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16 WORLD NEWS
Army February 3, 2011
By Lt Bill Heck
THE heat and the humidity of the oncom-
ing wet season signalled a change of tempo
for Operation Anode and soldiers took full
advantage to improve their skills.
Reservists on deployment in Solomon
Islands were offered a specialist first aid
course focusing on combat situations and
many of them jumped at the opportunity.
Registered nurse and course coordina-
tor Capt Heather Ferguson said the course
was designed to train soldiers in providing
advanced first-aid assistance on the front-line
of any conflict.
"Not only are we looking at procedures
such as applying tourniquets for severe trau-
ma, but also field dressings for any situation
and cannulation as well," she said.
"We do assessments in specialist areas so
we have dummy hands to practise cannulation,
because we don't like students to practise on
real live people while they are training.
"We also trained them in putting on stiff-
neck collars, how to roll casualties, and how
to apply all the dressings that may be required
out in the field."
Almost all of the soldiers are reservists
from 8/7RVR or 4/19PWLH and will soon
return to their civilian lives.
Although the skills taught had not been
used in life-and-death situations during the
deployment, Capt Ferguson said they could
also be useful in the reservists' civilian jobs.
Aid for Op Anode
Pressure test: Pte Daniel Horgan takes Pte Edin Zulic's blood pressure during combat
first aid training for soldiers deployed to Op Anode.
Photo by Cpl Melina Mancuso
By Lt Bill Heck
COMMANDER CTF 635 Lt-Col Paul Landford
praised outgoing Operation Anode Rotation 22
members for their contribution to the Regional
Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands.
Lt-Col Landford cited the rotation's support to the
country's national general election last August as par-
He said the rotation had demonstrated a high level
of support through joint patrols with the Participating
Police Force (PPF) and the Royal Solomon Islands
Police Force (RSIPF) as well as providing a significant
"The strengthened security environment during
this period was a credit to this rotation of soldiers,"
Lt-Col Landford said.
CTF 635's company-strength military contingent
was primarily made up of 8/7RVR and 4/19PWLH
reservists. The soldiers returned to Australia in early
Lt-Col Landford said in addition to their work dur-
ing the elections, reaching out and managing relation-
ships was a crucial aspect of the mission's success.
"A secure environment supports the Solomon
Islands government in the implementation of continual
improvement and development of the local capacity,"
Rotation 22 also assisted the RSIPF and PPF to
defuse civil unrest that had occurred in Honiara after a
local politician was sentenced on November 30.
The rotation was replaced by 9 Bde soldiers from
South Australia and Tasmania.
A homecoming parade was held for Rotation 22 at
Laverton in Victoria on December 5.
All credit to
CHURCH leaders from the Honiara region
recently came together with senior members of
the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon
Islands (RAMSI) to discuss issues relating to
More than 30 leaders attended the meeting, part
of a series of discussions RAMSI is organising with
various groups in the capital.
RAMSI Acting Special Coordinator Justin
Fupeleai said the initiative aimed to enlist greater
support from the community in helping the country
grow and improve.
The meeting was attended by members of the
Participating Police Force (PPF) and also the
members of the Civil Military Liaison Team from
Combined Task Force 635 who helped guide the
Mr Fupeleai said feedback showed although
people felt safe and secure there were still concerns
about economic development in the regions.
"What we are trying to do is to build up the
capacity of the Solomon Islands government to
deliver the services and the infrastructure to the
provinces," he said.
"That's a tough job and it's going to be a really
big challenge for us going forward."
have say on
Change: CTF 635 Rotation 22 RSM WO1 Brian
Buskell hands over to Rotation 23 RSM WO1
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