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Army September 13, 2012
If you can think of a
witty caption for the
picture at left, email
au with "caption
13" as the subject.
Try to keep entries
under 25 words and
include your name,
rank and unit.
SAY AGAIN, OVER
Last edition's winning entry
"During a well-deserved break the
lads cleverly disguise their copies
of 50 Shades of Grey."
WO1 Steve Hooper
1 Regt, RAA
We also liked
"The latest Avon catalogue caused
an unplanned halt."
Chap Stephen Maggs
By Bob Dikkenberg
A big step up
from the Rover
The G-Wagon impresses on road and off. And it has air-con
Engine: V6 turbo producing
Fuel use (claimed): 10L/100km
RRP: From approx. $220,000
depending on variant and options
Cpl Mark Doran
I WAS invited to experience the
newest member of the ADF's
vehicle fleet, the Mercedes Benz
G-Wagon, at the Janowen 4WD
Park near RAAF Base Amberley
on September 4.
Characterised by its boxy styl-
ing and body-on-frame construction
the G-Wagon looks stylish with its
Australian camouflage paint job and
in case you were wondering, G is for
Geländewagen which is German for
For the drive to Janowen I jumped
on-board a 6x6 single cab carryall
with a Land 121 Training Team driv-
ing instructor, Air Force Cpl Brooke
Shaw, who explained the features of
the vehicle during the hour and a half
of highway travel.
The first thing I noticed was it
was quiet. There was minimal road
noise and, with a V6 turbocharged
engine, the G-Wagon handled the
100km/h speed limit with ease, even
with the 1800kg of concrete blocks
in the tray.
I then noticed I was travelling in a
comfortable air-conditioned cab. Now
that's a luxury for an old soldier.
Cpl Shaw said the handling was
the best feature, especially compared
to the older Land Rover.
"Being an automatic the G-Wagon
is also a lot easier to drive, especially
with the tiptronic transmission," she
"Water crossings are a lot easi-
er because there is less preparation
needed as the fording switch cuts
power to the alternators and we can
cross 750mm of fresh or 600mm of
At the 4WD Park and after the
safety brief, we headed to what
seemed a near-impossible hill in an
old quarry, but the G-Wagon didn't
seem to care.
As long as the drivers pick their
path and know what they are doing,
the G-Wagon will climb and climb
and just when you think it cannot go
any more, it will keep going, seem-
ingly without effort.
When it was my turn behind the
wheel on the off-road track, it became
obvious the steering and general han-
dling dynamics of the vehicle were
made for these conditions.
I did have to be reminded by Cpl
Shaw the cabin was not as wide as
the tray and noticed some of the old
Land Rover rules did not apply.
The secret for G-Wagon obstacle
crossings is to go slow and this works
well, as do controlled descents using
Once low-range is selected, all
electronic systems such as ESP and
ABS are remapped for better off-road
The G-Wagon feels more at home
when off-road. It offers a perfect driv-
ing position with excellent visibility
and with its relatively narrow size it
can fit through tight spaces.
Delivering 135kw with 400Nm of
torque, the G-Wagon has three fully
locking differentials, which makes
it one of the best off-road vehicles I
have ever driven. And did I mention
with a high
Photo by Cpl
Cpl Nick Wiseman
THREE women from Army HQ and a
civilian friend will trek about 45km in
less than 19 hours for charity in the Blue
Mountains on September 15.
The Trek for Timor Blue Mountains
is a fund-raising hike to support
schools, scholarship programs and
community resources in East Timor.
Maj Ledy Rowe, Maj Anna
Llanwarne, Kate Thomas and Tamara
Galhuber will take on the challenge as
Ms Thomas said it was the first time
any of them had done something like
"We're not out to break any records
or prove anything to anyone other than
ourselves that we can do this," she said.
"All the money we raise will go to
the charity which will educate today's
children and adults in Timor Leste."
Donations to the team are welcomed and
can be made by visiting http://www.trekforti-
morbm.org.au/sponsor-a-team/ using the team
name "Hambos Heros".
TROOPS in South Queensland are invit-
ed to support RUOK Day with help from
the on-base shops on September 13.
The South Queensland Regional
Mental Health Team is promoting the
day, which aims to raise awareness and
prevent suicide by encouraging people
to ask the question "are you okay?" of
friends, colleagues and loved ones.
Resources on how to ask "are you
okay?" and on how to say "I'm not
okay" will be available at AAFCANS
Enoggera, Amberley and Oakey on the
For more information and resources, go to www.
ruokday.com or contact the South Queensland
Regional Mental Health Team's Jennifer Young
on (07) 3332 4590 or email jennifer.young1@
A day to ask the question
Trekkers warm up
for mountains hike
45km Trek for
Timor in the Blue
raise money for
in East Timor.
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