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Advise and Assist Team in Iraq
14 Nov 2018
The Task Group Taji-7 Advise and Assist team has been assisting the North Baghdad Operations Centre (NBOC) with the planning and conduct of operations in the area surrounding the Taji Military Complex and the northern approaches to Baghdad. The team helped NBOC staff devise a plan for 59th Brigade clearance operations in the Al Tarmiyah area and has been monitoring its progress. Iraqi Army soldiers from 59th Brigade completed a ten week training package with Task Group Taji in August and returned a week later to the front line to provide security and clear the area of Daesh insurgents. The ‘Advise and Assist’ role is complementary to Task Group Taji’s mission to train Iraqi Security Forces as they focus on securing the North Baghdad area and approaches from any future insurgent threat.
Two WW1 soldiers laid to rest
14 Nov 2018
Australian Army, Australia’s Federation Guard and Air Force Band personnel participated in the burial of 3625 Lance Corporal James (Lennox) Leonard Rolls 24th Bn AIF and 4802 Private Hedley Roy MacBeth 24th Bn AIF at Queant Road Cemetery, Buissy, France on Monday, 12 November 2018. In May 2015, the human remains of two First World War Australian soldiers were discovered in the disused railway embankment near Bullecourt, France. The remains were recovered by Commonwealth War Graves Commission and Unrecovered War Casualties – Army were notified. An extensive investigation has ensued, culminating with an Army Identification Board being convened on 17 August 2018. The Identification Board formally identified the two unknown Australian soldiers as being Lance Corporal James Leonard Rolls and Private Hedley Roy MacBeth. Family members, local dignitaries and senior Australian Representatives attended the service, including the Governor-General, His Excellency, General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, MC (Retd), and Lady Cosgrove and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, the Hon Darren Chester MP. The Australian Army commemorated the burial with a 12-man firing party from Australia’s Federation Guard which fired three volleys as the coffins were lowered into the ground. Army personnel performed the role of the burial party with a number Australia’s Federation Guard personnel acted as ushers and honour guards.
UAS Support to APEC 18 Assist
13 Nov 2018
The ADF achieved significant new milestones in its unmanned aerial system capability as part of its overall security support effort to Papua New Guinea under Operation APEC 18 Assist. Papua New Guinea has hosted a year-long program of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings throughout 2018. This program culminates in the Leaders' Summit of Presidents and Prime Ministers from 21 Pacific Rim member economies from 12-18 November 2018. The Australian Defence Force is supporting a safe, secure and successful APEC in 2018 by providing advisory and other assistance to Papua New Guinea security forces at the request of the Papua New Guinea Government. The Australian Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet is the lead Australian Government agency with support from the Australian Defence Force and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Australia’s continued military engagement with the Papua New Guinea Defence Force, together with broader engagement, reflects the ongoing commitment to supporting regional partners and promoting a secure and prosperous region.
Remembrance Day 2018
11 Nov 2018
A Remembrance Day service was held at the Australian War Memorial on 11 November 2018, to commemorate the centenary of Armistice, marking the end of the First World War. Remembrance Day is a time to not only commemorate those killed in the First World War, but all Australian servicemen and women who have fought and died in war, conflict and peacekeeping missions. 2018 marks the centenary of the Armistice that ended the War. Australian Defence Force personnel continue to serve on operations serving Australia’s national interests at home and in many countries around the world.
Governor-General joins troops in Iraq for Melbourne Cup
07 Nov 2018
The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) joined Australian and New Zealand troops deployed in Iraq on Operation Okra for a special Melbourne Cup function today. Around 100 Australian and New Zealand Defence Force members deployed with Task Group Taji-7 stopped to watch the race with the Governor-General at the Taji Military Complex, about 20 kilometres north of Baghdad. The visit was also an opportunity for the Governor-General to engage with troops and hear first-hand about the work they have been doing to train Iraqi Security Forces. The 400-strong Anzac contingent is training the Iraqi Army to help ensure they are well postured to secure and stabilise areas cleared of Daesh.
Advanced Marksmanship Training
31 Oct 2018
Australian Army trainers from Task Group Taji-7 have trained over 300 Iraqi Army soldiers in advanced marksmanship during a six month deployment to Iraq. The courses are designed for the best performing shooters in each Iraqi Army Brigade and start with the basics, including safe weapon handling and scope familiarisation, before teaching them how to engage targets at up to 800 metres. The Task Group has also conducted train-the-trainer courses to bolster the Iraqi Army’s ability to train its own soldiers. Task Group Taji is a combined Australian-New Zealand training unit of around 400 personnel and is in Iraq to train elements of the Iraqi Security Forces to ensure they are well postured to secure and stabilise areas cleared of Daesh.