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Connection point coordinates successful ANSF operations
AFGHAN control of security in
Uruzgan is in the hands of a small
but influential Afghan organisa-
tion responsible for coordinating
all security forces in the province.
The Operational Coordination
Centre-Provincial (OCC-P) is
the connection point between the
Afghan National Army (ANA),
Afghan National Police (ANP) and
the National Directorate of Security
(NDS) for the coordination of
security operations across Uruzgan.
Australian, Dutch and US men-
tors and advisers have been training
Afghan personnel within the OCC-P
for the past five years.
As the Afghans have taken
further responsibility for security,
the coalition staff from CTU have
transitioned from directly mentoring
the Afghan National Security Forces
(ANSF) to providing advice and
NDS Coordinator Col Ghulam
Dastiger said the ANSF were now
responsible for planning and conduct-
ing independent security operations
Transfer of authority
at ‘fort’ Tarin Kot
Transition: Lt-Col Kakul Sha Mohammad and Maj Mick Spruce, an Advisor from Combined Team
Uruzgan with the OCC-P, study a map at the Tarin Kot HQ.
Photo by Cpl Mark Doran
“When a security incident occurs
in the province, we are the first to
know and we can independently plan
and react very quickly,” he said.
“The OCC-P is operating well and
we are supported by our provincial
Acting Deputy Commander
OCC-P Lt-Col Mohammad Zamir
said his team had successfully coor-
dinated a number of ANSF security
operations in Uruzgan.
“These have included clear-
ance operations in the areas of
Char Chineh, Deh Rawud and Khas
Uruzgan,” Lt-Col Zamir said.
“The ISAF mentors observe us
conducting our operational planning
and advise us when necessary, but we
are ready to operate independently.
“Our recent significant role was in
providing security for the delivery of
voter registration cards by road and
air to the five districts of Uruzgan in
preparation for the 2014 presidential
“During the election the ANSF
will provide security for the voting
centres across Uruzgan.”
Senior Adviser OCC-P Lt-Col
Paul Duncan said the ANSF team was
competent, professional and, above
“They have proven very
capable of conducting independent
operations this fighting season and
have succeeded in disrupting the
insurgency in key areas,” he said.
“Their methods are often
unorthodox, but they are sustainable
post our departure at the end of the
“The continued unity of effort
between the police, the army and the
NDS is why the OCC-P is so impor-
Lt-Col Zamir said the main threats
in Uruzgan were still IEDs and sui-
“The government plans to inhibit
these threats from the insurgency by
paving the roads from Tarin Kot to
the districts and constructing ANP-
manned checkpoints,” he said.
“The insurgents are unable to
fight us face to face. They have lost
their power and capability across
Cpl Mark Doran
AUTHORITY as Base Commander of
the Multinational Base Command –
Tarin Kot (MNBC-TK) was transferred
from Wg-Cdr Lee de Winton to Wg-Cdr
Simon Sauer on August 2.
In a role likened to that of a mayor
of a small town, the base commander
manages base security, infrastructure
and utilities for a population of up to
7000 military personnel, civilians and
In welcoming the new base com-
mander, Wg-Cdr de Winton said her team
had left the base in different shape to
how they found it for the final rotation of
“We’ve worked through maintaining
the base while helping to coordinate the
upcoming redeployment plan as the base
is gradually drawn down,” she said.
“The challenging part of my role
was knowing who did what within the
“Within the coalition environment
there were some capabilities we were
not familiar with, so it was vital we
discovered who could be of assistance in
“With help from the US
Expeditionary Disposal Remediation
Team, MNBC-TK coordinated the
removal of more than a million
kilograms of scrap metal through a waste
RAAF ground defence and security
personnel provide security and access
control to MNBC-TK.
This is the last rotation for the RAAF
base command element before the base is
transferred to the Afghan government by
the end of the year.
“The security of the base was our
responsibility and at times it was like
running a medieval fort,” Wg-Cdr de
“We also maintained the power sup-
ply and spent more time discussing and
fixing sewerage than anybody could pos-
sibly have imagined.”
The 26 personnel with HQ MNBC-
TK Rotation 6 assumed responsibility for
coordinating logistics resupply, aviation,
medical response and base support func-
tions of the base on January 20.
Guests at the transfer of authority
parade included Chief of Joint Operations
(CJOPS) Lt-Gen Ash Power, Commander
JTF 633 Maj-Gen Michael Crane,
Commander CTU Col Simon Stuart and
incoming Commander CTU Col Wade
Col Stuart welcomed Rotation 7 and
told the Rotation 6 personnel that apart
from acknowledging the transfer of
authority, the parade allowed the com-
bined team in Uruzgan to recognise their
demonstrated commitment to the mission.
“You have done a sterling job to
improve every aspect of this now large
operational base’s functions, from secu-
rity to contractors, and literally everything
in between,” he said.
During the parade, Lt-Gen Power
presented the Australian Active Service
Medal (International Coalition Against
Terrorism), the Afghanistan Campaign
Medal and the NATO (ISAF) Medal to
eligible members and awarded a CJOPS
Gold Commendation to Sqn-Ldr Alan
Maj-Gen Crane awarded a CTF
633 Silver Commendation to Sgt
William Burnett and CTF 633 Bronze
Commendations to Cpl Nicolas Sheriff
and Flt-Lt Geoffrey Jarrett.
Welcome: Commander CTU Col
Simon Stuart addresses the troops
during the MNBC-TK transfer of
authority parade on August 2.
Photo by Cpl Mark Doran
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