New rotation guards flight line in Kandahar
16 April 2014
Personnel from RAAF Base Amberley have arrived in Afghanistan to assist the international team tasked with providing security at one of the world's busiest airports.
An eight-man team of Airfield Defence Guards, led by Flight Lieutenant Mick Fox, a Ground Defence Officer, has integrated with the multinational security team at Kandahar Air Field, a strategically important hub for the International Security Assistance Force.
Flight Lieutenant Fox said the airmen from No. 2 Security Forces Squadron are conducting patrols on foot and with heavily armoured Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles to secure the sprawling air field in Southern Afghanistan.
"This is still a dangerous place and our Airfield Defence Guards are at the forefront working with other nations on the flight line and within the base security zone to ensure the safety of personnel and equipment," he said.
"You can't put a price on a human life but it's well known that at any given time there could be about $50 billion worth of aircraft and mission-essential equipment on the airfield or flying above."
"The latest rotation takes over from Victorian-based reservists who did a fantastic job."
The security team interacts with coalition troops from Romania, the United Kingdom, the United States, Luxembourg, Denmark and Belgium.