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April 6, 2017
Flt-Lt Jessica Aldred
A FUTURE of leadership is ahead
for the 340 Afghan officer cadets of 2
Kandak (battalion) who recently gradu-
ated from the Afghan National Army
Officer Academy (ANAOA).
More than 2300
officer cadets have
passed through the
academy since its
ADF and coali-
tion partners play a
key role in working
der to mentor the
ANA instructors to ensure the best
training standards are met.
For the graduating students of
2 Kandak, including 2Lt Mohannad
Sadiq, training at ANAOA focused on
key leadership skills, as well as basic sol-
diering, military planning techniques and
"It's my wish that I will join the ANA
and be an officer for our future," 2Lt
ADF mentor Sgt Justin Cowan said
the role could be challenging but it was a
watching the cadets
march out," he said.
"When they first
started they were
unable to write a basic
set of orders, where
as now they can write
detailed orders mak-
ing them more effective on the battlefield
and better officers."
The 23 female graduates brings
ANAOA's total female officer
graduates to 63.
Soldier Combat Ensemble roll-out a key achievement for FSE-5
moving on ops
Mentors uphold the standards
Officer cadets from 2 Kandak march into
position during their graduation parade in Kabul,
Photo: Sgt Ricky Fuller
watching the cadets
-- Sgt Justin Cowan,
STUDENTS on the Indonesian Strategic
Engagement course at the Defence Force School
of Languages (DFSL) recently hosted Indonesian
Consul-General for Victoria and Tasmania Dewi
Sawitri Wahab at a 'Selamatan' to celebrate the start
of their 46-week course.
A Selamatan is a traditional Indonesian event that
celebrates important milestones in the lives of the
people in a 'village' or neighbourhood. All Indonesian
courses at DFSL celebrate this in week six of their
course, once the students have attained some basic
Mrs Dewi performed the role of 'village chief' by
cutting the top off the traditional 'tumpeng' (a moun-
tain-shaped yellow rice dish) and serving this to the
oldest and youngest students on the course.
CO DFSL Wg-Cdr Paul Deighton said the Consul-
General's visit was important.
"Mrs Dewi was very engaging with the staff and
students, charismatic, energetic, and keen to learn as
much about the school and its students as possible," he
"Equally, the students felt very privileged to have
Mrs Dewi take part in their Selamatan and to see first
hand the strength and resilience of the friendship
between our nations."
Capt Megan McDermott
FORCE Support Element
Five (FSE-5) has returned to
Australia after handing over
logistical responsibility for ADF
operations in the Middle East
For seven months, FSE-5,
comprising 80 members from
Amberley, Townsville, Victoria
and Tasmania, delivered logistic
capabilities under the command
of JTF633 as part of Operation
To mark the end of their
deployment, a transfer of author-
ity parade was held on March
18, during which FSE-5 OC
Maj Matthew Wood passed the
baton of responsibility to FSE-6.
Maj Wood said he was happy
with his unit's work.
"I am immensely proud of the
work done here, most notably our
work supporting JTF633 in auto-
mating the Middle East region
supply chain," he said.
In addition to supply chain
management, FSE-5 oversaw a
broad range of functions ranging
from explosive ordnance man-
agement to the introduction of
In November 2016, FSE-5
began the roll-out of the Soldier
Combat Ensemble (SCE), which
Maj Wood said was not without
"We introduced the SCE for
our deployed troops and coordi-
nated the disposal of a significant
quantity of obsolete, expended
and unserviceable equipment,"
"This created challenges for
the reverse supply chain, but pre-
sented the opportunity for our
personnel to use ingenuity to
complete the task."
Not everything that was past
its use-by date on operations is
disposed of. FSE-5 arranged for
a number of historical items to
be gifted to the Australian War
Memorial, including two Land
Cruiser Up-Armoured SUVs used
LCpl Nicholas Eyles, an
FSE-5 transport driver from
Tasmania, helped prepare the
vehicles for their return journey.
"As part of my role we
prepped the vehicles to be loaded
onto the aircraft to be sent back
home," LCpl Eyles said. "What
we're doing here is an important
part of our history -- these vehi-
cles were used in and around the
streets of Kabul to transport our
With the Middle East region
supply chain now automated, OC
FSE-6 Maj Paul Bellas said he
had a good "start state" to begin
"FSE-5 did an outstand-
ing job closing out a lot of the
initiatives that were started,"
Maj Bellas said.
"We have a good base to con-
tinue their work and to main-
tain that momentum moving
FSE-6 is largely drawn from
WO1 Jason Hartley (left) and OC FSE-5 Maj Matthew Wood remove their unit flag during the
FSE transfer of authority parade at Australia's main operating base in the Middle East region.
Photo: Cpl Bill Solomou
THE Chief Information Officer Group's End User
Computing (EUC) project aims to raise more than
$20,000 this year to sponsor a service dog and a
deserving owner through the Soldier On K9 Support
Run by the not-for-profit organisation Integra
Service Dogs Australia, the program assists veterans
and first responders experiencing anxiety, hypervigi-
lance, depression, PTSD or a physical disability
transition back into everyday life.
Ben Johnson, founder of Integra Service Dogs
Australia, said the program could have huge benefits
for veterans, even reducing their medication in some
Officially launched in February by Linda Hurley,
the co-patron of Soldier On, the program is being
rolled out across the ACT and NSW and, if successful,
will be rolled out nationally.
Ken Lloyd, a veteran involved in designing the
program, said his service dog Jaeger was the reason he
was able to leave the house and interact with others,
however, the costs involved made it unattainable for
"As a sufferer of PTSD, having a trained service
dog is the difference between getting out of the house
and not," he said.
The EUC project team will host fundraising events
throughout the year, including a sausage sizzle and
Easter raffle in April at Russell Offices in Canberra.
The team is challenging other units to beat their
target of $20,000.
For more information about the K9 Support Program, visit the
Integra Service Dogs Australia website at isda.com.au
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