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					                     Edition 1275                               2012
                                                   February 16, 2012
                                                                                  Here to help: WO2 Steve
                                                                                  Carter helps flood victims
                                                                                     south of Charleville in
                                                                                               Queensland.
                                                                                     Photos by LAC Benjamin Evans




 Makeshift flightline: A Black Hawk crew prepares to
 depart Roma Showgrounds for a rescue mission.




RACING
THE TIDE
Black Hawk crews air lift dozens to safety as floods engulf
southern Queensland and northern NSW                 Pages 2-3



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Mortars would
not have saved
LCpl MacKinney,
                                                             Aircrews deploy
                                                                   Helicopter crews take on rescue and resupply tasks in flood-hit Queensland
inquiry finds                                                Cpl Melanie Schinkel
                                                             JUST five days after their relief
Cpl Max Bree                                                 efforts in northern NSW on
                                                             Australia Day, Army Aviation
A MORTAR round
                                                             Training Centre crews were
was held over the
tube and ready to                                            assigned to conduct search
fire but no amount                                           and rescue, and recovery and
of mortar support                                            resupply missions across
could have saved                                             Queensland’s inundated com-
the life of LCpl                                             munities.
Jared MacKinney,                                                 A detachment of 50 person-
according to a                                               nel, four Black Hawks and four
report released on                                           Kiowas was assigned to assist
February 2.                                                  the flood-stricken regions of
    VCDF Air-                                                Roma, Mitchell, St George,
Mshl Mark Binskin                                            Dirranbandi and south-east
released the inquiry                                         Queensland from February 3-9.
officer’s report,                                                CO of the Army Helicopter
which examined                                               School, Lt-Col Tim Witenden,
the circumstances                                            said the conditions in Moree
surrounding LCpl                                             didn’t require ADF rotary wing
MacKinney’s death                                            assets but other regions across
during a firefight                                           western Queensland did.
near the village of Derapet, Afghanistan, on August 24,          “Three search and rescue
2010. The report also examined allegations in a private      operations were conducted. Two
email that the patrol did not have access to mortar sup-     people were hoisted from a roof-
port.                                                        top in Charleville, a family of
    The report found the patrol was supported by 120mm       five recovered from a flooded
mortars, a 155mm Howitzer, two ASLAVs and Apache             property in Galonga and seven
gunships.                                                    people rescued from a proper-
    The patrol commander did not call for mortar sup-        ty south of Charleville,” Lt-Col
port because both he and his forward observer deter-         Witenden said.
mined that suppressing fire from the ASLAVs and                  “The detachment maintained
strafing runs from the Apaches was the most appropriate      a high degree of flexibility and
support for the situation.                                   ensured it was ready to respond
    The patrol of 20 Australians and 20 ANA soldiers         to life-threatening situations. We
was also backed up by extra infantrymen operating as a       also had contingency plans in
reserve force, of which LCpl MacKinney was part.             place to support a mass evacua-
    The report also concluded that the use of mortars        tion if required.
would likely have resulted in casualties among the               “We worked closely with the
Australians or civilians in the area.                        Roma District and State Disaster
    The inquiry officer found the email was sent by a        Coordination Centres, which
soldier who was “venting” his frustration and anger over     made our job simpler by organis-
the loss of a close friend.                                  ing all of the assistance efforts
    No action was taken against the soldier who wrote        and managing the disaster effec-
the email.                                                   tively.”
    The report found LCpl MacKinney was killed                   On February 4, a Black Hawk
                                                                                                  First on scene: Kiowas assess the flood damage over the Queensland town of St George.
instantly by a single bullet which hit his left arm and      winched two people to safety                                                                                                Photo by LAC Benjamin Evans
entered his left upper body about 30 minutes into the        and another provided emergency
contact.                                                     transport for two adults and three   around their house so no landing          “We saw a flashing torch          relieved to be safe. On the way
    He was evacuated under fire by helicopter and            children in Galonga.                 zone was available. An antenna       light in the vicinity of the grid      back the crew didn’t say a word
arrived at the medical facility at Tarin Kot within 50           About 3pm, Black Hawk 108        on the roof prevented us from        reference provided for the             – they knew they were just doing
minutes of being shot.                                       was notified that a farmer and his   hovering too low – hoisting oper-    homestead. Once overhead we            their jobs.”
    Concerns about ammunition shortages during the           wife were stranded on the roof       ations were required.                established the situation on the           Meanwhile, the Kiowa crews
contact were also addressed. The report acknowledged         of their property located in the         “Aircrewman Cpl Matt Dell        ground. Floodwater surrounded          were busy conducting search
that while some types of ammunition were exhausted,          vicinity of Charleville.             was hoisted onto the roof and        the property but it hadn’t overrun     and reconnaissance for stranded
all soldiers involved retained rounds for their personal         The pilot, Capt Haydn Jervis,    together with the other aircrew-     it,” Capt Hunt said.                   vehicles and reported missing
weapons.                                                     said accurate details of the cou-    men onboard ensured the couple            “Capt Michael Rueger con-
                                                             ple’s position were unavailable.                                                                                 persons, as well as transporting
    The inquiry officer was satisfied that there were                                             were safely recovered into the       ducted a very tricky landing
appropriate measures for resupply and there was suffi-       Nevertheless the crew began pre-     aircraft.”                           on the only clear area nearby.         medical supplies and Queensland
cient ammunition for the contact as planned.                 flight planning and prepared the         Later that evening, Black        The family included two adults,        Police and Red Cross personnel
    Three issues with fire support coordination were also    aircraft for departure.              Hawk 105 was returning from a        three young girls aged 6-10 years      throughout the area of opera-
identified but the Inquiry Officer found that these had no       “We eventually found out         successful resupply mission in       old and a puppy. The aircrew-          tions.
bearing on the death of LCpl MacKinney.                      that the property was located        Mitchell and running low on fuel     men escorted them to the aircraft          The Black Hawk and Kiowa
    The report found the circumstances surrounding           about 10 nautical miles north        when it was notified of a family     and moved quickly to secure the        crews were released to return to
LCpl MacKinney’s death did not warrant a commission          of Charleville on the Mitchell       of five in trouble.                  family before we departed and          their regular duties on February
of inquiry.                                                  Highway.”                                Co-pilot Capt Des Hunt said      tracked for St George airfield.        9, but were on standby ready to
                                                                 “The couple were spotted         the crew immediately tracked to           “Once on the ground at St         assist as required.
The full report is available online at                       seeking refuge on their roof.        Galonga, located about 60 nauti-     George the family waved us a
www.defence.gov.au/coi/index.htm                             Water was flowing rapidly            cal miles south of Roma.             thankful goodbye. They were            More coverage pages 18-19



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on mercy missions


                                                                                                                                                                         TO THE RESCUE
                                                                                                                                                                     The crew of Black Hawk 207 rescued
                                                                                                                                                                     seven people from a flooded property
                                                                                                                                                                     south of Charleville on February 5.
                                                                                                                                                                         Aircrewman WO2 Steve Carter said
                                                                                                                                                                     they tracked to the rough grid reference
                                                                                                                                                                     they were given and after a few minutes
                                                                                                                                                                     found a group of farm buildings surround-
                                                                                                                                                                     ed by a sea of fast moving water.
                                                                                                                                                                         “After a few passes over the top we
                                                                                                                                                                     confirmed it was the right homestead. The
                                                                                                                                                                     only landing area was over near the stock-
                                                                                                                                                                     yards about 500m away but it was covered
                                                                                                                                                                     with water – only the tops of the long
                                                                                                                                                                     grass poked through,” WO2 Carter said.
                                                                                                                                                                         The pilots located a safe landing zone
                                                                                                                                                                     and WO2 Carter and aircrewman Cpl
                                                                                                                                                                     Thomas Marchant escorted the people,
                                                                                                                                                                     who were taking refuge in an old tinny, to
                                                                                                                                                                     the aircraft.
                                                                                                                                                                         “We loaded them on the aircraft and
                                                                                                                                                                     dropped them off at the Charleville Airport.
                                                                                                                                                                     Obviously, they were relieved and very
                                                                                                                                                                     happy to be safe,” WO2 Carter said.
                                                                                                                                                                         “It’s a good feeling when you get to
                                                                                                                                                                     put all your training into practice. Those
                                                                                                                                                                     people needed our help and we were in a
                                                                                                                                                                     position to get to them quickly.”


Ready for takeoff: Black Hawk crewman Cpl Thomas Marchant prepares a Queensland family to be airlifted from a property surrounded by rising floodwaters.                                  Photo by LAC Benjamin Evans



Enoggera troops join response                                                                                                           TRUE BLUE DIGGER TOURS
Cpl Melanie Schinkel
                                                                                                                                        on the Western Front in France
                                                                                                                             Did you know that during WWI
AS FLOODWATERS recede the                                                                                                    more Australian soldiers died in
soldiers and sailors of the ADF                                                                                              2 days of battles on the Western
Emergency Support Force are tire-                                                                                            Front than died in the whole of
lessly removing debris, clearing filth                                                                                       the Gallipoli campaign?
from roads and providing manpower
to assist the communities of Roma,                                                                                           Did you know that the town
Mitchell and St George.                                                                                                      of Villers-Bretonneux, in
    Led by the Enoggera-based 7                                                                                              the Somme Valley, has
Bde, the ADF Emergency Support                                                                                               commemorated ANZAC Day
Force (ESF) comprises 90 soldiers                                                                                            since 1921?
from D Coy, 6RAR, and 2CER, and                                                                                              Did you know that a Dawn
30 Fleet Support Unit sailors from                                                                                           Service is now held on ANZAC
Sydney.                                                                                                                      Day at the Australian National Memorial near Villers-Bretonneux?
    The OC of the ESF, Maj Paul
Mackenzie, said the force had spent       Coordinated response: Disaster district coordinator Inspector Roger                Did you know that many towns and villages in the Somme Valley in France and
several days assisting in Roma and        Whyte (left) and Queensland Police Sgt Russell McKee discuss the                   Flanders in Belgium fly the Australian flag daily as a mark of respect?
Mitchell before shifting the main         flood damage recovery plan for the town of Mitchell with Capt Charles
clean-up effort to St George on           Mansfield, 2CER, and emergency support force OIC Maj Paul                                       We say here in the picturesque province of Picardie
February 10.                              Mackenzie, 6RAR.                               Photo by LAC Benjamin Evans                   “N’oublions jamais l’Australie” – “Do not forget Australia”
    “At this stage, I expect operations   after lending their helping hands to        Commander 7 Bde Brig Gregory           Come to visit us and experience the gratitude and respect which we have for
in Roma and Mitchell will conclude        two schools in Mitchell.                Bilton said the ESF would strive to        Australia dating back nearly 100 years!
within the next 24-48 hours but we’ll         “Mitchell State School reopened     help the hardest hit communities as
be working in St George for at least                                                                                         A certified English speaking guide is available for tours of the Somme Valley and
                                          today [February 10] thanks to the       quickly and effectively as possible.       Flanders WWI battlefields.
the next three days. A contingent of      ESF. During the floods the school           “The ESF will complement the
the ESF is on its way from Roma to        was used as an emergency evacuation                                                Your guide is an expert on Australia’s involvement in the WWI Western Front
help in St George as we speak,” Maj                                               state emergency services, local
                                          centre. The force helped reorganise     authorities and residents in their         battlefields.
Mackenzie said.                           it and set up classrooms for the stu-
    “The flood damage in St George                                                tireless effort to repair the damage,
                                          dents. The ESF also assisted a nearby   minimise the hardship caused by                                                              Tours of ½, 1 or more days
isn’t as bad as that in Mitchell or       Catholic school, which was another                                                                                                   can be arranged to suit
Roma. Although about 50 houses            great confidence booster.               the floods and help restore liveable
went underwater in St George and              “All ESF personnel are fully com-   conditions to all those affected,” Brig                                                      your requirements. We are
we need to help the locals remove         mitted to the job and want to get in    Bilton said.                                                                                 waiting to welcome you!
the levee they built to protect the       and help out anyone anywhere.               At time of print a contingent of
town – there is still a lot of work to        “They are proud to provide          the ESF was on its way from Roma
                                                                                  to St George to continue flood relief                                                        Contact Barbara Legrand
be done.”                                 assistance and grateful for the over-
    He said the morale of the soldiers    whelming recognition they’re receiv-    operations.
and sailors was high and that their       ing from the Roma, Mitchell and St          Elements of the force remained in                          trueblue.diggertours@gmail.com
motivation increased even further         George communities.”                    Mitchell and Roma to assist.                         or visit our website: www.trueblue-diggertours.com
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IN BRIEF
New to banking
DEFCREDIT has become Defence
Bank after receiving approval
for the shift from the Australian
Prudential Regulation Authority. A
release by Defence Bank states
the change from credit union to
bank will allow it to take advan-
tage of government reforms in
the banking sector and improve
financial security for account hold-
ers. Despite the change, Defence
Bank remains a member-owned
financial institution.

WRAAC reunion
A REUNION of the 4/78 Recruit
Course WRAAC School is being
organised for 2013. The organisers
have tracked down 46 of the 55
women from the course and are
looking for help to trace the follow-
ing: Jane Bell, WA; Sharyn Foster,
SA; Joan Scott, Vic; Connie Galea,
NSW; Julie Smith, Qld; Jacinta
Perera, WA; Elaine Whittles,
WA; Maxine Davidson, NSW;
and Linda Richardson, NSW. A



                                                                                                               Vic troops deploy
Facebook page for the reunion
has also been established. For
more information contact Kristine
McBride on 0450 962 210.

Correction                                                                                                                              SOLDIERS deploying to East              Defence Parliamentary
IN THE Australia Day Honours                                                                                                            Timor as part of Timor-Leste         Secretary Senator David Feeney
list published in Army (Edition                                                                                                         Task Group 4 (TLTG 4) were           farewelled the soldiers and said
1274, February 2), Lt-Col Glyn                                                                                                          farewelled at a parade at RAAF       the parade was for family, friends
Llanwarne was incorrectly listed                                                                                                        Base Williamtown in Victoria on      and the community to show their
as receiving a Medal (OAM) in                                                                                                           January 29.                          appreciation.
the Military Division of the Order                                                                                                         The 171 members were drawn           The soldiers of TLTG 4 begin
of Australia. Lt-Col Llanwarne’s                                                                                                        primarily from 4 Bde, with some      their tour this month, rotating into
medal was in fact in the General                                                                                                        members from other reserve           country with TLTG 3, which was
Division for his service to veter-                                                                                                      brigades and full-time personnel     formed with reservists mostly
ans and their families through the          Photo by Maj Ian Toohill                                                                    from 7 Bde.                          from the Sydney-based 5 Bde.
recovery of military insignia.



                                                                                              Korean War missing                                                       THE UNACCOUNTED

                       Charter Yachts
                                                                       Abel Point Marina,
                                                                        Airlie Beach QLD      soldiers still sought                                                   The 22 Australian soldiers who remain
                                                                                                                                                                      missing from the Korean War are:
                                                                                                                                                                      Cpl Ashe, John Berkley, 2RAR

                         AUSTRALIA                                                            UNRECOVERED War Casualties –
                                                                                              Army (UWC-A) launched a project
                                                                                                                                                                      Pte Bourke, Edmund George, 2RAR
                                                                                                                                                                      Pte Brady, Francis, 3RAR
                                                                                              late last year to gather information on                                 Pte Christie, John King, 3RAR
                                                                                              Australian soldiers who remain unac-
                                                                                                                                                                      Pte Foot, Thomas Randolph, 3RAR

                                        The Ultimate
                                                                                              counted for from the Korean War.
            RE
      EXPLO                                                                                       UWC-A investigates, recovers,                                       Pte Griffiths, Leslie John, 1RAR
                                                                                              identifies and inters Australian sol-                                   Pte Hodgkisson, Joseph William, 3RAR
                                                                                              diers who were recorded as missing                                      Pte Kunkel, William Rudolph, 1RAR

         ISLAN
               DS
                                        Amphibious                                            in action, and currently has cases
                                                                                              in France, Gallipoli, Papua New
                                                                                              Guinea and Korea.
                                                                                                                                                                      Pte Lord, William Thomas Henry, 3RAR
                                                                                                                                                                      Pte McKandry, John Lawrence, 3RAR
                                                                                                  UWC-A manager Brian Manns                                           Cpl Murphy, William Kevin, 3RAR
                                                                                                                                         Pte Joseph Hodgkisson
                                        Deployment                                            said 22 Australian soldiers remained
                                                                                              missing in Korea.
                                                                                                  “We are launching the Korea
                                                                                                                                                                      Pte Nicholson, John William, 3RAR
                                                                                                                                                                      Pte Rootes, Reginald Donald, 1RAR
                                                                                              project to expand on the body of                                        Lt Ryan, Laurence Bonaventure, 3RAR
                                                                                              evidence that already exists in rela-                                   Cpl Saunders, John Phillip, 3RAR
                                            Whitsunday Skipper                                tion to our Korean War missing,”                                        Pte Scurry, Arthur John, 3RAR
                                                                                              he said.                                                                Pte Shennon, Ronald William, 3RAR
                                              Yourself Charters                                   With the exception of Cpl
                                                                                                                                                                      Lt Smith, Francis Charles, 3RAR
                                                                                              William Murphy, who was killed
                                                                                              in action at the Battle of Kapyong                                      Pte Terry, Lionel John, 3RAR
                                        Exclusive ADF Member Specials                         in 1951, all missing soldiers were                                      Pte Wallace, Thomas George, 3RAR
                                                Free overnight onboard                        lost in what is now the demilitarised                                   Pte White, Peter, 3RAR
                                                                                              zone (DMZ) between North and
                                                         valued @ $350                        South Korea.                              Pte John McKandry             Pte Whitehouse, Dennis Edward, 3RAR
                                                Free CYA Survival Packs                           “The DMZ remains inaccessible
                                                                                              for any search and recovery opera-            Recently, 40 letters were sent   Australian soldiers were lost during
                                                                  Suitable for couples,       tions,” Mr Manns said. “But the           to known family members and          the war,” Mr Manns said.
                                                                      groups & families       Korea Project is intended to ensure       UWC-A is keen to identify others
                                                                                              that Army is as prepared as it can be     who are related to the Korean War    Anyone with information to assist with the
                                                         www.cya.com.au                       to respond to any opportunity.”
                                                                                                  An important aim of the project
                                                                                                                                        missing.
                                                                                                                                            “As well as family members we
                                                                                                                                                                             Korea Project can contact UWC-A on
                                                                                                                                                                             1800 019 090 or email
                                                      charter@cya.com.au                      is to locate members of all of the        would also like to hear from any     army.uwc@defence.gov.au

                                 Toll Free 1800 639 520
                                                                                              families of those who remain unac-        veterans who might have first-hand   For more information go to the UWC-A
                                                                                              counted for.                              knowledge of how, where and when     website at www.army.gov.au/uwca




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Light, accurate, modular
     New Austeyr in development will be lighter and offer more options for integrating ancillary equipment
Sgt Andrew Hetherington
BY LATE 2014, soldiers should be
carrying an improved, lighter ver-
sion of the F88 Austeyr.
    The Contract for Project Land 125
3C Enhanced F88 was signed with
Thales Australia on December 8 last
year to improve the overall capabili-
ties of the weapon.
    Project director Maj Simon Johns
said the project’s key purpose was
to enhance what was already a very
capable weapon in a number of areas.
    “Thales Australia is focusing on
meeting a demanding user require-
ment by addressing the human factors
and design elements associated with
the weapon through a reduction in
weight and improvements to its bal-
ance,” Maj Johns said.
    “A new grenade launcher made by
Madritcsh will be carefully integrated
with the rifle and provide better bal-
ance and access to improved muni-
tions currently incompatible with the
in-service M203 launcher.
    “The provision of three Picatinny
rails will allow the operator to attach
other ancillary items to the weapon.
Items could include a range of opti-
cal sights, bipod legs, torches or laser
aimers and pointers.”
    The extended Picatinny top
rail will allow users to easily adjust
sights to suit individual eye relief and
also allow more than one sight to be                                                                                         Research and development: A soldier tests a prototype model of
mounted on top of the weapon.                                                                                                the proposed new F88 Austeyr in development at Thales. Inset, artists
    “The weight-saving target for                                                                                            impressions show possible variants of the new, modular weapon system.
the project is ambitious but Thales
Australia intend to shave up to 500
grams off the weight of the current F88        Another key advantage will be         have played an important role in the      incorporate left and right-hand prefer-          Since the December trials, Thales
– a significant amount of weight to lose   to make the new Austeyr compat-           project.                                  ences.                                        Australia has also completed several
off an assault rifle,” Maj Johns said.     ible with coalition partners’ and            The DSTO Human Factors team               “They were encouraged to use the           additional design reviews and is pro-
    They will achieve this by redesign-    allies’ ammunition. This will provide     at Puckapunyal assessed the initial       weapon in a manner natural to them            ducing more trial weapons to undergo
ing the barrel and the receiver group.     access to munitions with improved         design during December, using the         and to provide their feedback on what         continued user testing during April
    “When these improvements are           terminal effects without sacrificing      experience of 10 soldiers about to        they thought of it,” Maj Johns said.          and May.
implemented they will lighten the sol-     the Austeyr’s renowned reputation for     deploy to East Timor with Timor-             From the feedback, Thales
dier’s burden and allow him or her to      reliability.                              Leste Task Group 4.                       Australia made modifications to the           Questions for the Land 125 3C Enhanced F88
engage targets with greater speed and          Soldiers and the Defence Science         The trial troops were selected to      weapon’s pistol grip and refined previ-       Project Team can be directed to Maj Simon
improved consistency.”                     and Technology Organisation (DSTO)        provide a spread of dimensions and to     ous modifications.                            Johns at simon.johns@defence.gov.au



Local industries in good shape: minister                                                                                       DEFENCE TRANSITIONS
THE future of combat clothing and            “Health checks ensure that these    develop new technologies in these
acoustic technology in Australia         important industries will continue to   areas.”
is looking bright after both sectors
passed their first ‘health check’ on
                                         operate in Australia,” he said.
                                             “They examine Australia’s abil-
                                                                                     Mr Carr said the checks showed
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    The health checks will help          try activities such as developing       the ADF.
ensure Australia can remain self suf-    a standard combat uniform, and              However, the sectors would need
ficient in these industries, according   designing and installing acoustic       ongoing monitoring as Defence
to Defence Materiel Minister Kim         technologies.                           refined its domestic supply chain
Carr.                                        “This includes our ability to       requirements in 2015.                     s          D /^, d ^ WW ^>Z/d
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Sewing seeds of success: The Australian
combat clothing industry recently passed its first                                                                             www.nextjobnow.com.au
‘health check’ aimed at ensuring the country
maintains crucial Defence-related research and
manufacturing capabilities.   Photo by Cpl Raymond Vance                                                                               Call 1300 112 114
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Bomb’s eye view
                                              crucial
                                                 c
      Data logger allows operators to capture crucial bomb info
A NEW explosive ordnance dis-
posal (EOD) “black box” due to
deploy to Afghanistan later this
year for operational trials will
improve operator safety, according                                                                                               Blue shift: DPTC XO Leut-Cmdr Robert Dokter and outgoing CO Lt-Col Gary
to the Counter IED Task Force.                                                                                                   Vale congratulate Wg-Cmdr Andrew Roberts on his appointment as CO DPTC.
     The task force’s training and doc-                                                                                                                                                                  Photo by LS Paul Berry
trine officer, Wg-Cmdr Gary Gibbs,
said the EOD data logger would build
upon the capability of current record-
ing equipment and allow operators to
                                                                                                                                 New boss shows training
record their activities in more detail.
     Developed by the Capability
D ev e l o p m e n t G r o u p ’s R a p i d
                                                                                                                                 centre’s triservice colours
Prototyping, Development and                                                                                                     THE appointment of the first non-Army           over to an Air Force wing commander, the
Evaluation (RPDE) program, the                                                                                                   CO of the Defence Police Training Centre        first non-Army commander here at any
data logger include several recording                                                                                            (DPTC), Wg-Cmdr Andrew Roberts, late            stage of our history, in order to provide a
components such as helmet-mounted                                                                                                last year represented a significant step        fresh approach.”
video, audio, a digital camera and                                                                                               in reforms reshaping the service police             Wg-Cmdr Roberts said his appointment
wrist-mounted GPS, all of which can                                                                                              organisation.                                   as CO was a privilege and an opportunity
be used by an individual, team or                                                                                                    Outgoing CO Lt-Col Gary Vale said           he would make the most of.
robot depending on the situation.                                                                                                there had been a number of major changes            “The significance of Chief of Army
     “We used RPDE because we                                                                                                    to the DPTC during his three-year com-          entrusting command of one of his units to
wanted to find out what technology                                                                                               mand.                                           a non-Army officer is not lost on me and
was out there and we had a very short                                                                                                The establishment of the DPTC reform        I will honour that trust to the best of my
timeframe,” Wg-Cmdr Gibbs said.                                                                                                  agenda, known as Plan Phoenix, has been         ability,” he said.
     “We can track an individual –            Bombs away: EOD technician Sgt Rubin Thomas tests the new data                     the pillar of his command, touching every           “The 2005 Senate Inquiry into mili-
where he was and what he did – and            logger kit, pictured inset, at the Defence Explosive Ordnance Training             aspect of unit life and focusing on profes-     tary justice was a principle driver toward
it is time-linked.                                                                                                               sionalism and ethical standards.                reforming the service police capability,
                                              School in Orchard Hills.
     “It can also provide the context to                                                                                             “We have invested a great deal of           with the intent of raising our standard of
decisions by providing information            – it takes the subjective assessment    ment to Afghanistan by mid year as         time and effort in ensuring our training is     policing to that expected by the general
that led up to those decisions.               out of training.”                       an operational capability concept and      operationally focused – that is the principle   community from the state and federal
     “The data automatically down-                Wg-Cmdr Gibbs said in future,       may become a full-scale project at the     reason why service police exist,” Lt-Col        police.
loads to a single screen and you can          the kit may be capable of providing a   end of a one-year trial period.            Vale said.                                          “I’ve got a very clear direction that
move back and forth and isolate               real-time feed.                            “Ultimately, the data logger will           “I refer to the last three years as the     we need to continue building on the good
small chunks of time.                             The implementation will be com-     support all operations, but the focus is   unfreezing of our organisation – it is very     work done by Lt-Col Vale in terms of
     “It’s also a fantastic training tool     plete with the data logger’s deploy-    Afghanistan at the moment.”                exciting, but it’s perfect timing to hand       training reform.”



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                                                                                                                                                                                  Major’s contingency
Security stars                                                                                                                                                                    plan would save lives
                                                                                                                                                                                  Cpl Melanie Schinkel                                 should not assume we are immune
     Finalists announced for inaugural security awards                                                                                                                            FOR his contribution to develop-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       – we must be ready to respond to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       any situation.
                                                                                                                                                                                  ing new security procedures and                          “At the end of the day secu-
Cpl Nick Wiseman                                        ing the ADF, public service and Defence                     also wish to acknowledge everyone who
                                                                                                                                                                                  training to protect ADF personnel                    rity is about protecting the ADF’s
                                                        Industry Security Program companies.                        was nominated.”                                                                                                    capability and, most importantly,
NINE individuals and three teams have                       The acting Deputy Secretary for                             The Defence Excellence in Security                        and establishments, Maj Keith
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       its personnel. An immediate base
                                                        Intelligence and Security, Ian McKenzie,                    Awards honour and celebrate achieve-                          Lawton is one of 12 finalists in
been announced as finalists in the first                                                                                                                                                                                               response to an active threat will
                                                        said the number and calibre of the nomi-                    ments in security by those working with-                      the annual Defence Excellence in                     ultimately save lives.”
annual Defence Excellence in Security                   nations had been exceptional.                               in the Defence environment.                                   Security Awards.
Awards for contributions to workplace                                                                                                                                                                                                      He said it took 18 months to
                                                            “This reflects the excellent work                           Winners will be announced and pre-                            Now serving as 3RAR’s opera-                     develop the base command post
security.                                               being done in security across Defence,”                     sented with awards at an official cer-                        tions officer, Maj Lawton’s security                 roles, tasks, layout and training.
   More than 50 nominations were sub-                   Mr McKenzie said.                                           emony at the Australian War Memorial                          work was conducted during his                            “Over the course of 2010 and
mitted from all areas of Defence, includ-                   “While congratulating the finalists I                   on March 27.                                                  previous position as a coordina-                     2011 I worked with a number of
                                                                                                                                                                                  tion staff officer to the senior ADF                 dedicated people both in and out
                                                                                                                                                                                  officer for the Liverpool Military                   of uniform as well as Australian
                                                                                                                     THE FINALISTS                                                Area (LMA).
                                                                                                                                                                                      In this position Maj Lawton was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Federal Police and NSW Police
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Force personnel to create exercises
                                                                                                                                                                                  responsible for improving secu-                      and refine base response proce-
                                                                                                                     Outstanding performance by a                                 rity and emergency management,
                                                                                                                     security specialist
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       dures.
                                                                                                                                                                                  assisting with facilities projects and                   “I hope this work will be incor-
                                                                                                                       WO2 Peter Henrichs, Army                                   coordinating VIP visits.                             porated into the Base Security
                                                                                                                       Mr Steven McLeod, DSD                                          While in the process of generat-                 Improvement Program. This would
                                                                                                                       Ms Jennean Whilesmith, DMO                                 ing security enhancement ideas                       enable base commanders to rapidly
                                                                                                                     Award for outstanding leadership                             for the LMA, Maj Lawton further                      command and control personnel
                                                                                                                     in security                                                  developed the base command post                      on a base during a serious security
                                                                                                                       Mr Ray Andersson, Army                                     concept to enhance base command                      incident.”
                                                                                                                       Ms Vivienne Dawes, AGSVA–DSA                               and control.                                             Maj Lawton is a finalist in the
                                                                                                                       Mr Scott Minchin, CIOG                                         Maj Lawton said the base                         Defence Excellence in Security
                                                                                                                     Outstanding contribution to security                         command post was a location on                       Awards’ outstanding contribution to
                                                                                                                     by a team                                                    a Defence establishment where                        security by an individual category.
                                                                                                                                                                                  the base commander controlled a                      The awards honour and celebrate
                                                                                                                       DMO Munitions Branch Relocation
                                                                                                                                                                                  whole-of-base response to an emer-                   achievements in security by per-
                                                                                                                       Team
                                                                                                                       HQ JOC Security Directorate
                                                                                                                                                                                  gency situation or security incident.                sonnel working in the Defence
                                                                                                                       Navy Guided Weapons Systems                                    “Once an incident or event is                    environment. The winners will
                                                                                                                       Program Office–West                                        identified, personnel within the                     be announced during an official
                                                                                                                                                                                  base command post allow the sen-                     ceremony at the Australian War
                                                                                                                     Outstanding contribution to security
                                                                                                                                                                                  ior commander to take control of                     Memorial in Canberra on March 27.
                                                                                                                     by an individual
                                                                                                                                                                                  the establishment and execute an
                                                                                                                       Maj Keith Lawton, Army                                     appropriate response,” he said.
                                                                                                                       Flt-Lt Peter Simpfendorfer, Air Force                                                                           For more information on the Base Security
                                                                                                                                                                                      “While the probability of a                      Improvement Program go to http://
Strong field: More than 50 nominations were received for the inaugural                                                 Leut-Cmdr Joshua Wilkinson, Navy                           bomb blast or armed attack on                        intranet.defence.gov.au/dsg/sites/BSIP/ on
Defence Excellence in Security Awards.                                                                                                                                            an ADF establishment is low, we                      the DRN.




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                                                                                                                                            Iconic war
                                                                                                                                            photographer
                                                                                                                                            farewelled
                                                                                                                                                 Mike Coleridge dies aged 78
                                                                                                                                            Capt Cameron Jamieson                        Australia in 1963 he secured a transfer
                                                                                                                                                                                         to the Royal Australian Army Education
                                                                                                                                            AN ARMY photographer has been                Corps as a public relations photographer.
                                                                                                                                            farewelled at a funeral in Canberra but          Sgt Coleridge arrived in Saigon in late
                                                                                                                                            his imagery legacy lives on as a sym-        1966 and spent most of his time at the
                                                                                                                                            bol of Australia’s involvement in the        new 1st Australian Task Force (1ATF)
                                                                                                                                            Vietnam War.                                 base at Nui Dat. There were no facilities
                                                                                                                                                Mike Coleridge was the man behind        at the 1ATF base for a photographer, so
                                                                                                                                            the lens on August 26, 1967, when sol-       he constructed a makeshift darkroom to
                                                                                                                                            diers of 5 Pl, B Coy, 7RAR, prepared to      develop his own film.
                                                                                                                                            board arriving Iroquois helicopters at the       Dedicated to his craft, Sgt Coleridge
                                                                                                                                            end of Operation Ulmarra. His photo-         paid for his own colour film and its
                                                                                                                                            graph has become an icon of the Vietnam      subsequent processing when the Army
                                                                                                                                            War and is featured on the Vietnam           would only provide black and white
                                                                                                                                            National Memorial on Anzac Parade in         film. Today the Australian War Memorial
                                                                                                                                            Canberra.                                    holds some 558 still photographs and 54
                                                                                                                                                Born in 1933 in Slovenia, Mr             films attributed to Sgt Coleridge during
                                                                                                                                            Coleridge and his mother escaped to          his time in Vietnam.
                                                                                                                                            Austria when German troops occupied              Mr Coleridge left the Army in 1967
                                                                                                                                            his hometown. At age 16 he made his          and worked in a range of jobs, includ-
                                                                                                                                            way to Australia and in 1957 joined the      ing as a guide at the Australian War
                                                                                                                                            Army as a gunner, serving in Malaysia        Memorial.
                                                                                                                                            in 1961.                                         Mr Coleridge died in hospital in the
Icon of an era: Mike Colerige (inset), best known for this image of Australian soldiers preparing to board                                      During his tour of duty he privately     early hours of January 10. He is survived
helicopters after an operation in Vietnam, died in hospital on January 10.                                                                  made films for the British Army using        by his son David, daughter Rhonda and
                                                                             Photo provided by the Australian War Memorial EKN/67/0130/VN   his own cameras and on his return to         granddaughter Julia.



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January 18, aged 93.
    Mr Muir was born April 7, 1918, and
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joined the 5th Field Company, Royal
Australian Engineers, in 1936.
    He continued serving as a member of
the Citizens Military Forces and in 1942
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transferred to the 2nd AIF.
    After arriving in PNG in 1943, Mr
Muir rose to the rank of staff sergeant in
charge of transport before serving on the
island of Bougainville.
                                                Marching on: Honourary 5CER
    Mr Muir continued his wartime ser-
vice until he was demobilised in 1946.          member John Muir died last month.
    After his active service, Mr Muir                          Photo by David Marshall – Penrith Press
joined the RSL and National Service                 He researched and wrote a 5CER unit
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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lawmakers
                                                                                                                                                                                                          combine at
                                                                                                                                                                                                          security shura
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lt Adrian Miller
                                                                                                                                                                                                          A SHURA brought together the main players in
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Uruzgan’s justice system at Camp Russell in Tarin Kot,
                                                                                                                                                                                                          where the main parties agreed to meet regularly for
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Warrant Coordination Shuras.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              The shuras will be used to gather all parties in one
                                                                                                                                                                                                          location to share evidentiary information. That informa-
                                                                                                                                                                                                          tion will then be used in the development of evidence
                                                                                                                                                                                                          packs, drafting of warrants and collection of evidence
                                                                                                                                                                                                          to support prosecutions.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              CO SOTG Lt-Col J said the meeting was the first step
                                                                                                                                                                                                          in aligning and enhancing evidence-based operations.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              “This initial meeting was held to lay the framework
                                                                                                                                                                                                          to improve evidence collection and the production of
                                                                                                                                                                                                          warrants so we, and importantly Afghan officials, can
                                                                                                                                                                                                          detain people and present cases in a court of law,” he
                                                                                                                                                                                                          said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              “We need to work closely with our Afghan partners
Chain of evidence: Collecting, processing and managing evidence seized in raids will be crucial to the ability of Afghan authorities to                                                                   so that these processes are consistent with Afghan law
prosecute insurgents after international forces have left the country. Inset, a justice official is presented with reference material upon                                                                and work within Afghan governance systems.”
completion of a course for Afghan judges, prosecutors and police.                                                                                                                                             Lt-Col J said the system would ensure evidence
                                                                                                                                                                                                          needed to convict offenders was gathered.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              “The collection of evidence is vital in the sustain-




Beyond the battle
                                                                                                                                                                                                          ment of the Afghan legal system,” he said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              “Currently, there is significant potential that known
                                                                                                                                                                                                          insurgents are released due to the lack of prosecutorial
                                                                                                                                                                                                          evidence against them. This system will ensure the right
                                                                                                                                                                                                          type and quantity of evidence is gathered to assist in
                                                                                                                                                                                                          prosecuting offenders under Afghan law.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lt-Col J said discussions on Afghan rule of law
     Afghan justice officials develop law skills in SOTG-run course                                                                                                                                       would become more important as transition from
                                                                                                                                                                                                          operations based on International Security Assistance
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Force intelligence to ones based on Afghan evidence
Lt Adrian Miller                                                          SOTG legal officer Maj D said                      material to help them discharge       transitioned out of Uruzgan prov-      occurred.
                                                                      the course helped strengthen the                       their evidentiary duties.             ince in the coming years.                  “We want to move to a situation where our Afghan
THE SOTG is aiming for                                                Afghan legal system.                                       “They can now put the skills          “Once transition occurs the        partners play the lead role and our soldiers assist them
more than combat success in                                               “Courses such as this aim                          they’ve learnt on this course into    Afghans will need to execute their     to get insurgents before a court of law and into jail,” he
Afghanistan with an Afghan                                            to ensure greater coordination                         practice and gather enough evi-       own warrants and will need to col-     said.
Judges, Prosecutors and Police                                        between Afghan police, prosecu-                        dence to ensure they achieve con-     lect their own evidence in order to        “The goal is to bring safety and security to Uruzgan
Course facilitated by the                                             tors and judges, who all play a role                   victions,” Maj D said.                bring individuals to prosecution,”     and we have to do that through the rule of law.”
SOTG’s Rule of Law Cell in                                            in gathering evidence,” he said.                           “One of the main areas of con-    he said.
collaboration with Afghan stake-                                          “This course provides them                         cern previously has been their ina-       “By mentoring and training
holders.                                                              with the fundamentals that each                        bility to collect the right sort of   those responsible for enforcing
    The course was designed to                                        country depends on to ensure their                     evidence to ensure prosecution of     the law in Uruzgan, long-term
improve coordination between                                          rule of law works effectively.”                        offenders. Hopefully these sorts of   security is enhanced and the
justice officials in Uruzgan prov-                                        Seventeen judges, prosecutors                      courses will change that.”            indigenous justice system is ena-
ince by increasing the evidentiary                                    and policemen graduated from                               CO SOTG Lt-Col J said the         bled to remove insurgents from
understanding between the police,                                     the nine-day course, with each                         Rule of Law Cell would play an        the battlefield via the policing and
prosecutors and judges.                                               receiving certificates and reference                   important role as Australian forces   judicial processes.”




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                                                                                                                                                   Going it
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                                                                                                                                                  AFGHAN National Security Forces
                                                                                                                                                              Natio                        the PRC-U which is able to be deployed
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                                                                                                                                                                Uruz                       during a provincial crisis.
                                                                                                                                                  taken another step toward independent
                                                                                                                                                    k       h                                  A platoon rotates through SOTG men-
                                                                                                                                                  operations after elements successfully   toring on a regular basis to ensure all
                                                                                                                                                  conducted a full mission profile (FMP)   members of the PRC-U are trained to the
                                                                                                                                                                                           same level.
                                                                                                                                                  in Tarin Kot last month.                     WO2 S said the level of improvement
                                                                                                           The Special Response Team (SRT)
                                                                                                       of the Provincial Response Company –                                                was impressive.
                                                                                                       Uruzgan (PRC-U) currently being men-                                                    “The PRC-U is at a level where all
                                                                                                       tored by the SOTG has demonstrated its                                              its platoons are, at the tactical level, able
                                                                                                       ability to plan and conduct independent                                             to conduct all of those skills, which is
                                                                                                       missions in recent training modules, cul-                                           a huge achievement given where they
                                                                                                       minating in the FMP.                                                                started,” he said.
                                                                                                           Senior mentor WO2 S said activities                                                 “There has been a marked improve-
                                                                                                       such as FMPs were an excellent indicator                                            ment in the time I have been here and it’s
                                                                                                       of the recent progress of the PRC-U.                                                been the case with every SOTG rotation.”
                                                                                                           “The FMP tests their ability to go                                                  WO2 S said now all platoons of the
                                                                                                       through all of the elements which are                                               PRC-U were at an acceptable standard,
                                                                                                       involved in planning a mission,” he said.                                           the focus of training would expand.
                                                                                                           “Aspects of their missions include giv-                                             “The focus now will be on developing
                                                                                                       ing orders, tactical searching, assaulting a                                        the skills needed to run a headquarters
                                                                                                       target, clearing a target, security of peo-                                         element and also to train instructors,” he
                                                                                                       ple inside a compound and evidence and                                              said.
                                                                                                       detainee handling.                                                                      “That will mean they have their own
                                                                                                           “The PRC-U is going to have to be                                               instructors and commanders at company
                                                                                                       able to undertake all of these elements                                             headquarters level, which will allow them
                                                                                                       by themselves with no outside help when                                             to plan and conduct missions completely
The next step: The Provincial Response Company’s Special Response Team has demonstrated its ability transition occurs so it’s vital they are able                                          independently.
to plan and conduct independent missions. Pictured here are PRC members training with Australian to do them now.”                                                                              “We are giving them an enduring
Special Forces.                                                               Photo by Cpl Chris Moore     The SRT is a platoon-sized element of                                           capability for when transition occurs.”




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                                                                                                                     Building in
                                                                                                                     his blood
                                                                                                                          Deployed engineer depicts operations
                                                                                                                     Maj Lachlan Simond                          painting models since he worked at a
                                                                                                                                                                 Townsville hobby shop before joining
                                                                                                                     THE real thing isn’t enough for Cpl         the Army, but he kept up with the hobby
                                                                                                                     Jared Martin of 3CER, who has been          during his combat engineer training.
                                                                                                                     using his spare time during the past            “Before my initial employment train-
                                                                                                                     eight months deployed to Afghanistan        ing I spent time at the School of Military
                                                                                                                     to build model replicas of his team and     Engineering Museum and decided to
                                                                                                                     their equipment.                            construct a diorama with help from a fel-
                                                                                                                         “I have been creating these models of   low sapper,” he said.
                                                                                                                     Australian vehicles and men in my spare         “We created a scale diorama depict-
                                                                                                                     time from patrolling,” he said.             ing the environment of Vietnam which
                                                                                                                         “The model soldiers are depicting my    was dedicated to the engineer tunnel rats
                                                                                                                     search team and the hard work that they     of the Vietnam War.”
                                                                                                                     all do.                                         The passion for building things
                                                                                                                         “When I return to Australia I will be   apparently runs in the family – Cpl


Gifts generate good will                                                                                             creating a diorama of the Afghan land-      Martin’s grandfather became an architect
                                                                                                                     scape and will be donating it to 3CER       after serving in World War II.
                                                                                                                     as a memento dedicated to all engineers         Cpl Martin said he one day hoped
                                                                                                                     who have served in theatre.”                to study architecture and follow in his
TROOPS from Patrol Base Wali in the       deprived provinces in Afghanistan                                              Cpl Martin has been building and        grandfather’s footsteps.
Myrabad Valley headed outside the         and the simple gifts are intended
wire last month armed with scarves,       to help the local population get
beanies, toys and lollies to distribute   through the winter and demonstrate
among the local population.               the Australians’ willingness to help.
   Pictured here is Pte Paul Byrne           The presents were donated from
tossing a donated ball to an Afghan       Australia and were gratefully accept-
teenager during the patrol.               ed by the locals, who thanked the
   Uruzgan is one of the most             troops for their gifts with smiles.




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                                                                                                                     Down to scale: Cpl Jared Martin shows off some of the models he’s built
                                                                                                                     while deployed with MTF 3.                         Photo by Cpl Raymond Vance




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In memory of a mate
     Fallen soldier Cfn Beau Pridue memorialised with recreation area dedication
THE memory of Cfn Beau Pridue remains strong
among his mates and fellow soldiers serving with the
International Stabilisation Force (ISF) in East Timor.
    Cfn Pridue, who was killed in a vehicle crash in East
Timor on September 15 last year, has had a popular ISF rec-
reational area renamed in his honour.
    Originally call the “Two-Can Bar”, the recreational space
was officially renamed the “Cfn Beau Pridue Bar” in a cer-
emony in Dili on January 20.
    Cpl Terry Johns, who was a close mate of Cfn Pridue, said
the idea to rename the bar was inspired by the many memori-
als he had seen on the roads during his service in East Timor.
    “There are many memorials on the roadsides here in East
Timor. I thought we could do something similar for Beau,
but was concerned it would be difficult to maintain so we
came up with the idea of rededicating the bar in his memory
instead,” Cpl Johns said.
    “Everyone thought this was a great idea, so I arranged to
have my brother-in-law manufacture a neon sign and ship it
from Australia for the renaming.”
    Following the official dedication by ISF commander Col
Luke Foster, Cfn Pridue’s mates and fellow ISF soldiers
toasted his memory and shared stories.
    “Cfn Pridue was a positive, professional young soldier
who was well liked by all,” Col Foster said.
    “It is fitting that a positive place that brings people togeth-
er should carry on his memory.”
    It is planned that “Beau’s Bar” will one day return to
Australia as part of the 8CSSB collection of memorabilia.
Until then, Cpl Johns hopes the bar will serve as a fitting
tribute to the young soldier for all current and future serving
ISF soldiers.
    “Young Beau was very well liked and respected by all
those he served with,” Cpl Johns said.
    “I am very proud to have known and served alongside
Beau.”
    Although called the Cfn Beau Pridue Bar, the facility is
primarily a recreation area where deployed troops can watch           Tribute: Cpl Todd James (left), Cpl Terry Johns and ISF commander Col Luke Foster unveil the newly renamed “Cfn Beau Pridue
TV and relax.                                                         Bar” in Dili.                                                                                            Photo by Cpl Janine Fabre




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                                                                                                                                                                           The soldiers of MTF 3 are returning to Australia after eight months presiding over the most significant
                                                                                                                                                                           increase in capability for Afghan forces since the Australian mission began, Cpl Max Bree reports.



                                                                                                                                                                           T
                                                                                                                                                                                         HE progress of the
                                                                                                                                                                                         Afghan National Army
                                                                                                                                                                                         (ANA) is the main meas-
                                                                                                                                                                                         ure of MTF 3’s success,
                                                                                                                                                                                         according to task force
                                                                                                                                                                                         commander Lt-Col Chris
                                                                                                                                                                            Smith after the return of almost 800
                                                                                                                                                                            soldiers in January.
                                                                                                                                                                                Lt-Col Smith said people should
                                                                                                                                                                            judge MTF 3’s work based on how well
                                                                                                                                                                            the ANA had performed since June
                                                                                                                                        Hot days: LCpl Jarod
                                                                                                                                                                            2011.
                                                                                                                                         Healey (front) and Pte
                                                                                                                                                                                He believes MTF 3 was fortunate to
                                                                                                                                          Paul Poduska patrol               be in Uruzgan province at an important
                                                                                                                                        the streets of Shahidi-             tipping point created by the hard work
                                                                                                                                          E-Hasas in Uruzgan                of Australians, Afghans and other con-
                                                                                                                                           province, with ANA               tributing nations over the past decade.
                                                                                                                                           soldiers in support.                 “In the past eight months [the ANA
                                                                                                                                      Photo by PO Damian Pawlenko
                                                                                                                                                                            soldiers] came a long way,” Lt-Col
                                                                                                                                                                            Smith said.
                                                                                                                                                                                 “They are willing to go to locations
                                                                                                                                                                            known to be insurgent safe areas, to reg-
                                                                                                                                                                            ularly take the Taliban on and put them        On the ground:
                                                                                                                                                                            on the back foot.”                             CO MTF 3 Lt-COL
                                                                                                                                                                                The ANA’s supply lines in Uruzgan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Chris Smith meets
                                                                                                                                                                            are now running smoothly from corps
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           with his troops in
                                                                                                                                                                            to brigade to battalion level, through to
                                                                                                                                                                            the companies and out to patrol bases,         the field.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Photo by AB Jo Dilorenzo
                                                                                                                                                                            according to Lt-Col Smith.
                                                                                                                                                                                “All of the kandaks can support two
                                                                                                                                                                            companies in the field for about four-           “In the past three months there have         “The ANA has seen a major                the hardest thing for the task force to
                                                                                                                                                                            to-five days with almost no assistance       been at least three kandak-level opera-       improvement in getting insurgents con-      deal with, according to Lt-Col Smith.
                                                                                                                                                                            logistically,” he said.                      tions conducted completely independent        victed in the Afghan justice system for         “Everybody focused on their duty to
                                                                                                                                                                                Lt-Col Smith said future MTFs            of MTF support.”                              periods between two and seven years.”       make the ANA 4th Brigade operationally
                                                                                                                                                                            would continue to assist ANA soldiers            Lt-Col Smith said the handling of            This was likely aided by MTF 3’s         viable,” he said.
                                                                                                                                                                            in Uruzgan to maintain and increase the      captured insurgents by Afghan soldiers        focus on biometric enrolment                    “At the end of the day everybody real-
                                                                                                                                                                            frequency of their activity against the      also improved over MTF 3’s time in               Lt-Col Smith believed collecting bio-    ises that these soldiers died trying to get
                                                                                                                                              Team effort: Capt             Taliban.                                     Afghanistan.                                  metric data was essential to fighting the   the 4th Brigade to a level where they are
                                                                                                                                         Richard Thapthimthong                   “There is rarely a day where there is       “Detention of suspected insurgents is     insurgency overall.                         able to assume security responsibility.”
                                                                                                                                      (centre) chats with Afghan            not an ANA search of a suspected insur-      very important because it degrades the           “The most successful counter-insur-          Lt-Col Smith said it was rewarding
                                                                                                                                         soldiers from 6 Kandak             gent building in at least one of the main    insurgent’s ability to intimidate the local   gencies have involved a census of the       to see MTF 3’s efforts with the ANA
                                                                                                                                        during a partnered Patrol           valleys of the province.                     population,” he said.                         population used to distinguish insurgents   improving life for the people of Uruzgan.
                                                                                                                                           in northern Kandahar.                 “The brigade and the kandaks con-           “We’re not only seeing more insur-        from friendlies,” he said                       “It was great seeing our ideas and
                                                                                                                                           Photo by Cpl Raymond Vance       ceive their own operations and plan          gents taken but improved evidence col-           The loss of four MTF 3 soldiers,         hard work turned into tangible results for
                                                                                                                                                                            them with very limited assistance.           lection and maintenance.                      three shot by rogue ANA soldiers, was       security in the province.”


                                                                                                IN THE
                                                                                                IN TH NEWS: The soldiers of MTF 3 made headlines in almost every edition of Army during their Afghanistan tour
                                                                                                                                                                        ‘Dependable                                                                          Three good
                                                                                                                                                                        and ever                                                                             men lost
                                                                                                                                                                        protective’                                                                          November 10, 2011
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             AN EMOTIONAL farewell
                                                                                                                                                                        September 1, 2011
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             from Tarin Kot marked
                                                                                                                                                                        MTF 3 soldiers held a quiet,                                                         the beginning of the
                                                                                                                                                                        simple and solemn memo-                                                              journey home for three
                                                                                                                                                                        rial service to farewell their                                                       Australian soldiers killed in
                                                                                                                                                                        fallen mate, Pte Matthew                                                             Afghanistan on October 29.
                                                                                                                                                                        Lambert, at Multinational                                                                Australian, coalition and
                                                                                                                                                                        Base Tarin Kot on                                                                    Afghan personnel lined the
                                                                                                                                                                        August 25.                                                                           route to a waiting Hercules
                                                                                                                                                                            Pte Lambert, 26, died                                                            for Cpl Ashley Birt, Capt
                                                                                                                                                                        at Multinational Base Tarin                                                          Bryce Duffy and LCpl Luke
                                                                                                                                                                        Kot’s Role 2 medical facil-                                                          Gavin on November 1.
                                                                                                                                                                        ity after he was seriously                                                               The soldiers were killed
                                         Afghans take the lead                                                                                                          wounded by an IED at about                                                           by a rogue Afghan National                                            Village of
                                         August 18, 2011
                                                                                                                                                                        2.30am on August 22.
                                                                                                                                                                            The Townsville-based
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Army member at Forward
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Operating Base Pacemaker
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              deadly secrets
Partnership: An Afghan soldier                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            February 2, 2012
                                         THE Afghan National Army continues to expand its security foot-                                                                2RAR soldier was on a night                                                          after a routine weekly
from 1 Tolay, 6 Kandak, patrols          print in Uruzgan province, successfully completing the first phase                                                             patrol with elements of the                                                          parade.                                                        FOR the Afghan National Security
though the green zone of Lwar            of Operation Roshan – aimed at allowing basic services to be                                                                   Afghan National Army and                                                                 Seven other Australian                          Forces to reach a point of full independence,
Owshay, near Patrol Base Tinsley,        introduced in the Charmestan region in the east of the province.                                                               other coalition forces in the                                                        soldiers were wounded            they will need to conduct operations at the individual unit level,
Uruzgan province, with MTF 3’s Pte           Op Roshan is an ANA-planned and led security operation                                                                     Khas Uruzgan region 85km                                                             when the ANA member                            but also coordinate with other government forces.
Jon Timms following.                     involving the 3rd Kandak of the 4th Brigade, with mentoring sup-                                                               north-east of Tarin Kot when                                                         opened fire with an auto-               This capability was put to the test in a recent ANSF-run
           Photo by PO Damian Pawlenko   port from MTF 3.                                                                                                               the incident occured.                                                                matic weapon.                            patrol near the village of Musazai in the Mirabad Valley.
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Four decades of memories
I’M WRITING this letter on the last day of
my service in the Australian Army. I retired on
February 7 after 38 years and two days of service,
having started as a naive 17-year-old private sol-
dier way back in 1974.
    When I signed on in those distant days, I
never dreamed that I’d serve almost four dec-
ades. What a wonderful, adventurous and deeply
rewarding period of service it has been. I’ve
served alongside so many great people, seen and
done things that most people can only dream of,
and had the privilege to command the absolute
best of Australia’s men and women.
    I leave with only a few regrets, not for myself,
but for the loss of those killed in action or train-
ing, and the pain and life-changing effect on those
wounded in action or seriously injured, and their
families. I will never forget those sad events. But
I will also never forget the courage, initiative and
remarkable good humour of our diggers.
    What an extraordinary institution our Army is!
It epitomises the best characteristics of Australia
through its focus on selfless sacrifice, service to a
greater good, teamwork, discipline and mateship
that shows its true depth in the toughest times.
And standing right behind all those diggers are
our amazing families who sustain us, encourage
us and bear the brunt of our often demanding
lifestyle. It’s no wonder our Army is admired and
respected the world over. Ours is truly a uniquely
wonderful organisation.
    I leave deeply proud of my time as a soldier
and an officer. I cannot imagine having spent so
much of my life in any other way. To all the thou-
sands of my fellow soldiers with whom I have
served over the years, thank you for making my
career so enjoyable and rewarding. Thank you
for the inspiration you provided me, the laughs
and good times we shared, and the memories I’ll
always cherish.                                                  Saying goodbye: Maj-Gen John Cantwell retired on February 7 after 38 years in the Army. During his career, he served in the Gulf War
    Good luck and good soldiering.                               while on exchange with the British Army in 1990-91, commanded 1 Bde in 2004-05 and was commander of Australian forces in the MEAO
Maj-Gen John Cantwell (Retd)                                     in 2010.                                                                                                           Photo by Sgt Neil Ruskin




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                                                                                                                                                                                       Returning
                                                                                                                                                                                         After their widely acclaimed efforts during last
                                                                                                                                                                                         year’s Queensland floods, Oakey-based Black
                                                                                                                                                                                         Hawk crews were high on the emergency services’
                                                                                                                                                                                         wish list when northern NSW went under in late
                                                                                                                                                                                         January, Cpl Melanie Schinkel reports.


                                                                                                                                                                                        T
                                                                                                                                                                                                WO Black Hawk crews spent               “When on the job I just focus on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                their Australia Day assisting       task, whether it be searching swollen river
                                                                                                                                                                                                NSW authorities by conduct-         systems, trying to find distressed peo-
                                                                                                                                                                                                ing aerial reconnaissance along     ple clinging to trees or rooftops, or even
                                                                                                                                                                                        Lismore’s flood-affected Northern           attempting to comfort those who have
                                                                                                                                                                                        Rivers region and evacuating an elderly     been rescued – I need to be prepared for
                                                                                                                                                                                        woman who was trapped by floodwa-           anything.”
                                                                                                                                                                                        ters and required medical attention.            Lt-Col Witenden said one aircraft con-
                                                                                                               On January 25, the NSW State                                                                                         ducted reconnaissance along the Oxley
                                                                                                           Emergency Operations Centre request-                                                                                     and Tweed Rivers to assess the level of
                                                                                                           ed ADF support through Emergency                                                                                         debris, damage and inundation.
                                                                                                           Management Australia. The ADF                                                                                                “We also conducted a search for a sus-
                                                                                                           responded by force assigning 20 person-                                                                                  pected missing kayaker from Tyalgum
                                                                                                           nel from the Oakey-based Army Aviation                                                                                   before conducting a patient transfer
                                                                                                           Training Centre to provide flood relief in                                                                               from the community of Ewingar, which
                                                                                                           the Tweed River Valley region.                                                                                           was cut off by floodwaters, to Lismore
                                                                                                               Black Hawk Pilot and CO of the Army                                                                                  Airport. From there the elderly woman
                                                                                                           Helicopter School, Lt-Col Tim Witenden,                                                                                  was safely transported to a nearby medi-
                                                                                                           said the crews deployed at short notice to                                                                               cal facility,” Lt-Col Witenden said.
                                                                                                           Lismore on the evening of January 25 and                                                                                     “The crews responded very quickly to
                                                                                                           returned to Oakey at midday on January                                                                                   a no-notice task. Fortunately, the NSW
                                                                                                           27.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    SES had the situation under control,
                                                                                                               “It all unfolded in the course of about
                                                                                                           five hours, from being aware of a possible                                                                               which ensured we were well tasked and
                                                                                                           tasking to actually landing in Lismore,”                                                                                 quickly released to resume our regular
                                                                                                           Lt-Col Witenden said.                                                                                                    duties.
                                                                                                               “This fast response is testament to the                                                                                  “Although many people have been
                                                                                                           high quality of ADF combat aviators and                                                                                  affected, the level of flooding this year, so
                                                                                                           their ability to accurately and successfully                                                                             far, has been considerably less than last
                                                                                                           plan and execute missions.”                                                                                              year. Luckily, the rainfall that was fore-
                                                                                                               Aircrewman Cpl Charles Dickson,                                                                                      cast to remain throughout the Tweed area
                                                                                                           who served on Operation Yasi Assist last                                                                                 turned out to be lighter than expected.”
                                                                                                           year, was one of the personnel assigned                                                                                      Acting Deputy Chief Joint Operations
                                                                                                           to the task.                                                                                                             Cdre Michael Noonan said the crews had
                                                                                                               “When I found out about the possible                                                                                 provided local authorities with useful
                                                                                                           tasking I was deeply concerned about                                                                                     information on the extent of flooding in
                                                                                                           the flood-affected residents’ safety and                                                                                 the region, allowing them to prioritise
                                                                                                           wellbeing. I just wanted to know when                                                                                    mitigation and relief efforts.
                                                                                                           we could leave to provide the support that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Black Hawk crews were called
                                                                                                           was required,” Cpl Dickson said.
                                                                                                               He said upon arrival the Black Hawks                                                                                 back into northern NSW and southern
                                                                                                           were immediately readied for search, res-                                                                                Queensland a few days later to support
Flashback: The Oakey-based Black Hawks were among the first to respond during last year’s devastating cue and recovery tasks as well as general                                                                                     flood relief operations.
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                                                                              First responders: From left, Cpl Shayne White, Maj Scott Dove, Capt Haydn Jervis and Cpl Charles
                                                                              Dickson made up one of two Black Hawk crews tasked at short notice to assist with flood-relief operations
                                                                              in northern NSW. Inset, a Black Hawk’s eye view of the flooding around Lismore.
                                                                                                                                                Main photo by Mireille Merlet-Shaw, The Northern Star




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                                                        Mon 20 Feb 2012:             Steele Barracks – Milne Bay Classroom
                                                                                     Time: 0730 - 0900h


                                                        Tue 21 Feb 2012:             Gallipoli Barracks – Blamey Education Centre,
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                                                        Fri 24 Feb 2012:             Robertson Barracks - Rowell Centre
                                                                                     Time: 0730 - 0900h

                                                        Applications for the July 2012 intake close on 28 March 2012


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 Army    February 16, 2012                                                                                    www.defence.gov.au/news/armynews                                                                  PERSONNEL                               21


                                                                                                        Rents aligned
                                                                                                                  Group Rent Scheme member contributions to increase
                                                                                                        ADF member contributions for                                 “It’s a long-standing policy that                    ards, contributions for members
                                                                                                        service housing will increase from                       Defence subsidises 50 per cent of the                    occupying group 1A and group A
                                                                                                        March 29 under changes to the                            overall national cost of housing for                     residences will be adjusted by the
                                                                                                        Group Rent Scheme (GRS).                                 ADF members and their families,” Mr                      underlying market rent increase at
                                                                                                           The increase will complete the                        Jackson said.                                            the rent band one rate of 2.81 per
                                                                                                        Defence rent subsidy transition across                       “The 2012 update will see the con-                   cent.
                                                                                                        the ranks bringing all rent groups                       tributions for Cpl(E) and below in rent                     These lower-standard residences
                                                                                                        to the now-standard 50 per cent in                       band one adjusted to meet the Defence                    are currently being upgraded to meet
                                                                                                        accordance with Defence policy.                          policy requirement.”                                     the improved standards introduced in
                                                                                                           Assistant Director Service                                Contributions for the remaining rent                 2007 or are being transitioned out of
                                                                                                        Conditions and Housing Policy                            bands were adjusted in 2010-2011 to                      service, this is due to be completed by
                                                                                                        Bruce Jackson said in the past                           achieve the 50 per cent subsidy level.                   the end of 2017.
                                                                                                        the level of subsidy provided by                             The increases range from 8.40 per
                                                                                                        Defence had increased due to great-                      cent in rent band four down to 0.37 per                  For more information, follow the links on
                                                                                                        er than expected fluctuations in the                     cent in rent band three.                                 intranet.defence.gov.au/pac/ or
                                                                                                        Australian housing market.                                   In recognition of the lower stand-                   www.defence.gov.au/dpe/pac


                                                                                                        Fortnightly contributions effective from March 29
                                                                                                                  Housing                              Rank group                               Current                                  New
                                                                                                               classification                                                                   3 bedroom                                3 bedroom
                                                                                                                                                                                                Rate per fortnight                       Rate per fortnight
                                                                                                          Rent band                Group
                                                                                                              -                    1A                  Maj or lower                             $320.44                                  $329.44
                                                                                                              -                    A                   Cpl or lower                             $365.93                                  $376.22
                                                                                                              1                    B1                  Cpl or lower                             $410.42                                  $451.94
                                                                                                              1                    B1                  Lt, 2Lt, SSgt, Sgt                       $439.58                                  $451.94
                                                                                                              2                    B2                  Capt, WO1, WO2                           $517.44                                  $558.17
                                                                                                              3                    C                   Lt-Col, Maj                              $609.62                                  $611.85
                                                                                                              4                    D                   Brig, Col                                $734.10                                  $795.75
Rent rise: Increases in member contributions for service housing will
bring all ranks into line with Defence’s policy of 50 per cent rent subsidy.                                  5                    E                   Maj-Gen and above                        $1125.95                                 $1203.66




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  Cool runnings: Tpr Andrew
  Carman puts in some elbow
        grease to help remove
      snow from the runway at
  Multinational Base Tarin Kot
 in Afghanistan while MTF 3’s
Capt Tim Hawley (inset) tucks
  in to a special Australia Day
             feast at the base.
        Photos by Cpl Raymond Vance




          OPERATION
          MALGARI TIM
          (Pashtu for United Team)




                                                                                                                                               Looking ahead: ISF future plans officer Maj Renee Kidson maps out
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 Army     February 16, 2012                                                                       www.defence.gov.au/news/armynews                              LIFESTYLE FUN                                     23

  SAY AGAIN, OVER
                                                                        If you can think
                                                                        of a witty caption
                                                                                                    A fresh super flick
                                                                        for the picture at          Chronicle                                                                                                 Fun with
                                                                        left, email                 Director: Josh Trank                                                                                      super powers:
                                                                        captioncomp@                                                                                                                          The characters
                                                                        defencenews.                DIVERTING from the standard                                                                               in Chronicle
                                                                        gov.au with                 super-hero film formula, Chronicle                                                                        explore the
                                                                        “caption com-               is a refreshing entry to the genre                                                                        benefits and
                                                                        petition                    and a great story told well.                                                                              capabilities
                                                                        February 16”                    The film follows three teenage                                                                        of their
                                                                        as the subject.             boys who, after a close encounter                                                                         telekinesis
                                                                        Try to keep                 with a strange glowing object in a
                                                                        entries under                                                                                                                         powers to
                                                                                                    cave, develop telekinesis – the ability                                                                   fascinating
                                                                        25 words and                to move things with their minds.
                                                                        include your                                                                                                                          extremes.
                                                                                                        It seems like a pretty typical story
                                                                        name, rank                  which has been told plenty of times            Chronicle could have been a pret-     changes often throughout the film.
                                                                        and unit.                   before, but Chronicle ’s fresh spin        ty typical teen action flick. It skirts   Viewers are always aware of the cam-
                                                                                                    makes for a unique new adventure.          close to the flame at times, with the     era’s presence in the scene even as the
                  Last edition’s winning entry                                                          The film holds on to most of the
                                                                                                    staples of the super-hero genre but
                                                                                                                                               protagonists playing out the telekine-
                                                                                                                                               sis fantasy to every possible extreme,
                                                                                                                                                                                         viewpoint shifts from handycam to
                                                                                                                                                                                         mobile phone camera to CCTV. It’s
                                               “Due to a lack of foresight in helmet siz-
                                               ing, Caramello Koala would sadly never
                                                                                                    turns many of them on their heads.         but it stays grounded in reality and      an interesting way to make a movie
                                               realise his dream of becoming a Black                    For starters, when the teens dis-      mature in its presentation.               and it’s effective, however the reason
                                               Hawk pilot.”                                         cover their new powers, they don’t             In an interesting twist, the cine-    for it is never made clear in the story.
                                               John McWilliams
                                                                                                    rush out and start saving lives – they     matography plays a significant role           Chronicle is worth a look for any-
                                               Former member                                        play pranks and chase thrills – and the    in the story. The film is shot Blair      one who’s ever wanted to manipulate
                                                                                                    arch nemesis is a character for whom       Witch style, but unlike most films that   objects with mind power to play prac-
                                               We also liked                                        the audience feels genuine sympathy.       employ this technique, the camera         tical jokes on friends and strangers.
                                               “Sally didn’t realise the flu-like symp-
                                               toms of her co-pilot was actually an                 DIKKO                                                                                             By Bob Dikkenberg
                                               extreme case of Koalaitis.”
                                               Daniel Kiely
                                               Former member


Breaker leg in stage show
BUDDING actors will have a chance to              Auditions will be held on February 4 at
take to the stage for a production of the      the Australian Army Band – Sydney band
play “Breaker Morant” at the Seymour           room next to Victoria Barracks. All parts
Centre in Sydney during the lead up to         are male parts and will require an accent.
Anzac Day.                                     Acting experience would be appreciated
   The title role will be played by Mark       but not necessary.
Lee, who performed alongside Mel
Gibson in Gallipoli. The backbone of the       To register for an audition, contact Capt Andrew
cast will be professional actors but several   George on 0416 664 937 or email
speaking parts are open to amateurs.           thebreaker@email.com
     24        LIFESTYLE FINANCE                                                     www.defence.gov.au/news/armynews                                                                  Army      February 16, 2012




Investing
in hybrids
Investors need to understand the risks involved with
hybrid securities and notes, says Australian Securities and
Investment Commission chairman Greg Medcraft.


Y
         OU may be attracted to
         hybrid securities and notes
         offered by household-name
                                          ASK BEFORE YOU INVEST
         companies and trusted              What are the risks of       allowed to exit the deal
brands – but be aware that hybrids          investing now and in the    or suspend interest pay-
are very different from normal cor-         future?                     ments?
porate bonds.                               Will the returns offered    What are the maturity
    Make sure you understand the con-       adequately compensate       dates?
                                            for the investment risks?   Will this product help
ditions and risks before committing
your money.                                 How does the interest       achieve your personal
    Some hybrid securities ask you to       rate compare with other     goals and objectives,
                                            investments on a ‘risk      and does it suit your per-
take on “equity-like” risks but only
                                            adjusted’ basis? Can        sonal investment time
give you at best “bond-like” returns.
                                            other less complex, risky   frame and risk profile?
    Some also have terms and condi-         or long-term investments
tions that allow the issuer to exit the                                 Can you exit this invest-    Rollercoaster: Investors should be careful when considering hybrid securities – they can
                                            provide a similar return?   ment if your circum-
deal or suspend interest payments                                                                    suffer in a volatile market just like corporate bonds and some place all the power in the hands
                                            When is the issuer          stances change?
when they choose.                                                                                    of the company.
    Hybrid securities may not suit you
if you need steady returns or security.   bonds. While the conditions, time        Subordinated ranking: Hybrid               number of years. While the inter-         decades. With a 60-year term, a
   Hybrid securities: These are one       frame, risks and interest rates of       securities are generally unsecured,        est owing may be cumulative, this         40-year-old investing today needs
   way companies can borrow money         each hybrid offers differ, some have     meaning repayment is not covered           could leave you temporarily out of        to live to 100 to see their investment
   from investors, while paying inter-    particularly complex features.           by a security over any asset. If the       pocket.                                   mature. You may be able to sell the
   est. They are offered by well-known    Market price volatility: The mar-        company you bought them from               Early termination: Some hybrid            security on a secondary market such
   companies and are generally traded     ket price of listed hybrid securities    becomes insolvent, you will gener-         offers allow the company to terminate     as the ASX, but only if there is a
   on a secondary market such as the      may fall below the price you origi-      ally rank behind other bondholders.        or buy back the investment early, but     demand for that security.
   Australian Stock Exchange (ASX).       nally paid, especially if the company    Deferral of interest payments:             don’t give you that same right.
   The risks: Hybrid securities have      suspends or defers interest pay-         Some offers allow the company to           Extremely long timeframes:              For more information about investing, visit
   higher risks than most corporate       ments, or performance declines.          suspend interest payments for a            Some hybrids have terms lasting         www.MoneySmart.gov.au




            FBT     not as easy as
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 Army    February 16, 2012                                                               www.defence.gov.au/news/armynews                    LIFESTYLE HEALTH                          25



Join the resistance
PTI Cpl Julian Suitor explores the myths
associated with weight training and explains why
resistance training is the most readily available
and easily accessible fountain of youth.                                                      START HERE
                                                                                                                aining
                                                                                             RESISTANCE training takes on many



R
          ESISTANCE training, com-          sue and cell growth and regeneration.                               essible
                                                                                             forms and is accessible and beneficial
          monly known as weight             Their levels correlate highly with bone                           m
                                                                                             to everyone from the couch potato to
          training or strength training,    strength, libido and the development             the elite athlete.
          should form the cornerstone       of lean muscle tissue. Research has                                 xercises
                                                                                                 Resistance exercises are actions
of any solid exercise program, espe-        provided an inextricable link between            performed against resist-
                                                                                                                st
                                            resistance training and its adaptations,         ance, commonly external
cially for members over 25.                                                                  resistance or usingng
    It is a well-established fact that      and an increase in these hormone lev-
                                            els, particularly if you are already over-       one’s own body
resistance training is a highly effective                                                    weight. This can
method for enhancing an individual’s        weight.                                          range from body
physical capabilities.                          There is a common misconception              weight circuit train-
                                                                                                                in-
    When conducted in a well-structured     that resistance training can turn women          ing, performed
format, some benefits include, but are      into bulky, hulk-like creatures. This is         three times a
not limited to:                             simply not true. Compared to their male          week, through to  o
   Increased fat-free mass.                 counterparts, females have significantly         complex 12-month    th
   Increased strength.                      lower levels of testosterone, and com-           training programs. s.
                                            paratively higher levels of oestrogen,               In its infancy, your
   Increased bone density.                                                                   own resistance training
                                                                                                                raining
   Increased function through all of the    meaning that resistance training can             can begin with simple body-
                                                                                                                imple
   body’s movement patterns.                facilitate the accumulation of lean mus-         weight exercises conducted in a struc-
   Decreased levels of body fat.            cle tissue, which in turn can result in a        tured circuit format. For many, entry
   Injury prevention.                       decrease in fat mass.                            into this mode of training is as easy as
                                                The last point, particularly hot on          turning up to unit PT.
   Improved                                                                                      Resistance training can remain
                                            the list of topics your GP would like
   daily life and sporting activities.                                                       social at PT or move to an individual,
    These benefits are important            to talk with you about, is osteoporo-
                                            sis. Osteoporosis in Australia is now            structured training program completed
because, as we age, these attributes                                                         in own time with a training partner.
begin a steady downhill spiral, until we    affecting both men and women signifi-
                                                                                                 There are countless exercises for
reach a point where we are confined to      cantly due to our increasingly sedentary         every level of fitness, so seek the right
the Zimmer frame and/or nursing home.       lifestyles. There is significant evidence        advice from a PTI.
    Testosterone and growth hormone         showing that resistance training is
also begin to decline as we age. These      effective in increasing osteoblast activ-
two hormones are important for both         ity (bone forming cells) and preventing      Strong start: PTI Sgt Emma Hender demonstrates the deadlift. Benefits of resistance training include
sexes, particularly in regards to tis-      the onset of early osteoporosis.             increased strength and bone density, as well as decreased levels of body fat.    Photo by LAC Bill Solomou




        FINALISTS                                                                                                                   Excellence
                                                                                                                                    in
        ANNOUNCED!
        The A/Deputy Secretary Intelligence &
        Security, Mr Ian McKenzie, has announced
                                                                                                                                         Security
        the 12 finalists for the 1st Annual Defence
        Excellence in Security Awards.

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                                                                                                                                                            Beginner’s
                                                                                                                                                            luck as
                                                                                                   SHOOTING CATEGORIES
                                                                                                   SHOOTING CATEGORIES                                      youngster
                                                                                                Down
                                                                                                Down the line (DTL)
                                                                                                D
                                                                                                Down the line is one of the oldest forms of
                                                                                                clay shooting. A round usu
                                                                                                                         usually consists of 25
                                                                                                                     stand
                                                                                                targets. The shooter stands 14.6m behind the
                                                                                                                                                            takes gold
                                                                                                                     targe
                                                                                                firing house and the targets are fired randomly             TWO gold medals in his first competition has given Pte
                                                                                                across the plane – the maximum arc is around
                                                                                                                         ma                                 Ricky Crawford, ALTC, the confidence needed to pro-
                                                                                                44 degrees. Each compet
                                                                                                                   competitor must shoot from               gress in the sport.
                                                                                                each firing point and five c
                                                                                                                           clays will be launched               At 20, Pte Crawford was competing at the Australian
                                                                                                at each of these points.                                    Clay Target Association’s ISSF 2012 National Olympic
                                                                                                                                                            Championships in Newcastle from January 16-21. He
                                                                                                Skeet shooting                                              won both the National and Commonwealth C grade
                                                                                                The event is in part meant to simulate the action           skeet competitions.
                                                                                                of bird hunting. The shooter shoots at clay tar-                Pte Crawford shot consistently throughout the event
                                                                                                gets from seven positions on a semicircle with
                                                                                                a radius of 19m, and an eighth position halfway             finishing with a personal best in the last round of 24/25
                                                                                                between stations one and seven. The eighth                  targets.
                                                                                                station fires a clay from both houses in turn at                “I used to be a field game shooter but didn’t do any
                                                                                                the shooter and over his/her head. There are                shooting during 2009 and 2010,” Pte Crawford said.
                                                                                                two houses that hold the traps that launch the                  After meeting fellow clay target shooter Sgt Paul
                                                                                                targets, one at each corner of the semicircle. The          Baxter, 1 Armd Regt, last year, Pte Crawford started
                                                                                                traps launch the targets to a point 4.5m above              practising at the Darwin gun club with a view to compet-
                                                                                                ground and 5.4m outside of station eight. One
                                                                                                                                                            ing in the future.
                                                                                                trap launches targets from 3m above the ground
                                                                                                (high house) and the other from three feet above                “Sgt Baxter mentioned to me that the nationals were
                                                                                                ground (low house).                                         on in January so I thought I should go along and give it a
                                                                                                                                                            go,” Pte Crawford said.
                                                                                                                                                                “He took me under his wing and helped me with my
Ready for challenge: WO1 Darren Parsons, 6ESR, practises for the Australasian Police and Services National Trap and Skeet                                   technique.”
Championships to be held in Christchurch from February 27.                                                                                                      Sgt Baxter said Pte Crawford had a natural stance
                                                                                                                                                            and a great eye for shooting; however he had to be



Shooters have New
                                                                                                                                                            taught the basics of Olympic event shooting.
                                                                                                                                                                “First thing I taught him was to sit the weapon at
                                                                                                                                                            waist height; you can only raise it as the target appears.
                                                                                                                                                            Once you have called ‘pull’, there’s a delay of up to three
                                                                                                                                                            seconds before the target may appear,” Sgt Baxter said.
                                                                                                                                                                “Pte Crawford picked up the technique very quickly.”
                                                                                                                                                                Leading up to the championships Pte Crawford prac-



Zealand in sight                                                                                                                                            tised for six weeks.
                                                                                                                                                                He was shooting alongside the nation’s best skeet
                                                                                                                                                            shooters, including brothers Clive and George Barton.
                                                                                                                                                            Other notable shooters who attended the event were
                                                                                                                                                            Olympians Michael Diamond, Adam Vella, Russell
                                                                                                                                                            Mark and Suzy Balough.
                                                                                                                                                                At this stage, finances permitting, he is looking for-
     Nine ADF shooters to compete against rivals in North Canterbury                                                                                        ward to competing again, possibly in the skeet nationals
                                                                                                                                                            in May in Wagga.
                                                                                                                                                                “It’s an expensive sport and you really need to travel
Sharon Palmer                            D e f e n c e C l a y Ta r g e t       WO1 Parsons last competed             “Approximately 650 com-               to at least give yourself a chance,” Pte Crawford said.
                                     Association (DCTA) Treasurer           in the event in 2010 in Tasmania      petitors compete in these national
WO1 Darren Parsons, 6ESR,            CPO Chris Nightingale said it          where he finished a credible          championships and some of our
and Maj Peter Simmons,               would be the third time a Defence      10th in A grade with a score of       team members won placings last
8CSSB, are part of a team of         team had competed in the annual        406/450, giving him a position of     year,” CPO Nightingale said.
nine shooters ready to take          competition since the sport was        23rd overall out of a possible 127        “Australia and New Zealand’s
                                     re-approved in 2009.                   competitors. He also competed in      best shooters attend, including
on the Kiwis from February               “I think we’ll do pretty well,”    the skeets team that shot 123 out
27 to March 2 at the 2012                                                                                         Olympic and Commonwealth gold
                                     he said. “We turned up two years       of a possible 150 to finish fourth    medallists and LAC Matt Stokes
Australasian Police and              ago to our inaugural event and         out of seven teams.                   is expected to go well given he is
Services National Trap and           we took a couple of positions and          “Next year it’s Canberra’s turn   ranked number three in Australia
Skeet Championships.                 they really took notice of us. We      so the AFP will run it and we’ll      at the moment.”
    To b e h e l d i n N o r t h     backed it up last year by winning      be out in force there too,” CPO
Canterbury, Christchurch, the        the down the line team’s events        Nightingale said.                     The nine competing in New Zealand
competition incorporates emer-       and coming third in skeet.”                In April, a team of five DCTA     are: WO John Hennig (RAAF); CPO Chris
gency service personnel as well as       The annual Australasian cham-      shooters will head to the down the    Nightingale (Navy); WO1 Darren Parsons                            Learning the ropes: Pte
those in government services such    pionship is held every five years in   line nationals in Wagga in April      (Army); Maj Peter Simmons (Army); Brent                            Ricky Crawford competes
as customs from New Zealand and      New Zealand with the state police      and a team of five will compete       Murphy (APS); Colin Nelson (APS); Barry                            at the ISSF 2012 National
Australia, and also includes mem-    in Australia running every other       in the skeet nationals in Wagga       Carrol (APS); George Bailey (APS);Noel                             Olympic Championships.
bers from Fiji and Noumea.           competition in varying states.         in May.                               Cleal (APS).



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                                                                                                    Heywood on (08) 9311 2170.
                                                                                                                                             and Amberley. For more informa-
                                                                                                                                             tion, contact Cpl Hamish Spence,
                                                                                                                                                                                   Sunday games. Thursday games
                                                                                                                                                                                   start at 1.30pm and are usually
                                                              The Army Australian Football
                                                                                                                                             alan.spence@defence.gov.au,           30-35 overs a side with Sunday
                                                              Association requests Australian       Army joins sevens                        (02) 4034 8774.                       games starting at 10am (40
                                                              rules players, both male and          Two Army teams from Singleton                                                  overs). Due to wet weather the
                                                              female, register their details for    will be among contestants at the         Cricketers wanted                     2011/12 season has not yet start-
                                                              selection at www.armyfooty.org.       Williamtown White Pointers’ sev-         The Irregulars, a team comprised      ed and there are up to 10 games
                                                              Players are required to represent     ens rugby tournament at RAAF             of cricketers of all abilities and    scheduled for February and
                                                              Army at the National Interservice     Base Williamtown on February 25.         enthusiasm levels who work at         March. To join or for more informa-
                                                              Carnival in Melbourne April 10-22     They will be up against Air Force        Victoria Barracks, is looking for     tion, contact Capt Mark Ganin
                                                              2012. For more information, con-      teams already confirmed from             more players. Games are played        (02) 8335 6448 or email
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World champs
on the horizon
     Sgt Penelope Holland prepares for Hawaii
By Cpl Melanie Schinkel
MONSOONAL rain, tower-
ing hills and even a wasp’s sting
wasn’t enough to stop one iron-
woman from winning her age cat-
egory and qualifying to compete in
                                                                                                                                  Riding waves: Capt Jack Plimmer, 19 CE Wks, competes in the long board
the Ironman World Championships                                                                                                   event at the Army Surf Riders Association training camp last year.
in October.
    After success at the Asian-Pacific
70.3 Half Ironman Championships
in Phuket, Thailand, late last
year, Brisbane-based reservist Sgt
Penelope Holland, 40, 9FSB, is set-
                                                                                                                                  Time is right to start
ting her sights on preparing for the
Ironman World Championships in
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on October 13.
    “I’m pretty sure I will be doing
                                                                                                                                  catching waves with
a lot of kilometres on my bike
throughout winter to prepare for
Kona. My training regime won’t
alter too much. I will train 15 to 20
                                                                                                                                  soldier surfriders                            Marsh, an outstanding professional SUP
                                                                                                                                  AS THE interservice surfing competi-
hours a week and then build up the                                                                                                tion draws nearer, the focus of the           rider for Coreban gave valuable insight
intensity to 30 hours as the event                                                                                                Army Surf Riders Association (ASRA)           into preparation and tactics for the com-
gets closer,” Sgt Holland said.                                                                                                   turns to recruiting and preparing surf-       petition event,” WO2 Fisher said.
    “At the moment I’m preparing                                                                                                                                                    Early in the week, dedicated local Spr
for Ironman New Zealand, which
                                                                                                                                  ers for the tournament.
                                                                                                                                      WO2 Martin Fisher, 17CSSB, said           Peter Couchman, ALTC, found a beach
will be held in Taupo on March 3.                                                                                                                                               with optimal conditions for the first dawn
                                                                                                                                  while they had a good turnup to a training
After that I will take a break for                                                                                                                                              surf.
                                                                                                                                  camp late last year, it was time to rev up.
three weeks before ramping up                                                                                                                                                       “Dan and Woogie joined in provid-
                                                                                                                                      “We will be focusing on the monthly
training for Challenge Cairns in                                                                                                  meets in each chapter and increasing          ing training on long board surfing and
May and then Kona in October.”                                                                                                    the numbers who turn up at these, WO2         Woogie offering SUP skill development
    A full-time student studying a                                                                                                Fisher said.                                  training in the water to participants.”
Bachelor of Health Science and                                                                                                        He said while the waves left a lot to         Later that afternoon, ASRA members
Nutrition, Sgt Holland began com-                                                                                                 be desired, about 20 of the more expe-        had an opportunity to discover the finer
peting in triathlons three years ago                                                                                              rienced surfers attended the inaugural        points of riding the newest event in com-
with her husband, WO2 Rodney                                                                                                      ASRA training and development camp            petition, SUP boards in flat water. SUP
Holland, 7CSSB.                                                                                                                   held at Port Macquarie from November          was introduced as a competitive event last
    Since then Sgt Holland has                                                                                                    7-11 last year.                               year and will be incorporated in upcom-
become a dedicated member of the                                                                                                      The camp aimed to help riders get         ing competitions
Australian Defence Sports Triathlon                                                                                               ready for this year’s interservice surf           Breath efficiency training, surf riding
Association (ADSTA). She repre-                                                                                                   competition to be held after Easter.          skills and SUP techniques were other
sented the ADF in the Challenge                                                                                                       WO2 Fisher said the surfers from          sessions conducted during the camp cul-
Cairns and Phuket triathlons last            Pounding pavement: Sgt Penelope Holland takes on the running leg                     across the nation brought with them not       minating in races in SUP, long and short
year.                                        of the Half Ironman Championships in Phuket, Thailand, to qualify for                only a love of salt water, but also a bevy    board.
    Sgt Holland said she was unsure          the World Championships in October.              Photo by finisherpix.com            of boards to train on.                            Cpl Gav Castro, 3RAR, finished first
of her position when she crossed the                                                                                                  “We attracted about eight newcom-         in both the short and long board competi-
finish line after 5hr 03min 26sec in         realised my dream was coming true.”           “Monsoonal rain drenched us            ers but we are really keen to get novices     tions in small and sloppy conditions. Cpl
Phuket.                                          Sgt Holland wasn’t the only           during the 90km ride, which slowed         involved in our sport,” he said.              Cam Anderson, 1 Fd Regt, was second
    “When I ran past the announcer           successful competitor waving the          me down because of the lack of trac-           “We are trying to break the military
                                             Army flag in Phuket. WO2 Gavin                                                                                                     in the short board and third in the long
said ‘This is Penelope Holland from                                                    tion on the road.                          stigma about surfing and prove it is an
                                             Wickham, Army School of Health,                                                                                                    board comp. Pte Chad Hicks, 102 Fd
Brisbane. She’s 40 and she’s going                                                         “I was also stung on the face by       activity that develops health and fitness
to Kona’. I was confused because I           completed the triathlon in an impres-                                                                                              Wks, took out second in the long board
                                                                                       a wasp. My face started to swell up        both physically and mentally.                 and third in the short board competitions.
wasn’t turning 40 for another two            sive 4:42:25 earning him 12th place       and I just told myself ‘Don’t lose             “It also incorporates stand up pad-
days and he had just announced               in the 40-44 age male category, and                                                                                                    The SUP competition was a spir-
                                                                                       focus now – stop if you start to have      dling, body boarding, kite surfing and        ited event displaying many unorthodox
to everyone that I qualified for the         Capt John Green, Army Aviation            breathing problems’, but I was okay.”      basically any sport related to wave rid-
Ironman World Championships,”                Systems Branch, took third place in                                                                                                moves, with race organiser Capt Jack
                                                                                           “From there I entered the run. I’d     ing.”                                         Plimmer, 19 CE Wks, taking the honours.
she said.                                    the ADF team in a time of 4:50:59.        been working hard on my running                After an initial test of skills at the
    “I approached the announcer and              LAC Grace MacPherson took                                                        training camp, there was committed
                                                                                       and managed to push myself to hold a                                                     ASRA membership is open to ARA and Ares mem-
told him he was mistaken before              out the 20-24 female age category                                                    group participation and enthusiasm as the
                                                                                       steady pace for the whole 21km.                                                          bers and surf riders are encouraged to compete
heading off to cool down. When I             in 5:39:09, almost 33min behind Sgt                                                  participants trained for short board, long
got back to my hotel room it was             Holland. She too qualified for the            “It was a great competition                                                          in the interservice competition. For more informa-
                                                                                       because the atmosphere was amaz-           board and stand up paddle (SUP) board         tion on how to enter or get involved in surfing
confirmed that I had won the 40-44           Hawaii Ironman.                                                                      competition.                                  contact ASRA president Maj Matthew Carr at
age female category and qualified to             Sgt Holland said it was an ardu-      ing and the ADSTA team were really
                                                                                                                                      “Special guests Dan Wilson, from          matthew.carr2@defence.gov.au. Link up with
compete in Hawaii – I was ecstatic.          ous race that presented many chal-        supportive.”
                                                                                                                                  Gordon and Smith Australia, and Woogie        surfers area on the ASRA Facebook group page.
    “Since starting to compete in            lenges for the competitors. “To say           Sgt Holland continued her
triathlons it has been my dream to           that the hills in Phuket are tough is a   good form, finishing second in her
compete in the world champion-               massive understatement.                   age group in the Hell of the West
ships, but that’s all it was – a dream.          “I think the peaks topped out at      Triathlon in Goondawindi on
    “I never actually thought I would        22 per cent and the humidity was          February 5, completing the 2km
be good enough to compete in it,             about 95 per cent – it was a very dif-    swim, 80km bike ride and 20km run
so I was absolutely stoked when I            ficult course.                            in 4:28:30.


  ADSTA SCHEDULE
    February 18-19 – Huskisson, Defence sprint and
    long-course championships.
                                                                                                        • Extractors
    April 15 – Sydney, Defence National Olympic
    Distance Triathlon Championships (part of Dextro
                                                                                                   • Performance Exhausts
    Olympic Distance Race).                                                                         • Standard Mufflers &
    June 3 – Cairns, Defence National Half Ironman                                                         Brakes
    Distance Championships and Defence National                                                     • Shocks & Suspension
    Ironman Distance Championships, which will                                                         • Car Servicing
    both be held at the Challenge Cairns Festival.
                                                                                                   • Road Worthy Certificate
  The ADSTA is growing in numbers and developing a strong                                            44 Pickering St
  team across all ages and skill levels. For more information                                             Enoggera
  visit the association’s website on www.adsta.asn.au or                                              Ph: 3355 3455
  email its committee on adsta.admin@defence.gov.au                                                ‘we’ll beat any price’
                                                                                                                                                        LOCKED
                                                                                                                                                        AND
                                                                                                                                                        LOADED
                                                                                                                                                        Defence shooters
                                                                                                                                                        have sights set on
                                                                                                                                                        New Zealand tour
                                      February 16, 2012                                                                                                                  Page 26




                                                                                                                                                                                 Photo by finisherpix.com
                                                                                                                                                            Powering ahead: Sgt
                                                                                                                                                          Penelope Holland pushes
                                                                                                                                                        through monsoonal rain to
                                                                                                                                                          conquer the Half Ironman
                                                                                                                                                         Championships in Phuket.




TAKING ON                                                                                                                                         Sgt Penelope
                                                                                                                                                  Holland gears
                                                                                                                                                  up for the
                                                                                                                                                  Ironman World

THE WORLD
LEAD TWICE THE LIFE
                                                                                                                                                  Championships
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