Force Communicatons Unit-1 (FCU-1)

By WO2 Mick Clarke, SSM Afghanistan Signals Squadron
(104 Signal Squadron)

Force Communications Unit

The Force Communications Unit (FCU) was raised in 2008, in order to support ADF Operations.  The concept is to allow one major unit to contribute the HQ and majority of personnel thus allowing unit continuity and development of a sustainable rotation plan.  This model will allow ‘raise, train and sustain’ ideology to actually be put into practice for RASigs Units.  Thus, finally having a HQ providing advice to Commanders and administering Communicators with a technical and administrative chain of command. Previously RASigs personnel have been operating in small nodes controlled by the supported units.

Currently FCU-1 is operating in the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) and the Force Communications Element (FCE) operating in Timor Leste.   The core of the unit is based around 1st Combat Signal Regiment (1CSR). 

Afghanistan Signals Squadron (FCU-1)

Squadron Headquarters at Kandahar
Communication Nodes located in Kandahar, Tarin Kowt and Kabul 

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Change of Command

No, this is not referring to the US Presidential Inauguration; however just as important.   A Change of Command Ceremony recently took place in the MEAO.  MAJ Dave Jenkins handed over command to MAJ Les Juckel for both Afghanistan Signal Squadron and 104 Signal Squadron

MAJ Jenkins has returned to Australia in order to attend Staff College.  On behalf of the Squadron, I wish MAJ Jenkins and his family all the best for the move to Canberra and implore the MAJ to study hard this time so they stop sending him back to school. 

We welcome the return of MAJ Juckel, who has previously served in 104 Sig Sqn as a Troop Commander, as had his predecessor.   MAJ Juckel has been promoted from his position in RHQ as the Operations Officer to Officer Commanding 104 Sig Sqn and Afghanistan Sig Sqn.

It is great to see that past Troop Commanders are still aspiring to return to the Squadron as OCs.

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