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Two Defence personnel have received
the Technical Cooperation Program
(TTCP) Award for their collaborative work
to improve information exchange on
integrated Improvised Explosive Device
(IED) protection programmes between
Australia and other partner nations.
The Chief Defence Scientist, Professor Robert
Clark, presented Tim McKay and Tim Heenan with
their awards at ceremonies held in Adelaide and
Professor Clark praised the work of both Dr McKay
and Mr Heenan in synchronising efforts across the
TTCP CIED Science & Technology (S&T) work-
streams, to provide increased levels of protection
against the IED threat to coalition forces deployed
on current operations.
Tim Heenan said that he was honoured to have
had the opportunity to work with DSTO, and their
international Defence Science colleagues.
“We know of a number of specific instances
where CIED work undertaken within DSTO has
saved the lives of Australian soldiers deployed on
operations,” Mr Heenan said.
“This ongoing work within DSTO, and the wider
TTCP community, is critical to the continued
success of Defence’s CIED program, which draws
on staff from across all three Services, the
Capability Development Group and the DMO.”
The TTCP presents awards annually to scientists
from all five member nations who are working on
specific collaborative projects.
For further information go to: http://www.dtic.
Troops back home
More than 700 members of the Second
Mentoring and Reconstruction Task Force
(MRTF-2) have returned home after an
intensive eight-month deployment to
“They have helped to expand our mentoring and
training effort of the Afghan National Army, build
the security capacity of the Afghan Government,
and delivered more reconstruction activities for the
local community,” Defence Minister Senator John
“This progress was made in a difficult and
challenging environment. Our troops worked under
the threat of road-side bombs and attacks by
Alongside the Afghan National Security Forces
(ANSF), the MRTF confiscated 90 weapon caches,
provided security support for the Afghan National
Elections, and expanded the security presence in
the Mirabad Valley, Baluchi Valley and the Chora
“Australia’s focus remains on mentoring the ANSF
in order to build their capacity to take responsibility
for the security in Oruzgan province. This work is
proceeding well,” Senator Faulkner said.
The mostly Townsville-based MRTF-2 is being
replaced with Brisbane soldiers from the Army’s
A welcome back ceremony for MRTF-2 will be held
in Townsville on 10 April 2010.
The ADF has entered a new partnership
designed to increase professional
development opportunities for Defence
Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Lieutenant
General David Hurley signed an agreement with
the Australian General Practice Network (AGPN)
that will ensure the ADF continues to provide top
quality health care to its personnel.
The first is an accredited online mental health
training pack. The Surgeon General, Major
General (MAJGEN) Paul Alexander, said the Active
Learning Module would provide ADF Medical
Officers with additional training to diagnose and
treat common mental health issues.
“The program will be accredited under the Royal
Australian College of General Practitioners,”
MAJGEN Alexander said.
An ADF version of the AGPN’s Online Lifestyle
Management Program is also being considered.
MAJGEN Alexander said the program covered risk
factors for chronic disease; nutritional advice and
information to help maintain a healthy lifestyle,
while a family-oriented program could also be
modified to offer guidance on the unique pressures
facing ADF families including frequent relocations
“This partnership will further strengthen the ADF’s
commitment to our people providing advanced
training for medical officers and first-class health
care for personnel,” MAJGEN Alexander said.
women’s Day 2010
Defence will join in the International
Women’s Day (IWD) celebrations on
12 March, with guest speakers set to
speak at the Australian Defence Force
IWD is a global day celebrating the economic,
political and social achievements of women in the
past, present and future—a day when women are
recognised for their achievements.
To celebrate, Defence will hold an event for
women and men at Adams Hall at ADFA. A range
of stalls will showcase IWD supporters such as
Women’s Information Referral Service, Defence
Community Organisation, Defence Force Recruiting,
padres/chaplains, Defence Housing Australia and
Defence Special Needs Support Group.
The theme for the day is Engaging Everyone in
Gender Issues and will feature a seminar, followed
by prominent speakers including Vice Chief of the
Defence Force Lieutenant General David Hurley,
Professor Kerryn Phelps and Dr Michael Flood.
Funds are available for regions to also get
involved, so for more information contact Gender
Diversity Policy Officer Rose Hays no later than
RIGHT: Defence Secretary
Dr Ian Watt (left) and Chief
Defence Scientist Professor
Robert Clark (right) congratulate
Tim Heenan on his work to
improve information exchange on
integrated Improvised Explosive
Device protection programs
between Australia and other
Touch footy funds
The response to the devastating
January earthquake that claimed the lives
of thousands of Haitians has been
remarkable to say the least. And recently,
it was Defence’s turn to lend a hand.
The dark and threatening skies did not prove a
deterrent for more than 40 personnel who united to
raise money for the victims with a game of touch
With teams representing Navy, Army, Air Force, and
the Public Service, it was a genuine Departmental
From the first tap, all matches were evenly poised
with the ball travelling from end to end as teams
battled for ascendancy.
While lacking the star-studded line-up of recent
telethons, matches were played in good spirit with
players giving their all before shaking hands and
sharing a cool drink.
A sausage sizzle was held to help raise funds
with crowds braving the weather to watch their
colleagues in action.
All proceeds raised from the event will be donated
to the Red Cross for the victims of Haiti.
ABOVe: Defence personnel at Russell Offices participated in a touch football competition and sausage sizzle to raise
funds for the Red Cross Haiti Appeal. Some of the winning side (L-R) Corporal Aaron Rawnsley, Sergeant David Walsh,
Corporal Simon Dawson and Sergeant Matthew Hinse. Photo: LSIS Paul McCallum
Full military honours
Ninety-three years after they fell in the Battle of
Fromelles, the first of 250 Australian and British
soldiers have finally been buried with full military
honours at a ceremony in France.
The Australian public is being encouraged to pause
and reflect on the sacrifices of those who serve in the
The soldiers are being buried in individual graves
in the purpose-built Fromelles (Pheasant Wood)
Military Cemetery. The new cemetery is the first
the Commonwealth War Graves Commission has
constructed in more than 50 years.
The burials took place throughout February and have
been conducted by members of both the British and
A commemorative event to open the cemetery is
scheduled for the 94th anniversary of the Battle of
Fromelles on 19 July 2010.
Mr Combet said the Government was hopeful that
anthropological, archaeological, historical and DNA
information will lead to the identification of some of
“While identification of the remains is an extremely
complex process, I remain hopeful that we will be
able to identify a number of those that we have
found,” said Mr Combet.
The battle on 19 July 1916 was the bloodiest 24 hours
in Australian history with 5,533 Australian soldiers
killed, wounded or missing.
The discovery of the wreck of the Australian Hospital
Ship Centaur (AHS Centaur) will enable families of
the Australians on board the ship to know the resting
place of their loved ones, 66 years after it was sunk
north east of Brisbane.
A phone hotline has been established to assist
relatives of those who were on board the ship when
it was sunk in 1943. Relatives can now contact
1800 019 955 to receive information about a
memorial service which will be held in March.
A website also has details about the memorial
service. It includes details of how relatives can
register to receive more information about the
memorial service. The website can be found at
On the morning of 14 May 1943, the Australian
Hospital Ship Centaur was sunk by a Japanese
submarine east north east of the coast of Brisbane.
The wreck of the ship was found by search teams
on Sunday 20 December 2009. The project to find
the remains was funded jointly by the Federal and
Queensland Governments and with assistance from
the Department of Defence.
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