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Army April 15, 2010
No rest for 100 soldiers
By Michael Brooke
WHILE many soldiers clocked off
for a well deserved Easter holiday
break, more than 100 reservists
from 5 Bde deployed to Solomon
From Sydney and southern and
central NSW, they form the 21st
rotation of soldiers on Operation
Commander 5 Bde Brig Paul
Brereton farewelled them at a parade
at Lavarack Barracks on March 29.
The highly skilled contingent
includes reservists from a diverse
range of civilian occupations, includ-
ing police, public servants, trades-
men and school teachers.
Operations officer Maj Brian
Willsher said the personnel had an
exceptional opportunity to combine
their civilian and military skills to
produce positive effects for the local
"During the four-month deploy-
ment the soldiers will carry out street
and provincial patrols and other
designated tasks in support of the
Participating Police Forces and the
Royal Solomon Islands Police Force
in Solomon Islands," he said.
In preparation for the deploy-
ment, the contingent completed
six weeks of intensive training that
included a certification exercise at
Cowley Beach Training Area.
Brig Brereton said reservists
continued to make an important con-
tribution to Op Anode.
Song and dance: Australian and Tongan soldiers perform a traditional greeting during the farewell parade for 100 soldiers from 5 Bde at Lavarack
Barracks on March 29.
Photo by LCpl Mark Doran
By WO2 Graham McBean
A YEAR of hard work and commit-
ment earned LCpl Matthew Hutchins
the accolade of National Royal
Australian Army Ordnance Corps
Soldier of the Year.
LCpl Hutchins, then a private,
stepped up to the role of CQMS at A
Coy 8/7RVR first in 2008 when the ser-
geant CQMS fell sick with long-term
illness and again throughout 2009.
The 8/7RVR operator supply won the
award late last year.
LCpl Hutchins said he was only try-
ing to do his job as best he could.
"I was shocked with the award and
the extent and scale of the award is only
just starting to set in," he said.
"It is nice to have your work recog-
nised but I was only trying to do my job
and it turned out I was doing something
It is an exceptional honour for a
reserve soldier to be named the best sol-
dier in the corps.
QM 8/7RVR WO1 Martin Griggs
nominated LCpl Hutchins and said he
acted decisively, made sound judgements
and accepted other responsibilities when
WO1 Griggs said LCpl Hutchins
displayed "excellent organisational
skills" evident by his ability to address
all requirements for moving stores and
equipment and organising work parties.
He said LCpl Hutchins was responsi-
ble for the company Q stores at Laverton,
Warrnambool and Geelong along with
training of the soldiers (privates and cor-
porals) working for him.
"He is the model of a dedicated mem-
ber of the ADF reserve and the standards
he displays are the bench mark for other
reserve soldiers of the unit to strive to
emulate," WO1 Griggs said.
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