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An Australian-Indonesian bilateral exercise is training officers for UN operational deployment prospects
Flt-Lt Dave Woods
TWELVE Army and Air Force per-
sonnel have been working with 48
members of the Indonesian National
Defence Forces (TNI) to better
understand peacekeeping missions
during the inaugural bilateral exer-
cise Garuda Kookaburra 2013 in
The level of peacekeeping activi-
ties around the world has never been
higher, with 106 countries currently
contributing up to 100,000 military
personnel to UN-mandated peacekeep-
CO Peace Operations Training
Centre (POTC) Lt-Col Fleur Froggatt
said the purpose of the inaugural exer-
cise, which was hosted by Indonesia,
was to build participants’ understand-
ing of the complex peacekeeping
environment and enhance relationship
building with the TNI.
“Exercise Garuda Kookaburra pro-
vides training to officers with future
UN operational deployment pros-
pects to improve their understanding
of the strategic and operational plan-
ning considerations for participating in
complex and multi-dimensional peace
operations,” Lt-Col Froggat said.
The exercise consisted of theory,
syndicate and practical activities to
establish and build enduring relation-
ships centred on the shared central
theme of peacekeeping.
Indonesia currently commits about
1900 personnel to peacekeeping mis-
sions around the world and is seeking
to increase that commitment over the
coming years. To help achieve this, in
December 2011 Indonesia established
a TNI Peacekeeping Centre in Sentul,
70km south of Jakarta.
The advanced training facility will
prepare the TNI for current and future
“TNI and the ADF are learning
from each other’s training methods
and our respective operational experi-
ences,” Lt-Col Froggatt said.
We are fortunate to be able to stage
this exercise in a custom-built peace
operations facility and draw on the
extensive practical experience of the
TNI peacekeeping staff.”
The theory and field work present-
ed exercise participants with problems
asked of a military observer within a
complex peace operation.
Participants practised applying
their legal and moral responsibilities
while exercising their role within a UN
Divided into mixed TNI and ADF
syndicates, participants were men-
tored by TNI and ADF exercise staff
members, including Flg-Off Katilyn
O’Brien, of the Air Force’s 26 Sqn.
“Being the most junior officer on
the exercise, I have learnt so much in
such a short time, and I’m extreme-
ly fortunate to have had this valuable
career opportunity,” Flg-Off O’Brien
Australians involved in the exercise
also participated in a weekend cultural
program – arranged by their TNI hosts
that included visiting the Pancasila
Monument, and the Bogor Presidential
Palace and Military Museum.
The experience provided the ADF
participants with a greater understand-
ing and appreciation for the rich his-
tory of Indonesia and its journey from
early civilisation and colonisation to
independence and post-1998 demo-
The next Exercise Garuda
Kookaburra will take place in 2015.
The ADF POTC delivers
UN-mandated training to prepare ADF
and other international military offic-
ers for deployment on UN missions.
For more information on gaining peace
operations qualifications or attending courses,
such as the UN Military Observers Course
in September or the International Peace
Operations Seminar in November, go to http://
Collision course: A trainee Military Observer Patrol responds to a vehicle accident scene during Exercise Garuda Kookaburra. Below, Maj Brooke
Jones and Capt Hanneka Geerligs join their syndicate in celebrating the conclusion to an exercise.
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