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Live fire at TK
Troops maintain combat readiness with joint exercise
SOLDIERS in Afghanistan con-
ducted a joint live-fire exercise to
maintain their combat readiness
and enhance integration with coali-
tion forces under Combined Team
Uruzgan on April 19.
The activity involved US Black
Hawks for troop insertion and Air
Weapons Team Apache gunships fir-
ing on target areas designated by the
7RAR Task Group Joint Fires Team.
Collaboration between ground
and air assets increased skills in air-
mobile operations, directed engage-
ments and helicopter entry and exit
Medical Reaction Force (MRF)
Commander Lt Ben Carbis said the
live-fire exercise was a perfect oppor-
tunity to work with several specialist
assets serving at Multinational Base
"We've combined a Medical
Reaction Force rehearsal with a Joint
Fires Team (JFT) live-fire practice,"
Lt Carbis said.
"The JFTs have been calling in
fire from the Apaches, while the
MRF is providing security for the
"The rehearsal and exercise was
excellent. It was great to get in and
out on the US helos, work in tandem
with coalition forces and refine skills
required for combat and support sce-
Joint Terminal Attack Controller
(JTAC) Sgt Jason Kent said the exer-
COMMANDER of ISAF Joint
Command Lt-Gen James Terry visited
Multinational Base Tarin Kot on April
21 during his final battlefield circula-
tion of Regional Command South.
During his visit to Tarin Kot he met
local coalition commanders, spoke
with soldiers and handed out achieve-
ment coins to personnel to recognise
their hard work in supporting transition
"I wanted to come here today and
personally thank you all for what
you've done," Lt-Gen Terry said.
"I look around here and see the
different faces and nations within
Combined Team Uruzgan and it is truly
a unique task force.
"It's done a lot to improve the condi-
tions in Uruzgan."
Cpl Ian Roberts was among the
Australian personnel to be given a coin.
He was the Australian base post-
master and directly contributed to the
morale of all Australian personnel serv-
ing at Tarin Kot.
"I was shocked and surprised when
I found out I was to receive a coin and
award for my work from Lt-Gen Terry,"
Cpl Roberts said.
"It was quite humbling when I found
out about the award and it has made me
pretty happy too."
One of the US Army award recipi-
ents was Specialist Axel Fernandez, a
Black Hawk maintainer with C Coy 4/3,
Task Force Brawler.
"I received my award today from
Lt-Gen Terry for my work with the heli-
copters," Specialist Fernandez said.
"I'm just a regular soldier and I'm
surprised and humbled to have been
given the award."
Lt-Gen Terry was the Commander
of Regional Command South from
makes his final visit
to Uruzgan province
Combat ready: 7RAR Task Group soldiers leave a US Black Hawk during a joint live-fire exercise in
Uruzgan province. Below, joint fires observers watch the impact zone of an Apache strike.
Photos by Capt Jesse Platz
Awarded: Commander ISAF Joint Command Lt-Gen James Terry presents
postmaster Cpl Iain Roberts with a coin in recognition of his outstanding
Photo by Cpl Janine Fabre
cise enhanced the ability of qualified
observers to successfully locate tar-
gets and safely call in air support.
"The JTACs and joint fire observ-
ers who make up the Joint Fires
Team were able to call in fire from
the Apaches using 30mm cannon and
2.75 inch rockets," Sgt Kent said.
"Our job is to facilitate airborne
assets in the delivery of munitions for
both fixed-wing aircraft and rotary-
wing aircraft to support the manoeu-
vre arms commander on the ground.
"It was a very successful activ-
ity with great support by the coali-
tion force assets and it's good to be
able to actually fire those assets live
because we don't get a chance to do
it in Australia."
Task Force Brawler, from the
US 3rd Combat Avn Bde, 2 Inf
Div, provides Chinook, Apache and
Black Hawk helicopters for lift,
transport and combat requirements
to all forces at Tarin Kot.
"We've built a great rapport over
the years with the US aviation units
and especially on this tour with
7RAR Task Group and Task Force
Brawler," Sgt Kent said.
"The working relationship we
have is very professional and we
are confident that if we needed to,
we could use their assets safely and
directly to prosecute targets."
While the Afghan National
Security Forces are in the lead
in security operations across the
province, coalition forces remain
combat ready and poised to react
quickly to any emergency requests
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