Photo: Quick Reaction Force in Afghanistan
New Zealand Defence Force
Te Ope Kaatua O Aotearoa
18 November 2005
Force in Afghanistan
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Private William Sims of the
Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Afghanistan secures
a Bamyan airfield as a C-130 Hercules comes in to land.
Private Sims is a member of an eight-man Quick Reaction
Force (QRF), tasked with keeping members of the PRT safe.
The QRF works with local police and interpreters to
process all workers, guests and NZDF personnel moving in and
out of Kiwi Base. The QFR also responds to incidents within
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