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Edition 1268 September 29, 2011

Cfn Beau Pridue returns
to Australia after sad ISF
farewell in East Timor
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Army September 29, 2011
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By Cfn Max Bree
solemnly to welcome home their
fallen mate, Cfn Beau Pridue, as
his body arrived back on Australian
soil at RAAF Base Williamtown on
September 21.
Cfn Pridue, 21, died from injuries
sustained in a vehicle accident near
the town of Baucau in East Timor at
about 6.30am on September 15.
The 8CSSB reservist from the
North Coast of NSW was serving as a
fitter armourer with the International
Stabilisation Force (ISF) at the time
of the accident.
Soldiers from 8CSSB formed
an honour guard and bearer party to
escort Cfn Pridues casket from the
Hercules to his grieving family.
CA Lt-Gen David Morrison,
Commander 2 Div Maj-Gen Craig
Williams and Commander 8 Bde Brig
Phillip Bridie paid their respects to
his waiting family.
Cfn Pridues family described him
as an unlikely soldier who enjoyed
what the Army had to offer.
When he was growing up, we
would never have thought of Beau as
a soldier, the family said in a state-
But he loved the Army, its dis-
cipline, training and spirit. Beau had
strength of mind, body, character and
We are extremely proud of our
boy and we know that we lost him
doing a job he was trained for and
loved doing.
Cfn Pridues family said his deci-
sion to serve in the Army was a true
indication of his character.
Beau always wanted to help
and be of assistance, and he had this
opportunity during his deployment to
East Timor.
He is survived by his mother,
father, sister, brother-in-law and a
large extended family.
Speaking at a ceremony to fare-
well Cfn Pridue from East Timor
on September 20, International
Stabilisation Force Commander Col
Luke Foster said the soldier would
be missed by his mates and the entire
deployed force.
Cfn Pridue was an excellent
solider, a great contributor and a real
team player, Col Foster said.
He cared greatly about his
extended Defence family and his
mates and was willing to lend a hand
whenever it was needed.
To Beaus family and loved ones
in Australia, we feel their grief and
pray that they may, in time, be able to
continue their lives with less sadness
each day.
Cfn Pridue was the passenger in a
Unimog when it rolled off the main
road during ISFs support for the
Tour de Timor bike race.
The driver was evacuated to the
ISF medical facility in Dili before
being flown to Darwin for further
Investigations into the accident
are continuing.
Unlikely soldier
loved his job
By Capt Sarah Vesey
and Kloe Croker
DEFENCE has joined forces with the
Australian Drug Foundation to devel-
op the ADF Alcohol Management
Strategy as a triservice initiative led
by Joint Health Command.
As part of the strategy, the Army is
developing Force Protection Alcohol,
which aims to build the Armys capac-
ity to effectively manage alcohol and
enhance operational capability.
CA Lt-Gen David Morrison said it
was important all personnel were fight-
ing fit.
Strong leadership and role model-
ling of Armys values at all ranks is
the key to ensuring our members are
making responsible choices around
alcohol, he said.
The project will work with
Defence members and use the Drug
Foundations knowledge and expertise
to create strategies that contribute effec-
tively to the prevention and reduction
of alcohol-related behaviour which may
cause harm.
The Australian Drug Foundation
is the nations leading independent
organisation working with communi-
ties to reduce drug and alcohol harm.
It was founded in 1959 in response to
community concern about war veterans
returning with alcohol problems.
Armys strong relationship with the
Australian Drug Foundation is the key
to creating an effective alcohol manage-
ment framework, Lt-Gen Morrison
By working alongside a lead-
ing organisation which specialises in
reducing alcohol and other drug-related
harms, Army can promote cultural
change and minimise alcohol related
incidents in its workforce.
With the support of the foundation,
a consultation team has visited brigades
and units across eight locations includ-
ing Townsville, Brisbane, Melbourne,
Ipswich and Perth, conducting con-
sultations and interviews to support
the Armys development of Force
Protection Alcohol.
Community groups including the
Defence Community Organisation,
local police, taxi drivers and bar own-
ers have been engaged and consulted as
part of the wide-ranging project.
The Drug Foundation has continu-
ally acknowledged the progress Army
has made in addressing alcohol issues
in its organisation.
Lt-Gen Morrison said the program
had received strong support from
Defence personnel and the community.
The response has been encourag-
ing and it is good to see many units are
already doing great work in addressing
alcohol issues, he said.
The initial research gathering stage
of the project is nearing completion
with the Army Recruit Training Centre
the final location visited last month.
The Drug Foundation will present
its report and recommendations in
November to enable the individual
services and Joint Health Command to
develop future steps in the program.
This innovative project empowers
and involves members of the Army so
that the recommendations on alcohol
harm minimisation strategies are realis-
tic and meaningful, Lt-Gen Morrison
Force Protection Alcohol is not
against soldiers having a drink, but
rather promotes positive decisions relat-
ed to alcohol that keep themselves and
their mates safe and which wont com-
promise their operational readiness.
Alcohol initiative
a matter of force
protection CA
Stay safe: The Force Protection Alcohol initiative will draw on the
Australian Drug Foundations experience to improve the Armys alcohol-
management capabilities.
Sad homecoming: The 8CSSB bearer party carries Cfn Beau Pridues casket from a Hercules during a
ramp ceremony at RAAF Base Williamtown. Photo by LAC Craig Barrett
Army September 29, 2011
THE responsibility for maintaining the airborne
insertion (parachute) capability will soon transfer
from Forcomd to Socomd.
The transfer marks a significant milestone in the
history of Armys parachute capability.
CA Lt-Gen David Morrison said that the Army
had raised, developed and maintained a conventional
parachute capability for the past 31 years.
I acknowledge the fine efforts of all those who
have served as part of, and in support of, the para-
chute capability, Lt-Gen Morrison said.
Initially raised and based on a company in 6RAR
in 1980, the parachute capability was enhanced and
the responsibility transferred to 3RAR in 1983.
During its time as parachute battalion, 3RAR was
supported by a wide range of units from 1 Bde and
3 Bde, the Parachute Training School and 176 AD
I also acknowledge the ongoing support of the
Air Force in maintaining the parachute capability,
Lt-Gen Morrison said.
The parachute capability has been an important
part of the ADFs contingency force since its incep-
tion and will continue to be into the future.
However, times have changed and there is a need
to re-balance Army to meet the challenges of the
3RAR now faces many new challenges,
including the move to Townsville, deployment to
Afghanistan and playing its part in Armys future.
Lt-Gen Morrison said the transfer of the parachute
capability to Socomd meant the ADF maintained a
robust and flexible entry capability while ensuring the
Army was able to meet the challenges of the future.
Transfer of
Its official: Responsibility for maintaining the
parachute capability will soon move to Socomd,
CA Lt-Gen David Morrison has announced.
Photo by Sgt Neil Ruskin
SOLDIERS in Afghanistan will
soon have better protection from
IEDs thanks to three specially
designed vehicles on loan from
Two Husky protected mobility
vehicles (PMV) with ground pene-
trating radar and one Buffalo mine-
resistant vehicle with a robotic arm
for checking suspected IEDs are set
to be operating early next year.
The vehicles will be used by
sappers to detect IEDs and other
explosive hazards, including mines,
creating safe pathways for soldiers
patrolling Uruzgan province.
Sappers can use the Buffalos
robotic arm to examine suspected
IEDs from behind the vehicles mine-
resistant, ambush-protected armour.
Currently sappers have to manu-
ally examine any suspected IED.
The Buffalo also boasts a high
definition Gyrocam camera,
Added protection from IEDs
mounted on a mast eight to 10m
above the vehicle and gives a 360
degree view of the terrain.
Gyrocam has a thermal imaging
capability and high quality zoom
to detect IED indicators from a
distance. While the Huskys ground
penetrating radar allows IEDs to
be detected with low or no metal
content that other equipment might
not find.
Defence Minister Stephen Smith
was happy with the deal and said
it would boost the Armys defence
against IEDs.
Its a very good cooperative
venture, Mr Smith said. We will
utilise what is, in anecdotal terms, a
road clearance capability and capac-
ity to add to our anti-IED measures.
The vehicles will be on loan
for around 12 months while work
is underway to assess the possible
acquisition of a permanent system.
Safety first: Two Husky PMVs are on loan from Canada.
By Sgt Andrew Hetherington
SOLDI ERS de pl oye d t o
Afghanistan will receive a spe-
cial pair of undies to trial in
October, as part of a new soldier
protection initiative developed
by Diggerworks.
The underwear is the first
layer of a two-tier pelvic protec-
tion system under investigation by
Diggerworks for issue to soldiers
deployed on Operation Slipper.
The underwear being trialled,
which looks like a pair of bicy-
cle shorts, is designed to protect
soldiers from genital, pelvic and
femoral arterial wounds, from
the main threat soldiers face in
Afghanistan, IEDs.
The former CO of MTF 1 and
Director of Diggerworks, Col
Jason Blain, said the undergar-
ment would significantly reduce
unwanted debris entering wounds
sustained after an IED detonation.
The composi t i on of t he
undergarment contains silk,
which can be very hard to cut
and was designed to mitigate the
fine dirt and shrapnel particles
entering the body and preventing
infection after an IED explosion,
Col Blain said.
British soldiers and US
Mari nes al ready wear i t i n
Afghanistan and as part of the
trial our soldiers will wear them
outside bases during patrols.
MTF 4 soldiers will also
receive the garment to train with
before they begin their mission
rehearsal exercise from next
Tier two of the protection
system, a groin wrap, worn out-
side soldiers pants, will also be
trialled in Afghanistan during
A Di ggerworks Syst ems
Engineering Manager, Stuart
Lawrie, said the tier-two wrap
further enhanced the protection
afforded by the tier-one undergar-
Its designed to be worn in
higher threat environments and
looks like a sumo wrestler groin
roll and attaches to the soldiers
belt, Mr Lawrie said.
Its made out of a conven-
tional ballistic cloth and provides
roughly the same protection as
the soft ballistic inserts in the
Tiered Body Armour System
It will provide multidirec-
tional protection against a blast,
as most people who are hit are on
or above the device when it goes
The trial will determine how
the wrap will integrate with the
TBAS system.
Diggerworks is also investi-
gating ballistic ensembles that
provide a wider area of protec-
tion to the body for use by dis-
mounted EOD teams and high-
risk search engineers.
Armoured undies
Wear protection: Troops deployed to Afghanistan will receive a special set of underwear (inset) designed to protect the pelvic area
from blast wounds. Main photo by AB Jo Dilorenzo
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Army September 29, 2011
By Spr Nick Wiseman
SOUTH Australian training capabili-
ties have been boosted with the com-
pletion of new facilities at Horseshoe
Barracks and upgrades to the Cultana
Training Area.
The upgrades have been brought
on by the relocation of 7RAR from
Darwin to Adelaide earlier this year.
Working accommodation, training,
fitness, health, community facilities
and a combined mess were among the
$623m worth of new facilities incorpo-
rated into Horseshoe Barracks, located
within RAAF Base Edinburgh and offi-
cially opened on September 9.
The facilities include a purpose-
built driver training area on base for
armoured crewmen to maintain high
individual vehicle skills.
A 24-lane WTSS facility has been
built specifically for use by 7RAR
troops to refine their collective and
individual shooting skills in barracks.
The battalion also has an urban
operations training facility collocat-
ed within the barracks area, allowing
troops to easily conduct urban training
The project has also improved base
engineering services at RAAF Base
Edinburgh to support the new facilities,
providing substantial upgrades to elec-
trical, water, sewage, storm water, gas,
communications, security and transport
Speaking at the official open-
ing of Horseshoe Barracks, Defence
Parliamentary Secretary David Feeney
described the new facilities as among
the best in Australia.
Upgrades are also planned for the
Cultana Training Area including new
permanent camp accommodation.
The new camp area will provide
sleeping, dining, ablutions, administra-
New facilities
best in Aus
tive and logistic facilities to maintain a
high standard of training.
Other additions include a new urban
operations training facility capable of
supporting a battle group sized element
and a new field firing training system
range allowing armoured vehicles to
take part in live-fire training.
The upgrades and additions at
CTA expand the operational area from
470 to 2000 sqkm, enabling training
between the three services.
CA Lt-Gen David Morrison wel-
comed 7RARs relocation to South
Australia earlier this year, saying the
move greatly enhanced the Armys
training ability.
The raising of 7RAR and its relo-
cation to Adelaide improves Australias
security through the development of a
stronger, more versatile Army, he said.
New home: Commander 1 Bde Brig
Gus McLachlan speaks at the official
opening of the new barracks.
High tech: Troops from
7RAR demonstrate the
new Battlesim computer
network centre to official
visitors during the
Horseshoe Barracks
opening. Inset, Defence
Parliamentary Secretary
David Feeney and CA
Lt-Gen David Morrison
cut the ribbon to open
the new facility.
Photos by LAC Nicci Freeman
Army September 29, 2011
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Colourful welcome to SA
By Maj Haydn Barlow
THE rain clouds eased over
Tor r ens Par ade Gr ound i n
Adelaide for three crucial hours
on September 10 as 7RAR was
presented its new Colours by
Governor-General Quentin Bryce.
Dressed in striking blue, the
Governor-General cont rast ed
against the sea of khaki as she pre-
sented the new Colours in front of
a cold but enthralled crowd of about
1000 people.
The present at i on of new
Queens and Regimental Colours is
a solemn and symbolic ritual, Ms
Bryce said.
Colours unite a battalion, cel-
ebrate its history and confirm its
At attention behind the Colours
par t y was CO Lt - Col Mi ck
Garraway and more than 200 of his
soldiers. He said accepting the new
Colours was an honour.
Our Colours represent the his-
tory, the traditions, the sacrifices
and the fighting standards of those
who have served in this unit, many
who join us today and whose
standards we strive to maintain.
We accept them humbly, Lt-Col
Garraway said.
The Colour party trooped the
old Colours through the ranks one
final time, closing a chapter for
past members, whose association
dates back to 1965 and is steeped in
RAR folklore. These veterans will
be able to reconnect with the old
Colours at St Peters Cathedral in
the centre of Adelaide, where they
will be retired.
Many travelled from across
the country to make the occasion,
swap memories with their old mates
and meet the protectors of the new
The clouds threatened to rain
on the battalions parade all morn-
ing and the soldiers were dreading
more of the miserable weather they
had endured in rehearsals earlier in
the week.
But the weather held off and the
Adelaide community was provided
a grand occasion to officially wel-
come 7RAR to the city.
A day earlier the units impres-
sive new facilities, Horseshoe
Barracks, were officially opened by
Defence Parliamentary Secretary
David Feeney, CA Lt-Gen David
Morrison and Commander 1 Bde,
Brig Gus McLachlan.
Lt-Col Garraway spoke enthusi-
astically of the opportunities ahead
for 7RAR as the soldiers made a
new home in the city of churches
and prepared for operations in just
over a years time.
We have commenced a new era
in the battalion. Our relocation to
this fine city has been accompa-
nied by a growth in numbers and a
growth in capability.
Formed up: Troops from 7RAR parade at the Torrens Parade Ground to receive the battalions new colours and be welcomed to Adelaide. Photos by Cpl Rodney Welch
Meet the troops: Governor-General Quentin Bryce talks to Cpl Lachlan
Wheaton, 7RAR, while inspecting the parade.
Handle with care: Capt Troy Goodale, 7RAR, unfurls the new
Colours during the parade.
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Army September 29, 2011
Always under
By Cpl Zenith King
PROTECTED Mobility Vehicle (PMV)
specialists have been collecting data
from a Bushmaster involved in an
IED strike in Afghanistan since sur-
vivability upgrade kits were fitted to
Bushmasters in theatre earlier this year.
The head of the six-man upgrade
team that deployed to the MEAO earlier
this year, Maj Eugene Tinning, Land
Systems Division, said the damaged
Bushmaster would provide valuable
data on the effectiveness of the cur-
rent upgrade as well as informing future
We are continually evaluating what
improvements can be made to make it
safer for the guys to operate with, Maj
Tinning said.
Upgrade team member WO1 Simon
Danger said the upgrade provided an
increased level of force protection for
soldiers operating with Bushmasters.
In a mine blast or IED event the
upgraded seats and floor will absorb a
large part of the energy from the blast
and in turn transfer less blast energy to
the vehicle occupants, WO1 Danger
If there is less blast energy trans-
ferring into the occupant then the inci-
dence of lower limb, back and spine
injuries will be decreased.
Before deploying, Maj Tinning and
WO1 Danger prepared themselves by
conducting trial fit outs.
Because of the preparation we con-
ducted in Australia, the fit out in the
MEAO ran smoothly, allowing us to
finish two weeks ahead of schedule,
he said.
Maj Tinning was responsible for the
scheduling of vehicles and said the bulk
of their work was done in Tarin Kot,
where elements of MTF 3 and SOTG
were based.
It took the team roughly a day to
complete each vehicle, Maj Tinning
When we got a vehicle we started
by removing the old seating and seat
frames. If the vehicle needed cleaning
or any minor repairs, it was completed
then we would refit the new seating and
the flooring enhancements.
We fitted a modified seat frame for
the commander, driver and the crew
members in the back and a new flooring
The new safety improved seating
was collaboratively developed by the
Land Platform Development Program,
Land Engi neeri ng Agency, Land
Systems Division and Stratos Seating
Australia and the flooring solution was
designed by Bushmaster manufacturer
Thales Australia.
Upgrades: Cfn
David Clark
attaches a new
seat frame to
a Bushmaster,
at Multinational
Base, Tarin
Kot. Inset, WO1
Simon Danger
checks the
newly installed
Photos by AB Jo
The team: The PMV upgrade team in Tarin Kot. From left, WO2 Shane Tate,
Sgt Terence Lemmon, Cfn Shannon Smart, Cfn David Clarke, WO1 Simon
Danger and Maj Eugene Tinning.
Army September 29, 2011
AN AIR Force member who
was seriously burned in an
explosion at Rockhampton air-
port on July 25 tragically died
of his injuries in the burns unit
of Royal Brisbane Hospital on
September 20.
Sgt Michael Dunn, 322
Expeditionary Combat Support
Squadron, was deployed to
the airport as part of Exercise
Talisman Sabre.
After the explosion, col-
leagues applied first aid. He
was transferred initially to
Rockhampton Base Hospital
for treatment and then to Royal
Brisbane, where he remained in a
serious condition.
Chief of Air Force AirMshl
Geoff Brown expressed his sym-
pathies and those of the Air Force
community to Sgt Dunns family.
Sgt Dunn was highly
respected and well liked by his
colleagues, AirMshl Brown said.
Those who visited Mick
since the accident were all affect-
ed by the courage and determina-
tion he showed during his treat-
ment and are extremely saddened
by his passing.
Our thoughts are with the
family, friends and colleagues of
Sgt Dunn.
Investigations into the inci-
dent continue.
for loss
Remembered: Sgt Michael
G-Wagons on the way
By Graham McBean
APPROVAL for an additional 950
G-Wagons costing about $425m was
announced in a joint statement by
Defence Minister Stephen Smith and
Defence Materiel Minister Jason Clare
on August 30.
The additional vehicles will come
with 200 variant modules and 830 trail-
ers under Phase 5A of Project Land
121. Over all its phases, Land 121 will
replace more than 10,500 lightweight
vehicles and trucks used by the ADF.
Director General Land Development
Brig Mal Rerden said the first batch of
the G-Wagons had been accepted by
Defence and were in the final phase of
delivery preparation before first deliver-
ies to units in early 2012.
The acquisition in subsequent phases
of the project of protected vehicles for
the fleet to meet operational demands
will be a first for vehicles of these types.
There was still a long way to go
with development of the protected light-
weight vehicles, but Brig Rerden expect-
ed similar levels of protection for the
lightweight vehicles to that offered by
the Bushmaster.
He said the medium-heavy trucks
would not reach that same level of pro-
tection, but it was important to under-
stand that these were not close combat
If they are going into a threat envi-
ronment, they will be supported by fight-
ing vehicles such as an ASLAV or
M113 which will give a level of pro-
tection around them, Brig Rerden said.
This means they dont have to have
the same level of protection as the fight-
ing vehicles.
A new methodology for managing
the fleet would also be introduced to
optimise use through the life of the vehi-
Brig Rerden said vehicles clocked
up more kilometres and were used more
often depending on the unit, so rotation
of vehicles throughout the fleet would
better distribute that demand.
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Army September 29, 2011
Dinner for the faithful
Talking candidly: CDF Gen David Hurley and Linda Hurley were guests of honour at the annual Defence
Christians dinner held at the Canberra Southern Cross Club on September 2. Gen Hurley said faith
played a big part in his everyday life and was essential when things got tough. We need strong, fit people
to do the job the Government demands, and spiritual fitness is an important part of that, Gen Hurley said.
For more information on the dinner, visit the Military Christian Fellowship website at
Photo by David Coleman
THE Department of Defence was rec-
ognised as a leader in Occupational
Health and Safety as it took home
five awards at the 2011 Safety,
Rehabilitation and Compensation
Commission (SRCC) safety awards
held on September 13.
In announcing the awards Defence
Science and Personnel Minister Warren
Snowdon said Defence had eight final-
ists competing in five out of six of the
safety award categories.
I am pleased by the significant
number of Defence winners and final-
ists at this years safety awards, the high
level of success achieved showcased
Defences commitment to ensuring risks
to health and safety and wellbeing were
identified and actively managed.
I am particularly delighted to see
Defence had two finalists in the cat-
egory for the rehabilitation and return
to work award this year, Mr Snowdon
It shows that Defence is honouring
its promise to rehabilitate and return its
wounded or injured ADF personnel to
work wherever its possible.
Defences 2011 winners and finalists
all achieved outcomes that decreased the
risk of injury to soldiers, sailors and air-
men and women.
The eight Defence finalists were
OH&S the
winner on
the night
THE Government will fund 74 pro-
jects and initiatives to support veter-
ans and their families.
The funding is part of the govern-
ments Veteran and Community Grants
program which supports local health and
wellbeing activities for veterans.
The Minister for Veterans Affairs,
Warren Snowdon, said $837,927 had
been allocated to 74 projects in NSW,
the ACT, Queensland, Western Australia,
Tasmania and South Australia.
This will assist with a range of initia-
tives from delivering health and exercise
programs to purchasing equipment and
materials, he said.
These projects are designed to
improve access to community care ser-
vices, encourage social interaction and
ultimately enrich the lives of Australias
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Army September 29, 2011
By Cpl Melanie Schinkel
SHOCKWAVES r e s o n a t e d
throughout the Mt Bundey Training
Area (MBTA) as 1 Bde demon-
strated the combined firepower of
8/12 Regt, 1 Armd Regt and 2 Cav
Regt for the CAs Advisory Group
on September 2.
US marines and Singapore Armed
Forces personnel, in Darwin for exer-
cises Gold Eagle and Matilda, looked
on as about 30 Australians conducted
the live-fire activity with two Abrams
and four ASLAVs.
OIC of the practice WO2 Rob
Lewis, 1 Armd Regt, explained the
exercise scenario.
Essentially, today was about the
three arms corps practising the pas-
sage of lines and handover of targets. It
involved a cavalry screening forward,
bumping into the advanced reconnais-
sance elements and engaging them,
WO2 Lewis said.
The cavalry then went up against
the heavy armour, which was their call
to withdraw into another fire position.
Covering their withdrawal was 8/12
Regts gun battery with two tanks to
clear out any heavy armour the artillery
had missed or simply couldnt engage.
Eventually, the cavalry screen
pulled back to another position
and continued to engage the rest of
the reconnaissance. Once the heavy
armour came in, they used it as support
to withdraw back to their main fire
He said personnel safety was
the biggest concern during the live-
fire exercise.
Show of force
The soldiers have to be extremely
careful when drawing back because
the armoured vehicles are in front of
each other to provide live-fire support.
They just have to make sure theyre
outside the required safety angles so
they dont accidentally fire on each
other basically just getting into the
right positions and doing the correct
Commander 1 Bde Brig Gus
McLachlan attended the demonstration
and said the numerous exercises which
occurred within the MBTA throughout
August and September were designed
to develop 1 Bdes foundation war-
fighting skills.
The Brigade is just coming out
of reset, so it is Armys next brigade
to get ready for deployment, Brig
McLachlan said.
Our personnel will begin deploy-
ing on operations in Afghanistan in
November next year.
The brigade has stepped across
the start line to get ready again and
begun its journey towards Exercise
Hamel 2012.
Big bang: A 1 Armd Regt Abrams fires on targets during the 1 Bde live-fire demonstration at the Mt Bundey Training Area, while a 2 Cav Regt ASLAV
(inset) manoeuvres through the red dust. Photos by LS Andrew Dakin
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Jumping at shadows
By Cpl Melanie Schinkel
SOLDIERS from 20 STA Regt
spent a day familiarising themselves
with one of the first Shadow 200
Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)
to arrive in Australia at Gallipoli
Barracks on September 7.
Soldiers from 20 STA Regt have
been in the US for several Shadow
training rotations since early this year.
CO 20 STA Regt Lt-Col Nathan
Loynes said support for ground forces
would improve significantly once the
highly sophisticated and manoeuvrable
Shadow came online in Afghanistan
early next year.
Designed to provide tactical sup-
port to the ground commander, the
Shadow is capable of operations up to
125km away from the primary Ground
Control Station (GCS), weighs 187kg
when fully fuelled and loaded, has a
wingspan of 4.2m and can cruise at 70
knots up to 15,000ft in the air.
Already in service with the US
Army and Marine Corps, Shadow
has almost a million flying hours on
Shadow operator Bdr Aaron Hong,
20 STA Regt, said he couldnt wait
for Armys new shiny thing to come
This project is only going to
grow from here and were keen to get
Shadow out there and show everyone
what its capable of, Bdr Hong said.
Shadow is a big step up from the
Scan Eagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
(UAV), which has been in service since
2006. Shadow is equipped with cut-
ting-edge payload technology includ-
ing advanced electro-optical and infra-
red cameras capable of day and night
operation. The Shadow air vehicle is
capable of transmitting real-time, full
motion video to the GCS and other
remote video viewing devices.
Additionally, a communication
relay package in the Shadow air vehi-
cles wings means it can also be used
as an airborne relay.
Lt-Col Loynes said Shadow would
enable 20 STA Regt to provide near
real-time reporting and that its pri-
mary tasks would involve intelligence,
surveillance and reconnaissance collec-
tion as well as providing direct support
to ground forces.
Shadow will allow us to provide
ground callsigns with quick and accu-
rate information such as what is ahead
of them during any manoeuvre opera-
tion, Lt-Col Loynes said.
The operators inside the GCS
will talk directly to the soldiers on the
ground, who will be able to receive full
motion video in real time via remote
receivers. Alternatively, ground forces
will also be able to receive near-real
time analysed video and still imagery
products from our imagery analysts.
Another critical feature of the
Shadow system is its interoperability
and networking capability. Through the
GCS, Shadow can speak directly with
other UAS or UAV systems.
This capability will cut down
response times when Shadow is used
to adjust indirect fire or for precision
targeting operations using its laser
target designator, range finder and
Lt-Col Loynes said 20 STA Regt
would be involved in precision target-
ing operations in the near future.
We will be able to designate for
a large family of precision munitions
and other terminally guided weapons.
Shadow also has a portable GCS
capability, which will allow us to
deploy a GCS forward. Essentially,
this would involve launching an air
vehicle from a hub and then handing it
over to a portable GCS positioned next
to a combat team, platoon or Special
Forces patrol commander.
Air power: Soldiers from 20 STA Regt inspect the Shadow 200 UAS during a familiarisation day at Gallipoli Barracks. Inset, air vehicle operator LBdr
Anthony Dunphy looks at the Woomera Training Area on 20 STA Regts Portable Institutional Mission System. Photos by Aaron Davis and Cpl Melanie Schinkel
12 NEWS Army September 29, 2011
SPEAKING at a service on Anzac
Parade in Canberra, Veterans Affairs
Minister Warren Snowdon called on
all Australians to recognise the ongo-
ing contribution of our peacekeepers
on Australian Peacekeepers Day.
He said September 14 marked 64
years of Australias contribution to
peace operations around the world,
starting with the first United Nations
peacekeeping mission in 1947.
Laying a wreath during the ser-
vice at the site of the future Australian
Peacekeeping Memorial, Mr Snowdon
said Australia had a proud record of
peacekeeping and peacemaking, partici-
pating in more than 50 United Nations
and multinational operations.
Currently, almost 600 ADF and
AFP personnel are deployed on opera-
tions across the globe in locations
including the Middle East, East Timor,
Solomon Islands and Sudan, Mr
Snowdon said.
Today i s an opport uni t y for
Australians to reflect on the important
role of our peacekeepers and peacemak-
ers in providing support and assistance
to victims of conflict, often in unstable
and dangerous locations.
Australias peacekeeping roles have
included military observation, logistics
support, ceasefire monitoring, landmine
clearing, supporting democratic elec-
tions, humanitarian aid and repatriation
of refugees.
Men and women from the ADF,
the federal and state police forces and
Australian Government agencies have
all been involved in our long history of
peace operations, Mr Snowdon said.
The government i s fundi ng a
University of Melbourne study that
investigates the long-term effects on
mental health and quality of life of ex-
serving ADF peacekeepers deployed
from the 1990s to 2002.
It will consider Australian involve-
ment in places such as Rwanda,
Somalia, Cambodia, Namibia, Western
Sahara and East Timor. It is expected to
be completed by the end of 2012.
of peace
Day to remember:
The Australian,
UN and AFP
flags are raised
at the Australian
Ceremony on Anzac
Parade (above) Maj-
Gen John Caligari lay
wreaths (inset).
Photos by LAC Bill Solomou
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Bombs away: Hamel guns and fireworks light up the Puckapunyal parade ground in a fiery celebration
of the RAAs 140th and the School of Artys 128th birthdays on August 20. About 400 people turned out
to watch gun races and a feu de joie before the Army Band-Melbourne performed the 1812 Overture
with four guns from 53 Bty (pictured) lighting up the evening sky. Maj-Gen Tim Ford, representative
Colonel Commandant for Artillery, reviewed the parade before a beating of the retreat and a bugler
playing as the flag was lowered at sunset. The usual dining-in was forgone in favour of a family night at
the ORs mess after the parade.
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Flying in
to Oakey
By LCpl Mark Doran
THE RAAF Roulettes aerobatic team
will be one of the attractions at the
Museum of Australian Army Flying
(MAAF) annual fly-in at Oakey on
October 1 and 2.
All current Australian Army aircraft
will be on display during the fly-in,
including the Kiowa, Tiger, Black Hawk
and MRH-90, as well as more than 20
historic Warbirds, including a World War
II Antonov 2, an ex-Army Cessna and a
Bell Sioux from the Vietnam War.
MAAF Board Secret ary Hel en
Bawden said she anticipated some of
the aircraft would be involved in training
activities next to the museum over the
weekend, so visitors were likely to see
them in action.
The Military Vehicle Collectors
Australia will be bringing antique mili-
tary vehicles, including an original
RAAF Ambulance from Oakey from the
1940s, which will be on show along with
uniforms and exhibits from other muse-
ums and collections, Mrs Bawden said.
Sqn-Ldr Tony Blair, from the ADF
Basic Flying Training School, intends to
visit and perform aerobatic displays in
his Rebel 300 unlimited aerobatic aircraft
and there will be static and flying dis-
plays of model aircraft.
The fly-in has been a popular event
for the past six years and last year we had
nearly 5000 visitors over the weekend.
Food and refreshments will be avail-
able all weekend and the Toowoomba
Municipal Band will perform on Sunday
from 12.30pm to 1.30pm.
Gates open at 10am. Entry is $5 for adults and
free for children under 12. More information is at
Air show: An MRH90 will be among
the modern aircraft on display at the
Oakey Fly-In on October 1 and 2.
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WORLD NEWS 15 Army September 29, 2011
By Maj Lachlan Simond
THE increasing presence of the
Afghan National Army (ANA) has
forced insurgents away from their
traditional bases and safe havens,
according to Col Dave Smith, who
finished up as deputy commander
Combined Team Uruzgan this
As the fighting season rolls on,
ISAF forces are seeing a reduced
level of insurgent activity compared
to what was seen in the past, Col
Smith said.
Ther e i s l ess connect i v-
ity between the insurgent activities
across the province. Their activities
have been reduced to individual val-
ley activities, which is more easily
contained by ISAF and Afghan forc-
Col Smith said although the com-
plex attack in Tarin Kot on July 28
drew much attention, it was a tactical
and moral failure for the insurgency.
None of the intended govern-
ment officials or community leaders
that were targeted were killed, he
The majority of the victims
were innocent locals caught up in the
indiscriminate bombing which com-
menced the insurgent attacks. Many
of the unfortunate victims were
women and children killed when car
bombs detonated close to the wom-
ens hospital and a school.
Rather than discrediting the
government of Afghanistan and
its security forces, the attack high-
lighted their increased capabil-
ity. The Afghan National Security
Forces (ANSF) responded rapidly
to the attacks and brought the situ-
ation under control. Their actions
were praised by the locals, who also
voiced their opinion on local radio,
rejecting the insurgents and their dis-
regard for innocent civilian lives.
Col Smith said the local Afghan
communities were gaining confi-
dence in the ability of the ANSF to
provide them with security.
Youve only got to look at some-
thing like the Tarin Kot to Chora
road to see what a difference is
being made. People are able to drive
from Tarin Kot to Chora on a hard-
top road without any insurgent road
blocks or interference and were see-
ing the prices of goods being sold in
Chora coming down by as much as
700 per cent due to people being able
to move more freely.
The Malalai Girls School is
now open and operating and the new
police headquarters is well into con-
All of these things together are
creating an environment where the
ability of the insurgents to manipu-
late the local population has been
seriously degraded. People are now
able to get on with their lives.
Col Smith recently took incoming
CT-U deputy commander Col Ben
James on a tour of several forward
operating bases in Uruzgan province.
The r econnai ssance gr oup,
which included MTF 4 personnel,
spent a week circulating though
ADF-occupied bases Hadrian, Wali
and Mirwais.
Confidence in ANA grows
Lay of the land: From left, incoming Combined Team-Uruzgan deputy commander Col Ben James and outgoing
CT-U deputy commander Col Dave Smith talk with OC D Coy MTF 3, Maj Adam Gower, at forward operating
base Mirwais. Photo by PO Damian Pawlenko
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Army September 29, 2011
By Maj Lachlan Simond
HE WAS writing an essay in a country town,
she was still in high school, another was
undertaking training for the Slovakian Army
and she was watching the tragedy unfold on
the television in a barracks guard room.
These were some of the memories of
the assembled soldiers, sailors, airmen
and women and civilians who gathered at
Multinational Base Tarin Kot in Uruzgan prov-
ince, to mark the tenth anniversary of 9/11.
Someone asks me each year where
were you? Where were you when the attacks
in Washington, Manhattan and Pennsylvania
were happening?
So said US Army Maj Greg Haley, acting CO
of 4/70 Armd Regt, as he addressed his fellow
members of Combined Team Uruzgan (CTU).
He then posed another question why do
people ask this?
I guess the answer is, that in some way,
every compassionate, law-abiding citizen of
this world, who cares about humanity and
goodness on earth wants to be a part of this
tragic event, Maj Haley said.
The assembled team of Americans,
Australians, Singaporeans, Slovakians and
Afghans, who work together in Uruzgan prov-
ince, stood in silence as they were reminded
of the 3000 people who died on that world-
changing day and the families that still grieve
their loss.
They thought of the connections between
those who suffered and lost on that Tuesday
morning a decade ago and those who have lost
loved ones in the ensuing war on terror.
And then there are all of you standing
before me, Maj Haley said. What is your
connection to this historic event?
For your connection is here and now, as
we stand here today, where an enemy was
born, an enemy that has bonded us as brothers
and sisters in arms for a full decade. We stand
in this land, in defiance of the few that have
lost the way. You stand here fighting with the
brothers and sisters on your left and right. You
stand firm, so that we dont have another trag-
edy anywhere across this great earth.
Day to remember
Solemn moment: American and Australian forces observe a minutes silence during a 9/11
memorial service at Multinational Base Tarin Kot in Afghanistan. Photo by AB Jo Dilorenzo
MORE than 110 members of JTF 633,
based at Al Minhad Air Base in the
United Arab Emirates, have raised
more than $3700 for Legacy from their
own version of the Bridge to Brisbane
charity run.
Event organiser Maj Wayne Bullock,
HQ 1 Div Health Branch, said support-
ing Legacy was of growing importance
given the increasing number of families
now relying on its support.
Legacy means a lot to members
of the ADF as we are acutely aware of
the very important work it does in sup-
porting the families of servicemen and
women, he said.
According to Maj Bullock, it wasnt
difficult finding willing volunteers to
participate in the event, as it was a great
way to combine support for a worthwhile
cause with all-important exercise.
Even though we were 11,000km
away, we tried to replicate the spirit of
the event by using a mock-up of the
Sydney Harbour Bridge as the starting
line, while the Brisbane accommodation
block was used as the finishing point,
Maj Bullock said.
The run at Al Minhad Air Base began
at 6am to avoid the blistering heat
average temperatures exceed 35 degrees
during September.
However, even by the start time, the
temperature was just under 30 degrees
and all competitors were advised to keep
their hydration up to avoid heat stress.
Maj Bullock said that the run also
drew support from service personnel
from the UK, Canada and Holland.
Thousands raised in
Al Minhad charity run
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WORLD NEWS 17 Army September 29, 2011
A HIGHLY successful Afghan
National Security Force and
Special Operations Task Group
(SOTG) partnered operation
in Helmand province uncov-
ered a narcotics laboratory
housing enough ingredients to
manufacture drugs worth about
The partnered forces descend-
ed on the facility in the Baghran
District of Helmand province, close
to the border of Uruzgan province,
on September 17 and spent most of
the weekend clearing the facility.
CO SOTG, Lt-Col G said it was
the biggest find Australian Special
Forces had been involved in to
The facility is reported to be
one of the largest heroin-producing
facilities destroyed in Afghanistan
in the past five years, and profits
from it were responsible for financ-
ing insurgent attacks against ISAF
and Afghan forces, Lt-Col G said.
Two SOTG member s, an
Afghan National Interdiction Unit
officer and an Afghan interpreter
were wounded when the partnered
force came under attack from insur-
gents defending their narcotics
The f our wounded men
received immediate first aid at the
scene, Lt-Col G said.
Three of the more seriously
wounded, including one of the
SOTG members, were aero-medi-
cally evacuated to a nearby medical
These three men were subse-
quently transferred to the Role 3
medical facility at Camp Bastion in
Helmand province, where they are
receiving specialist care.
The second SOTG member,
who sustained a superficial wound,
stayed with the patrol
to complete the mis-
The Australian
soldiers have both
been assessed as
being in a stable con-
dition and their fami-
lies have been noti-
fied of the incident.
Lt-Col G said sev-
eral weapons, ammu-
nition and a large
quantity of narcotics
manufacturing equip-
ment and chemicals
were also seized and
destroyed during the
This loss will
be a massive blow to
the revenue insurgents would have
gained by manufacturing and sell-
ing narcotics, he said.
That amount of money not
going into the insurgency campaign
will no doubt have a significant
effect on narcotics networks and
insurgent activities in the province.
During the mission a number
of insurgents were killed. A small
group of insurgents were also
detained and taken to Multinational
Base Tarin Kot for processing.
Equipment seized: An opium press found
during a partnered operation in Baghran.
Big drug haul
a team effort
Large find: Some
of the metal drums
used for processing
drugs found during
an Afghan National
Security Force
and SOTG search
of a narcotics
manufacturing facility
in Helmand province.
It is the biggest find
SOTG has been
involved in to date.
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Australia will compete in Pool A against Tonga and
the Peoples Liberation Army.
Wednesday, October 5
T.G Millner Field, Eastwood
1pm: Tonga Defence Services (TDS)
Sunday, October 9
Gala Game Day 3 at Viking Park, Canberra
Noon: China Peoples Liberation Army
October 13: at T.G.Millner Field and Vic Barracks
October 16: at Viking Park, Canberra
October 18: at North Shore RFC, Auckland
October 22: at Auckland University
AB James Smith
Service, unit: Navy,
37SQN; Age: 23; Club:
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Cpl Michael Wallace
Service, unit: RAAF,
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LAC Chris Tuttiett
Service, unit: RAAF,
2OCU; Age: 25; Club:
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Cpl Bodine Luscott
Service, unit: RAAF,
81WG; Age: 26; Club:
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Service, unit: RAAF,
76SQN; Age: 24; Club:
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Sgt Richard Falkenmire
Service, unit: RAAF,
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Service, unit: RAAF,
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Bdr Harley Whaikawa
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Pte John Tanuvasa
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Cpl Craig Rogerson
Service, unit: Army, 8/9
RAR; Age: 26; Club: GPS
Spr Shaun Richardson
Service, unit: Army, 21
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Sgt Ben Jones (vc)
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Age: 30. Club: Randwick.
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OCdt Lewis Crothers
Service, unit: Army,
ADFA; Age: 20. Club:
LCpl Joven Clarke
Service, unit: Army, 3
RAR; Age: 28. Club:
Philippines national team.
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Service, unit: Army, 2
HSB; Age: 24; Club: West
PO Jason Harrington (c)
Service, ship: Navy, HMAS
Tobruk; Age: 32. Club:
18 CENTREPIECE Army September 29, 2011 19
Contingent commander: Co Col Tim Simkin
Ready for action: Sgt Ben Jones
has been named vice-captain of the
Australian Services Rugby Union
team to play in the International
Defence Rugby Competition
starting on October 1.
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139 DHA
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come out on a Sunday, and
Fathers Day at that? DHAs
maintenance contractors were
here within two hours

If you ask us DHAs maintenance support is one of the
huge positives about living in a Service Residence,
says Jason and Natalie Mackay.
We found this out one Fathers Day we came home
to a smashed window at the back of our house. We
had no idea what the cause was or whether it would be
classlfed as an emergency - what we dld kncw was
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LETTERS 21 Army September 29, 2011
I QUALIFIED as an Army diver in the early
80s with 11 other members on my course
through 1 Cdo Regt, which at the time was
the Army Dive School.
At that time I wondered why there was no
diver skill/qualification badge, as there is for
parachuting, aircrew, EOD and so on.
More recently, the same question came up
again in a conversation with a few mates. We
would like to know if consideration has ever
been given to such a badge, and if so, why it
was rejected?
If not previously considered, what is the
process for raising the issue formally?
Capt Robert Varcoe
Gallipoli Barracks
Recognition: Should the Army dive
qualification be recognised with patch or
badge as the parachute qualification is?
Photo by Sgt Bill Guthrie
Divers should
be recognised Policy on right track
I WRITE in response to Lt-Col
Maddens letter (Army, September
1). This letter evoked a rather
emotive response in our office
among a number of people. I per-
sonally believe, and people I have
spoken to agree, this trial boot
allowance policy is (pardon the
pun) a step in the right direction.
There need be no debate over
the suitability or unsuitability of
the Terra Combat Boot (TCB) in
the field environment, as the policy
to allow the wearing of approved
non-issue boots while on exercise
and on deployment (CA Directive
05/08) was made on the back of
factual information from multiple
sources, including some men in
white lab coats at DSTO.
CA Directive 05/08 was based
on research which found that
allowing alternative boots is a way
to prevent manageable injury in the
field environs, as well as acknowl-
edging that one boot does not suit
all conditions from tropical to cold
A major reason I can see for
hanging onto the TCB is uniform-
ity and perhaps that not everyone
needs the extra performance from
their boots, overseas or on exercise,
due to their roles. Keeping the TCB
in service is not a bad choice given
the amount we have invested in its
Defence moving toward a type
of just-in-time procurement of
approved boots, through the mem-
ber buying their boots as needed
would save the organisation real
money. I feel this trial policy, in
its current form is moving in the
right direction, aligning with the
CA intent, in CA Directive 11/09
Reducing the cost of ownership,
tranche one (combat clothing and
personal field equipment).
As with any project, it is essen-
tial that constant review and re-
evaluation be conducted to ensure
the project is still viable. If Defence
had been successful in developing
an excellent, effective combat boot
itself, the benefits could have been
exponential. But one must ask after
seven generations of boot in about
11 years, how long will it take and
how much will it cost? The answer
to this question is where real cost
savings could be realised.
As for the shiny green jacket
and Para jacket, these items cannot
really be used in relation to the boot
argument as I am not sure of too
many people who have developed
short-term or even long-term debili-
tating effects from wearing a jacket.
I happily wear type-seven TCBs
in the barracks environment (the first
type to not give me hot spots on the
heel). And as a non-combat soldier,
with a predominantly barracks-bound
job, I am not overly concerned with
what type of boot I wear.
Sgt Michael Mowat
Simpson Barracks
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22 TRAINING Army September 29, 2011
By Maj Andrew Dixon
SOLDIERS who recently deployed to East Timor
as part of Timor-Leste Task Group 3 were the bene-
ficiaries of comprehensive training based on lessons
learnt from past experiences.
According to Maj James Weaver, 8 Bde Astute
Force Generation Team, the 169 members of TLTG 3
received sufficient cultural training to give them the
knowledge and awareness to be able to communicate
effectively with, and work alongside, a wide range of
military and civilian supporting elements.
The 8 Bde planning started with sending observer
trainers over with 11 Bde to enable the knowledge
transfer from their experiences into our training plan,
Maj Weaver said.
Soldiers are prepared for the mission they are
going to do, what I mean by that is they have an under-
standing through 11 Bdes experience of cultural and
language aspects.
During the concentration in Canungra, the soldiers
were also visited by Chap Gary Stone who provided a
brief on his experiences and understanding of the cul-
ture and language.
Contained within the CAs Development Initiative
(CADI) is a specific requirement for the Army to
regard linguistic and cultural capability as a combat
capability in its own right, and to train, organise and
employ combat linguists accordingly.
The brigade employed the services of a linguist to
teach a selection of soldiers the native language of the
indigenous population, Maj Weaver said
A two-week course provided a good understand-
ing of the Timorese language and enabled each par-
ticipant to share their knowledge with other members
within their platoons.
During the preparation training at Canungra the
linguist returned and soldiers were given the opportu-
nity to practise using the language through a number
of role plays.
Maj Weaver said the civil skills database was used
to identify what qualifications the soldiers had, to see
if there were soldiers with skills and qualifications that
could assist in the training process.
He also said that 4 Bde had been involved from the
start of 8 Bdes planning to prepare the next soldiers
for deployment to East Timor.
This type of training is expected to continue and
Maj Weaver has moved to Melbourne to help 4 Bde
prepare for its rotation to East Timor.
I am excited to be part of the 4 Bde planning. The
lessons learnt through the cooperation of the three
brigades as part of continuous improvement can only
benefit soldiers who deploy in the future.
Hindsight a
good thing
in training
Meet and greet: Soldiers from 8 Bde received
cultural and language training before deploying to
East Timor. Here LCpl Brentt Grigson talks with
locals in Dili. Photo by Cpl Melina Mancuso
By Lt Fiona Bickerstaff
MORE THAN 120 reservists from around
northern NSW converged on Newcastle to
test their skills in a joint exercise with the
NSW Polices explosive detection dogs.
Soldiers from the 8 Bde Reserve Response
Force (8RRF) responded to unspecified
threats from a militant protest group before
the arrival of a controversial foreign delega-
tion on August 27.
8RRF personnel conducted vehicle check
points, search, clearance, and security duties
with police officers and the dog squad from
Waratah Local Area Command as part of Ex
Knight Star.
Starting at Newcastle Harness Racing
Club, 8RRF and police swiftly responded to
the threat by securing the venue with a vehi-
cle check point before setting up a command
post to coordinate a search of the buildings
and surrounds.
Simulated media interest, radical activists
and a medical emergency kept the 8RRF sol-
diers busy before the arrival of the delegation.
8RRF personnel then moved to the his-
toric Fort Scratchley, on the headland of
Newcastles Nobbys Beach and home to 7 Fd
Regts 113 Fd Bty, to search and clear the
tunnels running through the complex.
LBdr Christopher Dawson, 113 Fd Bty, an
RRF and High Readiness Reserve member,
said training and evaluation exercises were an
important training tool for the capability of
both forces.
Its good that other people on the outside
(of RRF) who are also qualified step in so we
can keep our skill base in this particular area
up, he said.
Working with the police and the explosive
detection dogs was the highlight of the exer-
cise for most personnel.
Pte Jarrard Towner, 41RNSWR, qualified
for the RRF this year and believed the exer-
cise was useful to his training.
It was really good to work with the
police because thats something wed do in a
real-life scenario, Pte Towner said.
Working with the police was definitely
a highlight and the dogs as well. That was
The RRF provides high readiness support
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Thorough inspection: Gnr Mark Saint searches for suspect items at Fort Scratchley in Newcastle during Ex Knight Star.
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TRAINING 23 Army September 29, 2011
By Cpl Melanie Schinkel
IN ADDITION to supporting RMCs
first class cadets during their battle block
phase, 1 Bdes Battle Group Eagle con-
ducted Exercise Eagles Run to advance
its combined arms tactics at the combat
team level.
Elements of 5RAR, 1 Armd Regt, 1
Avn Regt, 1CSR, 1CSSB and 8/12 Regt
joined forces for the 2 Cav Regt-led exer-
cise in the Mt Bundey Training Area from
September 7-23.
CO 2 Cav Regt Lt -Col Si mon
Johnstone said Ex Eagles Run gave sol-
diers the opportunity to focus on their
core skills at the combat team level in a
battle group environment.
This exercise enabled Battle Group
Eagle to operate in a combined arms activ-
ity against a complex, hybrid, modern-day
threat, Lt-Col Johnstone said.
The cavalry squadron conducted recon-
naissance missions to answer my questions
on terrain, enemy and civilians while the
battle groups heavy hitters engaged and
cleared the enemy. All the while a rein-
forced support squadron ensured vehicle
availability and logistic support.
At the same time, Battle Group Eagles
soldiers gained a greater appreciation of the
level of training RMC staff cadets endure.
They also enjoyed sharing their in-depth
knowledge with the cadets and intro-
duced them to a rate of effort they havent
explored or been exposed to before.
Battle Group Eagles mission during Ex
Eagles Run was to stop Musorian armed
forces, freedom fighters, terrorists and other
criminal elements in the Litchfield enclave
from seizing a Jabiru-based uranium site.
After intensive combined arms operations,
Battle Group Eagle successfully disrupted
the enemys plan and handed over authority
to local civilian agencies.
The Crew Commander for B Sqns
T22A crew, Sgt Trevor Hillard, 1 Armd
Regt, said Ex Eagles Run gave the regiment
the opportunity to test its new nature of
ammunition for the Abrams.
This was our first time using the new
multi-purpose anti-tank (MPAT) ammuni-
tion, so we learnt a lot about employing it
with the Abrams during this exercise, Sgt
Hillard said.
The MPAT ammunition was excellent
very accurate and effective. Initially, we
used it at close ranges and hit every target,
then we employed it at longer ranges of
2000m plus and still achieved first round
hits on targets.
The final phase of the exercise involved
urban operations, dry and live-fire activities
as well as the assessment of two squadron
commanders from 2 Cav Regt.
Ex Eagles Run culminated with a
combined arms team live-fire event that
involved ASLAVs, Abrams, APCs, M198
155mm Howitzers and ARH Tigers.
The loader for B Sqns T22A crew, Tpr
Rodney McFarlane, 1 Armd Regt, was on
his first activity with the regiment.
This exercise reinforced all the train-
ing I just finished at Puckapunyal, Tpr
McFarlane said. Ive only been in the regi-
ment for two weeks and most of that was
on Ex Eagles Run.
Its certainly a different experience
being a loader is unlike any job I have done
before but Im enjoying it.
Cadets run with Eagles
In control: Lt Jake Hosking, 1
Armd Regt, steers 22 Tp through
the Mt Bundey Training Area during
Exercise Eagles Run.
Firing up: An ASLAV from 2 Cav
Regt is basked in the flash of an
Abrams firing during the 1 Bde
firepower demonstration of Ex
Eagles Run.
Photos by Cpl Hamish Paterson
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24 TRAINING Army September 29, 2011
Meet the
By Cpl Melanie Schinkel
RMC first class cadets experienced
the united might of 1 Bdes Battle
Group Eagle by integrating with
force elements of its combat teams
to refine their commanding skills
and complete battle block training.
About 165 cadets rotated through
roles in 2 Cav Regts battle group to
gain knowledge and improve their
ability to work with additional assets
in a complex, combined-arms war
fighting setting in the Mt Bundey
Training Area (MBTA) from August
31 to September 21.
The cadets completed their
Category A range training before
joining 2 Cav Regts Exercise Eagles
Run to complete components of their
battle block phase.
The senior instructor of RMC
first class, Maj Mark Wales, said
the cadets were placed into combat
teams during the exercise to learn
how to employ platforms such as the
ASLAV, APC and Abrams.
These platforms were used
to train cadets in combined arms
armoured warfare in the modern bat-
tle space, Maj Wales said.
The cadets received orders and
then had to execute them with their
allocated attached forces.
It was beneficial for them to be
exposed to the raft of platforms they
may command some day. Exposure
to these assets now means they will
have a better grasp of combined arms
Trainee officers get hands
on with mechanised force
warfare when leading troops during
real operations in the future.
CO 2 Cav Regt Lt-Col Simon
Johnstone said 2 Cav Regt and 1
Armd Regt conducted live-fire activi-
ties with ASLAVs and Abrams tanks
during Ex Eagles Run to demonstrate
their firepower and manoeuvre capa-
bilities to the cadets.
The cadets did familiarisation,
safety training and then progressed
through three rotations of working
in a cavalry squadron, a tank heavy
combat team as mechanised infantry
and as part of security for the combat
services and support echelon. Every
four days they shifted into a new
combat team to introduce them to
what it entailed and its affect on the
He said the Abrams, ASLAV and
other fighting vehicles formed a criti-
cal part of Armys combined arms
Every soldier and officer within
Army must understand how to max-
imise the combined arms effect of
these platforms on joint operations.
During their training the cadets
experienced the equipment and
capabilities held within 1 Bde and
engaged with the soldiers, gain-
ing a greater understanding of their
expertise and the environment they
work in.
Fire for effect: RMC staff cadets watch as tanks and APCs engage
targets on the live-fire range at Mt Bundey. Photos by Cpl Hamish Paterson
Complex battlespace: An RMC staff cadet advances as a role-playing civilian is
caught in the open during the assault on Mogsville at Mt Bundey Training Area.
Casevac: Staff cadets treat a simulated casualty during the exercise.

TRAINING 25 Army September 29, 2011
heavy hitters
VI OLENT domest i c
dispute between a cou-
ple escalates in the dusty
street of Mogsville, Mt
Bundey, as Battle Group Eagle
pushes forward to seize and
secure the built up urban area
defended by a well-equipped
Two soldiers split from the for-
mation to break up the row as the
battle group advances. Soldiers lob
grenades spewing red and yellow
smoke to inhibit enemy vision while
two Abrams tanks roll ominously
up the main street. Simultaneously,
ASLAVs which have been reporting
on the enemy position since the pre-
vious night, move from observation
posts to encircle the towns perimeter
like a pack of wolves on the hunt.
Battle Group Eagles mission;
close quickly and secure a foothold
within the town. With Abrams and
APCs in intimate support of dis-
mounted infantry, the combined
arms team defeats the enemy pres-
ence by rapidly dominating the key
terrain and clearing buildings.
RMCs first class cadets partici-
pated in the 2 Cav Regt-run exer-
cise as part of their battle block
phase at the Urban Operations
Training Facility (UOTF) in the Mt
Bundey Training Area (MBTA) on
September 11.
The combat team commander
of the UOTF activity and OC of
1 Armd Regts B Sqn, Maj Dan
Conners, said the purpose of the
training serial was to introduce the
cadets to combined arms manoeuvre
within an urban environment.
The bat t l e group cl eared
Musorian and insurgent presence
from the south of an enclave, he
said. By approaching and securing
this key population centre, the battle
group was able to clear the enemy
away from the civil population and
take control.
This activity was designed to
introduce the cadets to the tactics,
techniques and procedures of using
armoured combat power within an
urban environment as well as stress
their ability to command soldiers in
difficult and complex environments.
He said Battle Group Eagle
achieved its mission at the UOTF
and the cadets learnt many lessons.
I think the cadets now have a
clearer understanding of the value
of main battle tanks and the impor-
tance of integrating the effects of
the combined arms team at the low-
est possible level to defeat enemy
forces and protect friendlies.
SCdt Willy Shaw said he enjoyed
the training in Darwins MBTA.
Being from Canberra, it was
great to experience working in the
hotter weather. The heat is some-
thing we need to get used to, espe-
cially considering the climates of
our current areas of operation, SCdt
Shaw said.
The ride in was bumpy and
dusty. I had no idea what was going
on and didnt know what to expect.
We hadnt conducted an urban oper-
ations activity before, so our drills
were pretty poor. I ran through a
building to clear it and then realised
I had gone too far forward, but it
was a great experience and I learnt a
lot from it.
SCdt Fergus Crappitt said the
experience he gained from the activ-
ity would help shape him into a bet-
ter leader.
Working with the tanks and
cavalry was fantastic because we
dont get to see those assets very
often, SCdt Crappitt said.
I now understand how to work
with these assets and how they are
used overseas. Additionally, I inter-
acted with the enlisted men who
operate the platforms and the offic-
ers who command them.
Staff cadets join
troops from 1 Bde
to assault an
enemy-held town
at Mt Bundey. Cpl
Melanie Schinkel
falls in with the
battle group.
Shock of capture: RMC staff cadets escort a captured enemy soldier safely away from burning debris as another enemy soldier (inset) surrenders in the
red haze of a smoke grenade during an assault through the urban operations training facility in the Mt Bundey training area. Photos by Cpl Hamish Paterson
Combat team: Staff cadets assault the town alongside an Abrams.
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26 FEATURES Army September 29, 2011
Taking on
wounds suffered in oper-
ational service isnt all
physiotherapy and medi-
cine soldiers from several units
tackled the Kokoda Trail in July to
help raise awareness for soldiers
wounded on operations.
Spr Jason Andrewartha was one
of several 2CER soldiers involved in
the RSL Soldiers Kokoda and said
taking on the trail was a once-in-a-
lifetime opportunity.
Its a great way to get awareness
out there about wounded soldiers,
Spr Andrewartha said.
It was difficult, but not unachiev-
The Soldiers Kokoda involves
communi t i es from t hroughout
Australia sponsoring recovering sol-
diers to trek along the Kokoda Trail.
Towards the end of the trail,
the group stopped at a village for a
memorial to honour soldiers killed in
Afghanistan and were joined by for-
mer CDF Gen Peter Cosgrove (retd).
It was very emotional for every-
one involved, Spr Andrewartha said.
Once the padre started speaking
and we saw the photos of the fallen
soldiers, it hit home hard.
Another 2CER soldier on the trail
was Spr Chris Parker-Benton who
said the days were long.
We started at about 5am each
day and usually went to bed at about
7pm, Spr Parker-Benton said.
We managed to find some time
to socialise each night before exhaus-
tion took over.
Both soldiers agreed meeting and
interacting with members of the pub-
lic on the trail and sharing their expe-
riences were great opportunities.
The group carried their gear on
their backs, which consisted of per-
sonal items, food and water, clothes
and sleeping gear, with porters carry-
ing other necessary items.
Although the weather was quite
hot, luck was on their side with only
two days of rain toward the end of
the journey.
Unsure of how he would cope
with his wounds after his rehabili-
tation, Spr Parker-Brenton said he
pushed himself to find his limits.
My injuries started to affect me
towards the end, but I was deter-
mined to finish, he said
Joining the 2CER boys on the
trail was Ray Palmer, the father of
fallen 2 Cdo Regt commando Pte
Scott Palmer, who said the experi-
ence was fantastic.
Sometimes the best rehabilitation is to take
on new challenges. Spr Nick Wiseman
catches up with a group of Afghanistan
veterans who included the Kokoda Trail on
their road to recovery.
Tradition: LCpl Arthur Florence, 1RAR Band, plays reveille at dawn on the trail.
Looking back: Participants in Soldiers Kokoda learn about World War II battles
during their eight-day trek.
Hard yakka: Rugged mountain tracks and river
crossings are well known challenges of the infamous
trail. Inset, 2 Cdo Regts Damian Thomlinson and Ray
Palmer, father of commando Pte Scott Palmer who
was killed in Afghanistan last year, help each other
through the arduous trek.
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the trail
I thought it was going to be dif-
ficult physically, Mr Palmer said.
But listening to the boys and
what happened to them turned out to
be quite emotional.
Mr Palmer lost his son in June
last year when a helicopter crashed
during operations in Afghanistan.
Since then, he and his wife have
kept close to his sons former unit
and those who survived the crash,
keeping tabs on their recovery.
Mr Palmer said he would be
doing the trail again next year and
wanted to get as much support as he
Id like to see more soldiers on it
next year, Mr Palmer said.
Next time Ill be supporting a
2CER soldier who couldnt make it
this year due to his rehabilitation.
The program will run a tour each
year for the next four years and is
trying to attract sponsors to help sub-
sidise the costs of travel for the reha-
bilitated soldiers.
For more information on next years tour go
PLACES are now available for next years
RSL Soldiers Kokoda, which will be run by
Adventure1000 from July 21 to July 30 next year.
The program costs $6250 per entrant, which
includes travel from Brisbane, food, accommoda-
tion, experienced trek leaders, medical support,
detailed battle site briefings, local guides and
Any soldier can participate and soldiers
undergoing rehabilitation are encouraged to take
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28 PERSONNEL Army September 29, 2011
RESERVISTS and full-time sol-
diers will be working more close-
ly together under plans to boost
ARes capabilities and bolster reg-
ular Army brigades.
Defence Parliamentary Secretary
Senator David Feeney said the roll
out of Plan Beersheba and Plan
Suakin represented a new direction
in ARes capability.
Plan Beersheba will lift the
reserve contribution to Armys total
force. The intent of Plan Suakin is
to develop a contemporary Reserve
employment model that will take a
fresh look at how Defence engages
with, employs and drives capability
from the reserve component to opti-
mise its contribution to the ADFs
total force.
Armys broader modernisation
program under Plan Beersheba will
bring the full-time brigades into
a similar structure of multi-role
manoeuvre brigades, capable of
meeting a 36-month force genera-
tion cycle. This means new demands
will be placed on the ARes brigades
to better integrate with the ARA.
Plan Beersheba will then place
a significantly greater emphasis on
ARes operational capability.
In an address to the Defence
Reserve Associ at i on Nat i onal
Conference at Keswick Barracks,
Adelaide, on August 20, Senator
Feeney said this would mean new
relationships between ARA and
ARes brigades.
In essence, it is proposed that
each of the Armys three regu-
lar multi-role manoeuvre brigades
should develop an habitual relation-
ship with, and be supported by, two
of the ARes multi-role brigades,
Senator Feeney said.
These two ARes brigades will
be required to generate a battle
group for a 12-month period as they
too rotate through the ready phase
of the 36-month force generation
He said other ARes units, sub-
units, small teams and individuals
would continue to be integrated
within the three regular specialist
brigades 6 Bde (combat support
and intelligence, surveillance, target
acquisition, reconnaissance), 16 Bde
(Avn) and 17CSSB.
Senator Feeney said the level of
integration being implemented by
each service was crucial to the long-
term role of the ADF Reserve in
support of national security.
Defence is a complex beast. It
is also shaped by complex issues,
Senator Feeney said.
Despite the challenges with-
in this inherent complexity, I am
pleased by the proactive approach
taken by all three Services Navy,
Army and Air Force in developing
their Reserve capability as part of
the ADFs Total Force Concept.
Plan Suakin is a body of work
being done under the SRPs Reserve
Reform Stream (RRS) to develop
a triservice reserve employment
model capable of attracting and
maintaining reservists to contribute
to Defence capability.
A major milestone was the
recent contribution of permanent
and reserve personnel through
30,000 RRS surveys, which closed
in early September. This survey
forms a part of a sophisticated mod-
elling tool that will enable Defence
to make good evidence-based deci-
sions going forward.
Director RRS Jerome Reid said
the return rate was above 30 per
cent, which was high by any sur-
vey return standard and was indica-
tive of the keen level of interest and
engagement by Defence personnel
in the project. The RRS team is
now busy compiling data to inform
the plan for action.
Senator Feeney said integration
of reservists into a total force con-
cept could not stand alone without
the supporting employment model.
The development of a contem-
porary employment model that con-
siders how the Reserves as a group
and reservists as individuals are
employed, how their work is struc-
tured and the conditions of service
that support them is essential if
Defence is to continue to enhance
its overall capability.
Closer ties for
ARA and ARes
By Capt Aaron Oldaker
NEW research funded by an ex-service
organisation will examine the risk of
Australian soldiers being prosecuted
for war crimes under Australian law.
The ACT branch of the Royal United
Services Institute (RUSI) of Australia
recently awarded a $2500 scholar-
ship to military prosecutor Maj Glenn
Kolomeitz to help him complete his PhD
into the investigation and prosecution of
Australian soldiers on operations overseas
under Australian war crimes law in com-
pliance with international obligations.
Maj Kolomeitz said it was important
in environments such as Afghanistan,
where Australians fought alongside troops
from other nations that are signatories to
the same international laws.
Australia is a signatory to the Rome
Statute of the International Criminal
Court and we implemented that statute
into Australian law, he said.
My study is an analysis of that
implementation, and whether in practice
Australian soldiers face the same risk of
prosecution under international law as the
soldiers of other nations.
I think its important research,
because this study examines the strategic
ramifications and operational implica-
tions for our soldiers overseas of the
enactment of war crimes provisions into
Australian law.
The $2500 was awarded under the Leo
Francis Mahoney Memorial Scholarship
in honour of a life member of the RUSIs
ACT branch.
RUSI National Secretary Air-Cdre
Peter McDermott (retd) presented Maj
Kolomeitz with the scholarship certifi-
cate and a cheque at a dining-in night
also attended by the CDF Gen David
Hurley, CN VAdm Ray Griggs and for-
mer Governor-General Maj-Gen Michael
Jeffrey (Retd).
In accepting the scholarship, Maj
Kolomeitz thanked RUSI for appreciat-
ing the importance of more legal research
that would ultimately benefit Australian
personnel on operations and operational
This is more than a cheque. This is
recognition, on the part of this institute,
of the value of informed and educated
legal support to both the command deci-
sion making process and strategic thought
more broadly, he said.
The RUSI of Australia has a long
tradition of promoting a better under-
standing of defence and national security.
It has several thousand members in all
states and the ACT and includes serv-
ing and retired members of the ADF and
others interested in defence and national
For more information on the RUSI go to
War crimes research
gets funding boost
Legally liable: A legal officers PhD will examine the risk of Australian soldiers
being prosecuted for war crimes under Australian law. Photo by Sgt Neil Ruskin
Reserve restructure: Reservists such as 51FNQRs Cpl Karl Dai
will work more closely with full-time units under plans to change the
structure of Australias reserve forces. Photo by Cpl Janine Fabre
THE Army is now in the final
stages of putting together the
Simulation Campaign Plan.
The plan details how Army
will manage the development,
synchronisation and implementa-
tion of simulation out to 2020.
The Simulation Campaign
Plan is designed to contribute
to Armys ability to reduce the
overheads of preparing forces for
operations, improve capability
development decisions and bet-
ter assess the cost of through-life
The plan will leverage current
and emerging technology to inte-
grate live, virtual and constructive
simulation capabilities.
In March this year the Combat
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Use Only for some weapon types.
This smart initiative improves
training, enables better use of
existing weapons simulations
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expense of high explosive ammu-
Simulation is a key enabler for
individual and collective training
and continues to play an impor-
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ernisation process.
This plan demonstrates that
Army is making significant cul-
tural change in the way we think
about doing our business. The
benefits from these changes will
become apparent through rein-
vestment in capability which
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Adaptive Army goals.
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for weapons simulation training, visit
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PERSONNEL 29 Army September 29, 2011
RESERVISTS will see changes to pay forms and
processes next month with the reserve payroll sys-
tem scheduled to be incorporated into PMKeyS
from October 4.
Major changes include:
A move from monthly to fortnightly pay cycles.
The use of PMKeyS ID instead of service number.
The use of DEPTID (Department ID) instead of
Pay Station.
The use of Pay Centre.
A new-look payslip (delivered to home address).
A new WebForm (AE126-1) for attendance dia-
There will also be new PMKeyS activity category
codes that will be communicated through the chain
of command.
Reserve attendance diaries
From October 1, 2011, members must submit
Attendance Diaries and other claims for payment
via email to or
fax (02) 6055 2494 to Reserve Pay Administration
Centre (RPAC) or Army Self Administering Units
(ASAU) by the Wednesday of off-pay week for pay-
ment the next Thursday.
Which attendance form and when?
Members are to submit attendance diaries with
effective dates October 1 on the current WebForm
AE126. Attendance diaries with effective dates from
October 1 onwards are to be submitted on WebForm
New Excel versions of the attendance diary
and multi-member attendance record will be made
available on the PMKeyS On Line Library (OLL),
Reserve Service web and intranet sites or by email
request to
More information
Frequently asked questions have been developed
in conjunction with representatives from Navy, Army
and Air Force and are available from the respective
Reserve Service web and intranet sites.
Call 1800 DEFENCE for all payroll queries. For more information
on the project, go to or email
Sept 30 Last Reserve payday in
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All Reserve attendance diaries
must be submitted for attend-
ances up to and including
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October 1 All post-October 1 attendances
must be submitted on form
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October 13 First reserve payday in
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LIFESTYLE 31 Army September 29, 2011
By Graham McBean
LONG after the prints have
yellowed and the hard drive
has cor r upt ed, Dus t of
Uruzgan by Iain Fred Smith
may well be the most poign-
ant chronicle of Australias
Afghanistan experience for
those who served there.
Smi t h penned al l 12 of
the folk-centred tunes from
hi s own 18-mont h experi -
ence in Afghanistan as the
first Australian Department of
Foreign Affairs and Trade repre-
sentative to the country.
The title track, written after
the death of Pte Ben Ranaudo in
2009, has already been likened to John
Schumanns iconic I Was Only 19.
Schumann himself said every now
and then you hear a song and you think I
wish Id written that. Fred Smiths Dust
of Uruzgan is full of songs like that.
Far from an album of protest songs,
Smiths own intent was to bring the story
of the Australian soldiers in Afghanistan
to their people.
There are 7-8000 young Australians
who have lived a very particular experi-
ence in Uruzgan province, Smith said.
My intent is to tell their story so
that the rest of Australia understands that
experience, in all its complexity.
In the true spirit of the storyteller
his songs speak about the experience of
being there with the sympathy and sen-
sitivity of someone who has shared a tent
with his characters.
Like the title track, the album is a
series of snapshots drawing the listener
into the story the way only tales well said
and worth saying are capable of doing.
Dust of Uruzgan tells Pte Ranaudos
story through the eyes of his mate, Pte
Paul Warren, who was also wounded
when Pte Ranaudo died. Smith wrote the
song after reading the Commission of
Inquiry report.
Two further tributes, Sappers Lullaby
for engineers Darren Smith and Jacob
Moerland and August 20 written for Pte
Thomas Dale are on the album.
He is a self-confessed note taker
and ended up with about 20 hard-back
notebooks from his 18-month stint in
Afghanistan, from battle update briefs to
records of meetings with tribal leaders all
interspersed with lyrics and reflections.
He said the melodies and basic ideas
for the songs busted down the door
when I was trying to sleep or get some
work done. But the lyrics and stories
come differently Sappers Lullaby fell
straight into my notebooks the afternoon
after Snowy and Smithys ramp ceremo-
ny. We played it at a concert at Poppys
BBQ area two nights later.
Smith is no stranger to working with
Australian soldiers and was posted to
Bougainville and Solomon Islands in the
late 90s and early naughties.
Folk vocalist and double bass player
Liz Frencham joins Smith on the Dust of
Uruzgan launch tour and also performed
on the album.
A screen with projected images from
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Tunes tell
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32 LIFESTYLE Army September 29, 2011
Beware of other enemies
Deployed personnel must also protect against
disease and injury. Medic Cpl Carmel Barratt
speaks to Sgt Andrew Hetherington.
HEN ADF personnel
deploy overseas they
usually know who their
enemy will be.
But its the unknown enemies
diseases and injuries that many
personnel dont consider before they
deploy but which, in some cases, can
end up crippling them as badly as a
gunshot wound.
Since 2009, one Army medic post-
ed to 39PSB has briefed more than
3000 ADF personnel on potential
health issues for all overseas deploy-
Cpl Carmel Barratt runs health
and medical lectures in addition to
hands-on first-aid training during
force preparation courses.
I give lectures covering health
and hygiene, first-aid revision and the
care of battle casualties, Cpl Barratt
My lectures focus on where ADF
personnel will deploy to, including
the Middle East Area of Operations,
East Timor and Solomon Islands.
Cpl Barratt said one of the big-
gest environmental factors personnel
had to deal with wherever they were
deployed was airborne pollution.
If youre operating in sandy or
dusty environments or if theres any-
thing burning, this can kick up a lot
of dust, which can carry airborne pol-
lution and diseases, Cpl Barratt said.
Diseases such as anthrax, occur-
ring naturally in livestock, can be
transferred to humans.
To prevent inhaling the dust
spores, personnel can wear a face
scarf or what is known as a recon
wrap made out of t-shirt material.
People should also wash their
faces, eyelids and creases in their skin
frequently to remove any soil resi-
Injuries associated with exposure
to heat are also a threat to personnel.
Wearing body armour and work-
ing in 50-degree heat can put you
more at risk of coming down with
a heat injury such as dehydration,
heat exhaustion and heat stroke, Cpl
Barratt said.
Early signs of heat exhaustion
are dehydration, headaches, muscle
cramps and fatigue.
With heat stroke, other symptoms
include nausea, vomiting, agitation
and dry, hot skin.
To combat heat injuries, personnel
should try to acclimatise to their new
work environments, work in teams
to share the task load, minimise caf-
feine intake, drink plenty of water and
monitor the colour of their urine.
For the urine test, the rule is the
clearer and lighter the colour, the
more hydrated you are.
In Afghanistan during winter,
personnel also face cold-weather inju-
ries such as chilblains, frostbite and
hypothermia, Cpl Barratt said.
Initial signs and symptoms of
hypothermia are mild numbness of
the hands, shivering, difficulty with
walking and incoherent behaviour.
Treatment involves warming the
body very slowly by giving the per-
son warm decaffeinated drinks, while
keeping the person motionless so as
to not put strain on their heart.
Both Afghanistan and East Timor
share a common disease malaria.
Personnel will need to take doxy-
cycline daily as a preventative medi-
cation for this, Cpl Barratt said.
Communal living environments,
such as ships, barrack blocks, tents
and patrol bases, can harbour health
Colds, flu and gastroenteritis can
spread quickly throughout communal
environments, she said.
To prevent exposure to yourself
and others it is important to wash
your hands properly after going to the
toilet and before eating.
Also the living environment
should be cleaned regularly to prevent
the build up of dust and the possibil-
ity of rodents entering these areas.
For more information on what to do for your
health before, during and after an operation-
al deployment visit http://intranet.defence.
Life-saving tips: Cpl Carmel Barratt renders first-aid as part of her pre-
deployment training classes.
Bill blogs in the zone
MOVE over Rob de Castella
the Adonis is back.
Not only did I complete
a 5km Canberra Times fun
run and family walk on
September 11 in under 35
minutes (which was my
aim), but I finished it with
heaps of energy in the tank.
I surprised myself that the
Cliff Young shuffle turned
into the Yiannis Kouros jog.
It felt great passing other competitors
on the way, knowing that two months
ago I would have walked the event.
My momentum and pace were per-
fectly aligned. I was in the zone, a
place I had never been in before and,
you know what, it felt great.
My eight-year-old daughter, Amelia,
and 10-year-old son, Simeon, finished
the run with me. We worked our way
through the 600-plus crowd and by the
finish line we were in the top 200.
At the start line, I caught up with other
Defence members and their families.
In fact, one of the guys
said he saw me finish the run
and mentioned that it looked
like I had an abundance of
He suggested that per-
haps next year I should
tackle the 10km run instead.
It was an amazing feeling
crossing the finish line to
me I didnt come in 200th, I
came in first.
As we come into the last few months
of the Join Bill Challenge, I encour-
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loss campaigns to update us on their
Please email and tell us how you are
going, as we would like to publish some
of your results.
For the time being, its back to the
running track for me.
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By Sharon Palmer
THREE year s ago Maj Ki m
Gilfillan, was forced to give up his
sport of choice, rugby, because of a
neck injury.
He chose something a bit gentler
on the body, but not on the mind
adventure racing.
Yes, you have to be physically fit
to take on the sport, but even more so,
you need to be mentally tough.
While the sport takes a lot out of
you physically, the hardest part is talk-
ing yourself into continuing.
After winning the GeoHalf section
of the Geoquest held near Nambucca
Heads on the NSW North Coast in
June, Maj Gilfillan,1 Avn Regt, and
Lt-Col James Kerr, AHQ, have their
sights set on XPD, an expedition-
length adventure race being held in
Tasmania in November.
Unfortunately fellow winning team
member Lt-Col Ana Duncan, AHQ,
is unavailable so they have recruit-
ed civilian rugby player Brooke
Rowlands. Keith Conley from ANU is
the final member and was also part of
the winning Geoquest team.
This gruelling XPD will dou-
ble as the Adventure Racing World
Championship and will include more
than 700km of mountain biking, pad-
dling, trekking and whatever else the
organisers throw at them over a 5-10
day period starting on October 31.
Maj Gilfillan said it would be a big
step up from the 125km his team cov-
ered in Nambucca.
Winning came as a huge surprise
to us as we thought of it as a training
run and one of the key things that got
us over the line first was not making
any navigation mistakes.
While adventure racing has its indi-
vidual challenges, it is a team sport
and requires all four members of the
team to complete all sections of the
course and remain within 100m of
each other at all times.
Historically only one third of the
field completes the XPD, as getting
everyone through in one piece is a huge
challenge so our goal is to finish the
course intact, Maj Gilfillan said.
Added to the stress of the event,
competitors are not given details of the
course until 24 hours before the start.
Thats where adventure racing dif-
fers from other multi-discipline sports
such as triathlon, Maj Gilfillan said.
You have to plan your own route,
pack for it and then navigate it.
There are a lot of things that can
go wrong, and when you make errors
you have to be able to recover quickly
and come up with an alternate plan.
Thats where Army training does help
in both planning and execution.
It is this element of the sport Lt-Col
Kerr finds the most challenging.
You have to be focused at all
times, he said. You cant just get into
a rhythm and plod along you have to
think about the next leg and the whole
time you are navigating and making
sure you take the right path.
Unlike other marathon events,
competitors in the XPD have no sup-
port crew, so teams have to pack
meticulously and strategically.
The organisers of the race dont
provide food, they just move your
bikes and boats around.
One of the challenges is pack-
ing correctly, as there are volume and
weight limitations on how much stuff
they will move around. You pack and
provide five trunks and instructions
on where you want them so the right
trunk ends up at the right place at the
right time.
Another challenge for the team
is being unable to all train together.
Since moving to Darwin in December,
Maj Gilfillan said it was difficult to
get everyone together but they were all
doing their own fitness work.
I ride to work every day which
is about a 50km round trip and try to
run/hike 30-40km a week and get in
about 3-4km of swimming. Its a bid
hard to get any paddling in around
here because of the crocs.
He said the team had a training run
organised for the end of the month and
would ride overnight from Canberra
to the Snowy Mountains via fire trails
through the Brindabellas and then com-
plete a 50km trek through the mountains.
The whole thing is a challenge.
Nobody in their right mind would use
the word fun, but in a way it is fun, its
all consuming and after about the first
30 minutes of a ride or run, you get
past some sort of hurdle and its just
enjoyable, Maj Gilfillan said.
The best part of the sport is finish-
ing as a group but the worst is the pain
and hallucinations, Lt-Col Kerr said.
A test of body and soul
Ready for action: Maj Kim Gilfillan, 1 Avn Regt, (left) and Lt-Col
James Kerr, AHQ, (above) get ready to take on the gruelling XPD
Tasmania. Photos by Cpl Hamish Paterson and Sgt Andrew Hetherington
34 SPORT Army September 29, 2011
By Cfn Max Bree
ARMY women joined forces with the
best ADF hockey players to bring down
the New Zealand Defence Force and the
Royal Navy in tests held at the Sydney
Olympic Park Hockey Centre.
The ADF women destroyed their Kiwi
opponents 3-1 in a hard-fought series from
August 22-26 as CA and hockey patron Lt-Gen
David Morrison watched from the stands.
Cent re forward Pt e Ashl ee Maki m,
2/14LHR (QMI), gave credit to her teams
sharp plays and speed around the park.
We played awesome. Everyone loved it,
she said. We moved the ball around and made
the plays work.
The Kiwis put up a tough fight but in the
end we had more legs than them.
Newcomer Pte Alice Burrell, 142 Sig
Sqn, said it was fantastic meeting and playing
against her rivals from across the Tasman.
Theyre a great bunch, she said. Although
they do know how to put a shoulder in.
The ADF women were again unstoppable
as they decimated their British cousins with a
clean sweep in the three games played from
September 5-9.
Using a defensive press across the centre-
field, the girls piled on the points in each con-
test, tearing through the RN to win 6-0 in the
fist game, 4-0 in the second and 5-0 in the third.
ADF striker Cpl Alison Rolles, AHQ, said
the press caused more than a few headaches for
the RN team.
On Wednesday they were losing it and
swearing at each other on the field, she said.
They were a good opposition and strong
competition but our midfield was just more
The ADF mens team made up for a poor
showing against the Kiwis when Pte Tristan
Barrett, 7RAR, staged a rampaging return to the
game, top-scoring in the win over the RN in the
final and deciding test on September 9.
After 18 months away from hockey, Pte
Barrett nailed both the ADFs goals to secure a
2-0 win over the English team.
After suffering a 4-0 whitewash at the hands
of the NZDF, the ADF men downed the RN in
the first game, but a goal in the dying seconds
of game two gave the RN a draw, making the
third game a must win for the ADF.
In his first appearance for the ADF, Pte
Barrett found the RN team tough but never a
major threat.
I think we had it covered, he said
Team mate Cfn Gareth Hoddinott said the
RN fielded a strong team that came out firing
after their surprise draw.
The RN tour marked the end of the
2011 ADF hockey season. Competition will
resume at next years Combined Service
Championship event.
ADF women
press rivals
Focused: Pte Alice Burrell, 8 Sig
Regt, and a Royal Navy player vie
for the ball during the test series won
by the ADF (above) as Cfn Gareth
Hoddinott puts his body on the line
(inset) in the mens final and deciding
match, won by the ADF 2-0.
Photos by Cfn Max Bree
By LCpl Mark Doran
AFTER making the grand final of
the ACTAFL Division 3 competi-
tion for the second year in a row,
the ADFA Rams were no match
for Harman, going down by 28
Nearly 200 ADFA cadets and
staff supported the Rams at Football
Park in Phillip on September 10 as
they attempted to make up for last
years grand final loss to Belconnen
in the dying minutes of the game.
A good result would have helped
the Rams celebrate their 25th anni-
versary season, though this year the
team trailed in all four quarters of
the final, going down 11.8 (74) to
6.10 (46).
Rams captain OCdt Nick
Downward said the game was a
credit to the Rams, as they worked
hard for the whole match but things just
didnt go their way.
The Harman boys came out and beat
us at our own game plan. They had a
good zone and we couldnt work through
it, OCdt Downward said.
I thought OCdt Jack Lush has been
an absolute standout player for us all
year, he has been constantly putting his
body on the line along with the infamous
back six as they call themselves.
The Rams lost just one game this year
in Round 3 and had beaten Harman three
times, including a 100-point (107 to 7)
victory in Round 16 and a 42-point vic-
tory in the semi final.
Rams coach Maj Mat Jones said
the team had a game plan that was well
rehearsed but they just didnt execute it
on the day.
I thought our effort and commitment
were there, it never wavered, all the boys
tried their best, but we were just out-
played, Maj Jones said.
We had the fitness and spirit, and our
strength is to get the ball into space out
on the wings and we just did not do that
well enough on the day.
OCdt Danniel Lyon put in a consist-
ent effort for all four quarters. He was
always in through the middle, always
winning a lot of ball, so I thought he was
our best player.
Sig Daniel Kirby, Army HQ, was the
only ADF member on the Harman team
and said his team was both tentative and
The ADFA Rams are very fit and
they are hard-bodied as well, they run the
ball really well and it has been hard for us
to shut that down all year but we played a
really good midfield press today.
Although the Rams did not win the
final, they raised $5100 for the Cancer
Councils Call to Arms Campaign.
Quarter by quarter: Harman 3.2 (20) to 1.4
(10); 6.6 (42) to 2.5 (17); 9.7 (61) to 4.8 (32);
11.8 (74) to 6.10 (46). ADFA best players: OCdt
Danniel Lyon, Capt Peter Prendergast, OCdt
Hayden Duczek.
Rams falter at
final hurdle
Quick step: OCdt Emmett Bourke tries
to evade his opponent in the grand final
against Harman. Photo by LCpl Mark Doran
ADFA Rams AFL Club 25th Reunion
To celebrate 25 great years of rambling, we invite all
ex-Rams for a reunion in Canberra:
Fri: 2011 Presentation evening at Manuka Oval, $70pp
Sat: Past v Present exhibition match at ADFA at 1330h
followed by a reunion in the Cadets mess
Sun: Lunch at Olims Hotel
Any questions and RSVPs please contact Matt at
ADFA Rams 25th
21-23 October 2011
SPORT 35 Army September 29, 2011
LCPL Mark Doran and John Martin
ASRUs first assignment in IDRC
will be against the Tongan Defence
Services (TDS) at T.G. Millner Field
at Eastwood in Sydney on October 5
in a game in which the Aussies have
an old score to settle.
ASRU will not only have to with-
stand the Sipi Tau, which is a version of
the Tongan kailao war dance, but also
the might and strength of the Tongans on
the field.
ASRU coach Capt Damien Cahill,
ALPC, knows how hard the task will be.
The Tongans are physically superb
specimens for the game, he said.
They are all big, powerful and fast.
ASRU last played Tonga in the
Pacific Nations Military tournament in
Canberra in October last year.
In order to make the final of that
competition, ASRU had to beat Tonga in
its last pool game.
ASRU fought back from 28-3 down
to lose by just one point, 35-34.
Both teams have been grouped in
Pool A with the Peoples Liberation
Army from China.
Tonga will play China in the opening
day of the competition at Viking Park in
Canberra on Saturday, October 1.
ASRU plays Tonga and then plays
China in Canberra on October 9.
TDSs public affairs officer Leut-
Cmdr Solomone Savelio said four
members of the team had international
experience beyond military circles.
This competition means a lot to us,
as we have to show the public that we
can do anything and also our team can
bring happiness to our people.
Surprises in final team
By LCpl Mark Doran
FORMER Australian Services Rugby
Union captain and current team train-
er Cpl Ricky Dumigan, 2/17RNSWR,
was the biggest surprise pick in the
final team for the ASRU Warriors as it
prepared for the International Defence
Rugby Competition (IDRC).
ASRU coach Capt Damien Cahill,
ALPC, said Cpl Dumigan was an exception-
ally fit person who had been training the
squad and still had the skills and ability to
fill a position lacking experienced players.
He is filling an awkward space for
us as he is our strength and conditioning
trainer, but he is still one of the best half-
backs in Defence.
Eighteen of the 30 players in the team
are from Army and Capt Cahill said the
team was coming together at the right time.
Physically and in set-piece we are
getting there our defensive systems are
starting to work well, but we still have a bit
to go in terms of our attack, Capt Cahill
We can only control what we can con-
trol we cant control the on-field man-
agement we can only do our best to
ensure we are in situations where it doesnt
impact upon us.
ASRU faced Tasmania and the Victorian
state team comprising mainly Rebel Rising
members in Wagga Wagga on September
10-11 and in Melbourne they again chal-
lenged the Victorians on September 16.
ASRU beat Tasmania 17-9 and Victoria
won the next match in a hard-hitting, phys-
ical game with a score of 34-14.
Capt Cahill said ASRUs execution let
them down in the game against Tasmania
and they probably left five or six tries on
the paddock
The Victorian players were a well-
drilled, professional team and they were
mostly big Polynesians, Capt Cahill said.
This was exactly what the team need-
ed as a prelude to challenging Tonga on
October 5 at the IDRC.
We learnt we have to lift our intensity
at the breakdown in order to win the con-
It was a tight match and the back row
was outstanding, but we need to work on
gaining greater penetration in our attack
and developing the ability to change our
point of attack.
It was an improved effort on September
16 with another fierce match against
Victoria with the ASRU Warriors losing by
only three points 19-16.
Capt Cahill said they had to reach deep-
er into the squad, as six of the starting
15 were out from injury, but the match
showed the benefits of a weeks solid train-
ing in Melbourne at Simpson Barracks.
We came up against a stronger
Victorian side, which we dominated in the
lineout and for most of the game gained
parity in the scrums, he said.
The final ASRU preparatory challenge
was scheduled to be played on September
25 against the Australian Barbarians at
Victoria Barracks.
Meet the full team: centrepiece
ASRU to face
Tonga in first test
Making the grade: LCpl Joven Clarke, 3RAR, takes
on the Tasmanian opposition (above) as Cpl Ricky
Dumigan, 2/17RNSWR, (inset) stars in the MilPac
last November. Cpl Dumigan was a surprise pick in
the team. Photos by LAC Bill Solomou and LS Paul McCallum
September 29, 2011
Eighteen Army
players among the
30 players named
in the ADF team
to compete in
the International
Defence Rugby Cup
Centre, Page 35
Making the grade: Cpl
Craig Rogerson passes the
ball in a trial game before the
final ADF team was selected
to play in the IDRC.
Photo by LAC Bill Solomou
Army officers
take on XPD
Page 33
Boots on
the ground
MTF 3 dominates the terrain in Uruzgan province
with patrols and mentoring tasks
Security: Spr Gabriel Margi and Pte Simon
Corney patrol into the village of Charmgar on the
outskirts of Tarin Kot from an overwatch position.
Photo by PO Damian Pawlenko

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T WAS once one of the hot-
spots of Uruzgan province and a
known stronghold for the insur-
gency, but locals of the Tangi
Valley warmly welcomed MTF 3
and Afghan National Army (ANA)
clearing patrols early this month.
During Operation Shamah Sia,
MTF 3 partnered with the ANA
for a four-day clearance of the val-
ley, giving CO MTF 3 Lt-Col Chris
Smith the chance to visit his troops
in the field.
Its an opportunity for me to
see the hard work that the troops
are doing and to exert some influ-
ence over the way we conduct future
operations, Lt-Col Smith said.
The operation was deemed a suc-
cess, with mentored patrols clear-
ing compounds, conducting searches
and biometrically enrolling numer-
ous fighting-age males through
the valley.
It demonstrated the insurgents
are not strong in that area, which
is different to what we expected,
Lt-Col Smith said.
Twelve months ago this area
was strongly influenced by insur-
gents. Now the locals were happy
to see the ANA providing security,
proving we are making a differ-
Lt-Col Smith moved through the
area with his tactical party, which
included the RSM of MTF 3, WO1
John Pickett, Sgt David Nelson and
Pte Scott Saward.
To reach the dispersed MTF 3
sections throughout the Tangi
Valley, the CO and his party
patrolled through dense crops, over
a wide variety of terrain and several
Lt-Col Smith said the visit gave
him a true insight into what his sol-
diers experienced every day.
TROOPS from MTF 3s Other
Government Agencies platoon provided
security as officials from the World Bank
toured Tarin Kot and Chorah during
Ramadan to review nation-building pro-
jects funded under the National Solidarity
Program (NSP).
With support from the Australian-led
Provincial Reconstruction Team Uruzgan,
members of the NSP supervision mission
were able meet with local communities
involved in the NSP and discuss their expe-
riences, local issues and the positive aspects
of the program.
The type of projects funded under the
NSP include the construction of drinking
wells, latrines, gravel roads, community
centres and retaining walls to protect com-
munities and agricultural land from periodic
The NSPs executive director, Tariq
Ismati, said the development projects pro-
vided the things local communities really
needed because they were initiated locally.
The program is implemented by peo-
ple at the village level and even in secure
areas, we have villages which are thirsty for
development and they are fully committed
to actually partner with the government to
look after their development needs, he said.
It is my passion to work with local
communities in this country.
With the Other Government Agencies
platoon providing security, the team also
met with representatives from the Afghan
National Reconstruction Company and con-
sultants from Afghan Building Capability
for Development, along with the Ministerial
Protecting future development
Management Unit team at the Governors
The improving security situation in
Uruzgan province has permitted the devel-
opment of vital projects under the NSP and
provides the country with important assets
which will enable continued economic
growth across the region.
As a program implemented for local
Afghans by the Afghan Government, the
NSP is designed to survive the withdrawal of
coalition troops.
David Nelson patrols
between MTF 3 positions
in the Tangi Valley as a
part of the COs tactical
party. Inset, CO MTF 3
Lt-Col Chris Smith talks
with a soldier in the field.
Photos by AB Jo Dilorenzo
ROLL UP: Pte Lindsay
Beveridge biometrically enrols
a Tangi Valley man during a
clearance patrol.
Photo by AB Jo Dilorenzo
GUARD DUTY: Pte Doxas Stelios provides
security during a visit to Charmgar.
Photo by PO Damian Pawlenko
COORDINATION: Other Government Agencies platoon commander Lt Mark Irving
discusses the approach to Charmgar with National Solidarity Program Director Tariq
Ismati and Provincial Reconstruction Team Development Adviser Richelle Tickle.
Photo by PO Damian Pawlenko
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