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Army March 28, 2013
Capt Jesse Platz
THE Australian and US personnel who
mentor the Afghan National Army’s
205th Hero Corps HQ in Kandahar
have seen significant progress during
the last phase of transition to Afghan-
The commander of the 205th Corps
Advisory Team (205CAT), Col John
Shanahan, said his team was quickly
moving forward in staff planning, coordi-
nation and execution of operations.
“The general coordination between
205CAT, the ANA and ISAF has also
been exceptional,” he said.
“I’m in the lucky position whereby
I spend an awful lot of time with Corps
Commander Gen Abdul Hamid and he is
very appreciative of the ISAF contribu-
tion to Afghanistan, and the way 205CAT
advises, assists and is part of the team he
is developing to become an independ-
ent brigade and corps by the end of next
Advisors from 205CAT travel a short
distance to Camp Hero every day to
liaise with their Afghan counterparts.
Security and escort support is provid-
ed by the Force Protection Platoon from
the 7RAR Task Group.
Soldiers from the task group are
attached to 205CAT on a rotational basis
to protect coalition advisors during meet-
ings, briefs and tasks within Camp Hero.
“For most of last year we provided
our own force protection,” Col Shanahan
said. “But using our own mentors for the
job meant we had to halve our output.
The 3RAR Task Group provided a force
protection element at the end of 2012 and
now we have the 7RAR Task Group’s
assistance, which has enabled us to dou-
ble our output.
“The 7RAR Task Group has made it
more secure. They have been exceptional
in the way they have interacted with the
ANA and also the 205CAT mentors. I
have been extremely impressed with the
Pte Justin Evans is one of the soldiers
providing security for 205CAT personnel.
“Once we get into Camp Hero we
walk them in, make sure everything is
secure and they go in for their meetings,
briefs and various tasks,” he said.
“While they are there, we maintain
situational awareness and constant com-
munication with our command post.
“I’m proud of my job here, having
the opportunity to serve my country and
go on operations, and I’m very happy to
be working with a great bunch of guys in
the Force Protection Platoon.”
The 205th Hero Corps maintains the
overarching security responsibility for
Kandahar, Zabul, Uruzgan and Daykundi
provinces and consists of four brigades,
along with garrison and supporting units.
Mentoring at the top
As Afghan forces take the lead, the job of high-level mentors at 205th Hero Corps HQ is more important than ever
High-level mentoring: Commander 205CAT Col John Shanahan and
Commander 205th Hero Corps Gen Abdul Hamid walk to Camp Hero HQ.
Locked down: Soldiers from the 7RAR Task Group Force Protection Platoon and the Afghan National Army provide security for a high-level briefing
at Camp Hero HQ in Kandahar.
Photos by Capt Jesse Platz
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