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On alert: Sgt Victor Lucas on patrol with
Secdet XVI in Baghdad.
Photo by LAC Aaron Curran
CJOPS "proud" of
Serious health message
behind 'silliness': CA
ARMY's senior leadership paused
briefly on September 17 to take
part in the Blue September cancer
awareness initiative for men.
CA Lt-Gen Ken Gillespie and his
major-generals painted their faces
blue to highlight the need for men to
take their health seriously -- particu-
Lt-Gen Gillespie has had his own
battle with prostate cancer.
He and his senior staff paused
before the monthly CA's senior
advisory group meeting to speak up
about men seeking timely preventa-
tive health measures.
CA said it was a "bit of silliness"
but highlighted an important mes-
"The colour blue represents men
-- and it's men that need to face up
to taking their health seriously and
change how they approach illness,"
Lt-Gen Gillespie said.
"The Australian community
deeply feels the death of a soldier in
combat but cancer kills many more
men each year."
Campaign director Blue
September Mike Chapman said
using 'manly' professions like the
military and professional sportsmen
like footballers helped get the mes-
sage across to Australian males.
Advocate: CA Lt-Gen Ken Gillespie has his face painted for
Photo by Stephen Dent
Well done: CJOPS Lt-Gen Mark Evans says Australians remain focused on mentoring the ANA 4 Bde.
Photo by LS Paul Berry
Face of Army
By Lt-Col Mike Harris
CHIEF of Joint Ops (CJOPS)
Lt-Gen Mark Evans said he was
proud of the contribution ADF
personnel were making to build
the capability of the Afghan
National Army in Uruzgan prov-
ince, following a short visit to
Lt-Gen Evans said the troops
were coping with the recent trag-
ic spate of fatalities and remained
focused on the important task of
mentoring and training 4 Bde,
Afghan National Army and inter-
dicting insurgent networks.
"I was able to see how the
Afghan National Security Forces
managed local incidents over the
election period and I was pleased to
see the level of independence and
control that they were taking with
dealing with the situation."
Lt-Gen Evans said he was also
in a position to review the opera-
tional circumstances regarding
the contact in which LCpl Jared
MacKinney was killed in action.
"My thoughts, and those of the
Defence community, remain with
Mrs MacKinney during this diffi-
cult time," Lt-Gen Evans said.
"It will bring no solace but
the fighting patrol on August 24
did everything it had planned to
do -- namely to find and engage
the insurgents, inflict damage on
them and then withdraw on its own
terms. Both the Afghan National
Army and our soldiers fought well
during this contact with insurgents."
Afghan soldiers fought side by
side with their Australian coun-
terparts and conducted their own
battlefield ammunition resupply to
remain in the fight.
Australian soldiers described
their Afghan colleagues as fear-
less throughout the engagement.
After approximately three hours the
Australian and Afghan patrol broke
contact from the insurgents and
moved back to their vehicle drop-
"The objective of the mission
was never to fight and finish the
insurgent element in the Tangi
Valley and hence the patrol was not
structured for such a mission," he
said.The fighting patrol comprised
20 Afghan and 20 Australian sol-
diers that were tasked to move
into an area not having an ISAF or
Afghan security force presence for
some time, in order to develop a
better understanding of the security
situation in the area.
"The patrol achieved this objec-
tive and the insurgents paid a high
price for their actions in engaging
the partnered patrol."
Lt-Gen Evans said the sol-
diers were well supported by
the Australian Light Armoured
Vehicles, close air support from
ISAF AH 64 Apache attack helicop-
ters and 155mm artillery. 120mm
mortars were on standby and a
reserve force was available but not
Proud: Lt-Gen Mark Evans
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