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Army February 17, 2011
By AB Melanie Schinkel
ARMY finished third in the 2010
Defence Force Blood Donation
Four hundred and twenty-eight
Army personnel willingly pre-
sented their arms to help save 6309
Air Force defended its 2009
title, winning the 2010 challenge
with a total of 779 donations.
Navy personnel made 491 dona-
tions, and Defence civilians record-
ed 405 donations.
Overall, Defence made 2103
donations in the 2010 challenge,
smashing 2009's total by an extra
Spanning 13 weeks, the 2010
Defence Force Blood Donation
Challenge was launched in
September to encourage as many
Defence personnel as possible to
donate blood to the Australian Red
Cross Blood Service (ARCBS).
Defence coordinator Gary
Schulz said most of the donations
were tallied in ARCBS centres or
via the Club Red website.
He said this year there would
be more emphasis on participants
registering their donations online
to enable the ARCBS to accurately
track the number of donations from
"Unfortunately, not everybody
registered their donation, so there
could've been many more dona-
tions that we were unable to track,"
Mr Schulz said.
The ARCBS shares an impor-
tant relationship with Defence, sup-
plying almost 400 units of blood
annually to Australian personnel
on operations in East Timor and
The ADF Surgeon General and
Commander Joint Health, Maj-Gen
Paul Alexander, said the resuscita-
tion, damage control and surgery
undertaken in the field relied heav-
ily on blood products.
"We use a range of blood prod-
ucts, including pack-cells, fresh
frozen plasma and whole blood
platelets," Maj-Gen Alexander said.
"Not only do we use these
products during operations over-
seas but also here in Australia to
aid Defence members in recovering
from severe illnesses, infections,
injuries and chemotherapy."
He said Defence had partnered
with the ARCBS to conduct further
research on the use of frozen blood
"Defence is looking at increas-
IN THE February 3 edition of Army, two sol-
diers' details were listed incorrectly on the
Australia Day Honours page. Sgt R SG and
WO2 W both serve with 2 Cdo Regt, not SASR
as stated. Sgt R SG received the Conspicuous
Service Medal for meritorious achievement
in the development of capability within 2 Cdo
Regt, and WO2 W received the Conspicuous
Service Medal for meritorious achievement in 2
Cdo Regt over an extended period. Army apolo-
gises for the error, which was the result of an
incorrect interpretation from the details on the
Correcting the record
BASIC soldier skills helped part-time soldier
and full-time police officer Anthony Van Andel
save a life at the beachfront suburb of Naval
Base in Perth. The Perth police officer was
initially called to the scene on January 8 to
coordinate rescue efforts for 30-year-old Beth
Hull, after she was pushed out to sea and
knocked off her kayak by 22-knot winds. Senior
Constable Van Andel used his experience judg-
ing distances and target indication training to
relay Ms Hull's location to a helicopter. With the
rescue boat 20 minutes away, he swam almost
1km in choppy waters to reach the stranded
kayaker, righting the kayak and paddling it in,
with Ms Hull clinging to a rope off the back.
Soldier skills save life
THREE teams from the US have won
research grants totalling US$1.1m in the Multi
Autonomous Ground-robotic International
Challenge (MAGIC), a joint project between the
Defence Science and Technology Organisation
and the US Department of Defense. The
University of Pennsylvania, the University
of Michigan and the Reconnaissance and
Autonomy for Small Robots team -- made up of
several robotics industry representatives -- took
out the top places. There were also entries from
Turkey and a joint entry from the University of
Western Australia and Flinders University.
Robot magic on display
By Leut-Cmdr Mick Gallagher
MAJ-GEN Greg Melick has laid a
wreath at the Anzac Memorial in Hyde
Park, Sydney, to remember Australians
who lost their lives at Ieper (Ypres) in
Belgium during World War I.
The ceremony on January 15 was
held in honour of Ieper's mayor, Luc
Dehaene, who was briefly visiting
Sydney en route to New Zealand.
Wreaths were laid by the Mr
Dehaene, NSW Centenary of Anzac
Commemoration Committee chair John
Watkins and NSW RSL president Don
Rowe, who served with 1 Armd Regt in
Every evening the Last Post and
Reveille are played in Ieper by members
of the local fire brigade at the Menin
Gate, a memorial to missing British and
"Having visited Menin Gate in Ieper
on several occasions, it is great to see
the development of closer relationships
with a city that has continually honoured
the sacrifices made by Australians in
Northern France and Belgium during
WWI," Maj-Gen Melick said.
On completion of the ceremony both
the Burgomaster and the RSL president
signed a statement of intent, signifying
the strong bond between the city of Ieper
"It is an historical day for the RSL
and a great move forward in joining a
legacy for future generations to keep,"
Mr Rowe said.
Anzacs were involved in the third
Battle of Ypres in 1917, also called the
Battle of Passchendaele, in which more
than 11,200 Australians were killed in
action or died of wounds.
Remembrance: Capt Peter Collins, AB Terry McCleary and Maj-Gen Greg
Melick attend a wreath-laying ceremony for Australians killed in Ypres during
World War I.
Photo by Leut-Cmdr Mick Gallagher
Bloody battle: The ADF receives 400 units of blood from the Australian
Red Cross Blood Service every year.
Photo by Cpl David Gibbs
ing the range of ARCBS products
it uses to increase flexibility during
exercises and operations.
"I'd like to personally thank all
the individuals who donated last
year and encourage everyone to
get on board for the challenge this
Only 3 per cent of Australians
regularly donate blood. The ARCBS
needs about 27,000 donations
a week to ensure there is enough
blood for patients in need.
If you are aged 16-70 and feel healthy, you
may be able to donate blood. Call
13 14 95 or visit donateblood.com.au to
make an appointment.
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