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southern Afghanistan. Photo by AB Jo Dilorenzo
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Force protection: School of Armour's Tpr John Stewart talks about the roles and capabilities of the ASLAV. Photos by Sgt Andrew Hetherington
HUNDREDS of family,
friends and fellow diggers
gathered on Kangaroo Island
on March 4 to honour the
life of Spr Jamie Larcombe,
who was killed in action in
Afghanistan on February 19.
The funeral service
was held at Flagstaff Hill,
Kingscote, in recognition of
Spr Larcombe's childhood on
the Kangaroo Island coast.
Commander 1 Bde Brig
Gus McLachlan delivered
the eulogy on behalf of the
Army, and described Spr
Larcombe, 21, as a reliable
soldier who fought from the
front under the harshest of
"He never took a back-
ward step and he was trust-
ed and relied upon by more
than 100 other soldiers," Brig
Spr Larcombe was also
remembered as a communi-
ty-minded person who main-
tained a strong enthusiasm
for his home
"Despite loving the
Army and his regiment,
Jamie's mates tell me he
never stopped talking about
Kangaroo Island -- the
adventures he had growing
up and the people who nur-
tured him here.
"It seems you can take
the boy out of the Island but
you can't take the Island out
of the boy.
"Jamie you honour us
all with your sacrifice, your
courage, your love of your
country, your love of your
community and your love for
your family. You lived the val-
ues and character we have
been privileged to observe
in your wonderful family. You
died to make us safer.
"It is an honour to have
served with you."
Spr Larcombe's mates
from 1CER formed an hon-
our guard as a bearer party
placed his coffin on a gun
The young soldier was
laid to rest as a firing party
fired three volleys and the
Last Post was played.
Final farewell for a much-loved mate
Final journey: Spr Jamie Larcombe's coffin is
carried by members of 1CER into the Kingscote
Photo by AB Jo Dilorenzo
Doing it all
By Sgt Andrew Hetherington
ARMY'S assault on the Australian
International Airshow at Avalon was made
up of two contingents.
There were personnel and equipment
from both land and air units, showcasing
some of Army's capabilities to more than
170,000 people who attended the six-day
event from March 1-6.
The OIC of the land displays, Sgt Scott
Smith, Motorised Cbt Wg, Puckapunyal, said
their role was to give the public an idea of the
levels of protection soldiers have overseas.
"We had a Bushmaster, Abrams and an
ASLAV with 15 soldiers interacting with the
public," Sgt Smith said.
"Visitors were surprised with what
armoured vehicles we have in the Army.
"Some people who saw them called them
toys, but I prefer to call them tools."
ASLAV driver Tpr John Stewart, School
of Armour Spt Sqn, said his role at the air-
show was to tell visitors how good the Army
and the ASLAV was.
"It was fun interacting with everyone and
a lot of people took photos of the vehicle
too," Tpr Stewart said.
"They were surprised when I told them
it can travel in water and what weapons we
have mounted on it."
Army's air component included two
Black Hawks from 6 Avn Regt.
The OPSO of Army's Avalon air compo-
nent, Capt Jamie Pitt, 6 Avn Regt, said the
aircraft performed two roles.
"We had a static aircraft, where members
of the public could view the aircraft and ask
questions of our personnel," he said.
"The second aircraft provided troop airlift
capability for 10 Air Force Airfield Defence
Guards during an airfield attack exercise."
The next public aerial performance by
6 Avn Regt's will be at the Formula One
Grand Prix in Melbourne from March 24-27.
At Navy's MRH-90 static display Army
had one of its MRH-90 pilots, Capt Daniel
Mearns, 5 Avn Regt, liaise with interested
"People were very impressed with the
aircraft, particularly its size in comparison to
the Black Hawk and the amount of technol-
ogy on the aircraft," Capt Mearns said.
He said he was looking forward to the
MRH-90 coming fully into service.
"It's a nice aircraft to fly from up front,
with the glass cockpit and the fly-by-wire
controls," Capt Mearns said.
"Coming from flying Black Hawks, the
aircraft flies in a similar way, it's a bit bigger
and it's very manoeuvrable."
On display: MRH-90 pilot Capt Daniel Mearns talks to
airshow visitors about the new aircraft.
Taking the stick: Lt Drew Warren, 6 Avn Regt,
gives a cockpit brief to young aviation enthusiast
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