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Army December 10, 2009
By Capt Roger Phillips
51FNQR has played an inte-
gral role in smoothing the way
for enforcement agencies to
work in co-operation in far-
north Queensland (FNQ).
Commander Norcom charged
51FNQR with undertaking a 12-
patrol reconnaissance and sur-
veillance mission, including Air
Force and Navy elements, in
the region as part of Operation
Before the operation, from
October 5-25, the regiment
established a common operat-
ing framework for inter-agency
patrolling that is now used by all
enforcement agencies in FNQ.
CO 51FNQR Lt-Col Brendan
Cox said it became evident dur-
ing discussions and briefings
that every agency divided FNQ
into different sectors.
"Rather than having state and
federal police districts, military
AOs and council boundaries, we
proposed a common architecture
based on the one constant we all
deal with -- the human terrain,"
Lt-Col Cox said.
FNQ is now broken into 39
areas of responsibility based on
known indigenous cultural and
The battalion created a
lance and target acquisition plan
to help agencies share informa-
"Regardless of the shirt we
wear, we can answer each oth-
er's information requirements as
agreed at each whole-of-govern-
ment meeting," Lt-Col Cox said.
"We then include these infor-
mation requirements into the
surveillance and target acquisi-
The new process of inter-
agency engagement was a suc-
cess for 51FNQR and its contri-
bution to Op Resolute in 2009.
Unit patrols discovered and
reported illegal trap sites target-
ing local species.
The identification and
tracking of vessels operating
within the Torres Straits were
also reported to appropriate
Finally, essential search-and-
rescue equipment was recovered
and returned to the appropriate
In addition, the forward
headquarters located within the
Torres Strait provided a dental
officer, dental assistant and a
medic as part of its engagement
with the community.
51FNQR marine mechanics
also ran workshops on engine
maintenance and serviceability
checks for the islands' numerous
THE CA has agreed in principle to
reorganise health to meet Army's capa-
bility for the next 20 years.
This follows this year's RAAMC con-
ference at Bandiana, where the Combat
Health Support Modernisation Review
was the main focus.
SO2 Corps Health Service Maj Bruce
Murfin said health was changing along
with national guidelines. "We've come in
early to look at what the new structures
are and how we can best deliver Army
capability," Maj Murfin said.
Corps members discussed the impact
the review had on their trade, how their
trades fitted into the new health struc-
tures and how the structures supported
the Adaptive Army concept.
They also looked at how to deliver the
outcomes of the review and discussed the
implementation of new medical equip-
ment and developments in training.
Head of Corps Brig Tony Gill praised
RAAMC members for the corps' respon-
siveness to the changes.
Further information about the RAAMC can be
RAAMC/comweb.asp?page=189015 or www.
20 years of good health
Hide and seek: Pte Elroy Josiah, 51FNQR, on patrol near Boigu Island as part of
Photo by Pte Suli Canaweka
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