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Army November 12, 2009
IF YOU ever get caught in a
blizzard, it would be a good idea
to have WO1 Gregory Hains
WO1 Hains, RSM 5 Avn Regt,
attended a cold-weather survival
course at Mt Hotham, Victoria
in August in preparation for his
posting to the Combat Survival
Training School (CSTS) in 2010.
The CSTS runs two of the
courses a year. The course sim-
ulate a hostile combat environ-
ment and train aircrew and other
selected personnel to survive and
evade capture in cold-weather
WO1 Hains said moving
through snow-covered terrain,
while trying to avoid the enemy,
was physically challenging.
"If you have already complet-
ed the environmental and combat
survival courses then give it a go,"
WO1 Hains said. "Like all sur-
vival training, just bring an open
mind, a willingness to learn and a
positive attitude. Those things will
get you through every time."
The course includes theory and
practical lessons covering the pri-
orities of survival, building and
living in improvised shelters, fire
lighting, acquiring water, move-
ment, escape and evasion and how
to avoid an avalanche.
CSTS chief instructor Flt-Lt
Ben Kurylowicz said the course
was an integral feature of train-
ing for personnel likely to deploy
on operations in cold weather.
"Warfare in these environments is
not only a battle against the enemy
but could also be a battle for sur-
vival against the elements," Flt-Lt
For all enquiries or expressions of inter-
est for courses in August 2010, call Flt-Lt
Ben Kurylowicz on (07) 4752 1501 or
Refuge: WO1 Hains reviews a snow shelter under construction.
Snug fit: WO1 Wayne Harper, current CSTS
instructor and the 2010 5 Avn Regt RSM, tries
WO1 Hains' shelter for size.
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