Home' Army News : July 14th 2016 Contents July 14, 2016
David Edlington (02) 6265 4650
Alisha Welch: (02) 6265 2253
WO2 Andrew Hetherington:
(02) 6266 7614
Sgt Dave Morley: (02) 6266 7613
Cpl Max Bree: (02) 6266 7608
Cpl Mark Doran: (02) 6265 1304
Cpl Sebastian Beurich: (02) 6265 4140
Cpl Bill Solomou: (02) 6265 1355
LS Jayson Tufrey: (02) 6266 7606
Fax: (02) 6265 6690
Mail: The Editor, R8-LG-048,
PO Box 7909, Department of
Defence, ACT 2600
Advertising and subscriptions
Tim Asher: (07) 3332 7651 or
0459 842 551
Assistant Marketing Manager
Trish Dillon: (02) 6266 7607
Army is published fortnightly by the
Directorate of Defence News and
Multimedia. It is printed under contract by
Horton Media Australia Ltd. The material
published is selected for its interest. The
views expressed in published articles
are not necessarily those of Defence or
Army. Every advertisement is subject
to Directorate of Defence News and
Multimedia approval and the Directorate
of Defence News and Multimedia may, at
its discretion, refuse to accept an adver-
tisement. The Directorate accepts no
responsibility or liability in relation to any
loss due to the failure of an advertise-
ment to appear or if it appears in a form
not in accordance with the instructions
received by the Directorate of Defence
News and Multimedia. Defence does not
endorse the products or services pub-
lished in advertisements.
BLUE FORCE: 1 Bde, plus
enablers from 6, 16 and 17 Bdes,
4 and 9 Bdes, Air Force and the
Marine Rotational Force – Darwin.
SOLDIERS of 1 Bde have spent a lot
of time at Cultana over the past year.
They have run through their Predators
series of exercises in the training area
and have a firm grasp of the terrain
and what advantages it can offer.
Along with their knowledge of the
terrain, 1 Bde has been integrating
support from Air Force and other ena-
blers along its journey and knows how
to use them properly.
The Chief of Staff of 1 Bde,
Lt-Col Andrew Love, said Hamel was
about ensuring core soldier skills were
up to scratch before moving on to
“Working in a combined arms,
joint environment adds friction and
complexity to completing tasks when
faced by an aggressive enemy,” Lt-Col
“It allows us to gradually reinforce
and then add to training as we go
through the series. We start off with
low-level platoon skills, then go all
the way through to battlegroup and
“We couldn’t have had better
training for Hamel than the Predators
series. I think we’re postured well for
RSM 1 Bde WO1 Matthew Sullivan
said Hamel was the culmination of a
vast amount of training throughout the
Predators series of exercises.
“The officers and soldiers are actu-
ally pretty excited. The brigade has
been on a long journey during the past
year,” WO1 Sullivan said.
“There was a real sense of antici-
pation coming into the exercise. It’s
almost like a football match and they
finally have the opportunity for the
“I think Hamel is about working
as a team, integrating all of the differ-
ent elements, and showing the brigade
never fights by itself, but as a complete
team and formidable force. For the
brigade it’s about showing we’re ready
and able to take on that mantle.”
Lt-Col Love complimented 7 Bde’s
approach to the difficult task of gener-
ating a contemporary enemy force.
“The way 7 Bde has mentally
made the shift to look at contemporary
threats and what tactics they employ,
and then use those tactics to create a
realistic and relevant enemy, is a credit
to their organisation,” Lt-Col Love
“We want to say thank you in
advance to 7 Bde for taking this
exercise seriously and providing a
great scenario for us to test ourselves
against,” he said.
WO1 Sullivan said he would be
disappointed if there wasn’t rivalry
between the two brigades.
“I think the exercise will show that
no matter who is acting on what side,
at the end of the day it’s about a
real show of Army’s capability, as
1 Bde steps into the next phase of the
force generation cycle as the Ready
Brigade,” he said.
RED FORCE: 7 Bde acting as
92 Motorised Bde, Kamarian
Military Forces, supported by
elements from 6 and 17 Bdes.
TROOPS of 7 Bde may not have spent
as much time at Cultana as 1 Bde, but
their extensive research on contempo-
rary threats leads them to believe they
will be able to put up a good fight as
Exercise Hamel’s enemy force.
7 Bde’s main objective is to learn as
much from the experience as possible,
then feed their experiences back into
the training cycle.
Brigade Major Maj Peter Allan said
playing enemy let the brigade demon-
strate innovation in how they operated,
both tactically and in general business.
“The beauty of exercises like
Hamel, particularly when you are play-
ing enemy, is you’re not constrained by
observer trainers, or the requirement to
adhere to Australian doctrine or SOPs,”
Maj Allan said.
“By the time we come back around
to be the owners of the combat bri-
gade SOPs, we can feed the lessons as
enemy back into them,” he said.
Commander 7 Bde Brig Anthony
Rawlins said they had researched con-
temporary operating procedures from
around the world to come up with their
“We can apply what we have
learnt, then learn vicariously from
1 Bde about how they respond to those
threats, so everyone benefits from the
experience,” Brig Rawlins said.
“Our enemy party is designed to
present a credible, adaptable and lethal
adversary to 1 Bde.
“We have to provide them with a
realistic adversary to test all individu-
als, as well as all of their procedures,
planning and execution of operations
so they can be certified as the Ready
RSM 7 Bde WO1 Ian D’Arcy said
seeing the adaptable nature of the
officers and soldiers of 7 Bde was
“Four weeks ago we were immersed
in a high-end live-fire training envi-
ronment in a foundation warfighting
sense,” WO1 D’Arcy said.
“Now we’ve become a non-conven-
tional red force, coming together and
adapting and evolving that role to
provide a training effect for 1 Bde.
“Because the role is something new,
the officers and soldiers are keen to
learn and adapt.”
Brig Rawlins said Cultana was
a completely new environment for
“Cultana is wonderful because
it’s a completely different operating
environment to what we are used to at
Shoalwater Bay or High Range,”
Brig Rawlins said.
“It allows us to exercise in a more
open environment, more conducive to
mechanised manoeuvre” he said.
While innovation may be a focus
of 7 Bde for Exercise Hamel, Brig
Rawlins said their primary focus was
to give 1 Bde the training serials they
required to become ready.
“From the bottom up, and all the
way through, we’re looking for innova-
tive methods of practising deception
using electronic counter measures and
integrating with the local community,
among other things,” Brig Rawlins
“The benefit of exercises like
Hamel is that the entire Army, and by
extension the entire ADF, learns a lot,”
“We don’t have to make it easy for
1 Bde – and we certainly won’t.
“They will be expecting a tough
fight and they will get a tough fight,
which is entirely appropriate because
our ready forces need to be at the pin-
nacle of their professional game.”
To which RSM 7 Bde added: “Tell
1 Bde to bring a good supply of band-
Tough test under way at Cultana
Cpl Sebastian Beurich explains how
Exercise Hamel 2016 will play out.
For a full wrap of Exercise Hamel check out
the July 28 edition of Army. Coverage of the
exercise as it happens can be followed at
@AustralianArmy on Twitter or by visiting the
Australian Army Facebook page.
Soldiers patrol the streets of
Whyalla, South Australia, in
Bushmasters as part of an
Exercise Hamel training scenario.
Photo by AB Chris Beerens
A soldier prepares a Bushmaster
at the evacuation handling centre.
Photo by AB Chris Beerens
Links Archive June 30th 2016 July 28th 2016 Navigation Previous Page Next Page