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2 -- ARMY NEWSPAPER, NOVEMBER 12, 2009
When injury forced
writing for his fellow
SOLDIERS were among the first to come to the aid of
the people of Newcastle after an earthquake destroyed
much of the city centre and took a dozen lives just
after Christmas. Only hours after the quake hit, more
than 250 regular and reserve soldiers from throughout
the Newcastle had responded to police requests for
volunteers to help SES workers. Less than 24 hours
after the quake120 soldiers arrived from 1 Bde.
First Service Medals granted
GOVERNMENT House has gazetted the first recipients
approved to wear the new Australian Service Medal.
Among the 386 soldiers appearing in the gazette are
305 from the first UNTAG contingent to Namibia, 15
UNIIMOG observers in Iran/Iraq, 31 Multinational
Force observers in the Sinai and 20 members of the
Commonwealth Military Training Team Uganda.
DEFENCE Minister Kim Beazley has said additional
RAAC and Army Aviation elements should be relocated
to the Northern Territory after 2 Cav Regt settles into
its new home at Waler Barracks near Darwin at the
end of 1992. The move is being considered because of
experience derived from Exercise Kangaroo 89, when
reconnaisance and combat missions were conducted
over the NT and Western Australia's Kimberley.
Aussie keeps the peace
AN AUSTRALIAN major has helped restore calm
between Iranian and Iraqi forces during an incident
over a missing sentry. A member of the Australian
peacekeeping detachment to the UN Iran-Iraq Military
Observer Group, Maj Ross Parrott, was on patrol when
one side alleged the other had taken the sentry prison-
er. With both sides cocking their weapons, Maj Parrott
crossed the surface-laid minefield to speak with the
opposing commander. Despite the language barrier, a
search determined the sentry had deserted.
Serving veteran numbers dwindle
SOON there will be fewer than 1000 soldiers with
operational experience still serving in the ARA. Records
show there are no Korean War veterans, 25 Malayan
Emergency veterans, 79 Borneo veterans and 1018
Soldiers sail for the Gulf
EIGHT soldiers are bound for the Middle East as part
of Australia's commitment to the multinational force
opposed to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait. All are soldiers
from 16 AD Regt and their task will be to operate RBS-
70 low-level air-defence systems on HMAS Success.
AVIATION Corps received a lift recently with the deliv-
ery of the first five of 14 RAAF Iroquois helicopters to
the Army Aviation Centre at Oakey. Nine of the heli-
copters will replace the smaller Kiowa helicopters used
by 171 Command and Liaison Squadron. The remain-
ing five helicopters will be used by the Oakey-based
School of Army Aviation.
Armour wheeled out
AUSTRALIA'S newest armoured fighting vehicle has
been put through its paces at a media presentation.
The 14 LAV-25 reconnaissance vehicles and one recov-
ery variant were bought from the US Marine Corps
and will be the replacement for the M113A1 as 2 Cav
Regt's reconnaissance vehicle.
Goodbye 3 Div
HQ 3 Div and 3 Div Int Coy will be disbanded as part
of the ARes rationalisation process to achieve savings
imposed by this year's Defence budget. The reduction
and amalgamation of Victorian ARes units, along with
the disbandment of the ARA's 22 Const Regt in Perth,
will start in March.
Diggers in Gulf War
FOR the first time since the Vietnam War ended,
Australia is involved in a major conflict. Almost 900
ADF personnel are in the Gulf as part of a US-led mul-
tinational force, whose role is to enforce the withdraw-
al of Iraqi forces from Kuwait. Eght 16 AD Regt soldiers
are deployed with RBS-70 air-defence systems on
HMAS Success. Other soldiers are serving on exchange
with units of the 28-nation Gulf Coalition. Another four
16 AD Regt personnel are onboard HMAS Westralia,
which will replace HMAS Success in the Gulf.
Rising Sun rebadged
A NEW version of the Rising Sun badge has been
unveiled in Parliament House. The design replaces the
1969 design, which had only the word "Australia" on
the scroll and featured a large Federation Star with
a small crown superimposed on it. The new badge
replaces the Federation Star with a large crown and
the scroll is inscribed with "The Australian Army".
Wraps off ADF review
CHANGES to the Army from the Force Structure Review
are expected to produce a highly mobile land force
emphasising independent brigade operations. In a 10-
year reorganisation, the ADF will shed almost 10,500
uniformed personnel and about 4000 civilian positions.
Rover rolls in
YEARS of painstaking development came to fruition
when the SASR received the first of its new Long
Range Patrol Vehicles. Work started on the Land Rover
variant in 1982 when the Regiment identified the
need for a custom-built vehicle to meet SASR's unique
requirements for mobility, reliability and endurance.
Signallers in Sahara
COMMUNICATION specialists from 6 BDE's 1 Sig
Regt have left Australia for Western Sahara and UN
peacekeeping duties. Contingent 2IC Maj Julian Turner
said the 45-strong Army team would join about 2900
soldiers from 30 countries, including Canada, Poland
Aussies search for Iraqi facilities
THREE Australian Army officers are part of a five-man
ADF team that has joined the UN-sanctioned investiga-
tion of Iraq's nuclear, chemical and biological warfare
capability. The three are Royal Australian Engineers.
Lt-Col Charles Vagi is a civil engineer, while Maj Col
Chidgey and Capt Brad Hampton are explosives spe-
cialists with skills in bomb disposal.
PM kicks off reserve
A NEW direction in Australian defence strategy is
under way following the launch of the Ready Reserve
(RRes) scheme. Prime Minister Bob Hawke invited
young Australians to serve in the RRes. While prospec-
tive RRes soldiers will be recruited to the scheme, a
primary focus is to encourage regular soldiers to serve
on completion of service.
Aussies to lead peace mission
MAJ-GEN John Sanderson is expected to head the larg-
est UN peacekeeping mission in the organisation's his-
tory. Following approval for his appointment by all 15
members of the Security Council, Maj-Gen Sanderson
left for Bangkok to take part in the UN planning con-
ference for the 5000 -- 10,000-strong contingent that
will include about 500 Australians.
Keeping out Kamaria
NORTHERN Australia will be inundated by more
than 12,000 service men and women, including 800
Americans, for this year's largest tri-service exercise.
Exercise Kangaroo 92 will be held in March and April
to practise forces in low-level operations against
"Kamaria", which is capable of inserting special forces
by sea and air.
'Burying' the Vietnam dead
AUSTRALIA'S 504 Vietnam dead "came home" earlier
this month when their names were interred in a special
container to form part of the Australian Forces Vietnam
National Memorial. In a ceremony at Old Parliament
House, RSM-A WO1 Peter Prewett placed a rolled
stainless-steel scroll, etched with the names of the war
dead (including eight civilians), inside the container.
THE 1990s saw the end of 20 years of isolationism for the Australian Army d
a period which came to be known as the Long Peace. But by 1993 the world
changed. The Cold War had ended and a few dozen diggers had served in th
Gulf War. The evolution from peace to mass deployment started with the 1RA
Battle Group that served in Somalia in 1993. Diggers were deployed as part
UN forces in Cambodia and Rwanda. Truce monitors were sent to war-ravage
Bougainville in 1997, followed by a peace-monitoring group. This regional re
model would form the basis for Interfet in East Timor in 1999. In 1996, 18 so
died in the collision of two Black Hawk helicopters during training near Town
I CONSIDER myself lucky to
a line of reporters who have un
to keep their fellow soldiers inf
each others' achievements in A
the past 50 years.
Coming from within the A
the reporter in many ways, not
we are able to relate to the subje
stories at some level.
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comed with open arms. While rep
exercises or operations I remem
treated like a pogue more often th
The newspaper provided
another avenue to serve in the A
succumbing to injury elsewhere.
I was given the opportunity
ise my ambition to write, and t
able to travel around Australia
Trust: Wayne Cooper on assignment in Somalia.
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