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LS Helen Frank and
US Marine Sgt Sarah
AFTER tankies from
1 Armd Regt rolled with
the US Marines through
the Californian desert, the
Marines joined the troops
at Mt Bundey in September
to see how the Australian
Army does it.
The bilateral exchange pro-
gram Exercise Gold Eagle was
conducted between the Abrams
tank elements of 1 Armd Regt
and the US Marine Corps to
enhance tactical skills and oper-
ations between both forces.
In early June, 80 members
from 1 Armd Regt visited the
US for the month-long first
phase of the exchange program.
OC B Sqn Maj Timothy
Tiller said that working with the
marines was highly beneficial.
"The opportunity to train
with equipment not yet fitted to
the Australian fleet was a valua-
ble experience," Maj Tiller said.
While in the US, Australian
troopers were able to gain first-
hand experience with equipment
such as the stabilised thermal
commander's weapon station,
the M1 mine clearing blade and
the deep-water fording kit.
In the second phase of the
exercise, both forces took part
in a live-fire activity at the
Mount Bundey Training Area.
B Sqn, 1 Armd Regt,
deployed with Marines of A
Coy, 1 Tank Bn, for 10 days.
During this time Australian
tank troops worked alongside
USMC tank platoons and con-
ducted dry manoeuvre training
lanes, rehearsals of offensive
and defensive operations, and
A Coy then conducted a
company live-fire mission,
followed by the marine pla-
toons joining the Australian
troop-level benchmarking exer-
cise, Ex Paratus Cup.
"The A Coy contingent that
deployed to Darwin said that
the training areas in which we
operate are extremely harsh and
challenging," Maj Tiller said.
"The Australian tank crews
said they had learnt a number
of strategies and techniques
to enable them to operate in a
variety of challenging terrain."
The course-of-fire began
with the tanks destroying
"enemy" dismounts and recon
After successfully remov-
ing that enemy threat, the tanks
moved to a more open area
where they eliminated combat
security outpost positions.
The tanks then travelled to
an elevated piece of land where
they denied enemy influence.
The combination of heavy
foliage and deep ditches from
dried creeks proved challeng-
ing for the marines, according
to Capt Nathan Gulosh, CO, A
Coy, 1st Tank Bn.
"It's an opportunity for
our armoured communities
to share each other's practices
and just operate in a different
environment," he said.
Maj Tiller said the USMC
was a force with very similar
roles and challenges to the
Australian Army and, as such,
their attitude and approach
to good, hard, realistic train-
ing resonated with Australian
"Ex Gold Eagle has been
a highly rewarding exercise
both for the US and Australian
phases of the exercise," Maj
Light them up: Marines from A Coy, 1st Tank Bn, 1st Marine Division, ride in
an Abrams to their objective during Ex Gold Eagle 2013.
Photos by US Marine Sgt Sarah Fiocco
Australian and US tankies have a blast at Mt Bundey on Ex Gold Eagle
FOR 250 first- and second-class staff
cadets from Duntroon, Exercise Bardia
clearly showed the difference between
book-learnt military theory and the real
The cadets were all standing on the
back of flatbed trucks last month to wit-
ness the full effect of live-fire combined
arms training in battle and there wouldn't
have been one who didn't flinch at the
sound of the first round being fired from
an Abrams tank only 50m to their left.
CO 1 Armd Regt Lt-Col Scott Winters
said the demonstrations, at the Mount
Bundey Training Area, showed cadets
how combined arms teams could manoeu-
vre an enemy into a position where it
could then be destroyed by tanks.
"Combined arms training -- where we
get tanks working with infantry, armed
reconnaissance helicopters, engineers and
artillery -- that is our core business," he
"It was pleasing we had all the ele-
ments from 1 Armd Regt, Army's first
structured armoured cavalry regiment
unit, on display.
"It's these exact same safety consid-
erations that we undertake in training that
ensure we conduct ourselves safely on
Ex Bardia is run by Duntroon in
conjunction with 1 Bde to familiarise
the college's staff cadets with arms corps
roles, responsibilities and capabilities
before they graduate into leadership roles.
Bardia breaks in
new staff cadets
Heavy metal: A 1 Armd Regt Abrams puts rounds down range in front of
Duntroon staff cadets at the Mt Bundey Training Area during Ex Bardia.
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