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NAVY, ARMY, AIRFORCE
EX TALISMAN SABRE 2011 7
Army July 21, 2011
By LCpl Mark Doran
FIRING the main gun of an
Abrams tank was an excit-
ing highlight of Exercise
Talisman Sabre 2011 (TS11)
for Pte Jodie Gilmour from
the 8th Personnel Services
The team has been oper-
ating for nearly six years
and is an amalgamation of
1 Div Cash Office, the Joint
Amenities Unit and the
Morale and welfare ser-
vices provided to the deployed
troops include cash and can-
teen facilities, postal services
and extra amenities such as
a field-deployable surround-
sound cinema and barista-
operated coffee machine.
When Pte Gilmour visited
1 Armd Regt at Shoalwater
Bay Training Area (SWBTA),
her coffee machine made such
an impact she was invited
to fire the gun, becoming
one of the few women in the
Australian Army to have done so.
Pte Gilmour has only served in the
Army for eight months and said she was
surprised and scared at the invitation to
wear the tank suit and fire the gun.
"Under instruction, I had to load the
weapon with the fairly heavy round and
I was given help to aim it, then I fired it
at the target," Pte Gilmour said.
"It was an amazing experience -- I
think some of the armoured corps guys
were more than a bit jealous because
they had not fired the gun yet.
"I love my new career -- I have had
so many different experiences already --
though I am missing home a little."
The 14 members of 8PST deployed
for TS11 on June 14, rotating in two
shifts between DSG Camp Rocky and
SWBTA every second day. They will be
on the job until August 10.
The Camp Rocky canteen turned
over more than $25,000 in its first month
and the cash office has supplied more
than $60,000 for Australian troops.
Commander WO1 Pete Laggan said
the main challenge was getting the word
out, as they were a mostly unknown
"We were supported and provided
some funds by 17 Bde to provide more
amenities and services and we hope
more people see who we are and what
we do on TS11," WO1 Laggan said.
"On July 11 we set up the cinema,
canteen and cash services in support of
nearly 120 members of 30/35 Water Tpt
and Terminal Sqn, who transported us
by LCM8 to Townsend Island for a two-
"TS11 has been an enjoyable exer-
cise for us and the efforts of the 8PST
soldiers have been well received by the
Amenities an essential
addition to major ex
By LCpl Mark Doran
MUSICIANS from the 1RAR
Band in Townsville were invited
to play in Rockhampton and were
joined by the Band of the US 7th
Fleet during Exercise Talisman
Sabre 2011 (TS11).
The Band of the US 7th Fleet
is based in Okinawa, Japan, and
arrived in Brisbane on the USS
Blueridge on July 8.
The first of the concerts
was at the TS11 open day at the
Rockhampton Showgrounds, which
was attended by about 10,000 peo-
ple on July 9.
The two bands were also invited
to perform at Rockhampton's Lady
Mayoress Ball on the evening of the
Maj Lindsay Mee, OC and
music director of the 1RAR Band,
said the band played its next per-
formance at Bauhinia House on
July 10, with all proceeds going to
"July 11 was also a busy day,
as we had student workshops and
played with the Central Queensland
University Band on campus," Maj
"In the afternoon, we travelled
to Mount Morgan with band of the
US 7th Fleet as a concert band for a
One member of the 1RAR Band
stood out because of her uniform.
LCpl Jenna Pacey is on a four-month
posting to Australia from the British
Army's Parachute Regiment Band.
LCpl Pacey is from
Leicestershire in the East Midlands
and said she had travelled and spent
time with the different Australian
Army Bands to see how they were
"My time in Australia has been
an awesome, eye-opening experi-
ence and I have loved the weather,"
LCpl Pacey said.
Bands unite for concerts
On the gun: Talon Patterson, 10, from Rockhampton is shown an ASLAV by
Tpr Shaun Williams, 2/14 LHR (QMI).
Photo by Cpl Janine Fabre
Barista: Pte Jodie Gilmour wins over hearts
and minds on Ex Talisman Sabre with freshly-
Photo by Cpl Janine Fabre
Battle of the bands: 1RAR Band's
Cpl Gary Linton and visiting British
Army LCpl Jenna Pacey perform at the
Ex Talisman Sabre 2011 open day in
Rockhampton. Inset, The US 7th Fleet
Band performs for the crowd.
Photos by LCpl Mark Doran and Cpl Janine Fabre
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