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FIVE Indonesian language
students from the Australian
Defence Force Academy trav-
elled to Indonesia to partici-
pate in an official Language
Study Tour in September.
During the eight-day trip, the
second-year students spent time
in Jakarta and Surabaya, with
the majority of their time spent
at Airlangga University where
they joined in on humanities and
social sciences lectures.
OCdt Aimee Van Dartel said
the experience was good for
those who chose to continue
their Indonesian studies.
"The trip was very successful as it
allowed us to experience the Indonesian
language and culture in a way that is not
possible in the classroom."
Over the short time spent in Jakarta
the tour visited the Australian Embassy,
as well as Jakarta's famous Old Town.
Students discover Indonesia
The tour also visited Sampoerna's
Cigarette Museum and several of
Surabaya's surrounding temples.
Dr Edwin Jurriëns and Professor
David Lovell accompanied the students
on the tour, which aimed to provide prac-
tical experience in using the Indonesian
Speaking out: Maj Lisa Weston (left), OCdt
James Haw, OCdt Fiona Van Der Weide,
OCdt Louise Day-Henri, OCdt Aimee Van
Dartel and OCdt Geordie Alexander on their
Indonesian language tour.
WITH their deployment to Sudan and
the Republic of South Sudan under the
United Nations coming to a close, mem-
bers of Australian Contingent 13 (ASC
13) and the new ASC 14 were joined by
Chief of Joint Operations Lt-Gen Ash
Power in October.
During his visit Lt-Gen Power took the
opportunity to present ASC 13 staff officers
and military liaison officers with the ASM
with Sudan clasp and the United Nations
Mission In Sudan (UNMIS) medal.
Two surprised recipients, UN
Movements Officer WOFF Jamie Auld
and deputy commander of the Australian
Contingent Leut-Cmdr Michael Blagg,
received gold and silver commendations
respectively for their efforts during the
establishment of United Nations Mission In
South Sudan (UNMISS).
During their deployment, ASC 13 mem-
bers saw the birth of the world's newest
country, the Republic of South Sudan, on
July 9, worked through and contributed
directly to the establishment of the new
UN mission, and oversaw the transition of
personnel and logistics from the previous
mission in Sudan.
During his brief stay in the capital,
Juba, Lt-Gen Power held meetings with the
UNMISS force commander, Nigerian Maj-
Gen Moses Obi, and ADF staff on October
By Flt-Lt Sean Watson
MEMBERS of the International
Stabilisation Force (ISF) in East Timor
have completed a week of safety training
as part of Defence Safety Day.
Under the 2011 theme "you cannot
afford to walk past your responsibility for
safety under the Work Health and Safety
Act", ISF members received safety aware-
ness training in areas such as physical inju-
ry prevention, environmental health aware-
ness and aviation safety.
ISF commander Col Luke Foster said
the topics were particularly relevant to
troops in the deployed environment.
"Each area presents a unique set of
work health and safety challenges that all
ISF members need to be aware of and pre-
pared for," he said.
Due to operational constraints, training
was conducted over one week beginning
on October 24.
Col Foster said by the end of the week
ISF members had gained an increased
awareness and appreciation of their indi-
vidual safety responsibilities and obliga-
tions under the Work Health and Safety
"A safe and responsible work culture,
which teaches that everyone is responsible
for the diligent application of safety stand-
ards, is crucial," he said.
"Diligence keeps us safe and Defence
Safety Day was the perfect opportunity to
reiterate to all our personnel the impor-
tance of staying alert and looking out
for each other to ensure we all return to
Timor's safety focus
Bend at the knees: ISF personnel practise correct lifting techniques during PT sessions for Defence
Safety Day 2011 at Camp Phoenix in Dili, East Timor.
Photo by Cpl Janine Fabre
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