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Roadworthy: Sgt Nadrra Sarkis inspects one
of the vehicles under his control as part of
his job as transport manager for the Combat
Service Support Team with the International
Stabilisation Force in East Timor.
Photo by Cpl Melina Mancuso
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FORMER South Australian
Governor and Chief of General
Staff Lt-Gen Donald Dunstan (retd)
died in Adelaide on October 15. He
Lt-Gen Dunstan's distinguished
military career began with service in
the Pacific in World War II. He served
as the assistant to the commander in
chief of British Commonwealth Forces
in Korea and was the commander
of the First Australian Task Force in
Vietnam during the battle for firebases
Coral and Balmoral.
He served as the Chief of General
Staff from 1977 to 1982 when he
was appointed Governor of South
Australia, a post he held until 1991.
DCA Maj-Gen Jeffrey Sengelman
paid tribute to Lt-Gen Dunstan.
"Lt-Gen Dunstan's distinguished
service as both an Army officer and
Governor of South Australia is marked
with distinction. His passing is a great
loss for the Army community," Maj-
Gen Sengelman said.
During his military and public
career, Lt-Gen Dunstan received a
number of distinctions, including a
Companion of the Order of Australia,
Knight Commander of the Order of
the British Empire and Companion of
the Order of the Bath.
As Army went to print, Lt-Gen
Dunstan was due to be farewelled at a
state funeral on October 25.
-- Full coverage in Nov 10 edition
Distinguished leader dies aged 88
served as the
Staff and as
A VISIT to Perth by Queen Elizabeth
II will be one of the highlights dur-
ing the Commonwealth Heads of
Government Meeting (CHOGM)
2011 in Perth from October 28-30.
The ADF is supporting security for
the event with about 1200 personnel.
In preparation for CHOGM 2011,
counter terrorism, air and maritime
response capabilities have been con-
ducting security training and famil-
iarisation with the Western Australia
Police in and around the Perth metro-
politan area since October 8.
Commander of the ADF Task
Force RAdm David Johnston said the
extended training period would allow
ADF members to sharpen inter-agency
security-response skills and ensure they
were familiar with the operating envi-
ronment should they be called on to
provide support during CHOGM 2011.
"The ADF plays a very important
role in Australia's national security
and we are committed to ensuring the
conduct of a safe and secure CHOGM
2011," RAdm Johnston said.
"We have been working closely
with the Western Australia Police
and other federal and state agencies
involved in preparing for this event,
and the training period further strength-
ens the close working relationship of
all the security agencies."
In the spotlight: ADF counter
terrorism experts are among
Defence's security support to
CHOGM 2011, to be held in Perth
from October 28-30.
Photo by Cpl Ricky Fuller
IO's report on
Tragic accident: A loss of situational awareness during landing was
found to be the primary cause of the helicopter crash that killed three
Australian commandos in Afghanistan last year.
File photo by PO Damian Pawlenko
Pte Tim Aplin.
Pte Benjamin Chuck.
Pte Scott Palmer.
THE Inquiry Officer's report
into the deaths of three 2 Cdo
Regt soldiers in a US helicop-
ter crash last year has found
the primary cause of the crash
was a lack of aircrew coordi-
nation during the approach to
the landing zone.
Ptes Timothy Aplin, Benjamin
Chuck and Scott Palmer were
part of a Special Operations Task
Group mission conducting disrup-
tion operations with Afghan and
At 3:39am on June 21 last
year, four US Black Hawks
were transporting personnel
into the Shah Wali Kot region of
Khandahar province when one
of the helicopters carrying 10
Australian soldiers and five US
personnel crashed into a slight
The impact caused the heli-
copter to roll and the fuselage to
catch fire. Ptes Aplin and Palmer
were killed instantly along with
one US serviceman and Pte Chuck
was pronounced dead shortly after
arriving at the Role 3 Medical
Facility in Khandahar.
In releasing the report on
October 14, VCDF Air-Mshl Mark
Binskin commended the actions of
the Australian and US personnel
on board the other helicopters who
helped the wounded.
"There was an heroic and
genuine attempt to resuscitate Pte
Chuck, but his injuries were not
survivable," Air-Mshl Binskin
"There is no doubt their
actions after the crash saved lives."
The ADF continues to sup-
port the seven wounded com-
mandos undergoing rehabilitation,
with one soldier returning to full
The investigation also found
all US crew members had exten-
sive experience flying with night-
vision goggles and there was no
evidence of Australian personnel
failing in their duties.
Defence Minister Stephen
Smith has accepted the IO's rec-
ommendations related to improv-
ing training and capability support
for disaster victim identification
and reviewing mortuary affairs
training and casualty reporting
procedures. It was recommended
a Commission of Inquiry need not
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