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The Commanding Officer, LTCOL James
Murray, cordially invites friends and family
both past and present to celebrate the 50th
Birthday of the 1st Signal Regiment.
To mark this auspicious occasion, the
following events will take place on
05 June 2010 at Gallipoli Barracks:
0900h -- 1000h
Regimental Parade with the
Princess Anne Banner
1100h -- 1400h
Regimental Open Day
1930h -- 0100h
Regimental Ball (Entry by ticket only)
1st SIGNAL REGIMENT
50th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
05 JUNE 2010
There will be plenty of entertainment
for children and adults alike including a
bouncy castle, face painting, BBQ, kid's
assault course and much more throughout
Mark out your diary for 05 June 2010 and
come along and have a great day! I look
forward to meeting as many of you as
possible, for further details or information
on any of the events listed above please
CAPT Mike Armstrong on 07 3332 6463
WO1 (RSM) Danny Smith on 07 3332 6260
Army May 27, 2010
By WO2 Graham McBean
DIGITALLY networking the
Army began last month as 7 Bde
was exposed to the Israeli-pro-
duced Torch Battle Management
System (BMS) under the newly
designated Project Quicksilver.
A battlegroup command-post
exercise (CPX) at Enoggera marked
the first activity involving soldiers in
the introduction into service of the
BMS to be delivered under Land 75,
Land 125 and Joint Project 2072.
Project Quicksilver will equip
7 Bde, 7RAR and the Special
Operations Task Group with a suite
of equipment that eventually will
provide the Army with mounted
and dismounted technologies down
to section level. A new battlefield
communications system will be pro-
vided under JP 2072, consisting of
digital radios to provide a battlefield
intranet that the BMS can run on.
2/14 LHR (QMI) and 8/9RAR
fired the first virtual shots dur-
ing the CPX between April 13-16.
Conducted by AHQ, the activity
also involved representatives from
DSTO and DMO.
"The system we have trained on
and operated here is brilliant," CO
2/14 LHR (QMI) Lt-Col Christopher
Mills said. "It has the potential to
revolutionise the Army."
The improvements in battlefield
awareness, accuracy of battlefield
information and the rapid increase
in the passage of information
impressed all involved.
GPS fitted to the BMS hard-
ware and radios issued to soldiers
and fitted in vehicles will register
as friendly icons on a digital map.
Commanders at all levels will know
instantly where soldiers are within
that area of operations.
Targets can be manually regis-
tered and their locations rapidly dis-
seminated. Threats can be anticipat-
ed and reacted to rapidly -- particu-
larly planning for direct and indirect
fire support to ground forces.
As the system has messaging
capability, the passing of informa-
tion is much like email. This capa-
bility advantage flows to every-
thing from reports and returns to
resupply and casualty evacuation.
Importantly, the development and
dissemination of orders will be
Lt-Col Mills said a major advan-
tage was collaborative and parallel
planning on the same document at
the same time. "With a click of a
button, that order, with a graphic
overlay, can be distributed as widely
as you want. Gone are the days of
commanders meeting in the mid-
dle of the night at a particular loca-
tion to scribble down an overlay and
receive orders," he said.
At the combat-team level, 2IC
B Coy, 8/9RAR, Capt Glen Watson
applauded the success of the system.
"It is dissipating the fog of war. It is
a significant step forward operation-
ally and tactically and it needs to be
pushed out to the rest of the Army
as quickly as possible," he said.
7 Bde has been designated as
the lead in digitising Army. The
first major hitout of the Quicksilver
system will be during Exercise
Talisman Sabre 11.
HIGH-level talks with International
Security Assistance Force (ISAF)
and NATO defence chiefs in Brussels
have made progress in identifying
a new senior partner for the ADF in
Afghanistan's Oruzgan province.
CDF ACM Angus Houston hosted a
media round-table discussion on May 17
to provide an update on ADF operations,
particularly in Afghanistan.
ACM Houston said he was inundated
with positive comments and gratitude
from the ISAF and NATO officials for
the contribution that Australia and its
forces were making in Afghanistan.
He said identifying a replacement for
the Dutch was "obviously a high priority
with the Netherlands due to commence
the withdrawal of its military forces in
"As I have previously stated, Australia
does not intend to assume the leadership
role in Oruzgan province, but our contri-
bution of military and civilian resources
is significant and we are actively involved
in the transition planning," he said.
"We are still working through the
details. However, I am very confident
we will achieve a seamless and smooth
transition and a solution that supports
continued progress in the province."
He said Australia's prime focus
remained on training and mentoring the
4th Bde of the Afghan National Army.
"We continue to directly mentor and
partner with three Kandaks and the head-
quarters of the 4th Bde and will assume
responsibility for the remaining ele-
ments of the brigade when the Dutch
and French withdraw from Oruzgan in
August," ACM Houston said.
He said Taliban leaders and their
networks continued to be the focus
of Australia's special forces and their
Revolutionary: CO 2/14 LHR (QMI) Lt-Col Christopher Mills demonstrates the Torch Battle
Management System to his regimental staff.
Photo by LCpl Chad Anderson
Revolution is here
Afghan partner force, the Provincial
"More than seven medium-level
Taliban leaders have been killed or cap-
tured in the past year in Oruzgan prov-
ince, including a number of key facilita-
tors of IEDs," he said.
"We are severely disrupting the insur-
gent command and control networks. In
fact, I can reveal that in the past week,
an additional three IED facilitators have
"[Also], in Gizab, following recent
operations and the death of a local Taliban
leader, there are now no known com-
manders coordinating operations against
Afghan citizens or security forces."
He said that as the CDF, the safety
and welfare of ADF personnel was his
"It's very important that you under-
stand that our force protection is con-
tinually evolving. We constantly monitor
the environment, respond to new threats
and change the way we operate in order
to retain the initiative," he said. "We
have, and will continue to do everything
we can to minimise the risk to our peo-
ple, our facilities and equipment."
Informed: ACM Houston briefs the
media round-table. Photo by Mark Brennan
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