Task Group Taji is a combined force of Australian and New Zealand Defence Force personnel that first deployed to Iraq in May 2015 at the request of the Iraqi Government.
Its mission, led by Joint Task Force 633, is to build partner capacity by training Iraqi Security Forces and performing an advise and assist role as part of international coalition efforts to defeat the Daesh terrorist group.
The fourth rotation – Task Group Taji IV – deployed to Iraq from November 2016 to June 2017 as part of Australia’s Operation OKRA and New Zealand’s Operation MANAWA.
In series one, we follow members of Task Group Taji IV through their mission specific training in Darwin in October 2016, as they prepare to deploy.
In episode seven, the final interview before Task Group Taji IV’s arrival in Iraq, we learn about the Farewell Parade that took place at Robertson Barracks in Darwin on 11 November 2017. The Regimental Sergeant Major of 1st Armoured Regiment, Warrant Officer Class One Jae Robinson, shares his thoughts as Task Group members prepare to leave Australia.