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THE Director of Military Prosecu-
tions formally applied to the Judge
Advocate on August 29 to with-
draw charges against a third ADF
member involved in an incident in
Afghanistan on February 12, 2009.
The Judge Advocate gave leave for
the withdrawal of the charge sheet,
concluding the proceedings.
Legal processes as a result of the
charges brought by the Director of
Military Prosecutions in relation to the
incident involving three ADF person-
nel have now concluded.
CDF Gen David Hurley said the
legal processes adhered to were inde-
pendent of the chain of command.
"Defence was committed to
ensuring a proper legal process was
observed throughout this matter so
that the individuals charged received
a fair trial and that the integrity of the
military legal process was preserved,"
"The ADF has a reputation for
being a highly disciplined and pro-
fessional force. In order to maintain
this reputation, it is important that all
incidents leading to a civilian casualty
are investigated thoroughly, compre-
hensively and transparently."
On February 12, 2009, SOTG
members conducted a compound
clearance in Uruzgan province in
which six Afghans were killed and
The operation was the subject of an
investigation, which led to the Director
of Military Prosecutions charging
three ADF personnel with alleged ser-
vices offences and referred the charges
for trial by general courts martial.
Charges against SOTG members withdrawn
Legal process: Three SOTG members were charged in
relation to a civilian casualty incident in Afghanistan on
February 12, 2009. The charges have now been withdrawn.
PRESENTATIONS of the
newly struck Australian
Service Medal (ASM) with
clasp Counter Terrorist and
Special Recovery (CT/SR)
More than 2000 of the new
clasps were struck and are
available for people to apply
where they believe they have
an entitlement for the award.
The medal was recom-
mended by the Defence
Honours and Awards Tribunal
last year to recognise the
counter terrorism and special
recovery capability, which
was first raised in 1979 in the
The government accepted
the recommendations and
Bryce endorsed the award on
Socomd Projects Officer
Lt-Col David Gunning said
the ASM CT/SR was a fitting
reward for the people who first
raised the capability and main-
tained it over many years.
He said criteria for the
award provided for service
in an online Tactical Assault
Group (TAG) since its incep-
tion in 1980 (or the Interim
TAG in 1979) was to be rec-
ognised by the award of the
ASM with clasp CT/SR.
Personnel must have
served in the online TAG for a
minimum of 60 days continu-
ously. This includes members
of the regimental command
element and other specialists
such as signallers and intel-
Other specialist members
of the ADF, such as special
operations aviation personnel
in support of the TAG, may
also receive the medal but
only if they meet the require-
ment to serve continuously
online for 60 days.
More information and the applica-
tion form (AD807) are available at
DID YOU SERVE?
and special recovery capa-
bility was first raised in
1979 within the SASR.
The raising of a second
Tactical Assault Group
(TAG East) based on 4RAR
(Cdo) in 1997 enhanced
the capability significantly.
This element of the capabil-
ity now resides with 2 Cdo
Support from specialist
members of the ADF such
as the Navy Clearance
Diver trade and aviation
elements has been impor-
tant for the capability.
for CT effort
Men in black: The newly approved ASM with CT/SR clasp (inset) will recognise
personnel who have served in an online TAG for at least 60 continuous days.
Main photo by Cpl Chris Moore
FALLEN digger Pte Matthew Lambert was
farewelled by family and friends in a private
funeral in Queensland on September 5.
Pte Lambert, killed by an IED while on patrol
in Afghanistan on August 22, arrived in Australia
on August 29 and was returned to his family in a
repatriation ceremony at RAAF Base Amberley.
His flag-draped casket was carried from
a C-17 through a 2RAR honour guard dur-
ing the ramp ceremony, where CA Lt-Gen
David Morrison posthumously presented him
with the Australian Active Service Medal with
International Coalition Against Terrorism clasp,
the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the NATO
Medal with International Security Assistance
Force clasp and the Infantry Combat Badge.
"As we gather here to mark the return of this
fine young Australian soldier, we remember the
courage, initiative and mateship that Pte Matthew
Lambert displayed to all whom he met," Lt-Gen
"Pte Lambert's ultimate sacrifice to this
country will be felt by his family, friends and his
Army family, and we will remember him as a true
A HELICOPTER evacuated an MTF 3 soldier
wounded when the Bushmaster he was travel-
ling in struck an improvised explosive device
in Afghanistan on September 6.
The Deputy Commander of Combined Team
-- Uruzgan, Col David Smith, said the soldier was
on a partnered MTF 3 and Afghan 6th Infantry
Kandak security patrol in the Char Chineh
District in western Uruzgan province.
"The soldiers were coming under fire from
insurgents when an IED detonated, with the blast
striking one of the patrol's PMVs," Col Smith
said.The wounded soldier was in a satisfacto-
ry condition at the Role 3 Medical Facility at
Meanwhile, two other MTF 3 personnel and
a Special Forces soldier were also wounded in
The Special Forces soldier suffered minor
wounds during a partnered cordon and search
mission targeting insurgent-laid IEDs in Tarin
Kot on August 23. He returned to duty after
receiving medical treatment.
The two MTF 3 soldiers suffered the cumula-
tive effects of four separate IED strikes between
July 19 and August 24. They presented for treat-
ment after August 24.
HQJOC's Director of Health, Gp-Capt Karen
Leshinskas, said the delay was common for sol-
diers suffering mild traumatic brain injury as a
result of multiple IED blasts.
An individual with mild traumatic brain injury
may be dazed, confused or lose consciousness.
Most cases recover fully within 7-10 days.
IED blast wounds
digger in Uruzgan
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