Home' Army News : July 8th 2010 Contents THE training of soldiers Army-wide has been
enhanced by the construction of two patrol bases
(PB) designed to provide realistic training facil-
ities that replicate areas of operations (AOs)
Australian forces are deployed to in Afghanistan.
PB Wali and PB Buman were constructed by
3CER as part of the TFTA MEAO Replication
Project at High Range.
Commander Combat Training Centre Col
Ashley Gunder said these newly built facilities
enhanced TFTA's utility for force preparation activ-
"They add to the realism of mission specific
training and rehearsal exercises," Col Gunder said.
"In particular, when used in conjunction
with the Quala Training Facility and the Urban
Operations Training facility, they provide the
backdrop for complex and realistic challenges that
approximate the contemporary operational environ-
"This is a good example of our Army's invest-
ment in leading-edge preparation for our deploying
Cpl Wayne Meech, 18 CE Sqn, said soldiers
of all corps would benefit from the erection of
these patrol bases as it was important to emulate as
closely as possible the living and working condi-
tions that exist not only in Afghanistan but across
"Giving soldiers the ability to replicate certain
scenarios that have occurred in theatre is important
if we are to continue our great efforts overseas,"
Cpl Meech said.
"Once completed, the patrol bases will provide
both the opportunity for fresh faces to learn new
skills in a new environment and also give the mem-
bers who have previously deployed to pass on their
knowledge in an environment that is as close as
possible to the real thing."
Both facilities will be used for mission-specific
training, MREs and unit-level exercises, to con-
duct training scenarios to help prepare soldiers for
deployment to the MEAO.
The patrol bases were built independently. PB
Wali was built by 25 Spt Sqn and is on the southern
edge of Impact Sector West while 18 CE Sqn built
Buman in the Keelbottom Creek sector. The plant
effort for both sites was provided by 25 Spt Sqn -- a
Roughly 20km apart by road, the PBs can be
used in conjunction with each other as part of a
larger brigade-sized MRE to replicate the usage of
PBs in theatre.
Construction officer of PB Wali Capt John Pring
Each PB is built to accommodate a combat team,
with two Lysaght sheds for work purposes, tent
slabs for accommodation and ablution facilities.
They also have five strong points, three PMV fir-
ing positions and are enclosed in a double stacked
HESCO wall for force protection with an allocated
search bay and detention facility.
Each PB is surrounded by a barbed wire perimeter
and has been constructed with a landing zone. The
more luxurious features include hard standing,
water storage, electrical reticulation and lighting,
shower facilities and toilets (soon to be completed).
Op Spt Sqn (OSS) supported the construction of
both PBs in the field through the establishment of
Camp Oasis. Located on TFTA, the camp allowed
3CER members to live comfortably in the field with
showers, fresh rations and recreational facilities.
OSS deployed a week prior to the activity in order
to establish the logistic support base designed to
provide all support amenities and luxuries.
Hot water, a gym, and even the Dingo Inn (dry
for this activity) were just a few of the luxuries on
OSS maintained overall CP responsibilities for
the activity and was colocated with health assets
from 3CSSB, a Q-store and workshop facilities.
Workshops were kept busy with the ongoing repair
of mack dumps which experienced a great deal of
wear and tear over the construction period.
PATROL BASE BASICS
said both the planning and construction of the pro-
ject presented excellent outcomes for all soldiers
"For the squadron, it was a good opportunity
to practice all the relevant construction trades and
exercise appropriate commanders for a large and
complex construction site."
Troops from 3CER worked tirelessly to com-
plete the constructions, which began earlier this
year. Preparatory civil works commenced for PB
Wali in late March enabling 25 Spt Sqn main to
deploy to TFTA on April 19.
Carpenter Spr Jason Corradi, 25 Spt Sqn, over-
saw the vertical construction of the build and felt
that although it was frustrating at times, it was a
positive learning curve for the tradies.
"It was a challenge right from the start with the
design, planning and ordering of materials, to the
organising of the equipment required, right up to
the actual build," Spr Corradi said.
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Tight packed: Spr Joel Crowe, 3CER, pounds the earth during construction of Patrol
Photo by LCpl Mark Doran
Check it out: (l to r) RSM 3CER, WO1 Brent Doyle, CO 3CER Lt-Col Rupert Hoskin, Commander
Land Combat Readiness Centre, Brig Peter Clay and the OIC of Patrol Base Wali construction, Capt
John Pring during Brig Clay's visit to High Range Training Area.
Photo by LCpl Mark Doran Big lift: Soldiers from 3CER using a LX120 front-end loader to fill the hesco barrier at Patr
Wali at High Range Training Area.
Photo by LCpl M
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