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Army July 21, 2011
By LCpl Mark Doran
EXERCISE Talisman Sabre 2011
(TS11) began with an open day
showcasing the US/Australian
partnership and was attended
by about 10,000 people at the
Rockhampton Showgrounds on
Military assets on display includ-
ed a Black Hawk, a Tiger Armed
Reconnaissance Helicopter and
an Australian Navy Sea King. A
1 Armd Regt Abrams tank joined
an ASLAV from 2 Cav Regt and an
M113 APC from 2/14 LHR (QMI)
in a spectacular display of force for
US marines displayed their
81mm and 60mm mortar systems,
an M19 automatic grenade launcher
and a Browning M2 .50cal machine
gun, while 6RAR soldiers showed
off their infantry weapons and com-
Musicians from the 1RAR
Band and the US 7th Fleet Band
entertained the locals with songs
and music and the AFG impressed
young and old with a dynamic static
Rockhampton mayor Brad Carter
said TS11 was a significant mile-
stone in the development of the
"We are very fortunate to have
the military here allowing us to view
their equipment and listen to their
music," Mr Carter said.
"The Rockhampton community
values the importance of national
security and will continue to support
the ADF training in this region."
US 7th Fleet Commander Vice
Admiral Van Buskirk said TS11
was the culmination of a lot of hard
work and showed how much the two
nations had in common with their
shared goals and visions for stability
and security throughout the Asia-
"The planning for TS11 has
brought our teams together to work
through many of the issues which
are part of the execution of this type
of exercise," he said.
"The lessons learnt at the end
of TS11 are what this is really all
about -- our nations have a tremen-
dous relationship and we are now in
the 60th year of the ANZUS Treaty.
"Australia has incredible ranges
and manoeuvre space available and
it is critical for our ground, maritime
Massive joint exercise sets its sights
and air forces to be able to train and
then execute in a real crisis whether
it involves arms or peacekeeping.
"It is not just about Afghanistan
and Iraq -- there is ongoing human-
itarian assistance and disaster
relief our nations conduct together
throughout the years, which are all
based on the ability to communicate
and the interoperability seen here."
Rockhampton's Pte Luke
Samuels, 10FSB, was at the open
day to display a Kalmar Container
Handler, which attracted a lot of
attention and was an ideal opportu-
nity for a visit from his father Wayne
and his brother Nicholas.
Wayne Samuels said he was very
proud to see his son in uniform.
"The open day was very interest-
ing. This is the first time I have seen
the helicopters up close and I have
never seen anything like the machine
Luke drives in my entire life -- it is an
amazing machine," Mr Samuels said.
Pte Samuels is involved with
10FSB's terminal operations in
Townsville and said he had served
with the Army for four years.
"I've worked in Sydney, Darwin
and Townsville with the armed forc-
es from other nations, including the
US, and this open day has been a
great way to interact with members
of the Rockhampton community,"
Pte Samuels said.
"During TS11 we have been
based at DSG Camp Rocky provid-
ing support to the Australian and US
troops loading and unloading cargo,
as well as providing support for the
frontline troops at Shoalwater Bay
"We normally work a 12-hour
shift, though the Kalmar and the
operations have the ability to work
on 24-hour cycles loading and
unloading shipping containers."
By LCpl Mark Doran
US PERSONNEL were quick to
volunteer for a working bee at the
Cockscombe Veterans Bush Retreat
near Rockhampton during Exercise
Talisman Sabre 2011 (TS11).
Troops from the TS11 Combined
Exercise Support Group (CESG) spent
July 10 helping veterans at the retreat
relocate a 3000-gallon water tank and
rebuild a 40m fence, as well as helping
with general maintenance.
The idyllic retreat is a perfect spot for
veterans to escape from the pressures of
life and has been visited by veterans from
all over Australia since 1997.
Vice President of the retreat commit-
tee, Tony Bennett, an ex-infantry soldier,
said they usually had a working bee at the
retreat every Tuesday.
"Sometimes there will be one worker
while at other times there will be 10, but
when they get here there are no bosses
and no pressure -- the veterans can just sit
and have a beer if they want," Mr Bennett
"We are now starting to have younger
veterans come here so we dropped
'Vietnam' from the title of the retreat."
CESG member Cpl Jacobus
Nieuwoudt said he had a blast helping out
at the retreat and was enjoying represent-
ing the US Marine Corp.
"The veterans here showed me the
memorial by the flagpole with the names
of local people who had served and died,"
Cpl Nieuwoudt said.
"I got a real sentimental feeling from
this place and I would love to be able to
come and visit again -- the view of Mount
Wheeler is just amazing."
LCpl Jason Marks, 4RAR (Cdo),
killed in Afghanistan in 2008, is among
those memorialised at Cockscombe
Veterans Bush Retreat.
Visitors sign up to
help out Aussie vets
Many hands: The Vice President of Cockscomb Veterans Bush Retreat in
Cawarral, Tony Bennett, is happy to accept a helping hand from US personnel.
Photo by Cpl Janine Fabre
Family reunion: Pte Luke Samuels, 10FSB, catches up with his
brother Nicholas and father Wayne at the Ex Talisman Sabre 2011
open day in Rockhampton.
Photo by LCpl Mark Doran
Show of force: Tyler Rose, 3, from Rockhampton tries on body
armour with the help of US Marines LCpl Andrew Los and LCpl
Photo by Cpl Janine Fabre
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