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By Michael Brooke
WHEN Army MP Sgt Lisa Penny
woke on March 29, she had a
good understanding of the influ-
ential role she would play that
day helping 20 teenagers make
informed decisions about their
future career options in the ADF.
Sgt Penny was one of 50 sol-
diers at Holsworthy Barracks who
got a glimpse of the next genera-
tion of Anzac torchbearers when
the teenagers visited for 'A Day
with Army' as a reward for selling
a large number of Legacy badges.
Soldiers from the Defence
Police Training Centre (DPTC),
17 Const Sqn, SME, the IRR and
6 Avn Regt proudly showcased
their daily routines and training
regimes to the teenagers, many
of them Army cadets who hope
to join the ADF when they leave
The visit provided Sgt Penny
and the soldiers of different corps
with an important opportunity to
highlight the training they conduct
before they march off on opera-
tional deployments to bring peace
and stability to hot-spots around
By Diane Grant and
AB Melanie Schinkel
EXCITEMENT gripped ADF and
Mitchell Shire community spectators
at the Seymour Racecourse on March
22 as 16 horses raced to claim the
2011 Puckapunyal Army Cup.
While ladies flaunted their elegant
autumn style, racing aficionados rushed
to the track's fence and grandstands to
get a clear view of the annual race.
Horse number one Hachiman and jock-
ey Adam McCabe won the race by three
lengths. Hachiman's owner, John Leek
from Cranbourne, said he was thrilled by
"McCabe displayed considerable
maturity and talent in his ride and is def-
initely someone to watch," Mr Leek said.
Senior ADF Officer Puckapunyal
Brig Mark Holmes attended the event
and presented Mr Leek with the
Puckapunyal Cup. Brig Holmes said
the positive atmosphere on the day was
complemented by beautiful weather
and about 40 ADF personnel from the
Puckapunyal Military Area.
"The Puckapunyal Cup contributes
to Army's community engagement
program by getting involved with the
Seymour and Mitchell Shire communi-
ties," Brig Holmes said.
"Our people are involved in all
aspects of the local area from sporting
and RSL club events to volunteering and
managing community committees."
To celebrate Army's 110th birthday
and Puckapunyal Military Area's more
than 90 years of service, static displays
of vehicles and equipment were pro-
vided for the public to view at the race-
Personnel from the Schools of
Armour and Artillery manned the
Line honours: Adam McCabe
guides Hachiman to the finish
line to win the Puckapunyal
Army Cup (above). Inset:
Brig Mark Holmes presents
Hachiman's owner John Leek
with the Cup. Photos by Diane Grant
Hachiman takes out
taste of Army
Next generation: Army MP Lt
Adam Longmuir helps a visitor
put on body armour during a
demonstration at Holsworthy
Barracks. Photo by Michael Brooke
The discussions the soldiers
had with the teens also provided an
opportunity to hone their evolving
leadership skills while highlight-
ing the challenge and reward of
serving in the ADF during the high
The community engagement
opportunity marked a high point
for Sgt Penny, who said her discus-
sions helped to influence the teen-
agers about a career in the ADF.
"The girls were very interested
to know how many women serve
in the corps and also the wider
Army, and what opportunities we
enjoy career wise," she said.
Sgt Penny said the experience
served as a welcome reminder
of how important good leader-
ship was to influencing others and
achieving the outcomes desired by
"These teenagers will remem-
ber this day as a really positive
experience, which will influence
many of them about their career
options," she said.
At DPTC, Sgt Penny and three
other soldiers demonstrated their
skill conducting close personnel
protection by escorting a VIP from
a vehicle convoy to a building
complex, where they came under
Two of the soldiers whisked
away the VIP while Sgt Penny and
her comrade threw smoke grenades
and returned fire with Steyrs.
The tour also included lunch at
the 3RAR Officers' Mess.
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