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16 WORLD NEWS
Army October 29, 2009
By Maj Sandra Turner
ENGINEERS with Timor-Leste Battle
Group 6 (TLBG 6) have made further
improvements to the Metinaro Range
outside of Dili, building on upgrades
completed by the previous rotation.
TLBG 6 soldiers completed further
work on the facilities to enable East Timor
defence force personnel to train in an all-
With the wet season fast approaching, a
troop of engineers, assisted by an engineer
from the New Zealand Kiwi Company and
several See Bees -- US Navy Construction
Battalion engineers -- worked for three
weeks on the upgrade.
The works included car-parking facili-
ties, covered weapon pits and a roof to
protect shooters from the elements.
WO2 Bill Van Etten, ISF Contract
Management Cell, provided on-site supervi-
sion and co-ordination of plant equipment.
Welcome cover for shooters
Pit stop: An Australian soldier tests out the upgraded shooting
facilities at Metinaro.
Photo by LAC Christopher Dickson
Danger around every corner
Capt Josh Neldner, engineering liaison
officer, said the work on the 300m mound
would enable East Timor and ISF sol-
diers to conduct small-arms training from
under-cover weapon pits.
"Completing the works enables the
facilities at the range to be more useable
in the long term, and especially during the
wet season," Capt Neldner said.
"It's also a benefit for the ISF soldiers
as they have to maintain their skills while
they are over here on deployment."
The upgraded facilities were "chris-
tened" with a shooting demonstration.
On hand to see the finished product
were the Chief of the East Timor defence
force, Brig-Gen Taur Matan Ruak, ISF
Commander Brig Bill Sowry and TLBG 6
CO Lt-Col Dave Smith.
Brig-Gen Ruak said the Australians had
built more than 80 per cent of the training
facilities at the Nicolai Lobato Training
Centre at Metinaro and he thanked them
for doing so.
A small group of Australian and New
Zealand soldiers were eager to try out the
new pits, shooting in the welcome shade
of the new cover.
SOLDIERS from Timor-Leste Battle
Group 6 take up position around a disused
correctional facility outside Dili as part of
a recent training exercise. Troops from the
East Timorese defence force joined the
Australian forces in the exercise, which was
designed to test their operational capacity in
complex urban environments.
Photo by LAC Christopher Dickson
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