Home' Army News : December 8th 2011 Contents Fleet Network Pty Ltd DL 20462 *To qualify for this offer you must mention this advertisement to Fleet Network prior to the completion of your initial contract. Vehicle must be new and supplied by Fleet Network. Not valid in conjunction any
other current Fleet Network offers. Employees should consult their employer's salary packaging policy before entering into a contract.
completing your initial contract and
we'll give you a choice of either
a Free Portable GPS or a $200
Fuel Voucher when your new
vehicle is delivered
Fleet Network will deliver outstanding deals on any new car anywhere in
Australia. You will receive massive savings through our national fleet buying
power and access to superb novated leasing options. Our experienced
consultants will manage the entire process from order to delivery and your
package will be established with your employers salary packaging provider.
If you are considering a new car then call now and discover for yourself why
thousands of Australians have trusted Fleet Network to buy their new car.
Save on tax when buying your next car
Call us on 1300 738 601
Lease Package Save
Army December 8, 2011
By Cpl Melanie Schinkel
THE Army's oldest and longest-
serving regimental mascot, WO2
Wayne Courage, 2 Cav Regt, has
clocked up 24 years of dedicated
service and was officially present-
ed with his warrant at Robertson
Barracks on November 18.
After a busy training period, the
officers and soldiers of 2 Cav Regt
banded together to honour the
esteemed wedge-tailed eagle at a for-
The 24-year-old raptor was born
on August 14, 1987, and was just one
month old when Taronga Zoo donated
him to 2 Cav Regt to serve as its offi-
Since then, Courage has been
involved in most of the regiment's
activities including parades, sporting
events and exercises.
Senior regimental mascot handler
Sgt Justin Hogg said Courage even
attended important meetings with the
"We try to involve Courage in as
many unit activities as possible. He
often does PT with the soldiers and is
usually on the sidelines helping out
during football matches," Sgt Hogg
"Courage is unique, intelligent and
displays characteristics you would
expect from a dog, however, he's
sometimes aggressive because he's a
bird of prey. But most of the time he's
a fairly cool, calm and collected char-
Courage's daily routine starts about
7am. First he is weighed and then his
training begins. Courage calls it a day
about 4pm and retires for the evening
in his large on-base aviary.
"If the regiment has a parade com-
ing up, we spend the mornings practis-
ing his routines and commands," Sgt
"Courage gets involved with
whatever the soldiers are up to and
he has a pretty good relationship with
them. They respect him but prefer to
admire him from a distance rather than
encroach on his personal space.
"On the other hand, the handlers
have a very close relationship with
Courage -- he gives them cuddles and
they pat him."
Regimental mascot handler Cpl
James Burke said it was a privilege to
work so closely with Courage.
"Courage is a very regal and power-
ful animal. If you show him respect, he
shows it to you. He holds himself with
a lot of pride and walking around with
him on my shoulder makes me feel
pretty proud too," Cpl Burke said.
Cpl Burke said becoming a regi-
mental mascot handler was a lengthy
process and that Courage ultimately
decided who he worked with.
"I did about three months of on-
the-job training and then three weeks
training with Northern Territory
Wildlife Park staff, who taught me the
correct way to handle large birds," Cpl
"We've got a good relationship with
the Northern Territory Wildlife Park
staff. They provide us with training,
support, food and veterinary care for
Courage and we help them build cages
and clean up around the park."
Handler LCpl James Pearce said
Courage's personality changed daily.
"Courage's attitude reflects how
he's feeling or whether or not he's get-
ting along with the handler he's work-
ing with," LCpl Pearce said.
"He likes some people instantly, but
others he just senses something and
will never like them. Sometimes I think
he's more of a human than a bird."
Courage rules the roost
In a flap: Recently promoted 2 Cav Regt Mascot WO2 Wayne Courage comes in to land at the edge of the regimental parade ground and, inset, sits
with his handlers, from left, LCpl James Pearce, Sgt Justin Hogg and Cpl James Burke.
Photos by Cpl Hamish Paterson
Links Archive November 24th 2011 February 2nd 2012 Navigation Previous Page Next Page