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Army June 23, 2011
By Maj Andrew Dixon
SOLDIERS from 8 Bde stepped outside their war-
fighting comfort zones when Civil and Military
Cooperation (CIMIC) experts from HQ 1 Div deliv-
ered several weeks of population-centric-operations
The training in population-centric actions and
information operations was conducted over the period
April 26-May 20 by a CIMIC Tactical Support Team in
preparation for the soldiers' deployment to East Timor.
Lt Anneliese Mickelberg, a member of the CIMIC
training team who will also deploy as the next rota-
tion's government liaison officer, said CIMIC provided
the potential to improve the soldiers' performance
through increased foundation training, but particularly
in understanding the effects that can be delivered
through community engagement.
"To change the mindset from conventional opera-
tions to the particular operation in East Timor is all
about understanding the current operating environment
in country and educating leaders from junior NCO to
company commander on the need to understand pos-
ture, presence and profile," Lt Mickelberg said.
"Understanding the 'human terrain' -- that is, cul-
tural understanding and communication skills, and
knowing how to effectively liaise with key people -- is
very important in this type of mission.
"Currently the Army is contributing to population-
centric actions in several operational theatres, and in
these activities, deployed elements are performing
well, using the basic skills they first develop in their
"But follow-up training such as this, delivered as part
of specific pre-deployment concentrations, is crucial."
The CIMIC training team provided specific and
targeted field-training scenarios simulating the environ-
ment the ARA and ARes officers and soldiers would
encounter on their deployment.
Lt Mickelberg said scenarios and settings were
designed to encourage members to show initiative in
finding ways to get involved with the local communities.
"For example, for one patrol I went out on, a junior
soldier suggested we bring a soccer ball so we could
interact with the kids.
"When we did conduct that activity, the soldiers
kicked the ball out a long way so that it took a while
for the kids to fetch it back -- and in the meantime, we
could talk to the locals who enthusiastically told us
helpful things about their village."
Pte Frank Brooke, D Coy, 41RNSWR, said he had a
far greater understanding of East Timor and its people
through the training he'd participated in so far and was
looking forward to learning even more from first-hand
"I have attended a linguist course, to learn the
basics of the Timorese language, and the continuation
training offered during this time at Canungra was very
helpful too," Pte Brooke said.
"As a section, we have participated in many role-
playing activities to prepare us for the job ahead.
"When I leave East Timor I want to leave knowing I
actually contributed to maintaining the welfare and sta-
bility of their country and I'm confident, after all this
training, that I will play my role well."
Lt Mickelberg said the CIMIC team also specifi-
cally contributed to the preparation of junior officers
about to deploy by mentoring them in areas where they
would be responsible for the coordination and manage-
ment of patrols while in East Timor.
"The number one consideration a lieutenant on
patrol would have to make is the posture and profiles
their force element put forward on the ground -- how
will they appear to the population?
"Simple considerations such as do they go in with
weapons and webbing, should their weapon be slung,
what should their demeanor be?
"I suggest we should probably be friendly, say hello,
engage with the locals and have a basic conversation.
"It's all about communicating with the people we
are there to assist and coming away knowing we've
made a difference for the better."
with the local
is a big part
Photo by Cpl Melina
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