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Army August 4, 2011
New beginning: A memorandum of
understanding signed by Maj-Gen John
Caligari (inset) between five staff divisions
responsible for delivering the soldier
combat system will enhance the timely
provision of new equipment such as the
Tiered Body Armour System as worn on
trial by troops from 1 Bde last year (above).
Photos by Capt Lachlan Simond and LAC Bill Solomou
AN ANTI-war activist broke through
secure fencing into Rockhampton
airport and caused minor damage to a
Tiger helicopter using a gardening tool
during Exercise Talisman Sabre 11
(TS11) on July 21.
Bryan Law, 57, breached airport
security to get onto the tarmac and was
arrested and charged over the damage to
1 Avn Regt's helicopter.
Queensland Police charged Mr Law
with trespassing, breaching bail and
possessing items such as a garden mat-
tock, bolt cutters and camera, which
police suspected were used in the
An initial inspection identified a split
in the aircraft's skin below the pilot's
window. A full investigation and dam-
age assessment is underway.
TS11 spokesman Brig Bob Brown
said the actions of the protester and his
alleged accomplice were "radical, dan-
gerous and illegal".
A SOLDIER participating in Exercise
Talisman Sabre 2011 (TS11) was
admitted to a Brisbane hospital after
being seriously injured in an APC
vehicle accident in the Shoalwater Bay
Training Area on July 22.
TS11 spokesman Brig Bob Brown
said the APC was carrying nine ADF
personnel when it veered down an
embankment and landed on its turret
while travelling cross-country at night.
"Emergency medical assets were
notified immediately and, after initial
medical care, eight of those injured have
been treated and released back to their
units. One ADF member has been trans-
ferred to Brisbane hospital for further
specialist care," Brig Brown said.
"The nature of their injuries are vari-
ous but consistent with a rollover acci-
dent. Medical advice is that all soldiers
will make a complete recovery and their
families have been notified."
Brig Brown emphasised that safety
was the ADF's highest priority during
"The ADF has gone to great lengths
in setting up this exercise to ensure that
it is conducted as safely as possible.
"However, the requirement for this
exercise to be realistic means that there
are a number of activities that involve
At time of print, a full and thor-
ough investigation of the accident was
AN important milestone
was reached in the Army's
Diggerworks organisation with
the signing of a memorandum of
understanding (MOU) between
five staff divisions primarily
responsible for delivering the sol-
dier combat system.
Diggerworks is focused on
improving equipment in the soldier
combat system such as body armour
and load-carriage systems.
The MOU is critical to the func-
tioning of Diggerworks and outlines
the roles and responsibilities of each
It also gives authority to
Diggerworks for managing the inte-
gration and configuration of what is
worn, carried, used and consumed
by the combat soldier.
Director Diggerworks Col Jason
Blain said there was a need to get
things moving quickly.
"Recent operational experience
has highlighted the need for a more
rapid approach to the development,
integration and delivery of dis-
mounted soldier combat systems,"
The simple concept of opera-
tion for the new organisation is to
develop the best combat clothing
The key to success is identify-
ing and integrating the next most
Diggerworks is a virtual organisation
supervised by Head Modernisation
and Strategic Planning Division
Maj-Gen John Caligari. It is directed
by Col Jason Blain who said
Diggerworks facilitated the collabora-
tion of the other divisions involved
in soldier combat systems, involv-
ing Land Systems Division of DMO,
Human Performance and Protection
Division of DSTO, Electronic Systems
Division of DMO, and the Capability
Systems Division of the Capability
Development Group. In order to
rapidly identify and develop solu-
tions for the soldier combat system,
Diggerworks is staffed by a wide
range of specialists, including combat
soldiers, project managers, systems
and design engineers, technical advi-
sors and Defence scientists. You can
contact Diggerworks by email on
important improvements to the
soldier system and issuing suc-
cessive upgrades to the "readying"
brigade in the Force Generation
This means every 12 months
as a different combat brigade
moves towards the "ready" phase
of the Force Generation Cycle, it
is issued with the next upgrades
and improvements of clothing and
And so the process continues on
an annual basis over a 36-month
cycle -- one manoeuvre brigade a
A recent example of Diggerworks
efforts was the development and
delivery of the new Tiered Body
Armour System (TBAS) and soldier
combat ensemble for members of
MTF 3 and SOTG. TBAS has been
designed to provide a greater bal-
ance between agility and ballistic
and blast protection.
The ensemble has received high
praise from the soldiers of MTF 3
and Diggerworks continues to
refine and develop the new body
armour and load carriage system for
follow on rotations.
MTF 4 will receive the latest
adaptation of the system before it
starts its mission rehearsal exercise.
Col Blain said a key aspect for
Diggerworks to be successful was
engaging with soldiers and com-
"Understanding what combat
soldiers need is best achieved by
directly engaging with them," Col
"Diggerworks will conduct reg-
ular activities and visits to find out
what can be done to enhance our
most important combat capability;
Digger injured in
APC accident at
Talisman Sabre 11
Activist damages Tiger
"The safety of our personnel is
obviously our highest priority and this
aircraft will be fully assessed before it
returns to full operations," he said.
"Defence respects the rights of pro-
testers to voice their opinions. However,
damage to property or individuals is
an unlawful activity and actions of this
nature are taken extremely seriously."
-- Cpl Melanie Schinkel
Grounded: A Tiger was damaged by
a protestor during TS11.
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