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Army December 9, 2010
By Capt Adrian Dolahenty
SOLDIERS from NSW recently trained at Singleton
and Holsworthy to gain qualifications and develop
proficiencies in preparation for deployment to East
Timor next year.
This is the first step in their training as part of the
International Stabilisation Force (ISF).
More than 250 soldiers and officers attended
Exercise Fromelles Spirit in October at Holsworthy and
Driving, communications, medical, weapons, com-
mand-team training and instruction in the Joint Military
Appreciation Process was conducted to prepare poten-
tial contingent members for deployment.
The enthusiasm of the troops was visible with many
keen to get their operation nominations in.
Some have deployed to East Timor and Solomon
Islands before but for many this is their first opportunity
to deploy on operations.
While most of the infantry nominations have been
decided, there are still opportunities for support staff to
be selected to deploy.
Pte Daniel Foy is a storeman with 8CER based at
Adamstown in NSW.
In civilian life he is GO technicain. He said he was
keen to get a trip that might help with his decision to
join the ARA.
8CSSB storemen Pte Mitchell Summer and Pte
Shaun Lear, both from Adamstown, are also hoping to
Pte Mitchell is a boilermaker in his civilian trade and
Pte Lear is a graphic artist -- and both were enthusiastic
about the opportunity to down their civilian tools tem-
porarily and deploy if they had the opportunity.
"We are here to support the exercise but it would be
great to get on the operation," Pte Lear said.
The contingent will help provide security and associ-
ated tasks in support of the ISF and the Government of
More than 300 soldiers filed into the Menin Hall at
the School of Infantry during Fromelles Spirit to hear
Commander 8 Bde, Brig Phillip Bridie's address -- the
beginning of an adventurous yet challenging and valu-
able year for many assembled.
"The one thing I have been asked most often by
people across the brigade over the last 18 months is
'When are we going to Timor?'," Brig Bridie said.
"Well it's next year and we'll take the most compe-
tent and the best qualified from the brigade to have the
best contingent possible.
"The brigade is well positioned to support this oper-
ation and use the versatility that reservists bring."
Preparation for East Timor: 8 Bde soldiers in
training during Exercise Fromelles Spirit. The
reservists will deploy in 2011.
Photo by Cpl Matt Abraham
DUTCH and Australian soldiers
have continued their close alli-
ance forged in Uruzgan province.
The two nations teamed up at
the US National Guard Armed
Forces Skill at Arms Meeting
(AFSAM) at Little Rock, Arkansas.
The combined Dutch-Australian
team then won the prestigious
Five members of the Australian
Army Combat Shooting Team
attended the competition.
Australian team coach WO1 Ian
Beattie, CATC, said it was the first
appearance of Australians at Little
Rock since 2003.
"We were using this opportu-
nity to validate our marksmanship
development program from our own
AASAM event as well as exposing
our team to an international stand-
ard competition," WO1 Beattie said.
The Dutch and Australian teams,
each of four firers, combined to
form Team New Holland to con-
test the eight-man C-in-C match and
were convincing winners.
As a combined team not from
one country, they could not be
awarded the silverware.
But in true Southern hospital-
ity during the AFSAM banquet, the
National Guard presented each team
member with a certificate acknowl-
edging their achievement.
AASAM 2011 will be held from
May 6--19 at Puckapunyal.
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