a tour of the Salambaba Boys
School. Inset, outgoing director Adrian Lochrin thanks troops.
Photos by Capt Jesse Platz and WO2 Andrew Hetherington
istration and provided advisory support,
especially in public financial management."
Attracting qualified people to work
in Uruzgan is a challenge the PRT-U has
sought to address through internship pro-
The PRT-U is now running its second
internship program and hopes many of the
graduates will go on to work in jobs in the
provincial administration. Local infrastruc-
ture projects are also a continuing focus for
"Drawing on Australian and US military
and civilian programs we have instigated
and implemented small and large-scale
infrastructure projects throughout the prov-
ince," Mr Lochrin said.
"They have included the asphalting of
Uruzgan roads, the construction of a
Shura building in the governor's com-
pound and a school."
During his time in Uruzgan, Mr
Lochrin said the strengthening of the
province's administrative capacity
was a standout achievement to which
"It was the best outcome during my
time here, a product of international
assistance and our Afghan partners tak-
ing ownership -- wanting to take full
responsibility of their own affairs," Mr
"The Afghans in Uruzgan have
grasped the concept of transition and
understand what it means.
"They are aware coalition forces
and the PRT-U will leave the province
and international aid will begin to filter
through their own government."
New director Mr Feakes said the
PRT-U was expected to leave Uruzgan
by the end of 2013.
"My main job will be to continue
to encourage the provincial and district
administrations to take responsibility
for governing the province," Mr Feakes
"The process began in mid-2012
and we gave ourselves up to 18 months
for this. Progress has been good.
"We are standing back and the pro-
vincial administration has taken the
lead, where previously the PRT-U
would drive development."
Since 2006 there was an upgrading
of more than 200km of roads and the
bridges on the routes providing better
access to services and markets.
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