Partnered Mentoring Pays Dividends In Oruzgan

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

Phone: 02 6127 1999, Fax: 02 6265 1545

MSPA 177/10

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Partnered mentoring pays dividends in Oruzgan

The capability of the Afghan National Army (ANA) to plan and conduct operations in

Oruzgan Province continues to grow.

The 1st Mentoring Task Force (MTF-1) is the first Australian Defence Force rotation

to provide Operational Mentor and Liaison Team (OMLT) support to the ANA 4th

Brigade Headquarters. 

Officer Commanding the Brigade Headquarters (Bde HQ) OMLT, Major Paul

Manoel, said that partnered mentoring was delivering critical skills and developing

the ANA Brigade to take over security operations in Oruzgan Province. 

“Partnered mentoring is paying dividends – we are experiencing real progress in ANA

leadership at the Brigade Headquarters thanks to the work of our mentors and

eagerness of the ANA personnel,” Major Manoel said. 

“Each day the ANA are moving closer to being in a position to assume responsibility

for security operations in Oruzgan Province, however there is still a way to go until

they can successfully achieve this.”

Major Manoel said the MTF-1 mentors partnering ANA personnel operate in a

challenging, but rewarding work environment where cultural differences are

overcome on a daily basis.


“The difficulties faced when bridging language barriers  are complex, so it’s all about

breaking through those barriers to instil the guiding principles of military operations”. 

“We see great work from Afghan soldiers on partnered, dismounted patrols across

Oruzgan and the use of artillery equipment due to the efforts of Australian mentors”. 

“We will continue these efforts and simultaneously work to enhance the skills and

confidence of Afghan headquarters and logistics staff to plan, conduct and sustain

these complex and dangerous operations,” Major Manoel said.

Media Note:

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