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Maj Chris Linden
SOLDIERS from the Shadow
UAV Group 2 completed a
busy eight-month rotation in
Tarin Kot on May 10, logging
about 3400 hours of flight
in support of International
Security Assistance Force oper-
The troops, from 20 STA
Regt in Brisbane flew the
Shadow 200 UAV in support of
soldiers on the ground.
Shadow Battery Commander
Maj Scott Lehmann said the
deployment, mostly over the cold
winter months, had been chal-
“We had to work within the
system’s capabilities in a harsh
environment while conduct-
ing operations in support of
Australian and coalition forces
on the ground,” he said.
He also highlighted the
work of his almost 50-strong
team which maintained sup-
port to operations in southern
Afghanistan by day and night.
“Everyone did remarkably
well considering the tempo of
operations and the conditions
such as extreme cold weather and
altitude, ” Maj Lehmann said.
Gnr Alira Lowe, on her first
deployment to Afghanistan after
three years in the Army, flew the
UAV and operated the camera.
She said it was a learning experi-
ence being part of a close-knit
“Whether I was controlling
the aircraft or operating the pay-
load I was learning something
every day – you are forever
learning. It’s not a job you can
do every day in Australia,” she
“I enjoyed working with the
people. It’s like an extended
family and you get to know eve-
ryone really well.”
The Unmanned Aerial
System group provides support
to Combined Team Uruzgan.
Shadow Group 2 has been
replaced by personnel from 131
STA Bty, who helped some Navy
aircraft technicians to get hands-
on maintenance experience with
the Shadow ahead of their com-
bined deployment in May.
Exercise Dragon’s Challenge
was held in Shoalwater Bay ear-
lier in the year, where the eight
members completed a two-
month pre-deployment work-up.
They had completed their
initial four-month maintenance
course with the US Army at Fort
Huachuca in Arizona.
Shadow group moves out
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle group completes Afghan rotation as Group 3 moves in to take control
troops in the MEAO
Eyes in the sky: Cpl Scott McMahon, a Shadow maintainer and ground crew chief, pushes the UAV back to its hangar
after a mission in Uruzgan province. Inset, WO2 Stephen Carmichael and WO2 Kenneth Williams prepare to raise the
unit flag at a transfer of authority ceremony at Multinational Base Tarin Kot.
Photos by WO2 Andrew Hetherington and US Army Sgt Jessi Ann McCormick
WO2 Andrew Hetherington
and Maj Chris Linden
AUSTRALIAN Ambassador to
Afghanistan Jon Philp visited
Multinational Base Tarin Kot on May 8,
praising troops on their team work and
efforts on deployment.
During the visit Mr Philp and US
assistant-chief of mission to Kabul
Ambassador Hugo Llorens received a
briefing from Provincial Reconstruction
Team Uruzgan and met with Commander
Combined Team Uruzgan Col Simon
Stuart and deputy commander US Army
Col Douglas Cardinale.
They also spoke with Uruzgan
Governor Amir Muhammad Akhundzada.
Mr Llorens said the US troops had
proudly served with Australian forces.
“We did it on the Western Front in
WWI, almost a century ago. Later we
were comrades in arms in the Pacific
campaign during WWII, and in Korea,
Vietnam, and elsewhere during the dec-
ades that followed,” he said.
“I always say toughness and resilience
are the hallmarks of Australian soldiers.
That’s what makes you such great troops.
“Uruzgan too, will now take its
place, I think, in our shared history
as a place where Australia and the
US worked together in embodying
common ideals and sacrificed together
in pursuing common goals.
“Australia is one of our closest allies
and we in America are very fortunate for
Mr Llorens praised CTU and what it
“Even the name of this endeavour,
Combined Team Uruzgan, speaks to this
partnership,” he said.
“On the security side it has involved
hundreds of soldiers, both American and
Australian, working together and sharing
“On the development side it has
entailed the focused effort over several
years, involving both soldiers and civil-
ians, to improve governance as well as
health and education in Uruzgan.
“You have done a lot for these people.
You have been a force for good.”
Praise: US assistant-chief of mission to Kabul Ambassador Hugo Llorens
chats with Ptes Jai Michel and Lucas Morgan.
Photo by WO2 Andrew Hetherington
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