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Australian Soldier sails home to Sri Lanka
19 Mar 2019
A Joint Task Force consisting of four ships, maritime patrol aircraft and more than 1,000 personnel from the Australian Defence Force are deployed on Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019, a series of key engagement activities with Australia’s regional neighbours. Running from March to May, Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 is geared towards enhancing interoperability with Australia’s key regional partners, including Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and Indonesia. In the third iteration of the activity, Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 is a key part of Australia’s ongoing efforts to re-affirm positive relationships with other militaries through joint practical activities. HMAS Canberra, a Canberra-Class Landing Helicopter Dock, is the flagship of the joint taskforce, able to project embarked personnel, vehicles and aircraft ashore, while providing an effective hub for control of a variety of military tasks. Canberra is joined in the Joint Task Force by HMA Ships Success, Newcastle and Parramatta, and embarked MH-60R maritime combat helicopters and MRH-90 maritime support helicopters. A Royal Australian Air Force P8-A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft will join the Joint Task Force at several key regional visits. Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2019 also involves personnel from the Australian Army’s 2RAR and 3RAR, the Australian Army Band, the Royal Australian Air Force and Defence Civilians.
New Period of Instruction for Task Group Taji 8
13 Mar 2019
The hard work of the joint Australian-New Zealand training mission in Iraq, Task Group Taji, is paying off with the School of Infantry NCO 2 facility (formerly the Baghdad Fighting School) moving closer to self-sufficiency as it trains the 55th Brigade of the Iraqi Army. For the third time, the School of Infantry NCO 2 is leading the training. Task Group Taji, now in its eighth rotation, oversees the training of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) at the Taji Military Complex, 20 kilometres north of Baghdad. The priority for Task Group Taji 8 is providing support to the School of Infantry NCO 2 in its instructor development. School of Infantry NCO 2 instructor training involves lessons on how to plan, organise, deliver and assess a wide range of training packages primarily focussed on core infantry skills such as shooting, field craft, and manoeuvre at squad, platoon and company levels. Since 2015, Task Group Taji has overseen the training of more than 41,500 members of the ISF, allowing the ISF to secure and stabilise areas of Iraq that are now cleared of Daesh.
04 Mar 2019
As your Chief of Army, it is my responsibility to ensure the Australian Army is ready now and future ready. This preparedness allows Army to operate on the land, from the land and onto the land, and across all domains to enable Joint Force freedom of action and initiative. My Strategic Guidance will inform Army’s command teams, their mission analysis and subordinate plans. This guidance also provides the start-state for our thinking as we develop Army’s Strategy and contribute to future plans that will drive investment and force structure decisions. I strongly encourage you to read and discuss this guidance, and continue your active engagement in understanding the changing character of future warfare and Army’s role in it.
04 Mar 2019
Good Soldiering is reinforced and owned by every member of Army. As an Army in Motion, we encourage our people to use initiative to create the culture needed to succeed in an Accelerated Warfare environment. Through Good Soldiering, our people and our teams consolidate their professionalism and competence by demonstrating unwavering strength of character – individually and collectively – at home, in the barracks, in the field and on operations. The good character of our people and our teams is demonstrated by our adherence to the four Army values of courage, initiative, respect and teamwork.
New Army Banner
01 Mar 2019
The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK, MC (Retd) and Victoria Cross recipient Corporal Dan Keighran, VC presented the Australian Army with a new Army Banner during its 118th birthday celebrations at the Australian War Memorial on 1 March 2019. The retiring Army Banner was a ‘Gift from the Nation’ to commemorate the Centenary of the Australian Army in 2001 and is being replaced due to its deteriorating condition. Following the parade and the acceptance of the new Army Banner, attendees gathered to farewell the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) in gratitude for his service and commitment to the nation.
Australian mentors improve training for Afghan cadets
21 Feb 2019
Australian, British, New Zealand and Danish troops mentor the Afghan instructors conducting officer cadet training at the Afghan National Academy Officer Academy. The academy has trained almost 4,000 officers, including more than 170 women, since it began in 2014. Operation Highroad is the Australian contribution to the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan. Australia contributes about 300 Defence personnel to the train, advise and assist mission.