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Army September 15, 2011
COUNTER-IED specialists and intelligence offic-
ers will be among the presenters at this year's RAE
Force Protection Engineering Seminar, to be hosted
by 19CEW at Randwick Barracks in Sydney on
This year's seminar will focus on force protection
engineering in the inter-agency, urban and civil-cooper-
Among the presenters will be representatives from
the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, DSTO,
the Australian Federal Police bomb data centre and
industry professionals from GHD and Ove Arup.
The seminar also includes a strong MEAO con-
text, with presenters from the counter-IED task force,
Defence Intelligence Organisation and several engi-
neers who deployed on Operation Slipper with MTF 2
and Operation Pakistan Assist.
The Force Protection Engineering Seminar is a key
activity for the RAE force protection capability and is
widely regarded as essential for ADF engineering offic-
ers and senior NCOs.
In the past two years, six RAE engineers and one
Air Force engineer have completed the Royal Engineers
Advanced Force Protection Engineering Course at the
UK's Defence Academy.
This year a RAE delegation gave a presentation at
the International Physical Security Forum in Berne,
Switzerland, on the Camp Holland redevelopment pro-
ject in Afghanistan.
The corps is formalising support and information
sharing arrangements with DSTO and continues to
grow its relationships in the security engineering indus-
try in Australia and overseas.
To register for the seminar, contact 19CEW's Capt Jack Plimmer on
(02) 9349 0519 or email email@example.com
focus on force
Experience: The seminar will include presentations
from engineers recently returned from operations.
Photo by Cpl Rachel Ingram
By Spr Nick Wiseman
DEPLOYED soldiers enjoy a
surprise from home, but for one
officer in Sinai, the surprise is
a tradition dating back to his
father's service in Vietnam.
A fruit cake based on a fam-
ily recipe was sent by Shirley
Graham to her husband when he
deployed to Vietnam.
When their son, Lt-Col Stuart
Graham, deployed to Iraq in
2007, he was also treated to par-
cels of delicious fruit cake from
Currently deployed to the
Sinai, in Egypt, Lt-Col Graham
said he had no idea the cake was
going to be sent once again.
"It didn't last long as I shared
it with the crew," he said.
"The first cake set the scene,
I've been asking for more ever
The cake has tested the ADF
postal system over the years
against overwhelming odds of
time, distance and weather, but
has come through each time just
as memorable as the last.
Lt-Col Graham said his moth-
er somehow made up for the dis-
tance with the recipe.
"The cakes always turn
up fresh, moist and delicious,"
Lt-Col Graham said.
"I love the smell each time I
open the lid and cut a slice."
The cake, which is a slice
above the rest, has been featured
in the family's hometown news-
paper and has been selected to
feature in a book that will help
raise funds for Queensland flood
Lt-Col Graham said the cake
had become special to him and
his father, with both receiving it
while on operational service.
"We cannot help but person-
ally remember home and family.
It's the simple pleasure of taking
a few minutes off to think and
talk of home, family and friends
while enjoying a slice."
Ops a piece of cake
500g mixed fruit
250g butter, chopped
230g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 eggs, lightly beaten
150g plain flour
150g self-raising flour
1 tsp bicarbonate soda
Preheat oven to 180C. Grease a 22cm cake
tin and line with baking paper. Combine mixed
fruit, butter, sugar, water and vanilla in a
saucepan and gently bring to the boil. Remove
from the heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
Stir in the eggs, mixing well. Sift together the
flours and bicarbonate soda and stir into the
Pour batter into the tin and bake in the oven
for one-and-a-quarter hours. Remove from
oven and cool in the tin before turning out.
TRY THE RECIPE
Eat cake: Lt-Col Stuart Graham, centre, shares his mother's fruit cake with
colleagues in the Sinai.
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