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Cpl Nick Wiseman
EXCELLENCE in managing
wounded soldiers has earned 6RAR
the 'rehabilitation and return to work'
award for casualty management at
the 2012 Comcare Work Health and
Safety Awards in Sydney.
Lt Paul Nolan, commander of the
battalion's reinforcement platoon, said
the battalion was honoured to receive
"To be honest I didn't really think
about it much at first," he said.
"While it was an esteemed hon-
our to be considered for a prestigious
award, we just did what we had to do
to look after our soldiers."
Lt Nolan has dived into a role
different to most other platoon com-
manders, dealing with a greater num-
ber of soldiers under his command
and on a more personal level.
"I manage the platoon on a day-to-
day basis," he said.
"Managing their recovery and
transition back to work or the civil
community is an important part of my
"I wouldn't be able to do it without
the support of a great team of strong
"Quite often these NCOs have
been managing platoon-size groups
The platoon has had a great suc-
cess rate, with many soldiers suc-
cessfully returning to duties in a rifle
platoon or transitioning into the com-
"Just because they don't return
to their duties in the Army does not
mean they're not a success story," he
"The battalion is extremely proud
to be nominated and honoured with
"We continue to strive for the best
rehabilitation and reintegration we can
offer these members."
6RAR leads the way in casualty management
Success story: 6RAR has been awarded for their excellent casualty
management work at the 2012 Comcare Work Health and Safety
Awards. Here, 6RAR soldiers serving with MTF 1 provide security as the
construction of a new patrol base begins in the Mirabad Valley region of
Afghanistan in 2010.
Photo by LS Paul Berry
SENDING those vital messages
and presents to deployed personnel
during the busy Christmas period
is being made all the easier via
the Australian Forces Post Office
Cut-off dates have been imple-
mented to ensure mail arrives on
Mail being sent to AFPOs 1, 7,
sent in time to arrive at the Australia
Post facility in Sydney by December
7. Mail for AFPOs 2, 5 and 11 must
arrive in Sydney before December
14. Mail to these addresses is sub-
sidised by Defence. Mail to ships
operating outside these AFPOs
attracts normal Australian postage
rates and are subsidised for delivery
Leut Chris Duke, of the
Directorate of Supply Chain
Operations and Plans, said the
service was only for families and
friends writing to their loved ones.
"Mail above 2kg will attract
postal charges, so it's best to keep it
under 2kg," Leut Duke said.
Deployed forces should check
with their local AFPO to determine
an appropriate posting date from
Families should remember items
and some publications can cause
offence in some locations and all
mail is subject to border security.
All customs documentation and
declarations must be filled out cor-
rectly and attached to the parcel.
Also, proof of identity is required
when posting a parcel.
The Defence-subsidised mail
sent through the Defence Postal
Service is restricted to personal
mail only for Defence personnel or
approved agencies working with
mail in early
These arrangements do not cater
for any material of a humanitarian or
goodwill nature. Anyone consider-
ing sending humanitarian aid or bulk
goodwill donations must contact
Military Strategic Commitments on
(02) 6266 7515 before making any
In recent years goodwill dona-
tions have also been received for
military working dogs and explosive
detection dogs. However, items such
as food and toys cannot be used by
the dogs due to their strict diets and
training regimes. As such, care pack-
ages for dogs cannot be accepted.
For more information contact an Australia
Post retail outlet, the customer call centre
on 131318, or visit www.auspost.com.au
Special delivery: Families are
advised to get Christmas gifts
to deployed soldiers into the
mail soon to ensure they arrive
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