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01 May 2008
Battle Goup focussed for drawdown

Australian Army and Air Force personnel in Southern Iraq have beaten scorching temperatures and a dust storm to complete the first major logistical movement of their drawdown from Tallil.

The members of Overwatch Battle Group (West) OBG(W)-4’s transport platoon loaded vehicles, trailers and stores onto US Army and contracted trucks, which will move the loads to the ADF's Force Level Logistic Asset base in the Middle East Area of Operations for preparation for return to Australia.

Royal Australian Air Force personnel co-located with OBG(W)-4 also loaded and consigned the first lot of personal trunks on a RAAF C-130 flight.

OBG(W) 4 is based at Tallil Air Base from where it undertakes a security overwatch role for Al Muthanna and Dhi Qar Provinces as part of a larger Coalition Force.

The security role supports the Iraqi Security Force’s (ISF) and Provincial Government’s efforts to build a secure and stable Iraq. In this role OBG(W) 4 undertakes security patrols, develops ISF capabilities and supports reconstruction and rehabilitation projects. OBG(W) 4 operates as part of the Multi National Force - Iraq (MNF - I)

The 516 soldiers of Overwatch Battle Group (West) 4 are mostly drawn from units of the Brisbane-based 7th Brigade. The Battle Group is comprised of the headquarters and cavalry squadrons of the 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment (Queensland Mounted Infantry), operating Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAVs); and an Infantry company from the 6th Battalion of The Royal Australian Regiment (6 RAR) operating Bushmaster Infantry Mobility Vehicles (IMVs).

OBG(W) 4 is based at Tallil Air Base from where it undertakes a security overwatch role for Al Muthanna and Dhi Qar Provinces as part of a larger Coalition Force.

The security role supports the Iraqi Security Forces’ (ISF) and Provincial Government’s efforts to build a secure and stable Iraq. In this role OBG(W) 4 undertakes security patrols, develops ISF capabilities and supports reconstruction and rehabilitation projects. OBG(W) 4 operates as part of the Multi National Force - Iraq (MNF - I).