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ADF announces the death of SPR James Martin | Aussies At War

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It is with deep regret the Australian Defence Force announces the death of Sapper James Thomas Martin on operations in Afghanistan on 29 August 2012 (local time Afghanistan).

Sapper James Thomas Martin was on his first operational deployment as part of the 3rd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment Task Group. He was a Sapper from the Brisbane-based 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment.

He is survived by his mother Suzanne Thomas, his younger brother and sister Angus and Holly, and his grandparents Lucille and Ralph Thomas.

Sapper Martin was born in Perth, Western Australia on 1 June 1991. He enlisted into the Australian Regular Army on 24 January 2011 and completed recruit training at the 1st Recruit Training Battalion in Wagga Wagga in April 2011, where he was allocated to the Corps of Royal Australian Engineers.

In May 2011, Sapper Martin attended the School of Military Engineering in Sydney and began his Initial Employment Training as a Combat Engineer. On completion of his Combat Engineer course in August 2011, he was posted to the 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment in Brisbane.

On his arrival at the 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment, Sapper Martin became a member of the 7th Combat Engineer Squadron. He completed a number of additional courses including Combat Engineer High Threat Search, Communications and Weapon courses. Along with the rest of his Squadron, Sapper Martin Force Concentrated in Townsville with the 3rd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment in early 2012, in preparation for their deployment to Afghanistan.

Sapper Martin was an intellectual soldier who was a quick learner and adapted well to the Army environment. He was respected by his mates and was considered a loyal friend and comrade. A musically talented individual, he often played his base guitar for his mates. He was also an avid follower of Aussie Rules.

Sapper Martin has been awarded the following honours and awards:

• Australian Active Service Medal with Clasp ICAT
• Afghanistan Campaign Medal
• Australian Defence Medal
• NATO Non Article 5 Medal with Clasp ISAF
• Army Combat Badge

During Sapper Martin’s service in the Australian Army, he deployed on the following operations:

Operation SLIPPER (Afghanistan) June – August 2012

Haqqani commander believed killed in air strike | Aussies At War

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The operational commander of Afghanistan’s most prominent militant group has reportedly been killed in an American air strike, according to members of his family.

Badruddin Haqqani was a senior operational commander and financial boss of the Al Qaeda-linked Haqqani network.

The militant group was started by his father, and has been behind some of the most high profile attacks against foreign forces in Afghanistan.

A relative of Badruddin has told the BBC that the militant leader was killed in an airstrike last Tuesday in the Pakistani province of North Wazirstan.

Local officials and tribesmen also say he has been killed, but the US military has not yet confirmed this.

Analysts say his death would be a huge victory for coalition forces in the fight against Afghan insurgents.

Ahmed Rashid, a specialist on militancy in Pakistan, says Badruddin’s death would be a significant blow to the network.

“I think it’s terribly important. Badruddin was the operational commander, but he was also one of the main financiers,” he said.

“He would travel on a Pakistani passport to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states to raise donations from sympathisers and supporters in the Arab world, and he was very well known in jihadist circles, including Al Qaeda.”

A probe is underway by Pakistani officials to confirm the reports that Badruddin Haqqani, the son of the founder of the powerful Haqqani network, was killed in a US drone strike this week.

Two Pakistani intelligence officials said, citing reports from their agents, on Saturday they are 90 per cent certain that Badruddin was killed on Tuesday in North Waziristan, The Associated Press reported.

However, no eyewitness of the body has been found yet.

A senior Taliban commander said a US drone strike killed Badruddin, but there was no independent confirmation.

Badruddin has been described as the outfit’s day-to-day operations commander. His death, if confirmed, would mark a major blow to the organisation founded by his father, Jalaluddin Haqqani.

Battle of Long Tan Cross – Australian War Memorial ABC TV | Aussies At War

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Governor General of Australia Quentin Bryce along with Long Tan veterans Lt Col Harry Smith OC of D Coy, 6RAR, 11 Platoon’s Bob Buick, 12 Platoon’s Dave Sabben, APC Commander Adrian Roberts, 10 Platoon’s Sgt Neil Rankin, Bill Akell, Willie Walker and others, their families and next of kin, officially opened the original Long Tan Cross exhibition at the Australian War Memorial this afternoon in Canberra. The original Long Tan Cross is on loan from Vietnam.

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Troops lured to death with dinner invitation | Aussies At War

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Updated August 10, 2012 19:12:48 ABC News

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PHOTO: The men, all American special forces members, were killed on Thursday night while attending a meeting. (ABC News)

An Afghan police commander and several of his men killed three US soldiers in the southern province of Helmand, turning guns on them after inviting them to a dinner to discuss security, Afghan officials said on Friday.

The men were all American special forces members and were killed on Thursday night while attending a meeting in the Sarwan Qala area, in what appeared to be a planned attack by rogue Afghan forces.

The Sangin district chief in the southern province, Mohammad Sharif, said three foreign special forces soldiers had been killed by an Afghan policeman after he had invited them to dinner.

“Last night, a police checkpost commander invited three foreign special forces soldiers to a dinner party at the checkpost. He later killed them and ran away,” he said.

A spokeswoman for NATO-led forces in the country confirmed the incident but said it was too early to say whether it was a rogue shooting or due to insurgent infiltration.

“All we know is that they were killed by an Afghan in a uniform of some sort,” the spokeswoman said.

So-called green-on-blue shootings, in which Afghan police or soldiers turn their guns on their Western colleagues, have seriously eroded trust between the allies as NATO combat soldiers prepare to hand over to Afghan forces by 2014, after which most foreign forces will leave the country.

According to NATO, there have been 24 such attacks on foreign troops since January in which 28 people have been killed, not including Thursday’s attack. Last year, there were 21 attacks in which 35 people were killed.

Four Australians have been killed by Afghan troops during the conflict, while another three have been seriously injured.

Another foreign soldier was killed in the south on Friday during an insurgent attack, NATO said, while seven civilians were killed and three were wounded by an insurgent roadside bomb, also in Helmand.

In a grim 24 hours for the NATO-led force, three US soldiers and an American aid worker were killed earlier on Thursday in the eastern province of Kunar in an attack by a suicide bomber.

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First posted August 10, 2012 18:38:12

Filed Under: News, War in Afghanistan

2RAR traditions run deep | Townsville Bulletin – Defence

They breed them tough in the Second Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment.

Today’s 2RAR is the repository of the regimental traditions of the family of Second Battalions, a proud tradition which stretches back to the second and third wave landings at Gallipoli on April 25, 1915 and some of the most significant battles of world War II.

In 1915 it was a battalion among the first recruited in Sydney but its motto which continues to this day, Nulli Secundis, Second to None, is a succinct summary of the ethos of that family of second Battalions.

Since it was raised from the 66th Battalion on October 16, 1945, 2RAR has served operationally in Korea, Malaya, Vietnam, Rwanda, East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Modern 2RAR is truly a family in many senses.

Some of Australia’s most significant contemporary soldiers have passed through its ranks, bringing credit to themselves and their battalion.

On June 22, 1956 during the Malayan Emergency, communist terrorists ambushed a 2RAR patrol, killing three in what became known as The Pipeline Ambush.

For his aggressive leadership in the subsequent actions in which the CT party was driven off, Lieutenant Wal Campbell was awarded a Military Cross.

The 2RAR tradition of service also follows family footsteps.

From December 2000 to January 2003 Wal Campbell’s son Angus commanded 2RAR, including a tour with the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor.

The Campbells are by no means the only father, son and now grandson combination to serve with 2RAR, but their distinguished service record is hard to beat.

Another distinguished 2RAR veteran is Brigadier Bill Rolfe, later head of the Australian Army Legal Corps and a senior member of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

On August 10, 1970 then Lieutenant Bill Rolfe was grievously wounded when he stepped on a mine.

Wounded in the same incident was 2nd Lieutenant Pat Cameron, both officers losing their lower legs.

Lesser individuals may have been overwhelmed by the extent of their injuries but both stayed in the army, Rolfe training as a lawyer and Cameron as an educator.

Awarded an MID for his leadership in Vietnam, Bill Rolfe was soon back in Townsville training the regimental rugby team while studying law, his artificial legs no handicap to the former first-grade rugby player.

2RAR’s reunion is not the only significant gathering this weekend, the second being the 50th Anniversary reunion of the Australian army Training Team Vietnam.

Unlike 2RAR, the AATTV only existed between 1962 1972 and uniquely never served on Australian soil.

Some veterans are torn between the two events.

Lieutenant Colonel Barry Tinkler served with 2RAR during the Malayan Emergency and was an original AATTV member.
His 2RAR platoon sergeant Jim Geedrick also served with AATTV.

Neither will be in Townsville this weekend but that doesn’t mean their affection for 2RAR has diminished.

Given the age of its members there may not be another opportunity for an AATTV reunion, Barry Tinkler said this week
However with luck 2RAR will be there forever.

Fff5179cb376513c02bde897840860Ross Eastgate is a military historian, writer and journalist specialising in defence. A graduate of Duntroon and the Army Command and Staff College, he has served in the Middle East, PNG and East Timor.

 

 

 

 

Soldier ‘ramp riding’ before death, inquiry told

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Updated July 30, 2012 18:16:53

A Defence Force inquiry into the death of an Australian soldier in Afghanistan last year has heard the soldier was breaching guidelines by "ramp riding" on a helicopter before a crash.

Lieutenant Marcus Case was sitting at the back of a Chinook helicopter with his legs hanging over the edge before the helicopter crashed, killing him and injuring five crewmen.

The Commission of Inquiry has heard 26-year-old Lieutenant Case was not qualified to ride as a crewmember, and was travelling as a passenger.

According to guidelines, he should have been strapped into a seat.

But the inquiry has heard Lieutenant Case was tethered to the helicopter and was thrown from the aircraft when it began experiencing problems.

The inquiry will try to answer why Lieutenant Case was on board and why he was ramp riding at the time.

The crash happened in Kandahar in May 2011.

Lieutenant Case had only been in Afghanistan three weeks before his death

A final report is due at the end of November.

WEAPONS-MAKER DROPS A BOMB

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ASX-LISTED Metal Storm (MST) today entered voluntary administration with debts exceeding $11.9 million.

The decision came less than a fortnight after the Darra firearm-maker secured an equivalent $1.43 million engineering-services contract with military-defence contractor Colt Canada.

Adam Shepard and Adam Farnsworth, of Dean-Willcocks Shepard Recovery and Strategy (DWSRS), have been appointed as administrators.

MST had negotiated an inter-conditional umbrella deed with Australian Special Opportunity Fund (ASOF) and Luxinvest Capital Advisors (LCA) that was hoped to eliminate debt and provide $2.95 million in working capital.

However, ASOF cancelled the deed claiming LCA did not fulfil its end of a related subscription agreement.

In the absence of the deed and an alternative suitor, MST expressed doubt over its chances of finding the necessary sources of funding to continue operating. However, the company reveals DWSRS is looking to reach a positive outcome.

“The administrators are now in control of MST and will work with all stakeholders including employees, note holders, other creditors and shareholders in an attempt to restructure the company or sell it as going concern,” says the company in a written statement.

MST shares last traded at 0.1 cents per unit.

VALE: Ronald O’Brien

O’BRIEN, Ronald George

Members of the Kenmore-Moggill RSL Sub Branch, are respectfully requested to attend the Funeral of our Late Member, Ronald O’Brien, to be held at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 2 Kenmore Road, Kenmore, on Saturday July 21, 2012, commencing at 10.45 a.m.. By request of the President

Late of Brisbane, formerly of Swan Hill. Passed away peacefully July 16, 2012, aged 91 years. Beloved husband of Shirley. Loved and loving father and father-in-law of Campbell and Deborah, Louise and Ian. Grandfather and great grandfather to their families.

It appears that he has been ill for the past couple of years but his service to his country will not  be forgotten.

“Lest we Forget”

Soldiers Deck of Cards

This is an American Veterans tribute with just a pack of cards and a beautiful ending, it is a great story that we have all heard before but told very well by this young man.

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