Personal touch on operations

Published on LSIS Jayson Tufrey (author)

Topic(s): Operations

Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Personnel Briony Kennedy with Warrant Officer - Navy Martin Holzberger in the Anzac Cove recreation area at Headquarters Resolute Support in Kabul, Afghanistan.  (photo: LSIS Jayson Tufrey)
Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Personnel Briony Kennedy with Warrant Officer - Navy Martin Holzberger in the Anzac Cove recreation area at Headquarters Resolute Support in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Juggling soldiers of all nationalities is not generally part of a Maritime Logistics – Personnel sailor's duty statement, but for Petty Officer Briony Kennedy it’s all in a day’s work.

Petty Officer Kennedy is one of a handful of Navy members deployed to Headquarters Resolute Support in Kabul, Afghanistan.

In her role as Staff Assistant – Accountability, her day-to-day duties revolve around processing of military and civilian personnel as they enter and leave the headquarters.

“This job can be interesting at times as we have a large number of different nations working here, in different roles from military to defence civilians and contractors,” Petty Officer Kennedy said.

“The language barrier can be tricky at times, but I get by.

“The most challenging thing is the people who turn up without a position to go into.

Royal Australian Navy Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Personnel Briony Kennedy is photographed at the Australian recreation area ‘Anzac Cove’ at Headquarters Resolute Support in Kabul.

Royal Australian Navy Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Personnel Briony Kennedy is photographed at the Australian recreation area ‘Anzac Cove’ at Headquarters Resolute Support in Kabul.

“It’s not always easy to find them a bed short notice given the amount of people already staying at the headquarters.”

Petty Officer Kennedy said compared to life at sea it was a nice change to do the land-based deployment.

“Twelve months ago I was in the Middle East in HMAS Melbourne conducting counter-piracy and drug interdiction operations, and I find this role is much easier to that,” she said.

“Instead of being one of 30 in a mess, I share a room with one other, I have fresh fruit and veggies every day, somebody does my laundry and cleaning and I have more than a 20 metre flight-deck to run on.

“Don’t get me wrong, we still have to carry weapons and have an inherent danger associated with being here but I’d deploy here again anytime.”

Petty Officer Kennedy said she enjoyed the C-130 Hercules ride over from the staging point in the Middle East to Afghanistan.

“I was privileged enough to sit up on the flight deck and see all the snow-capped mountains, they were beautiful,” she said.

“I also enjoy moving in the CH-47 Chinooks when we have to do essential moves between bases, they’re great fun.”