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Army September 13, 2012
THE Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers'
Association (PANPA) highly commend-
ed Army in its annual awards in the non-
daily 30,000-90,000 distribution cate-
It's the second time the association
has commended the newspaper, which
received the same award in 2004.
Editor John Wellfare said coming in
behind three-time category winner The
Land newspaper was no mean feat.
"The PANPA awards focus on the
quality of a newspaper's reporting, how
it engages with its readers and how it
presents itself," he said.
"Almost all of the publications
involved are commercial newspapers,
so for an internal communications pub-
lication to be competitive in that field is
"But we don't produce Army to be
an internal communications newspaper
-- it's a community newspaper and this
award shows it's one of the top commu-
nity newspapers in Australia."
Mr Wellfare said the award was hard
earned by the small and dedicated Army
"A handful of military reporters pro-
duce the bulk of the content in every edi-
tion," he said.
"They travel a lot, engage with people
at all levels in Defence -- from the Chief
right through to new recruits -- and tell
their stories to the broader Army com-
"It's our reporters' dedication to find-
ing and delivering stories that are impor-
tant to our readership that has been rec-
ognised with this commendation."
For the first time this year, Army, Navy
and Air Force newspapers were all short-
listed as finalists in the PANPA awards,
but Army was the only newspaper of the
three to receive a commendation.
Newspaper commended for
quality in Pacific awards
Award-winning: Army photographers and reporters have been recognised for
THE ADF is ready to assume com-
mand for ISAF in Uruzgan prov-
ince, Afghanistan, following a
final mission rehearsal activity at
Over two weeks, soldiers from 1
Bde have trained with US Army coun-
terparts from the 2 'Spartan' Bde
Combat Team of 3 Inf Div, form-
ing the joint HQ of Combined Team
Uruzgan 4, commanded by Col Simon
The training marked the end of
preparations for the transfer of com-
mand responsibilities for CTU from
the US to Australia in October.
"It is a great honour for Australia,
a non-NATO country, to be leading
Combined Team Uruzgan during this
important transition period as govern-
ance, development and security respon-
sibilities are being handed over to the
Afghan Government," Defence Minister
Stephen Smith said in a statement.
"We're in the transition phase -- it
just made sense from a chain of com-
mand in a management sense to put us
in charge overall.
"It means we'll see a small num-
ber of Americans who are engaged in
the headquarters role withdraw from
Uruzgan. They're freed up for other
purposes in Afghanistan.
"It won't make us any more nor any
less at risk. We know that Afghanistan
continues to be dangerous. But we still
believe we're making progress on the
security and on the transition front."
Ready to lead ISAF troops
1 Bde troops prove their capabilities in training with US soldiers as the transfer of command draws near
Mission rehearsal: US Army
Specialist Jennifer Joseph of CTU
4, helps carry a stretcher during a
battle PT session in Darwin. Inset,
an Afghan National Police role-
player listens during a simulated
shura (meeting).Photos by LS Andrew Dakin
As well as the deploying Australian
and US contingent, Australian
Government personnel from the
Department of Foreign Affairs and
Trade, AusAID, Australian Federal
Police and representatives from the US
Embassy also took part in the training.
The training involved complex
scenarios recreating the operational
environment in Uruzgan and reflect-
ing the responsibilities of the com-
bined headquarters, including advis-
ing the Afghan National Security
Forces, managing infrastructure pro-
jects in the region, and enhancing
Personnel from the 7RAR Task
Group also took part in the training in
preparation for replacing the current-
ly deployed 3RAR Task Group later
More than 100 staff from across
the ADF mentored the soon-to-deploy
force and tested the soldiers' preparation
in dealing with cultural and language
See pages 16-17 for more on the training.
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