Issue 11
September 2006

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Commencing operations on Anzac Day last year, the Al Muthanna Task Group, with its 40 ASLAVs (Australian Light Armoured Vehicles) , rolled into the southern Iraqi province to provide a secure area of operations for a contingent of Japanese military engineers. Less than 18 months after its inception and with its assignment successfully complete, the Al Muthanna Task Group will be broken up and replaced by a new battlegroup based in southern Iraq.

Words Brian Hartigan
Pics ADF

 
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On the ground in Iraq, US soldiers give us an insight into their equipment - what works and what doesn't.

Words Ian Bostock
Pics US Army and US Marine Corps

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Less than three years after the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) began - and seemed to be going so well - large parts of Honiara were razed in a mob rampage that also left more than 30 peacekeepers injured and a peace-starved community scarred anew. In this feature, Commissioner Mick Keelty - a man better positioned than most to view the big picture in our region - explains why it is important for Australia to get its hands dirty in our region.

Words Brian Hartigan
Pics ADF and AFP

 
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While Honiara smoulders, Dili flares up! As mere observers, we can but shake our heads in disbelief at the cycle of mayhem in our neighbourhood in the recent past - earthquakes, tsunami, cyclones - bombings, riots and civil unrest - what the hell is going on?

Words Brian Hartigan
Pics ADF and AFP

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Airfield Defence Guards - resilient, innovativeopen-minded and armed to the teeth, but "definitely not special forces" - that's what you'll find if you take a closer look at the Royal Australian Air Force's Airfield Defence Guards. Far from being a typical 'guarding' entity, patrolling a base and checking IDs at the front gate, Airfield Defence Guards - or ADGies as they are affectionately known - are very much a mobile, outside-the-wire fighting force of considerable capability.

Words Brian hartigan
Pics Brian Hartigan and ADF

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Hardening the Australian Army - the Abrams M1A1 AIM main battle tank is on time and on target and on its way to the Aussie outback - and we get a sneek preview.

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Pics ADF


CONTACT Air Land & Sea - Somalia

After several months in Somalia, the 1RAR Battalion Group had begun to extend its activities to some of the more remote parts of its area of operations. Intensive peace-enforcement operations in and around the inland city of Baidoa had managed to quellmuch of the lawlessness and mayhem that had beset the region before the arrival of the Australians. the taming of Baidoa and its surrounding villages had allowed the Aussies to look further afield to where organised tribal militia had retreated.
The series continues...

Words Wayne Cooper
Pics Supplied by Wayne Cooper, and ADF


Plus...

  • Catapillar Club
  • Sig Sauer pistol poster
  • C-17's Australian preview
  • RIMPAC 2006
  • Interview with Jock Wallace
  • Letters to the Editor
  • The Big Picture
  • Heads up

Plus our regular columns;

    • Military Fitness by Don Stevenson and Military Self Defence by Major Travis Faure
    • Just Soldiers by WO1 Darryl Kelly
    • Letters from the front by Private Henry Wright
    • Games reviews by Sapper Gameboy
    • Back Brief
    • and competition giveaways