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March 9, 2017
COMMANDERS from 3 Bde
experienced life as soldiers in
an effort to better understand
what their orders meant for
those who carried them out.
During the week-long exercise, 44 com-
manders built a medium girder bridge,
were drilled on the parade ground, acted
as helicopter crewmen and participated in
an endurance march.
Dog handlers at Oakey’s Police Dog Section
swapped their light blue berets for red ones as
the role was taken over by RACMP.
Previously, career management had been
difficult as soldiers from different corps were
trained as dog handlers.
All dog handlers who completed the military
police induction course were qualified to wear
red berets as ECN160 security guards.
The Australian and US governments
signed an agreement for long-term, joint
use of the NAVSTAR GPS network.
This agreement gave Defence access
to the Precise Positioning Service to
exchange test and research information
with the US.
Sgt A Rice from Sydney wrote to Army News
complaining that mosquitos were biting
through his DPCUs during a training exercise.
He found it incomprehensible they would be
issued uniforms mosquitos could bite through
and it made a mockery of the instruction to roll
sleeves down to ward off insects.
LCpl D Martin, of 9 Fd Ambulance, wrote
to Army News upset at the policy of most
units prohibiting female soldiers from
Generally, male soldiers were permitted
to wear them but the Army Dress Manual
provided no definitive guidance on females
LCpl Martin said Army regularly exam-
ined the issue of equality but policy mak-
ers rarely did.
Cpl Max Bree takes a
look at what was making
headlines in years past.
By Pte Codey Anderson
Bike: 2017 Giant Defy
Advanced Pro 1
Bike type: Endurance road bike
Frame: Carbon fibre, with
carbon fibre wheels and seat
Group-set: Shimano Ultegra
6800, 11-speed mechanical
Reviewer: WO2 Andrew
AVE you ever dreamt of
owning a bike as good as
those ridden by profes-
These days, any mere mortal
cyclist – who is willing to pay for
one – can.
One such bike is the 2017 Giant
Defy Advanced Pro 1. One ride will
make you feel like you are a profes-
sional cyclist – guaranteed.
Weighing in at around 8.8kg
with pedals, the bike has a carbon
fibre frame and carbon fibre wheels
shod with tubeless tyres.
It was built with comfortable
seating geometry, for riders with an
all-day riding mindset and endur-
ance riding ambitions.
As soon as your legs cre-
ate the first pedal strokes you can
feel yourself propelled forward
much faster than you thought was
possible. Looking down at my
computer, I saw myself going past
30km/h within a few seconds and I
was not even trying to go that fast.
Out of the saddle, whether it’s
climbing up steep hills, sprinting
to get to work or home faster or to
just beat yesterday’s Strava segment
times, the Defy feels remarkably
A smooth ride
Book: Phantoms of Bribie
Author: Lt-Col Ian Mackay
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing
Reviewer: Sgt Dave Morley
PUBLIC talks about Operation
Bribie, starting 40 years after
the disastrous 1967 battle, mor-
phed into a book, Phantoms of
Bribie, by former OC B Coy
6RAR Lt-Col Ian Mackay
Lt-Col Mackay, 82, said he
would never have started the
book, which was launched in
2016 by Maj-Gen John Frewen
and Maj-Gen Gus Gilmore, had
he understood what a difficult
task he was taking on.
“The main motivation was
to pay tribute to the magnificent
individual and collective acts of
bravery that led me to try to get the
attention of the Australian public
to understand these sacrifices,” he
“With the perspective of the
past 12 months, I am grateful for
the experience of chronicling the
efforts of the superb officers and
men of B Coy, 6RAR in 1966-67.
“There was also some impetus
from the fact that Long Tan, six
months to the day before Operation
Bribie, in which D Coy, 6RAR,
performed so magnificently, had
overshadowed Bribie, which was
also a horrifying experience, albeit
on a smaller scale.”
But the book has so much more
than the story of Operation Bribie.
Lt-Col Mackay, while outlining
his own career, starting at RMC
in 1952, also tells the story of the
Australian Army as it made its way
through the 50s, 60s and 70s.
His expertise and competitive-
ness in cricket, rugby and yacht
racing, which paralleled his
also led him into
calling in the
ten and sup-
dozens of black and
white photos and maps.
The book is available at www.bigsky
Paying tribute to acts of bravery
Army News has one copy of
Phantoms of Bribie to give
away. Email competitions@
defencenews.gov.au by COB
March 23, telling us why you
deserve to win.
Photo: WO2 Andrew Hetherington
The running gear is Shimano’s
Ultegra 6800, 11-speed group set,
with a 50-34 tooth crank set up
front and an 11-32 cassette at the
rear, providing riders with a great
spread of gears for long distance
riding on flat or hilly terrain.
Shifting is buttery smooth and
at times the only way you know
if you’ve changed gears is when
you feel you need to pedal faster or
slower with the resistance change.
Braking is also from Shimano:
RS805, hydraulic discs, with Ice-
Tech 140mm centre-lock rotors.
Having never ridden a road bike
with disc brakes, I think they are
brilliant. They have as much stop-
ping power as the discs on my
mountain bike and, once you’ve
dialled your braking habits, your
confidence grows in the dry and in
Steering is almost road race bike
sharp and extremely quick, but not
to the point of twitchiness. Leaning
the bike into corners is easy,
because of the bike’s weight and the
fact it is extremely well balanced on
The Defy is a bike that is hard to
ride slowly once you know how fast
it can be pedalled along. It is by no
means a racing bike, but I think it
would come close to being one of
the best all-round, fast, light endur-
ance bikes available.
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