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Army February 3, 2011
By Lt Carrie Miner
SOLDIERS preparing for
deployments during 2011 can
expect to train in a combined-
arms team using the Battlefield
Management System (BMS)
after a recent 7 Bde simulation
A range of Brisbane-based sol-
diers had significant exposure to the
new system during a week of initial
training, which was followed by a
week-long simulation exercise at
Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera.
Exercise coordinator Maj Matt
Campbell was pleased with the suc-
cess of the activity and the future
potential of BMS in training for
"This was a great opportunity
to further expose our soldiers to
working in a combined-arms team
so that it becomes second nature
prior to deploying on operations,"
"Now that units have been
exposed to the conduct of simula-
tion-style training, similar activi-
ties can be conducted under unit
arrangements in 2011."
WO2 Simon Foley, 8/9RAR,
was pleased to work with the new
"It was a good introduction to
the system that can simulate com-
bined-arms training," he said.
"We had the opportunity to
practise command post procedures
and tactics, techniques and proce-
dures in a forgiving environment."
BMS has been developed as
part of phase three of the Land 75
project. It is a tactical command
and control system that enhances
battlespace awareness, automates
combat messages and supports the
conduct of operations.
The next step for 7 Bde will be
unit-level training activities starting
this month in the lead up to major
exercises, including Blue Diamond
standards at 7 Bde
Simulated: Capt Ben Grumley, WO2 Simon Foley and LCpl Ben
Griffin at the command post.
Photo by Lt Carrie Miner
TWO engineers from 2CER have been
crowned Australia's Best Sappers and
will head to Missouri next year to take
on the best of the US Army.
LCpl Nicholas Lines and LCpl David
McDonald proved themselves during the
inaugural Best Sapper Competition, held
in Brisbane late last year.
Thirteen teams from across the Royal
Australian Engineer Corps endured 46
hours of tasks designed to test their physi-
cal toughness and mental resolve.
The weekend lead off with a 12km
march carrying section and engineering
stores through testing terrain.
The Incident Response Regiment team
took out line honours with a time of 1
hour and 45 minutes.
Next was a falling-plate shoot in mis-
sion-orientated protective posture level
four ensemble followed by 30 hours of
engineering tasks, including demolition
calculations, fixing explosives to a tar-
get, route searches, mechanical reasoning
tests, first aid, knots and lashings, and
The weekend was rounded off with
a wet gap crossing in marching order,
foreign weapon proficiency testing, the
Gallipoli Barracks obstacle course, abseil-
ing and a non-standard physical fitness
test (maximum heaves, push-ups and sit-
ups with a two-minute time limit for each
activity and a 2.4km run in patrol order).
CO 2CER Lt-Col John Carey was
immensely proud of the efforts of all
"The ultimate measure of a person is
not where he stands in the moments of
comfort and convenience, but where he
stands at times of challenge and contro-
versy," he said.
Best in corps: LCpl
David McDonald and
LCpl Nicholas Lines
push themselves to the
limit during the PT test
(above) and are later
congratulated on their
overall win by 2CER CO
Lt-Col John Carey (left).
Photos by Pte Samantha Begent
"The soldiers who participated in the
Best Sapper Competition are the best in
their units, the best in the corps, and some
of the best in the Army."
The winning team will now complete
in the US Army Best Sapper Competition
at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, thanks to
funding from the RAE Corps Fund.
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