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Army September 29, 2011
By Cpl Melanie Schinkel
RMC first class cadets experienced
the united might of 1 Bde's Battle
Group Eagle by integrating with
force elements of its combat teams
to refine their commanding skills
and complete battle block training.
About 165 cadets rotated through
roles in 2 Cav Regt's battle group to
gain knowledge and improve their
ability to work with additional assets
in a complex, combined-arms war
fighting setting in the Mt Bundey
Training Area (MBTA) from August
31 to September 21.
The cadets completed their
Category A range training before
joining 2 Cav Regt's Exercise Eagles
Run to complete components of their
battle block phase.
The senior instructor of RMC
first class, Maj Mark Wales, said
the cadets were placed into combat
teams during the exercise to learn
how to employ platforms such as the
ASLAV, APC and Abrams.
"These platforms were used
to train cadets in combined arms
armoured warfare in the modern bat-
tle space," Maj Wales said.
"The cadets received orders and
then had to execute them with their
allocated attached forces.
"It was beneficial for them to be
exposed to the raft of platforms they
may command some day. Exposure
to these assets now means they will
have a better grasp of combined arms
Trainee officers get hands
on with mechanised force
warfare when leading troops during
real operations in the future."
CO 2 Cav Regt Lt-Col Simon
Johnstone said 2 Cav Regt and 1
Armd Regt conducted live-fire activi-
ties with ASLAVs and Abrams tanks
during Ex Eagles Run to demonstrate
their firepower and manoeuvre capa-
bilities to the cadets.
"The cadets did familiarisation,
safety training and then progressed
through three rotations of working
in a cavalry squadron, a tank heavy
combat team as mechanised infantry
and as part of security for the combat
services and support echelon. Every
four days they shifted into a new
combat team to introduce them to
what it entailed and its affect on the
He said the Abrams, ASLAV and
other fighting vehicles formed a criti-
cal part of Army's combined arms
"Every soldier and officer within
Army must understand how to max-
imise the combined arms effect of
these platforms on joint operations.
"During their training the cadets
experienced the equipment and
capabilities held within 1 Bde and
engaged with the soldiers, gain-
ing a greater understanding of their
expertise and the environment they
Fire for effect: RMC staff cadets watch as tanks and APCs engage
targets on the live-fire range at Mt Bundey. Photos by Cpl Hamish Paterson
Complex battlespace: An RMC staff cadet advances as a role-playing civilian is
caught in the open during the assault on "Mogsville" at Mt Bundey Training Area.
Casevac: Staff cadets treat a simulated casualty during the exercise.
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