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Army April 25, 2013
WO2 Andrew Hetherington
Engineers from the 7RAR Task Group have
rebuilt the range facility at Multinational Base
Tarin Kot for future use by Afghan National
Security Forces (ANSF).
The 25m and 100m ranges were designed and
built by soldiers from the task group's engineering
squadron during March with assistance from US
Squadron 2IC Lt Ashley Turkenburg said after
the ranges were designed and surveyed, his plant
detachment cut a level surface out of the site so
construction could begin.
"Once that phase was complete we bounced
out nearly 600m of HESCO material to create the
walls and we then imported just over 300 truck-
loads of material to fill the HESCO walls," Lt
"For the final phase of construction the ranges
were graded and finished in order to create a flat
surface for the soldiers to fire from."
There were three important reasons for the
construction of the ranges.
"The immediate effect was to allow the old
range to be closed, so coalition forces can contin-
ue to create a sustainable waste transfer station in
that area, which will last long after we have gone
from the base," Lt Turkenburg said.
"The longer term benefit was to ensure the
ANSF and coalition forces continue to have a
range facility allowing them to conduct small
arms marksmanship training.
"The range will also ensure the ANSF have the
capacity to continue to train their soldiers and bet-
ter fight the insurgency."
Spr Daniel Petrie played a significant role in
the construction of the two ranges.
"My primary role was as a plant operator with-
in the squadron," Spr Petrie said.
"My main tasks with the construction included
operating bulldozers, graders, filling the HESCO
walls and, when required, I also drove the Mack
dump trucks for importing fill to the area."
He was proud of what he had done to help the
ANSF and the people of Uruzgan.
"I understand how important our efforts are
towards providing support to an enduring ANSF
capability, allowing them to continue to take the
fight to the insurgency and provide security for the
Fired up for range rebuild
Engineers establish new 100m and 25m ranges for coalition and Afghan forces in Tarin Kot
Build up: A 7RAR Task Group engineer rearranges fill with a front-end loader at the new 100m range at Multinational Base Tarin Kot. Inset,
Spr Daniel Petrie takes a break from working on the new ranges.
Photos by US Army Sgt Jessi McCormick
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