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Army August 5, 2010
By Sgt Dave Morley
THE lack of a parade and band did not detract
from the significance of the launch of the Defence
Anglicans website at RMC Duntroon on July 15.
Bishop Len Eacott, Anglican Bishop to the ADF,
said the website was a terrific idea because it allowed
ADF members to access information in a popular way.
"It is an avenue of information that needs to be
exploited as much as possible," he said.
Head of People Capability Maj-Gen Craig Orme
said it was a great initiative and commended it to the
Anglican community and families across Defence.
"It's a great way to build a relationship and provide
an information resource to those who need it whether
they are deployed or serving in Australia," he said.
Director of Chaplaincy Air Command Chap Kevin
Russell said the website aimed to serve ADF members
from a Christian point of view.
"It will also inform the wider church what mem-
bers of the ADF go through and how they can be sup-
ported," he said.
Chap Russell said members would go to the
website for many reasons.
"It has many features, it tells stories, and people
today identify with stories," he said.
"It gives examples and people will say, 'I think
that's a bit like my situation', and they can seek help
"The website contains questions and answers on
many useful things from trauma through to baptisms
and weddings and just basic stuff about contacting a
chaplain or a church at your new posting."
He said members don't have to be practising
Christians to use the site.
"You can use it to explore faith, explore what's
happening to you, to ask questions, or as a means of
Chap Andrew Grills, ARTC Kapooka, said the
Defence Anglicans website had much to offer.
"Not only does it have some great resources to help
you investigate some of the big questions of life like
'what does it mean to be a Christian' and 'how can I
become one', but it also has links to current news and
events with an ADF focus," he said.
The Defence Anglicans website can be found at www.defencean-
ALL ADF members have been
encouraged to take part in one
of Defence's most extensive
health and well-being studies
promoted in a nationwide road-
show that crossed the country
The Military Health Outcomes
Program (MilHOP) roadshow
included visits by Joint Health
Command's Brig Stephan Rudzki
to Defence sites encouraging
commanders to inspire service
personnel to take up the survey.
"Commanders have responded
well to the briefings and appreci-
ated an explanation of the benefits
and importance to senior leader-
ship and ADF personnel of partic-
ipating in MilHOP," Brig Rudzki
said.MilHOP First Chief
Investigator Alexander McFarlane
said the MilHOP program would
guide Defence in continuing to
develop appropriate health ser-
vices and interventions.
"Members would be helping
themselves, their families and
their mates by simply filling out
the survey," Prof McFarlane said.
The MilHOP program is still
in progress and includes four
studies that will gather informa-
tion on the health of serving and
MilHOP information is available at www.
cmvh.org.au or by calling 1800 886 567,
or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
By Cpl Jane Ashby-Cliffe
DEPLOYING to the arctic
would be a challenge for any
Australian soldier, but one Lt
Jason Pascoe has relished.
Under the Reserve Forces
Foreign Service Agreement
(RFFSA) between Australia and
Canada, Lt Pascoe, 51FNQR,
was attached to the 49th Battalion
Loyal Edmonton Regiment for
Lt Pascoe said he has stud-
ied and actively trained in winter
warfare and operations in an aus-
"I quickly identified that the
Australian RFSU patrolmen and
the Canadian Rangers share the
parallel of having to operate in
areas where nature is a threat, and
water and resources are scarce,"
Lt Pascoe said.
"Drawing on the skill set that
both the Canadian Forces and
ADF have equipped me with, I
have led soldiers on exercise in
"As the officer in charge I
was given the distinct privilege
of organising and implementing
the training and operating pro-
cedures that would be required
for a standard infantry section to
deploy into tough conditions, as
well as exchanging ideas with
the Canadian Rangers on survival
Invited to be the OIC of a sec-
tion from the Arctic Response
Company Group Lt Pascoe was
responsible for assessing their
equipment, capabilities and SOPs
in the harsh arctic environment.
Lt Pascoe started his exchange
in November 2008 as the pla-
toon commander of A Coy 1 Pl,
was promoted to company 2IC
in March 2009 and attended the
Basic Winter Warfare Course in
"We were placed in Canada's
north, to learn the necessary skills
and equipment for soldierly con-
duct in a winter-warfare environ-
ment," he said.
dropped to around minus 40C and
even further with wind chill to
He said the RFFSA had pro-
vided him the opportunity of con-
tinuous service and training while
living in a foreign country.
"My proudest moment was
organising an Anzac Day service
on Oopik Island in the Arctic,
which included 45 members of
the Canadian Rangers, other
Canadian force services, two
members of the Danish Sirius
Patrol and their dog-sledge team,"
"We reflected on the bond
that exists between Canada
and Australia and has existed
since the Anzacs and the Royal
Newfoundland Regiment fought
side-by-side at Gallipoli."
A cold hard reality
MilHOP takes to road to enlist help
Solid ground: Lt Jason Pascoe stands at the site where Greenland can be seen about 6km away
in the background (main) and (inset) shares stories of the Anzacs on Anzac Day.
Religious web: Chap Kevin Russell launches the
Defence Anglicans website.
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