Home' Army News : June 24th 2010 Contents By Leut Lauren Rago
A JOINT medical team from the International
Stabilisation Force (ISF) and the East Timor Defence
Force (F-FDTL) provided care to more than 300 peo-
ple in the remote villages of Molop and Holbesi from
May 24 to 26.
Lt-Col Chris Austin from the ISF Civil Military Co-
operation Branch said the visit, to the mountainous dis-
trict of Bobonaro, was part of a monthly Medical Civil
Action Program (MEDCAP).
He said the MEDCAPs provided a great opportunity
to the ISF to support the development of the F-FDTL
and to exchange ideas and learn from each other in the
field. "The F-FDTL is a relatively new army and these
medical operations are bringing the people of East Timor
and their defence force much closer," Lt-Col Austin said.
"Our aim is to support the development of the knowl-
edge and skills required by the F-FDTL to conduct these
operations successfully on their own so we can ulti-
mately step back and simply provide some advice and
The visit also presented a rare opportunity for elderly
villagers and mothers with babies to receive professional
Commander ISF Col Simon Stuart attended the
MEDCAP in the village of Molop and said the villag-
ers were delighted to see the ISF working closely with
the F-FDTL. "It is rewarding to see the local villagers
receive critical medical support and to see the F-FDTL
effectively take charge of some elements in the execu-
tion of the MEDCAP," Col Stuart said.
Helping hands: Cpl Leonard
Bigley, 8/9RAR, and an East
Timorese soldier help evacuate
a seriously ill woman from the
town of Molop (above) while
medical stores are delivered
on a Black Hawk to the remote
village of Holbesi (left).
Photos by Cpl Scott Smedley
WORLD NEWS 19
Army June 24, 2010
By Pte Justine Kissane
RUNNING fever swept
Solomon Islands as ADF
and AFP personnel took
part in a 12-hour chal-
lenge to raise money
for AFP member Jason
Mahoney who is being
treated for leukemia.
Held at the base track
at the Guadalcanal Beach
Resort, all runners in the
challenge had a collective
goal of reaching 1524 laps,
equalling the distance from
Honiara to Brisbane, over
the 1.4km course.
Pte Owen O'Shea,
4/3RNSWR, said his team
had a strategy for running
the most laps.
Pte O'Shea's group ran
one lap each at the fastest
pace possible, leaving each
runner four laps to recover.
"We came out today to
beat the AFP and the Cav
scouts," Pte O'Shea said
and proved it with his team
reaching a total of 108 laps
about 151km, the highest
rate for the day.
The event ended with
an auction of eight signed
Fremantle and Richmond
AFL guernseys and a total
of $12,000 was raised.
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