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Army September 29, 2011
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By Cfn Max Bree
RESERVISTS from 8CSSB stood
solemnly to welcome home their
fallen mate, Cfn Beau Pridue, as
his body arrived back on Australian
soil at RAAF Base Williamtown on
Cfn Pridue, 21, died from injuries
sustained in a vehicle accident near
the town of Baucau in East Timor at
about 6.30am on September 15.
The 8CSSB reservist from the
North Coast of NSW was serving as a
fitter armourer with the International
Stabilisation Force (ISF) at the time
of the accident.
Soldiers from 8CSSB formed
an honour guard and bearer party to
escort Cfn Pridue's casket from the
Hercules to his grieving family.
CA Lt-Gen David Morrison,
Commander 2 Div Maj-Gen Craig
Williams and Commander 8 Bde Brig
Phillip Bridie paid their respects to
his waiting family.
Cfn Pridue's family described him
as an unlikely soldier who enjoyed
what the Army had to offer.
"When he was growing up, we
would never have thought of Beau as
a soldier," the family said in a state-
"But he loved the Army, its dis-
cipline, training and spirit. Beau had
strength of mind, body, character and
"We are extremely proud of our
boy and we know that we lost him
doing a job he was trained for and
Cfn Pridue's family said his deci-
sion to serve in the Army was a true
indication of his character.
"Beau always wanted to help
and be of assistance, and he had this
opportunity during his deployment to
He is survived by his mother,
father, sister, brother-in-law and a
large extended family.
Speaking at a ceremony to fare-
well Cfn Pridue from East Timor
on September 20, International
Stabilisation Force Commander Col
Luke Foster said the soldier would
be missed by his mates and the entire
"Cfn Pridue was an excellent
solider, a great contributor and a real
team player," Col Foster said.
"He cared greatly about his
extended Defence family and his
mates and was willing to lend a hand
whenever it was needed.
"To Beau's family and loved ones
in Australia, we feel their grief and
pray that they may, in time, be able to
continue their lives with less sadness
Cfn Pridue was the passenger in a
Unimog when it rolled off the main
road during ISF's support for the
Tour de Timor bike race.
The driver was evacuated to the
ISF medical facility in Dili before
being flown to Darwin for further
Investigations into the accident
loved his job
By Capt Sarah Vesey
and Kloe Croker
DEFENCE has joined forces with the
Australian Drug Foundation to devel-
op the ADF Alcohol Management
Strategy as a triservice initiative led
by Joint Health Command.
As part of the strategy, the Army is
developing Force Protection Alcohol,
which aims to build the Army's capac-
ity to effectively manage alcohol and
enhance operational capability.
CA Lt-Gen David Morrison said it
was important all personnel were fight-
"Strong leadership and role model-
ling of Army's values at all ranks is
the key to ensuring our members are
making responsible choices around
alcohol," he said.
The project will work with
Defence members and use the Drug
Foundation's knowledge and expertise
to create strategies that contribute effec-
tively to the prevention and reduction
of alcohol-related behaviour which may
The Australian Drug Foundation
is the nation's leading independent
organisation working with communi-
ties to reduce drug and alcohol harm.
It was founded in 1959 in response to
community concern about war veterans
returning with alcohol problems.
"Army's strong relationship with the
Australian Drug Foundation is the key
to creating an effective alcohol manage-
ment framework," Lt-Gen Morrison
"By working alongside a lead-
ing organisation which specialises in
reducing alcohol and other drug-related
harms, Army can promote cultural
change and minimise alcohol related
incidents in its workforce."
With the support of the foundation,
a consultation team has visited brigades
and units across eight locations includ-
ing Townsville, Brisbane, Melbourne,
Ipswich and Perth, conducting con-
sultations and interviews to support
the Army's development of Force
Community groups including the
Defence Community Organisation,
local police, taxi drivers and bar own-
ers have been engaged and consulted as
part of the wide-ranging project.
The Drug Foundation has continu-
ally acknowledged the progress Army
has made in addressing alcohol issues
in its organisation.
Lt-Gen Morrison said the program
had received strong support from
Defence personnel and the community.
"The response has been encourag-
ing and it is good to see many units are
already doing great work in addressing
alcohol issues," he said.
The initial research gathering stage
of the project is nearing completion
with the Army Recruit Training Centre
the final location visited last month.
The Drug Foundation will present
its report and recommendations in
November to enable the individual
services and Joint Health Command to
develop future steps in the program.
"This innovative project empowers
and involves members of the Army so
that the recommendations on alcohol
harm minimisation strategies are realis-
tic and meaningful," Lt-Gen Morrison
"Force Protection Alcohol is not
against soldiers having a drink, but
rather promotes positive decisions relat-
ed to alcohol that keep themselves and
their mates safe and which won't com-
promise their operational readiness."
a matter of force
protection -- CA
Stay safe: The Force Protection Alcohol initiative will draw on the
Australian Drug Foundation's experience to improve the Army's alcohol-
Sad homecoming: The 8CSSB bearer party carries Cfn Beau Pridue's casket from a Hercules during a
ramp ceremony at RAAF Base Williamtown.
Photo by LAC Craig Barrett
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