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Pte Benjamin Ranaudo Edition 1218 August 6, 2009 FAREWELL Final salute to a passionate digger Page 2 FOUR-PAGE TALISMAN SABER LIFTOUT INSIDE FRESH LOOK FOR ARMY WEBSITE P3 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. The Soldiers’ Newspaper A/Director Sydney photographer: Disclaimer David Edlington: (02) 6265 4650 Bill Cunneen: 0402 155 220 Army is published fortnightly by Defence Newspapers. It is printed under contract by Capital Fine Print. The material Editorial Contact us published is selected for its interest. 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Photo by PO Dave Connolly 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 province. 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 Website’s procedures.” 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 new face heavy insurgent fire,” he said. http://www.defence.gov.au/coi/ TIME FOR A NEW CAR? By Cpl Andrew Hetherington “This form of immediacy creates able from the DRN, although this is Salary Packaging that really does greater transparency and account- not a disadvantage. ARMY personnel and civilians can now access Twitter, Facebook, and You Tube on the Army inter- ability while developing confidence and trust, which all members of Army can add value and a voice to “Up to 80 per cent of Army members do not have access to the DRN,” Lt-Gen Gillespie said. 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Check our website for details. 4 NEWS Army August 6, 2009 Training achieves milestone 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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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 Business Services was farewelled at the 1RAR parade can personally vouch for the important ground in Townsville on July 18 role you will play in providing support before heading to the Middle East. throughout the Middle East,” Senator FSU2 will provide logistics support Faulkner said. to all operational nodes in that theatre, “Our troops there are operating in but its main assignment will be sup- porting operations in Afghanistan. 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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”. ED edge,” he said. Minister in June he has visited per- ER NT “The thing that really does come He told the Defence + Industry ST E 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 INCOME TAX RETURNS 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 Specialising in Income Tax Returns for Tarin Kowt, so I hope that is a pretty good indication that meeting our 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, SYDNEY LEVEL 1, 23 OXFORD RD, INGLEBURN 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 PHONE 02 9829 4188 OR 02 9605 8350 are doing.” He said the feedback from sol- and women of the ADF are depend- ing on what industry can provide portfolio and looked forward to the challenges ahead. 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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. 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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. IN BRIEF Squadron’s 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.” Immerse yourself Replica Medals in safety & Ribbons Proudly Australian Owned and Operated RMR produces the education. If you are an OHS&E professional or are largest range of replica embarking on an OHS&E career, consider militaria in Australia.... furthering your education with NSCA. Visit us online and From Certificate courses to Auditor qualifications to a Diploma in OHS, NSCA gives take advantage of our you the most extensive and flexible learning monthly special experiences available. NSCA is a member of the Department of Defence Occupational Health and Safety Services Panel. Phone: 02 9652 0366 Fax: 02 9652 0277 To see how an NSCA course could beneﬁt your career call 1800 816 459 www.replicamedals.com.au or visit www.nsca.org.au adcorp11928 Army August 6, 2009 NEWS 9 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. Ball for a good cause THE 2009 Military Officers Make-A-Wish Ball will be held on September 5, in the Grand Waldorf Ballroom Saving on my car loan at the Sebel and Citigate hotel Albert Park Melbourne. The black tie event will be held between 7pm-mid- night. The event regulary hosts 650 ADF officers, their meant I could get a load partners and guests, and Defence industry sponsors of the event. 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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 CLOTHING UPDATE Unit colour patches http://vbmweb.sor.defence.gov.au/rodum/ Documents/RODUM%20Web%20User% UNIT colour patches are provided via unit funding and not through CLOSPO DMO. 20Guide%20Ed16%20-%20Nov%2008.pdf Units can place order for the patches through www.arcadeemb.com.au/defence. Your questions IF YOU have questions related to cloth- Defective clothing ing entitlements, clothing prices or avail- TO REPORT a defect against a clothing ability of clothing, please contact the Army item, a RODUM is to be submitted in addi- Clothing Hotline – Sgt Anthony Romkes tion to any unit promulgated instructions. on 03 9282 6602 or email anthony. A web user guide can be accessed at email@example.com. Army August 6, 2009 WORLD NEWS 11 out 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. NEED A BREAK? MISSED the 60th DEFENCE MEMBER Army Apprentice DISCOUNTS AT COOLUM BEACH RESORT REUNION? 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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. 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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 Grieving 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- family’s a far better perspective of the enormity of the challenges faced by the Anzacs from a topographical perspective as well ties. And lastly, to experience first hand, the respect the Turkish people have for heartfelt as carrying out simple daily tasks and routine. 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 thanks 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 Give boost level of support they provided web: www.armyshop.com.au over a couple of very difficult weeks. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ARMYSHOP ARMYSHOP In particular, we so appre- ph: 02 6123 2960 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. 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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. Battlespace 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 Woodsman Corporate Australian Army Call John NOW Timber Collection Approved P: 07 3408 2444 * Perpetual Manufacturer F: 07 3408 2679 Trophies * Glassware Unit Plaques & Trophies * Corporate Awards • Glassware • Insignia • Badges • Keyrings TPR David Pearce Phone Shane email: firstname.lastname@example.org Memorial Trophy 0412 214 809 LEAD TWICE THE LIFE DMO MILITARY RESERVES DMO exciting opportunities Australia wide! 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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 Recent deployments WHEN Saturday 14 November 2009 In the training scenario the Cpl Greg Shephard, Fires Assist. 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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. SWITCH to an Australian Defence Credit Card and SAVE which offer all the beneﬁts you expect from a credit card, at a much lower cost: • Low 8.50 %pa* introductory rate for 6 months – applies to all balance transfers Are you paying too much interest on your credit card? and transactions you make during the six month introductory period. 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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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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. ment is unlikely to be settled soon. ➤ Funds managers who perform In the meantime, here are four 4. There are two types of econo- well in the short run often fundamental principles that are hard mists – namely, those who don’t 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- “easy sell” for financial advisers. Given the risky and undiversi- called “experts”. ➤ Any concept requiring patience, fied portfolios into which many Be guided by these basic princi- prudence, time and a cool people enthusiastically invest their ples and it will be hard to go wrong assessment of risk and debt levels hard-earned savings, it’s clear this in the long run. contradicts our society’s culture principle needs a greater level of Gp-Capt Robert Brown is Chairman of the The ghost of experts past: Will your planning see you in easy retirement or of immediacy. acceptance among investors. And, ADF Financial Services Consumer Council will it be your memorial? Photo by LS Paul McCallum WE CARE ABOUT YOUR MONEY AS INTERACTIVE, INFORMATIVE MUCH AS YOU DO. FUN AND ENTERTAINING That’s why we’ve created our fantastic online eLearning modules. 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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 cise into busy days. So if you wish to apparatus while you use others. Rotate muscles if you mis-step or drop off a socialise, be wary of hogging the equip- around the stations with your towel and heaving beam or dip bar. ment while you do so. By all means, if you find someone else on a station Enclosed shoes are a standard chat to a friend as you run on a tread- you are returning to, ask if you can work requirement. They absorb sweat from mill, but avoid gossiping while perched in with them. your feet and provide protection. For 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. 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Excludes wear and tear items, tyres, battery, oils and additives. **Recommended maximum delivery cost $1,495 inclusive of GST. †Whichever occurs first. ˆApplies only to full time serving personnel of the Australian Defence Forces (excludes contractors). LR6666 26 SPORT Army August 6, 2009 SPORT SHORTS 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, firstname.lastname@example.org. Defence Basketball’s (SADB) finalists were not decided until au, (08) 8935 2128; ACT – Flt-Lt Tanya interservice championships on the final matches. Evans, email@example.com, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, email@example.com. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, nicians. 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 email@example.com 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. 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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 ASK interservice basketball tournament. 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 EXERCISE SUCCESS P2 URBAN COMBAT SKILLS P3 3RAR DROPS IN P4 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 process. 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) insurgent. 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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