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More than 40 indigenous applicants
from remote communities across the
Northern Territory and Kimberley region
have travelled to Darwin for a week
of assessments on their suitability to
join NORFORCE, and further study on
the Defence Indigenous Development
Program (DIDP) in Katherine.
Travelling from communities as far as Ramingining
in Arnhem Land and Amoonguna down in the
desert country near Alice Springs, indigenous
mentor Lance Corporal James Woods from
Maningrida aptly described the gathering of
applicants on Larrakeyah Barracks as “a call to
protect our land”.
“Serving in NORFORCE is a big thing out in the
communities. Most of the applicants here have
a brother, uncle, or mate who served, so they
understand what it’s about,” Lance Corporal
“Coming into Darwin and staying on the barracks
for a week of Army testing is a big worry for some
of the remote boys. That’s why mentors like me are
here, to explain some things and relax them.”
Commanding Officer of NORFORCE Lieutenant
Colonel Chris Goldston said Defence Force
Recruiting (DFR) and his unit’s training squadron
were working well together, with the assistance
BeLOW: Indigenous mentor Lance Corporal James
Woods with some of the applicants in the latest round
of assessments to join NORFORCE.
of indigenous mentors from some of the remote
“For most of the applicants this is their first
exposure to the military, and coming to Larrakeyah
Barracks in the middle of Darwin can be a little
overwhelming,” LTCOL Goldston said.
The week-long testing period conducted by
Defence Force Recruiting and Training Squadron
includes fitness tests, health checks, and
In the coming month, successful applicants will
be invited back to Darwin to attend their recruit
induction course for service as a NORFORCE
Beginning operations in late February,
the Client Service Centre in the Defence
Security Authority (DSA) has been
established to process all calls and
emails relating to security clearances
This single point of contact will improve
engagement with Defence clients on vetting
matters. The Client Service Centre can be
contacted on 1800 640 450 (freecall), or by email to
All other security enquiries should be submitted to
your local regional DSA office, details of which can
be found on the DSA Intranet site, http://intranet.
Another feature of the DSA Intranet site is the
Security Newsroom, containing important updates
and topical articles relating to security issues in
Defence. Security Officers in particular should
frequently visit the Security Newsroom, as updates
to security programs, policy, forms and training are
provided on a regular basis.
Lost sons returned
The remains of two soldiers lost in
Indonesia for 43 years have finally been
returned to Australian soil.
Lieutenant Kenneth Hudson and Private Robert
Moncrieff – members of the Special Air Service
Regiment (SASR) – were conducting border
security operations in West Kalimantan, during the
Indonesia Confrontation between the Federation
of Malaysia and Indonesia. The men were swept
away during a river crossing on 21 March 1966.
An Army investigation to find their remains began
in late 2008 and received Indonesian military
support soon thereafter.
Remains were recovered from two burial sites
in West Kalimantan in October 2009 and were
formally handed over by the Indonesian National
Defence Force at the Australian Embassy in
Jakarta on 12 April 2010.
ABOVe: The Bearer Party carry the coffins of Lieutenant
Kenneth Hudson and Private Robert Moncrieff from the
C-130 Hercules aircraft at RAAF Base Pearce in Perth.
Photo: Corporal Melina Mancuso
A ramp ceremony was held in Perth, where an SAS
bearer party received the remains and delivered
them to the soldiers’ families for burial.
Special Operations Commander Major General
Tim McOwan said the men were proud, diligent
soldiers, dedicated to their role in the SAS and
“I thank the families of Lieutenant Hudson
and Private Moncrieff for their patience in an
understandably difficult time,” MAJGEN McOwan
Lieutenant Hudson and Private Moncrieff are
the last SASR soldiers missing in action to be
found and brought home. Private Moncrieff was
buried following a private service in Perth, while
Lieutenant Hudson was buried in Brisbane.
ADF joins regional security
Warships, combat aircraft and soldiers from the
Australian Defence Force (ADF) will join the armed
forces of Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the
United Kingdom in a major military exercise focussed
on enhancing regional security.
Exercise Bersama Shield 2010 will be conducted under
the auspices of the Five Power Defence Arrangement
(FPDA) in various locations on the Malaysian
Peninsula and in the South China Sea between 26
April and 7 May 2010.
About 240 personnel, 19 ships, 59 aircraft and various
support elements are involved in the exercise that
will enhance the interoperability of the combined air,
ground and naval forces of the FPDA countries.
The ADF assets involved in this exercise include HMA
ships Anzac and Success, eight F/A-18 combat aircraft
from 75 Squadron and an AP-3C Orion maritime patrol
aircraft from 92 Squadron.
Republic of Korea joins IsAF
The Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal
Angus Houston, has acknowledged that the NATO
Secretary General has formally welcomed the
Republic of Korea (ROK) as the 46th contributor to
the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in
Following an offer by the South Korean Government in
November 2009 to deploy a Provincial Reconstruction
Team (PRT) to Parwan province, the relevant
certification processes have been completed and the
ROK has been officially recognised as a non-NATO
ISAF Contributing Nation.
"We warmly welcome the Republic of Korea as a
non-NATO ISAF Contributing Nation and look forward
to assisting the ROK PRT prepare for its deployment,”
Air Chief Marshal Houston said.
"The ROK team will comprise 50-70 civilians, 30-50
police officers and 200-400 infantry troops. The troops
will be tasked with protection of the PRT and will not
play a combat role."
Australia is the largest non-NATO contributor to the
ISAF mission in Afghanistan.
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