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Army October 14, 2010
By Maj Al Green
CASUALTIES needed resuscitation
and evacuation drills were performed
as part of 3CSSB's care of the battle
casualty exercise at Lavarack Barracks
from August 16-20.
Medics and infantrymen from 3 Bde
took part in realistic scenario-based
training with simulated casualties for Ex
In the training scenarios, infantry fire
teams with the support of attached med-
ics were engaged by enemy and the med-
ics provided treatment to injured mem-
bers of the team.
Lt Hollie Cahill, Close Health
Platoon (CHP), said Duffy Warrior start-
ed with training for evacuation crews and
"The first two days of the exercise
gave medics valuable face time with sev-
eral medical officers -- a rare opportunity
with the current RAP rhythm," Lt Cahill
"1RAR soldiers assisted in basic
patrolling and clearance training which
led into care-under-fire scenarios.
"These were real-time scenarios and
placed the medics under extreme pres-
sure in the presence of gunfire, adrena-
line and battle noise which all tested the
medics' instinctive medical and military
OC Health Coy Maj Elisabeth Barnett
said Duffy Warrior was designed to test
and develop the medical staff of CHP in
the 3 Bde pilot of Close Health Spt Coy.
"The participants were involved in a
week-long package of skills revision and
enhancement with competency assess-
ments," Maj Barnett said.
'It was combined with AME familiar-
isation and communications training and
was a great training activity as a prelude
to CATA and Exercise Hamel.
"The additional support from 1RAR
and 5 Avn Regt increased the training
value and added to a unique experience
"We hope to boost and continue simi-
lar training opportunities in the future."
By Maj John Liston
REALISTIC feedback of mission
planning was one of the major
benefits for participants during
the recent 13 Bde command-post
"You get to see the outcome
of your appreciation and planning
through a wargame," SO1 Training
Lt-Col Murray Drover said.
The CPX, held during the first
week of the brigade combined-arms
training activity (CATA), practised
the HRR combat team's planning
and command and control.
Army Simulation Wing (ASW)
provided the feedback through com-
Lt-Col Drover said the combat
team and other participants benefit-
ted from the exercise because they
could see how the battle unfolded.
"The simulation proved whether
a plan required modification or was
robust enough to win the fight," he
said.The combat team HQ used the
CPX week of the CATA to establish
its procedures and routines, with
particular focus on disseminating
timely information for battle pro-
They kept the same scenar-
io deploying into phase 2, which
according to Lt-Col Drover
enhanced the field training during
the second week near Collie.
"The company headquarters
didn't have to go through a test and
adjust period because it was already
operating smoothly by the time it
deployed to the field," he said.
An ASW team travelled from
Puckapunyal to run the simulation
for the CPX.
"The cost of getting the simu-
lation wing over to Perth was
clearly worth the commitment,"
Lt-Col Drover said. "The skills
developed were greatly superior to
those gained from a similar dura-
tion tactical exercise without troops
He said the realism provided by
the use of simulation allowed the
CPX to become more free-flowing.
"This type of training was unan-
imously voted as the way of the
future by the brigade's officers."
On the lookout: Pte Leah Mossman, 13CSSB, handles the F89 Minimi during 13 Bde's recent
13 Bde takes to the battlefield
Battle care: Cpl Matt Anderson, 3CER, is readied for evacuation under fire by
medic Cpl Adam Santucc, 2RAR, and infantry section commander Cpl Josh
Photo by Maj Al Green
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