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30th May - 4th June
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also prepared to go that extra mile and support
soldiers, airmen and their families in need of
Whether it was grants to widows and children of
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payments of commission to base welfare funds
and trusts through our managed vending solution
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assistance to the Army and Air Force
This tradition will continue during the week of
30th May - 4th June when we unite to assist those
Army and Air Force families who were badly
affected by the 2011 south east Queensland
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Army April 28, 2011
By LCpl Mark Doran
AN OFFICIAL farewell was
held for the members of Force
Communications Unit 5 (FCU 5)
at Lavarack Barracks on April 13
before the unit's deployment to
the MEAO for eight months.
FCU 5 will provide communi-
cations and information systems
to HQJTF 633 in the United Arab
Emirates through to forward operat-
ing bases in Afghanistan.
Key contributing units are
3CSR, based in Townsville, and
1 Combat Communications Sqn,
located in Richmond, NSW.
OC FCU 5 Lt-Col Daniel
Bennett said the parade was the cul-
mination of a month-long training
period, although some individuals
had been doing trade-specific train-
ing for up to eight months.
"Wherever there is an ADF
member deployed there will be a
FCU detachment nearby to provide
communication support ranging
from strategic interfaces to tactical
combat net radios," Lt-Col Bennett
"They will also provide the
important amenities for welfare,
such as the internet and phones to
keep in contact with loved ones
This is the first element of
many troops who will deploy from
Townsville as part of the rotation of
forces in the Middle East this year.
The unit is triservice and com-
prises 77 Army, 42 Air Force and
five Navy personnel.
Lt-Col Bennett said the different
services were getting on well and
there were a surprising number of
personnel who had worked together
on deployments before.
"When we did the MRE, you
couldn't really tell which service
they came from aside from the
badges on their shirts," Lt-Col
"We are all excited and moti-
vated to get over there.
"We are looking forward to
doing our bit and testing our skills
in the operational environment."
Sunset salute: Lt-Col Daniel Bennett leads the march past during
the farewell parade.
Ready to deploy: Sgt Murray Barton, who is deploying to Afghanistan as FCU
5's Tarin Kot Troop Sergeant, marches on to the parade ground at the unit's
farewell parade in Townsville.
Photos by Cpl Cody Jeans
Appeal to help ADF
By Elyssa Comer
THE Queensland floods in January
2011 impacted on many thousands of
people. Three quarters of the state was
declared a disaster zone; 37 people
died; three are listed as missing; and
flood restoration and reconstruction
costs are estimated at more than $5b.
Despite assistance packages, individ-
uals and families continue to find it dif-
ficult to recover from their losses.
A number of Army and Air Force
families in the Ipswich and Amberley
areas remain in need of additional assis-
tance in their flood recovery.
The Chiefs of Army and Air Force
have commenced a force-wide appeal
looking at ways of raising funds that can
be used to assist those affected personnel.
"The recent dramatic weather across
many parts of Queensland and Victoria,
although devastating, has resulted in a
very public display of Army's 'Digger'
spirit and our readiness and willingness
to provide assistance to the community
at short notice, and where it counts," CA
Lt-Gen Ken Gillespie.
Frontline Defence Services will help
in the recovery effort with the Help a
Mate in Need appeal, donating 10 per
cent of all retail sales.
From May 30-June 4, Frontline
encourages all Army and Air Force mem-
bers to get behind the appeal and go to
their local Frontline Defence Services or
Australian Commercial Catering canteen
and purchase a coffee and a meal.
Further information about the appeal can be
found at www.frontlineds.com.au/helpamate.php
or by visiting your local base canteen.
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