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14 WORLD NEWS
Army October 1, 2009
Two of a kind: Maj Ben Day has made a habit of catching
up with his sister Liz while on deployment. Maj Day, who is
in command of East Timor Aviation Group 11, is on his third
deployment to East Timor, where his sister has been based
for two years with the Australian Embassy. "We also caught
up in Croatia and Slovenia when I was serving in Bosnia,
and Liz was at that time in the Vienna embassy," he said.
Photo by LAC Christopher Dickson
By Maj John Liston
WHEN you call for volunteers you
have to be prepared to walk across the
Commander 13 Bde Brig Stephen
Cain did just that. When troops serving
on the current rotation of Rifle Company
Butterworth (RCB 87) were asked to
invite their employer to take part in
Exercise Boss Lift, he stepped forward
and nominated his boss.
Brig Cain took his employer and 19
others to the Malaysian Army's training
area near Johor Bahru for a first-hand
look at the 120 soldiers from RCB 87.
In his civilian capacity he is the
Chief Executive Officer of the city of
Cockburn. His boss is the Mayor, Logan
"This has given the mayor a great
opportunity to see what I do and he will
become a good advocate for other may-
ors in local government," Brig Cain said.
The five-day visit was also a great
insight for him.
"I have seen very professional keen
young soldiers who are confident, com-
petent and highly motivated. Not only
are they learning new skills; they are
doing this in a unique and challenging
location. They will have only one or two
opportunities like this in their lifetime,"
During the visit to Malaysia, Brig
Cain took the opportunity to have face-
to-face discussions with the employers
of reservists deployed to RCB 87 and
gain an understanding of their workplace
"Our soldiers cannot serve without
the support of their family and their
employer. These relationships are funda-
mental to being in the Army Reserve,"
"As a reservist you have to serve two
masters. You have to make sacrifices
being in the Army, and in your civilian
job, whether you're a bricklayer, man-
ager or a professional, you have to go
that extra yard.
He said his visit was a "one time
opportunity" to see the good results of
RCB 87 -- a force he and his brigade had
raised, prepared and deployed overseas.
But Malaysia and Singapore are
especially significant to Brig Cain for
family reasons; his great uncle fought
the Japanese as they advanced down the
He was forced to surrender in
Singapore and incarcerated in Changi
Prison for four years.
One time opportunity: Commander 13 Bde Brig Stephen Cain
(second from right) in Malaysia with RCB 87 troops Spr Daniel Le
Bron, Sig Kim Tyler and Pte Adam Myers.
Memorial in Korea
Bosses get lift to Malaysia
THE Battle of Maryang San was
commemorated on August 28 with
the unveiling of the Australian
Army Korean War Memorial
Plaque in Korea.
DCA Maj-Gen Paul Symon
and Ambassador to Korea H.E.
Sam Gerovich unveiled the plaque
at Observation Post (OP) Tai
Poong, which is located along the
Demilitarised Zone in South Korea.
OP Tai Poong overlooks the hill
that was the site of the battle in early
October 1951. The plaque is one of
three dedicated Korean War plaques.
Maj-Gen Symon said the plaque
recognised the friendship between
Australia and the Republic of Korea.
"[The plaque] remembers those
brave individuals who paid the ulti-
mate sacrifice in the defence of free-
dom," Maj-Gen Symon said.
The plaque was created by Dr
Ross Bastiaan, an Army Reserve colo-
nel, and outlines Australia's involve-
ment in the Korean War and the
Battle of Maryang San.
A 20-minute ceremony was well
attended by the local and internation-
al community, with Korean national
veterans who had fought over the
local terrain being present.
A Defence spokesperson said the
ROK 28 Div, which mans OP Tai
Poong, was especially generous in its
support to the ceremony with person-
nel and equipment.
The location of the plaque also
ensured it would be well viewed.
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