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By Cfn Max Bree
AUSTRALIAN bases in
Afghanistan will benefit from
upgraded communications net-
works from mid-year under the
Operational Data Exchange
The expansion will increase
the footprint of the network and
provide enhancements, includ-
ing video conferencing and link-
ing Voice over Internet Protocol
(VoIP) with tactical radio net-
During a visit to the Army's
Land Network Integration Centre
(LNIC) in Canberra on April
15, CA Lt-Gen Ken Gillespie
said the new equipment would
be welcomed by soldiers in
"There's nothing I've seen
here today that won't be treated
with great joy by our soldiers
in Afghanistan in a couple of
months time," the CA said.
"It's going to increase our
deployed land forces' networking
capacity substantially in a very
short period of time."
SO1 LNIC Lt-Col Darcy
Rawlinson said the expansion
would reach from Tarin Kot to
Australian patrol bases and give
a "stepped" enhancement to the
The expansion is more sur-
vivable than current systems
and provides a "data backbone"
for coalition and Australian
networks, according to Lt-Col
The LNIC, which is within
Modernisation and Strategic
Planning Division in Army HQ,
examines and analyses communi-
cations systems to provide advice
to the CA on the best network
options for the Army.
The LNIC provides develop-
ment-level problem solving of
Army communications networks.
The CA said the LNIC gave
him oversight of new Army com-
munications networks to ensure
all proposed changes worked
before being implemented.
"The LNIC gives me my own
resource to look after my own
communication information sys-
tems for which I am accounta-
ble," Lt-Gen Gillespie said.
"It shows that Army, via
the LNIC, has the skills, exper-
tise and resources necessary to
resolve potential long-term net-
working problems that might be
experienced in the land battle."
He said ensuring that pro-
viders of equipment had a set
of standards which they must
achieve was essential to allow
Army to look after its interests.
The Operational Data
Exchange Network Expansion
was designed and built by the
LNIC in a few months to meet an
operationally urgent requirement.
Major network power boost
Comms team: From left, Bill Kraft, Mark Watson, Lt-Col Darcy Rawlinson, CA Lt-Gen Ken Gillespie, Richard Barwise,
WO2 Ty Cantwell, Sgt Trev Shelley and Tom Sollis at Army's Land Network Integration Centre during a presentation on
the new communication network about to be deployed.
Photo by LCpl Mark Doran
Wounded in action
A SOLDIER serving in Afghanistan
presented to medical staff on April 11
seeking treatment for a wound suffered
during a roadside bomb blast on December
15 last year. He had not previously
reported his wounding. The muscular-
skeletal damage had deteriorated over time
and, after assessment by medical staff, a
decision was made to return the soldier to
Australia for further treatment and recovery.
THE Government has accepted the recom-
mendations of the independent Defence
Honours and Awards Tribunal inquiry into
recognition of ADF service in Somalia
between 1992 and 1995. The report recom-
mended the original Chief of the General
Staff Commendation awarded to 1RAR
not be upgraded to a Meritorious Unit
Commendation, a campaign medal for ser-
vice in Somalia not be struck, the Australian
Government not approach the UN to alter
the eligibility criteria for the UN Medal, a
Meritorious Unit Citation not be considered
for the Australian Service Contingent of
UNOSOM II, no changes be made to the
current policy of one award per opera-
tional service, no further consideration of
additional distinguished service awards be
made for either UNITAF or UNOSOM II,
and no changes be made to the policy for
visitors not force assigned.
Correcting the record
edition of Army, the former Maj-Gen pre-
senting CDF ACM Angus Houston with his
Mate of Peacekeeping certificate was Maj-
Gen Ian Gordon (retd), not Maj-Gen Tim
Ford (retd) as indicated.
IN DEFENCE Honours and Awards
Newsletter Issue 10 -- April 2011, included
as an insert in Army on April 14, the rank of
the CDF, ACM Angus Houston, was incor-
rectly shown as "Air Marshal" in the article
Inquiry into unresolved recognition for
past acts of naval and military valour. The
Defence Honours and Awards Directorate
acknowledges this error and regrets any
embarrassment this may have caused.
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