Camp Schwab, Okinawa
Private First Class J. Graham, a machine gunner with Company F, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines aims his M-60 machine gun from a foxhole as his “A” gunner, PFC J. Pilar, feeds the bullets. They are part of Battalion Landing Team 2/4 participating in the Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation System (MCCRES) test at Camp Schwab.
1987Members of the 4th Bn., 22nd Inf., 25th Inf. Div. (Light), maintain their position in a field during the joint Royal Thai/U.S. Army training Exercise Cobra Gold ‘87. The men are armed with M-16 rifles and Soviet RPG-2 portable rocket launchers.
Off the Coast of California
The night gave no rest for the Marines and sailors onboard the USS TARAWA (LHA-1), as flight deck operations continued into the night during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ ‘97 off coast of Southern California. CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter is guided in. KERNEL BLITZ is a bi-annual Commander-in-Chief Pacific (CINCPAC) fleet training exercise (FLEETEX) focused on operational/tactical training of Commander, Third Fleet (C3F)/ I Marine Expeditionary Forces (MEF) and Commander, Amphibious Group 3 (CPG-3)/ 1st Marine Division (MARDIV). KERNEL BLITZ is designed to enhance the training of Sailors and Marines in the complexities of brigade-size amphibious assault operations.
Osan Air Base Korea
Senior Airman Richard B. Molly, a graphics specialist, with the 51st Communications Squadron, uses a standing supported fighting position to aim his M-16 rifle, during the 1999 Peninsula-wide Contingency Employment Readiness Inspection (PENCERI) Beverly Bearcat. Molly is part of the squadron’s Security Protection Team assigned to defend unit facilities and assets. Despite Osan personnel having to be in Mission-Oriented Protective Posture 2 through 4, requiring them to wear various combinations of specialized clothing, flak vest, tactical gear, chemical warfare ground crew ensemble, and carry/or wear the gloves and MCU-2P mask, they are clearly able to perform all tasks for extended periods of time. Taken on April 24, 1999, during 1999 PENCERI, Beverly Bearcat at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. A PENCERI is used by Osan Team members to validate their entire ability to “Fly, Fight, and Win,” during a wartime contingency on the Korean Peninsula; despite activities in other regions of the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Technical Sgt. Lance Cheung) (Released)
Photo by WO2 Graham McBean
Diggers from the Sydney-based 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, respond to a ‘contact’ during training at Gallipoli Barracks in Brisbane.
The soldiers are conducting pre-deployment training for the Baghdad bound Security Detachment 10.
Around 100 soldiers from Brisbane’s 2/14 Light Horse Regiment (LHR) Queensland Mounted Infantry (QMI) as well as soldiers from Sydney based 3rd Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR) and 1st Military Police Battalion (1 MP Bn) are preparing for three weeks of training in the lead-up to deployment as the 10th Security Detachment (SECDET 10), Baghdad, Iraq.
SECDET 10’s training will culminate with an essential urban training phase around Brisbane and the Gold Coast from 9-15 August. Military vehicle movements will increase around Brisbane, Wide Bay area and Gold Coast during the training periods.
Urban training has previously been conducted in Brisbane with units from Brisbane’s 7th Brigade (7 Bde), Sydney’s 3 RAR and 1 MP Bn making significant contributions to SECDET during Operation CATALYST, the Australian Defence Force’s contribution to the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Iraq.
The simulated urban operations will include military vehicle movements between Gallipoli Barracks Enoggera and Brisbane Airport, Victoria Barracks, 1 Field Regiment’s Southport Depot, and Queensland University Regiment’s Indooroopilly facility.
SECDET provides protection and escort for Australian Government personnel working in the Australian Embassy in Baghdad and Commander 7 Bde, Brigadier Andrew Smith, ADC said that Army greatly appreciates ongoing public support of its training and that SECDET’s preparations are conducted with the support of relevant local government agencies.
Photo by Leading Aircraftman Rodney Welch
Australian Special Forces performing a building clearance part of their demonstration at Holsworthy Barracks.
Special Operations Command — Australia demonstrated its counter-terrorist capabilities to 150 Australian and overseas delegates attending the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Australia 2007 Security Conference at Holsworthy on December 13th, 2006. Operators from the 4RAR (Cdo) Tactical Assault Group - East and the Incident Response Regiment provided static and dynamic displays of enhanced capabilities available to State security agencies should they require assistance in resolving a terrorist incident. APEC 2007 involves 100 days of meetings throughout Australia prior to the APEC Leaders meeting in Sydney. The display was part of a larger day-long activity that included demonstrations by the NSW Police and the Australian Federal Police.
(R-L) Private (PTE) Brendon Mencshelyi and PTE Adam Heemskerk from 6th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment prepare to enter an abandoned building with the rest of the section.
Members of the Regimental Police (RP) section deployed as part of the ANZAC Battle group, Timor-Leste, conducting close quarter combat training drills in an abandoned building in Timor-Leste.
This type of training is designed to develop skills in entering potentially hostile areas and buildings in an urban environment. This is an important part of their skills development as professional soldiers.
Operation Astute is the Australian Government’s response to a request from the Government of Timor-Leste to assist in restoring peace to their country.
The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has deployed to Timor-Leste with a mission to assist the Government and the United Nations to bring stability, security and confidence to the Timorese to allow them to resolve their differences democratically and peacefully.
Following a general improvement in the security situation and the establishment of a comprehensive commercial logistic support contract, logistic elements of the ADF no longer required for these duties have returned to Australia, leaving about 800 ADF personnel in Timor-Leste. This force will remain in Timor-Leste continuing to provide a robust response capability to support the United Nations Police force.
Police from Australia and 24 other nations throughout the world provide security in Dili. The ADF provides support to these police operations as required.
The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is working alongside the ADF to assist with this mission.
Photo Courtesy of the Australian Department of Defence.
Private David John Elkington Fisher.
Private David Fisher of the Special Air Services Regiment (SASR) fell from a rope beneath a Royal Australian Air Force helicopter during a “hot extraction” of his patrol on 27 September 1969. It is now known that Private Fisher died as a result of the fall and was hastily buried by enemy soldiers who discovered his body.
Private David Fisher is the fourth and last Australian Soldier to be located and his return will complete the recovery of all Australian Army personnel who were lost on operations and not recovered during the Vietnam War. Lance Corporal Parker and Private Gillson were repatriated to Australian in June 2007 and Lance Corporal Gillespie in December 2007.
A company of the 25th Infantry Division arriving by helicopter to an area that had been sprayed with Agent Orange, Operation Gadsen, 1967.