Home' Army News : November 21st 2013 Contents Michael Brooke
ICY winds will soon be whip-
ping around wounded diggers Cpl
Seamus Donaghue and Pte Heath
Jamieson as they pull 80kg sleds in
-40˚C temperatures for 335km to get
to the South Pole.
The epic adventure is part of
the South Pole Allied Challenge
in which the soldiers will take on
Prince Harry and 10 wounded sol-
diers from the US, UK and Canada.
Cpl Donaghue and Pte Jamieson
will join two Canadian soldiers on
November 25 to form Team Soldier
On, which is participating in the
race to raise money and awareness
for troops struggling with the physi-
cal or mental scars of war.
The two Afghanistan veterans
were farewelled by Prime Minister
Tony Abbott, CA Lt-Gen David
Morrison and Soldier On chair-
man and former CA Peter Leahy at
Circular Quay on November 6.
Cpl Donaghue and Pte Jamieson
talked about the many hardships
they expected, including freezing
temperatures that will make tasks
Cpl Donaghue said what worried
him most was the prospect of going
to the toilet in -40˚C temperatures
and freezing winds.
"I was going to train in a cold
storage unit but I didn't quite get the
time because of all the other training
we did, including a boot camp in
Norway," he said.
Cpl Dongahue, who was shot
in the Chora Valley in 2010, said
he will be thinking about the
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Racing to the South Pole
Water tight: Above,
LCpl Nigel Langley, of
6ESR, directs water
being pumped from a
Black out: Right, LCpl
Robert Taleuski, of 6ESR,
clears a stormwater drain
Photos by FSgt Glen McCarthy
First in for
Sgt Dave Morley
ONE of the Army's first units was also
the first in to assist with Operation
NSW Fires Assist on November 1.
Soldiers from 1/15RNSWL joined
the task force's HQ element at short
notice, and a number of diggers assisted
in the field.
Adjutant Capt Nick Hornbuckle said
being an RAAC unit, 1/15RNSWL was
very good at deploying into the field and
"We are meant to be on seven days
notice to move but we were out the door
within 24 hours and had established the
forward control element shortly after at
RAAF Base Glenbrook," he said.
"It is good for the members of the
regiment to be able to go and help other
Australians in need. Everyone was
itching to get out and get on the ground
to do the job."
Capt Hornbuckle said most of the
work of the HQ element was on the
logistics and personnel side.
"Chief clerk Sgt Tim Hite and
Regimental Quartermaster WO2 Dave
Skene were the backbone of the opera-
tion," he said.
"Without their support not much
would get done.
"We also had several guys on the
ground who were training to assist since
the first call for assistance in the middle
Capt Hornbuckle said 1/15RNSWL
had deployed a great team of ARA and
"I admire their commitment and will-
ingness to help out other Australians,"
Cool running: Pte Aaron Peryman, of 5CER, cools down after felling trees at
Yellow Rock in the Blue Mountains.
Photo by Cpl Bill Solomou
Australians killed in Afghanistan
and those who were wounded to
help him push through.
"It's a challenge that will require
a lot of focus and determination,
because we can't stop for more than
five minutes during the trek phase or
we will freeze," he said.
"When things get really tough
we will both be thinking about the
daily struggle by wounded diggers
to live a normal life despite their
injuries or mental scars."
Pte Jamieson, who received a
gunshot wound to the neck in 2011,
said although the challenge was a
race, the main purpose was to help
"We want to show the world
the extraordinary courage and
determination of men and women
wounded in recent conflicts such as
Afghanistan," he said.
Both said the challenge was
important to their recovery, but they
were ready to challenge the other
"The trek will be like our reha-
bilitation process. It is a long jour-
ney during which you can doubt
yourself at times, so I'm looking
forward to challenging myself phys-
ically in a tough environment again,"
Cpl Donaghue said.
Depending on the weather, the
teams are expected to return home in
time for Christmas.
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will also provide regular updates on
Cpl Donaghue and Pte Jamieson's progress.
All set for adventure: Lt-Gen Peter Leahy (retd), Pte Heath
Jamieson, RSM-A WO Dave Ashley, CA Lt-Gen David Morrison and
Cpl Seamus Donaghue before the start of the challenge in Sydney.
Photo by Michael Brooke
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