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WORLD NEWS 17
Army November 26, 2009
By Lt Sam Beagley and
Sgt Andrew Hetherington
SOLDIERS from 13 Bde and 2RAR
collected bronze medals in the
world's most challenging patrol com-
petition -- Exercise Cambrian Patrol
In late October a section of reserv-
ists from 13 Bde's 10LHR and a sec-
tion from 2RAR travelled to the moun-
tainous Brecon Beacons region of
Wales to compete in the biennial event.
This year 63 teams from around the
world took part in the 40-hour, 50km
event. Such is the gruelling nature of
the competition, many failed to com-
plete the course.
Patrol commander for the 2RAR
team Lt Marshall Lawrence said his
eight-man section was selected after
the unit won the Duke of Gloucester
Cup in early August.
"Our section was the same team,
except one person who was injured and
myself as patrol commander, as we had
for the cup," Lt Lawrence said.
Winning the competition automat-
ically qualified them to compete in
"To prepare for the exercise we
spent a lot of time together on Exercise
Wantok Warrior, with the team stomp-
ing over some pretty big hills in PNG,"
Lt Lawrence said.
From October 23 the teams faced
a close target reconnaissance followed
by an 80m river crossing, then an
emergency recovery and casevac from
a helicopter accident, which included
real amputee role players with fake
On patrol: The 10LHR team (left to right), Tpr Shaun Toutountzis, Cpl Nathan Barton, Tpr Dorn Nguyen, Tpr
Matthew Willis, Tpr Shane Austin, Lt Sam Beagley, Cpl Matt Palmer and Tpr Adam Seeber. Inset: Pte Cameron
Gulliford (front) and Cpl Damian Woods, 2RAR, make the most of a short halt.
Teams of bronzed Aussies
Other tasks included being called
upon to assist local militia with cap-
tured POWs and being caught in an
IED-initiated vehicle ambush, com-
plete with battle simulation and live
overhead and flanking fire.
The exposure and opportunity the
ARes team from Western Australian
experienced over the two weeks in the
UK was unforgettable.
Commander 13 Bde Brig Stephen
Cain said the achievement of a bronze
award for the 10LHR team demon-
strated the training for light cavalry
soldiers was producing well trained
"They are capable of dealing with
some of the most demanding condi-
tions they might find on operations,"
Brig Cain said.
Lt Lawrence said his team also per-
formed well to gain a bronze medal in
a good time with everyone still in the
team and with no injuries.
"The boys did really well; we met
all the timings except one, which was
an achievement itself in this competi-
tion," he said.
"It was a great feeling except for
the sore feet, which got wet almost
immediately after beginning the com-
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