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Michael Hartnett - Cranbourne

Former Cranbourne Football Club player Michael Hartnett is kicking goals in a different way, leading a team of soldiers who transport Australians through the streets of Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul in Up-Armoured Sports Utility Vehicles (UA SUV).

At 26, the Australian Army Corporal says the task can be a risky one.

 “The role of the team leader of the drive team involves many challenges,” CPL Hartnett said.

“There’s lots of preparation, planning and the unpredictability of the threat levels and traffic conditions in Kabul.”

It is the first time Michael has deployed to Afghanistan and says the experience has been a unique opportunity.

“I joined the Army in 2008 for a great challenge,” he said.

“I’ve worked very hard to get here. I’m definitely making the most of it while I’m here and doing the best job I can.”

Corporal Hartnett is one of approximately 400 ADF personnel in Afghanistan’s Kabul and Kandahar supporting the International Security Assistance Force mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Security Forces.

Australia will continue to support Afghanistan’s security, development and governance throughout 2014.