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Army September 29, 2011
By Cpl Melanie Schinkel
IN ADDITION to supporting RMC's
first class cadets during their battle block
phase, 1 Bde's Battle Group Eagle con-
ducted Exercise Eagles Run to advance
its combined arms tactics at the combat
Elements of 5RAR, 1 Armd Regt, 1
Avn Regt, 1CSR, 1CSSB and 8/12 Regt
joined forces for the 2 Cav Regt-led exer-
cise in the Mt Bundey Training Area from
CO 2 Cav Regt Lt-Col Simon
Johnstone said Ex Eagles Run gave sol-
diers the opportunity to focus on their
core skills at the combat team level in a
battle group environment.
"This exercise enabled Battle Group
Eagle to operate in a combined arms activ-
ity against a complex, hybrid, modern-day
threat," Lt-Col Johnstone said.
"The cavalry squadron conducted recon-
naissance missions to answer my questions
on terrain, enemy and civilians while the
battle group's heavy hitters engaged and
cleared the enemy. All the while a rein-
forced support squadron ensured vehicle
availability and logistic support.
"At the same time, Battle Group Eagle's
soldiers gained a greater appreciation of the
level of training RMC staff cadets endure.
They also enjoyed sharing their in-depth
knowledge with the cadets and intro-
duced them to a rate of effort they haven't
explored or been exposed to before."
Battle Group Eagle's mission during Ex
Eagles Run was to stop Musorian armed
forces, freedom fighters, terrorists and other
criminal elements in the Litchfield enclave
from seizing a Jabiru-based uranium site.
After intensive combined arms operations,
Battle Group Eagle successfully disrupted
the enemy's plan and handed over authority
to local civilian agencies.
The Crew Commander for B Sqn's
T22A crew, Sgt Trevor Hillard, 1 Armd
Regt, said Ex Eagles Run gave the regiment
the opportunity to test its new nature of
ammunition for the Abrams.
"This was our first time using the new
multi-purpose anti-tank (MPAT) ammuni-
tion, so we learnt a lot about employing it
with the Abrams during this exercise," Sgt
"The MPAT ammunition was excellent
-- very accurate and effective. Initially, we
used it at close ranges and hit every target,
then we employed it at longer ranges of
2000m plus and still achieved first round
hits on targets."
The final phase of the exercise involved
urban operations, dry and live-fire activities
as well as the assessment of two squadron
commanders from 2 Cav Regt.
Ex Eagles Run culminated with a
combined arms team live-fire event that
involved ASLAVs, Abrams, APCs, M198
155mm Howitzers and ARH Tigers.
The loader for B Sqn's T22A crew, Tpr
Rodney McFarlane, 1 Armd Regt, was on
his first activity with the regiment.
"This exercise reinforced all the train-
ing I just finished at Puckapunyal," Tpr
McFarlane said. "I've only been in the regi-
ment for two weeks and most of that was
on Ex Eagles Run.
"It's certainly a different experience --
being a loader is unlike any job I have done
before but I'm enjoying it."
Cadets run with Eagles
In control: Lt Jake Hosking, 1
Armd Regt, steers 22 Tp through
the Mt Bundey Training Area during
Exercise Eagles Run.
Firing up: An ASLAV from 2 Cav
Regt is basked in the flash of an
Abrams firing during the 1 Bde
firepower demonstration of Ex
Photos by Cpl Hamish Paterson
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