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Army November 26, 2009
By Tpr Michael Franchi
A YEAR with the British Artillery has
given soldiers from 1 Fd Regt the chance
to try out new techniques and a different
The Brisbane-based artillery men were
welcomed home from a 12-month deploy-
ment with the British Royal Artillery's
(RA) 40th Regiment at Gallipoli Barracks
on November 1.
The Australians worked alongside the
British troops on Operation Herrick in
Detachment commander Bdr Travis
Whittaker said the lead-up training and
deployment with the RA was a great expe-
"We undertook a lot of different exer-
cises and training drills over six months of
training in Northern Ireland and England,"
Bdr Whittaker said.
"Their drills were a little bit different to
ours, so we had to modify some of our tech-
niques to work together with them.
"We also used the SA80 rifle. It's a good
weapon and didn't have many stoppages."
After completing the training, the sol-
diers deployed to forward operating base
Armadillo in Afghanistan for six months.
"We had three guns in our troop and
all guns were mixed with Australian and
British soldiers." Bdr Whittaker said.
"We provided vital fire support to the
International Security Assistance Force and
Afghan National Army troops in the green
zone that required it."
Bdr Whittaker said that besides doing
his job for real, he met a lot of good friends
and established some great friendships for
the rest of his life.
A shot at something new
SERVING and former
ineligible for the Army
Combat Badge (ACB)
might now meet the crite-
ria for the decoration.
This follows a revision
of DI(A) Pers 119-1 Army
Eligibility criteria has
been changed to include
members who have been
deployed in the same geo-
graphical location as a
combat team and had the
primary role of directly
supporting that team for
a continuous or aggregate
period of 90 days.
The new instruction
also clarifies the authorisa-
tion and approval process.
The purpose of the
ACB is not to recognise
combat duties but to rec-
ognise service with a com-
bat element in an opera-
The revised instruction can be
found on the Defweb at the
Defence Instructions site or on
the DGPers-A website.
Home and honed: Commander 1 Div Maj-Gen Michael Slater presents Bdr Travis Whittaker with his medals on
November 2 for participation in Operation Herrick.
Photo by Tpr Michael Franchi
Wooing the entertainers
A NEW version of the Forces
Entertainment Promotional DVD has
The DVD consists of short film
clips, comments and photographs
from Forces Entertainment tours.
Radio presenters Hamish and
Andy feature strongly in the 10-
Based on soldiers' suggestions and
comments, the DVD will be presented
to performers and other potential tour
Soldiers can have their say
about who takes part in Forces
Entertainment tours by sending an
email to forcesentertainmentfeedback
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