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NORFORCE patrolmen from Kimberley
Squadron in Broome, Western Australia
have returned from a patrol exercise in
remote northern Australia to hone their
surveillance and bush craft skills. The
exercise focused on water operations
where its soldiers were practicing
clandestine insertion, manoeuvre and
Patrolmen from communities within Kimberley
Squadron’s area of operations including Kununurra,
Derby, and Noonkanbah travelled to the Broome
depot for the two-week training concentration
Private Navarone Salerno, 19, from Kununurra, said
it was a great experience to train alongside other
patrol members he’s known all his life, including
his uncle and cousin.
“It makes the team so much stronger because
everyone easily compensates for one another’s
strengths and weaknesses, and the result is an
efficient patrol that has a good time,” Private
“I would never have had this opportunity anywhere
The courses Private Salerno has completed include
his induction course, patrolmen’s course, patrol
watercraft operator course, and the advanced
combat first aid course which provides the soldier
the training to administer first aid in a medivac
situation out on patrol.
LeFT: Mr Neville Tomkins shows his medal for making his
200th plasma donation to the Australian Red Cross Blood
The First Assistant Secretary Defence
People Solutions in Defence Support
Group, Neville Tomkins, visited the
Canberra Australian Red Cross Blood
Service in Woden to make his 200th
plasma donation in late March.
During his donation the Australian Red Cross
Blood Service thanked Neville for the valuable
contribution he regularly makes to saving lives, and
awarded him with a medal recognising his efforts.
With full blood donation you can donate every
three months, though as a plasma donor, you can
donate every two to four weeks. Plasma is critical
in saving lives and can be used to treat medical
conditions such as leukaemia, severe burns and
Neville makes the trip to the Blood Bank at Woden
every second Monday where he is connected to a
specialised machine to separate the blood, take
out the plasma and return the red cells back to the
If you would like more information on becoming a
donor, you can call 13 14 95 or visit donateblood.
ABOVe: The Governor-General, Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce meets Captain Karina Cann at the Coalition Base in
Tarin Kowt, during a surprise visit to Australian troops in the lead-up to Anzac Day. Photo: SGT Brett Tero
surprises troops in
Australian troops in Afghanistan had
a surprise pre-Anzac day visit from the
Governor-General, Her Excellency Ms
Quentin Bryce AC.
The Governor-General visited both Tarin Kowt and
Kandahar Airfield. She spent time having lunch
with the troops and was shown an equipment
“I want you to know how much it means for me to
Funeral of senor Rufino Alves
Australian Defence Force troops deployed to East
Timor have attended the funeral of Senor Rufino
Alves Correia, one of the last known surviving East
Timorese to have supported 2/2nd Independent
Company during World War II.
Together with hundreds of mourners in Dili, Australian
Defence Force personnel honoured Senor Correia,
with members of the Australian Joint Task Force
carrying the casket through a guard of honour, before
family, friends and colleagues sang hymns and
Commander International Stabilisation Force (ISF)
COL Simon Stuart said attending the procession was
"We were a part of something special and I think it
is appropriate, as Australian soldiers, to remember
the commitment of Rufino Correia and his many
colleagues who supported Australian soldiers in East
Timor during World War II,” Colonel Stuart said.
It was Senor Correia's special request to be draped
with the Australian flag and slouch hat upon his
passing, typifying an everlasting bond between
Australian and Timorese soldiers.
CD marches to ANzAC tune
The Australian Army Band Sydney and Canberra-
based singer/songwriter Pete Gervasoni have joined
forces to create a CD that is designed to encourage
young Australians to understand and appreciate
“This package is the definitive collection of music
required for schools and community groups to conduct
their own commemorative service and is a constant
reminder of our veterans and what they are marching
for,” Pete said.
“The video is a fitting tribute to the Australian
Defence Force and provides a visual interpretation of
the ANZAC spirit and the courage shown by the men
and women that serve their country.”
The package features Pete Gervasoni’s
commemorative song, What are they marching for
performed by the Australian Army Band Sydney.
be here today as we approach Anzac Day,”
Ms Bryce said.
“To have this opportunity to express to you my
admiration and respect for what you do and what
you stand for – I want you to know that you are so
often in my thoughts.
“I see in you so much that makes me feel proud
of you, of our country, of our great traditions in
military service, in defending freedom, democracy,
the dignity and worth of every human being.”
Australian troops deployed to Afghanistan held a
traditional dawn service and gun-fire breakfast this
Anzac Day. Ms Bryce also travelled to Gallipoli for
the 95th Anzac Day commemorations in Turkey.
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