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Army May 23, 2013
and realistic effects were
provided for almost 1000
personnel by the Combat
Training Centre (CTC) during the 2
Cav Task Group's mission rehearsal
exercise (MRE) at the Townsville Field
Training Area from April 11-24.
The exercise was the first to syn-
chronise all the main force elements
deploying to Tarin Kot, including the
task group, Combined Team Uruzgan
(CTU), Security Force (Secfor), Force
Support Unit (FSU) and ADFIS.
The 2 Cav Task Group, drawn main-
ly from 1 Bde, will deploy to Tarin
Kot as part of the transition to Afghan
security leadership and will help advise
the Afghan National Army's (ANA) 4th
Brigade as it assumes responsibility for
security in Uruzgan.
CTU 5 commands, administers
and coordinates operations involving
civilian and military elements of the
Air Force personnel drawn from
1AFDS and 2AFDS, based at RAAF
Base Amberley, will form Secfor 2 and
be responsible for security patrols, the
entry control points for Multinational
Base Tarin Kot and quick reaction
CO 2 Cav Task Group Lt-Col
Michael Bye said the MRE was an
excellent opportunity for the troops
to train in one location and accurately
replicated the complex situation they
would soon be operating in.
"To be able to train in and under-
stand the environment has immense
value and benefit for the soldiers who
are deploying to Uruzgan," he said.
"CTC does a fantastic job when it
comes to realistic training with the use
of battle simulation, moulage [real-
istic wound simulation], role-players
and replicating organisations such as
the Afghan National Security Forces
"We will be going into an increas-
ingly austere environment, which will
be completely different to what it was
like 12 months ago in Tarin Kot."
Australian and US personnel recent-
ly returned from in theatre joined the
CTC observer/trainers to advise the
deploying troops based on the most
accurate and recent information.
Cpl Stewart Mackay, of 7RAR, a
The 2 Cav Task Group was farewelled on May 4
after an intensive period of work-up training,
Cpl Mark Doran reports.
Battle effects: Cpl Stewart Mackay, of 2 Cav Task Group, reacts to a mock IED blast during the mission
rehearsal exercise at the Townsville Field Training Area. Inset, CO 2 Cav Task Group Lt-Col Michael Bye
(centre left) and incoming commander CTU Col Wade Stoddard (centre right) engage in a simulated shura.
Photos by Cpl Mark Doran
We will be
going into an
-- Lt-Col Michael Bye,
CO 2 Cav Task Group
section commander with the 2 Cav
Task Group on his first deployment to
Afghanistan, said the MRE was very
"It was excellent training because
a lot of the activities were examples of
worst-case scenarios," he said.
"I like the newly issued equipment
we are using such as the Multicam uni-
form and the tiered body amour sys-
Lt-Col Bye said when it came to
doing the job on the ground, the troops
had been well exposed to the realities,
pressures and uncertainties they may
face, which would serve them well for
the next six to eight months.
"They are well prepared for the
deployment," he said.
"The training is not just tactical
-- it's also about getting the whole
organisation to plan and be aware of
the strategic circumstances driving this
"This must go all the way down the
chain so the soldier on the ground can
make a good decision and understand
the potential consequences of making
a bad one.
"This training represents our com-
mitment to deliver quality forces to the-
atre and to ensure that Army's commit-
ment to our soldiers is met in preparing
them the right way and giving them the
best chance of success.
"Australia's involvement in
Afghanistan is evolving as we shift to
concentrating on government-to-gov-
ernment relationships and assisting aid
"We are very confident in the abil-
ity of the ANSF to be masters of their
own security and to empower the
Government of Afghanistan so it can
provide that to their people."
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