Issue 16
December 2007

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CONTACT Air Land & Sea

When most people think about soldiers and soldiering, the image in their heads is more likely than not that of an infantry soldier. While the image is, for the most part, justified, what they don't realise is how complex and demanding modern infanteering really is. Infantry is the foundation of any army, the basic building block around which everything else is focused.

Words Brian Hartigan
Pics Brian Hartigan and ADF

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"One Friendly KIA" - the words that wrenched the hearts of colleagues and commanders on foreign soil, and a stricken family back home. Trooper David Pearce, 41, was killed just weeks after deploying, by a roadside bomb while driving and ASLAV in Afghanistan.

Words Brian Hartigan
Pics ADF


CONTACT Air Land & Sea

October 2007 will go down as a dark month for the Australian Defence Force with the death of two respected and professional soldiers - killed in action. Sergeant Matthew Locke, a member of the Special Air Services Regiment who was awarded the Medal for Gallantry in December last year, was shot in the chest during an operation against the Taliban in Oruzgan Province, Afghanistan.

Words Brian Hartigan
Pics ADF


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Mists parted and the sun shone brightly the moment soldiers from the 51st Battalion, Far North Queensland Regiment, slow-marched one of their own and four Digger mates to newly dug graves on a former battlefield in Belgium..

Pics Corporal Chris Moore


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When you own the best toys, everyone wants to play with you. So it is for 2 Cavalry Regiment in Darwin. Owning the best deployable equipment in the Top End and being one unit in a relatively small available pool, 2 Cav Regt soldiers have seen quite a few operations in recent years.

Words and Pics Brian Hartigan


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Aussies in contact - again. This time, though, Corporal Jamie Osborne was with them to capture the action on video and in stills. And Private Philip Hodgskiss came away with an unwelcome souvineer - two bullets to dig out of the body armour that saved his life.

Words Brian Hartigan
Pics Corporal Jamie Osborne


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Army officers and invited guests at the Combined Arms Training Centre in Puckapunyal witnessed an awesome show of force when a live-fire exercise, simulating an attack on multiple enemy positions, thundered across the range in August.

Pics Corporal Rodney Welch


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More than 1500 Defence personnel and a huge range of equipment were deployed to Sydney on Operation Deluge, the ADF’s contribution in support of the security blanket put in place for APEC Leaders’ Week in September.

Words Brian Hartigan
Pics Corporal Chris Moore


CONTACT Air Land & Sea - Somalia

Five months is a long time to be away from home – at least it was for me. The thought that I would be back in Australia in a matter of days was more than a little surreal. Home had become a magical, idealised concept, and the last days between Somalia and my front door were an exquisite torture.

Words Wayne Cooper
Pics Supplied by Wayne Cooper, and ADF

Wayne Cooper is taking a break from his Somalia coverage and, while we hope he will eventually return, and we thank him heaps for his effort thus far, next issue we hand the pen to an infantryman to tell it from his viewpoint. Stay tuned...


Plus...

  • Land Warfare Conference
  • Australiasian Police and Services Clay Target Championships
  • Exercise Malabar
  • Darwin Homecoming

Plus...

Not one, but two excellent P 6508 Code blue self-illuminating watches to give away - each worth $385 - thanks to Traser Watch Australia

Plus our regular columns;

    • Letters to the Editor
    • The Big Picture - A repelling time, in Timor-Leste
    • Heads up
    • Military Fitness by Don Stevenson - and Military Self Defence by Major Travis Faure - and a new column Military Athlete by Chief Brabon
    • Just Soldiers by WO1 Darryl Kelly
    • Letters from the front by Private Henry Wright
    • Games reviews by Sapper Gameboy and a guest reviewer
    • BackBrief