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Adventure Training Award
13 Apr 2017
Around 140 Australian Army cadets from around Australia are competing for the Adventure Training Award badge, considered to be one of the ultimate awards a cadet can receive, with a week of vigorous activities at Majura Training Range, near Canberra, from 8-15 April 2017. Throughout the week the cadets will trek around 100 kilometres across the country using their navigation skills during which they will be tested in various initiative incidents and have to undergo complex tasks. The training provides opportunities for cadets to work in a team environment and to develop individual skills including leadership, initiative, and problem-solving in a safe, challenging and fun environment. The Australian Army Cadets is a leading national youth development organisation, with the character and values of the Australian Army, founded on a strong community partnership, fostering and supporting an ongoing interest in the Australian Army.
Australian Army help restore Rockhampton Airport
12 Apr 2017
Australian Army help restore Rockhampton Airport. Following a request by the Rockhampton Disaster Coordination Cell, the Australian Army's 17th Construction Squadron, 6th Engineer Support Regiment has provided assistance to the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services remove flood barriers at Rockhampton Airport. More than 80 personnel, 43 vehicles and heavy equipment from the 6th Engineer Support Regiment were landed ashore at Keppel Bay Marina by via 35th Water Transport Squadron landing craft (LCM8) working seamlessly with amphibious ship HMAS Choules.
Deployed in Iraq on World Health Day
06 Apr 2017
Corporal Levi Stripp is delivering medical training to Iraqi Security Forces. As Iraq continues its fight against the Daesh terrorist group, Corporal Stripp’s work is helping the Iraqis to care for battlefield casualties and save lives. Defence Force personnel from Australia and New Zealand are training members of the Iraqi Security Forces to defeat the Daesh terrorist group. They are deployed on active service to Iraq as part of Task Group Taji 4. The training includes: the laws of armed conflict, weapons handling, first aid, vehicle checkpoints, explosive hazards awareness, building clearances and obstacle breaching techniques. Instruction is inclusive of tactics, techniques and procedures from squad through to company-level operations for use in the fight against Daesh.
North-West Mobile Force
05 Apr 2017
North-West Mobile Force. The Australian Army’s North-West Mobile Force (NORFORCE) is a Regional Force Surveillance Unit that conducts surveillance, reconnaissance and community engagement across remote areas in the Northern Territory and Western Australia. NORFORCE operates over 1.8 million km2 of country stretching from Broome to Groote Eylandt and Darwin to Alice Springs. NORFORCE patrols operate with the latest military technology, including global positioning systems (GPS), night fighting equipment (NFE) and communication equipment and technologies.
Task Group Taji on a Mission to Advise
05 Apr 2017
Task Group Taji on a Mission to Advise. Northern Baghdad is becoming a safer place thanks to the efforts of Task Group Taji-4’s ‘Advise and Assist’ team. The team is helping the Iraqi Army’s Northern Baghdad Operations Command to track down enemy weapons caches and prevent suicide bomb attacks.
ADF support to Queensland
03 Apr 2017
Joint Task Force 661 is the Australian Defence Force response to support local and state authorities with the recovery following Tropical Cyclone Debbie which hit the Whitsunday Coast on 28 March 2017. Operation Queensland Assist 2017 provided support to disaster affected areas following the cyclone in accordance with existing Defence Assistance to the Civil Community (DACC) arrangements and regionally as part of Whole of Government response. The Emergency Support Force was led by Lieutenant Colonel Jennifer Harris Commanding Officer of the 3rd Combat Engineer Regiment and consisted of personnel from units from Townsville’s 3rd Brigade.