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THE Government has approved
a major grant for a crucial sup-
port service for the families of
Australian soldiers wounded in
Since 2001 more than 40 ADF
personnel seriously wounded in
Iraq and Afghanistan have been
airlifted to the Landstuhl Regional
Medical Centre in Germany for
The families of some of these
troops have stayed at Fisher
House, which provides a 'home
away from home' for relatives of
patients at Landstuhl.
Families do not pay to stay at
Fisher House. The Fisher House
Foundation is managed by vol-
unteers and operates through a
combination of community and
government funding, with the bulk
of funding coming from commu-
Defence Science and Personnel
Minister Warren Snowdon
announced on June 7 a grant of
$225,000 for the Fisher House
Foundation between now and
"Fisher House has provided
crucial support to the families of
wounded Australian troops dur-
ing times of medical crisis," Mr
"In recent cases, Australian
families have stayed at Fisher
House for up to two weeks.
"I believe it is only right that
Australia, in turn, helps the Fisher
House Foundation continue its
great work into the future."
The Senior Australian Military
Representative to NATO and the
European Union, Maj-Gen Brian
Dawson, signed the grant agree-
ment on behalf of the Government.
"It was a pleasure for me to
be able to personally thank staff
at Fisher House for the care and
support they have provided to
Australian Defence families at
their time of great need," Maj-Gen
Government grant for
crucial support service
WITH the release last week of
the unredacted executive sum-
mary of the DLA Piper Review
Team's Volume 1 report into
allegations of sexual and other
abuse, Defence leaders have
encouraged members feeling dis-
tressed to make use of available
ADF members can contact
the all-hours support line, a
confidential telephone service to
help military personnel and their
families access mental health
services, on 1800 628 036.
have been made to extend
the Australian Public Service
employee assistance program to
include former ADF members,
former Defence public serv-
ants and their immediate fam-
ily members who have raised
allegations with the DLA Piper
Review. Appointments can be
made through the program hot-
line on 1300 361 008.
Former ADF members may
also be eligible to access ser-
vices through the Veterans and
Veterans Families Counselling
Service on 1800 011 046.
For more information on the DLA
Piper Review, go to http://intranet.
CultureReviews/ on the DRN.
Counselling, medical and
chaplaincy help available
FURTHER development and testing
of the next generation Hawkei Light
Protected Mobility Vehicle will con-
tinue with the Government allocating
just over $38 million to the project.
The Hawkei is a 7-tonne fighting
vehicle that offers a high level of pro-
tection for the soldiers inside and will
replace a portion of the ADF's Land
Defence has now reached an agree-
ment with Thales Australia to develop six
prototype Hawkei vehicles for testing, the
first of which will be delivered later this
year, Defence Minister Stephen Smith
and Defence Materiel Minister Jason
Clare announced on June 3.
In December 2011, Thales Australia's
Hawkei was selected as the preferred
vehicle for development under Stage 2
of the Manufactured and Supported in
Australia option of Land 121 Phase 4.
This is part of the $7.5 billion Project
Overlander that will provide about 7500
new vehicles, along with their associated
modules, trailers and through-life sup-
port, over the next decade.
Project Overlander will replace the
current fleet of Land Rovers, Unimog,
Mack and S-Liner trucks and their associ-
ated trailers and modules.
Throughout 2013 the Hawkei proto-
types will undergo a range of testing and
evaluation including user assessments,
capability and reliability testing to evalu-
ate the ability of the vehicle to deliver the
capability required by troops.
Thales Australia will be required to
meet technical performance, cost and
schedule commitments in the develop-
ment of the Hawkei.
Progress will be assessed against a
series of milestones that will determine
the maturing design of the vehicle.
Final Government approval of the
project is expected to be able to be con-
sidered by 2015.
Hawkei on track
Further development and testing approved for fighting vehicle
Fast mover: In development by Thales Australia, the Hawkei will undergo testing and evalutaion throughout 2013.
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