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Army SPECIAL LIFTOUT August 18, 2011
We were playing the role of the enemy but our tactics,
techniques and procedures remained the same ...
-- LT CAMERON BRADFIELD, 2 CAV REGT
KNOW YOUR ENEMY: Tpr Todd Fresi, 2 Cav Regt, prepares to take on the might of a combined US
and Australian taskforce at Shoalwater Bay.
PHOTO BY LCPL MARK DORAN
LCPL MARK DORAN
ARMOURED mobility and fire-
power on the harsh Shoalwater
Bay Training Area battlefield
was a challenge -- even for 2 Cav
Regt's robust ASLAVs as they
took on their role as part of the
opposition forces (Opfor).
Though they were dressed in a
different uniform, the cavalrymen
used Australian tactics as part of
a major Opfor contingent of per-
sonnel from 1 Armd Regt, 7RAR,
5RAR, 1CER and 1CSR.
Troop leader Lt Cameron
Bradfield said the main benefit of
the Opfor role for the regiment had
been the opportunity to conduct
"This enabled us to get back
to our conventional skill sets and
has given us an excellent chance to
rehearse and retain what we poten-
tially could have lost because of
our high tempo of operations," Lt
"We were playing the role of
enemy during Ex Talisman Sabre,
but our tactics, techniques and pro-
cedures remained the same because
of the added training value for the
troop and the soldiers.
"One of the highlights of the
exercise has been our exposure
to the US military and compar-
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Tpr Todd Fresi, 2 Cav Regt,
said the main tasks during the
beginning of the exercise were
route reconnaissance and sighting
known areas of interest.
"For us, Ex Talisman Sabre has
been mainly hammering home the
basic skills of reconnaissance and
information gathering," he said.
"From our normal training at Mt
Bundey, Shoalwater Bay Training
Area is a pretty good change of
scenery for us."
WHEN visiting a new country, it's important
to try the local cuisine.
Roughing it in the field, members of US mili-
tary and ADF ventured into the strange land of
foreign, pre-packaged military meals.
At Camp Rocky, two new friends, ADF Sig
Thomas Emery, 17 Sig Regt, and Specialist
Micah Pesce, from the 593rd Sustainment
Brigade, traded their field-worthy meals.
Slowly and inquisitively, each pulled several
small packets from their respective bundle of
food. Reading labels and questioning contents,
they began chowing down on the delectable
treats within, tasting dishes from each other's
One of the first things Spc Pesce tried from
the Australian ration pack was Vegemite on a
biscuit. "Oh my goodness," he said. "This is
salty! I can't finish this, please take it away."
After Sig Emery calmed down from laugh-
ing, it was his turn to try the US MRE Menu 2:
"Is this meat?" Sig Emery asked. "It sure
doesn't look like it."
Sig Emery found the flameless ration heater,
a water-activated chemical heater that comes
with every MRE.
"I love the heating pack," Sig Emery said.
have hot spare ribs. It's way easier than having
to carry around a heater like we do when we're
in the field."
When they finished tasting everything, Sig
Emery and Spc Pesce both agreed they would
rather swap rations than eat their own.
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