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Australian Army Sergeant helps keep Afghan air crews safe
09 Jan 2019
An Australian Army soldier is helping to keep the Afghan Air Force flying and their air crews safe. Sergeant Carson is an Aircraft Life Support Fitter embedded in the Train Advise Assist Command – Air (TAAC-Air) in Kabul. She mentors Afghan Air Force personnel who maintain safety, survival, life support and rescue equipment for the air force; equipment such as helmets, oxygen masks and anti-gravity suits. 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.
Operation Highroad - Guardian Angels
08 Jan 2019
Brisbane-based soldiers of Sixth Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR) are playing a vital role in Afghanistan. Deployed as Force Protection Element 10 (FPE10), they provide security and protected mobility to the Australian and Coalition service men and women helping Afghanistan to develop its defence forces. Officer Commanding the element, Major Morgan Reid, said Australia could not achieve the train, advise, assist mission without the soldiers. 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.
Royal Military College Duntroon Graduation Parade
11 Dec 2018
Signifying the end of the initial officer training course for Army, the Royal Military College - Duntroon, in Canberra, hosts a graduation parade marking the conclusion of 18 months of training. Since the original class at Duntroon graduated in August 1914, the Graduation Parade has traditionally been the final parade of the senior class as members of the Corps of Staff Cadets. The First Class formally takes leave of the Corps as it marches off the parade ground to the strains of ‘Auld Lang Syne,’ ‘Maori's Farewell’ and ‘Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye'. On 11 December 2018, the 133rd class graduated. The Reviewing Officer was His Excellency General the Honourable Peter Cosgrove, AK, MC (retd). During the parade, His Excellency General the Honourable Peter Cosgrove, AK, MC (retd) presented the Sword of Honour for the Cadet with exemplary conduct and performance and the Queen's Medal for the Cadet with the highest aggregate marks.
Task Group Taji trains 41st Iraqi Army Brigade
28 Nov 2018
Task Group Taji-7, together with the Baghdad Fighting School, has trained over 1400 Iraqi Army soldiers from 41st Brigade over a 10 week period at the Taji Military Complex in Iraq. This is the second Iraqi Army Brigade the Task Group has trained during its six month rotation and the last full training package it will deliver before being replaced by Task Group Taji-8 in December 2018. The Iraqi soldiers were trained in essential soldier skills including weapons handling, marksmanship, combat first aid, urban and rural operations, combat leadership and explosive hazard awareness before completing a series of realistic exercise scenarios to test their new skills. The training program also wrapped up with a shooting competition between the best shooters of the Brigade. 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.
Logistics the lifeblood of Operations in Afghanistan
26 Nov 2018
A small but dedicated team of logisticians has a vital role in the success of Australia’s operations in Afghanistan. They facilitate movements and provide support to the Australian troops that train, advise and assist the Afghan National Defence and Security forces, often in difficult and sometimes dangerous environments. 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.
70th anniversary of the Royal Australian Regiment
26 Nov 2018
The 70th anniversary of the Royal Australian Regiment was marked with a parade at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, on 23 November 2018. The parade was reviewed by former Regiment officer and Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK MC (Retd). The parade presented a unique opportunity to see the revered Queen’s and recently updated Regimental Colours, which feature the 17 theatre and battle honours bestowed on the Regiment. The Regiment was formed when three ‘regular’ infantry battalions were raised for service in Japan in 1948. The Regiment has filled various roles including those of light, parachute, motorised and mechanised infantry and units of the Regiment have deployed on operations including, but not limited to, Japan, Korea, Malaya, Borneo, Vietnam, Somalia, Rwanda, Cambodia, East Timor, the Solomon Islands, Iraq and Afghanistan.