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February 28, 2013
WO2 Andrew Hetherington
A DEDICATED and resourceful group
of 30 ADF personnel is deployed
to Headquarters Joint Task Force
633 – Afghanistan (HQJTF633-A) at
Kabul International Airport.
Chief of Staff LTCOL Dave McGarry
said the unit was the forward headquar-
ters for JTF633 based in the United Arab
“Our primary role is to support
forward ADF elements deployed to
Afghanistan,” LTCOL McGarry said.
“We mainly assist more than 220
embeds posted to ISAF headquarters and
other personnel deployed to task units in
and around the Kabul region.”
Working in the headquarters
are administration clerks, a finance
clerk, signallers attached from Force
Communications Unit 8, operations
officers, movement operators, quarter-
master support and transport drivers
attached from Force Support Unit 7, and
two Defence civilians.
They are a crucial lifeline for the
ADF embeds, relying on them for mail
deliveries, air movement and administra-
One of Navy’s contributors to the
management of the headquarters is
finance clerk POWTR Tanya Phillips.
She is in charge of the finance budg-
et and the pay of personnel deployed
to Kabul. This is her first land-based
“My job is very different to what I
usually do on a ship, as here I’m dealing
with more Army personnel,” POWTR
“I’m managing a lot of higher level
tasks to what I usually do at home and
have done previously.
“It’s a large responsibility deal-
ing with a million dollar budget. Also,
as part of any job here we go outside
the base helping out with driving tasks,
which isn’t something I’ve done much
She said the most rewarding aspect of
her job was working with the other peo-
ple in the headquarters.
“It’s like we’re a family, similar to
when I’ve been at sea,” she said.
“We are even closer in this headquar-
ters as there are fewer people compared
to the number of people on a ship.
“With everyone being from the dif-
ferent services we understand the little
idiosyncrasies that exist and to make eve-
rything work we respect and help each
other where we can.”
Dedication to duty
on land and sea
ON THE JOB: Finance clerk POWTR Tanya Phillips (right) counts out money
to FLTLT Ellie Aurisch.
Photo: WO2 Andrew Hetherington
THE ADF ward at St Vincent’s Hospital in
Darlinghurst, Sydney will close on March 31
when the five-year lease at the hospital ends.
The expiry of the lease will not reduce
health-care entitlements for ADF mem-
bers, according to Commander Joint Health
Command RADM Robyn Walker.
“Service personnel will continue to be
hospitalised according to their medical needs,”
RADM Walker said
“The closure of the ADF ward is not
expected to have an impact on waiting times.
Defence health policy determines acceptable
waiting times and this is monitored by local
Defence has 14 healthcare facilities providing
medical services to ADF members in Sydney.
ADF members will continue to access inpatient
health services at Holsworthy and Richmond.
The lease with St Vincent’s was not able to
be renegotiated. Joint Health Command is cur-
rently exploring options for the establishment
of new inpatient arrangements to supplement
facilities at Holsworthy and Richmond.
The closure of the ADF ward is not
related to the contract with Medibank Health
Solutions. This was a matter between Defence
and St Vincent’s Hospital.
More than 5500 ADF members have been
admitted for health care since the ward opened
on March 31, 2008.
While it was originally known as the Navy
ward, more than 30 per cent of members
admitted over the last five years have been
Army or Air Force personnel.
For further details visit http://intranet.defence.gov.
ADF ward to
LSIS Paul Berry
HMAS Sydney provided valuable
work-up support to HMA Ships
Newcastle and Sheean during her
transit to Hobart for a port visit.
With HMAS Sirius, Sydney
conducted several warfare serials
with Newcastle and Sheean from
February 4-6 in the East Australian
Exercise Area as those ships prepare
for unit readiness evaluations.
Sydney also provided assistance
to 816SQN Seahawk helicopters
conducting deck landing qualifica-
CO HMAS Sydney CMDR Karl
Brinckmann, said it had been a
good start to what would be a busy
year for the ship.
“It’s been a good opportunity to
iron out some cobwebs and do some
warfare serials, which we haven’t
done a great deal of since last
September,” CMDR Brinckmann
“It’s really shaping the ship and
getting us on the right footing for
the year,” he said.
Sydney had the opportunity to
practise combined anti-submarine
exercises with Sheean, a replenish-
ment at sea with Sirius, officer of
the watch manoeuvres and missile
countermeasure pirate infra-red fir-
Sydney will now enter into a
short maintenance period before
deploying to Asia to embed with the
US Navy operating out of Japan.
Later in the year Sydney will
take participate in the biennial US
and Australian joint military exer-
cise Talisman Sabre 2013, before
taking part in the International Fleet
Review on Sydney Harbour from
Sydney in Hobart – Pages 10-11
Work out for Sydney
FIREWORKS: HMAS Sydney conducts missile countermeasure firing trials (above) in the East Australian Exercise Area as (inset) ABET
Phil Mundt load rounds.
Photos: LSIS Yuri Ramsey and LSIS Paul Berry
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