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Army October 27, 2011
DMO's equipment specialists put their bod-
ies on the line to prove the value of recently
acquired combat equipment, with six mem-
bers taking on the Melbourne marathon in
full patrol order on October 9.
Brig Nagy Sorial, Col Haydn Kohl, Capt
Dave Barton, Capt Alex Smith, Capt Nigel
Booker and WO2 Fiona Ince completed the
42.195km marathon wearing about 20kg of kit,
including standard issue boots, DPCU, web-
bing, TBAS and hydration packs.
The team completed the marathon in a com-
fortable time of 5hr 33min and raised more than
$6500 for Operation Care, which provides rest
and recuperation to ADF members wounded in
action, and their immediate families, as well as
supporting the families of those killed in action.
Team members reported that all the equip-
ment performed exceptionally well and was
comfortable to wear throughout the event.
Those with previous marathon experience
were surprised to find the boots protected the
soles of their feet and their toes as well as run-
ning shoes had done in previous events.
Head Land Systems Division Maj-Gen
Grant Cavenagh congratulated the team on the
"I am very proud of the significant com-
mitment made by our team to raise money for
Operation Care," he said.
Donations are still being accepted and can
be made at any Defcredit branch or by online
funds transfer to Operation Care at BSB: 803-
205, account number: 20328715.
Keep an eye out next edition for an in-depth
feature on the team's preparation and involve-
ment in the marathon.
The ultimate kit test
Equipment check: DMO personnel, front from left, Brig Nagy Sorial, Col Haydn Kohl, Capt Nigel Booker; back from left, WO2 Fiona Ince,
Capt David Barton and Capt Jason Morrison, put the new kit to the test in the Melbourne marathon.
Photo by Sgt Dave Grant
Learning experience: A group of 35 cadets on a training exercise at Larrakeyah
Barracks had a surprise visit from the Chief of Joint Operations, Lt-Gen Ash
Power, on October 5. Lt-Gen Power met the cadets informally, asking them
what they had learnt during the training activity and answering questions about
his military experiences and career. The cadets, who came from throughout
the Northern Territory, were at Larrakeyah Barracks to develop their skills in
leadership, discipline, self-reliance and initiative.
Photo by AB James Whittle
Cadets learn from a leader
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