Tamworth connection in Afghanistan

THERE is a distinct Tamworth flavour at one base in Afghanistan.

Four Australian soldiers deployed to Afghanistan have discovered they are all from the Country Music Capital of Australia.

Three members, who serve together at Forward Operating Base Lindsay in Kandahar, were unaware of their Tamworth hometown link until recently and the fourth, Captain Chris Rickey, was working at the base when the connection emerged.

Former McCarthy Catholic College student, 28-year-old Captain Mathew Steel, is the operations officer at the 205 Corps Coalition Advisory Team (205 CAT), a multinational unit which provides training, advice and assistance to the Afghan National Army’s 205th Hero Corps. 

Lance Corporal Corporal Jake Steel (no relation to Mathew) went to Oxley High and 19-year-old Nick Munday, formerly of Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School, are part of the 205 CAT’s Force Protection Platoon and provide armoured transport and close personal protection for the coalition advisors.

Former Prime TV journalist, 40-year-old Captain Chris Rickey is a public affairs officer attached to Headquarters Joint Task Force 633 and was a student at Tamworth High School.

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