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Cpl Max Bree
TASMANIAN-based soldiers were
called out to help firefighters in the
wake of devastating fires that swept the
Tasman Peninsula in January.
Soldiers from 12/40RTR, 2FSB and
the Directorate Operations Training Area
Management were called out to help
form search and clearance teams with the
RAAF, SES and Tasmania Police.
During the first two days of opera-
tions, the teams conducted grid searches
across the devastated areas of Dunalley,
Boomer Bay, Marion Bay, Murdunna
and Connellys Marsh.
Teams undertook search operations to
understand and categorise damage levels
and locate property owners.
The acting senior ADF officer for
Tasmania during the task, Wg-Cdr
Andrew Layton, said the ADF personnel
provided highly professional support to
the Tasmanian community.
"All of the permanent members had
been recalled from Christmas leave at
short notice, however, those personnel
and the Air Force reservists were genu-
inely committed to helping the local resi-
dents," he said.
"Many of the 29 Sqn reservists who
deployed to the Tasman Peninsula were
Tasmanians and they found the experi-
ence extremely rewarding because they
closely identified with the area and could
directly help their fellow Tasmanians."
Anglesea Barracks in Hobart also
played host to fire crews and vehicles.
Soldiers assist with Tassie
bushfire recovery efforts Special Forces wounded
THREE Special Forces soldiers were wounded
during an SOTG operation to disrupt insurgent
networks in Uruzgan province on January 19.
One soldier received a gunshot wound to the
lower leg after the combined force element was
engaged by insurgents using small-arms fire.
A second soldier sustained a gunshot wound
to the hand in a later engagement.
Medically trained personnel provided
immediate treatment at the incident site. The
soldiers were then separately evacuated by
helicopter to the Role 2 Medical Facility at
Multinational Base Tarin Kot.
Both soldiers were forwarded to the Role 1
Medical Facility, where they were in a satisfac-
tory condition and were expected to return to
Australia for specialist medical treatment.
A third soldier was also wounded during
the operation. He was treated at the scene and
made a full recovery.
Recovering: One SOTG member has returned to full duties
and two others are expected to return to Australia after
being wounded during an operation in Afghanistan.
Heading home: Anzac Coy troops wait for take off onboard a Hercules bound for Australia.
Photo by Leut-Cmdr Darren Mallett
More troops return home as mission ends
ALMOST 100 ADF personnel
from Anzac Coy have returned
to Australia with their mission
in Timor-Leste as part of the
International Stabilisation Force
Two of Anzac Coy's three pla-
toons travelled home by RAAF
Hercules on December 17 and 18
and the last
platoon left on
ists and one-third
rity to forward
in the Dili area
and contributed to
of equipment and
bases in Timor-
in Timor-Leste for the past 13 years,
since the days of Interfet.
OC Anzac Coy Maj Jarrah Hands
said his soldiers were proud to have
played their part in helping the peo-
ple of Timor-Leste find their feet as a
"The Timorese security forces,
both the police and defence force,
are now more than capable of main-
taining security in Timor-Leste," Maj
Since ISF security operations
ceased on November 21, Australian
and New Zealand forces have initi-
ated plans to draw down personnel
numbers, repatriate equipment, close
bases, and return property and build-
ings to the Government of Timor-
said the troops
who left in
to go home
there are some
are sad as will
when any big
event comes to
an end, but we
are all happy to have contributed."
A small core of personnel will
remain in Timor-Leste to finalise
base remediation and handovers. The
withdrawal will continue through to
Australia's defence and police
engagement will continue through
the Defence Cooperation Program
and Australian Federal Police sup-
port to Timor-Leste's police forces.
... are now more
than capable of
in Timor-Leste ...
-- Maj Jarrah Hands, OC Anzac Coy
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