Home' Army News : July 27th 2017 Contents WHILE it has been said
an Army marches on
its stomach, given the
option, most diggers pre-
fer to ride in a “Mog”.
That’s where Unimog
driver Pte Georgia
Anson, of B Coy,
1/19RNSWR, at Bathurst,
comes into the picture.
Pte Anson’s role on
the exercise was mov-
ing soldiers to and from
the different ranges and
delivering rations and
water to them.
She said she enjoyed
driving the Unimog
because of its ability to
go anywhere, and the
wide variety of tasks she
was allocated to do with it.
“This is my first proper Army
Reserve exercise and it’s good to see
how organised it is and how well every-
one communicates,” she said.
“When I’m carrying commanders in
the front of the truck, I get to learn all
about infantry things.
“It’s been good meeting people from
all the 5 Bde units and seeing how they
Pte Anson joined the ARA in
February 2015 and transferred to the
Army Reserve in March 2017, and is
a student paramedic and part-time
She transported more than 400
troops during the nine-day exercise.
ART-time soldiers from across NSW are a
step closer to qualifying in their prepara-
tions to contribute as the reinforcing brigade
in 2018-19, as a result of Exercise Telopea
The nine-day exercise, conducted at Singleton by
5 Bde units from June 24 to July 2, consisted of live-
fire and field training at section level.
Commander 5 Bde Brig Michael Bond said
Telopea Crawl took the brigade out of “reset” and into
“The live-fire component had soldiers firing their
personal weapons on a variety of ranges and firing
84mm and 66mm anti-armoured weapons, as well as
throwing grenades,” he said.
“During the dry training, platoons progressed
through a number of tasks, including quick and delib-
erate attacks, vital asset protection, vehicle checkpoints
“More than 300 soldiers from across NSW took
time off work to come to Singleton to improve their
shooting and tactical skills.”
Brig Bond said 5 Bde had recently taken opera-
tional command of 8ER, 2/17RNSWR, 41RNSWR and
“This has allowed 8 Bde to assume command of
the university regiments from across the country and to
become the training brigade for 2 Div,” he said.
“The change has made 5 Bde the strongest reserve
formation in the Army.
“The change also gives 5 Bde a unique one-on-one
relationship with our supported ARA combat brigade,
Brig Bond said reservists brought a wide array of
flexible skills and experience to Army.
“I was speaking with a primary school circus clown
on the range one morning,” he said.
“He was certainly the first of his kind I have
encountered, but I could immediately see the benefits
he would bring to an operational deployment, well
beyond the morale injections for his section.
Brig then remarked on the impressive yoga-like
ability of the soldier.
“Then, before my eyes, he adopted the sitting posi-
tion and leant forward and was able to fire his rifle
comfortably with both elbows on the ground,” he said.
“It was not exactly the flexibility of the reserve I
was thinking about, but impressive nonetheless.”
RSM 5 Bde WO1 David McLachlan said Telopea
Crawl was a success.
“The exercise provided an opportunity for 5 Bde
soldiers to participate in a wide range of live and blank
- fire training activities with soldiers from the RNZIR,
participating under the Tasman Scheme, and a platoon
from the UK Territorials,” he said.
“Soldiers were able improve their weapon handling
skills during the live-fire phase.”
WO1 McLachlan said the exercise identified a
number of sustains, improves and fixes which would
become the focus for training at unit level.
“The results from the brigade analysis reporting
group and observer trainers displayed that the brigade
successfully achieved Army Training Level Standard
3C, which was the aim of the exercise,” he said.
“The brigade will commence preparation for
Exercise Telopea Walk, which will be conducted at
Singleton in September.”
Platoon commander Lt Justin Politi, from A Coy,
1/19RNSWR at Wagga, said he was happy with the
results on the exercise.
“The guys are going well and we’ve had the oppor-
tunity to shoot and qualify on all section weapons,
including the Carl Gustaf, which we had a few short-
falls to rectify,” he said.
“The shortfalls were around HE weapons, such
as the M72, the GLA and the 84, and that’s primar-
ily come out of some of the CAM courses where they
haven’t been able to fire those weapons.
“So one of the big things we can take away from
this exercise is we’ve now actually got a tick in the box
for all those qualifications.
“We’ve also had an opportunity to run some guys
through on the Claymore as well.”
Lt Politi said the soldiers completed a static grenade
range and an assault grenade range (AGR).
“This qualified members on the F1/F3, and Pte (P)s
on their proficiencies on the AGR,” he said.
“The guys were all able to put a few grenades each
down range and they were pretty happy with that.”
Exercise Telopea Crawl moves part-time soldiers out of
‘reset’ and into ‘readying’, Sgt Dave Morley reports.
July 27, 2017
Driving force of B Coy
TELOPEA Crawl provided many dig-
gers with their first opportunity to fire the
84mm Carl Gustaf Medium Direct Fire
Rifleman Pte Mark Leonard, of B
Coy, 4/3RNSWR at Wollongong, was
one of them.
He said he only got to fire one round,
but it was a good experience.
“It had been talked up and was a
bit anti-climactic really. I just felt a little
push to my chest when it fired, but it was
better than firing it on the computer,” he
“I’m just back from Mod 2, so I’m
enjoying putting theory into practice on
the exercise, and socialising is good,
Better than a computer
PREPARING a Claymore mine for the first time was no big deal
for a digger from A Coy, 1/19RNSWR.
Pte Anthony Mitchell is a welder/fabricator when he’s not
setting up Claymores and said he felt pretty comfortable carry-
ing out the drills.
“I was pretty relaxed about it, but when you feel the click
and then the blast, you really know it’s gone off,” he said.
Pte Mitchell said he also enjoyed shooting on the sneaker
“Shooting’s what I’m good at, so the sneaker range was the
most exciting part of the exercise for me,” he said.
“But the 84mm was pretty cool, too – seeing the round go
out and put a good solid hit on the target.”
A blast with Claymores
Pte Mark Leonard, of
B Coy, 4/3RNSWR.
Anson, of B Coy,
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