Home' Army News : July 27th 2017 Contents THE sneaker range was a favourite, with
most 5 Bde diggers commenting posi-
tively on how it challenged their shooting
Section 2IC LCpl Mark Fitzpatrick,
of A Coy, 1/19RNSWR at Dubbo, is a
policeman and has been in the Army
Reserve for 13 years.
He said he enjoyed the instinctive
aspect he had to adopt on the sneaker
“I had to roll all my drills in to one
action; I had to look for the enemy, as
well as be aware of the nearest cover
and firing position,” he said.
“Having a rifle and being in the bush
was like nothing I’ve done in the police.
“I could have done better setting
myself up behind cover – I left myself
exposed if rounds had been coming back
the other way.”
Rifleman Jack Taylor from C Coy,
4/3RNSWR at Canberra, said he also
enjoyed the instinctive part of the sneak-
er range shoot.
“Being able to put down suppressive
fire as the target popped up and then
take cover and fire aimed shots at the
target,” he said.
Safety officer at the sneaker range,
and training warrant officer at D Coy,
4/3RNSWR, WO2 Tony Pratt said there
was always room for improvement on the
“The soldiers need to adopt a mindset
of individuals on patrol and be thinking,
‘where would I go if I was contacted
now’,” he said.
“But their weapon handling was really
good and the actual shooting was also
“The instinctive shooting in most
cases was achieving a suppressing
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Instinctive sneaker range proves
a favourite for 5 Bde soldiers
July 27, 2017
A MORTAR line officer found out what life
was like 5km closer to the frontline than
she normally operates, when she found
herself tasked as an infantry platoon com-
mander during Telopea Crawl.
Lt Isabel King, of 23 Lt Bty, said her
platoon completed several live-fire range
shoots and were looking forward to the
dry-fire phase of the exercise.
“I’m enjoying leading an infantry pla-
toon and learning about the tactics side of
things – I find it really interesting,” she said.
“The guys are all great to work with
and I’m looking forward to working with
them out field.”
Lt King said a highlight for her was fir-
ing an F88 on the sneaker range.
“I’ve never done that sort of shoot
before, so it was really cool,” she said.
“I also enjoyed firing the 84 – it’s a total-
ly different weapon system from anything
I’ve fired before, so I learnt all the drills and
fired it at different targets on the range.
“When it went off there was a bit of a
thump, a loud noisy bang, and overall, an
Experience on the frontline
A COMPOSITE platoon of 34 British sol-
diers from the London Regt enjoyed tak-
ing part in Telopea Crawl and swapping
their knowledge with 5 Bde diggers.
Platoon sergeant Sgt Steve Wood,
a close protection operative, has been
in the London Regt for a year, having
served 14 years as a regular in the
During a year-long break after his
Regular Army service he lived in Sydney
He said it was an “awesome oppor-
tunity” to come back to Australia on
“It’s fantastic the guys get experience
working with an aligned Army,” he said.
“They get to see how the Aussies do
harbours and platoon attacks, and they
might see things they can learn from and
“Getting all the guys together over-
seas bonds them and it’ll have a positive
effect on the whole regiment when they
pass their experience on to the junior
guys back home.”
Pte Jonny Lister, a trainee police offic-
er with the Hertfordshire Constabulary,
joined the Army Reserve in 2011 and the
London Regt in 2014, and said he would
remember his time in Australia forever.
“Having my 25th birthday in the
Australian bush is certainly a highlight I’ll
always remember,” he said.
He said he was impressed with every-
thing he had experienced in Australia.
“The food is excellent and Holsworthy
camp was great,” he said.
“It’s been interesting seeing the simi-
larities and the differences in our training.
“The Aussie accents haven’t been too
much of a shock – we have an Aussie in
our unit at home, so they’re not too hard
“It’s been amazing seeing hundreds
of kangaroos in the wild, though – they’re
such an iconic animal – it’s pretty cool.”
The British soldiers spent three
weeks in Australia.
Transfer of knowledge
Lt Isabel King, of 23 Lt Bty.
Pte Jack Taylor, of C
Coy, 4/3RNSWR at
Canberra, took part
in a sneaker range
shoot at Singleton.
Pte Anthony Mitchell, of A Coy, 1/19RNSWR,
prepares a Claymore mine for detonation
during Exercise Telopea Crawl, a training
exercise held by 5 Bde at Singleton, NSW.
Photos: Sgt Dave Morley
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