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Army September 3, 2009
By Capt Alastair McPherson
7 BDE has moved into mission-spe-
cific training and rehearsals for oper-
ational deployments to East Timor
and the MEAO.
Chief of Staff 7 Bde Lt-Col Simon
Hardy said 7 Bde's preparedness for
operations was the priority now the
wrapping up of Exercise Talisman
Saber 09 (TS09), including the After
Action Review (AAR), was complete.
"We have completed the AAR and
remediation. Our main effort has shift-
ed towards preparations for operational
missions," Lt-Col Hardy said.
Lt-Col Hardy said the brigade's
achievements during TS09 were an
effective culmination of its collective
conventional war-fighter training and a
foundation for upcoming operations.
"The soldiers are ready for the next
phase of training, focusing on the mis-
sions ahead," he said.
TS09 was a success from the bri-
gade's perspective after achieving its
commander's intent early and meeting
all objectives with limited casualties
and without the enemy imposing any
In the first 168 hours of the exer-
cise, 7 Bde established itself in an
assembly area, moved the 2/14 LHR
(QMI) Battle Group 60km to isolate
a major population centre, moved the
6RAR Battle Group to that population
centre, cleared and captured the ene-
my's vital ground, and then attacked
and destroyed the enemy commander's
"We were put to the test against
a formidable 1 Bde-based opposing
force and achieved our objectives in
challenging conditions," Lt-Col Hardy
"Exercises such as Talisman Saber
always come with some additional
complexities as do operations but the
brigade units proved their conventional
war-fighting effectiveness," he said.
HQ 7 Bde tested its targeting proc-
esses with a combined 1 Fd Regt-led
Joint Fires and Effects Coordination
Centre and RAAF-led Tactical Air
Coordination Party effort, supported
by 20 STA UAV's, directed a precise
USMC AV8 Harrier and AH-1 Cobra
The strike claimed the enemy com-
mander and his tactical headquarters
and was observed by Defence Minister
Sen John Faulkner and CJOPs during
their visit. Two separate umpire ele-
ments confirmed the strike.
The brigade headquarters fully
tested its deployable role. It executed
a robust deception plan including an
alternate headquarters that comprised
2CER, 8/9RAR and a 139 Sig Sqn
node located close to the 7CSSB Bde
Coupled with effective camouflage
and discipline, HQ 7 Bde remained
fully functional and undetected despite
the enemy's best efforts.
Shift to mission-specific training
Progression: The 2/14 LHR (QMI) Battle Group training at Shoal Water Bay.
Photo by Capt Alastair McPherson
Lookout: Pte Michael Allmark, 8/9RAR, faces out during a halt
at Shoalwater Bay Training Area.
Set: LCpl Nathan Keats, 8/9RAR waits with his section
outside a landing zone.
Photos by Cpl Chris Moore
Examine: Tpr Stjepan Milosevic, 2/14 LHR (QMI), leans out of
the hatch to observe the action.
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