Mtf-1 Hands Mentoring Reins To Mtf-2

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DEFENCE MEDIA RELEASE



Issued by Ministerial Support and Public Affairs, Department of Defence, Canberra, ACT

Phone: 02 6127 1999, Fax: 02 6265 1545



MSPA 500/10

Tuesday, 26 October 2010


MTF-1 hands mentoring reins to MTF-2


A

new chapter in

Australia’s mentoring mission in Afghanistan has started

with the

official Transition of Authority between Mentoring Task Force

-

One

(MTF-1) and

Mentoring Task Force

-

Two

(MTF-2) taking place at Multi National Base –

Tarin

Kot on the 20th of October.


The drawing down of the MTF-1 flag marked

the conclusion of an eight-month

deployment,

which saw Australia’s mentoring role expand to include responsibility

for the entire Afghan National Army (ANA) 4th Brigade. 


MTF-1 Commanding Officer, LTCOL Mark Jennings, said the greater mentoring role

achieved by the Australian contingent is something the troops can be proud of.


MTF-1 was originally responsible for mentoring two Kandaks (battalions) and since

August the role has expanded to mentoring the 4th Brigade’s five Kandaks, as well as

the headquarters.


“We’ve taken on extra tasks and expanded into new areas since arriving

in February

this year,” LTCOL Jennings said.


“MTF-1 soldiers can walk away from the mission with their heads held high.” 


MTF-1 achievements included:



Clearing areas in the Mirabad Valley region and the construction of a new patrol

base to assist the ANA 4th Brigade to establish an area of operations for a new

Kandak to provide security to the local population there;



Raising

a new mentoring team to operate in Deh Rawud and achieving

a

mentoring and partnering relationship with the 1st Kandak: and 



Providing

security in partnership with the ANA 4th

Brigade for the Afghan

National Elections across Uruzgan province.


Much of MTF-1’s success was also attributed to

the genuine mateship developed

between the Australian and Afghan soldiers.


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DEFENCE MEDIA RELEASE



Issued by Ministerial Support and Public Affairs, Department of Defence, Canberra, ACT

Phone: 02 6127 1999, Fax: 02 6265 1545


Media Releases are available via e-mail if you register at www.defence.gov.au/media

MTF-2 has now officially taken over the reins and its

commander

LTCOL

Darren

Huxley believes it is up to the challenge.


“I’ve come with a force specifically designed to do the tasks we’ve been given,”

LTCOL Huxley said. 


“Our training has prepared us extensively for the tasks we’re going to face here.”


Imagery of the ceremony is available at:




Media contact: Defence Media Liaison: 02 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664








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