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Army October 29, 2009
Tireless effort: Cfn Robert Miller tackles the obstacle course.
Photos by LAC Aaron Curran
By Cpl Corinne Boer
TRADESMEN from the
Army School of Electrical
and Mechanical Engineering
(ASEME) downed tools and
picked up rifles during Exercise
Broad Horizons held from
September 28 to October 9.
The exercise was held at Majura
Training Area in Canberra where
425 trainees were involved in sec-
tion-level offensive operations train-
ing with a focus on field craft.
Observer Trainer WO2 Jake
Donnelly said the exercise was
important because the school was
focusing on the all-corps soldier
training continuum. ASEME con-
centrated on training for 'a war' not
"It honed the basic soldier skills
and emphasised the importance of
being a soldier first and tradesmen
second," WO2 Donnelly said.
The trainees patrolled over a
variety of terrain where they were
exposed to Canberra's variable
WO2 Donnelly said the soldiers
performed well given their minimal
lead-up training due to the demands
of technical training.
"We humped approximately
60km through the mountains in four
days," WO2 Donnelly said.
"They had blisters on their feet
and sore ankles and knees but their
will to finish the exercise was a
great testament to their endurance
and also their mindset."
Trainee Cfn Robert Miller was
a gunner for his section during the
exercise. It was his first exercise
since Kapooka and he said the expe-
rience was good for team building
"The exercise also expanded
on my section-attack skills includ-
ing flanking attacks and things that
aren't covered at Kapooka. We also
did a platoon harbour so I learned
more about platoon formations,"
Cfn Miller said.
The soldiers enhanced their team
building-skills in unfamiliar and
challenging environments includ-
ing the leadership reaction course
and ADFA tunnel system. Their
physical and mental abilities were
also challenged during the bayonet
assault course and the ADFA over
pool obstacle course.
Previous exercises had a training
focus on current operations like East
Timor or the Middle East while this
year's exercise focused on founda-
tion soldier skills.
CO ASEME Lt-Col Todd
Ashurst said technical training can
take between 12-26 months so it
was essential that tradesmen main-
tain their soldier skills.
"Due to operating tempo it is
likely that soldier tradesmen may
deploy upon completing their on-
the-job training, so their basic skills
must be honed," Lt-Col Ashurst
"Exercise Broad Horizons had
also fostered character development
training through exposure to indi-
vidual decision making, perceived
risk and team-building activities."
Charged: Cfn Trent Neindorf (left) during an assault out bush.
7RAR held an inter-
B Coy was the cham-
pion company with the
best overall score from
each event. A and C
Coys finished equal sec-
started with an inter-
company shoot followed
by a 7km cross-country
race and a swimming
carnival. The shooting
competition was won by
B Coy closely followed
by A Coy.
B Coy took the over-
all win for the cross
country with Pte Robert
Angove from A Coy
coming first with the
The swimming car-
nival was dominated by
one man, Pte Timothy
Singleton from C Coy,
giving C Coy the swim-
Over the following
week the battalion com-
peted in rugby, AFL,
soccer, touch football
and volleyball and a
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