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Army SPECIAL LIFTOUT August 4, 2011
The last thing we want is traffic stuck behind a 30km
line of Mack trucks.
-- CAPT NICK SCHOCH, 26 TPT SQN
ROLLING ON: OC 85 Tpt Tp Capt Nick Schoch organises one of many convoy runs between
Rockhampton and Shoalwater Bay.
PHOTO BY CPL JANINE FABRE
THE truckies of 9FSB's 26 Tpt
Sqn have worked tirelessly to
ensure Australian and US person-
nel remain well equipped while
in the Shoalwater Bay Training
The squadron's largest con-
voy during the exercise involved
more than 40 trucks, tankers, trail-
ers and emergency response vehi-
cles moving from Camp Rocky to
Shoalwater Bay on July 20.
Forklifts, portaloos, engineer-
ing stores and aviation and diesel
pumps were among the items deliv-
ered during a 12-hour period to
help 7 Bde and a number of other
Australian and US units in the exer-
Truck drivers Pte Michael
Herbert, 26 Tpt Sqn, and Pte Justin
Champness, 9FSB, agreed there
were challenges when conducting
such a large move of heavy vehi-
"We need to be mindful of
the road capacity and other road
users around us. Macks are mas-
sive and could cause a lot of dam-
age if involved in an accident," Pte
"Before I leave for a trip I
make sure my load is tied down
LCPL MARK DORAN
THE MAMMOTH task of moving thousands
of Australian and US troops, vehicles and mili-
tary assets around Shoalwater Bay Training
Area was accomplished by a dedicated team
from the Combined Movements Coordination
During the exercise, CMCC coordinated all
movements in the area of operation.
Members of the US forces worked side by side
with Australian movers at the CMCC, who as the
host nation, were able to provide them with sup-
port including road freight with 26 Tpt Sqn, road
movement by coach and were able to engage with
agencies such as AQIS and Australian Customs
Service on their behalf.
Military assets were used as much as pos-
sible for the movement of all force elements to
Rockhampton and the training area, though HQ 1
Joint Mov Gp's Strategic Lift Coordination Centre
was responsible for coordinating the movement of
most of 1 Armd Regt's Abrams, which was done
by civilian contractors.
OC Maj Meagan Olding said one of the ben-
efits for CMCC was they were already a formed
sub-unit, whereas the US movers came from a lot
of different locations to conduct their movement
"The lead-up planning and conferences with
HQ 1 Joint Mov Gp and CMCC were quite thor-
ough and set us up for success during the exer-
cise," Maj Olding said.
On the supply line
and secured. It's also important to
check for air leaks in the brakes.
Essentially, we check everything on
the vehicle before we leave just to
make sure it's all tip top and ready
to go," Pte Champness said.
The OC of the squadron's 85 Tpt
Tp, Capt Nick Schoch, said "speed
and spacing" of the trucks were par-
ticularly important during the move.
"A number of vehicles are
released at a time to try and ease the
burden on civilian traffic. The last
thing we want is traffic stuck behind
a 30km line of Mack trucks," Capt
"Once on the road, speed and
spacing among the vehicles is con-
trolled to provide opportunities for
civilian traffic to overtake when
He said immense planning took
place weeks before the trucks even
hit the road.
"The initial planning for this
move started before the exercise
and it involved a lot of shuffling
around of loads to make sure they
would all fit on the platforms.
"Ex Talisman Sabre has given
the troops the opportunity to further
develop their planning skills in a
constantly changing environment."
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