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The Unique Nature of Military Service Brig Kerry Mellor (Retd), DFWA
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Dr Michael Evans, Australian Defence College
The Myth of the Digger
Neil James, Australian Defence Association
Professional Naval Service
VADM Russell Crane AM CSM, Chief of Navy
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12 WORLD NEWS
Army October 1, 2009
A SPECIAL ceremony was
held at the headquarters
of the Australian Force
Support Unit 2 (FSU 2) in
the Middle East to mark
the 108th anniversary
of the first raising of the
The ceremony was held
on September 3 -- Australian
National Flag Day.
FSU 2's RSM WO1
Andrew Roberts said the
event would help raise
awareness of the significance
of the flag and its history.
"It is our chief national
symbol and was raised for
the first time on September
3, 1901, in the presence of the
first Australian prime minis-
ter, Edmund Barton," he said.
"The significance of con-
ducting the ceremony while
on operations is to demon-
strate the pride a service per-
son has in serving his nation.
"Although I had known
all along that the Australian
Army was the protector of
the Australian national flag,
I had not grasped the signifi-
cance of a 'moth-eaten rag
on a worm-eaten pole' and
how it could inspire national
pride and a feeling of cama-
Tribute to Aussie icon
Significant: Members of the flag party fold the Australian flag during the
ceremony in the Middle East.
Photo by Lt-Col Robert Barnes
By LBdr Ricky Heaton
AUSTRALIAN and Dutch soldiers in
Afghanistan have helped save the lives of
local Afghan National Police injured in an
Soldiers from the OMLT with MRTF 2 and
the Netherlands Police Mentor Team, based in
Chora, attended to multiple casualties after the
attack on September 16 in Sarab.
The Afghan police officers were stabilised
and treated before being evacuated by helicop-
ter to a medical facility at Tarin Kowt.
Sgt Wayne McMurtrie, of the OMLT,
played a lead role in treating the wounded.
He said the care provided to the ANP per-
sonnel would enable them to return to duty.
"Everyone responded quickly and set about
treating them," Sgt McMurtrie said.
"After initial triage, Australian and
Netherlands troops were set tasks and, despite
the language barrier, effective and efficient
treatment was administered.
"It's awesome to be able to provide the
best possible care with limited resources and
to work alongside coalition forces.
"If we weren't here, the wounded would
have had a poor chance of survival."
OMLT clerk Cpl Steven Crane was also
there to help the medics. Like all Australian
soldiers, he had received extensive first-aid
training before his deployment.
He said the training prepared him to pro-
vide valuable assistance in that situation.
"It felt good to be part the team," he said.
"Even though I'm only trained in basic first
aid, I knew enough to bandage wounds and to
pass stuff to the medics when they needed it."
What a team: Australian OMLT medic Cpl Shannon Harrison helps to load an injured Afghan
police officer onto a vehicle for transport (above), and Dutch soldiers splint and bandage the leg
of one of the IED casualties.
Photos by LBdr Ricky Heaton
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