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ABOUT 800 soldiers of the 6RAR Battle
Group took to High Range in November
and December for a series of live-fire exer-
cises and Afghanistan mission rehearsals.
The soldiers, mostly from Brisbane's 7 Bde, spent
two weeks honing skills in live-fire exercises designed
to harden them physically and mentally for the dangers
For three days before the mission-rehearsal exercise
the battle group conducted a command-post exercise
under the watchful eyes of Combat Training Centre
(CTC) staff and alongside soldiers masquerading as
Afghan soldiers, civilians, insurgents, police and key
The objective of the exercise was to develop com-
mand, control and communication procedures for battle
group and Afghan National Army (ANA) operations,
while mentoring and combat teams conducted patrols
and security operations using scenario-based training.
During the mission-rehearsal phase, the battle group
was put to the test in mentoring, community engage-
ment and security scenarios designed to replicate likely
tasks in Afghanistan.
CTC invested much effort in creating an environ-
ment close to the real thing. There were mock qualas,
battle-effects simulators, Afghan soldiers, police and
CTC Commander Col Ash Gunder said many units
contributed to preparing the battle group.
"We've had excellent support from across Army,
and the added input from Army aviation and the RAAF
have heightened the reality by portraying the variety of
air assets available in Afghanistan," he said.
CO 6 RAR Battle Group, Lt-Col Jason Blain said
the command-post and mission-rehearsal exercises
were the culmination of a
"The battle group con
of 2009 on exercises, in
Talisman Saber," Lt-Col
"The HQ has becom
essential to the provision
on the ground.
"The efforts of CTC
ronment will pay dividen
RAAF aviation, along
other support elements
and led battle group, wh
Afghanistan next year.
"Honestly, we just
get on with the job," b
Matt Griinke said. "We
The battle group has
of key roles in Oruzgan
Afghan troops and assisti
It will also help with r
"Some of the publi
tinuation of developme
Kowt Boys' School," OC
Carl Miller said.
"We will continue th
contingents in Oruzgan b
ple to improve their situa
Lt-Col Blain said m
would be a primary role f
"Our goal is to enhan
skill sets of ANA units in
Cunning plans: Maj Mick Hahn (left) works in the field with an
In good hands: Pte Mal Harrison tests his combat first-aid skills on a pretend patient.
Meeting and greeting: Capt Chris Sampson crosses paths with a role player.
Still smiling: 6RAR soldiers on patrol during rehearsal for the real thing in
It mightn't have been the real thing but a simulat
outside Townsville was as close as these 6RAR so
the physical and mental challenges they will face
Honestly, we just want to get
there and get on with the jo
' Cpl Matt Griinke, 6RAR Battle Group
Report: Capt Al McPherson Photos: LS Paul Berry
Eyes peeled: 6RAR Battle Group soldiers return
from a practice patrol.
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