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Army September 29, 2011
By Maj Andrew Dixon
SOLDIERS who recently deployed to East Timor
as part of Timor-Leste Task Group 3 were the bene-
ficiaries of comprehensive training based on lessons
learnt from past experiences.
According to Maj James Weaver, 8 Bde Astute
Force Generation Team, the 169 members of TLTG 3
received sufficient cultural training to give them the
knowledge and awareness to be able to communicate
effectively with, and work alongside, a wide range of
military and civilian supporting elements.
"The 8 Bde planning started with sending observer
trainers over with 11 Bde to enable the knowledge
transfer from their experiences into our training plan,"
Maj Weaver said.
"Soldiers are prepared for the mission they are
going to do, what I mean by that is they have an under-
standing through 11 Bde's experience of cultural and
During the concentration in Canungra, the soldiers
were also visited by Chap Gary Stone who provided a
brief on his experiences and understanding of the cul-
ture and language.
Contained within the CA's Development Initiative
(CADI) is a specific requirement for the Army to
regard linguistic and cultural capability as a combat
capability in its own right, and to train, organise and
employ combat linguists accordingly.
"The brigade employed the services of a linguist to
teach a selection of soldiers the native language of the
indigenous population," Maj Weaver said
"A two-week course provided a good understand-
ing of the Timorese language and enabled each par-
ticipant to share their knowledge with other members
within their platoons.
"During the preparation training at Canungra the
linguist returned and soldiers were given the opportu-
nity to practise using the language through a number
of role plays."
Maj Weaver said the civil skills database was used
to identify what qualifications the soldiers had, to see
if there were soldiers with skills and qualifications that
could assist in the training process.
He also said that 4 Bde had been involved from the
start of 8 Bde's planning to prepare the next soldiers
for deployment to East Timor.
This type of training is expected to continue and
Maj Weaver has moved to Melbourne to help 4 Bde
prepare for its rotation to East Timor.
"I am excited to be part of the 4 Bde planning. The
lessons learnt through the cooperation of the three
brigades as part of continuous improvement can only
benefit soldiers who deploy in the future."
Meet and greet: Soldiers from 8 Bde received
cultural and language training before deploying to
East Timor. Here LCpl Brentt Grigson talks with
locals in Dili.
Photo by Cpl Melina Mancuso
By Lt Fiona Bickerstaff
MORE THAN 120 reservists from around
northern NSW converged on Newcastle to
test their skills in a joint exercise with the
NSW Police's explosive detection dogs.
Soldiers from the 8 Bde Reserve Response
Force (8RRF) responded to unspecified
threats from a militant protest group before
the arrival of a controversial foreign delega-
tion on August 27.
8RRF personnel conducted vehicle check
points, search, clearance, and security duties
with police officers and the dog squad from
Waratah Local Area Command as part of Ex
Starting at Newcastle Harness Racing
Club, 8RRF and police swiftly responded to
the threat by securing the venue with a vehi-
cle check point before setting up a command
post to coordinate a search of the buildings
Simulated media interest, radical activists
and a medical emergency kept the 8RRF sol-
diers busy before the arrival of the delegation.
8RRF personnel then moved to the his-
toric Fort Scratchley, on the headland of
Newcastle's Nobbys Beach and home to 7 Fd
Regt's 113 Fd Bty, to search and clear the
tunnels running through the complex.
LBdr Christopher Dawson, 113 Fd Bty, an
RRF and High Readiness Reserve member,
said training and evaluation exercises were an
important training tool for the capability of
"It's good that other people on the outside
(of RRF) who are also qualified step in so we
can keep our skill base in this particular area
up," he said.
Working with the police and the explosive
detection dogs was the highlight of the exer-
cise for most personnel.
Pte Jarrard Towner, 41RNSWR, qualified
for the RRF this year and believed the exer-
cise was useful to his training.
"It was really good to work with the
police because that's something we'd do in a
real-life scenario," Pte Towner said.
"Working with the police was definitely
a highlight and the dogs as well. That was
The RRF provides high readiness support
to civilian authorities during special events,
domestic emergencies and disaster relief
RRF has supported numerous major
events including the 2006 Commonwealth
Games, 2007 Asia Pacific Economic
Cooperation summit and the 2008 World
ARes reality check
Thorough inspection: Gnr Mark Saint searches for suspect items at Fort Scratchley in Newcastle during Ex Knight Star. Photo by
Cfn Max Bree
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