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Army April 28, 2011
By Maj Haydn Barlow
WITH the Top End experiencing
its wettest wet season in decades,
the arid landscape of Cultana
became a dry oasis for soldiers of
2 Cav Regt on this year’s Exercise
Based at Camp Alamein, A Sqn,
2 Cav Regt, conducted a number
of courses in February and March
to qualify selected RAAC and
RAEME soldiers on the ASLAV.
SSM WO2 Chris Clifton said
20 students passed the driver and
crew commander courses, includ-
ing instruction on the ASLAV’s
manoeuvre and weapon effects.
“The standard of instruction dur-
ing these courses was the key to our
success,” WO2 Clifton said.
“Each student’s ability to drive
the ASLAV, shoot and engage tar-
gets, service the vehicle, move and
report – which are skills that a crew
commander must have – were of a
very high standard.”
Held at the beginning of every
year, Ex Southern Reach is an
opportunity for Darwin-based units
to migrate south and escape the sat-
urated training areas of the Top End.
“Cultana’s facilities are an excel-
lent alternative and the realism of
the training prepares our soldiers for
the harsh environment they will find
in places like Afghanistan,” WO2
The ASLAV Crew Commander
training package includes mod-
ules on operating the on-board
GPS, employing communications
equipment, controlling the vehicle
as crew commander, controlling
ASLAV-25 firepower, supervising
safety on AFV live-fire ranges and
on AFV laser and miniature ranges.
By Sgt Stephen Oberg
WET weather did not prevent Mackay-based
reservists from 31/42RQR and 2CSST from
opening up in field firing training in Townsville
from March 11-13.
Soldiers from 2CSST, supported by their full-
time counterparts, provided logistics, transport
and medical support to 31/42RQR during exer-
cises at the Mt Stuart training area.
On day one the soldiers grouped and zeroed
their personal weapons and conducted individual
and group live-fire sneaker lanes. On the second
day, the eight-man sections practised live-fire sec-
tion attacks, withdrawals and section defence.
CSM WO2 Tim Macey said the training
allowed all ranks and trades to practise their core
“It also enabled newly enlisted soldiers to com-
plete their navigation training prior to attending
their recruit course at ARTC,” WO2 Macey said.
“The next training activity will be in the
Mackay area and will lead up to a nine-day exer-
cise at Cowley Beach, where the soldiers will train
and exercise in water operations.”
Reservists nominated for overseas deployments
also had the chance to undertake a range of medi-
cal and administrative checks before going on to
Pte Richard Adams, B Coy, 31/42RQR, said it
was an excellent opportunity to practise his indi-
vidual and teamwork skills with his section while
conducting live-fire drills.
“It was a good way to kick off the training
year and a first for many of the junior soldiers,
who gained added confidence in conducting their
offensive and defensive drills in a live-fire sce-
nario,” he said.
the focus for
Testing the limits: Troopers from 2 Cav Regt negotiate challenging terrain
during Exercise Southern Reach at Cultana.
Load, action, instant: Soldiers from B Coy,
31/42RQR, take part in field firing activities during
a training exercise at the Mt Stuart training area.
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