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Corporal Conway prepares to commemorate Beersheba
16 Oct 2017
Australian Army soldiers are busy practicing their drill and making final preparations to commemorate the centenary of the First World War Battle of Beersheba. Department of Veterans' Affairs commemorative services will be held in Beersheba, Israel on 31 October 2017. There will be a joint Australian and New Zealand Centenary Service in the morning and an Australia-only service later in the day. The commemoration will remember and honour the courage, strength and sacrifice during this significant, all-day battle, which was part of the wider British offensive known as the third Battle of Gaza. During this conflict the famous mounted charge of the 4th and 12th Light Horse Brigades led to the capture of the town of Beersheba and enabled the British empire forces to break the Ottoman line and advance into Palestine. A total of 53 personnel will travel to Israel as part of the ADF contingent for this commemoration. This includes Australian Army personnel, personnel from Australia’s Federation Guard and Australian Army Band members amongst others.
Iraqi Army Combined Arms Training Activity
13 Oct 2017
The Junior Leaders course graduated with a bang today at Taji Military Complex in Iraq. Instructed by trainers from Task Group Taji, the 335 students showcased the skills they had learnt through a combined arms demonstration involving simulated mortar fire, tanks and a helicopter. More than 300 Australian and 100 New Zealand military personnel are deployed to Iraq on Operation Okra as part of Task Group Taji 5. They are deployed to train members of the Iraqi Security Forces to defeat Daesh. The training provided by the Australian and New Zealand troops 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.
Humanitarian Aid delivery completed in Vanuatu
11 Oct 2017
Operation Vanuatu Assist 2017 is the Australian Defence Force for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) contribution to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade led support to the Government of Vanuatu in the wake of recent volcanic activity on Ambae Island. The movement of HMAS Choules under VA17 follows a formal request by the Government of Vanuatu for Australian support in achieving the full evacuation Ambae Island’s 11,000 residents. Preparations to deploy a RAN MRH90 Taipan helicopter to assist with potential evacuation and aid distribution tasks are underway. The ADF’s contribution is one element of the wider Australian Government support being provided, led by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Corporal Kyle Genner visits relatives gravesite in Belgium
25 Sep 2017
Australian Defence Force personnel are busy practising their drill and making final preparations for the commemoration of the Centenary of the First World War Battle of Polygon Wood in Belgium. The Department of Veterans' Affairs commemorative Dawn Service will be held at the Fifth Division Memorial, Buttes New British Cemetery, Zonnebeke, Belgium on 26 September 2017. The Battle of Polygon Wood was a component of the Third Battle of Ypres, or ‘Passchendaele’, and was the 5th Australian Division’s first major battle in Belgium. While the battle was considered a success for the AIF, it cost 5,770 Australian casualties.
Soldiers in Residence Program
22 Sep 2017
Soldiers in Residence is a partnership program between the Australian Army and the Australian War Memorial (AWM). The program offers a three week opportunity for wounded, injured or ill Army members to participate in a range of activities at the AWM, learning about the front and back of house operations. Some of the activities involved in the program include working with AWM collections, the research centre, exhibitions and educating school students on tours through the galleries
2nd Lieutenant Bowden's headstone rededication
21 Sep 2017
The Australian Defence Force participates in a headstone dedication service for 2nd Lieutenant Charles Maxwell Bowden of the 22nd Battalion, Australian Imperial Force, at Dive Copse Cemetery, Sailly-le-Sec, in France on 20 September 2017 as part of the 100th Anniversary commemorations of the Battle of Polygon Wood. The Battle of Polygon Wood was a component of the Third Battle of Ypres, or ‘Passchendaele’, and was the 5th Australian Division’s first major battle in Belgium. While the battle was considered a success for the AIF, it cost 5,770 Australian casualties. The ADF supported the commemoration by providing a Catafalque Party and wreath and flag orderlies from Australia’s Federation Guard; an Australian Army Chaplain and the Army Band.