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Army June 24, 2010
SOLDIERS from A Coy, 8/9RAR,
returned home to Brisbane on
June 9 after a successful four-
month deployment with the
International Stabilisation Force
(ISF) in East Timor.
They have been replaced by
members of B Coy, 8/9RAR.
About 130 personnel from A Coy
joined the ISF in February to help
maintain stability and provide a
secure environment for the ongoing
development of East Timor.
Commander ISF Col Simon
Stuart said A Coy had provided an
outstanding capability during its
time in East Timor.
"I think the main highlight for
A Coy was the capacity-building
with the East Timorese military,"
Col Stuart said.
"We held a large number of
training activities covering conven-
tional warfighting and peacekeeping
operations, which included urban
operations, live-fire ranges and field
"I am very proud of A Coy. They
are a relatively young company and
they have grown both individually
and collectively during their time in
Pte Joe Rounds, a transport
supervisor, enjoyed the opportunity
to help the local community.
"I know it sounds a bit corny
but you do get a really good feeling
inside to know that we have done
something to help here, a real mis-
sion," Pte Rounds said.
By Sgt Dave Morley
A PLATOON commander with
MRTF 1 and an RAA troop ser-
geant major were among the soldiers
who received awards for service in
Afghanistan in the Queen's Birthday
Lt Ashley Judd, now with HQ
Rifleman Wing at the School of Inf,
was awarded a Commendation for
Distinguished Service and WO2 Paul
Boswell, 4 Fd Regt, was awarded a
Distinguished Service Medal.
Lt Judd was commanding 2 Pl,
Combat Team Tusk, in the 7RAR Battle
Group in December 2008.
His platoon was providing a screen
for a cordon and search being carried out
near Kalah Kalah village in the Chora
Valley when the action started.
"We were crossing open ground,
with a section covering when we were
ambushed with PKMs and RPGs from
the front and flank," he said.
"One soldier was shot and seriously
wounded in the leg and we had to evacu-
ate him 600m to an LZ. While we were
doing this we were surrounded."
Lt Judd said the contact lasted two
hours and the enemy got within grenade-
"We had ASLAVs in support 1200m
away and they were putting in accurate
fire within metres of our position," he
said. "The Taliban were even firing at the
ASLAVs and a crewman climbed out and
fired a 66 at them."
He said two of his section command-
ers, Cpl Nathan Webb and Cpl Leon
Gray, were recognised in this year's
Australia Day awards for their actions.
Lt Judd, who graduated from RMC
in December 2007, said the contact hap-
pened two months after his arrival in
"Everyone who was there that day is
equally deserving of recognition and I
feel I am receiving it on their behalf."
WO2 Boswell received his award
for saving the lives of British soldiers
injured in an IED incident in December
2008 while serving with the second rota-
tion, RAA Troop, Afghanistan, attached
Rewarded: Lt Ashley Judd, left, and
WO2 Paul Boswell.
to 29th Cdo Regt (UK). WO2 Boswell
took command following the incident
near Musa Qaleh in northern Helmand
province in which three British soldiers
were injured, two seriously. He was in
the lead Land Rover in a recce patrol
when the vehicle behind detonated a
"I reckon I must have missed it by
50cm," he said. "The commander of the
disabled vehicle received severe injuries
and still hasn't completely recovered,
and his driver lost a leg as well as receiv-
ing multiple fractures to his hip, fingers
WO2 Boswell was the only
Australian in the patrol, which com-
prised Gurkhas, Royal Engineers and
Royal Artillery soldiers.
"One of the Gurkhas was a medic and
he did an excellent job at giving first aid,
as did the third bloke in the vehicle who
was blown out the top of it in the explo-
sion," he said. "There was an Apache in
the area at the time and it provided cover
for the aeromedical evacuation, which
got the injured out within 30 minutes."
The purpose of the patrol was to find
a position for a direct-fire gun.
"A few weeks later a gun was
deployed into the position and Australian
and British gunners used it to great effect
against the Taliban," WO2 Boswell said.
He was proud to receive the award but
was a bit embarrassed by it as many oth-
ers performed well that day. "It was just a
bad situation but, thanks to the actions of
some very professional soldiers involved,
everything fell into place at the time."
Queen's Birthday Honours List -- Page 26
Building on work of A Coy
Heading home: OC Alpha Company, 8/9RAR, Maj Tim Warner presents Pte Justin Simmons with his
Australian Service Medal at East Timor's Presidential Palace.
Photo by Cpl Scott Smedley
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