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Combat shooting skills training
01 Dec 2016
Australian Army special forces soldiers are using innovative teaching techniques to pass on world’s best advanced combat shooting skills to regular infantry soldiers during a prototype training course at Majura training area outside Canberra from 6 November to 10 December 2016. Over the past five-to-10 years, Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) instructors have developed innovative teaching techniques to ensure new SASR soldiers are quickly taught the latest combat shooting skills and techniques. The prototype training course is fusing these innovative teaching techniques with the latest shooting range technologies to provide the regular infantry soldiers with a near-real immersive combat environment to pass on the advanced combat shooting skills. After the course is over the regular infantry soldiers will take these innovative teaching and combat shooting skills back to their School of Infantry and infantry battalion training positions to further impart the knowledge. The prototype combat shooting skills course is another innovation being trialled by Major General ‘Gus’ McLachlan, AM, as Head of Army’s Modernisation and Strategic Planning within Army Headquarters.
Cyber Security Training
30 Nov 2016
A small group of highly skilled Australian Defence Force personnel graduated from a three month cyber security operator course conducted by the University of New South Wales in Canberra on 22 November 2016. Conducted by the Australian Centre for Cyber Security at the Australian Defence Force Academy, the Army and Navy cyber security operator course students were taught how to detect hostile threats and defend computer networks against malicious incursions during the course. The course takes students with little-to-no experience in cyber security and ensures they are ready to support their units on the modern battlefield when they graduate. Based in Canberra, the Australian Defence Force Academy, in partnership with the University of New South Wales, helps develop the Australian Defence Force’s future leaders by providing initial officer education and military training as well as ongoing postgraduate education.
4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse Regiment New guidon parade
27 Nov 2016
Australian Army soldiers from 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse Regiment celebrated the awarding of the unit’s new regimental guidon (a swallow-tailed pennant) with a parade at Puckapunyal, north of Melbourne, on 26 November 2016. The Governor-General of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove (Retd), AK, MC, reviewed the parade and Major General Rick Burr, DCM, AM, MVO, Deputy Chief of Army, was one of many guests at the parade. The 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse’s history is proudly emblazoned on the new guidon, which contains 21 of the 46 battle honours bestowed upon the regiment and its predecessors units. The 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse is the last remaining Victorian light horse regiment and it carries the honours and traditions of many of the previous Victorian-based light horse and armoured units, including the 4th, 8th, 13th, 17th, 19th and 20th Light Horse Regiments as well as the 2nd/4th and 2nd/8th Armoured Regiments. For many years, the unit paraded the guidon of 4th Light Horse Regiment, but these colours are now quite old and the Chief of Army authorised the production of new colours specifically for the 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse Regiment.
ADF Servicewomen selected for the AFL Women’s League
18 Nov 2016
Three Australian Defence Force servicewomen selected to play in the inaugural AFL national women’s competition in 2017 debuted their footy skills at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra on 18 November 2016. Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Angus Campbell, DSC, AM, also took the opportunity to meet and congratulate the three Australian Army soldiers selected to play: Lieutenant Clare Lawton, who will play with Greater Western Sydney, Private Kate Lutkins (Brisbane Lions) and Private Heather Anderson (Adelaide Crows). The three Army soldiers, who come from a variety of roles, will continue do their ‘day jobs’ in 2017, but they will also join an elite group of around 20 full-time soldier-athletes who are given extra support to help them pursue both their career and sporting goals. The three Army soldiers will join Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Rhiannon Metcalf (Adelaide Crows) for the historic first AFL Women’s League season.
Task Group Taji 4 farewell parade
15 Nov 2016
The Minister for Defence, Senator The Hon. Marise Payne, formally farewelled Australian Defence Force personnel deploying to Iraq as part of the fourth rotation of Task Group Taji during a parade at Robertson Barracks, Darwin, on Friday, 11 November 2016. Predominantly drawn from the Australian Army’s 1st Armoured Regiment in Darwin, Task Group Taji 4 will deploy to Iraq on Operation Okra over the coming weeks. Operation Okra is the Australian Defence Force contribution to the international effort to combat the Daesh (also known as ISIL) terrorist threat in Iraq and Syria. Australia's contribution is being closely coordinated with the Iraqi government, Gulf nations and a broad coalition of international partners Task Group Taji 4 is a combined force of ADF and New Zealand Defence Force personnel.
Inter-Brigade Aussie Rules Grand Final
13 Nov 2016
The 7th Brigade men’s Aussie Rules team have clinched a hard fought victory over the 1st Brigade team in the Inter-Brigade Sporting Championships, held at TIO Stadium Darwin on Thursday, 10 December 2016. 7 Bde defeated their rivals 10-9-69 to 8-4-52, in a tough and physical game, made more difficult by the scorching and humid conditions of the Darwin build up. While 7 Bde took home the men’s Aussie Rules trophy, 1 Bde remained the Champion Brigade after securing victories in both the men's and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball tournaments. The Inter-Brigade Sporting Championships are held annually by the ready brigade and will be hosted by the 3rd Brigade in Townsville in 2017.