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June 13, 2019
ORE than 1200 members
from 7 Bde converged on
Central Queensland for
Exercise Diamond Sprint at
Shoalwater Bay Training Area in May.
Diamond Sprint was a
activity and 7 Bde’s
level exercise of
the year. It culminated in infantry
conducting assaults with artillery,
tanks, engineers, logistics and com-
munication elements in support.
CO 8/9RAR Lt-Col Steve Dickie
said the exercise ensured troops
were brilliant at the basics, experts
in their individual craft and skilled in
supporting the team in a combined-
“Over the series of two weeks,
the battalion will progress from
section live fire by day, section
live fire by night, a platoon live fire
incorporating engineer breach and
culminating in combat team live-fire
activities involving armoured assets,
artillery assets and then engineer
assets,” Lt-Col Dickie said.
“The end state for 8/9RAR, as
part of Exercise Diamond Sprint,
is to certify, in particular, C Coy
to be ready as part of the Ready
Battlegroup for the remainder of
Chap Lionel Orreal, the bat-
talion’s padre, said the soldiers
of 7 Bde had an excellent attitude
throughout the exercise.
“It started off a bit slow as the
concept of training is crawl, walk,
run,” Chap Orreal said.
“But they are now into the run-
ning stage where they shoot live
rounds on open ranges and they are
absolutely loving it. This is exactly
why they join the Army.”
Chap Orreal said that being out
in the field with the soldiers gave
him opportunity he would not have
elsewhere to provide pastoral care.
“This has been a great opportu-
nity for me as a padre,” Chap Orreal
“The CO has been very keen to
ensure that the presence is there
and that is when the soldiers actu-
ally open up, when they are applying
The exercise was the final oppor-
tunity for 7 Bde units to train togeth-
er before it plays the enemy force
against Darwin’s 1 Bde in Exercise
Talisman Sabre in July.
Exercise Diamond Sprint was
held at the same time as two major
international engagement activities:
Exercise Southern Jackaroo and
Exercise Carabaroo, involving the
United States Marine Corps, Armed
Forces of the Philippines and Japan
Ground Self-Defense Force.
Diamond Sprint readies 7 Bde for Talisman
Sabre, Capt Anna-Lise Brink writes.
Bundaberg born and bred Pte Reanna Morrison, a Medical Technician in the Australian Army, has returned
to North Queensland just hours from her hometown for three major military exercises.
The 2014 Burnett State College (Gayndah) graduate, and previous School Captain, joined the Australian
Army in 2017 after deciding to pursue a career in the military.
The North Queensland soldier is the first member of her family to join the military since the Second World
“I grew up in Bundaberg,” said Pte Morrison.
“Both my parents, Dale and Anita, and also grandparents still live there.”
After completing her initial recruit training, Pte Morrison spent a demanding 18 months at Wodonga where
she completed her Army Medical Technician training.
“The course consists of a Diploma of Nursing, a Diploma of Paramedic Science and also a military module;
where we learn how to do those specific roles in the military,” said Pte Morrison.
“We learn advanced life support, trauma management, cannulations, taking bloods, the use of medicines,
nursing skills and working as an integral medic.
“It’s all very fast tracked. In civilian training just one of those diplomas would take several years, let alone
“I finished training October 2018, this is my first big exercise and it is very exciting.”
Pte Morrison is currently deployed to one of Australia’s largest military training areas, Shoalwater Bay
Training Area with the 1st Close Health Battalion for Exercises Diamond Sprint, Southern Jackaroo and
Exercise Diamond Sprint is 7 Bdes largest formation level exercise before it plays the enemy force against
Darwin’s 1st Brigade in Talisman Sabre later in the year while Southern Jackaroo and Carabaroo are inter-
national engagement activities with the United States, Japan and the Philippines.
“I’m the Evac Medic here at the deployed field treatment team,” said Pte Morrison.
“That’s my PMV-A (Protected Mobility Vehicle – Ambulance) behind me. For Exercise Diamond Sprint, I
work here with the treatment team and I will take the PMV-A out for casualty response and evacuation.
“You get to see so many different things, being in the major medical team. All my training has definitely
kicked in the last week or so,” she said.
Pte Morrison said that the most satisfying part of being a qualified medic in the Australian Army is being
able to provide potentially life-saving medical treatment in the case of an emergency.
“When we are handing over a serious patient and you realise you have been a part of getting them out, get-
ting them to safety, it’s incredibly rewarding,” she said.
Flt-Lt Chloe Stevenson and
Capt Anna-Lise Brink
EXERCISE Diamond Sprint has
raced by with units from 7 Bde con-
ducting individual and combined
training at Shoalwater Bay in May to
maintain currency as the Australian
Army Ready Brigade.
The two-week exercise pro-
gressed from dry, blank to live-fire
scenarios for individual units and
culminated with live-fire combined-
arms training in which brigade units
work together, using their own skills
and equipment, to accomplish a com-
Maj Chris Stuart, of 6RAR, said
Diamond Sprint was an important
exercise for the brigade.
“Diamond Sprint is a 7 Bde activ-
ity that sees all of the units up here in
Shoalwater Bay Training Area con-
ducting individual unit level train-
ing,” Maj Stuart said.
“This particular activity we have
had here is the culminating event that
brings different units together to put
our effects in the same place at the
The live-fire combat team attack
included M1A1 Abrams support
from 2/14LHR (QMI), M777 howit-
zer artillery fire from 1 Regt, RAA,
and a mechanised breach of a fence
line, enabled by engineers from
This was the first time 2CER had
conducted a mechanised breach in a
“In order to maintain a rapid rate
of advance, we utilised engineers
based in M113s to breach obstacles
in a much faster fashion,” Maj Stuart
“It allows the engineers some
degree of protection to push right up
to the obstacle, get out very quickly,
Run, crawl, walk, sprint
lay the explosive charge and get back
in their vehicles. They only need to
be 25 metres away from the obstacle
when they blow that Bangalore tor-
pedo, so it allows us to not have to
play with significant distances with
the protection from the vehicle.”
Rifleman Pte Lewis Grant, of
6RAR, said the exercise was an
opportunity for soldiers to learn
some new tricks of the trade.
“It’s good getting on the tools
with the boys, doing our stock-stand-
ard infantry stuff,” Pte Grant said.
“Every now and then, here and
there, you pick up little tips and
tricks from guys that have been
here a bit longer than you, guys that
know stuff you don’t. So it is always
good coming together and doing our
bread-and-butter stuff like this.”
Comd 7 Bde Brig Andrew
Hocking said it was the individual
and collective training among soldiers
that made Diamond Sprint valuable.
“I watch them train every day.
The Australian soldier is something
I am very proud of. They are intel-
ligent, they are innovative, they are
adaptive and they are humble enough
to learn,” Brig Hocking said.
He said the exercise allowed the
brigade to rebuild knowledge and
confidence in live firing as well as
re-establish the integration of com-
bined-arms effects after a busy 12
months with units on operations and
brigade contingency planning.
“It was really important that we
found ourselves time with teams in
order to re-establish our foundation
warfighting skills to not only ensure
we remain ready but also to set those
foundations for future success,” he
“Like our Australian soldiers, the
US marines, Filipinos, Japanese and
Fijians all demonstrated a 100 per
cent commitment to self and col-
lective improvement, which is why
we’re natural partners in the region.
“We share these values of hard
work and commitment not only
nationally, but as fellow soldiers.”
A soldier from 8/9RAR,
throws a grenade at an
enemy pit during live-fire
infantry training during
Exercise Diamond Sprint.
A soldier from 8/9RAR assaults an enemy pit during
live-fire infantry training during Exercise Diamond
Sprint at Shoalwater Bay.
Photos: Cpl Tristan Kennedy
8/9RAR, during a
Lucas Price in the
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