Home' Army News : September 1st 2011 Contents A message from the Commander Joint Health Command,
Surgeon General Australian Defence Force
and the RAAMC Head of Corps
To All Past and Present Members of the RAAMC
Greetings Friends and Colleagues,
It is with great pleasure that I invite you all to join me in Brisbane over the period 3-5 November 2011 to
celebrate the presentation of the new Gover nor-General's Banner to the Royal Australian Ar my Medical Corps.
The Corps current Banner was presented by His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh at Govern ment House
on the 28th Febr uary 1974. He made this presentation on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen Mother, who was
Colonel in Chief of the Corps until her death in 2002. The Governor-General, Her Excellency Ms Quentin
Bryce, AC accepted the role of Corps Colonel in Chief in 2010, and will be presenting a new Ban ner to the
Corps to replace the current Banner.
The consecration and presentation of the Governor-General's Banner will be held at Gallipoli Bar racks,
Enoggera, on Friday 4th November 2011. Although this parade is the key event in the history of the Corps,
other activities to be conducted will include the laying-up of the Queen Mother's Banner, social events
coordinated by various Corps Associations, a Celebration Din ner, parade rehearsals and u nit activities. Our
Corps will be on show to the world and I invite you all to be part of these historic events.
I thank you all for you r ser vice to Australia and hope you are able to join me in Brisbane later this year.
P.V. ALEXANDER, AO
Head of Corps, Royal Australian Ar my Medical Corps
Details of the parade and other events planned are at:http://raamcban ner.paulatim.org
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Army September 1, 2011
By Lt-Col Nathan Juchniewicz
AS PART of the new Soldier
Combat Ensemble, the Army has
acquired a new medium assault
pack for use in Afghanistan -- the
Mystery Ranch 3 day assault pack
with boosted ventilation system.
Diggerworks director Col Jason
Blain said the purpose of the medium
assault pack was to provide a field
pack to meet the needs of the close
combat force in Afghanistan.
"There is a need for a pack to
enable short duration tasks, such as
day patrols being conducted by the
Mentoring Task Force or the spe-
cialised direct action missions being
undertaken by the Special Operations
Task Group," Col Blain said.
"In particular, the medium assault
pack must be sized so to not over
burden the dismounted combatant
and must be comfortable to operate
in conjunction with the Tiered Body
Armour System (TBAS)."
Director General Development and
Plans -- Army Brig Gregory Bilton said
it was no longer practical to rely on
a one-size-fits-all solution for field
"As part of the analysis for the
Soldier Combat Ensemble, Army has
determined a need for at least six to
seven different types of field packs in
order to meet the need of a wide range
of roles and tasks that are undertaken
by its soldiers," Brig Bilton said.
"We're investigating the need for
other field packs, including require-
ments for a mounted field pack for
24-hour missions, a dismounted field
pack for extended dismounted opera-
tions, a specialist field pack for snip-
ers and combat medics as well as spe-
cialist field packs for those required to
carry support weapon systems such as
mortars or heavy calibre sniper rifles.
"Although there is a need for
multiple types of field packs to meet
different needs, we may be able to
simplify the management of multiple
fleets by adopting a common frame
across the range of packs".
Tender short listing was conducted
by Diggerworks, DMO and DSTO
to shortlist the initial tender response
for those packs deemed suitable for
further field evaluation.
A field assessment was conduct-
ed with 8/9RAR during Exercise
Diamond Dollar and a further assess-
ment conducted with the 2 Cdo Regt
The tendered packs were each
assessed for quality, ability to carry
loads, integration with TBAS, ergo-
nomic design and anthropometrics.
Independently, a ranked order of
preference was then provided by sol-
diers, identifying the preferred option
of both units.
For more details on the development of
the Soldier Combat Ensemble contact
Diggerworks or Combat Development at
New pack for day patrols
Pack your bags: The Mystery Ranch 3 day assault pack is designed for short-duration tasks, such as day
patrols, and may be the first of a range of new role-specific packs to be introduced.
Photo by LAC Bill Solomou. Photo has been digitally altered
By Capt Anthony Bamford
TANK crews are safer with the intro-
duction into service of an enhanced
armour protection system for the
The Abrams Reactive Armour Tiles
(ARAT) represent the first stage of
enhancements as part of the Tank Urban
Survivability Kit (TUSK) system. TUSK
was initiated by the US Department of
Defense as a result of intensive opera-
tional experience in Iraq.
Consisting of a reactive armour pack-
age, which can be fitted in the field,
ARAT provides enhanced protection in
close and complex terrain against shaped
charge threats such as RPGs.
The equipment, procured by the
DMO under Project LAND 907, has
been fielded to both 1 Armd Regt and the
School of Armour.
A major advantage of ARAT is its
ability to be fitted by the crew in a short
time frame, giving commanders a rapidly
accessible system that can be mounted
quickly and easily when required, to suit
the task and provide the level of protec-
tion deemed suitable by the commander.
CO 1 Armd Regt Lt-Col Scott Winter
said his soldiers recently completed
training on the use of ARAT and were
looking forward to demonstrating its
potential to the remainder of the com-
bined arms team.
"The TUSK enhancements ensure
the tank continues to contribute to the
combined arms team's ability to under-
take sustained close combat, whether in
the fundamental infantry support role
or undertaking decisive action," Lt-Col
The next TUSK enhancement is a
Loader's Armoured Gun Shield, which
protects the loader when operating his
weapon outside the loader's hatch.
The program of continuous improve-
ment to the tank aims to ensure the
capability remains at the leading edge of
close combat technology.
Protection: The new Abrams Reactive Armour Tiles improve the tank's
survivability, particularly in urban environments.
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