Photo By: Corporal (CPL) Ricky Fuller
Caption: Australian Infantry Mobility Vehicles (IMV's) or Bushmasters on a training patrol in Southern Afghanistan.
The Chief of the Australian Defence Force, Air Chief Marshall Angus Houston, visited Australian troops serving in Afghanistan to see first hand the facilities that the Australian Reconstruction Task Force (RTF) will be using during their tour of duty.
Australia’s contribution, known as the Reconstruction Task Force (RTF), is a mix of engineers and security personnel deployed to Afghanistan for up to 2 years to work on reconstruction and community-based projects as part of Australia’s commitment to assisting Afghanistan achieve a stable and secure future.
The Australian contingent, of some 250 personnel, have been on the ground for over a month preparing the camp and conducting planning for future RTF construction and trade training projects.
Some 400 Australian Defence Personnel will be working in Afghanistan as part of the Netherlands-led Provincial Reconstruction Team under the NATO International Security Assistance Force’s Stage III expansion into Southern Afghanistan.