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TWO Special Forces soldiers and a
civilian interpreter were wounded
by insurgent small-arms fire dur-
ing a partnered Afghan National
Security Forces and SOTG mission
in Helmand Province on June 4.
A member of MTF 4 was also
wounded in a separate incident on
June 12, when the Bushmaster in
which he was a passenger hit an IED.
The wounded soldier was treated
on site and evacuated to the Role 2
Medical Facility at Tarin Kot. He is
expected to return to full duties soon.
In the SOTG raid, the two Special
Forces soldiers and the interpreter
were wounded in separate engage-
ments during a 14-hour mission
against a drug processing facility in
the north of Helmand province.
Joint Operations Chief Lt-Gen
Ash Power said the handling of the
incidents highlighted the effective-
ness of casualty care practices in
"The team on the ground treated
their mates and organised a rapid
evacuation from the battlefield by
helicopter for each of the three inci-
dents," Lt-Gen Power said.
"On arrival at a nearby ISAF
medical facility they were assessed,
treated and, most importantly stabi-
lised by a team of medical special-
Once stable, the three wounded
Three soldiers and interpreter
wounded in separate incidents
personnel were transferred to a ISAF
Role 3 Medical Facility where they
each underwent surgery.
Following treatment, the inter-
preter and one of the Australian
soldiers were reported to be in a
satisfactory medical condition and
would undertake a period of rest and
The second Australian remained
in a serious condition but was stable
and responding well. He was moved
to the Landstuhl Regional Medical
Centre for further treatment.
Lt-Gen Power said anti-drug
operations disrupted the insurgent
drug trade and reduced the
finances used by the insurgency to
sustain attacks on ISAF and Afghan
"During the mission, the part-
nered Afghan and Australian force
were engaged repeatedly by multiple
insurgents," he said.
"The partnered force fought
through each engagement and cap-
tured a large amount of processed
opium, high-grade poppy seed, drug
processing equipment and several
caches of weapons and explosives."
Recovering: Special Forces soldiers were wounded in an operation
against a drug processing facility in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Cpl Max Bree
MELBOURNE based reservists
joined forces with Air Force and
Navy personnel from East Sale
to help the residents of Victoria's
Gippsland region battle floodwaters
Five Unimogs and 12 soldiers from
4 Bde ferried around personnel from
RAAF Base East Sale and delivered
sandbags to "hot spots" such as super-
markets and power stations to help
keep the community running.
A Unimog recovery vehicle was
also close-by should any trucks break
down or become stranded.
The troop commander, Lt Ian
Green, said the Army uniforms were a
welcome sight for the locals.
"They loved it," he said. "We had
members of the public cheering us on
and showing their appreciation.
"They were coming into the com-
mand centre offering us their support
and even brought in home-made cakes.
It's really nice to know our help has
meant so much to the community."
The 4 Bde soldiers drove through
the night to reach Sale then Airfield
Defence Guards took over as Unimog
drivers until the soldiers had some
Once back on the job, the reservist
engineers offered sandbagging tips to
the Air Force personnel.
The engineers' skills were also
called on to fix a collapsed sandbag
wall protecting a sewer pumping sta-
tion at Lakes Entrance.
Liaison officers from 4 Bde were
placed in regional and state con-
trol centres to help coordinate the
A planned follow-on deployment
of a platoon of soldiers from 4 Bde
was cancelled by the RAAF Base East
Sale Senior ADF Officer, Gp-Capt
Gregory Frisina, after he realised there
were personnel ready to go much
closer to home.
"The officer training school was
the first to go, having just returned
from a cancelled, rain-soaked, bush
exercise," he said.
Almost 40 staff and students from
the Air Force's officer training school
left East Sale at 1.30am on June 6,
followed by second and third rotations
over the next 36 hours.
Vic troops join flood relief
Reservists provide transport, recovery and sandbagging services to support communities
Water fight: Cpl Matthew Magilton, of 4 Bde, loads sandbags onto a Unimog for personnel sandbagging in Paynesville, Victoria, as part of flood relief efforts.
Photo by Cpl Steve Duncan
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