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Missing patrolmen found
Long-missing patrolmen were laid to rest this year,
after their remains of Lieutenant Kenneth Hudson
and Private Robert Moncrieff were found after 44
The Special Air Service (SAS) patrolmen were
recovered by local Indonesians and given
respectful burials when they returned home in
In 2008, the Army commenced an investigation to
find the missing men.
sIeV 36 rescue efforts
In April, commendations were presented to 51
Service men and women who helped rescue, treat
and evacuate those injured from the explosion
onboard Suspected Irregular Entry Vessel (SIEV) 36
on 16 April, 2009.
Commander Border Protection Command, Rear
Admiral Tim Barrett, presented personnel with
commendations after a ‘mass SOLAS’ (Save Our
Life At Sea) was given before crew from Armidale
Class Patrol Boats Childers and Albany swung
into action, rescuing and directing the boat back
Special mention was also made of the exemplary
performance of the Headquarters Northern
Command staff in Darwin who provided
coordination and support during the rescue and
evacuation of the critically injured.
cadet lands stricken aircraft
In April, 18-year-old ADFA Officer Cadet Patrick
Humphries used his quick-thinking skills and
landed his light aircraft on the Brooker Highway
The emergency landing occurred after engines
failed on the flight club-owned Victa Airtourer.
OCDT Humphries considered a few football fields
and some other roads but decided against them
because of traffic. “When I looked at the Brooker, I
noticed that there were no cars on the highway as
they were stopped at traffic lights,” he said.
Defence enters into new IcT
Fujitsu was the preferred tenderer for the IT
product and services grant.
Former Parliamentary Secretary for Defence
Support Dr Mike Kelly said the partnership the
three-year contract worth $151.3 million will be for
routine operational services.
Minister makes reform
program a reality
On April 7, the Government endorsed the
implementation of the Strategic Reform Program.
Defence estimates that between 2009 and 2019,
savings of $20 billion dollars can be made.
The Deputy Secretary of Strategic Reform and
Governance, Mr Brendan Sergeant, outlined the
positive benefits of starting a change now.
“We have to recognise that this is a 10-year
program that requires us to start thinking about
what sort of organisation we need to have and
how we need to work in order to deliver and
sustain Force 2030,” Mr Sargeant said.
governor general surprises
troops in afghanistan
On April 23, troops in Afghanistan were pleasantly
surprised by a secret visit from Her Excellency
Governor General, Quentin Bryce.
She visited Tarin Kowt and Kandahar Airfield. She
enjoyed a lunch with the troops and was shown an
from the Defence Indigenous Development
Program (DIDP) in Katherine. Indigenous mentor
Lance Corporal James Woods acted as a mentor
for the young indigenous applicants, and provided
them with support as they went through the
Defence Indigenous Development Program
also addressed a shortfall in the standard of
education provided to indigenous people in rural
communities. As a result, graduates from the DIDP
will be equipped with the tools, experience and
qualifications to seek long-term employment in
their communities and promotions in the Army.
Troops in east Timor
relay for life
Close to 90 International Stabilisation Force
members spent 18 hours, walking, running, and
pack marching as part of the Cancer Council’s
Relay For Life in Dili in May.
The Cancer Council Queensland received $33,000
from fundraising activities in the lead up to the
relay and at the relay event itself.
Pirates thwarted in
gulf of aden
In May, the crew of an RAAF Orion made contact
with a civilian ship and ascertained that pirates
were attempting to take control of the vessel in the
Gulf of Aden.
The civilian ship’s crew was rescued unharmed the
next day by a Russian warship which was sent to
fishermen rescued by
An RAAF helicopter rescued three cray fishermen
off the Western Australian coast in May. The three
men activated their emergency beacon earlier in
the morning in waters south of Esperance as their
18-metre vessel began sinking.
A Royal Australian Air Force C-130H Hercules from
No. 37 Squadron began the search and found the
men who had signalled with orange smoke from
a life raft. The men were given an Air Sea Rescue
Kit and were then lynched to safety, suffering from
The 1st Mentoring Task Force and their Afghan
National Army (ANA) counterparts recovered 16
caches during five days of operations from 9-14
May. They discovered six AK-47 assault rifles,
one .303 calibre rifle, one 60mm mortar tube,
about 45 kilograms of explosive powder, including
ammonium nitrate. The also found 20 rocket
propelled grenades, thousands of rounds, assault
rifles and machine gun ammunition, a significant
quantity of electronic improvised explosive device
components including pressure plates, trigger
systems, detonation cord, and batteries, two
mortar rounds, a set of binoculars, and two hand-
everest climb third time
Major Zac Zaharias conquered Mount Everest this
year after two previous attempts. Major Zaharias
is a Canberra reservist who embarked on the climb
full of hope for his third and final attempt.
He reached the summit of Mount Everest at 10am
on May 25. The 53-year-old became the second
Australian Army representative and the oldest
Australian to reach the summit.
new national delegates for
Defence families australia
In June, the then-Minister for Veterans’ Affairs,
Warren Snowdon, and Minister for Defence
Personnel Alan Griffin announced the 2010
delegates for the Defence Families Australia.
The communication gained from the delegates
helps to resolve issues faced by Defence families.
“Consultative groups such as Defence Families
Australia are essential in ensuring Defence has a
broad range of information available when making
policy decisions,” Mr Griffin said.
seven summits conquest for
Two former soldiers from 3RAR, Darren Wise
and Shane Pophfer, conquered Mr Aconcagua in
Argentina and Russia’s Mr Elbrus in March as part
of their quest to raise money for the Children’s
Hospital at Westmead in Sydney.
After summiting Mt Kilimanjaro in 2008 and
Kosciuszko last year, they just have Mt Denali
(Alaska), Mt Vinson (Antarctica) and Mr Everest
to complete their quest of climbing the seven
2010: THE YEAR IN REVIEW
“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.”
The Governor-General, Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC,
during a surprise pre-Anzac day visit to Australian troops in Tarin Kowt and Kandahar Airfield.
“My team insanely decided to go in pairs; pack-marching and webbing walks. One of our members
also ran 20km straight up.”
– Corporal Josh Johnstone, the Geospatial Imagery Detachment Commander, after about 90 International Stabilisation Force members walked, ran,
danced and pack-marched for 18 hours as part of the Cancer Council’s Relay For Life around a 400-metre course at Camp Phoenix, Dili. The ISF raised an
incredible $33,000 for the Cancer Council Queensland in May.
aBOVe: Major Suzanne Steel, Australian Army Medical
Officer conducts medical observations on 81-year-old Tran
Thi Cu at the at the Nhon Binh school, Quy Nhon, Vietnam
as part of Pacific Partnership 2010.
australians answer the call
Defence secured 40 new indigenous applicants
from remote communities across the Northern
The applicants are part of NORFORCE, an initiative
aBOVe: Communication Electronic Technician, Aircraftman Tim
Kasapis from No. 44 Wing Detachment Darwin, stands in front of an
Air Traffic Control Radar at RAAF Base Darwin during Exercise Pitch
aBOVe: Able Seaman Isaac Ingui holds his son Lachlan
on his return from a Middle East Area of Operation
deployment on HMAS Parramatta.
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