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									                                                                                        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
               no deployment P2                            liftout            CENTRE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Army May 15, 2008


Post-op psych                                                                                                                                                                               Support
                                                                                                                                                                                            back in
screen change
DEFENCE personnel will no longer
                                                                                                                                                                                            By Helen Benassi
                                                                                                                                                                                            PSYCHOLOGICAL support
                                                                                                                                                                                            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
previous deployments.
                                                                                                                             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
                                                                                                                                                                                            unit post-deployment.
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
chologist or psychological examiner        typically a 30- to 40-minute screen-                                                                                                             service delivery at all levels.
                                                                              – 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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                                                                                                                                                                                                              NEWS 3

He served
his nation
with pride
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

                                                                                                                                VEHICLE SALARY
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-

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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
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                                         ple with your kindness, loyalty and
                                                                                   and effective junior leader.”
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leagues.                                 butterflies, but a collector of friend-   service he gave to his country. He
    “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.

                                                                                                                     Jeep back
                                                                                                                     in action
                                                                                                                     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

                                                                                                                                                                                        NEWS 5

year of
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.”
                                                                                                                                                                     M A (Rick) O’Shea JP - Ex RAEME WO2
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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
accommodation car.
   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
                                                             ADF equipment.
                                                                 “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.
                                                                                                                                                trial a
                                                             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
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                                                                                                                                                                                  NEWS 7

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
men in that first landing at Gallipoli    a tremendous amount, particularly
– 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
                                                                                                                                                              safe course
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
                                                                                                                                                                                              Southern Thunder.

Flight to
the fight
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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Uplifting: Cpl John Bray operates a forklift in the FLLA-A warehouse.
                                                               Photo by Cpl Mike McSweeney

Fitting feats
for Slipper
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
                                                                                                                                                        coalition forces.
                                                                                                                                                            “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-
                                                                                                                                                        ing off.
                                                                                                                                                            “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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                                                                                                                                                                                   Army May 15, 2008

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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                                                                                                                                               brother twice.
                                                                                                                                                   Ptes Andrew and Lachlan Martin, 6RAR, are serv-
                                                                                                                                               ing in Iraq with OBG (W) 4 and are both in the same
                                                                                                                                               combat team.
                                                                                                                                                   It is just another parallel in careers for the two
                                                                                                                                               infantrymen, with elder brother Andrew being posted
                                                                                                                                               to 6RAR when Lachlan began recruit training.
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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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    “We sit off main roads and highways like we are
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                                                                                                                                                                                                 Army May 15, 2008

Kapyong battle commemorated
                                                                                                                        Photos honour
                                                                                                                        WWI sacrifice
                                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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
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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
                                                                                                                                                 Chadwick said.
                                                                                                                                                     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
                                                                                                                                                 excellent parade.”
                                                                                                                                                     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
                                                                                                                                                 Australian Soldier.

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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
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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

                                                                                                                                                                          display of
                                                                                                                                                                          By Capt Adrian Dolahenty
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Army May 15, 2008

                                                                                                                                                                           TRAINING 23

                                                                                                   the ropes
                                                                                                   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
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                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                                         PERSONNEL 25
Manual to                                                                     Bright day: Pte Craig
                                                                              Jackson, seen here on HMAS
                                                                              Kanimbla during Exercise
                                                                              Croix Du Sud, enjoys his
                                                                              work as a cargo specialist

save time
                                                                              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
                                    provide feedback.
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
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                                                                                               GAME GIVEAWAY
                                                                                               Thanks to
                                                                                               Atari we                         Command and Conquer 3:
                                                                                               have five
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                                                                                               Conflict                                                           4
                                                                                               Denied                                         M
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                                                                                               Winners published June
                                                                                               12 edition.
BLACK OPS: Lead two CIA paramilitary operatives in some intense missions.

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-
                  as a
                        remember the

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
              defending Australians and their freedom.
                                                                                                                          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
                                                                                                                          was inevitable that a
                                                                                                                                                of the recent flood
                                                                                                                              of superhero movies, I
                                                                                                                                                          as iconic
                                                                                                                                                                           His clever banter, witty humour and
                                                                                                                                                                       his brash and cocky persona all serve
                                                                                                                                                                       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.
  Throughout Australia, Legacy assists more than 122,000 widows, 1,800 children                                               Considering the original Iron Man            Eventually, Iron Man’s enemies get
  and dependants with a disability, providing advice and prac cal assistance with                                         comics were focused on fighting the          hold of Stark’s original suit plans and
                                                                                                                          enemies of America at that time (com-        build a “War Monger” of their own. The
    pension en tlements, special housing, medical, financial and social support.                                           munists), a setting change was required      main battle between the two “Iron Men”
                                                                                                                          to make the film more relevant to today’s    at the peak of the film is entertaining and
                                                                                                                          audience. Director Jon Favreau success-      action-packed but fails to engage as there
           Please volunteer, donate or consider leaving a bequest. Thank you!                                             fully transitions Iron Man to our cur-       are a lot of convenient plot-twists, and it
                                                                                                                          rent world climate, centring on the con-     seems a bit rushed to force a conclusion.
                                                                                                                          flict in Afghanistan and the fight against       That said, Iron Man is an excellent
         Support Legacy, so that we can continue to keep the                                                              “extremists”.
                                                                                                                              While in Afghanistan to demonstrate
                                                                                                                                                                       action-based superhero film which looks
                                                                                                                                                                       fantastic. And, despite the futuristic tech-
                   flame of care burning bright!                                                                          his latest missile, Stark is captured by
                                                                                                                          said “extremists” and is forced to build
                                                                                                                                                                       nology, it is believable without heading
                                                                                                                                                                       into sci-fi territory.
                                                                                                                          weapons for them.                                If you enjoyed films like Transformers
          Call 1800 LEGACY (1800 534 229) or visit                                                          Realising that the very weapons he
                                                                                                                          designed are being used to kill the people
                                                                                                                                                                       and Spiderman, you will enjoy Iron Man.
                                                                                                                                                                       I can’t wait for the sequel.
Army May 15, 2008

                                                                                                                                                                         LIFESTYLE 27
BOOKS                                                                                                                       DVDs

War service a                                                                                                                                                                                        Full on: A
                                                                                                                                                                                                 scene from Full
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Metal Jacket.

talking point
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-
    story of
               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
                                                                                                                                  director Stanley
                                                                                                                            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.
    Page was attached to US I Corps         East Indies, including Borneo.           oughly recommended.

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                                                                                                                                                       LIFESTYLE 29

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
                                                                                             30 June
    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
                                                                                            Turning 30-something?
  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
  energy than you consume. This can be
  achieved by completing movements
  that use a high volume of muscles
  such as running, cycling, complex and
  compound weight training, and follow-
  ing a healthy dietary lifestyle.
                                                                                                                                                                                        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
the game.
    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,
31/42RQR, said.
    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:
                                                                                                                                                                                    AARU half-back
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.
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                                                                                                                                                                             SPORT 31
                                                                                               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.

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                                                             May 15, 2008

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
DAY ’08
A special liftout in Army                                  May 15, 2008
                                                                                                                                        Vigil: Pte Rhiannon
                                                                                                                                        Brown at the rest on
                                                                                                                                       arms reversed under
                                                                                                                                       the Rising Sun at the
                                                                                                                                         Australian National
                                                                                                                                         Memorial at Villers-
                                                                                                                                        Bretonneux, France.
                                                                                                                                         Photo by LAC Guy Young

at French
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


                                                                                      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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Commonwealth War
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   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,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Dili (left).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   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


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

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