FSU 8 – job well done
Commanding Officer FSU 8 Lieutenant Colonel Natasha Ludwig said the task was well within her unit’s capabilities.
“We remediated and redeployed personnel, equipment, stores and vehicles out of MNB-TK and back to Australia. We also needed to dispose of a large quantity of material, so basically every member of FSU 8 was involved throughout the course of that activity,” Lieutenant Colonel Ludwig said.
“This type of remediation mission is what we normally do but the size and scale of how we delivered the outcome was a little bit larger than we expected.”
Commander Joint Task Force 633 Major General Craig Orme, acknowledged the significant achievement during the Transfer of Authority Parade to FSU 9, at Al Minhad Air Base in the United Arab Emirates.
“FSU 8 maintained our operational status, allowing us to take the fight to the Taliban in Afghanistan and at the same time conducted the difficult redeployment operation inside Uruzgan province,” Major General Orme said.
FSU is a unique organisation, containing specialists who cover off all matters relating to supply and distribution, maintenance, pay and administration as well as aeromedical evacuation and training support in the shape of the Reception, Staging, Onward Movement and Integration Team (RSO&I).
FSU 8’s contribution to the MNB-TK remediation was part of a national support element which included the Force Extraction Unit, the Force Communication Unit and the Australian Air Component.