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FOUR Australian soldiers
have been wounded in recent
incidents in Afghanistan.
An SOTG member
received a minor gunshot
wound to the lower leg during
a mission in western Uruzgan
province on August 7 and was
evacuated to the Role 2 medi-
cal facility in Tarin Kot.
Two soldiers from the
3RAR Task Group received
minor wounds from an IED
blast in Uruzgan province in
the first week of August.
The incident occurred
while they were supporting
Afghan National Security
The soldiers notified health
personnel after the incident
and were aeromedically
evacuated to a Kandahar medi-
cal facility for precautionary
assessment. They were later
released and returned to full
The incident came after
another SOTG member was
wounded during a joint opera-
tion in Uruzgan on July 31.
The soldier suffered a
ricochet gunshot wound to the
lower left leg.
Members of the force ele-
ment immediately treated the
soldier, who was later evacu-
ated to a medical facility at
Multinational Base Tarin Kot
for further treatment.
Chief of Joint Operations
Lt-Gen Ash Power said the
soldier was released after
"The wound was super-
ficial and, after a thorough
examination and treatment
by medical personnel at Tarin
Kot, the soldier has been
released and will resume full
duties," Lt-Gen Power said.
Lt-Gen Power said the
mission was an example of the
ANSF's increasing ability.
"The ANSF is taking
the lead in these partnered
operations and enhancing the
Afghans' capability to suc-
cessfully engage with the
insurgents," he said.
Troops wounded on ops
LAC Bill Solomou
VCDF Air-Mshl Mark Binskin
has challenged participants in
this year's Defence blood drive to
increase donations by 50 per cent.
Secretary Dr Mike Kelly and Air-
Mshl Binskin officially launched
the 2012 Defence Organisation
Blood Challenge in Canberra on
"We hope to build on the suc-
cess of last year's blood challenge,"
Air-Mshl Binskin said.
"Our goal is to achieve over
3000 donations by attracting many
new donors within the three-month
period of the challenge."
Army 2012 Blood Ambassador
Pte Nathan Whittington attended
the launch and encouraged all
members to get involved.
The challenge is in its fourth
year. In 2011, more than 6000 lives
were saved from 2156 blood dona-
tions over 14 weeks.
Army won the competition last
year with 767 donations.
Air-Mshl Binskin said it was a
great cause and part of Defence's
community support program.
The challenge officially starts
on September 1 and concludes on
Representing the CA at the
launch, Army HQ Chief of Staff
Brig Andrew Bottrell said the
blood challenge was a wonder-
ful opportunity for the Army to
be able to show its support for the
"We live by an ethos of support-
ing our mates, and I think this chal-
lenge is an extension of us being
able to do that," he said.
"Some of the blood products
will actually help our members on
operations, but will also support the
Dr Kelly said the annual blood
drive, which brought together
the Defence Community and the
Australian Red Cross Blood
Service, would help thousands of
people in need of blood.
"The Defence Force that serves
this country serves this community
and understands deeply that donat-
ing blood is another way our people
can serve the community," Dr Kelly
Participants in the challenge can
make an appointment to donate blood
at any of the Blood Service donor
centres or donor mobiles nationally
from September 1 until November 30.
Bases and units can provide
contact details to the Australia Red
Cross Blood Service, which can
coordinate mobile units to ADF
sites or alternatively provide advice
on the closest donor centre.
Get ready to
Annual challenge launches in Canberra
Spirit of giving: Army Blood Challenge Ambassador Pte Nathan Whittington and Army HQ Chief of Staff
Brig Andrew Bottrell attend the blood challenge launch in Canberra. Inset, Maj Pete Borghouts, of Army
HQ, donates blood during the launch.
Photos by LAC Bill Solomou
THE CA's Senior Advisory Committee (CASAC)
looked at gender diversity initiatives and Plan
Beersheba multi-role combat brigade structures in the
most recent meeting on July 27.
Also during the meeting, the CA's Preparedness
Directive was refined and finalised. Lt-Gen David
Morrison has since signed the directive.
Discussions on Plan Beersheba covered the recent
work of Head Modernisation and Strategic Planning --
Army Division developing force structures under the
plan. Forcomd was also directed to plan for and trial
armoured cavalry regiment concepts.
The committee also heard information briefs from
Army's Adjutant General and the Counter IED Task
For more information on the gender diversity initiatives dis-
cussed at the CASAC meeting, go to Page 5.
Leaders discuss new
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