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Army November 26, 2009
By Sgt Andrew Hetherington
SOLDIERS from 3CER gave the shirts off
their backs to two women stranded on a rock
in crocodile-infested and rising flood waters.
Pte Todd Drinkwater and LCpl Daniel Trew
were at Josephine Falls near Cairns, support-
ing their unit CO's challenge, Shackleton's
"We went for a quick drive to find mobile
phone reception and a lady came running up to
us and told us there were two women stuck on
a rock," Pte Drinkwater said.
The two soldiers ran 600m up a track to
the rock-pool area. The fast-running water had
risen 1½ metres in a few hours.
Pte Drinkwater and LCpl Trew kept the
women calm while waiting for the fire brigade
to turn up.
"They were freezing and pretty damn
scared. I can understand why, as I put my boot
in the water and the current just about took my
legs out from under me," Pte Drinkwater said.
"To keep them warm we put rocks in our
cam shirts, rolled them up and threw them out
Two and a half hours later, the fire brigade
rescued them after the water level had sub-
"They were pretty embarrassed because
they were locals and were very grateful for the
use of our shirts," Pte Drinkwater said.
THE first Abrams to be painted in the
Auscam disruptive pattern has rolled out
of the spray paint facility at the Joint
Logistics Unit (Victoria) at Puckapunyal.
It required 170 hours of preparation and
spray painting to transform the tank's livery.
The project is the next phase in the intro-
duction to service of the M1A1 Abrams main
As part of DMO's Land 907 Project,
JLU(V) is repainting all M1A1 Abrams and
M88A2 Hercules armoured recovery vehi-
cles located in Victoria.
The plan is to finish painting the remain-
ing Puckapunyal-based Abrams and Hercules
by the end of September next year.
1 Armd Regt's Abrams and Hercules will
be painted on site during the dry season in
Darwin next year.
Makeover: An Abrams shows off its new livery. The tanks and M88A2 Hercules ARVs are being repainted as part of DMO's Land 907 project.
A rock and a wet place
Damsels in distress: The stranded women wait on the rock for the 3CER soldiers to toss out
their cam shirts for warmth.
Photos by Pte Aaron Pringle
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