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12 WORLD NEWS
Army June 9, 2011
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EAST Timorese soldiers have been
learning the art of welding from the
skilled instructors of the East Timor
Defence Cooperation Program's
(DCP-EM) Specialist Training Wing
The STW instructors, a mix of
military and Defence civilian person-
nel, recently added the welding course
to the long list of specialist training
packages on offer.
The East Timor Defence Force
(F-FDTL) engineers learnt to weld
using several different techniques
and equipment, helping them become
valuable contributors to future con-
struction projects throughout the
DCP-EM team leader Lt-Col Ron
Baumgart said the students took more
than just specialist skills away from
the training sessions.
"It's not just about training, but
also about mentoring in order to build
capability," he said.
"Although the STW is currently
commanded by an ADF officer, full
authority will eventually transition to
the F-FDTL when their own personnel
are ready to take charge."
Training facilitated by DCP-EM
includes English language courses,
leadership and high-level staff and
management training in logistics,
force development and budget man-
The STW was set up by DCP-EM
to deliver specialised engineering,
medical and communications training
to F-FDTL soldiers.
build on basic skills
Sparks fly: An F-FDTL soldier practises using an arc welder during specialist
training hosted by the East Timor Defence Cooperation Program.
By Flt-Lt John McCourt
A REMOTE primary school in the
highlands of East Timor has been
revitalised as a top-quality learn-
ing centre thanks to the work of
local and international soldiers.
East Timor Defence Force
(F-FDTL) engineers were support-
ed by Australian and US troops in
rebuilding the weather-worn Bella
Vista School in Baucau, east of Dili.
It was part of a mission by US
Navy engineers helping the East
Timor Ministry of Education refur-
bish schools in the new nation.
Extra help was needed and the
International Stabilisation Force
(ISF) flew in engineers, a plumber
and some hard-working helpers.
ISF liaison officer Maj Andrew
Kirby said even the non-engineer
volunteers were "more than happy
to help out".
"The refurbishment of the Bella
Vista School required not only
repairs to its roof and internal struc-
ture, but also important and urgent
repairs to a toilet block, upgrades to
footpaths and grounds, and a major
As part of deployment opera-
tions, ISF engineers and other
specialists often work alongside
the F-FDTL under the indigenous
capacity building program.
"The Bella Vista school pro-
ject was a great example of what
can develop in terms of mateship
between partnered forces," Maj
"After a month of toiling side by
side, the East Timorese troops and
our guys developed a strong bond
and mutual respect and that was fan-
East Timor's Education Minister,
Dr Joao Cancio Freitas, and
F-FDTL Chief Maj-Gen Taur Matan
Ruak, flew into Bella Vista to offici-
ate at the school's reopening on May
16. They were joined by the US
Ambassador to East Timor, Judith
Fergin, the Australian Defence
Attaché in East Timor, Col Andrew
Duff, and other dignitaries.
Back to school
Pitching in: Australian volunteers mix concrete for the refurbishment of the Bella Vista School in Baucau.
Inset, East Timorese engineers render window frames on a classroom.
Photos by Cpl Melina Mancuso
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