LCpl Jason Marks
Edition 1189 May 15, 2008
Soldiers from the Special Operations Task Group
escort a patrol vehicle bearing the casket of LCpl
Jason Marks during a ramp ceremony at their base in
Oruzgan province, southern Afghanistan. LCpl Marks
was laid to rest on May 8 after being killed in action.
Photo by Capt Al Green Report – Page 3
No psych screen, Anzac Day
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Army May 15, 2008
Post-op psych Support
DEFENCE personnel will no longer
By Helen Benassi
to operations does not end once
screening interviews are com-
be deployed unless they have com- pleted and support to individual
pleted psychological screening from
Campaign to members has been provided.
Feedback from this process is
provided in real-time to command-
That’s the key thrust of a new
Defence Instruction (General) on
Operational Mental Health Screening
inform troops ers to assist them in managing their
released on May 1. THROUGH a review of PMKeyS and individual T h e i n fo r m a t i o n g a t h e re d
DI(G) 16-28 directs personnel psychology files, Army has identified that a as part of this psychological sup-
who have deployed to attend a Return number of personnel (both permanent and part- port is also sent back to Canberra
to Australia Psychological Screen time) have outstanding mental health screens. to the Psychology Research and
(RtAPS) and a Post Operational During the second half of 2008, Army will Technology Group (PRTG). PRTG
Psychological Screen (POPS). It conduct a series of concentrated Post Operational routinely monitors and reports the
directs commanders to ensure their Psychological Screen (POPS) campaigns around impact of missions on the mental
personnel attend operational mental Australia. The intent of these campaigns is to health of deployed ADF personnel.
health screening and any follow-up provide an opportunity for Army personnel, both Although these surveillance
appointments. permanent and part-time, to complete outstand- reports show generally low levels
The new policy will apply to ing screens to ensure they are compliant with the of mental health problems arising
deployments dating back to the end of new DI(G). in the ADF post-deployment, many
Members who have a POPS currently due other factors are being investigated
2002 when the ADF introduced the cur-
(those who have returned from a deployment in as areas of possible concern. These
rent psychological screening process. the past three to six months) should individually
Defence Force Psychology include the impact of deploying
contact their local psych unit or section for an
Organisation Director Col Peter multiple times and the impact of
Murphy said the DI(G) demonstrated Members who have outstanding POPS (more
deployments on retention.
the concern that Defence had for the than six months since their return from deploy- Mental health surveillance con-
mental health of its personnel. ment) will be advised of the POPS campaign ducted by PRTG enables improve-
“Defence has a duty of care to look dates for their region through their chain of com- ments at the organisational level
after its people and an important part mand. to cultivate a working environment
of that is the psychology screening The exception is those members with an that enhances the mental wellbeing
process,” Col Murphy said. outstanding POPS who have been identified for of personnel.
“The organisation needs to know a deployment in the next six months; these mem- For example, a recent study
each member is travelling OK and is bers should contact their local psych unit or sec- showed that organisational stressors
Chat: A Return to Australia Psychological Screen is tion to have their POPS completed as a priority to (such as low workplace cohesion,
‘good to go’ psychologically before conducted in the MEAO.
another deployment. Therefore we comply with the DI(G). ineffective leadership and percep-
need to check that there are no seri- tions of double standards) impact
ous issues and concerns over previous the mental health of deployed
deployment experiences.” ciate the positive aspects as well as the “We are following up to make sure personnel as much as exposure to
The two stages of screening are difficult times. their reintegration home went well, potentially traumatic events. This
an RtAPS, done by a psychologist or “Part of the screening process is a that they’re OK, that there are not any information assists in the develop-
psychological examiner in a discreet questionnaire. This enables Defence to delayed stress reactions or problems ment of future training and in com-
place in the area of operations or with- track various issues related to deploy- that have become worse over time.” mand decision making.
in seven days of return to Australia, ment and inform the development of A comprehensive audit of screening As well as responding to requests
and the POPS, conducted three to six training and policy. records will ensure that PMKeyS is up for mental health information by
months after return. “The psychology teams that con- to date on June 1 so that commanders senior Defence leaders, PRTG also
“Psychological screening is intend- duct RtAPS normally brief command- can ascertain who requires a screen. reports on Return to Australia
ed to identify personnel who would
benefit from professional support to
ers on the broad outcomes of the ques-
tionnaire – individuals are never iden-
Col Murphy noted that POPS was
now like many other deployment pre-
New brochures Psychological Screen and Post
Operational Psychological Screen
enhance their wellbeing,” Col Murphy tified in these briefings, only grouped requisites. “If a member hasn’t done THE ADF Directorate of Mental information to guide policy deci-
said. information is used.” their medical then they won’t be Health will distribute new fact sions, inform ministerial reporting
“Because deployment is such a DI(G) 16-28 emphasises the dual deployed, if they’re not up to speed sheets which provide informa- and media responses.
busy time, the RtAPS process is one responsibility of members and their on their inoculations or their weapons tion about mental health issues. The research conducted by
way that deployed personnel can talk commanders to ensure the screening readiness they won’t be deployed; now SO1 Mental Health Lt-Col Andrew PRTG feeds back into force prepa-
about their deployment experience and process is done in accordance with the if they don’t have their psychological Cohn said the fact sheets would ration activities and the ground-
get it into perspective before getting be distributed to medical cen- level screening process. In essence,
timelines. A POPS consultation typi- screen completed for previous deploy-
tres, psychology support teams this ensures that the mental health
back to Australia and facing the chal- cally takes less than an hour. ments, then they won’t be deployable.” and psychology sections. The support continuum operates full cir-
lenges of readjusting to home life. “Personnel come in, complete a fact sheets can be obtained
“In a sense, the chat with a psy- questionnaire, and then have what is More information about Post Operational cle, both monitoring and enhancing
Psychological Screens can be found at http:// online at http://www.defence.gov.
chologist or psychological examiner typically a 30- to 40-minute screen- service delivery at all levels.
intranet.defence.gov.au/dsg/sites/dfpo/ – the au/health/DMH/publications/i-
can ‘validate’ the experience of the ing interview, although these can last site also has contact information for all states dmh_factsheets.htm Helen Benassi is a research psychologist at the
deployment and help people to appre- longer if need be,” Col Murphy said. and services. Psychology Research and Technology Group.
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Army May 15, 2008
By Cpl Andrew Hetherington at Kapooka he was allocated to the
Royal Australian Artillery and was
Tribute: Bearer party members from 4RAR (Cdo) slow march with the gun
carriage at the funeral for LCpl Jason Marks at Yeppoon (above). PM Kevin Rudd
prepares to lay a wreath at a memorial service in Sydney (below).
DETAILS OF THE CONTACT
CDF Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston said the
operation in which LCpl Jason Marks was killed
Photos by Cpl Ricky Fuller
LCPL Jason Marks has been posted to 4 Fd Regt in Townsville as was a deliberate, company-level clearance of an
remembered as an excellent junior a gunner,” Lt-Col Kenny said. area suspected to contain Taliban extremists.
NCO, a tough and fit Commando, “During his service in artillery “During the course of this clearance, the lead
a loyal friend and a loving hus- he was deployed to Timor with platoon was engaged by up to 20 Taliban extrem-
band, father, son and brother. Interfet in 1999 and gained the ists in three to four groups, armed with small
The 27-year-old 4RAR (Cdo) rank of lance bombardier in 2001. arms and RPG launchers,” he said. “The enemy
member was killed during a gun bat- In April 2003 he transferred to the was operating from well-prepared positions that
tle with the Taliban in Oruzgan prov- Royal Australian Medical Corps as were dug in and with overhead protection. The
ince, southern Afghanistan on April an assistant medic.” Taliban fired from numerous locations including
27. Four other Special Operations from positions on higher ground, killing LCpl
It was at this point he decided
Marks and wounding four of his colleagues.
Task Group soldiers received gun- to challenge himself by volunteer- Other elements of the Commando company
shot and fragment wounds during ing for Commando selection and he positioned themselves to provide support to the
the action. became barrier qualified in 2005. platoon. The Taliban continued to engage our
LCpl Marks was laid to rest in “The fact that he did so well as troops from multiple positions and the duration
a private ceremony at Yeppoon, a non-infantry soldier during his of the contact was in excess of three hours.”
Queensland on May 6. Soldiers from Commando selection and reinforce-
4RAR (Cdo) provided an honour ment courses epitomises his profes-
guard, bearer party and rifle party Dedicated: LCpl Jason Marks sionalism, toughness and resource-
STILL DRIVING THAT OLD CAR?
for the solemn ceremony. in Afghanistan with the Special fulness,” Lt-Col Kenny said. “We
LCpl Marks was also honoured Operations Task Group. were to see these traits throughout
in a memorial service at Holsworthy his service at 4RAR (Cdo).”
Barracks on May 5. loved his family and was a tough He said LCpl Marks’ standard of
Those who paid tribute includ- soldier who valued his mates. service in Afghanistan was extreme-
ed Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, “Jason was a devoted father to ly high. “During the first three
Opposition Leader Brendan Nelson, his two children, who gave him such months of his deployment he was
Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon, joy and love. He never tired of play- an active participant in a number
CDF Air Chief Marshal Angus ing or teaching them all he knew of significant engagements with the
Houston, Chief of Army Lt-Gen about right, wrong and love,” his Taliban and reinforced his reputation
Peter Leahy and Special Operations family said. “Jason, you went into as a tough Commando and a strong
Commander Maj-Gen Tim
this world and touched so many peo-
ple with your kindness, loyalty and
and effective junior leader.”
Lt-Gen Leahy described LCpl DRIVE A NEW CAR AND
On behalf of the nation, Mr Rudd compassion.”
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“His professionalism, courage ships. Once you were Jason’s friend has made the ultimate sacrifice and
and loyalty were true expressions of you were his friend for life”. we will miss him,” he said.
the Anzac spirit,” he said. His CO, Lt-Col Paul Kenny, LCpl Jason Marks began his
“I know that on this sad occasion, described LCpl Marks’ rise to serv- journey home to Australia on May
all Australians will remember and ing as a Commando as a challenge 2 after a ramp ceremony at Tarin
honour Jason, who served his nation he set himself after serving four Kowt. The aircraft carrying his cas-
so proudly.” years in the Army. ket arrived on May 3 at RAAF Base
In a tribute written by his family “On March 2, 1999, Jason ful- Richmond where it was met by his
and read at the emotional memorial filled his childhood dream of enlist- family, friends and dignitaries.
service by one of his mates, LCpl ing into the Australian Army. On LCpl Marks is survived by his
Marks was described as a man who completion of his recruit training wife Cassandra and two children.
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Army May 15, 2008
10LH’s old Upgrade to firing range
boys not FAC I L I T I E S h ave b e e n
improved at the Armoured
forgotten Fighting Vehicle Field Firing
Target System range at Mt
By Tpr Matt Whitby Bundey, NT.
The upgrade included struc-
SEVERAL generations of tural works on the control tower,
soldiers from A Sqn, 10 target system improvement, pav-
Light Horse, gathered in ing the vehicle movement areas
Kings Park before Anzac and providing shelter for troops.
Day for the annual Old The works were completed in
Boys Parade. February at a cost of $1.95 mil-
Troopers from 10LH lion.
formed a catafalque party Salute: Dick Jones lays a wreath during 10LH’s Old Boys After seeing a live-fire
around the Light Horse Parade in Kings Park, Perth. Photo by Cpl Brian Taylor by 1 Armd Regt on April 8,
memorial in Kings Park Defence Science and Personnel
while wreaths were laid in old boys passed away, the as those who gave their time Minister Warren Snowdon said Terrific targeting: Warren Snowdon enjoys the live-fire at the
honour of the fallen. soldiers of A Sqn continue and energy to carry on the the display “demonstrated the Armoured Fighting Vehicle Field Firing Target System Range.
The parade was originally to honour the courage of the traditions of the unit. importance and value of upgrad- Photo by Gnr Shannon Joyce
held by 10 Light Horse Regt light horsemen. During World War I, the ing and maintaining first-
veterans to remember those OC A Sqn Maj Kim regiment took part in the class training facilities for our Kelly said the upgrade enabled tive ranges that support critical
who fell during the Great O’Grady said the parade ill-fated Battle of the Nek troops”. “our troops to focus on their key training for deploying troops is a
War. recognised those who made and the renowned charge at Parliamentary Secretary training outcomes”. pivotal role for Defence Support
Long after the last of the the ultimate sacrifice, as well Beersheba. for Defence Support Dr Mike “Providing sustainable effec- in the NT,” Dr Kelly said.
By Cpl Jane Ashby-Cliffe to and restored,” Lt-Col Rozzoli said.
“It drives comfortably at 40mph and is a
A NACKEROO with a knack for res- pleasure to drive.”
torations has given a refurbished World Mr Woodbury dedicated his crafts-
War II Willys Jeep to Norforce. manship to the memory of the last CO of
Austin Woodbury spent hundreds of the Nackeroos, Maj Max White, MC.
hours and thousands of dollars to restore The jeep displays the orange and
the 1944 vehicle. green double diamond colour patch of 2/1
In WWII he served as a Nackeroo NAOU and Norforce, and painted on the
– a member of the 2/1 North Australia front are Maj White’s medals.
Observer Unit – and later with Gull Force “The jeep recognises his service as a
on Ambon. very highly decorated and well respected
2/1 NAOU was the forebear of Australian soldier from both wars,” Lt-
Norforce and the other regional force Col Rozzoli said. “When he was the regi-
surveillance units, the Pilbara Regt and ment 2IC, he drove a similar jeep to visit
51FNQR. the troops to ensure they were OK and to
WWII icon: Norforce Mr Woodbury and fellow Nackeroo circulate the mail.”
RSM WO1 Stephen Peter Huskins presented the Jeep to the The jeep will be displayed in the
Chiesa and CO Lt- CO and RSM of Norforce in Lake Haven, Norforce museum at Larrakeyah Barracks
Col Mick Rozzoli NSW, on March 13, to thank the unit for and used for ceremonial occasions and
try out the jeep its engagement with WWII veterans. public engagement events.
beautifully restored CO Norforce Lt-Col Mick Rozzoli “The Nackeroos would like us to pre-
by ex-Nackeroo said the jeep was a reminder of “the com- serve what they did and share their expe-
Austin Woodbury. mitment and dedication of the soldiers in riences with subsequent generations of
Lt-Col Rozzoli says 2/1 NAOU”. Australians,” Lt-Col Rozzoli said.
the vehicle is “a The jeep is a left-hand drive, petrol- He hopes to run each of the parts serial
pleasure to drive”. fuelled three-speed vehicle with open numbers through the memorial archives in
Photo by Gnr Shannon Joyce
sides and a canvas roof. the hope of establishing the jeep’s history.
“Every little detail has been attended
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Army May 15, 2008
By WO2 Graham McBean the foot of Enoggera Hill as an interim
accommodation plan until permanent
CO 8/9RAR Lt-Col Simon Stuart has
facilities are completed in 2013.
flagged a big year for the battalion in Planning is under way for more than
its ongoing development to be deploy- 90 additional Bushmasters at Gallipoli
able as a battle group in 2009. Barracks and Lt-Col Stuart said a joint
An IET course currently running at facility with 6RAR was possible.
Gallipoli Barracks, a mid-year posting “We don’t yet know exactly where
cycle and the 1 Div reinforcement plan and how vehicles will be stored and
will rapidly swell the ranks from 70 in parked but we are keen to look at options
January to more than 270 by year’s end. for shared facilities,” he said. “6RAR and
Lt-Col Stuart said 8/9RAR would be 8/9RAR will be mirror image infantry
ready to form the nucleus of a battle battalions with the same equipment and
group by the middle of 2009 as the bat-
personnel and it makes sense we should
talion raised the first of its newly pro-
share as much as we possibly can.”
duced unit flags.
He said the main priority was to make Ensuring training and qualifica-
sure the processes were in place for the tions match the pace of growth is one
rapid expansion in numbers. of the challenges of growing a new unit. Symbol of pride: Pte Benjamin Griffin, left, and Pte Carl Cody raise 8/9RAR’s new flag at Long Hai Lines
“We will have two-thirds of battalion 8/9RAR is in the process of producing at Enoggera. Photo by WO2 Graham McBean
headquarters in place, A Coy will be suitably trained NCOs, Bushmaster driv-
fully formed as a light company and we ers and crew commanders, and trade test-
will have a half to two-thirds of B Coy ing officers.
as well,” Lt-Col Stuart said. “At the same Despite the pangs of growing pains,
time we are growing the Spt Coy and Lt-Col Stuart’s intent is to ensure that
Admin Coy capability bricks to support 8/9RAR also contributes where possible
each of those companies.” to support 7 Bde.
The battalion is currently sharing “We are supporting activities and we
its old lines at Enoggera with 9RQR, are very keen to pull our weight and con-
which will be collocated with 25/49RQR tribute to the rest of the team,” he said.
mid-year once construction and refur- “We have made contributions to the
bishments are completed for the Army RTF 4 mission-specific training and the
Reserve battalions at Enoggera.
With a touch of déjà vu, 8/9RAR
will be reinstated at Long Hai Lines at
mission rehearsal exercise and the range
of brigade activities, so we are well and
truly engaged and up and running.”
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Army May 15, 2008
Security team: One of the first “rail-parties” from 1 Bde to use the new crew van named after Maj-Gen
John Stevenson with the carriage before departure for South Australia.
Top-class rail security Weighty matter: Sixty tonnes of armour touches down on the purpose-built
By Cpl Jane Ashby-Cliffe try specifications and is equipped that zoom out to about 550m by day
with the latest technology to main- or night. It contains a strong room rolling stock during loading trials at the Berrimah Rail Yard.
FIRST-CLASS travel is the order tain security during journeys. for securing weapons and communi- Photos by Gnr Shannon Joyce
of the day for Darwin soldiers Capt Scott McMahon, S4 Tpt cations equipment and was designed
aboard 1 Bde’s renovated rail
The car was an add-on to the
HQ 1 Bde, said escorts were sent
on every train between Adelaide
and Darwin to ensure the security of
to run on its own power supply.
The accommodation car was
named after Maj-Gen John Dennis
M1A1 rolling stock project designed
by Bluebird Rail Operations to carry
the M1A1 Abrams and other Defence
key equipment along the Darwin to
“In early rail moves soldiers
would travel in cattle class ... today
Stevenson (retd) in recognition of
his advocacy for the Alice Springs to
Darwin rail link.
they get comfort,” he said. Maj-Gen Stevenson believed the
Adelaide corridor. The accommodation car is rail link was a “strategic enabler” for
It was built to the latest rail indus- equipped with two security cameras the defence of northern Australia.
AN M1A1 Abrams and
a M88A2 “Hercules”
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Vehicle were successfully
loaded on to purpose-
built rolling stock during
the final railway trans-
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and local Freight Link
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Army May 15, 2008
Fatal shore revealed
By Maj John McPherson
PTE Jonathan Morison has gained
The Chief of Army scholarship
aims to give the recipients a feeling
of what the Anzacs went through, by
a better appreciation of what his experiencing the ruggedness and des-
great-grandfather experienced at olation of the terrain around Anzac
Gallipoli in 1915. Cove and along the peninsula.
Pte Morison, of Training Support Under the guidance of Maj Jack
Platoon at RMC-A, and Cpl Annelies Thurgar, a highly-decorated veteran
McPherson, a recruit instructor at and a battlefield historian, the schol-
1RTB at Kapooka, were recipients arship winners were given a real
of the Chief of Army’s “I Am An appreciation of the terrain as well
Australian Soldier” award, designed as a thorough understanding of the
to allow young soldiers to learn first- strategic planning that led to Anzac
hand about the meaning of Anzac Cove on April 25, 1915.
and to take that knowledge back to “Each of the recipients was
share with their colleagues. required to undertake a pre-study
The chance to visit Gallipoli was package before going to Gallipoli,”
particularly moving for Pte Morison, Maj Thurgar said. “And, once there,
whose great-grandfather John we attempted to de-mythologise
Morison landed on that fatal shore in the campaign so we could look at it
1915 in a rowboat. afresh through the eyes of the sol-
“On the morning after the Anzac diers in 1915, and then relate the
Dawn Service, we paddled in to actual battlefield practices and pro-
Anzac Cove at 3.30am in the pitch cedures from 1915 to today. After
dark in two double kayaks to try all, the principles are still the same.”
and gain an appreciation of what Pte Morison, formerly of 9RQR,
my great-grandfather – and the other 4RAR and 6RAR, said he had “learnt
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– would have experienced,” Pte from a military concepts perspective,
Morison said. that we’re now able to share back
“It was very cold and absolutely home and even utilise in deployment
dead quiet. Then, once we’d landed, situations today”.
an incredibly personal quiet time Cpl McPherson said: “I rate being
for all of us where no-one said a at Gallipoli as one of the most mem-
word. We kept our own counsel as orable experiences of my life.”
we looked at the tombstones. It was Emotional journey: Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon with Chief of Army “I Am An Australian Soldier” scholarship
a very meaningful experience.” Anzac liftout: Centre pages recipients Cpl Annelies McPherson and Pte Jonathan Morison at Gallipoli. Photo by Cpl Rodney Welch
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Milestone Charting a
for 8 Bde By Lt Laura Cook
SPECIALISTS from 21 Const Regt will
provide essential data to allow the Navy to
operate in the area that will benefit from
By Capt Adrian Dolahenty
this year’s Army Aboriginal Community
Assistance Program (AACAP).
AACAP 2008 will occur in the remote
Aboriginal community of Kalumburu, locat-
ed on the northernmost point of WA.
Its remote location means the Army will
WITH 40 years of service, WO1 ADVICE FROM AN receive support from the Air Force and Navy
for the deployment of personnel, equipment
Stan Paulson has put the “sustain” OLD SOLDIER and materials.
in the “raise and train” for 8 Bde. “Respect the reservist if you For HMAS Manoora and Tobruk, togeth-
The brigade’s training officer serve in an Army Reserve unit and er with two LCHs, to safely operate in the
reached the milestone in February, you’ll enjoy it a lot more.” area, navigational charts of the waters from
after 20 years as an RSM. “Show me a poor platoon com- the anchorage area to the shore are required.
Despite 28 years in the ARA mander and I’ll show you a poor The task to provide this information has
and 12 years as a reservist, the platoon sergeant.” fallen to the Littoral and Riverine Survey
highly respected senior soldier said Squadron (LRSS), 21 Const Regt.
he would try for 50 years. “Soldiers do well what com-
manders check.” Sixteen LRSS members, led by Maj Zac
WO1 Paulson enlisted in the
Army on February 27, 1968, in – WO1 Stan Paulson Zaharias and Capt Antonio Nusco, deployed
Perth. He was posted to 1RAR, as part of the preliminary phase of AACAP
shortly after it returned from a tour 2008 from April 27 to May 10. They were
mendation letters from Chief of
of Vietnam. supported by a RAN hydrographic survey
Army Lt-Gen Peter Leahy, Land
“The battalion back then was team.
Commander Maj-Gen Mark Kelly
a living, breathing entity in which and Commander 2 Div Maj-Gen Valued: WO1 Stan Paulson credits his long career to the support of Capt Nusco described the task as “anoth-
you knew everyone and operated as Ian Flawith. his wife Dihan, son Ben, and daughters Courtney and Rebecca. er challenging exercise for LRSS”.
one like a family,” WO1 Paulson, WO1 Paulson served as RSM Photo by Bill Cunneen The AACAP advance party is scheduled
57, said. during an Operation Anode rotation to deploy on May 27. The main body will
“Times have changed. My first last year. where, yet were exceptionally well also RSM of 8/9RAR when Lt-Gen then arrive on June 18.
pay was $15 a fortnight and then “The sub-unit preparation con- trained.” Peter Leahy was the CO. The project includes the demolition of
you had to pay for your haircuts out ducted at Canungra ensured the sol- WO1 Paulson said the pinna- The senior soldier urged ARA the existing health clinic and construction
of that. We didn’t have all the Gucci diers were as good as the ones who cle of his career was progressing soldiers to consider continuing their of a new one, barge landing and access road
kit back then.” went to Vietnam,” he said. from a private to CSM of 1RAR. careers as reservists. “You need to upgrade, and building a public toilet block.
In early March, RSM-A WO “I feel sorry for the blokes who He held the appointment when have respect for the reservist who In addition, civil contractors will
Stephen Ward presented WO1 were in from about ’72 to the late Gen Peter Cosgrove (retd) was the already has a job and a family and upgrade the existing airstrip and access
Paulson with a series of com- ’90s where they never went any- battalion’s CO. WO1 Paulson was volunteers to serve,” he said. road, as well as sealing some roads.
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WORLD NEWS 9
Strike force: Chinooks
engaged in Operation
Australian Chinooks are helping to take the fight to extremists
in Afghanistan, Cpl Mike McSweeney reports.
THE Australian CH-47 crews “We’re sending a clear mes- By the time the US soldiers
huddle outside of their air- sage to Taliban extremists that are ready to board, the load-
there is a strong and large pres- masters and aircrewman tech- All aboard: US troops board an Australian Chinook in
craft, sipping coffee in the the pre-dawn darkness (above). The aircraft’s pilot, Capt
pre-dawn darkness. It’s 0430hr ence here, and if you try to do nicians have already secured a
something aligned with the light artillery piece inside the Lukas Wild (left). Photos by Cpl Mike McSweeney
and there’s a chill in the air at Taliban you are not going to be fuselage.
Kandahar Air Field. able to achieve it.” Surprisingly, there’s plenty
Silhouettes of US airborne Reconnaissance helicop- of room for the passengers, and military flying that I’m ever down the dust cloud will envel-
troops can be seen as they make ters buzz back to base, having soon the CH-47 will also pick likely to do,” he says. op the aircraft. The last couple
their way across the flight line already scouted the route. The up an external load of ammuni- “That’s based not only on the of seconds, before you’ve got
to the waiting coalition helicop- horizon has begun to change tion. fact we’re flying a very capable all four wheels on the ground,
ters. colour and the crew brief their Capt Wild says his Chinook aircraft, but our Chinooks are you’ve got the dust coming
When dawn hits, Operation passengers. The loadmaster giv- will move about 13,000lbs of some of the best maintained right around the cabin. It can be
Southern Thunder will launch ing the brief is dual qualified as men and equipment in this one and best equipped in the world. sporting.”
and an array of coalition a technician. load. “The CH-47 is essentially They’re fantastic to fly, and the It’s not just the pilots who
helicopters and scores of US Aircrewman technicians, “There’s no match for the the master of that sort of envi- terrain that we’re operating in is have their work cut out for them
troops will take the fight to the as they are known, are qui- CH-47 over here,” he says. ronment. It handles it better challenging day in, day out.” on these sorts of operations.
Taliban. etly revered among the CH-47 “The elevation and terrain than anything else. It really One of the challenges for the Capt Wild says the loadmasters
“The aim of the mission is detachment for their ability to are significant here. It’s dusty doesn’t have an equal here in crew is the dust. On a mission and aircrewman technicians are
to move a large force element make the difference between and gets very hot here in the that regard.” like this one, where they have putting in the hard yards.
from Kandahar into another limping home and being stuck summer months. These environ- He enjoys flying the “best an external load, a dust cloud “From before we take off,
part of southern Afghanistan,” in the field. The capability has mental hazards are really dif- helicopter” in the toughest ter- blooms as the load is released. right through the flight, they’re
Troop Commander and pilot been proven on a number of ficult for ordinary helicopters to rain. They then have to land. working bloody hard,” he says.
Capt Lukas Wild says. occasions in Afghanistan. withstand. “This is probably the best “As you get the back wheels “They do a fantastic job.”
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10 WORLD NEWS
Uplifting: Cpl John Bray operates a forklift in the FLLA-A warehouse.
Photo by Cpl Mike McSweeney
By Cpl Mike McSweeney “I look after all the telecommunica-
tions cabling in the area,” Cpl Hutchison
PROVIDING support to Australian said.
troops in Afghanistan is all part of a “I also look after the IP routing and
day’s work for ADF personnel serving switching, as well as the satellite bearer
at FLLA-A. systems we’ve got.”
Based at Camp Baker, Kandahar, the Like his fellow signallers in Kandahar,
logistic asset consists of about 60 people he works in shifts. He said even though
who provide communications, logistics it could sometimes be mundane work,
and administration support to personnel he enjoyed the challenges his position
serving on Operation Slipper. offered.
“We support all the Australian ele- “The best thing is dealing with rout-
ments here as well as ourselves,” opera- ing and switching because it’s probably
tor supply Cpl John Bray said. the most challenging part,” he said.
“It’s interesting to deal with all the “Not a lot of people have a great
different personalities and the different understanding of it but if you take the
people and their different roles,” he said. time to learn it you can get good at it.”
“You’ve got to remain flexible with Cpl Bray said he also enjoyed sup-
each person’s requirements.” porting troops in Afghanistan.
Cpl Evan Hutchison, a supervisor tel- “I love logistics and the interaction
ecommunications systems, also supports with people in this evironment. You’re
a number of units. also working with other countries.”
Helo wash: Cfn James Turner and Cfn Mick Field wear protective clothing as they clean a CH-47
following a bird strike. Photo by Cpl Mike McSweeney
Keeping big birds flying
By Cpl Mike McSweeney Once the procedure is finished, deployment to Afghanistan for many
BIRD strikes have an added prob- aviation technicians such as Cfn of the C Sqn soldiers, which makes
Richard Miller can start their daily these daily checks easier to do.
lem for aviators and ground crew
ritual of checking the helicopter “You’re doing it all the time so
in Afghanistan. over. you know what things should look
Even strikes that don’t cause
damage have to be cleaned thor- “We’re looking for anything out like and where it should all be,” Cfn
oughly to avoid bird flu. of place or broken so we can have Miller said.
Ground crewman Cfn James it fixed in time for the next sortie,” He said the Chinooks, which
Turner, 5 Avn Regt, said the CH-47 Cfn Miller said. were part of a coalition Rotary Wing
detachment took the possibility of The procedure is done while Group, had performed admirably.
bird flu seriously. coalition helicopters, transports and “The more they fly the better
“Being bird flu you have to take fighter jets take off and land at the they run,” he said. “They’re perfect
full precautions, even if it’s only a busy Kandahar airfield. for this type of environment. They
minor strike,” Cfn Turner said. This is the second and third love to fly and they love to work.”
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WORLD NEWS 11
Unwavering focus By Cpl Mike McSweeney
AUSTRALIAN soldiers will maintain their
patrolling regime in southern Iraq right up
until operations end in mid-2008.
Commander CJTF 633 Maj-Gen Mike
Hindmarsh said while the rest of OBG (W) 4
prepared for the withdrawal, Combat Teams
Heeler and Waler would stay on the job until the
“They’re still on the front foot, very opera-
tionally focussed, and will be that way up until
June 1 when operations cease, which is a credit
to them,” Maj-Gen Hindmarsh said.
CO OBG (W) 4 Lt-Col Chris Websdane said
the diggers had been heavily involved in counter-
improvised explosive device and counter-indirect
fire operations as a force protection measure for
“We’ve had historic lows in terms of IDF and
IED attacks as a result,” Lt-Col Websdane said.
In addition to the patrolling, Lt-Col Websdane
said OBG (W) 4 continued ongoing civil-military
cooperation tasks and key leadership engage-
ments in Dhi Qar and Al Muthanna provinces.
At Camp Terendak, OBG (W) 4 is in the early
phases of handing over to coalition forces while
support elements are already packing up.
“We’ve got the advance party of the Force
Extraction Team here now, and they’re beginning
to support our logistics side in terms of drawing
down equipment,” Lt-Col Websdane said.
The CO said the battle group’s efforts to
assist Iraqis to a point of self reliance was pay-
“The battle group has been heavily involved
with training and mentoring 10 Div and the Iraqi
Police Service. Iraqi Security Forces conduct
ongoing vehicle checkpoints on all the main sup-
ply routes, including Tampa, and they have been
very cooperative in terms of preventing IDF
attacks, particularly out of Nasiriyah,” he said.
Maj-Gen Hindmarsh agreed that Iraqis in
Al Muthanna and Dhi Qar were taking on more
responsibility for security in the provinces.
“There have been a number of incidents
in recent times where our guys have not been
involved,” Maj-Gen Hindmarsh said. “They’ve
Vigilant: Combat Team Heeler’s LCpl Luke Threlfall stays alert during a patrol to Al Gharraf Iraqi Army Base in Dhi Qar province. OBG (W) 4 been prepared to be, but there has been no
personnel will continue their patrolling program until the battle group’s withdrawal from southern Iraq later this year. Photo by AB Paul Berry requirement for them; the Iraqis have handled it.”
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12 WORLD NEWS
Somalia vets pay tribute to a mate
By Capt Christopher Linden
SOMALIA veterans from the Australian
Army Training Team – Iraq have remem-
bered their mate “Blocker”, naming one
of their Bushmasters in his honour.
Etuate Seruitukana, known as “Blocker”
to his mates, died last December after a
long battle with diabetes. He served with
Pioneer Platoon 1RAR during Operation
Solace in Somalia in 1993, alongside sev-
eral current members of AATTI 9 and
OBG (W) 4.
The idea to name the Bushmaster
“Blocker” was first raised by Sgt Steve
Dotter, a 1RAR veteran from Somalia who
is the crew commander of the vehicle.
His proposal received the nod from CO
AATTI 9 Lt-Col Alby Hughes.
Several veterans from 1RAR and B
Sqn, 3/4 Cav Regt, took a break from oper-
ations to unveil the renamed Bushmaster.
Training team instructor Sgt Tommy
Navusolo said naming the IMV was a great
tribute to a mate he had known from the
first day he joined the Army.
“We joined up on the same day, March
20, 1991, in Sydney and did our recruit
training together,” he said.
Sgt Navusolo said the time had
flown since they deployed with 1RAR to
“It doesn’t seem that long ago … it’s
sad the only time you catch up with your
old mates is when someone dies,” he
“Blocker” was renowned for his rugby
Honour: Operation Solace veterans remember their mate “Blocker”: (from left) Sgt Chris Day, WO2 Scott Allen, Capt Lance Johnson, Sgt Steve prowess, representing Army and civilian
Dotter, Sgt Tommy Navusolo, Lt-Col Chris Websdane and Sgt Jonathan Griffiths. Photo by Cpl Rob Nyffenegger representative teams for many years.
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Ptes Andrew and Lachlan Martin, 6RAR, are serv-
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It is just another parallel in careers for the two
infantrymen, with elder brother Andrew being posted
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WORLD NEWS 13
Harboured up: Combat Team Waler’s ASLAVs in a hide. Photos by Cpl Mike McSweeney Teamwork: Australian soldiers and Iraqi police
at a vehicle checkpoint.
Cpl Mike McSweeney gets
On the move: An OBG (W) 4 counter-IED patrol drives along Main Supply
dusty on patrol with OBG (W) 4’s Route Dallas in southern Iraq.
Combat Team Waler in Iraq.
SWEAT beads under safety goggles, runs down the
face and saturates the chin strap.
It is hot and dusty in the back of the ASLAV person-
nel carrier, but the grunts don’t seem to mind.
One is happily reading a book, another leans against
the ramp, catching some sleep.
They seem impervious to the jostling of the vehicle
as it makes its way off road and into a hide – cavalry
speak for patrol harbour.
Their colleague bobs down from the hatch he keeps
watch from and tells them what’s going on.
The cat nap is over and the book is put away. The
vehicle halts and the word is given.
The infantrymen dismount, close the armoured door
behind them and conduct a security sweep of the area.
With the all clear, everyone steps out on to the vast
Iraqi desert under a bright morning sun. Annual Rent Allowance review
Some distance away is Main Supply Route Tampa,
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notorious for IEDs. Forging ahead: An ASLAV crosses the desert
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14 WORLD NEWS
Kapyong battle commemorated
By Cpl Andrew Hetherington Harriet O’Malley, cultural attaché at
the Australian Embassy, said the display
A PHOTOGRAPHIC exhibition hon- commemorated the approaching 90th
ouring the extreme sacrifice made by anniversary of the end of WWI.
Australian soldiers in France during “It was evident we had to do some-
World War I opened at the Australian thing for this Anzac Day, utilising the
Embassy in Paris on April 21. excellent relationship we have with the
The exhibition, entitled Souvenirs AWM,” she said.
Australiens 1916-1918, is a selection of For towns such as Bullecourt, even
images provided by the Australian War after 90 years, Australia still remains an
Memorial (AWM), displaying the cour- important part of the local people’s lives
age and bravery shown by Australian sol- and history.
diers during their time fighting in France. Bullecourt Mayor Jules Laude said
Australian Ambassador David Ritchie it was an incredibly devoted group of
said the exhibition demonstrated the men who came from the other side of the
great strength of the historic relationship world to assist the people of France.
between Australia and France – “a rela- “Even for the little kids today
tionship which was forged in the bloody Australia still makes them grin. Every
battlefields of northern France”. Anzac Day is one of the great days of the
“The photographs illustrate the friend- year and is a day of celebration and com-
ship between ordinary Australian soldiers miseration,” he said.
and the inhabitants of the towns and vil- Souvenirs Australiens 1916-1918 will
lages in the north of France,” he said. close on November 11.
Reflection: CO 3RAR Lt-Col Wade Stothart, reminds the soldiers of B Coy of their heritage and honour
during a Kapyong Day commemorative service at the Baucau Forward Operating Base in Timor-Leste on
April 24. 3RAR received a US Presidential Distinguished Unit Citation for the battle of Kapyong in 1951,
the most significant engagement for Australian troops during the Korean War. Photo by Cpl Chris Moore
In focus: Australian Army Band singer Cpl Simone Dew and bugler Cpl
Andrew Barnett join Harriet O’Malley at the opening of a photographic display
of Australians on the Western Front. Photo by LAC Guy Young
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Army May 15, 2008
16 CENTREPIECE 17
Lean on me: Should Solo the labrador become incapacitated, Spr
Stuart Conlin will carry him using the over-the-shoulder position.
The nose knows: Labrador cross Tana finds a
stick of plastic explosive hidden among rocks
during a search exercise. EDDs can smell the
chemicals in explosives.
My name is Boots and I’m also known
as the junkyard dog. I’m rough looking
and have a snap at the other dogs every
now and then, but that’s only to show
Class photo: Dog handler trainees from 2CER and their EDDs: Spr Troy Croton and Boots, Spr Luke Dolan and Tammy, Spr Stuart Conlin them who’s boss around here. I’m really
and Solo, Spr David Brown and Jeb, Spr Mark Noble and Mandy. friendly once you get to know me and
I love to please my handler and work
hard for him, sniffing around houses and
DOGS OF WAR
buildings so I can be rewarded by playing
with a tennis ball.
Explosive Detection Dogs are regulars on the frontline, using their sensitive noses to sniff out
explosives. Cpl Corinne Boer meets the dogs and their trainee handlers at Moorebank’s School of
Military Engineering. Photos by Bill Cunneen.
IS face has a few scars, a mohawk “Mandy the golden retriever is the dominant
runs down the back of his head and female and it took a long time to form a bond I’m Harry. I am a pure-bred golden
he has a slight under-bite. He is with her,” he said. retriever and I love the water. I also
muscular and occasionally fights “She sensed when she had a new handler and enjoy socialising with other dogs here at
with his colleagues. took the opportunity to play up by running and SME, even if they are not in the mood.
His name is Boots and he is one of seven hiding in bushes waiting for someone to find My favourite food is Eukanuba, which is
dogs training in the Explosive Detection Dog a dried dog biscuit that gives me lots of
(EDD) Handler Course at SME Holsworthy. As the course progresses the handlers become
more confident and learn from their dogs. Cpl energy to run around and do my job con-
Students on the 14-week, once-a-year course ducting searches.
focus on searching. Dunne said the toughest part for the students
They are matched with trained dogs and learn was trying to read the dog’s indication.
to use them to search occupied and unoccupied “If you have a dog that doesn’t give you any
buildings and to conduct area, vehicle and route signals before it responds it will make it hard,”
searches. The first two weeks of theory cover he said.
feeding, safety precautions, transportation and Student Spr Shaun Croton, 2CER, took an
first aid. instant liking to his new dog, Boots.
Explosive Ordnance Disposal section Chief “I think my dog should be out pig hunting,”
Trainer Cpl Damian Dunne said he matched Spr Croton said.
the dogs with their new handlers early in the “He’s wild looking and he’s got bravado,
course because it takes time for them to bond. that’s what I like.”
He knows each dog’s personality from training Boots is known as the junkyard dog because
them as EDDs. he is a bit of everything.
“It’s important to match the handler’s and the Despite quips from Spr Croton’s course
dog’s personality,” Cpl Dunne said. mates that he and Boots share looks and person-
“Some dogs need a hard handler with a hard alities, Spr Croton believes the hardest part of
voice otherwise they just won’t work. the course will be forming the initial bond with
“Others are very shy and if we match it with Boots.
a handler who has a strong personality the dog “It’s like sticking two total strangers together
would probably regress.” and forcing them to spend a lot of time with
The students spend time bonding with their each other to form a friendship,” he said. My name is Solo. The instructors found
new friends by grooming and feeding them. Spr Croton was a field engineer and had me at the RSPCA where I passed a
They are the only ones that can interact with the experience working with dogs on sheep and series of tests to prove that I was the
dogs and usually within two weeks there is a cattle stations. He decided to become an EDD
handler when he served in Afghanistan. right dog for the job. I am very curious
bond which grows as they progress through the
course. “I was really inspired while I was in and full of energy. I was trained as an
During course breaks the students can study Afghanistan … seeing the dogs in action,” he EDD last year. I’m a bit cheeky and
or spend time with their dogs. It’s not unusual to said. enjoy stirring the other dogs every now
find a handler locked in a kennel with the dog, “There is a bond between the handler and and then. I am placid when I am with my
enjoying some down time. these dogs that you just don’t see anywhere else. handler and really enjoy getting a pat
Best mates: Spr Troy Croton, 1CER, bonds with Boots, a Staffordshire cross. The friendly tussle helps build Cpl Dunne said the bonding process could “I had a couple of mates overseas whose Pooch PT: Cpl Alistair Leleivre, staff instructor, makes sure Time for work: Cpl Alistair Leleivre patrols with Tana to a search area.
a relationship between the handler and his dog, and produces the understanding that allows the dog to that Choco, a German short-haired pointer, maintains his The dog will be released to follow his nose and find any targets without from him.
take longer if the dog had a stronger personality dogs had died and it just wrecked them. It was
communicate information to the handler. and knew it had an inexperienced handler. like a part of their family had passed away.” agility on the obstacle course. the handler.
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Memorial unveiled By Cpl Corinne Boer
AUSTRALIAN soldiers have charged into history
with the dedication ceremony of the Park of the
Australian Soldier at Beersheba on April 28.
The Park of the Australian Soldier recognises the
contribution of Australian service personnel in the
Middle East in the First and Second World Wars and
subsequent peace operations. The centrepiece of the
park, a statue of a mounted horseman, commemo-
rates the charge of the Australian Light Horse against
Turkish positions at Beersheba on October 31, 1917.
Thirty-five personnel, principally from 4/19 PWLH
and 12/16 HRL – both direct descendents of the 4th
and 12th Light Horse Regiments that participated in
the charge – formed a guard during the ceremony.
Members of the Multinational Force and Observers
(MFO) serving in Sinai formed the cataflaque party.
CO 4/19 PWLH Lt-Col Mick Chadwick said the
turn out was “incredible”.
“For many Australian attendees the highlight of
the ceremony was the unveiling of the statue,” Lt-Col
The park was opened by Governor-General Maj-
Gen Michael Jeffery and Israeli President Shimon
Lt-Col Chadwick said the activity was important as
it underpinned the first visit by an Australian Governor-
General on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the
founding of the state of Israel.
“Recognising what Australians have done in Israel
and the Middle East, combined with the first visit by
an Australian Governor-General to Israel, has made it a
very significant event indeed,” he said.
He said the soldiers in the contingent had a limited
amount of time to prepare for the ceremony while in
“I think the proof was in what everybody saw on
the day,” he said. “The soldiers were complimented by
the Governor-General, military personnel, veterans and
retired members of their units. They thought it was an
About 1000 guests attended the ceremony. Chief
of Joint Operations Lt-Gen David Hurley and Deputy
Chief of Army Maj-Gen David Morrison represented
the ADF. Also in attendance was the Chief of Staff
of the UNTSO mission based in Jerusalem, Maj-Gen
Ian Gordon, and the commander of the Australian
Congratulations: The President of Israel, Shimon Peres, greets Contingent for the Multinational Force and Observers,
Governor-General Maj-Gen Michael Jeffery after the unveiling (above), Lt-Col Shaun Love.
Contingent members parade the colours and guidons before the The Light Horse conducted one of the last great
dedication ceremony (right). Photos by Cpl Corinne Boer cavalry charges in history at Beersheba, successfully
capturing the town from the Turkish forces. It was an
important turning point in the war in the Middle East
as it allowed the British-led troops to advance and take
Jerusalem. From there, the Commonwealth forces took
Damascus in 1918 and knocked the Ottoman Empire
out of the war.
Startled: Maj-Gen Digger James was intrigued to
discover that the face of the statue was his own.
The inauguration included a memorial Park of the
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Army May 15, 2008
Call for recognition
IT HAS now been 15 years since whose members have been awarded
I WOULD like to convey my broken
the Afghanistan medal (and this is a heart’s condolences to the families
1RAR Battalion Group deployed of Jason Marks and the four soldiers
to Somalia and there is still talk landlocked country).
And there are also non- wounded in Afghanistan, and my love
about being awarded a medal – and best wishes to the diggers every-
Commonwealth medals. If you have
other than an AASM – or citation served in Afghanistan under ISAF, where who are serving our country with
for the deployment. But as usual, you can now wear the ISAF Medal. such excellence.
just like the last 15 years, it has Or you can go back to the Vietnam My thoughts are always with you, par-
been pushed aside and disregarded. War; our vets wear the South ticularly around Anzac Day, and I can truly
I , a n d m a ny o t h e r 1 R A R Vietnam Medal. There’s also the say “I know” because I, too, experienced
Battalion Group members, believe Interfet Medal, which was awarded wars and immense loss through a soldier’s
we deserve to be awarded a type of to several countries (these I do not ultimate sacrifice.
campaign medal or citation for our disagree with, but I just use them as Never ever forget that what you are
efforts. examples). doing is right, moral and just.
For those who do not know, the I hope something is done about Keep safe, and thank you from the
US led the initial push, as part of this in the near future and we don’t depth of my heart.
an international force, into Somalia have to wait 40 years for an award, Iris Lahav
and then the operation was handed like the Korean vets. Victoria
over to the UN. I can’t remember Name and rank supplied
the exact amount of time under each SASR
command, but it was roughly two Campbell Barracks
months under each.
As the US is not part of the BEFORE the last Federal elec-
For the record
Commonwealth, we in the battal- tion I read, with some interest, of I WOULD like to point out a couple of
ion group cannot wear their medal/
award, which other nations do. And
the Labor Party’s plans to strike a Highly trained: Commandos undergoing counter-terrorism drills. errors in the account of the Battles for
Photo by Cpl Chris Moore
because we were under UN com- medal that acknowledges the serv- Coral/Balmoral (Army, April 17).
mand for less than three months, we ice of SAS personnel engaged in deployment due to domestic duties and Awards Tribunal. The tribunal The account lists those units involved,
missed out on the UN medal, unlike domestic counter-terrorism oper- and feel that a medal for such serv- will consider outstanding honours but fails to acknowledge the significant
the other Australian contingents that ations while on Tactical Assault ice would definitely be a welcome and awards issues. role played by C Sqn, 1 Armd Regt. The
went to Somalia under the UN. Group duties. accolade. Two of a number of issues listed actions of the tanks were crucial to the
The reason I bring this up is I feel this would be long over- Name and rank supplied for consideration are service dur- reinforcement of the position at Coral in
because of what seems to be the due recognition of work that requires 4RAR (Cdo) ing Operation Solace in Somalia in particular, and resulted in 1 Armd Regt
ease of recognition it is today to be members to work extremely long Holsworthy Barracks 1992 and the counter terrorist duties being awarded the Coral/Balmoral battle
awarded medals for operations/over- hours, is arduous, often dangerous Irene Wilson, Director, Honours and of SASR personnel. honour it proudly displays on its standard
seas service. and at times means that members Awards, responds: The Defence Honours and today.
For example, the personnel miss out on overseas deployments. Awards Tribunal is currently being The article also listed A Sqn, 2 Cav
THANK you for your inquiries Regt; this should of course read A Sqn, 3
who serve in the FLLA and never The question I have is: first, established, with the position of
go to either Iraq or Afghanistan are whether this idea for such a medal regarding additional recognition Chair person being advertised on Cav Regt.
awarded not only the AASM, but has progressed past the planning of 1RAR service in Somalia and May 3. Applications for the positions As a former OC of C Sqn I felt I need-
also both the Iraq and Afghanistan stages and, second, would members recognition of SASR personnel on the review panels will be called ed to address this. Aside from that, the
Campaign Medals. RAAF person- of 4RAR (Cdo)’s Tactical Assault engaged in domestic counter-ter- for shortly. newspaper is a very welcome read while
nel only have to do a mail run, land Group – East be eligible for such an rorism operations. Details relating to the establish- here overseas – keep up the good work!
in Iraq and Afghanistan once and award? The Government, in Labor’s Plan ment of the tribunal and the terms of Maj Scott Winter
they can be awarded both campaign I know that I personally had to for Defence, undertook to establish reference for various reviews will be RAAC
medals. Then there’s the Navy, wait many years for an overseas an independent Defence Honours promulgated widely when finalised. UK Advanced Command and Staff Course
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Ex Ready Blade sharpens skills
By Michael Brooke Ex Ready Blade prepared the next rotation of soldiers to the before,” he said. “These exercises
HQ CTF 635 for deployment on Solomons. are the best way to learn all the
SOLDIERS from 5 Bde have Operation Anode in the Solomon Perhaps just as important, important things such as writing
honed their skills in a two-level Islands. It also increased com- newcomers to 142 Sig Sqn prac- messages down with the time and
command post exercise that has mand, control and communi- tised basic communications pro- the basic Ratel procedures.”
better prepared them for deploy- cations skills within 5 High cedures necessary for the deploy- Sig Peta Reeves said the first
ments on operations. Readiness Reserve, which acted as ment and sustainment of CTF 635 chance to do her job in a realistic
Exercise Ready Blade 08 at the CTF 635 rifle company. and 5 HRR. training environment had “done
Holsworthy Barracks focused on O C 5 H R R M a j B eva n Sig Marcus-lee Mandersan wonders for my confidence”.
the planning and execution of a McDonald said key personnel said the experience as a radio Cpl Luke Doyle, 5CER, went
rear area security operation. also completed battle preparation operator in the command post was to the exercise as a Q-store opera-
Commander 5 Bde Brig requirements. invaluable. tor but “got stabbed to be a run-
Paul Brereton said the exercise The Civil-Military Cooperation “I’ve only been in the Reserve ner”. He said: “It was a good
and others planned for this year Tactical Support Team underwent for 18 months and this exercise is learning experience because it
marked meaningful contributions valuable revision in the criti- the most valuable experience I’ve gave me the opportunity to go
to the development of 2 Div’s cal procedures necessary for the gained because I haven’t been on around to the different command
operational capability. deployment and sustainment of the brigade command network posts to see what was going on.”
Assault: An 8 Bde soldier engages in urban
warfare training. Photo by Pte Rachel Beaven
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Army May 15, 2008
FIFTEEN would-be spider- thoughts of plummeting into the each with up to four Navy partici-
men and women recently came ground below or dismiss the over- pants. The single pitch activity was
to grips with a revamped roping whelming feeling of vertigo,” Lt conducted at the evocatively named
leaders course at the Adventure Dyson said. sites Sewer Wall and The Hump.
Training Wing at Kapooka. Later assessments included Participants were taken through
The 15-day Unit Adventurous mechanical and non-mechanical a number of different descents
Training Leader (UATL) Basic ascending, the knot bypass, assisted depending on what each group
Roping Course began with a navi- rescue, hauling systems and pluck- leader decided.
gation assessment. off. Trainees were also required to Some performed frontward
“From the word go our feet establish an anchor system to abseil descents or used five bar racks
barely hit the ground,” course train- from and set up a belay system. rather than the standard figure eight
ee Lt Bec Dyson said. Before trainees took partici- device.
The condensed course would pants through single and multi- Lt Dyson said frontloading was
climax when trainees guided pitch abseiling activities at Mt kept to a minimum as most par-
N ow r a - b a s e d N av y p a r t i c i - Buffalo National Park, they con- ticipants were wary “at the thought
pants through several descents at ducted Exercise Big Wall 08, which of throwing themselves off a 40m
Mt Buffalo National Park in the included a 300m multi-pitch abseil cliff-face”.
Victorian Alps. down a gorge. A multi-pitch activity was con-
“No sooner had we been issued “We faced an imposing view of ducted at The Hump the next day.
our equipment than we were con- the north wall of the gorge, a sheer- “The most challenging part of
ducting frontward and rearwards drop rock face that we were going the activity proved to be the walk
descents, regaining, tying off and to abseil,” Lt Dyson said. out where the Navy’s teamwork
inverting procedures,” Lt Dyson “The last three pitches involved skills really came into play,” Lt
said. dodging and weaving around trees, Dyson said. “It involved climb-
The trainees’ first practical rocks and ledges while taking in ing large granite rocks, ducking
assessments involved the dreaded the spectacular views.” through caves and helping the less
Ties that bind: Participants in the Unit Adventurous Training Leader Course. 45m RAAF ‘Tower of Terror’. The next day the trainee group coordinated members through the
“It was difficult to stamp out leaders were split into four groups, tricky areas.”
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Jackson, seen here on HMAS
Kanimbla during Exercise
Croix Du Sud, enjoys his
work as a cargo specialist
with 30 Term Sqn. He and
all personnel up to the rank
of major general have good
cause to smile after receiving
a pay rise. Photo by Aaron Curran
A PROTOTYPE electronic day-to-day use while it remains
manual promises to reduce under development for up to
time spent searching for per- two years.
sonnel policy information and Army Chief Clerks were
introduced to the system at
other material on the DRN. a conference at Gallipoli
The initiative, called the
Barracks early last month, and
electronic Manual of Personnel
invited to assist with its devel-
Administration (e-MPA), was
opment. Other members who
developed through Project
use PMKeyS to deliver busi-
Traction, which was commis-
ness processes, such as unit
sioned by the Deputy Chief of
training, are also encouraged to
Army in 2005 to help improve
the Army’s operational use of
Existing channels for pro-
viding policy content feedback
A significant user difficul-
through the chain of command
ty identified by the Traction
or other appropriate channels
Project Office was the location
are to remain. Feedback on the
of personnel policy informa-
prototype e-MPA itself can be
tion and associated business
provided through an email link
procedures, forms and other
on the web site. At this stage,
related material on the DRN.
not all links are active, but as
This difficulty gives rise to
development work continues,
already busy staff wasting their
valuable work time.
The e-MPA assists this
dilemma by emulating the
paper-based MPA that the
the range and completeness of
content will improve.
The e-MPA is being devel-
oped and will be maintained
More in soldiers’ pay packets
by the Personnel Information
Army once used up until the A 2.8 PER cent pay rise for personnel up salary-related allowances, such as service, members to continued improvements in
Management Section – Army
early 1990s. The simplicity of within the Directorate to the rank of major general came into submarine, field and flying. organisational efficiency and productivity,
going to a single point of refer- effect on May 1. The WRA/SRRA provide a 12.6 per according to Director Military Salaries and
of Military Personnel cent increase paid in four instalments from
ence and easily locating and Administration – Army. This increase is the third instalment Allowances Policy Gp-Capt Mark Kelton.
applying the required informa- under the ADF Workplace Remuneration November 2006 through to November
tion is a design feature of the Arrangement (WRA) and the Star Ranks 2009. The fourth and final instalment of A brochure detailing how the pay increase will
The prototype eMPA is avail-
prototype e-MPA. able at http://intranet/defence.gov. Remuneration Arrangement (SRRA). 2.8 per cent is due on February 5, 2009. affect members has been inserted in this edition.
The e-MPA is available for au/armyweb/sites/EMPA/comweb/ The pay rise applies to all regular and These across-the-board pay rises recog- The details are also at www.defence.gov.au/dpe/pac
testing and feedback through asp?page=114239 Reserve base salary rates, as well as to all nise and reward the commitment of ADF – click on “ADF Remuneration Arrangements”.
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Go loud, go stealthy
Conflict Denied Ops Let’s introduce the two controllable character exclusively… either sniping
Atari 2.5 characters, Graves and Lang. Graves is with Graves or charging around with
Xbox 360, PS3, PC M a grizzled veteran and Lang is a smart Lang and his machinegun.
-mouthed rookie; seem familiar? Another sorry factor is the graphics.
By LS Yuri Ramsey Despite the totally unoriginal char- They would have looked great about
acters, Denied Ops uses a novel way of seven years ago but now they are sub-
SOME ofseries may very good four-
man tactical shooter, but sadly Denied
switching between the two and issuing
orders to your buddy on the fly.
standard: drab textures, bad character
models and unrealistic animations.
The orders system is a nice idea
Ops dispenses with that tried and true and works well most of the time but On a positive note, the game is
formula and replaces it with a first- on more than one occasion I gave the challenging, the interaction between
person shooter. order for my team-mate to cover me, Graves and Lang is amusing, the
This might have been a good move only to find him examining what must weapons are satisfying to use and it’s
if the standards in the original series be the most interesting wall in the uni- always action-packed.
were maintained but unfortunately the verse. This was annoying. Denied Ops is not awful, just aver-
strategy is gone and we are left with a The character switching works fine age, but if played in co-op mode with a
rather generic and clichéd shooter. but you will find yourself using one mate, it might be worth a look.
Caring for families of those who died
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Awesome: The flying sequences in Iron Man are brilliant.
Anti-hero Stark has
a change of heart
Iron Man he wanted to help and protect, he builds
Robert Downey Jr, Jeff Bridges, an armoured battle suit in a bid to escape
Terrence Howard, Shaun Toeb, 4 and right his wrongs.
Gwyneth Paltrow PG The shining star of the film is Robert
Downey Jr’s portrayal of the bachelor
Legacy is there for the families of defence force personnel killed in war, training, playboy arms dealer, Tony Stark, which
By LS Yuri Ramsey is perfect.
peacekeeping, or other hazardous service, or who have died subsequently.
AFTER the successcharactersuppose it
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of the recent flood
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His clever banter, witty humour and
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to portray a man who has “everything
Should the worst happen, all defence force services have peace of mind as Iron Man was given the Hollywood and nothing”. His all-too-human flaws
treatment. With a huge budget, big-name make Iron Man a superhero who is very
Legacy will care for the families le behind. actors and Industrial Light and Magic believable. The rest of the cast, though
(who did the CG for Transformers) on overshadowed by Downey, give good
board, we should be in for a treat. performances throughout.
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Army May 15, 2008
War service a Full on: A
scene from Full
Between Victor and Page was attached to Advanced
Vanquished: an Australian Land Headquarters on Morotai
interrogator in the war Island in the last few months of
against Japan the war and played a pivotal part in
the surrender of Japanese forces in
Arthur Page southern Borneo.
Australian Military History Publications. His final days in the AMF were
525pp. $45 (available through AMPH spent investigating war crimes com-
on 02 9542 6771 or www.warbooks). mitted by the Japanese. This was a
By Col Terry McCullagh particularly distressing time as he
ARTHURhis remarkable war-
Page details the
time career in Between Victor and
had grown up among the Japanese
and knew and loved Japan, her cul-
ture and people.
Page describes the characteris-
A feast of Kubrick
Vanquished. tics of the Japanese soldier and why Stanley Kubrick – Directors Kubrick, who produced only 13 major
Page arrived in Australia aged he became such a fearsome foe. He Series (6-disc boxed set) 4 films before he died in 1999 aged 70,
19, a refugee from a Japan gone mad details the methods of collecting was meticulous and somewhat reclusive.
Warner Home Video, $80. R18+ He was noted for his ground-breaking,
with nationalism and militarism. His enemy documents, cleaning them,
innovative style (2001 was years ahead
parents had escaped to Japan in 1920 restoring them and then carefully of its time). He was also provocative
translating them, often in the mud By Barry Rollings
from Russia. and the themes of his pictures could be
and mire of combat conditions.
On being accepted by Australia
as a refugee, he and his father tried
for the final campaigns in north-west
New Guinea. From there the Corps He describes the art of interrogat-
as brilliant as film
WHEN someoneforKubrick has five
of his best selected a boxed set, you
extremely disturbing – Lolita with James
Mason, Sue Lyon and Shelley Winters
to join the AIF but were refused joined the assault on the Philippines ing Japanese prisoners of war and and Dr Strangelove with the multi-talent-
and Page took part in the landings at unravels the mysteries often associ- know you have quality. ed Peter Sellers spring easily to mind.
because they were not British sub-
The movies are – in order of their per- I have not seen Kubrick’s other well-
jects. After Pearl Harbour they were Lingayen Gulf and the push against ated with the Japanese concepts of
sonal appeal – 2001: A Space Odyssey, known works, Paths of Glory, Spartacus
conscripted into the Australian the Japanese on Luzon Island. He the kamikaze, ritual suicide and the A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, Full and Barry Lyndon, so it is hard to make
Military Forces. When it was dis- was summarily withdrawn as US banzai charge. Metal Jacket and Eyes Wide Shut. The a judgement (as Hal said in 2001, “I can’t
covered that they both spoke forces continued the push towards This book makes a signifi- bonus here is the 112-minute documen- do that for you, Dave”) as to whether you
Japanese fluently, they became Manila and on to Japan, while the cant contribution to the history tary, Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures as have Kubrick’s five best here, but there’s
part of the Allied Translator and Australians headed for the Japanese of Australian combat linguists, is documented by his German wife of more no doubting this boxed set is something
Interpreter Section, GHQ, SWPA. strongholds in the former Dutch superbly readable and comes thor- than 40 years, Christiane. special to treasure.
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Army May 15, 2008
Don’t just sit there
Lt Rob Orr gets back to basics to outline the
correct sit-up technique for functional fitness.
HE basic sit-up is similar to the The spine is still flexed. Avoid flatten-
military sit-up, the key differ- ing out or arching the back as this de-
ence being that the basic sit- loads the abdominal muscles.
up goes through a full range Shoulders are above hips.
Balance should be easily maintained.
of motion and does not have the feet
secured. Lowering action
Start position It is important not to simply relax
and “fall” back down. Not only does this
The head should be held in a neutral relieve the tension on the abdominals, it
position. causes an increase in downward momen-
The arms should be straight with the tum which is stopped when the upper
hands in contact with the thighs. This body impacts the ground. While the upper
arm position not only simulates the body can take this punishment, the neck
military sit-up, but more importantly, cannot. To prevent the head from slam-
makes it harder to cheat by using your ming into the ground due to the increased
arms to gain momentum during your momentum, neck muscles contract forci-
sit-up. bly to counteract the sudden increase in
The feet should be placed on the load. As these neck muscles fatigue, their
ground in a position that allows a 90- ability to adequately protect the neck is
degree knee bend. compromised.
The feet should not be supported. It is also vital to ensure that the muscle
Raising action coordination is maintained. Those with
The true function of the abdominals poor technique, overactive hip flexors
is not to raise the body up, but rather to or markedly weaker abdominal muscles Perfect practice: The basic sit-up goes through a full range of motion and, unlike the military sit-up,
bring the hips and ribs together by flexing compared to their hip flexors will tend to the feet are not secured. When performed correctly, it is an important exercise in maintaining functional
the spine. As this movement occurs, the maintain an almost arched back as they movement and for improving the muscle coordination between the trunk and legs. Photos by LAC Aaron Curran
hip flexors cause the hips to rotate for- lower. This is seen during BFA assess-
ward allowing you to sit up. ments, especially when the feet are held.
The overactive hip flexors pull on their
Begin the movement with a slight flex- attachment points in the lower back, caus-
ing of the chin towards the chest. This ing the spine to hyperextend or arch. The
positions your head for the sit-up as weaker abdominal muscles cannot coun-
well as initiates a flexion, or bending teract this force and flex the spine. The
movement along your spine. result is that the shoulders touch the mat
Maintain a neutral position of the head before the lower back. As the member
with the space of a tennis ball between fatigues the technique deteriorates further
the chin and chest. Avoid letting the and the member begins to sit up with an
chin thrust forward. arched back.
Continue to flex the spine as the ribs
are rotated above the hips. When lowering, think of uncurling the
Breathe out during this phase. body and placing each vertebrae of your
spine back on to the mat individually.
As the role of the abdominals is to Once lying flat on the mat, ensure that
draw the ribs and hips together, their the muscles of the neck are relaxed.
action is limited. Once this action is
achieved, a greater hip flexion takes place Feet – to secure
and the hip flexors are used to a greater
extent than the abdominals.
or not to secure
By securing the feet, the hip flexors Join by
Many will feel, or see on others, a can compensate more readily for weaker
stutter at around 45 degrees where the or fatigued abdominals. Those who are
kinetic chain transfer of force from the used to training with their feet secured
abdominals to the hips takes place. will find that without their feet secured,
For those who are used to securing the there is the tendency to lift the feet from
feet, this is also normally the point where the floor as soon as the sit-up commences.
feet tend to raise from the ground. This occurs at about 30 degrees, when the
Up position abdominals work harder to raise the upper
body from the ground as the spine flexes.
The head is in a neutral position, eyes
looking forward over the knees. Next edition: Running faster
Do the majority of your sit-up training
without your feet being secured. Don’t let your birthday end in higher premiums.
Train to technical failure – as soon
as technique deteriorates, stop. If your partner is 30-something and does not have private hospital insurance, then they’re
Avoid using bad form. looking at higher premiums.
Avoid supporting the head and neck
when doing sit-ups. Under the Federal Government Lifetime Health Cover initiative, health funds are required to apply
If your neck fatigues, stop. In this a 2% premium loading for every year a person delays purchasing hospital cover after turning 30.
case there is either a muscle imbal-
ance or incorrect technique. As a permanent member of the ADF, the premium loading will not affect you until you discharge.
Muscle imbalances can be cor- However you do need to consider its effect on your partner.
rected by ceasing the limiting factor
rather than supporting it. By purchasing Defence Health hospital cover by 30 June, your partner’s premium loading will be
If you are unsure of your technique, minimised. And if you make the purchase by 30 June, following your partner’s 31st birthday, the
see a PTI. loading will be avoided altogether.
Performing sit-ups will not give you
a flat stomach any more than biceps Remember, the longer you leave it the more it will cost.
curls will give you thinner arms. To lose
abdominal girth you need to use more For details call Defence Health on 1800 335 425 or visit www.defencehealth.com.au
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Army May 15, 2008
Tough battles in Army
rugby French offensive
By Flg-Off Martin Alderette
THE giant-battling Australian Army Rugby Union
(AARU) team went down fighting in the final game
of their French campaign.
Following a hard-fought 21-18 wet weather vic-
tory against the French Army team in Caen, the diggers
were overcome by the French Combined Services rugby
team, drawn from a 400,000 strong military, during a
27-16 slugfest in Paris.
Their first game, before a capacity crowd and broad-
cast by local and regional media on April 29, was
played on a pitch named after the last surviving French
World War I veteran, Lazare Ponticelli.
The Australians were out in front early through pen-
alty goals by Pte Joseph Kirkland, 2RAR, which put the
Aussies on the board as they moved ahead 9-0.
With powerful match-ups in the front-row, both sides
were frustrated as each worked towards the first try of
Australian captain Maj Sean Kearns reined in the
team for a concerted effort towards the Australian try
line. As the rain increased, so did the team’s determina-
tion. The Aussies were rewarded when outside centre
Gnr Tyron Ford, 20 STA Regt, stepped his way through
traffic to cross the line for the visitors’ first try.
The AARU team eventually prevailed 21-18.
“The game was physical, wet weather football – the
kind that takes time to get into a structure especially
against such strong opposition,” flanker Cfn Matt Fraser,
Gnr Ford said: “At times it was a bit scrappy but all
in all a really good game, and to be playing in another
country representing the Australian Army was unreal.”
Tough training sessions followed for the showdown Carnival in Canberra Aussie assault:
on May 6 against the Combined French team at Stade THE Australian Services Rugby Union Capt Stephen Wright
Jules Ladoumegue in Massy, Paris. Championships will be played in Canberra from (above) from HQ
An aggressive Australian assault down the pitch May 18-24 at Viking Park, Wanniassa.
opened the game. First blood was drawn with a field Combined Arms
Air Force will play Navy in the opening
goal by Lt Trent Beilkin, HQ 1 Bde. round on May 18 at 3pm, followed on May 21 at Training Centre,
The French stormed back to 7-3 in what was shap- 3pm by the match between Army and Air Force. Pukapunyal, charges
ing-up to be a tough match. Historically, the match between Army and through a strong
After some excellent phases, hooker Pte Joseph Navy, this year on May 23 at 3pm, has proved French defence in
Kirkland landed a penalty goal, bringing the score to the title decider. A noon game between the Massy, Paris.
7-6. ACT Veterans and Army Old Boys, and the
women’s match at 1.30pm between the com- French charge: A
By halftime the French scrum was under extreme
bined Navy/Air Force and Army will precede the
pressure and on the back foot. The Australian forward Army-Navy stoush.
French Army player
pack had achieved dominance and AARU continually The men are vying for berths in the ASRU tries to thwart AARU
threatened the French line. team for the Pacific Cup in New Zealand in hooker Pte Joseph
The French led 20-9 at halftime and, in the second October. Women selected for representa- Kirkland in Caen,
half, were forced to request uncontested scrums which tive honours will attend a squad camp for Normandy (left).
changed the nature of the game. the Australian women’s championships in Photos by LAC Guy Young
The final score of 27-16 reflected a match that could Queensland in June.
have gone either way.
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Triple treat for
Golf Cup victor
WO1 Bruce Sukroo and Sgt
ADFGA North-East Victorian Regional
Rowan Clayton won the major Handicap Championship – champion, Sgt
events at the ADF Golf Cup Rowan Clayton; runner-up, WO1 Ian Mitchell.
Championships at Wodonga ADF Cup Golf Championship – champion,
WO1 Bruce Sukroo; runner-up, WO2 Tom
Country Club from April 16-18. Faulkner; Net champion, Lt-Col Sean Faulkner;
Winning the ADF Cup for the runner up, LS Tim McNamara; civilians, cham-
third year in a row, WO1 Sukroo pion, Richard Heaney; runner-up, Tom Penski;
Veterans champion, Fred Duncan; runner-up,
shot 80 and 76 for a total 156 for Len Wilkinson; Retired members champion,
the 36 holes to take the ADFGA Des Royal; runner-up, Ray Grant; Women
championship but was pushed to champion, WO1 Beth Dippel.
a countback in a tight struggle by RAAOC Cup – champion, John Schaeche;
WO2 Tom Faulkner, who fired a 77 runner-up, Maj Neville Paine; Net champion,
WO2 Eric Norris; runner-up, Neville Hewett;
and a 79. Retired champion, Robbie Moule; runner-up,
Juggling act: OCdt Chris D’Aquino keeps his eye on the ball during the ACT The cup is open to all Defence Jeff Menz; Veterans champion, Wally Prior;
Combined Service hockey trials. Photo by LAC Aaron Curran personnel throughout Australia. runner-up, Terry Dummett; Women champion,
The ADF Golf Association’s Winner: WO1 Bruce Sukroo. Diane Wolfe.
Army smothers comp North-East Victorian Regional
Championship, restricted to players
from Albury-Wodonga and Wagga,
was won by Sgt Clayton, with 69
Lt-Col Sean Faulkner with 63 and
74 for a 137 total from consistent
The main event, the ADF Cup
Golf Championship incorporating
BLESSED with superior numbers, It was decided that a mixed team
and 65 for a total of 134 net over LS Tim McNamara on 69 and 69 the ADFGA NE Victoria Regional
Army stamped its presence on the ACT trial between Army and Air Force/Navy the 36 holes. WO1 Ian Mitchell, for a total of 138. Golf Championship and the 26th
Combined Services hockey selection would best suit the selection process and who carded a 72 and 71 for a total The Sailors, Soldiers and Royal Australian Army Ordnance
trials at Lyneham Hockey Centre in also determine the ACT champion. of 143, was second with Flt-Lt Airmen’s Club at Wodonga played Cup (open to all serving and retired
Canberra on April 16. Army was a little more organised and Brenden Casey third with 73 and 72 host to the event, which attracted 55 RAAOC members Australia-wide)
The players were vying for selec- its structure led to an early goal from Cpl for a total of 145. participants. took place on the second and third
tion to represent the ACT at the Defence Evan Wain, ably assisted by centre-half Sgt Clayton has won auto- On the opening day the SS&A days of the three-day event.
Hockey Championships in Albury, NSW, Capt Anna Reinhardt. Army led 4-2 at matic selection for the ADF Golf Wodonga Golf Club members’ sta- With significant changes to the
from May 31 to June 6. half-time. Association’s Championships in bleford event was sponsored by course since last year, competitors
As many members of previous Army Midway through the second half Canberra in December, which Army the ADF Cup golf committee, with from Queensland, NSW, ACT, SA
squads returned, Army had twice as many Army hit top gear and maintained its has won for the past three years. the excellent weather resulting in and Victoria were challenged by the
players on trial than the other services. intensity to record a 7-2 win. The ADF Cup net champion was above-average scores. 6289m course.
ADFA netball coach sought
THE ADFA Netball Club is seeking developing young netballers into confi-
expressions of interest from a quali- dent and skilled players.
fied coach to help train and develop The club coach would be required
a competitive women’s team for the for at least one evening training session
2008 netball season. a week and for the Saturday games.
Ideally, applicants should hold cur- The season runs until September.
rent intermediate coaching accredita- For further information contact
tion (formerly known as level 1-2) and Maj Carla Watts on (02) 6268 8535 or
a high level of enthusiasm towards email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Desert century: Sgt Andrew Harvey hits the ball for four to reach
100 runs during the Desert Ashes cricket match.
There was no lush MCG turf to soften
the knocks during the Australian rules
clash at Camp Terendak just before
Anzac Day. OBG (W) 4 diggers swapped
DPDU for Collingwood and Essendon
jerseys, donated by the AFL clubs. The
teams battled in 40 degree temperatures
on a rough dirt oval for two 20-minute
halves, with the ‘Dons’ beating the ‘Pies’
by a point. The diggers also beat UK
troops by 123 runs in the annual Desert
Ashes cricket match on Anzac Day. Crunch time: Pte Karl Graham and Tpr Scott Cridge get up close and personal with Camp Terendak gravel during an
AFL match before Anzac Day. The jerseys were donated by the Collingwood and Essendon clubs. Photos by Cpl Euan Grant
A special liftout in Army May 15, 2008
Vigil: Pte Rhiannon
Brown at the rest on
arms reversed under
the Rising Sun at the
Memorial at Villers-
Photo by LAC Guy Young
By Cpl Andrew Hetherington
NINETY years have passed since more than 1300
Australian soldiers gave their lives to re-take the vil-
lage of Villers-Bretonneux from occupying German
forces in World War I.
Every Anzac Day locals make the pilgrimage
to the Australian National War Memorial on a hill
outside the town to remember the “Aux Heros
Australiens” who gave back to the local people their
town and freedom so many years ago.
This Anzac Day was the first time a dawn serv-
ice was held at Villers-Bretonneux. A contingent of
15 personnel from the Australian Federation Guard
(AFG) and almost 5000 spectators braved cold con-
ditions during the moving service.
Pte Rhiannon Brown, AFG, said it was a privi-
lege to participate in such a significant memorial
“To know that people had fought and died 90
years ago on the same land we were standing on
at the same time of day as the service, was an hon-
our,” she said. “It was also moving when the Last
Post and the national anthems were played and to
think how difficult the conditions were back then for
the soldiers; it would have been so hard to fight in.”
Veterans’ Affairs Minister Alan Griffin said the
day was an opportunity to “say thank you to the
people of Villers-Bretonneux”.
“Long ago, you promised that the memory of
the Australians who fought and died here would
be kept alive. You have kept your promise and, on
behalf of the Government and people of Australia,
we express our deepest gratitude for the care and
respect that you continue to show our fallen. Thank
you for keeping their memory alive,” he said.
After the dawn service, the AFG contingent went
on to participate at a refreshing of the flame cer-
emony at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
Cpl Simone Dew, a vocalist and musician with
the Australian Army Band – Kapooka, said she was
honoured to sing the national anthems of both
countries at the ceremony.
“It was an overwhelming experience. I couldn’t
believe I was there to perform under the large
French flag and the arch,” Cpl Dew said.
Before she left for France, she received a “crash
course” in the French anthem from a woman in
Wagga Wagga who is a member of the local French
On April 26 the contingent members performed
ceremonial duties at the memorial at Villers-
Bretonneux. In front of almost 3000 people, they
did ceremonial drill, raised the flags of Australia and
France and assisted with wreath laying.
Australian Army Band – Brisbane bugler Cpl
Andrew Barnett said it was a great experience to
perform the Last Post at such a poignant ceremony.
“I think it’s special that we are actually here
where the war was fought. I have been on a lot of
bugle tours, but to be in France and perform a bugle
call in the tower at Villers-Bretonneux was amaz-
ing,” he said. “I also have relatives who fought here
during WWI and by me being allowed to come here Fire drill: Tpr Clint Gordon stands to attention Clear call: Cpl Andrew Barnett plays
and perform it’s my way of saying thank you to them and Cpl Victor Lucas salutes at the reviving of the the Last Post during the ceremony at
for what they did.” flame ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe. the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
Photo by Cpl Andrew Hetherington Photo by LAC Guy Young
Army May 15, 2008
ANZAC DAY ’08
LEST WE FORGET
By Capt Michael Brooke Sydney, to pay tribute to the Australians who lost World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Timor
BUGLES, drums and bagpipes broke the morning their lives defending the country. and Iraq.
silence at dawn services and led the way for Anzac Maj-Gen Kelly delivered the dawn service “This is a story for all Australians, regardless of
Day marches around the country and on foreign address, saying Gallipoli was about more than the religion or country of birth. Today we remember the
battlefields. forging of a nation, “it was Australia’s shrine ... the Anzacs, but we also remember the 3800 Australian
Anzac Day 2008 celebrated 60 years of ADF cradle of our traditions and the tomb of our princes”. troops across the world from Afghanistan, Iraq [and]
peacekeeping, as well as commemorating the 93rd He reminded Australians that the landing at East Timor, to Sudan and elsewhere.”
anniversary of Gallipoli and the 90th anniversary Gallipoli affirmed Australia’s identity. In Sydney, more than 230,000 people watched
of the battle of Villers-Bretonneux on the Western “The Anzacs’ great achievement was that within the Anzac Day parade, while in Canberra, scores
Front. four days of the landing of Gallipoli, the newspapers of soldiers joined the dawn service at the parade
Several thousand Army personnel donned their ground in front of the Australian War Memorial, and
of the world had emblazoned the baptism of a new
ceremonial uniforms and proudly marched side-by- later marched in the Anzac Day parade.
nation,” he said. “By the time the Gallipoli penin-
side with scores of war veterans on a day which not At the Australian War Memorial, the Prime
sula had been evacuated it had become hallowed
only commemorates our baptism of fire in World Minister paid tribute to those who lost their lives in
ground .... the forging space of a nation.”
War I but honours the qualities common to genera- the service of Australia after hundreds of veterans
He said the term Anzac was sometimes misun- marched on to the parade ground.
tions of ADF personnel.
derstood and was much more than a military cam- “We stand here today in this avenue of heroes,
On the rocky slopes of Gallipoli, Defence
paign, or ceremony or a parade. this avenue called Anzac, this avenue with its mon-
Minister Joel Fitzgibbon reflected on past and
present sacrifices by Australians – including the “I feel the term Anzac has transcended the uments of steel and of stone; silent, but speaking
ADF personnel currently serving overseas either physical meaning to become a spirit, an inspiration to us softly with the voices of 100,000 souls, each Memorial: Multinational
providing surveillance, keeping the peace, or fight- which embodies the qualities of courage, discipline, one of them with their name etched with care on the Force and Observers
ing the war on terrorism sacrifice, self-reliance and, in Australian terms, walls of this great memorial which stands behind member Cpl David
Closer to home, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and mateship and a fair go,” he said. us, each one of them the name of a precious life cut Walsh serves as a
Land Commander Maj-Gen Mark Kelly were among Maj-Gen Kelly also praised the thousands of short through service to the nation,” he said. “For member of the catafalque
35,000 people at the Cenotaph in Martin Place, Australian soldiers who gave their lives in both they were the best of us.” party for the dawn
Timor dawn: Musn Luke Glasson plays the Last Post at the dawn service at Camp Phoenix in Dili, Timor-Leste.
service at Jerusalem’s
Graves Cemetery (above).
Photo by Cpl Corinne Boer
Rest on arms: Australian
and New Zealand soldiers
take their post for the dawn
service at Camp Phoenix,
Photo by Cpl Chris Moore
Among friends: The
Australian, New Zealand
and Turkish flags fly
at dawn during the
Anzac Day service at Ft
Leavenworth, USA (below).
Where it began: The ensign party marches past the Wall of Remembrance On duty: Shrine of Remembrance Guard Warren Stockdale during Anzac
during the Lone Pine Service at Gallipoli. Photo by Cpl Rodney Welsh Day in Melbourne Photo by AB Quentin Mushins The north remembers: Soldiers from Robertson Barracks march through the streets of Darwin. Photo by AB Bradley Darvill
Army May 15, 2008
ANZAC DAY ’08
UK connection: UK Pipe Maj Brian Heriot, Sgt Garry Robertson Dawn silence: Tpr Karl Thomas in the rest on Respect: Cpl Ben Grumley at Camp Terendak’s dawn service.
and LCpl Danny Whitehead enjoy the gunfire breakfast at Camp arms position during the Anzac day dawn service at Photo by Cpl Michael Davis
Terendak, Iraq. Photo by Cpl Michael Davis Kandahar, Afghanistan. Photo by Cpl Mike McSweeney
By Capt Chris Linden, Capt Al
Green and Cpl Mike McSweeney
Solemn: Tpr Bradley Tyler salutes at
Secdet 13’s dawn service.
Photo by Capt Cameron Jamieson
AUSTRALIAN forces and multi-
national partners came together
A Digger’s tribute
across the MEAO to mark Anzac
By Leut-Cmdr Fenn Kemp
In Tallil, the day capped a week of A SOLDIER’S prose and a sandy sunrise marked a memorable and his-
Anzac activities. toric Anzac Day in Baghdad. Members of HQJTF633 filed on to the rooftop
Conrad Clarke, OBG (W) 4 RSM, of one of Saddam Hussein’s Palaces to remember lost mates and reflect
said the week-long commemorations on the success of the Iraq mission. A similar service was taking place
had two purposes. across town at the Green Zone. As the sun began to appear from behind a
“We want to highlight the impor- mosque, the gathering was treated to the reading of a poem by one of its
own. Cpl David Griffiths’ words summed up the mood of the gathering
tance of Anzac Day on operations
with these words:
and undertake activities to maintain
the battle group’s morale, given we We are Australian soldiers, working far away from home,
are entering the sixth month of the Just carrying out our duties, in this God forsaken zone,
deployment,” he said. We try to make a difference, in this land of pure despair,
On Anzac Day soldiers from From reconstruction to rehabilitation, we’re here because we care.
OBG (W) 4 and the Army Training Each day a new beginning, each day a new start,
Team Iraq shared a traditional gun- Another day in Baghdad, with so many broken hearts,
fire breakfast before attending a dawn So many tragic stories, of loved ones shot away,
service. It breaks our hearts, but now we know why we just have to stay,
UK troops from Basra attended And as the night draw closer, we lay our weary heads,
the service and provided a member Our thoughts of home grow stronger, as we think of you instead,
of the catafalque party from the Duke It’s our hearts, our love, our thoughts of you, that sees us through each
of Lancaster’s Regt, and a bugler and night,
piper from the Scots Guards. And as we do we realise, why we’re here to help the fight,
“The UK soldiers’ role in the So Australia land of wonder, our land of dreams come true,
service reinforces the historic links You’re always there to guide us, and help us through the blues,
between the 2nd/14th LHR (QMI) And when our tour is over, our stories will be told,
and UK units, which date back to How we came and made a difference, then returned unto the fold. Come in spinner: Cpl Ben Grumley tosses the coins during a traditional
World War I,” WO1 Clarke said. Anzac Day game of two-up. Photo by Cpl Michael Davis
“During the Gallipoli campaign
the 2nd Light Horse saw heavy action
at Quinn’s Post, while the forebears “Normally for us it involves a to commemorate Anzac Day while
of the Duke of Lancaster’s, the dinner which remembers the warrant I’m doing my job on operations. I feel
Lancashire and Manchester Regts, officers, that they’re never that far a connection with the past Anzacs.”
saw action at Cape Helles.” away from taking over the helm when Medic Sgt Susan Gallacher said
UK elements of Multi-National required.” the day was one of remembrance.
Division (South East) have been Maj Little said 1 Scots commemo- “Anzac is a time when we put our
working with OBG (W) 4 on counter rated this Anzac Day alongside their tools down, we get together and take
-IED patrols in Iraq. Australian mates in Tallil for the last a moment to reflect on those who
UK Maj Pete Little said his sol- time. have paid the ultimate sacrifice,” Sgt
diers were from 1st Bn, The Royal “We were still conducting opera- Gallacher said.
Regiment of Scotland, which was the tions, but some guys were able to take In Afghanistan, diggers in Oruzgan
modern incarnation of two Scottish part.” province marked the day with a dawn
regiments that fought at Gallipoli. Maj Little said his soldiers had
service attended by Governor-General
“We commemorate Gallipoli on been fully integrated into Australian
combat teams, conducting mounted Maj-Gen Michael Jeffery.
April 25 – on the same day you com- About 700 SOTG and RTF sol-
memorate Anzac Day,” Maj Little and dismounted counter-IED patrols
in southern Iraq. diers were present for the service,
“We mark it differently because for “The blokes are very similar, the which paid special tribute to the sol-
the King’s Own Scottish Borderers, Jocks and diggers, so it’s easy for diers who have died on service in
it’s more of a battle honour.” them to integrate.” Afghanistan.
“We particularly recognise the After the dawn service the Beret-capped upturned rifles
warrant officers of the battalion, Australians and their coalition guests symbolised the sacrifices of Sgt
because nearly all of the officers were enjoyed a barbecue breakfast and Andrew Russell, Tpr David Pearce,
killed or injured and couldn’t partici- played two-up. Sgt Matthew Locke and Pte Luke Fallen comrades: The catafalque party at Tarin Kowt stands by berets and
pate any further in the battle, so the FLLA 4 storeman LCpl Rhys Worsley. Just two days later, LCpl rifles representing fallen soldiers Sgt Mathew Locke and Pte Luke Worsley.
warrant officers took over. Johannessen said it was a “privilege Jason Marks was killed in action. Photo by Capt Al Green