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Final salute to a passionate digger

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									                                                                         Pte Benjamin Ranaudo
Edition 1218                                                 August 6, 2009

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2 NEWS                                                                                                                                                                                        Army August 6, 2009

‘True Aussie hero’                                                                                                                                                              CA ORDER
                                                                                                                                                                               OF THE DAY
                                                                                                                                                                                         July 31
                                                                                                                                                                              IN April 2003 Australia committed
                                                                                                                                                                              to coalition operations as part of

                                                                                                       Glowing tribute                                                        the US Operation Iraqi Freedom.
                                                                                                                                                                              Enabled by the success of that
                                                                                                                                                                              original commitment of a special
                                                                                                                                                                              operations and aviation task

                                                                                                       to Pte Ranaudo
                                                                                                                                                                              group to combat operations, Army
                                                                                                                                                                              has maintained a continuous col-
                                                                                                                                                                              lective and individual commitment
                                                                                                                                                                              to the Australian mission.
                                                                                                                                                                                  This has included the security
                                                                                                       By Michael Brooke                  showed courage by “swap-            detachment that continues to
                                                                                                                                          ping his driver’s seat in his       provide security and mobility to
                                                                                                       THE courage and sacrifice
                                                                                                                                          Bushmaster to support his           Australia’s diplomatic mission in
                                                                                                       of Pte Benjamin Ranaudo            mates in a cordon and search        Iraq; the Australian Army Training
                                                                                                       was remembered when                operation in the Baluchi            Team – Iraq, whose efforts
                                                                                                       hundreds of relatives and          Valley, when he was killed          enhanced capability and capac-
                                                                                                       members of the extended            by an IED”.                         ity within the Iraqi Army; and the
                                                                                                       D e f e n c e fa m i l y c a m e       Brig Smith said Pte             Al Muthanna Task Group and
                                                                                                       together to mourn his loss.        Ranaudo’s example had               Overwatch Battle Group (West),
                                                                                                                                                                              whose joint operations with the
                                                                                                           Pte Ranaudo, 22, was           made his mates in the MRTF          UK’s Multi-National Division South
                                                                                                       laid to rest at the Springvale     2 more determined to suc-           East enabled the first transfer of
                                                                                                       Botanical Cemetery in              ceed in the mission to make         provincial security responsibility
                                                                                                       Victoria on July 31 after an       Afghanistan a safer and bet-        back to Iraqi authority.
                                                                                                       emotional memorial service         ter place for its people.               In addition, there were many
                                                                                                       where his family members               “ B e n ’s ex a m p l e h a d   soldiers, NCOs and officers
                                                                                                       and Army mates spoke in            become their inspiration,” he       embedded within coalition-force
                                                                                                       glowing terms of his bravery       said. “If a young man such          units and headquarters whose
                                                                                                       and passion for soldiering.        as Ben can serve his coun-          professionalism and commitment
                                                                                                           Prime Minister Kevin           try with such distinction           made a significant contribution to
                                                                                                       Rudd saluted Pte Ranaudo           then surely this is also an         both Australian and coalition mis-
                                                                                                       as “a true Australian hero”                                            sion success.
                                                                                                                                          inspiration to the people of
                                                                                                       when he expressed his con-                                                 All of this was ably supported
                                                                                                                                          Australia.”                         by Army support personnel
                                                                                                       dolences to the family.                He said Pte Ranaudo’s
                                                                                                           Pte Ranaudo became                                                 whose contribution formed the
                                                                                                                                          sacrifice would be remem-           core of the ADF support commit-
                                                                                                       the 11th Australian to die in      bered and that his name             ment.
                                                                                                       Afghanistan when he was            would be added to the 1RAR              I also wish to formally rec-
                                                                                                       killed by an IED during a          Roll of Honour as an exam-          ognise the contribution of those
                                                                                                       cordon and search operation        ple for other soldiers to fol-      in Army who may not have
                                                                                                       in the Baluchi Valley, about       low.                                deployed but whose efforts back
                                                                                                       25km north of Tarin Kowt on            Pte Ranaudo’s mother,           in Australia facilitated success.
                                                                                                       July 18.                           Jennifer, said she was deep-            To enable and support an
                                                                                                           The character of the           ly saddened but couldn’t be         operation of this complexity and
                                                                                                       devoted and committed sol-         more “proud of her little sol-      duration is a credit to all in Army
                                                                                                       dier was honoured during the                                           who participated either in the
                                                                                                                                          dier”.                              planning, mounting or support of
                                                                                                       hour-long service. Mourners            At the end of the memo-
                                                                                                       included Mr Rudd, Defence                                              this operation. To have achieved
                                                                                                                                          rial service, 1RAR soldiers         this measure of sustained com-
                                                                                                       Minister John Faulkner,
                                                                                                                                          mounted Pte Ranaudo’s               mitment and success, concurrent
                                                                                                       CDF ACM Angus Houston,
                                                                                                                                          casket onto a gun carriage          to other operational commitments
                                                                                                       Deputy CA Maj-Gen Paul
                                                                                                       Symon and Commander 3              and escorted it to the buri-        and Army developmental objec-
Final salute: MRTF 2 members form a guard of honour and salute as Pte Benjamin                                                            al plot near the Garden of          tives, reflects well upon us all and
Ranaudo’s casket is moved to the airstrip at Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan. Photo by Cpl Rachel Ingram       Bde Brig Stuart Smith.                                                 has enhanced our reputation.
                                                                                                           In a touching tribute, Pte     Remembrance, where his
                                                                                                                                          mates farewelled him with a             In the last six years, much has
                                                                                                       Ranaudo’s 1RAR comrades                                                been achieved. Together as units
Long road                               .
                                       MESSAGE FROM PTE RANAUDO’S FAMILY
                                                                                                       carried his casket, draped
                                                                                                       with the Australian flag and
                                                                                                       adorned with his service
                                                                                                                                          21-gun salute. They said he
                                                                                                                                          died while serving the nation
                                                                                                                                          and that his sacrifice was not
                                                                                                                                                                              and individuals, ably supported by
                                                                                                                                                                              our coalition colleagues, we have

to recovery
                                       WE WOULD like to say how         condolences. The response                                                                             served Australia and the people
                                       proud we are of our son.         has been overwhelming.         medals and slouch hat, from        in vain, nor would it be for-       of Iraq with distinction.
                                       Benjamin was a proud sol-        We would also like to thank    the hearse into the Boyd           gotten.                                 We have contributed to free-
                                       dier. He believed in what he     the Defence Force for their    Chapel for the service.                Pte Ranaudo’s long jour-        dom in Iraq. Now is the time to
THE family of Pte Paul Warren,                                                                                                            ney home began at Tarin
                                       did. It was more than a job it   support in our time of need;       The ceremony was a                                                 step back and further encourage
wounded by the bomb explosion                                                                                                             Kowt on July 20. In a mov-          Iraqi control of their own destiny.
                                       was his passion, his life.       they have been professional    fitting tribute to a soldier
that killed Pte Ben Ranaudo, has                                                                                                          ing memorial service and            This achievement is in no small
                                           He was a son, a brother,     and compassionate.             described as “a wonderful
sent their condolences to the griev-                                                                                                      ramp ceremony, MRTF 2 and           part owed to the efforts of all
                                       a comrade, a life partner.           To Benjamin’s com-         young Australian”.
ing Ranaudo family.                                                                                                                                                           Army personnel who have proudly
                                       His smile could light up         rades, our support is with         In delivering the eulogy,      coalition forces, including
    Pte Warren returned to             the darkest of days. Ben                                                                                                               served both the peoples of Iraq
Australia last weekend after receiv-                                    you. You have lost a friend    Brig Smith said not only had       the Afghan National Army,
                                       touched the lives of so                                                                            lined the road to the run-          and Australia.
ing medical care in Germany.                                            and a brother. You are all     Pte Ranaudo always wanted                                                  Your dedication and sacrifice,
                                       many with his warm heart.                                       to be a soldier but he came to     way where the aircraft was
    Mrs Rochelle Warren said,          His strong spirit carried his    in our hearts. We send                                                                                and those of your families, is
“While it is a long road ahead for                                      our support and prayers        embody the Army values of          waiting to take him home.           greatly appreciated and recog-
                                       family and friends through                                                                         Family, colleagues and dig-
Paul, our boy will be coming home.                                      to all the men and women       courage, initiative and team-                                          nised by the nation.
                                       his absence and it will carry                                                                      nitaries gathered at Avalon
Our thoughts and prayers go out        them through their loss.         serving here and overseas      work.
                                                                                                           “From an early age Ben         Airport, Victoria, on July 26       Lt-Gen Ken Gillespie
to Ben Ranaudo’s family and                Our heart goes out to        keeping our country safe.
                                                                                                                                                                              Chief of Army
friends who weren’t so lucky. On       the injured soldier and his          Please, let’s not let      had always dreamed of being        for the return of his body.
behalf of all of Paul’s family I’d     family.                          Benjamin’s death, and the      a soldier and his wish came            Pte Ranaudo is survived
like to thank you all for your love,       We thank the nation          death of the other 10 sol-     true on May 16, 2006, when         by his parents, Angelo and
best wishes and continued support      for your kind words and          diers, be in vain.             he joined the Army,” he said.      Jennifer, as well as members
for Paul in his long recovery.”                                                                            He said Pte Ranaudo            of the extended family.

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Army August 6, 2009                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              NEWS 3

                                                                                                                                                               Report delivers
                                                                                                                                                               inquiry findings
                                                                                                                                                               AN inquiry has revealed no medical
                                                                                                                                                               intervention would have saved Cpl
                                                                                                                                                               Mathew Hopkins who died after he
                                                                                                                                                               sustained a fatal gunshot wound in
                                                                                                                                                               Afghanistan in March 16 this year.
                                                                                                                                                                   VCDF Lt-Gen David Hurley released
                                                                                                                                                               the Inquiry Officer’s report in Canberra
                                                                                                                                                               on July 24.
                                                                                                                                                                   Cpl Hopkins, who served with the
                                                                                                                                                               MRTF, was killed during an intense
                                                                                                                                                               engagement with Taliban insurgents
                                                                                                                                                               while conducting a joint patrol with the
                                                                                                                                                               Afghan National Army near Kakarak,
                                                                                                                                                               12km north of Tarin Kowt in Oruzgan
                                                                                                                                                                   Lt-Gen Hurley said the Inquiry
                                                                                                                                                               Officer recommended that the appoint-
                                                                                                                                                               ment of a Commission of Inquiry was
                                                                                                                                                               not warranted.
                                                                                                                                                                   “The CDF has accepted the recom-
                                                                                                                                                               mendation,” Lt-Gen Hurley said.                                       Report released: No medical
                                                                                                                                                                   The inquiry officer also found that all                           intervention could have saved Cpl
                                                                                                                                                               training and procedures supported the                                 Mathew Hopkins.
                                                                                                                                                               conduct of the operation.
Wired: CA Lt-Gen Ken Gillespie checks out the new innovations on the Army website.                                                                                 The level of training and the applica-                               “Their ability to perform at the level
                                                                                                                         Photo by Cpl Andrew Hetherington      tion of procedures allowed the patrol to                              they did and maintain cohesion is a tes-
                                                                                                                                                               maintain good order under significant                                 tament to their techniques, training and
                                                                                                                                                               pressure and subsequently extract itself

                                                                                                                                                               from the area of contact.                                                Cpl Hopkins was the first member of
                                                                                                                                                                   Lt-Gen Hurley commended the cour-                                 Australia’s MRTF to be killed in action
                                                                                                                                                               age of the Australian, Afghan and coa-                                since its formation in October last year
                                                                                                                                                               lition soldiers who provided medical                                  and one of 11 soldiers who have died
                                                                                                                                                               assistance to Cpl Hopkins and helped                                  since operations began in Afghanistan in
                                                                                                                                                               with his evacuation. “The members of                                  2001.
                                                                                                                                                               Cpl Hopkins’ patrol fought well in dan-
                                                                                                                                                               gerous and chaotic circumstances under                                The Inquiry Officer’s report can be found at

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                                                                                                                                                               heavy insurgent fire,” he said.                                       http://www.defence.gov.au/coi/

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                                                                                           By WO2 Graham McBean                            CDF VISITS MEAO
                                                                                                                                           CDF ACM Angus Houston visited the
                                                                                           CDF ACM Angus Houston has esti-                 MEAO in late July, where he met col-
                                                                                           mated Australia is about one-third of           leagues of Pte Benjamin Ranaudo,
                                                                                           its way through its training task in            other ADF personnel and conducted
                                                                                                                                           meetings with coalition partners.
                                                                                           Afghanistan.                                    “Our people in the Middle East and
                                                                                               The CDF said the ADF training mile-         Afghanistan are doing excellent work
                                                                                           stone for the Afghan National Army’s            and I ask all Australians to keep them in
                                                                                           4 Bde had reached Capability Level 3,           their thoughts.” He also met with ISAF
                                                                                           which meant it now had an initial capa-         Commander Gen Stanley McChrystal,
                                                                                           bility to operate at company level.             Commander Regional Command
                                                                                                                                           South, Maj-Gen Martin de Kruif and the
                                                                                               ACM Houston said the goal was to            US Ambassador to Afghanistan, Lt-Gen
                                                                                           train 4 Bde to conduct battalion-level          Karl Eikenberry (retd).
                                                                                           operations but the mission also would
                                                                                           include establishing effective command-        Iraq in 2005-2006, and things were look-
                                                                                           and-control, logistics and combat-service      ing very, very grim indeed in that place,”
                                                                                           support.                                       he said.
                                                                                               He said the progress was a huge step           “But look at Iraq now. It’s going rea-
                                                                                           forward but there was still more work to       sonably well. It’s certainly a workable
Liaising with locals: MRTF 2 soldiers chat to                                              be done.                                       nation.”
Afghan men and boys during a patrol in Oruzgan                                                 “We’re only probably about one-                CDF also said the Australian mentor-
province, Afghanistan (above), while CDF ACM                                               third of the way through a very long and       ing and training effort had been cited as
Angus Houston (right) walks through FOB Mirwais                                            very important training process to give        the benchmark in Afghanistan but it was
in southern Afghanistan.       Photos by Cpl Rachel Ingram                                 Afghanistan the security forces it needs       important that coalition forces remained
                                                                                           to be able to prevail over the Taliban,”       until the mission was completed.
                                                                                           ACM Houston said.                                  “We are well on the way to basically
                                                                                               The CDF made the announcement              training what will be a very effective
                                                                                           during a round-table conference with           army and a very effective police force,
                                                                                           media in Canberra and forecast this out-       but we’re only part of the way through
                                                                                           come was still about three to five years       that process.
                                                                                           off at this point in the mission.                  “If we were to all withdraw now, we
                                                                                               AC M H o u s t o n c o m p a r e d t h e   would leave the country in a situation
                                                                                           present situation in Oruzgan province          where I think there would be a civil war,
                                                                                           to Australian efforts in southern Iraq in      if you like, and there is a very strong
                                                                                           2005.                                          possibility that the Taliban would pre-
                                                                                               He said Afghanistan was a more com-        vail.”
                                                                                           plex situation and “probably more chal-            ACM Houston said that would most
                                                                                           lenging” but eventually the Australian         likely result in Afghanistan returning to
                                                                                           troops would accomplish the mission.           a pre-2001 situation where it was used
                                                                                               “I take you back to where we were in       by terrorist groups as a training ground.

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Army August 6, 2009                                                                                                                                                                                                        NEWS 5

                                                                                                                                      out in open
                                                                                                                                      By WO2 Graham McBean                                           soldiers, and the results of those where
                                                                                                                                                                                                     investigations had been completed.
                                                                                                                                      CDF ACM Angus Houston has                                          He said the campaign in Afghanistan
                                                                                                                                      announced a new policy of open and                             was largely about winning hearts and
                                                                                                                                      transparent public disclosure of civil-                        minds of the Afghan people, and civilian
                                                                                                                                      ian casualty incidents and allega-                             casualties were strategically important.
                                                                                                                                      tions involving Australian forces in                               ACM Houston stressed that although
                                                                                                                                      Afghanistan.                                                   the ADF’s operations were carefully
                                                                                                                 ACM Houston said the Taliban used                                                   planned and conducted, civilian casualties
                                                                                                             allegations of civilian casualties by coa-                                              did occur at times.
                                                                                                             lition forces to undermine support for                                                      “On a number of occasions our offen-
                                                                                                             operations.                                                                             sive actions have been delayed, modified
                                                                                                                 He said the Taliban caused 80 per                                                   or completely aborted due to potential
                                                                                                             cent of civilian casualties but then often                                              risk to civilians,” he said.
                                                                                                             alleged coalition forces were responsible.                                                  “We take reasonable steps to ensure
                                                                                                                 The new policy of releasing informa-                                                that our contacts with the Taliban do not
                                                                                                             tion on all “credible incidents” of civil-                                              put the lives of innocent civilians or non-
                                                                                                             ian deaths and injuries would provide an                                                combatants in jeopardy.”
                                                                                                             open and transparent method of counter-                                                     Under the new processes, Defence will
                                                                                                             ing Taliban misinformation.                                                             issue a public statement when civilian
                                                                                                                 “We’re up against an adversary who                                                  casualties are confirmed or when alle-
                                                                                                             uses every set of these circumstances as                                                gations of incidents involving coalition
                                                                                                             part of his campaign,” he said.                                                         forces are substantiated.
                                                                                                                 “They are using information, distort-                                                   After the allegation or incident has
                                                                                                             ed information, misleading information                                                  been fully reviewed the findings will then
                                                                                                             against us.                                                                             be released to the public.
                                                                                                                 “So every time there’s a civilian casu-                                                 “Under our new processes, all credible
                                                                                                             alty, even if it was caused by them, they                                               civilian casualty claims or incidents will
                                                                                                             will point to us.”                                                                      be publicly reported,” ACM Houston said.
                                                                                                                 ACM Houston made the announce-                                                          “It is vital that in the event of an
                                                                                                             ment at a media briefing during which he                                                alleged or actual civilian casualty that
Heads up: Senator John Faulkner walks the line at the farewell for ADF Force Support Unit 2 at the 1RAR provided a list of 13 civilian casualty inci-                                                there are transparent, consistent and
parade ground.                                                                        Photo by Cpl Guy Young dents and allegations involving Australian                                              robust processes in place.”

Off on an ‘arduous’ job
ADF Force Support Unit 2 (FSU2)             Afghanistan, attended the parade. “I

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6 NEWS                                                                                                                                                                                          Army August 6, 2009

                                                                                               Minister up
                                                                                               to challenge
Well equipped: DMO wants to ensure it has the right kit for soldiers.
                                                                                               ‘Unwavering’ commitment
                                                                                               DEFENCE Minister John

All focus is on our kit                                                                        Faulkner has assured personnel
                                                                                               that equipping and funding the
                                                                                               ADF top his list of priorities.
DMO is seeking input on how it can         ed feedback on the Bushmaster, Steyr                    Senator Faulkner said uniformed
                                           and other small arms and ammuni-                    members would directly benefit
improve in-service equipment.                                                                  from the proposed $20 billion in
    It has set up product-specific focus   tion, and clearance diving equipment.
                                              That feedback has resulted in                    savings under the Strategic Reform
groups aimed at providing direct                                                               Program in the next decade.
feedback on how a piece of kit has         manufacturers being able to make
                                           relatively small enhancements so the                    “What the Strategic Reform
performed in operations or training                                                            Program will lead to is money being
so that the manufacturer or supplier       products better suit ADF users.
                                              The manufacturers can be large                   spent on the real focus of the ADF
can improve the products supplied to                                                           as a defence force ready and capa-
the ADF.                                   or small, but need to be Australian or
                                           have an Australia base.                             ble of doing its primary role and
    Assistant Director Industry Policy                                                         function, which is the defence of
Management Joe Hujs said there                Soldiers whose suggestions are
                                                                                               our nation and meeting the strate-
were only two provisos – the kit must      accepted will be involved in the focus
                                                                                               gic challenge of the 21st century,”
have been in use at least six months,      groups, along with other service users,             Senator Faulkner said.
and more purchases must be planned         manufacturing companies, capability                     “I can say to you categorically,
so the chance to incorporate any           managers, and systems program or                    as the new Defence Minister, I will
improvements is still there.               project offices.                                    be ensuring the men and women of
    He said soldiers could make a dif-     For further information on product-specific focus   the ADF are properly and appropri-
ference and help to improve the kit        groups and to suggest subjects, contact Joe Hujs    ately equipped and sustained into
used by the ADF.                           on (02) 6265 1248 or email joe.hujs@defence.        the future.                              Learning curve: Defence Minister John Faulkner and Lt-Gen Mark
    Previous focus groups have provid-     gov.au                                                  “That is a primary role and          Evans receive a briefing from Cpl Tavis Mclaren about the Rove
                                                                                               responsibility for me, it is a heavy     Prison observation post in Solomon Islands.    Photo by Cpl Guy Young
                                                                                               responsibility and it’s one I intend
                                                                                               to meet.”                                diers in Afghanistan was “frank but      to ensure that we have a capability
                                                                                                   Since becoming Defence               overwhelmingly positive”.
                                                                                                                                                                                 edge,” he said.
                                                                                               Minister in June he has visited per-
          ER NT
                                                                                                                                            “The thing that really does come         He told the Defence + Industry
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                                                                                               sonnel in Afghanistan, Solomon           through to a visitor is the extraordi-   Conference in Adelaide on July 1
      GI AG                                                                                    Islands, RAAF Base Edinburgh,            nary success of the work the ADF         that it “continues to be the position
    RE AX                                                                                      Fleet Base East, HQJOC, and 38           is doing. The beneficial impact in       of the Government that the ADF has
      T                                                                                        Sqn and 5 Avn Regt in Townsville.        Tarin Kowt and the surrounding area      to be able to control our air and sea
                                                                                                   He has asked Defence to arrange      is one of the really positive untold     approaches against credible adver-
                                                                                               an extensive program of regular vis-     stories,” he said.                       saries in the defence of Australia,
                                                                                               its to establishments and operational        He reiterated the Government’s       to safeguard our territory, critical
                                                                                               areas to gain a better understanding     position Australia was already con-      sea lanes, our infrastructure and our
                                                                                               of the organisation and its people.      tributing enough troops and “did not     people”.
                                                                                                   “One of the best ways of keep-       have any intention of becoming the           “This means the ADF must be
                                                                                               ing in touch with the concerns of        lead nation in Oruzgan province”
                                                                                                                                                                                 structured and equipped to engage

                                                                                               Defence personnel is to meet as          once the Dutch withdraw in 2010.
                                                                                               many as I can and talk to people                                                  in conventional combat against
                                                                                                                                            Asked about his expectations
                                                                                               directly,” he said.                      of Defence members, he said they         other armed forces. The White Paper
                                                                                                   “Three days after being sworn        were high but he had “absolute con-      remains the Government’s blueprint
                                                                                               in as Defence Minister I went to         fidence that those expectations will     for action in Defence.
                                                                                                                                                                                     “My primary concern as the
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                                                                                                                                        be met”. Similarly, personnel were
                                                                                                                                        entitled to have high expectations of    new Minister for Defence will be to
    Armed Forces Personnel for over 20 YEARS                                                   men and women at the frontline is a      him, but his commitment to support-      deliver on those commitments.”
                                                                                                                                                                                     Senator Faulkner, who served
                                                                                               very high priority for me.               ing them was “unwavering”.
                                                                                                   “I will take whatever opportu-           Apart from being keen to engage      as Defence Science and Personnel
                                                                                                                                                                                 Minister in the Keating Government,
                                                                                               nity I can to keep in touch, to learn    with ADF members, Senator
                                                                                               more, see more and understand            Faulkner has set about strengthen-       said he had had a long-term interest
                                                                                               more directly about what personnel       ing Defence industry ties. “The men      and engagement with the Defence
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                                                                                                                                                                                 portfolio and looked forward to the
                                                                                                                                                                                 challenges ahead.

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                                                                                                                                                     Officer survey
Guns fire last shots                                                                                                                                 ready to roll
                                                                                                                                                    ONLINE roll-out of the Officer Occupational
By Tpr Matt Whitby                                                                                                                                  Analysis Survey to regular and reserve officers will
THE guns of 7 Fd Bty have                                                                                                                           begin from August 10 through DRN accounts.
fired for the last time, end-                                                                                                                          The survey is aimed at lieutenants to lieutenant
ing an era of 40 years of                                                                                                                           colonels, who will have until September 30, to com-
service in the Australian                                                                                                                           plete it.
                                                                                                                                                       Data collected will measure the tasks officers per-
Army.                                                                                                                                               form in their current job and support Forces Comd’s
    The M2A2 105mm                                                                                                                                  ongoing examination of the officer training continuum.
howitzers were used in the                                                                                                                             It will also provide feedback to officer career man-
Vietnam War and were                                                                                                                                agement in AHQ.
brought across to the Army                                                                                                                             Project Liaison Officer Brig Iain Spence, HQ Forces
Reserve in 1976.                                                                                                                                    Comd, said results were expected after April 2010.
    Soldiers from the battery,                                                                                                                         “Success of this survey now relies on all officers
which is part of Karrakatta-                                                                                                                        completing the questionnaire – and formation com-
based 13 Bde, fired the guns                                                                                                                        manders and commanding officers ensuring this hap-
at the Lancelin training area                                                                                                                       pens,” Brig Spence said.
last month.                                                                                                                                            “All officers need to accurately and honestly com-
    Despite inclement weath-                                                                                                                        plete this survey within the timeframe given.”
er conditions, around 100                                                                                                                              A minimum 70 per cent valid response rate is
past members and families,                                                                                                                          required. The infantry pay-trade case indicated com-
including Vietnam veterans                                                                                                                          manders must be involved to ensure this target is met.
joined soldiers to witness a                                                                                                                           Officers must have spent more than three months in
historic silencing of the guns.                                                                                                                     the workplace and have attended their ROBC.
    The battery now takes up                                                                                                                           Reserve officers who have paraded for less than
a new role, utilising 81mm                                                                                                                          20 days in the 08/09 financial year are not eligible.
mortars to replace the ageing                                                                                                                       Reserve officers can claim for two hours pay through
artillery.                                                                                                                                          their units.
    Bty Commander Maj
Steve Mathers said it was a                                                                                                                         Hardcopy surveys are to be mailed to Army Officer OA, DSPPR BP
sad day for all involved.                                                                                                                           33-4-016, Brindabella Park, Canberra ACT 2600.
    “It is the start of a new
era for 7 Fd Bty and we
will be able to fulfil another
important role for the Army
Reserve,” he said.
    Commander 13 Bde Brig
Stephen Cain said he was
exceptionally impressed
with the conduct of the final
    “The professionalism
of the soldiers in extremely
trying weather conditions,
demonstrated the capability
of reservists to achieve stand-
ards of the highest level,” he
    “The transition to mortars
represents a great opportu-
nity for reservists to maintain
the capability of providing
indirect fire support to the      Last Hurrah: Gunners from Karrakatta-based 7 Fd Bty fire the Vietnam-era M2A2 105mm howitzers
Army.”                            for the last time. The reservists will transition to 81mm mortars as their indirect-fire capability.

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8 NEWS                                                                                                                                                                                   Army August 6, 2009

Dreams of a
drummer boy
By Steve Ridgway                                Now a reservist, Capt Grant’s works
                                            at the Brisbane office of ArmySafe
WHEN Capt Ian Grant joined the              Advisory Service, the Directorate of Army
Army as a musician 40 years ago, little     Safety Assurance’s OH&S compliance
did the Queensland farm boy realise         watchdog. It is the latest stop in a career
his audiences would some day include        that has seen many changes.
the Queen and Pope John Paul II.                “When I first joined, the National
    “When my parents said join the Army     Service scheme was still in place. Many
or work on the farm, I was already the      of these young nashos knew they could
drum major of the cadet band, so the        be fighting overseas. I have always felt
Army won. I joined as an apprentice         respect for those who gave up two years
musician in 1969,” Capt Grant said.         of their lives to serve,” he said.
    He has played on many high-profile          “I first trained on the SLR, and our
occasions, but he said playing for the      field training uniforms were jungle
Queen and a pope remained the high-         greens, but I think DPCU make a better
lights of his career.                       working uniform.”
    He joined towards the end of the            While polyesters and ceremonial uni-
Vietnam War, and even now his biggest       forms have changed little, Capt Grant
regret is never having served overseas.     said the kit and equipment was “nowhere
    “I have five clasps on my Long          near as effective as we have today”.
Service Medal, plus the ADM, but I’m            But he feels strongly that people are
still hoping for that overseas deployment   more important than equipment. “Forty
before I retire.”                           years has been a long time, but the cama-     Keeping the beat: Capt Ian Grant out front of the cadet band drummers
    CA will present Capt Grant with his     raderie and lifetime friendships add to       in the late 1960s (above) and in mid-career formal mode (right).
fifth clasp next month.                     our lives,” he said.


Vietnam remains found                       Clasp Somalia, the Australian Service
                                            Medal with Clasp Somalia, and the United
THE remains of the final two missing        Nations Medal. Parliamentary Secretary
ADF personnel from the Vietnam War          for Defence Support Mike Kelly said the
have been located. Defence Personnel,       tribunal would consider a campaign medal
Materiel and Science Minister Greg          for Somalia and the level of recognition
Combet said a RAAF investigation team       for HMAS Tobruk and HMAS Jervis Bay,
had recovered the remains of Flg-Off        along with a unit citation for 1RAR Group.

                                                                                          new lease
Michael Herbert and Plt-Off Robert          The terms of reference for the inquiry and
Carver near the remote site in Quang        guidance on making submissions can be
Nam Province where they crashed their       found at www.defence-honours-tribunal.
aircraft in November 1970. The Australian   gov.au. Submissions close on August 24.
and Vietnamese governments are yet to
decide on a timetable for returning the     Banding together
remains to their families.                  RMC Band and Australian Army Band
                                            (Kapooka) will join forces for Army in
Somalia service                             Concert on August 19 at the Canberra          ELEVEN years after it was dis-                                                 Engineer Force concept to provide
THE independent Defence Honours             Theatre. The military musos will be                                                                                          manoeuvre support and improved
                                                                                          banded, 26 Spt Sqn will be re-
and Awards Tribunal will look into the      joined by Australian stage veteran                                                                                           training capability to 8CER, while
recognition of ADF service in Somalia       Michael Cormick. Tickets are $50 gen-         raised to provide engineering sup-
                                                                                          port to Army, as part of 8CER.                                                 will better position it to support ADF
between 1992 and 1995. More than 1600       eral admission and $40 for concession
ADF members served in Somalia with          and groups of 12 or more. Money raised            CO 8CER Lt-Col Craig Jolly                                                 operations,” she said.
the UN Operations Somalia I and II and      will go to Canberra Legacy. Further           made the announcement during an                                                    The final composition of the unit
the Unified Task Force Somalia. This        information from Cpl Matthew O’Keeffe         RAE, RAAOC and RAAMC Corps                                                     is yet to be determined
service has been recognised through         on (02)6265 9392 and email matthew.           birthday celebration at the unit.                                                  “It’s composition is currently
the Australian Active Service Medal with    okeeffe@defence.gov.au                            26 Spt Sqn was an original sub-                                            60 personnel, with 57 reservists
                                                                                          unit of 8CER until 1998, when it                                               and three regular army staff,” Maj
                                                                                          was disbanded. It will now provide                                             Seagrott-Mitcheson said.
                                                                                          opportunities to develop personnel                                                 “Positions include plant opera-
                                                                                          in a variety of engineering skills,                                            tors, heavy vehicle drivers, con-
                                                                                          and will employ drivers, plant opera-                                          struction tradespeople, pre- and
                                                                                                                                  Take the cake: Lt-Col Craig Jolly      post-recruit training personnel and
                                                                                          tors and various construction trades.
                                                                                                                                  and 8CER’s youngest member,            specialist course managers, as well
                                                                                              “8CER had recently embarked
                                                                                                                                  Rec Joshua Teague.                     as a primary health-care team and
                                                                                          on a recruiting drive utilising the
                                                                                          Army Reserve Traineeship and            OC 26 Spt Sqn, said the re-estab-      supervisory and managerial staff.
                                                                                          Apprenticeship Program to develop       lishment of the unit would provide         “Currently, there are job oppor-
                                                                                          these additional skill sets,” Lt-Col    an enhanced capability to the ADF.     tunities at the unit for plant operator
                                                                                          Jolly said.                                 “26 Spt Sqn has been re-raised     trainees, apprentice carpenters, elec-
                                                                                              Maj Maree Seagrott-Mitcheson,       with the introduction of the Modular   tricians and plumbers.”

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Legal eagle’s career soars                                                                                                                   By WO2 Graham McBean                                 the ADF, and I accept the award on
                                                                                                                                                                                                  behalf of the ADF, and the unique
                                                                                                                                             A LEGAL officer’s lifetime of
                                                                                                                                                                                                  opportunities it has given me.”
                                                                                                                                             humanitarian work and academic                           Lt-Col Freeman’s military
                                                                                                                                             achievement has been recognised                      deployments include HQ Interfet
                                                                                                                                             by the Queensland University of                      in 1999, appointments as a legal
                                                                                                                                             Technology.                                          officer to SFTG in Iraq in 2003,
                                                                                                                                                 Lt-Col David Freeman was                         and with the SOTG in Afghanistan
                                                                                                                                             awarded the 2009 QUT Faculty of                      in 2005, and the 2008 inquiry into
                                                                                                                                             Law Outstanding Alumni Award                         the death of LCpl Jason Marks in
                                                                                                                                             on July 22 and was a finalist for                    Afghanistan.
                                                                                                                                             Outstanding Alumnus for 2009                             He was also an international
                                                                                                                                             across QUT’s seven faculties.                        observer for the first free demo-
                                                                                                                                                 Executive Dean QUT Law                           cratic elections in East Timor in
                                                                                                                                             Faculty and former federal attor-                    August 2001 as part of the United
                                                                                                                                             ney-general Michael Lavarch                          Nations Association of Australia.
                                                                                                                                             nominated Lt-Col Freeman for his
                                                                                                                                                                                                      His domestic appointments
                                                                                                                                             contribution to human rights and
                                                                                                                                                                                                  have included OC B Sqn at ADFA
                                                                                                                                             international humanitarian law at
                                                                                                                                                                                                  and Chief Legal Officer HQ 7 Bde,
                                                                                                                                             the local, state, national and inter-
                                                                                                                                             national level.                                      Special Operations Command and
                                                                                                                                                 Lt-Col Freeman said he was                       HQ 1 Div.
                                                                                                                                             flattered by the award, which rec-                       Lt-Col Freeman’s recent aca-
                                                                                                                                             ognised the achievements made by                     demic milestones include a Master
                                                                                                                                             graduates of QUT or predecessor                      of Defence Studies from UNSW,
                                                                                                                                             institutions since their graduation.                 a Master of Laws (Hons) in
                                                                                                                                                 He said the award highlighted                    International Law from University
                                                                                                                                             the opportunities the ADF offered                    of Queensland and Certificate in
                                                                                                                                             to its people and the work Defence                   International Human Rights Law
                                                                                                                                             achieved at a domestic and interna-                  from the University of Oxford.
                                                                                                                                             tional level.                                            Aw a r d s i n c l u d e a C A’s
                                                                                                                                                 “I am completely honoured and                    Commendation, Meritorious Unit
                                                                                                                                             humbled by the award because                         Citation as part of his contribution
   Well done: Lt-Col David Freeman (above) and (right) QUT’s                                                                                 there are, over the last 30 years of                 to SOTG in Afghanistan.
   Vice-Chancellor Prof Peter Coaldrake presents Lt-Col Freeman                                                                              law school, many graduates who                           Lt-Col Freeman’s military and
   with the 2009 Faculty of Law Outstanding Alumini award.                                                                                   have achieved far greater things                     academic achievements will con-
                                           Photos courtesy of Erika Fish, QUT                                                                than I have,” Lt-Col Freeman said.                   tinue as he is on study leave to
                                                                                                                                                 “I think that winning the award                  complete his PhD in International
                                                                                                                                             reflects on the professionalism of                   Humanitarian Law.

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                                                                                                                                GORPS set
                                                                                                                                for reserve
                                                                                                                                 THE Graded Other Ranks Pay Structure
                                                                                                                                 (GORPS) will come into effect for all
                                                                                                                                 reservists other than those on CFTS on pay           My GORPS pay-grade is lower
                                                                                                                                 day August 28.                                       than my current pay-grade.
                                                                                                                                     All reservist ORs are encouraged to see          Does this mean my salary will
                                                                                                                                 their unit pay representatives or their admin-       reduce?
                      FEATURES OF THE SYSTEM                                                                                     istrative support staff at the customer service      The mapping of the 16 pay grades
                                                                                                                                                                                      to 10 pay grades meant some of
                                                                                                                                 centre to obtain a copy of their pre-GORPS
                         70mm rockets                        1, captive air training missile and                                                                                      the old pay grades needed to be
                                                             dummy air training missile.                                         pay advice for July.
                      Wrap-around folding fin unguided                                                                                                                                combined with others into the new
                      rocket. Can be mounted in pods            30mm cannon                                                          This pay advice must be retained for             structure. This does not necessar-
                      of seven or 19 rockets. Various        Slaved to various helicopter sights                                 comparison purposes once GORPS has been              ily mean your new salary is lower.
                      warheads available including high      including roof-mounted and helmet.                                  implemented. The pay advice for August,              In most cases members will see an
                      explosive, flash and practice/inert.   Fires semi armour piercing high                                     which will detail reservists’ post GORPS pay,        increase in salary. In some instanc-
                         Hellfire laser-guided missile       explosive incendiary and practice                                   will be available by September 18.                   es, however, as a result of the new
                      Current inventory – AGM-114M-          rounds.                                                                                                                  structure, some skill grades have
                                                                                                                                     Throughout August GORPS information
                                                                                                                                 teams will be travelling to reserve unit areas       been reduced in salary. Army has
                                                                                                                                 to present and provide updated pay structure         ensured that any member in this
On target: An ARH A38-001 firing a rocket at Woomera test facility.                                Photo by LAC Leigh Cameron    sessions.                                            situation will receive a non-reduc-
                                                                                                                                                                                      tion provision in the form of an
                                                                                                                                     GORPS information sessions will be held

Rocket systems prove a success
                                                                                                                                                                                      allowance, until their post GORPS
                                                                                                                                 at the following locations:                          salary catches up – either through
                                                                                                                                     August 11: Holsworthy, 8pm, Maxwell              promotion, Skill Grade move-
                                                                                                                                     Club.                                            ment or Workplace Remuneration
By Steve Ridgway                          skinned vehicles and ground forces.             “So far this year the Hellfire             August 11: Adamstown, 7.30pm, MUD.               Agreement increases.
                                              While test results are still being      laser -guided missile has been certi-          August 11: Larrakeyah, 7.30pm, Ratty             I only received a small back pay.
THE Belgian-made FZ LAU-97                                                                                                           Club.                                            Why isn’t it more?
                                          processed, initial indications look         fied (cleared for operational use).
70mm rocket system, the latest            good, according to ARH Project              That now gives the ARH anti-                   August 18: Dundas, 7.30pm, Lecture               The amount of back pay may be
addition to the arsenal of the Tiger      Director Bruce Whiting.                     armour firepower out to 8km.”                  Room Building 2.                                 small or in some cases nil for
Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter                                                                                                      August 18: 9pm, Pymble.                          some members. The amount is
                                              “The Tiger’s weapon systems                 He added that the 30mm cannon
                                                                                                                                                                                      determined by what pay-grade the
(ARH), was tested at Woomera              are now close to being fully tested,”       has also been certified. “All being        Further GORPS information can be found on page       member was previously on, the
from June 16 to July 11.                  Mr Whiting said. “Limitations on            well, the Tiger – the Army’s only          14-15 of the May 28 edition of Army News or at the   new GORPS pay-grade and if the
  With a range of 5km the system          employment of weapon systems are            aerial weapons platform – should be        Army GORPS website at http://intranet.defence.gov.   member was previously in receipt
                                                                                                                                 au/armyweb/sites/DPPA/comweb.asp?page=159268&        of any HDA for a higher pay grade.
would spoil the day for most soft-        starting to be lifted.                      fully operational in 2010.”                Title=WRA%20-%20GORPS

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Army August 6, 2009                                                                                                            WORLD NEWS 11

Out and about on
a meet and greet

TOWNSVILLE-based soldiers                   believed looked suspicious. Their             “I’d say the patrols are going                    Steep learning curve:
of the second rotation of MRTF 2            caution was justified when they           well and the blokes are getting a lot                 A MRTF 2 gunner keeps
                                            uncovered an explosive device.            out of them,” Sgt Whiteside said.                     watch on patrol (far left);
are continuing the high-tempo
                                                “The engineers made an excellent          “But we are still acclimatising to                soldiers make their way
patrol regime established by their                                                                                                          down the foothills to the
Darwin-based predecessors.                  assessment and decided to search          the altitude, and the temperature is
                                            an area where an IED was found. It        heating up.”                                          Baluchi Valley (above)
    The team has been on the ground                                                                                                         and meet the locals.
for a month and has been conduct-           saved lives,” Maj Trotter said.               Other crucial members of
                                                Platoon Sgt Gavin Whiteside said      MRTF 2 are the soldiers of the                        Photos by Cpl Rachel Ingram
ing patrols throughout Oruzgan
province, including familiaris-             the challenge for any new rotation        Operational Mentoring and Liaison
ing itself with the Baluchi Valley,         was gaining situational awareness         Team (OMLT).
once claimed as a stronghold by the         and getting to know the locals.               OMLT OC Maj Brenton Russell
Taliban.                                        “The people here are very friend-     said their role was to work along-
    The combat team’s OC, Maj               ly and pro-International Security         side the Afghan National Army to
David Trotter, said they were alert to      Assistance Force,” he said.               increase their confidence.
the danger from IEDs and to attacks             “We are trying to get the message         The aim was “to turn men into
by Taliban insurgents.                      out that the elections are coming this    soldiers and soldiers into leaders”.
    “The most challenging thing is          month and that we’re here to provide          “We eat, sleep, work, train and
the human and the tribal dynamic,           stability.”                               fight alongside them,” he said.
getting to know the people,” he said.           The patrol started in the dry hills       Field conditions are also slowly
    “We’re moving off the routes            before heading into the farming land      improving. Australian service cooks
into areas where IEDs haven’t been          of the Baluchi Valley, where the sol-     are now deployed to forward operat-
planted as frequently but there’s still     diers met the locals.                     ing bases so OMLT soldiers can get
a significant threat out there.”                The aim of the patrol was also to     fresh hot food every day.
    During its first patrol, Army           disrupt the insurgents’ freedom of            Also, many of the forward bases
engineers surveyed an area they             movement through the area.                now have internet access.

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Forces take                                                                               Help with the heavy lifting

up position
at the polls
A COMPANY-SIZED group of the people of Afghanistan,” Maj-Gen
Australian infantry and cavalry has Kelly said.
arrived in Afghanistan in time for the   “The provision of security by Afghan
country’s elections this month.        National Security Forces will also be a
    Commander of Australian Forces in       clear demonstration of the growing capac-
the Middle East Maj-Gen Mark Kelly          ity of Afghanistan’s institutions to man-
said the latest Australian commitment,      age their own affairs.”
announced by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd          He said the expression of the demo-
earlier this year, was part of an 8000-     cratic will of the people was a reminder
strong reinforcement of the International   to the Taliban insurgents that there was no
Election Support Force.                     place for oppression and intimidation in
    “The 120 Australian troops have         Afghanistan.
deployed to Afghanistan to provide              After the elections, the Australian
additional security to the Afghanistan      Election Support Force will move on to
Presidential and Provincial Council elec-   provide additional security to the opera-
tions,” he said.                            tions of MRTF 2.                              THE RAAF C-17 fleet has been busy flying
    They would be supporting the Afghan         The force, including soldiers from        vital equipment and supplies into Afghanistan
National Police and Afghan National         1RAR, 2 Cav Regt, 3/4 Cav Regt (B Sqn),       in the past month. Here a 5 Avn Regt Chinook
Army. “The conduct of free and fair         and combat engineers from 3CER, has           is unloaded at Kandahar airfield in southern
elections is an important milestone for     deployed for about eight months.              Afghanistan (above and right). The delivery
                                                                                          of the Chinook follows the first landing by a
Taliban bomb expert killed                                                                C-17 on a remote airstrip at Tarin Kowt a few
                                                                                          weeks earlier to deliver supplies to MRTF 2.
                                            Chief of Joint Operations Lt-Gen              This was the first time any of the Australian
A SENIOR Taliban insurgent command-
                                                                                          C-17s, which started flying with the RAAF in
er has been killed in a recent operation Mark Evans said Akhund was known to              late 2006, had touched down on a dirt strip
led by Afghan National Security Forces have targeted Australian, coalition and            in a war zone. The C-17s can carry up to four
                                         Afghan troops.
and supported by Australian troops.         “His removal, as a leader of insurgents,      times the load, over twice the distance, of the
    Mullah Amanullah Akhund, a known        will continue to disrupt the Taliban’s net-   C-130 Hercules that have been delivering to
IED facilitator, was killed after a com-    work and its operations, especially in the    Australian forces in the MEAO since 2002.
bined Australian and Afghan patrol was      lead up to Presidential and Provincial
fired on by insurgents.                     Council elections next month,” he said.       Photos by PO Dave Connolly

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A big head
drops jaws
By Maj Sandra Turner                             in length) were individually moved onto
                                                 the Unimog using a forklift.
A SKULL with a long, flat jaw, com-                  The large skull was transported on
plete with teeth, protruding from the            the passenger seat of the Unimog with
cupola of a Unimog truck could have              the teeth sticking out of the cupola,
been mistaken for the remnants of a              which provided an unusual spectacle for
large crocodile in Dili, East Timor,             interested locals.
recently. But it was in fact a piece of              The display was informally opened
prehistory.                                      in its new home by Dr Horta, who has
    Members from the International               co-written a children’s book about dino-
Stabilisation Force (ISF) serving in East        saurs with the Monash team’s leader,
Timor were asked to put their logistics          Professor Pat Vickers-Rich.
and transport skills to use in helping to            Some of the first visitors to the newly
move some special cargo.                         relocated display were local schoolchil-
    At the request of President Jose             dren, who learnt more about prehistoric
                                                                                                                                                               My, what big teeth you have:
Ramos Horta, the ISF helped transport            creatures who once lived on the nearby
                                                 island of Australia.                                                                                          Members of the ISF help the
the collection of fragile geological and
paleontological specimens across part                Members from ISF HQ helped the                                                                            Monash University geological
of Dili.                                         schoolchildren with a mask-making                                                                             team move dinosaur parts
    The specimens comprised the O                activity that was part of their visit.                                                                        (above); and ISF Commander
Mundo Perdido display at the Mercado                 The ISF originally helped with the                                                                        Brig Bill Sowry and East Timor
Lama in Dili, and were transferred 4km           exhibition in 2008 by providing logisti-                                                                      President Jose Ramos Horta
to the new Presidential Palace.                  cal support to move specimens from                                                                            are dwarfed by the Tarbosaurus
    The Tarbosaurus bataar specimen (a           around country East Timor to the                                                                              bataar in its new home at the
relative of T-Rex) was expertly disman-          Mercado Lama.                                                                                                 Presidential Palace.
tled and re-assembled by a visiting geo-             Support for the move was provided                                                                         Photos by LCpl Royce Pascoe and
logical team from Monash University.             by Combat Service Support Company                                                                             LAC Christopher Dickson
    Each piece was labelled and care-            from Timor-Leste Battle Group 6, while
fully wrapped and placed into purpose-           the ISF’s Military Police assisted with
built boxes. The larger pieces (up to 2m         safe transport.

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                                                                                                                                                                          FE THE HEAT                       If a detour to the devastating bushfires in Victoria wasn’t enough
                                                                                                                                                                                                            of an eye-opener for these Op Anode reservists, Solomon Islands
                                                                                                                                                                                                            had many more challenges in store.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Report: WO2 Graham McBean Photos: Cpl Guy Young

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 T’S hard to imagine how you step up from                 ments back home, it can fast-track the time it takes to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Victoria’s Black Saturday bushfires but deploying        earn qualifications.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 to Solomon Islands is a good start.                          Thanks to a training program conducted in tan-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     As the largely Victoria-based Rotation 18 (R18)      dem with operational tasks in Solomon Islands, some
                                                                                                                                                                                                            of Op Anode returns home this month, many members             reservists were able to rack up qualifications in three
                                                                                                                                                                                                            see parallels between their unexpected diversion to Op        months that would take up to three years in depots.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Vic Fires Assist and their work in Solomon Islands.               Op Anode is conducted largely at the section level
                                                                                                                                                                                                                The contingent was diverted to Yea and Alexandra          and in many cases infantry sections acted independ-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            on the first day of its pre-deployment training to assist     ently in support of the Royal Solomon Islands Police
                                                                                                                                                                                                            hard-pressed emergency services.                              Force (RSIPF) and the Participating Police Force.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cpl Alfonso Lai, a firefighter by profession, said his        In one task in the latter stages of their deployment,
                                                                                                                                                                                                            work with the people of Solomon Islands reflected at          soldiers from 3 Pl temporarily re-established the FOB
                                                                                                                                                                                                            the international level the assistance R18 provided to        at Mbalisuna to help the RSIPF calm a developing situ-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            the Victorian communities during the bushfires.               ation at a palm-oil community 25km from Honiara.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                In fact, within a week of arriving in Solomon                 The soldiers deployed to Guadalcanal Plains Palm
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Islands, R18’s first main task was to evacuate local          Oil Ltd 3 (GPPOL3) plantation after requests from the
                                                                                                                                                                                                            people caught by rising flood waters and return them          RSIPF for assistance.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            the next day after the danger had passed.                         Section commander Cpl Tim Knight said a gang of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                But, similarities aside, the step from ashes to tropi-    five youths had been harassing the community and had
                                                                                                                                                                                                            cal sweat has been an evolutionary one that has trans-        threatened to burn the community store.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            formed the soldiers.                                              “The RSIPF request was to maintain deterrence and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                As they return to their civilian lives, they will bring   we are reasonably close to villages on the coast where
                                                                                                                                                                                                            back to their communities and units the benefits of their     there has been trouble. We’ve maintained daily patrols
                                                                                                                                                                                                            hard-won experience.                                          through the GPPOL3 workers’ camp and at the store.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                CO CTF 635 Lt-Col Neil Grimes said the full-time              The individual experience was equally compelling
                                                                                                                                                                                                            deployment to Solomon Islands required a leap in pro-         for young soldiers overseas for the first time.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            fessionalism and commitment.                                      It was the first time 20-year-old Pte Dan Lees,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                “The step up from your average Army Reserve               8/7RVR, had been further north than Sydney. He said
                                                                                                                                                                                                            infantry battalion training weekend to this is massive,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the environment was a challenge in itself.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            he said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              “I wouldn’t say I would like to live here but it is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                “I have been sending soldiers up to 200km away
                                                                                                                                                                                                            from this particular base in Guadalcanal. They are            something I would like to have done at least once in my
Memories: Soldiers on Rotation 18 of Op Anode explore a US World War II amphibious vehicle graveyard on Guadalcanal.                                                                                        deploying by boat, by helicopter and other aircraft.          life, and seeing how the people live is something I will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                “We are insisting they communicate over the long          take with me. You can’t see this kind of living culture
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          in Australia so it was a great benefit to me.
                                                                              WHAT THE TROOPS SAY                                                                                                           distances with satellite communications and high-fre-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              “It was interesting walking through the markets and
                                                                                                                                                                                                            quency radios.

                                                                             “    We’ve gone out on patrol through           When we arrived here we were         We have been further east than any            “They are operating independently for long periods        how they would try to sell you something, which was a
                                                                                  some of the islands and the people         called out in our trucks to evacu-   other section and we saw how they         of time and they are planning their own logistics. It is      good way to put something into the local community,            Better now: Medic Cpl Karen Creelman treats a young girl for scabies in the remote
                                                                                  are really friendly. It is just unfortu-   ate people to more secure areas      have lived their lives for hundreds of    a good outcome for soldiers who do six, eight or 10           just through buying something or saying hello.                 village of Gifu.
                                                                                  nate that they have had some cir-          after flash flooding. We went        years. It was a unique experience.”       weekends a year.”                                                 “Just seeing how hard it is to live over here than it is
                                                                                  cumstances that have put them on           around knocking on doors to          — and it is not something that you            The benefits flow through into all spheres of civilian    at home shows how lucky we are,” he said.
                                                                                  the back foot for a while.                 make sure everyone was okay          can travel to see on holidays.            and military lives.                                               A former ARA soldier, Capt John Pearse, said Op
                                                                                  LCpl Kevin Farrell, 8/7RVR                 with local police and the next day   Alfonso Lai, 5/6RVR                           The reality is there are only so many establish-          Anode was an important opportunity for reservists.
                                                                                                                             we took everyone back after the      We got out of Honiara and into the        ment positions the regular Army can staff. If reservists          “It’s a big step, taking a lot of young men and
                                                                                                                             waters subsided. Because we          country areas and experienced more        weren’t deploying to Solomon Islands an ARA com-              women out of their civilian jobs and bringing them
                                                                                  It was good knowing I was actually
                                                                                                                             are out in the local community       about the culture of Guadalcanal          pany would need to be diverted from somewhere else.           on six months’ full-time service and four months in a
                                                                                  contributing to the RAMSI mission
                                                                                                                             every day you are seeing the         itself. The kids are always friendly          The ARA also stands to benefit from the many sol-         country,” he said.
                                                                                  and we weren’t just driving around
                                                                                                                             culture as it is.                    and were running after our vehicle        diers who are planning to transfer to the full-time Army          “It is a massive difference and they are learning
                                                                                  and waving at people. We were mak-
                                                                                                                             Pte Kristine Witty, 4CSSB            and saying hello.                         after their experience in Solomon Islands.                    a lot about being a full-time soldier on operations in
                                                                                  ing a difference in people’s lives.
                                                                                  Pte Matthew Welsh, 8/7RVR                                                       Sgt Marco Siljama, 5/6RVR                     Not only does full-time experience on operations          unfamiliar territory and dealing with a totally different

                                                                                                                                                                                                    ”       raise the bar on the reservists’ basic training require-      culture. The depth of change is incredible.”

All set: Cpl Bradley Watkins on range with a MAG58.                          Eyes on the prize: LCpl Anthony Howard makes the running at an AusKick clinic for locals.                                      On watch: Pte Daniel Lees on patrol at a palm oil settlement outside Honiara.                                                All clear: Employers on Ex Boss Lift check out their employees’ fieldcraft.
16 LETTERS                                                                                                                                                                                   Army August 6, 2009

Experience of a lifetime
ON BEHALF of this year’s “I’m an                                                                                                   itself, some of the more notable includ-
Australian Soldier” scholarship recip-                                                                                             ed delivering individual presentations
ients, I would like to thank the Army                                                                                              on key aspects of the campaign, the
for the opportunity to travel to Turkey                                                                                            interaction with members of the Turkish
                                                                                                                                   military, attending the Turkish interna-
and embark on 14 fascinating days in                                                                                               tional service, and the cultural tour of
Gallipoli and Turkey.                                                                                                              Troy and Assos.
    From the commencement of our bat-                                                                                                  For the three of us, the experience
tlefield tours, the contingent adopted                                                                                             is difficult to put into words. Leading a      Proud soldier: LCpl Ste-
the theme “walking in the footsteps of                                                                                             battlefield tour as guides, delivering key     phen Johanson in Timor.
heroes”.                                                                                                                           components of the campaign was inval-
    We researched and discussed all                                                                                                uable to our development as JNCOs.
aspects of the campaign, walking and,
at times, crawling off track in an attempt
to emulate the conditions experienced
                                                                                                                                       To now have an insightful and thor-
                                                                                                                                   ough knowledge of the campaign which
by the Anzacs of 1915.
    In doing this, we were able to gain
                                                                                                                                   many see as Australia’s baptism of fire,
                                                                                                                                   is something we will cherish and draw
                                                                                                                                   upon and use in future training activi-
a far better perspective of the enormity
of the challenges faced by the Anzacs
from a topographical perspective as well
                                                                                                                                       And lastly, to experience first hand,
                                                                                                                                   the respect the Turkish people have for
as carrying out simple daily tasks and
    Each day we covered a different
                                                                                                                                   all things Australian. This is a result of
                                                                                                                                   the heroic deeds of the Anzacs 94 years
                                                                                                                                   earlier. That respect was reciprocated at
aspect of the campaign, from the land-                                                                                             all times by members of our contingent.        OUR son, LCpl Stephen
ings through to the December 20 with-                                                                                                  Once again our sincere thanks for
drawal. Of particular highlight were                                                                                                                                              Carl Johanson, of 5RAR in
                                                 History talk: Cpl Damian Cannizzaro briefs two New Zealand Defence                granting us the honour through the “I’m        Darwin, was recently killed
some of the more memorable treks,                                                                                                  an Australian Soldier” scholarship pro-
including the scaling of Plugges Plateau,        Force members on the actions around Chunuk Bair.                                                                                 in a motor vehicle accident
                                                                                                                                   gram, to represent our country and our
crawling through the thorns and scrub of                                                                                           Army. It is an experience which we will        while home on leave after an
Shrapnel Gully and the hills and gullies             The culmination of our tour was by    resenting the Army was a stirring and   never forget.                                  eight-month deployment to
of Rhododendron Spur. This gave us a             far the dawn service at the Anzac com-    highly emotional experience and as      Cpl Damian Cannizzaro                          East Timor with Timor- Leste
clear indication of the challenges to gain       memoration site; this was without doubt   proud a moment as anyone could expe-    Section Commander                              Battle Group 5.
a foothold on that eventful morning of           the highlight of our military careers.    rience.                                 ALTC                                               On behalf of our whole
April 25, 1915.                                  This once in a lifetime honour in rep-        While each day was a highlight in   Latchford Barracks                             family I would like to take this
                                                                                                                                                                                  opportunity to thank the Army
                                                                                                                                                                                  most heartily for the incredible

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                             ARMYSHOP                                                                                                                                                 In particular, we so appre-
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                                                                                                                           to BOSCs                                               ciated the personal support of
                                                                                                                                                                                  Marie Kelly of DCO Darwin
                                                                                                                                                                                  and the organisational skills
                                                                                                                                                                                  of Capt Jamie Cord in setting
                                                                                                                           THE BOSC (Brigade Operational Support                  up a very memorable military
                                                                                                                           Company) concept is an excellent theoreti-             funeral for Steve.
                                                                                                                           cal idea as it allows for the centralisation of            We also thank most sin-
    The Vietnam Collection                                                                                                 administration, supply and catering.
                                                                                                                              This means first class support for reserve
                                                                                                                           brigade units. However, this is possible only
                                                                                                                                                                                  cerely Chaplain Bob Bishop,
                                                                                                                                                                                  who led the service, and Maj
                                                                                                                                                                                  Sean Kearns who interrupted
                                                                                                                           with full manning. Currently, several of the           his own leave to be present to
                                                                                                                           BOSCs are not fully manned.                            give a very moving eulogy.
                                                                                                                              This reduces the services that can be sustain-          Thank you to Sean Kearns
                                                                                                                           ably provided to brigade units. This is especially     and to all Steve’s mates in D
                                                                                                                           the case in administration and supply, where           Coy, 5RAR, for providing an
                                                                                                                           several of the trades are critical.                    environment in which Steve
                                                                                                                              I believe the manning of the BOSCs should           thrived – the Army was his
                                                                                                                           be increased, and quickly to reduce the pressure       life! God bless you all.
                                                                                                                           on the personnel based there. Through the              Les Johanson
                                                                                                                           provision of several more clerks and warehouse         Bodalla, NSW
                                                                                                                           staff, many more operations such as Op Vic
                                                                                                                           Fires Assist can be supported in a professional
                                                                                                                           and thorough manner.                                     HAVE YOUR SAY
                                                                                                                              Without a timely increase, I believe these            ■ Letter writers must include
                                                                                                                           trades may become even more critical, due to             their name, unit, location and
                                                                                                                           the high tempo and workloads on the personnel,           contact number for purposes
 Medallion                             Lapel Pin                                                                           which will quickly affect the support that               of verification.
                                                                                                                           BOSCs and similar units provide to reserve               ■ Letters can be sent to:
  on Card                               on Card        Lapel Pin Set              Medallion Set                            brigades and the Army as a whole.                        armynews@defencenews.
                                                                                                                                                                                    gov.au; or Army newspaper,
                                                                                                                           Maj Dennis Maddock
  $10.50                                 $6.00            $35.00                    $69.00                                 OC 4 BOSC                                                R8-LG-038, Russell Offices,
                                                                                                                                                                                    Canberra ACT 2600
                                                                                                                           Simpson Barracks
   The Vietnam Collection commemorates the Australian men and women who proudly served their country
   in the Vietnam War. The collection consists of a carded medallion, a carded lapel pin, a set of six
   commemorative medallions and a set of six commemorative lapel pins.                                                     Rattling the sabre over spelling
                                                                                                                           I WAS appalled to see that the ADF           (July 23) displaying such a garish mis-
                                                                                                                           seems to have pandered to the whims          spelling, is horrendous (not sure how
                                                                                                                           of our distant Pacific neighbours            they spell that).
                                                                                                                           (neighbors) by changing the spelling             I’m waiting with bated breath for
                                                                                                                                                                        accounts of the US forces traveling home
                                                                                                                           of the joint exercise from Talisman          in their aluminum ships and airplanes
                                                                                                                           Sabre to Talisman Saber.                     after no doubt gorging themselves on
                                                                                                                              I was under the impression that the       Ossie shrimps all around our harbors
                                                                                                                           Macquarie Dictionary was the definitive      after the rigors of the exercise.
         Iroquois               Long Tan           Nurses        Combat Support        Navy            Air Force           source for spelling of words and ‘saber’         Oh how I miss the distant days of
                                                                                                                           doesn’t appear anywhere in that worthy       2005 when a sabre was, I believe, still
    Wholesale Prices Available to Corps, Units, Regiments, Organisations, Museums & Retailers.                             publication.                                 a sabre. If it is such a contentious issue,
                                                                                                                              It’s bad enough to have one’s deci-
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                                                                                                                                                                        why not Talisman Sword – or is that a
                                                                                                                                                                        specter too difficult to comprehend.
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                                                                                                                           the Webster’s Dictionary or some similar DHOC RAADC
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                                                                            Military Policemen are encouraged to specialise by
                                                                            undertaking further military and trade courses as well as
                                                                            tertiary studies during their initial engagement.

                                                                            Other training and courses include:
                                                                                • Close Personal Protection - Trains Military Police men
                                                                                  and women as an individual and member of a team
                                                                                  able to provide protection to designated military
                                                                                  personnel and civilian dignitaries.

                                                                                • Military Police Dog Handler - Trains Military Police
                                                                                  men and women in all aspects of Military Police Dog
                                                                                  employment, including asset and area security, man-
                                                                                  trailing/tracking and basic animal husbandry.

                                                                                • Detention Centre Supervisor (All Corps) - Trains
                                                                                  Military Police men and women and other Service
                                                                                  personnel in the requirements needed to operate a
Military Police support commanders at all levels by providing                     detention facility.
assistance with command and control both in Australia and on
operations. Military Police also assist the Provost Marshal - Army by           •   Investigators Course – Trains Military Police men
providing policing support to the wider Defence community. Military                 and women in the advanced skills of investigations to
Police men and women can expect to be involved in policing tasks                    be employed in the ADF Investigation Service (ADFIS).
in a variety of situations in both the field and barracks environments.
Military Police must be able to operate independently, make ethical         APPLY NOW
decisions based on available information, be flexible in their approach
to problem solving and communicate effectively with soldiers, their
                                                                            Upcoming Service Police Basic Course dates:
commanders and members of the public.
                                                                                            29 Sep – 17 Dec 2009
Some of the tasks that Military Police undertake include,                                   01 Feb – 07 May 2010
investigations, liaison with other policing agencies, law enforcement                       24 May – 27 Aug 2010
duties, close personal protection for VIP, assistance with physical
security, handling detainees and captured enemy and traffic
regulation. In addition to working as a General Duties Military Police
a soldier in the RACMP can choose to specialise as an Investigator, a
Military Police Dog Handler or a Close Personal Protection Operator.

Pay Grade
After completing initial training a qualified Military Policeman is on Pay
Group 3. After successful completion of the probationary period and
the Service Police Investigator Course, a Military Policeman is on Pay
Group 4

Employment Training
Initial corps training is undertaken at the Defence Police Training
Centre at Holsworthy, NSW over a 11-week period. This is followed by
12-month On the Job Experience.

                                   Enquiries: army.tradetransferteam@defence.gov.au
     Visit: DRN http://intranet.defence.gov.au/armyweb/sites/STAYARMY/comweb.asp?page=578&Title=RACMP
                           or phone the Office of Provost Marshal – Army, Tel: (02) 6266 6508
18 FEATURES                                                                                                                                                                              Army August 6, 2009

High hopes for
hard and fast
The latest blueprint for Defence spending confirms a commitment to
growth and, while Australian industry stands to benefit, the Army’s
aim is for the ultimate winners to be those in the front line.

         HE Army is confident the      The idea now is a wholesale      These are expected to be ready
         Defence Capability Plan replacement of the Army’s existing for use between 2011 and 2013.
         2009 will boost its ability D-model fleet with seven new F- Steyr rifle
         to hit hard and fast.       model aircraft (Air 9000).
                                       Subject to a final decision in   The Steyr will be developed to
    Unveiled on July 1, the $60 bil-
                                2010-11 to 2011-12, the new fleet commander, marksman, grenadier
lion plan includes new Steyr variants,
                                is expected to reach initial operating and standard variants. The enhance-
networked mortars and new 155mm                                        ments are expected to improve target
                                capability between 2016 and 2018.
artillery, backed up by F-model                                        acquisition, probability of hit and co-
                                Indirect fire
Chinooks. Enhanced battlespace com-                                    operative engagement.
munications are also a priority.    The 105mm Hamel gun and                The rifles are due to be ready for
    Defence Minister John Faulkner
                                M198 towed howitzer will both be action by 2011 to 2013.
said the openness of the plan would
                                replaced at the end of their service
                                life by a mix of towed and self-pro- Non-lethal weapons
also help industry plan ahead and
deliver on time.                pelled 155mm artillery.                    In peace-keeping operations, the
                                    First-pass approval is complete ideal is to have the option of a non-
    Speaking at the Defence + Industry
Conference in Melbourne, Senatorand initial operating capability is lethal response.
Faulkner said a strong and effective
                                scheduled for 2012 to 2014.                JP 3011 will develop weapons
ADF would require growth in both    A new project will link existing that should become available for
capacity and capability.        81mm mortar capability into a joint operations between 2014 and 2016.
    “The Government wants to ensure
                                fires environment using a networked IEDs
that Australian industry shares in that
                                ballistic calculator, and acquire
growth,” he said.                                                          JP 154 includes a “technology
                                advanced munitions (Land 136
    The Government has promised                                        refresh” on methods of dealing with
                                Mortar Replacement). Some Reserve
to maintain 3 per cent real growth in                                  IEDs, and new ways of detecting
                                artillery units will also be equipped
the Defence budget until 2017, and                                     them. The technology will start
                                with a mortar capability.
2 per cent growth from then until                                      entering service from 2010.
                                    The planned upgrades are sched-
2030. There is also an index-linked
                                uled to take effect from 2014 to CBR Defences                                               Wholesale replacements: A new fleet of Chinooks is expected to be operating
safety margin of 2.5 per cent.  2016, subject to a decision in 2012-       Improved methods of detecting,                   within the coming decade.                               Photo by Cpl Kirk Peacock
    “No other sector has such a solid
                                13 or 2014-15.                         warning and protection from chemi-
predictable growth plan locked in for                                  cal, biological and radiological weap-
                                Body armour
the future,” Senator Faulkner said.                                    ons will become available from 2011.
                                                                                                                            1771 (Geomatic Support System) – are         Since the last Defence Capability
                                    As part of Land 125, soldiers will
    The big-ticket Army projects are:                                                                                       expected to enhance the ADF’s ability to Plan in 2006, there have been substantial
                                get improved modular body armour, Vehicles                                                  understand and exploit the battlespace.  changes to satellite communications as a
Chinook replacement as well as ballistic and eye protection                The ASLAV upgrades remain in                     Networking                               result of joining the US Wideband Global
   Previous plans for piecemeal to better shield them from blasts, Land 112 Phase 4.                                                                                 Satellite program.
                                                                                                                               Existing projects to network the ADF      The required ground infrastructure
improvements have been ditched. projectiles and lasers.                    The expected replacement pro-                    will continue. These include JP 2072 will be addressed in new phases of JP
                                                                       gram for land combat vehicles (Land                  (Battlespace Communications System,
                                                                       400) will appear in later plans.                                                              2008 (Military Satellite Capability).
                                                                                                                            Land), Land 75 (Battlefield Command
                                                                           Additional phases have been                      Support), and JP 2089 (Tactical For more information go to www.defence.gov.
                                                                       added to Land 121 to deliver light                   Information Exchange).                   au/dmo then click on the DCP icon.
                                                                       protected vehicles, as well as vehi-
                                                                       cles to meet training requirements.
                                                                                  Gap crossing
                                                                                     There are plans to enhance
                                                                                  Army’s capability to cross a range of
                                                                                  wet or dry gaps in support of combat
                                                                                  operations (Land 155 Enhanced Gap
                                                                                  Crossing). Subject to decision, initial
                                                                                  operating capability is planned for
                                                                                  2016 to 2018.
                                                                            Several programs – includ-
                                                                         ing JP 2044 Phase 4 (Digital
                                                                         Topographical Systems Upgrade),
                                                                         JP 2064 (Geospatial Information
On target: New-look Steyrs designed to improve aim and accuracy Infrastructure), JP 1770 (Rapid On the move: Land 112 has been expanded to include the delivery of light
are on the way.                           Photo by Capt Cameron Jamieson Environmental Assessment) and JP armoured vehicles.                     Photo by Capt Lachlan Simond

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20 TRAINING                                                                                                                                                                                               Army August 6, 2009

1RTB posting
is a top job
By Sgt Dave Morley                                     good example and that’s an excellent
                                                       position to have.”
LIEUTENANTS who accept a post-                             She said one of the many benefits for
ing to 1RTB in their final year will                   her career was being able to present les-
receive many advantages that some                      sons in front of a class confidently while
of their peers within Army will not be                 also knowing the subject.
exposed to, according to CO 1 RTB Lt-                      “I guess that’s one of the satisfying
Col Scott Palmer.                                      points as well, being able to see what
    Lt-Col Palmer said a 12-month post-                you’ve taught them and then watching
ing to 1RTB as a platoon commander                     the recruits put it into practice,” she said.
gave lieutenants a well-rounded experi-                    Lt Mooney would highly recommend
ence in a non-corps environment.                       a posting to 1RTB.
    “The position of platoon commander                     “It gives you so much additional
at 1RTB is a little different to platoon               exposure to the critical all-corps skills
commanding or troop leading in a regular               and you get to work with some consum-
Army unit,” Lt-Col Palmer said.                        mate professionals which is awesome,”
    “The recruit training platoon com-                 she said.
mander has a lot more responsibility for                   “You gain some good exposure to
the critical administrative processes of               where your diggers have come from,
the platoon. This responsibility is akin               what they’ve been through and what to
to the role a sub-unit 2IC would fulfil,               expect from them later in your career
which certainly sets them up for success               when they come back into your unit.
in their next posting as a sub-unit 2IC or                 “I have also found that my manage-
staff officer on a higher HQ”                          ment skills have improved enormously.             How’s that?: 5RRF soldiers scan the SCG during Exercise Taylor Resurgent.                          Photo by Michael Brooke
    Pl Comd 36 Pl Lt Sarah Mooney said                 Not just managing the recruit instructors’
she was unsure of what to expect when                  workload of those under my command
she was first told of her posting to 1RTB.
    “Since coming here I’ve been able to
look upon my role as training the Army’s
newest soldiers and as such have devel-
                                                       but also my own time. I have time to play
                                                       sport and play an active role in the mess.”
                                                           Pl Comd Digger James Pl Lt Sam
                                                       Wythes-Willis said he approached his
                                                                                                         Working resurgent skills
oped a positive outlook on my posting                  posting to 1RTB with some trepidation.            By Michael Brooke                        5RRF soldiers conducted a mission        1/19RNSWR, said the exercise fur-
here,” Lt Mooney said.                                     “But sometimes the unknown is a                                                        rehearsal exercise at Army bases in      ther developed his skills and confi-
                                                                                                         SOLDIERS of 5 Reserve                    Kogarah, Sutherland and Penrith and
    Lt Mooney said she appreciated the                 good thing,” Lt Wythes-Willis said.                                                                                                 dence while providing his section
                                                                                                         Response Force (5RRF) relished           search tasks at Balmain ferry wharf,     with the opportunity to search the
unique position she has had as a platoon                   He said the biggest challenge he faced        the challenge of some unexpected
commander.                                             at 1RTB was getting his head around the                                                    St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney            myriad of tunnels of St James sta-
    “You are the first example of an                   expectation of turning civilians into sol-
                                                                                                         but highly realistic training when       Cricket Ground and St James sta-         tion.
officer that the recruits are exposed to               diers within 80 days.                             Exercise Taylor Resurgent was            tion rail tunnels as a Defence Aid to        SO1 Collective Training 5 Bde
and your ability to perform as an officer                  “Managing their administrative issues         held at public venues in Sydney.         the Civil Community (DACC).              Lt-Col Robert Agnew said the exer-
directly affects their point of view on                and the pace of training – you need to be             The annual collective training           OC 5RRF Maj Ian Hart said the        cise was realistic and achieved all
how officers in the Army should per-                   on top of everything,” he said.                   activity was designed to further sus-    exercise provided a realistic envi-      the training objectives.
form,” she said.                                           He said the posting was a good                tain and enhance the capability of       ronment to assess the RRF in a vari-         “The objectives included improv-
    “It’s important that you set them a                experience.                                       the 5RRF to conduct protective and       ety of tasks and scenarios.              ing C3 and future planning capa-
                                                                                                         security operations on Australian            “The exercise was significant        bilities within 5RRF and the 5 Bde
                                                                                                         territory.                               because, for the first time, the exer-
                                                                                                                                                                                           HQ,” Lt-Col Agnew said.
                                                                                                             More than 135 soldiers partici-      cise concluded with the planning in
                                                                                                                                                  place for 5RRF to transition from            “These objectives enabled and
                                                                                                         pated in the exercise from July 17-
                                                                                                         19, which honed the ability of 5RRF      DACC to Defence Force Assistance         prepared 5 Bde to support future
                                                                                                         to conduct low-risk search activities    to the Civil Authority (DFACA),          short-notice tasks allocated by 2 Div
                                                                                                         at major public venues and events in     which further illustrates the maturity   or JOC.”
                                                       NSW Military Health                               support of the civil community and       of our capacity to support the civil-        Commander 5 Bde Brig Paul
                                                                                                         other government agencies.               ian community and civilian author-       Brereton said the exercise and the
                                                       Symposium 2009 >>                                     Pte Peter Bisley, 23 Fd Regt, said   ity,” Maj Hart said.                     brigade training regime was instill-
                                                                                                         the exercise was “just awesome”.             The exercise was also significant    ing a “culture of readiness” in his
                                                                                                             “It was so realistic and involved    because it marked the graduation for     officers and soldiers, which was
                                                                                                         searching the venues we may in           60 new RRF soldiers and allowed          recently highlighted when the 5RRF
        LESSONS LEARNT:                                                                                  future be tasked with,” Pte Bisley       them to put their newly gained           Coy HQ and 1 Pl were stood up at
                                                                                                         said.                                    theory into practice.                    short notice and deployed on Op Vic
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                                                                                                Loud and proud
                                                                                                about the job
                                                                                                By Belinda Mitchell                               per cent, and fewer respondents
                                                                                                ARMY members remain proud of
                                                                                                                                                  admitted to actively looking at leav-                A MATTER OF ATTITUDE
                                                                                                                                                  ing the Army (down from 32 per
                                                                                                their service and speak highly of                 cent to 24 per cent).                                Army responses to DAS 2008:
                                                                                                it to their friends, an annual study                  However, fewer Army partici-                       54 per cent had confidence in
                                                                                                has found.                                        pants felt their contributions were                    senior Defence leadership
                                                                                                    In the 2008 Defence Attitude                  valued by their leaders (52 per cent,                  83 per cent were proud to tell
                                                                                                                                                                                                         others they were in the Army
                                                                                                Survey (DAS), of a randomly select-               compared to 56 per cent in 2007).
                                                                                                                                                                                                         67 per cent trusted Defence
                                                                                                ed 30 per cent of ADF and APS per-                    The DAS provides an insight into                   to operate with fairness and
                                                                                                sonnel, more than four out of five                Defence members’ attitudes and opin-                   integrity
                                                                                                participants said they were proud to              ions on issues affecting their work-                   74 per cent said their families
                                                                                                tell others they were in the Army.                place, career and family. This gives                   supported their Army career
                                                                                                    Almost three-quarters of Army                 them a voice in personnel-related                      54 per cent said their postings
                                                                                                respondents were satisfied with the               policy and programs.                                   had a negative effect on their
                                                                                                leadership of their immediate super-                  CA Lt-Gen Ken Gillespie said                       children’s education
                                                                                                visor. And the proportion reporting               DAS findings had a far-reaching                        68 per cent said their postings
                                                                                                they were adequately rewarded by                  impact on all Defence groups. “It ena-                 had a negative impact on their
                                                                                                verbal recognition rose from 47 per               bles Army members to exert greater                     partner’s employment
                                                                                                cent in 2007 to 62 per cent in 2008.              influence over strategic-level decision                34 per cent said they spent too
                                                                                                                                                  making than via any other means.”                      much time away from home due
                                                                                                    The members who believed their                                                                       to their trade/specialisation
                                                                                                workload was too heavy decreased                      One result of the survey was
                                                                                                                                                  the establishment of the Army                          62 per cent said their career
                                                                                                by about 6 per cent (to 37 per cent),                                                                    development had been good
                                                                                                while 7 per cent fewer members felt               Suggestion Scheme and the                              24 per cent were actively look-
                                                                                                their work hours were excessive                   Contact the CA email address                           ing at leaving the Army
                                                                                                (down to 34 per cent).                            (CAdirectfeedback@drn.mil.au), Lt-                     54 per cent saw more financial
                                                                                                    Perceptions that a unit’s opera-              Gen Gillespie said.                                    attraction in civilian employment
                                                                                                tional commitments were too high For a DAS 2008 summary, go to www.                                      than in Army employment
                                                                                                were down from 19 per cent to 16 defence.gov.au (Reports and Publications)
Certified: Newly appointed Trade Conductors WO1 Michael Stewart and WO1
Peter Shearim (left and right) with Maj-Gen Grant Cavenagh.

Masters of trade rewarded
TWO RAAOC soldiers have reached views on the direction of their respective
the corps’ highest trade recognition, trades in providing a capability to Army.
being appointed Trade Conductor in        WO1 Stewart said trade conduc-
their relevant categories.            tors were expected to play a key role
   WO1 Michael Stewart (Operator                 in this year’s ECNs 294, 296 and 298
Supply Chain) and WO1 Peter Shearim              Employment Category Review.
(Operator Unit Supply) were each pre-                “The appointment of conductor rec-
sented with a Conductor Parchment dur-           ognises technical expertise, demon-
ing the RAAOC Conference at Bandiana.            strated subject mastery and contribution
   RAAOC Head of Corps Maj-Gen                   to supply-chain operations in pursuit of
Grant Cavenagh formally appointed the            improving wider Army capability,” WO1
new recipients, who will now be the key          Stewart said.
representatives of their trade.                      T h e a p p o i n t m e n t o f R A AO C
   Both WO1 Stewart, HQ Force Comd,              Conductor was reintroduced into the
and WO1 Shearim, AHQ, have clear                 Army in 2006.

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22 PEOPLE                                                                                                                                                           Army August 6, 2009

Down to earth: Sig Kristina Conomy, ISF, and interpreter Natalie Mendonsa
Nogueira chat with children in Los Palos, East Timor.
                                                 Photo by LAC Christopher Dickson

                                                                                    Fill her up: WO2 Lee Maloney, Rotary Wing Group Afghanistan, closes the fuel bay hatch on a Chinook
                                                                                    after completing refuelling at a coalition forward operating base in southern Afghanistan.
                                                                                                                                                                    Photo by PO Dave Connolly

Open path: Commander 1 Bde Brig Michael Krause opens the 1 Bde bicycle
path with the assistance of Mark Lloyd, Air Services Australia, RSM 1CER Electric light orchestra: Australian Army Band Brisbane and the Brisbane conservatorium of music
WO1 John Kirkham (far left) and CO 1CER Lt-Col Tim Bayliss (far right) . orchestras form a 140-piece concert band to celebrate Queensland Day at the Southbank Piazza.
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Long and short
of rich rewards
The debate over the value of investing in the long run still rages, so
Gp-Capt Robert Brown suggests sticking with the basics.

        HERE has been a cam-                  Suffice to say there is a great deal   of course, events of the past year
        paign over many years             of marketing hype about the worth of       have demonstrated that losses hap-
        to persuade people to be          research, the brilliance of investment     pen from time to time, even with
        concerned only about              expertise and the performances of          relatively conservative portfolios.
the return on their investments in        one funds manager over another.            2. High levels of debt involve high
the long run, a timeframe British             The product providers’ hope                levels of risk
economist John Maynard Keynes             is that investors and their advisers           This is a lesson many investors
defined as “when we’re all dead”.         (many with little more expertise           have learnt to their considerable cost
   This raises the uncomfortable dis-     than their clients) will be convinced      in the past year, as asset values have
cussion about whether, in the long        riches in excess of the index will be      plummeted.
run (say, 10 years or more), investors    achieved in the long run, if only the      3. Size matters when it comes to
can hope to outperform the index by       client is a true believer in a unique          investment management fees
picking opportunities in various asset    and scientifically-designed process            It is clear active managers charge
classes and relying on experts.           that is beyond the understanding of        more (for administration systems,
   Unfortunately, the long-run cam-       mere mortals.                              research, complex reports, labour
paign has struggled because:                  Billions of dollars and many           costs, tax and so on). So investors
                                          brilliant careers rest on a resolution
➤ Short-term league tables, often                                                    need to consider whether the after-
                                          of the argument over the ability of        fees performances of active manag-
    focusing on comparisons of            investment experts to outperform the
    periods as short as one month,                                                   ers outshine index (passive) manag-
                                          index in the long run, so the argu-
    make good copy in the media.                                                     ers in the long run.
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    promote meaningless short-term        to argue with:                                 know and those who don’t
    information to excite investors.      1. There is a correlation between              know they don’t know
➤ Short-term performance is an               risk and reward                             Be sceptical of predictions by so-
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Army August 6, 2009                                                                                                                                                                                            LIFESTYLE 25

Sweat the small stuff
As you (quietly) grunt and grind your way through a gym session, be
aware of the social niceties. Lt Rob Orr looks at the rules of conduct.

         HILE concentrating on a                                                                                     Avoid dropping the weights (unless
         work-out, it is easy to forget                  TRAIN YOUR MANNERS                                      onto a specific drop mat), as this dam-
         we are not alone. With this                                                                             ages them. Micro-fractures in equip-
                                                          Don’t:                      Do:                        ment can also cause injuries to people
in mind, it is important to remember
                                                              Hog stations                Be polite              who use them later.
social graces and show some basic                                                                                    Put weights away after use. Whether
                                                              Yell or curse               Share
gymnasium etiquette.                                                                                             you bench-press the weight of two parked
                                                              Drip on the                 Mop up after
If you drop it, mop it                                        equipment                   yourself               cars or a feather duster, be professional
                                                                                                                 and don’t make your clearing-away part
    Towels (not tea towels) should be                                                                            of someone else’s work-out.
used on all upholstery, including mats
and cardio equipment. After you have                       A little grunting from exertion is nat-               Dress to go, not show
finished on a machine or mat you                       ural, but loud, look-at-me grunts have no                    Apart from complying with the rel-
should mop up any sweat that may have                  place in a gym. Likewise, training part-                  evant military policies on clothing to be
splashed on the equipment or fallen out-               ners need to curb any rowdy barracking.                   worn during PT and personal training
side the towel’s coverage (where you                       Finally, check your language (and the                 (ASOD, volume 1, chapter 3, para 3.18
rest your head, for example). Use paper                writing on your clothing). As a highly                    and 3.19), choose clothing that will help,
towels or disinfected cloths, if available.            trained member of the ADF with sought-                    not hinder, your work-out. Loose and
    This is more than a matter of eti-                 after communication skills, you should                    baggy clothing can get caught in equip-
quette – it has important hygiene impli-               not need to use profanities.                              ment, limit your range of motion and
cations. Infections, particularly from                                                                           bounce around when you are running.
small cuts or scratches, can be passed on              Think we, not me                                          Rips and tears are even more dangerous,
through sweat.                                             The gymnasium equipment belongs                       particularly as snags for weights.
    Also, remember to wash your towel                  to the ADF, thus we need to share the                        Weight belts are not hanging racks
after a work-out.                                      equipment and look after it.                              for weights. First, the stitching is not
                                                           If you are training across several                    designed to withstand this load and can
Catch up on the run                                    pieces of equipment, you still need to                    give way. Second, the extra weight on
   Many gym users squeeze their exer-                  share. Avoid leaving your towel on one                    your body puts pressure on fatigued
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on a sit-up mat or the end of a bench.                     Likewise, if someone else has                         stretching and balance work, where
   Mobile phones, of course, should be                 annexed a station with their towel, see if                there may be some benefit in training
used considerately. If you need to take                you can work in together.                                 without shoes, ask the PT staff or gym-
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                                                                                                                                                                            Don’t be a drip: A clean towel is a must.   Photo by LS Paul McCallum
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26 SPORT                                                                                                                                                                                                         Army August 6, 2009

Netball pace picks up
NSW has already rallied its troops for the
Australian Defence Netball Association’s
national carnival next month. Now its rival
states and territories are scrambling to
catch up, as they stage their respective
selection trials. Members of all services
and reserve forces, as well as Defence
                                                             Final falter costly                                                                    AFTER winning its round-robin                 petition,” one of the organisers,
                                                                                                                                                    game against RAAF by eight                    Flg-Off Laine Pearce said.
civilians, can try out. The carnival will be
held in Townsville from September 13-                                                                                                               points, Army succumbed 76-59                      Across the two days of com-
18. The respective state representatives                                                                                                            in its rematch in a hard-fought               petition, the men’s teams proved
have further information: NT – Lt Peita                                                                                                             decider at the South Australian               fairly well matched and the two
Starcevic, peita.starcevic@defence.gov.                                                                                                             Defence Basketball’s (SADB)                   finalists were not decided until
au, (08) 8935 2128; ACT – Flt-Lt Tanya                                                                                                              interservice championships on                 the final matches.
Evans, tanya.evans@defence.gov.au,                                                                                                                                                                    The standings at the end of
(02) 6266 1532; Western Australia – Cpl                                                                                                             July 16-17.
                                                                                                                                                        Despite Army’s 55-47 win in               the round-robin competition had
Shani Logan, shani.logan@defence.
gov.au, (08) 9384 3613; Victoria – WO2                                                                                                              the earlier match, an excellent               Army in the lead from RAAF,
Tracey Baido, tracey.baido@defence.gov.                                                                                                             game was anticipated and RAAF                 APS, 11 Sqn and Navy. The APS
au, (03) 8481 7792; South Australia – Cpl                                                                                                           did not disappoint.                           team narrowly missed out on mak-
Rachael Gorton, rachael. gorton@defence.                                                                                                                RAAF, enjoying their home                 ing its second consecutive grand
gov.au, (08) 8259 2723; North Queensland                                                                                                            advantage in the RAAF Base                    final appearance after a 38-31 loss
– Sgt Kristi Vetter, kristi.vetter@defence.                                                                                                         Edinburgh gym, adjusted their                 to Army in their last game.
gov.au; South-East Queensland – Capt                                                                                                                tactics going into the final to                   The preceding three games
Sarah Weiss, sarah.weiss@defence.gov.                                                                                                               counter the strong outside shoot-
au, (07) 3332 7014; NSW – Sgt Megan
                                                                                                                                                                                                  took their toll on the under
                                                                                                                                                    ing of the Portakiewicz brothers,             manned APS team, allowing the
Walker, megan.walker@defence.gov.                                                                                                                   Pte Anthony and Cpl David.
au, (02) 6575 0042. For information, see                                                                                                                Those tactics seemed to be                fresher Army team to run the
intranet.defence.gov.au/armyweb/Sites/                                                                                                              paying off when RAAF led 42-                  game out.
ADFNA.                                                                                                                                                                                                The women’s title went to
                                                                                                                                                    24 at half-time on the back of an
Tough terrain for cyclists                                                                                                                          excellent second quarter in which             ADF women with a decisive 31-9
                                                                                                                                                    Cpl Tim Muehlberg sunk three                  result after it and RAAF had split
FLT-LT Shane Taylor can expect some
strong competition when he defends                                                                                                                  three-point shots and Cpl David               the honours in the two prelimi-
his Australian Defence Cycling Club                                                                                                                 Thomas produced a determined                  nary matches.
Endurance Mountain Biking Championship                                                                                                              display on the boards.                            Mrs Jess Kellaway topscored
crown on August 23. Lining up for the                                                                                                                   Army clawed its way back                  with 10 for the Air Force women
title will be Air Force’s Cpl Mick Crummy,                                                                                                          early in the third quarter thanks             in the first match and Cpl Julie
Army’s LCpl Jamie Bailey and Navy’s LS                                                                                                              to a quickfire 13 points from Cpl             Weston topscored for the ADF
Darren Smith. LAC/W Phillipa Rostan will                                                                                                            Portakiewicz, until another solid             women in the second match with
not defend her title as women’s endurance                                                                                                           effort from Cpl Thomas and Sgt
MTB champion, leaving the competition
                                                                                                                                                                                                  14. ACW Michelle Hiesley was
                                                                                                                                                    Glen Solomon allowed RAAF to
open. The Defence championship is held                                                                                                                                                            topscorer in the decider with 13.
                                                                                                                                                    retain its lead heading into the
in conjunction with the Cycle Epic in the                                                                                                           final quarter.                                    Most valuable player (MVP)
Lockyer Valley, South-East Queensland.                                                                                                                  Army reeled the deficit in                awards were introduced for men
Open and masters (40-plus) categories will                                                                                                          slightly, but it was not enough               and women, coinciding with the
be contested in A grade (102.8km Epic)                                                                                                                                                            induction of the second SADB
                                                                                                                                                    and Air Force won by 17 points.
and B grade (51.8km Pursuit). Information                                                                                                                                                         Hall of Fame member, Sgt
on the event and how to enter can be
                                                                                                                                                    High scorers for the game were
found at www.adcc.asn.au, or contact Sqn-                                                                                                           Cpl Portakiewicz with 22 points               Sheralee Gormley (RAAF) in rec-
Ldr Floyd. Entries close on August 16.                                                                                                              for Army and Cpl Thomas with                  ognition of her outstanding dedi-
                                                                                                                                                    20 for RAAF.                                  cation to Defence basketball in
On your bikes, helpers                                                                                                                                  Seven teams entered, with five            South Australia and the Australian
THE Australian Defence Cycle Club
                                                                                                                                                    men’s teams and two women’s                   Defence Basketball Association.
(ADCC) is seeking volunteers to assist                                                                                                              teams from all services taking                    The men played for the Justin
with the 2009 Mountain Bike World                                                                                                                   part. The women’s competition                 Galbraith Trophy in recognition
Championships in Canberra from                                                                                                                      attracted two full teams for the              of Justin’s inclusion as the first
September 1-6. “For each day worked,                                                                                                                first time in several years with a
                                                                                                                                                    RAAF team and a combined ADF                  member of the SADB Hall of
volunteers will receive one free day’s entry
                                                                                                                                                    team.                                         Fame in 2008.
to the World Cup event and every effort
will be made to ensure time off to observe                                                                                                              The men’s competition took                    This year’s MVP awards went
the event of your choice,” spokesman Flt-Lt                                                                                                         a slightly different approach this            to LACW Sam Eichler and Flg-
Brendon Mulloy said. Volunteers, who do                                                                                                             year with the teams entered by                Off Laine Pearce, who received
not need to be ADCC members and may                                                                                                                 Navy, Army, RAAF and APS,                     the most votes during the round-
be ADF or DPS personnel, are needed                                                                                                                 joined by a side manned com-                  robin and finals.
for the set-up from August 24-September                                                                                                             pletely from 11 Sqn aircraft tech-
4, and during the event. Limited accom-                                                                                                                                                               For more information on SADB,
modation is available at RMC, Duntroon,                                                                                                                                                           contact Cpl Tim Muehlberg on
                                                                                                                                                        “The rise of the 11 Sqn
or HMAS Harman. Volunteers do not need                                                                                                                                                            (08) 8259 4095 or email timothy.
                                                                                                                                                    ‘Techos’ team led by Cpl Hong                 muehlberg@defence.gov.au
to be ADCC members and may be either
                                                                                                                                                    Le added a new dimension to the
ADF or Defence Public Service. Interested                    High flyer: Cpl David Portakiewicz leaps above Sgt Glen Solomon to score in            SADB community and inspired
members should send their details to Flt-Lt                                                                                                                                                           For the latest news relating to SADB
                                                             the men’s final between the RAAF and the Army.           Photo by AC Glynn Jones       spirited rivalry within the com-              visit www.sadb.basketball.net.au
Mulloy at brendon.mulloy@defence.gov.au.

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Army first in
last Bay Classic
PTE Alexander Canavan, 1 Avn                                                   by Flt-Lt Nicola Hoey in 1:209.6
Rgt, wrote his name in the record                                              and Cpl Debbie Benjamin, 1 Avn
books as the sun went down for the                                             Regt, in 1:42:09.
last time on the Shoal Bay Classic                                                 The event offered entrants the
in Darwin on July 17.                                                          option of either competing as an
   Pte Alexander won the final run-                                            individual, a running team (six mem-
ning of the 16.2km event, introduced                                           bers) or walking team (six mem-
in 1989 to honour the memory of                                                bers), each covering 2.7 km.
the late LS Gary Petras and senior                                                 The first running team was Team
WRAN Sharyn Petras.                                                            Complicated, TSE 53, in 1:05:10.
   These two young sailors, who had                                            The first walking team home was
both served the Navy with distinction,                                         Team Sick, Lame and Lazy from
had been married only five months                                              the Psychology section at Winnellie
before they were killed in a car acci-                                         in 2:15:04, followed by Team
dent near HMAS Coonawarra, now                                                 Coonawarra Coxswains AKA X
Defence Establishment Berrimah,                                                Team in 2:29:04.
(DEB).                                                                             In announcing the event would
   Gary worked at Shoal Bay                                                    be the final in its current format,
Receiving Station and Sharyn at Base                                           Keith Petras thanked Navy PTIs who
Calibration at RAAF Darwin.                                                    had kept the event running and built
   The final activity in The North’s                                           it up over the years. “After 20 years,
Navy Week, the Classic attract-                                                it’s probably time to put this event to
ed 80 competitors from HMAS              First lady: Sgt Kirsty Bird after     bed,” Mr Petras said.
Coonawarra, RAAF Darwin,                 crossing the line first female.           “It has changed greatly over the
Robertson Barracks and visiting US                                             years with HMAS Coonawarra’s
service personnel.                       Force’s Sgt Geoff Wilson third in     location now becoming DEB and
   Pte Canavan won the Petras            1:06.42. The 1998 record of 57:54     SBRS basically being run by Boeing
Memorial Trophy, donated in 1989         from Tim Ellison wasn’t seriously     civilian staff, not Navy sailors.
by the parents of the late LS Petras,    threatened.                               “We’ve even changed the race to Winning run: Pte Alexander Canavan, 1 Avn Regt, is presented with the
in 1hr 5min and 58sec from Phil              First woman home was Sgt Kirsty   start in the reverse direction from winner’s trophy by Keith Patras after the Shoal Bay Classic.
Lewis of SBRS in 1:06.14, with Air       Bird, AAB-D, in 1:18:33, followed     Shoal Bay.”                                                                                      Photos by LS Helen Frank

                                                                                                                      SHOAL BAY CLASSIC RESULTS
2HSB’s challenging finish                                                                                             Open male
                                                                                                                      1 Pte Alex Canavan, 1 Avn Regt,1:05:58
                                                                                                                      2 Sgt Murray Wilson, 321 ECSS,1:06:42
                                                                                                                      3 Capt Joclan Herrman, US ARMY, 1:12:04.
                                                                                                                                                                    Team relay run
                                                                                                                                                                    1 Complicated TSE 53, 1:05:10
                                                                                                                                                                    2 SBRS, 1:13:07
                                                                                                                                                                    3 The Crocs, TSE 53, 1:13:52
NOT even a significant injury to one of its number                                                                    Veteran male                                  Team relay walk
with only a quarter of the journey complete deterred                                                                  1 Mr Phil Lewis, SBRS, 1:06:14                1 Sick, Lame and Lazy Psychology Section,
team 2HSB from finishing the 96km Kokoda                                                                              2 Capt Richard Bryson, HQ 1 Bde, 1:07:26      2:15:55 (Maj Alison Kaine, WO2 Kim
Challenge charity fund-raiser.                                                                                        3 Flt-Lt Andrew Gibbs, 44 Wg Det Dn,          Lawson, Cpl Georgina McLean);
                                                                                                                      1:27:19.                                      2 X Team, HMAS Coonawarra, 2:29:04
    The team of Sgt Penelope O’Regan, AACC, Cpl
                                                                                                                      Veteran female                                (LCdr Rebecca Jeffcoat, CPO Paul Carey,
Shane Lewis, RAEME, Cpl Trevor Peduzie, RAEME,                                                                                                                      PO William Robinson, LS Mark Thomson,
and Maj Dave Bullock, RAAMC, joined more than                                                                         1 Sgt Kirsty Bird, AAB-D, 1:18:33
                                                                                                                      2 Flt-Lt Nicola Hoey, 44 Wg Det Dn, 1:20:16   LS Zoe D’Orival, LS Karen Deane).
1500 competitors on July 18 and 19 at Mudgereeba                                                                      3 Cpl Debbie Benjamin, 1 Avn Regt,
in South-East Queensland to compete in Australia’s                                                                    1:42:09.
toughest cross-country race.
    The 96km annual event is in its fifth year and is
designed as an ongoing legacy to the soldiers who
defended Australia on the Kokoda Track in Papua
New Guinea. The challenge gives ordinary people the
chance to experience the Kokoda spirit.                                                                                   All Defence Force orders over $300*
    Since 2005, it has experienced staggering growth
with more than 3000 competitors and 5000 spectators                                                                       will receive a VIP pack valued at
this year.
    The arduous course snakes through the Gold Coast                                                                      $75 for FREE.
hinterland, working its way up through 5000m of verti-
cal elevation.                                                                                                            Orders over $500 will also automatically
    Each team enters with the prospect of raising $1100    Cooling down: Cpl Trevor Peduzie and Cpl
for the Kokoda Youth Challenge Program charity.            Penelope O’Regan hit the water in the Kokoda                   receive a 5% bulk buy discount.
    Maj Bullock said 2HSB began its planning in            Challenge.                 Photo by Maj Dave Bullock
March when Sgt O’Regan identified three other “gul-
lible individuals”.                                                                                                       WE GUARANTEE
    “Sgt O’Regan was the driving force behind the
whole thing,” he said.
    “Having convinced the trio of unsuspecting victims
to join her in the venture, we quickly set about prepar-
ing for what was without a doubt one of the most – if
not the most – physically challenging and unforgettable
experiences of our lives.                                                                                                 Shop with us for:
    “Sgt O’Regan single-handedly arranged all aspects
of the challenge and trained the team.”
    Team 2HSB had set a goal to complete the 96km
within 20 hours – achievable and looking promising up
to the 25km mark, where Cpl Peduzie suffered a sig-
nificant knee injury.
    The team decided, based upon the Kokoda spirit, to
continue to the end point at the best speed Cpl Peduzie
could muster.
    “He showed true and commendable military deter-
mination and resilience in continuing to trek over 75km
to complete the course in an impressive 22hrs,” Maj
Bullock said.
    He also praised the team as a whole. “Team 2HSB
was fortunate in the selection of a most fantastic sup-
port crew of Cpl Hendrik Bavage, RACT, Pte Daniel
Levick, RACT, Cpl Christie Bavage, RAAMC,
Lt Emma Cameron’s, RAAMC, and Sgt Rodney
O’Regan, AACC.                                                                                                                                                                       1800 111 445
    Maj Bullock also said the team would be back next
year, “stronger, wiser and faster”.
                   August 6, 2009

TALL                 On the ball: Pte
                     Anthony Portakiewicz
                     tries to leap above ACM
                     Josh Gardner in the
                     2009 South Australian

                     interservice basketball
                     Photo by AC Glynn Jones

Army falters
in final Page 26
 Talisman Saber 09
 Army August 6, 2009

                                    Biennial joint exercise wraps up

Capped off: A US marine and an
Australian soldier discuss the possibilities
of an exchange. Photo by Cpl Guy Young

  2 TALISMAN SABER 09                                                                                                                                                                                                      Army August 6, 2009                                                                                                                                                                                                                   3

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Combined effort on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        urban assault course
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        By Cpl Cristina Noelia (US)                            accurate feedback was an important part of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3RAR combined with US Marines from 31                       “It’s important for a unit to know its
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Marine Expeditionary Unit to conduct one of            strengths and weaknesses, what works and what
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        the milestone activities for Talisman Saber 09.        doesn’t,” Col Gunder said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The joint force participated in an urban                “This facility allows units to enhance the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        assault at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area at         abilities of their tactics, equipment, leaders and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        the purpose-built urban facility on July 23.           [fellow service members].”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            As the combined force made its way to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Marine Pl Commander 1Lt Jake Grader said it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        town they were hit with a series of obstacles,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               was good preparation for infantry operations.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        including mock IEDs, mines and enemy fire.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Soldiers from US 9 Fd Sqn role played the               “We get out here and practise fundamental
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        enemy force and had set up obstacles and tacti-        skills that we’re using in Iraq and Afghanistan,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        cal positions within the town and throughout the       1Lt Grader said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        area to engage the forces as they advanced.                 “This is what it’s all about. From here, we can
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lt John Leathley, 9 Fd Sqn, said a lot of          think about what we need to improve and what
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        improvisation was used to delay the advance into       we did right to be ready for the real thing.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        town.                                                       The training proved to be beneficial to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            “We tried to make it as realistic as possible      Marines and soldiers and gave them a taste of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        so they could get the most out of their training       what to expect should they end up in a real-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        here,” Lt Leathley said.                               world urban combat situation.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Using cameras on the training grounds,                  “It was a real eye-opener,” US Marine Cpl
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        observer/trainers monitored and recorded the           Dominic Nunciato said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        unit’s performance in an after-action review                “This is where we learn from our mistakes, in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        using the footage to identify their mistakes and       a setting that’s as close to real-world as you can
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        measure proficiency.                                   get. It emphasised the importance of situational
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Commander CTC Col Ashley Gunder said               awareness.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         UNCONVENTIONAL COMBAT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ONE of the culminating events throughout the          in this training came from getting to think like an

Exercise a success
Protection: AFP conduct civil disturbance response training.                                                 Photo by Cpl Michael Augusto (US)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         simulated war occurred at the Urban Operations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Training Facility – a mock town intended to               “If they should find themselves overseas soon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         train troops for current operations.                  and given an urban situation, they can think back
                                                                                                                                                 Full bottle: CA Lt-Gen Ken Gillespie receives a briefing on the exercise                                                                                                                                    Simulated enemy troops from 5RAR and              to this exercise when they had to use unconven-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         1CER created mock IEDs and mine fields. The role      tional tactics,” Maj Purvis said.
                                                                                                                                                 during his visit.                                Photo by LCpl Paul Zellner (US)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         involved a lot of creativity and improvisation.           “We’ve had to employ many unconventional
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               military tactics that defy the doctrine we use. While
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Part of the opposing force’s role was to adopt an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               blue force was practising conventional war-fight-

Teamwork grown and skills sharpened
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         unconventional combat mentality to closely match
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ing techniques, we’re gaining a different kind of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the theatres in which both friendly forces are cur-   knowledge out here.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         rently operating.                                         “A lot of the obstacles we set up proved to be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Using wire, soda cans and other objects lying     quite a challenge. [Friendly forces] were able to
By WO2 Graham McBean                            tions and logistics support. It was preceded          Logisticians also played a greater role                                                                                                                                                                                                            around, simulated enemy troops rigged hidden          work together to overcome them and keep push-
                                                by a force integration and live-firing phase,    with 17 CSS Bde at Rockhampton practis-                                                                                                                                                                                                                 bombs. Opposing forces set up bunkers under lay-      ing on,.
EXERCISE Talisman Saber 09 ended on             and also enabled computer-generated virtu-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ers of rocks and bricks. They then discussed ways         He said the soldiers had done a great job “in
                                                                                                 ing support of a major force, as well as sup-
July 26 having successfully achieved            al and constructive forces to be integrated      porting the exercise in real-time.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      to further hinder the enemy advance.                  challenging the opponents and making them work
major objectives in combined joint opera-       into the exercise.                                    Brig Brown said another important ele-                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Maj Stewart Purvis, 5RAR, said the true value     hard”.
tions between Australian and US forces.             While the US was the bigger player           ment was practising the transition from
    The major biennial opportunity between      in the amphibious assault with its larger        peace enforcement to peacekeeping and
the two countries produced numerous les-        resources based on the US Marines, it was        humanitarian assistance operations during
sons learned while developing key capabili-     an important opportunity for the ADF’s           the urban operations phase.
ties for Australian troops.                     assets given the enhanced amphibious                  “We were able to execute a number of
    Spokesman Brig Bob Brown said the           capabilities foreshadowed in the Defence         very valuable scenarios in the urban envi-
exercise involved about 25,000 Navy,            White Paper.
Army, Air Force and Marine forces across a                                                       ronment, using the urban operations train-
                                                    The amphibious HMA Ships Manoora,
number of Australian training areas.                                                             ing facility” he said.
                                                Kanimbla and Tobruk, as well as LCM8s,                                                                                                                                                 Target to front: A US marine aims an M16 at the urban operations training facility.
    “It was a tremendous opportunity for us     took part in the seaborne assault, which              “We brought in the Australian Federal                                                                                                                                                                         Photo by Cpl Michael Augusto (US)
to operate at the combined task-force level     was a good precursor to Australia acquiring      Police for the first time and included civil-
because we don’t often get that opportu-        its new amphibious ships in the next couple      ian role players in the exercise as part of a Check point: Pte Justin Ward (left) and Pte Fabian Scholte, 6RAR,
nity,” Brig Brown said.                         of years.                                        whole-of-government approach.”                 maintain careful watch.                         Photo by Cpl Chris Moore
    “It was very successful in terms of the         “It was valuable for us to participate in         He said 3RAR’s parachute assault may
planning and execution of mid- to high-         a large-scale amphibious operation and a         well be the last time this was done at unit
intensity warfare. However, it also enabled     lot of lessons came out of it for the future,”   level in the Talisman Saber exercises.
us to practise other contingencies such as      Brig Brown said.                                      He said the two-week exercise was
peacekeeping and humanitarian missions.”            He also highlighted the significant          conducted safely with minimal environmen-
    He said a wide range of important           contribution made by the Joint Combined          tal impact. It provided invaluable training
capabilities were tested for the Australians,   Training Capability linking the virtual and      experience for all participants, at the tacti-
including amphibious and airborne opera-        constructive forces to real participants.        cal as well as the combined taskforce level.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Ever vigilant: Soldiers patrol by a wrecked vehicle.                                  Photo by Cpl Guy Young     Ready: CO 6 RAR Lt-Col Jason Blaine briefs the teams.                                  Photo by Cpl Guy Young
United stand: Australian and US soldiers parade at the completion of a phase at the exercise.                         Photo by Cpl Guy Young In force: US soldier PFC Daniel Villalba.                      Photo by Cpl Chris Moore
  4 TALISMAN SABER 09                                                                                                                                                                                          Army August 6, 2009

                                                                                                      Pack up: A soldier retrieves his parachute after landing on the drop zone.                                Photo by Sgt Neil Ruskin

                                                                                                      3RAR’s quick drop
   Drop zone: 3RAR soldiers parachute into SWBTA.                          Photo by Sgt Neil Ruskin

                                                                                                      By Lt Madeline Denholm                 drop. “They hooked their static line             awareness count., Pte Fuller said.
                                                                                                                                             or their parachute on to a cable. They                “It’s sort of quick from there, you
                                                                                                      IN A large-scale tactical drop, 150    exited the plane at approximately 120            get down and hit the ground hard.”
                                                                                                      Australian soldiers parachuted         knots and then fell 1,000 feet,” Lt                   LCpl Michael Quilty, 3RAR, said
                                                                                                      into Shoalwater Bay Training Area      Wick said.                                       the jump was pretty quick.
                                                                                                      (SWBTA) in one of the culminating          “It’s not too far when you think                  “Everyone follows the next guy
                                                                                                      events of the joint exercise, Talisman about it.”                                       out, there is not really any time to
                                                                                                      Saber 2009.                                The static line is the link from the         think about not jumping. It’s good
                                                                                                          It was an early start for the sol- parachute to the aircraft. When the              fun,” LCpl Quilty said.
                                                                                                      diers from 3RAR and 176 Air Dispatch, paratrooper jumps out of the aircraft,                 In addition to being part of
                                                                                                      as well engineer and transport sup-    the static line pulls the parachute for          Talisman Saber 09, the drop had spe-
                                                                                                      port elements, who boarded the         them. This allows a rapid deployment             cial significance for 3RAR.
                                                                                                      RAAF C-130 Hercules at RAAF Base       for those forces on to the ground from                Lt Wick said the parachute capa-
                                                                                                      Richmond about 0200hr.                 a very low height.                               bility of 3RAR has transferred from an
                                                                                                          The flight to SWBTA took almost         Pte James Fuller, 3RAR, said he             Airborne Battle Group to an Airborne
                                                                                                      five hours, while the jump over Drop   gets an urge just to get out off the             Combat Team.
                                                                                                      Zone Kapyong took just 30 to 40 sec- plane.                                                  “It is a highly mobile force which
                                                                                                      onds to complete.                          “You’re up in the plane, you’ve got          can insert via parachute into remote
                                                                                                          3RAR Recon Platoon Commander       your pack hanging off you, you just              areas and areas well above the capa-
                                                                                                      Lt Jonathan Wick said it wasn’t a long want to get out [of the plane], do your          bility of conventional forces,” he said.
   Get set: A C-130 Hercules taxies on to the airfield.                    Photo by Cpl Guy Young

Troops                                                                                                 Umpires on the battlefield
play up
                                                                                                      By LEUT Darren Mallett
                                                                                                      MAJ Ed Jones was an umpire on one
                                                                                                      of the largest playing fields in mod-
                                                                                                      ern conquest.
                                                                                                          But the field was not a sports oval
                                                                                                      nor a court – it was Exercise Talisman
                                                                                                      Saber 2009.
By Sgt Rob Nyffenegger                                                                                    The exercise to train Australian and
LIFE-LIKE serials and role players made                                                               US forces in planning and conducting
                                                                                                      combined task-force operations was
learning a serious business during                                                                    conducted over such a wide area with
Talisman Saber 2009.                                                                                  25,000 participants.
    The large number of role players placed                                                               The role of the umpire was pivotal
throughout the Shoalwater Bay Training
                                                                                                      in ensuring simulated engagements
Area took to their assigned tasks with
                                                                                                      accurately reflected what might hap-
gusto and enjoyed the ability to develop
                                                                                                      pen in actual circumstances.
scenarios for the troop arrival in their areas.
    One such role-player, Cpl Stuart Ward,                                                                For the umpires, that meant provid-
1CSSB, played ‘Joe’ a service station owner                                                           ing realism to, and controlling, exercise
during Talisman Saber. Joe and his ‘family’                                                           situations Australian and US forces
                                                  Simulation: Capt Brian Riva                         participated in during the two-week
lived and operated a scenario service sta-        (standing), US Marines, informs Capt
tion.                                                                                                 active phase.
                                                  Steven Larose (centre), 3RAR, that                      Umpires were attached to both           Info: Maj Ed Jones and LCdr Rod McLean dicuss calculating
    Having served 23 years with the British       one of his soldiers has a simulated                                                             casualties during the exercise.        Photo by AB Evan Murphy
Army and gained extensive experience on                                                               sides and with all elements of the
                                                  abdominal injury.                                   exercise scenario, whether land, sea or
overseas deployments to the Middle East,                               Photo by Cpl Chris Moore                                                        “That could be anything from dust       specialist trauma surgeons, doctors,
Europe and America, Cpl Ward has seen the                                                             air-based.                                  in their eyes, which must be washed          a radiographer, theatre nurses and
world and knows the importance of realistic       mayor of a shanty town. “We became a                    Through a process of statistical        out, to the most serious casualties          other medical staff ran their own set
training.                                         critical point for them (the approaching            analysis, combined with actual condi-       requiring urgent medical attention.”         of work-ups to ensure they could cater
    “It’s a good education for the young-         forces), where the leaders on the ground            tions, umpires calculated equipment              Once casualties were identified, the    for any number and type of simulated
sters. War fighting is not just military-on-      are going to have to make decisions,” he            attrition and personnel casualties.         next part of the exercise kicked in as
                                                                                                          Maj Jones said he was one of 77                                                      injury.
military anymore,” he said.                       said.                                                                                           initial responders in the field adminis-
                                                       However, learning was not just for             umpires spread throughout six train-                                                         According to Maj Jones, the best
    Participants trained with scenarios                                                                                                           tered first aid.
                                                  the conventional forces, it also served the         ing areas in central and northern                                                        news for any simulated casualty was
specifically designed to help them gain an                                                                                                             “Then the more seriously-affected
understanding of some of the things they          role players well and had them thinking             Queensland, the Northern Territory,         casualties were evacuated to teams of        that they magically healed after the
may face in real-world situations while on        in new ways.                                        and with maritime forces exercising in      medics who were on stand-by,” Maj            phase of the exercise in which they
deployments.                                           “It gets the role players in the mindset       the Coral, Timor and Arafura Seas.          Jones said.                                  were deemed injured.
    “It put perspective on the whole situa-       of what is going through the insurgent or               “We even had umpires located in              One of those teams was the 35-per-          “In a situation where the umpire’s
tion,” Cpl Ward said.                             civilian on the battlefields way of think-          Hawaii for airborne serials. We nomi-       son contingent that staffed a primary        word is final, at least I can lay my
    Capt Ed Rodriguez, US Army National           ing,” said US Army SSgt Michael Sands, a            nate who becomes a casualty and the         casualty reception facility located in       hands on someone and declare they
Guard 1/160 Light Infantry, role-played the       psychological operations specialist.                extent of their incapacitation,” he said.   HMAS Kanimbla. On board Kanimbla,            are well again,” he said.

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