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Maj Keirin Joyce and
Cpl Nick Wiseman
SHADOW Group 2 has been cer-
tified ready for deployment to
Afghanistan after almost seven
weeks of technical and tactical train-
ing at the Woomera Test Range in
Bunking down in Camp Rapier, the
group quickly transformed the area to
replicate the operational airspace they
would use on operations.
Group operations officer Capt Ray
Brin said before coming to Woomera
they had completed a month of training
by the manufacturer of the Shadow --
"We were eager to move into the
final phase of technical and tactical
training," he said.
Exercise Desolate Lion achieved
several milestones, with 244 flights
and a total of 467 flight hours.
The first phase of the exercise
included setting up the camp and equip-
ment and carrying out testing before all
operators conducted an extensive series
of training flights under the watchful
eyes of the US instructors.
Once the first phase was com-
pleted the group launched into its own
training schedule to become certified
for deployment as Shadow Group 2
and will replace the current group in
Troop commander and Shadow
operator Lt Dan Evangelisti said he
was looking forward to his first deploy-
"It's going to be a really good test
of all our abilities," he said.
"We've done a lot of training lead-
ing up to this and everyone is excited
to get into theatre to do the job and
Now certified, the 47 members of
Shadow Group 2 are completing final
training and administration, preparing
for their deployment.
Shadow of Ex Lion
Group Two is ready to deploy with several milestones achieved
Cpl Nick Wiseman
A BREAKFAST Blast Smoothie cre-
ated by an Army chef took out the
breakfast recipe at the Defence Recipe
Challenge cook-off on August 9.
Promoting dental-friendly foods,
cooks from throughout the ADF were
encouraged to enter their recipes.
The Senior Instructor at the ADF
School of Catering, WO2 Darren
Morley, said the best part of the com-
petition was beating the catering officer
who put out the challenge.
"He encouraged many of the catering
corps to enter the competition as well as
submitting one himself," he said.
"It was a good challenge that fos-
tered esprit de corps."
WO2 Morley described his recipe
as a wholesome breakfast meal for the
health conscious. It was full of healthy
ingredients and provided a great start
to the day.
The recipe is now part of a book
developed some years ago after it was
noticed that Army Reserve members
were not issued with a suitable cook-
book as a reference when they returned
to their units.
WO2 Morley said the School of
Catering decided to compile recipes
and images to benefit both the students
and instructors. The initiative started
off as a simple folder with 40 recipes.
"It's now grown into a full cook-
book with 120 pages of cooking tips
and information as well as another 230
pages of recipes," he said.
"All reserve cooks that attend the
basic catering course receive the cook-
book as part of their initial employment
training. The book is still growing and
will continue for years to come."
For his dental-friendly prize-
winning entry, WO2 Morley received
an electric toothbrush to ensure his
teeth would remain healthy for years
THIS recipe is a great start to the
day as it is low in fat, calories and
carbs, yet still offers protein, fibre
and a good balance of vitamins
Darren's Go-go Juice
Thumb-size piece of fresh ginger
1 cup of a pineapple (this provides
a little sweetness)
1 fresh beetroot (tennis ball size)
3 celery sticks
1 cup of Darren's fresh go-go juice
1 ripe medium banana, peeled
1 cup fresh blueberries, blackber-
ries or raspberries (frozen is fine
and so is a combo)
½ cup silken tofu
1 teaspoon flaxseed oil
2 ice cubes, crushed
Make Darren's go-go juice first
by placing all chopped items into
a juicer. You may need to add a
little extra of the ingredients to
get enough juice for a cup; it all
depends on how juicy the fruit and
veg are at the time.
Then place the rest of the ingre-
dients into a blender as well and
blend smooth. Drink and enjoy a
great start to the day!
Ready to fly: Shadow Group 2 is ready to
deploy to Afghanistan after spending almost
seven weeks completing a hectic training
program near the Woomera Test Range in
A boost for health is
a blast for cooks
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