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Army November 8, 2012
UNITS across the MEAO made adjustments
to their operational tempo to take part in ADF
Mental Health Day on October 10.
JTF633, Combined Team Uruzgan and
personnel in Kabul participated in the two-hour
program that highlighted the importance of
maintaining mental health.
Commander JTF633 Maj-Gen Michael
Crane said after 13 years of continuous deploy-
ments to different theatres of operations, mental
health was an issue that had more than likely
affected each ADF member.
"Whether it is an individual, a friend, a col-
league, a subordinate or a boss, chances are they
know someone who has suffered or is suffering
some form of mental health issue," he said.
"Mental suffering is an area that is not as
easy to recognise as its physical counterpart, so
we need to make sure we continue to care for
each other and provide them the help they might
The day included a discussion forum to raise
awareness of post traumatic stress disorder.
Down tools for
Healthcare: Psychologist Capt Scott
Gayton addresses soldiers from the
3RAR Task Group for Mental Health Day
at Multinational Base Tarin Kot.
Photo by Cpl Hamish Paterson
CAPT Anne Cumpston, Pte Rob Russell
and Lt Wendy DeBoer were among the
Australian Army winners when Australian,
Singaporean and US personnel compet-
ed in the Tarin Kot Melbourne marathon
in Afghanistan on October 14.
The event -- split into several races
-- was conducted around a 6km loop
of the dusty, rocky perimeter road of
Multinational Base Tarin Kot.
Base gym manager Sgt Cassie Fien
said everyone had a great time.
"There were no injuries, however,
there were a few sore people walking
around the next day."
Sgt Fien, a prominent middle-distant
runner herself, was a driving force behind
"I contacted the guys at Melbourne
marathon and asked if I could run the
Melbourne marathon over here. They
jumped at the idea and the Tarin Kot
Melbourne Marathon was born."
Sgt Fien said 130 people participated
and part of their entry fee went to a char-
ity for acquired brain injuries. About $320
was raised from the Tarin Kot entrants.
Capt Cumpston won the women's
marathon, Pte Russell won the men's
half marathon and Lt DeBoer won the
There were also male and female
10km and 5.7km races.
Pictured here are LCpl Erin Taylor
and Capt Candice Bowden from FSU 7.
Inset, runners prepare to set off on the
marathon. Photos by Cpl Hamish Patterson
Troops go on
the run in
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