Topic: Operation HIGHROAD

Personnel mitigate pandemic’s spread on operations

Published on by LEUT Elliott Bannan (author), LSIS Craig Walton (photographer)

Australian medical staff at the medical facility at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. (photo: LSIS Craig Walton)

Australian medical staff at the medical facility at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Task Group Afghanistan’s medical contingent at the coalition medical facility at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport is at the front line of efforts to mitigate and contain the spread of COVID-19.

From the Gong to Afghanistan

This article has photo gallery Published on by Army CAPT Jarrad Baldwin (author), POIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Leading Seaman Medic (LSMED) Guy McKinnon, left, and LSMED Paul Fleith at the NATO Role 2 Hospital at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, February 2020. (photo: POIS Yuri Ramsey)

Leading Seaman Medic (LSMED) Guy McKinnon, left, and LSMED Paul Fleith at the NATO Role 2 Hospital at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, February 2020.

From a recruiting centre in Wollongong to the mountains of Afghanistan, the careers of two Royal Australian Navy medics have provided the experience of practising medicine on the frontline.

Navy officer balancing the books in Kabul

Published on by CPL Dan Pinhorn (author and photographer)

Task Group Afghanistan (TGAFG) Finance Advisor, Royal Australian Navy Lieutenant Katrina Burkett (left) and TGAFG Finance Officer, Australian Army soldier Warrant Officer Class 2 Brian Donnelly prior to going on a task in Afghanistan. (photo: CPL Dan Pinhorn)

Task Group Afghanistan (TGAFG) Finance Advisor, Royal Australian Navy Lieutenant Katrina Burkett (left) and TGAFG Finance Officer, Australian Army soldier Warrant Officer Class 2 Brian Donnelly prior to going on a task in Afghanistan.

Royal Australian Navy officer Lieutenant Katrina Burkett swapped the ocean for a view of mountains in Afghanistan during a recent deployment.

Captain Andrews leading the way

Published on by CPL Dan Pinhorn (author), CPL Chris Beerens (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy officer, Captain Anne Andrews is the Senior Gender Advisor to the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan. (photo: CPL Chris Beerens)

Royal Australian Navy officer, Captain Anne Andrews is the Senior Gender Advisor to the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan.

Captain Anne Andrews knows improvements have been made to the lives of Afghan women and girls, which includes a tenfold increase in school enrolments since 2001.

From his young family to the frontline

Published on by FLTLT Dion Isaacson (author), CPL Chris Beerens (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy officer Lieutenant Commander Steve Line is deployed to Task Group Afghanistan as the second in charge of the Hamid Karzai International Airport military hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. (photo: CPL Chris Beerens)

Royal Australian Navy officer Lieutenant Commander Steve Line is deployed to Task Group Afghanistan as the second in charge of the Hamid Karzai International Airport military hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Nursing officer Lieutenant Commander Steven Line had only just started his deployment to Afghanistan when his team responded to a mass casualty event.

US award for Navy medic

Published on by CPL Carla Armenti (author), POIS Andrew Dakin (photographer)

Leading Seaman Medic Tahnee White receives the American Joint Service Achievement Medal. The medal was awarded to her by the Command Surgeon, US Army Lieutenant Colonel Devin McFadden, at a ceremony in the Role 2 Hospital in Kabul, while she was deployed on Operation HIGHROAD. (photo: POIS Andrew Dakin)

Leading Seaman Medic Tahnee White receives the American Joint Service Achievement Medal. The medal was awarded to her by the Command Surgeon, US Army Lieutenant Colonel Devin McFadden, at a ceremony in the Role 2 Hospital in Kabul, while she was deployed on Operation HIGHROAD.

It has been a relentless six months in Afghanistan for Leading Seaman Medic Tahnee White, but her efforts while deployed have earned her the admiration of her Coalition peers and an American Joint Service Achievement Medal from US Special Forces.

Navy Medic tackles mission ashore in Afghanistan

Published on by CPL Max Bree (author and photographer)

Royal Australian Navy Chief Petty Officer Sarah Hall is a senior medic at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. (photo: Corporal Max Bree)

Royal Australian Navy Chief Petty Officer Sarah Hall is a senior medic at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

The sound of an alarm at Afghanistan’s Bagram Airfield is a trigger that gets Chief Petty Officer Medic Sarah Hall’s blood pumping.

Nurse trades sea for sand

This article has photo gallery Published on by CPL Sebastian Beurich (author and photographer)

Navy Lieutenant Lauren Keany measures a patient's blood pressure in the NATO Hospital at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.  (photo: CPL Sebastian Beurich)

Navy Lieutenant Lauren Keany measures a patient's blood pressure in the NATO Hospital at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Afghanistan is a long way from the ocean - especially for someone who’s used to serving at sea. Nursing Officer Lieutenant Lauren Keany, currently deployed on Operation HIGHROAD, is based at the NATO hospital in Kabul.

Australians helping shape Afghanistan’s future

This article has photo gallery Published on by CAPT Megan McDermott (author), SGT Ricky Fuller (photographer)

Royal Australian Navy officer Lieutenant Commander Warren Bowring from Task Group Afghanistan at Headquarters Resolute Support in Kabul, Afghanistan. (photo: SGT Ricky Fuller)

Royal Australian Navy officer Lieutenant Commander Warren Bowring from Task Group Afghanistan at Headquarters Resolute Support in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Thirty-nine Australian Defence Force embeds are based at the Resolute Support Mission headquarters in Kabul, providing strategic guidance at both the institutional and ministerial levels on policy, governance and procedures as part of the NATO team in Afghanistan.

Medical mission in Kabul

This article has photo gallery Published on by CAPT (Army) Megan McDermott (author), SGT Ricky Fuller (photographer)

Senior nursing officer Lieutenant Commander Gavin Milkins (front) with the deployed Task Group Afghanistan medical team in Kabul, Afghanistan. (photo: SGT Ricky Fuller)

Senior nursing officer Lieutenant Commander Gavin Milkins (front) with the deployed Task Group Afghanistan medical team in Kabul, Afghanistan.

There is no such thing as a typical day for the 14 Australian Defence Force medical personnel working at the Hamid Karzai International Airport coalition base in Kabul, Afghanistan.