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September 13, 2012
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SERVING AUSTRALIA WITH PRIDE NEWS
THREE soldiers killed in an attack
in Afghanistan on August 29 have
been returned home to mourning
family and comrades.
At RAAF Base Amberley, SPR
James Martin, LCPL Stjepan Milosevic
and PTE Robert Poate were received
by an honour guard and bearer party
formed by members of their respec-
tive units -- 2CER, 2/14LHR (QMI)
and 6RAR on September 4 before
their caskets were carried from a C-17
Globemaster to their loved ones.
The soldiers were serving with
the 3RAR Task Group in Afghanistan
when they were killed in an insider
attack at Patrol Base Wahab in the
Baluchi Valley region of Uruzgan
Earlier they were farewelled
by their comrades in Tarin Kot,
Afghanistan, where the poignant
refrain of a lone piper playing a lament
for the fallen set the solemn tone as
many of those assembled were moved
Speakers paid homage and soldiers
remembered fallen mates with heart-
Paying his respects, CO 3RAR
Task Group LTCOL Trent Scott
reached out to family and friends in
their time of loss.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out
to the families, loved ones and mates
of these three professional and com-
mitted soldiers who tragically died
doing the job that they loved," LTCOL
"We will honour our fallen mates
through quiet professionalism and
commitment to our mission here in
Afghanistan and we will mourn them
in the traditional Australian way when
we get home."
Commander of Australian Forces
in the Middle East, MAJGEN Stuart
Smith, said the loss was deeply felt by
all ranks in theatre.
"Today we farewelled our five
brave soldiers who were killed in
action while conducting security
operations in Afghanistan," MAJGEN
"This ramp ceremony has been our
dignified salute to their service. We
grieve as a Defence family, but we
now place aside our pain to offer our
thoughts and prayers to the families of
each of these men."
Speaking at the RAAF Base
Amberley ramp ceremony, CA
LTGEN David Morrison expressed his
condolences to the families.
"Today Army mourns the loss of
fine soldiers, each of whom was out-
standing in their own right," he said.
"These men's commitment to their
chosen career as soldiers and to our
mission in Afghanistan was unwaver-
ing, as was their loyalty to their mates
and their love for their own families
and their Army family."
Five soldiers were hit in the burst
of automatic fire that killed SPR
Martin, LCPL Milosevic and PTE
Poate. Their comrades made every
effort to revive the three soldiers, but
their wounds were fatal.
One of the five soldiers was seri-
ously wounded in the attack while
another sustained minor wounds.
The soldiers were mentoring the
Afghan National Army 4th Brigade,
205 Corps, in Uruzgan province.
A security operation to apprehend
the perpetrator is underway.
FALLEN commandos PTE
Nathanael Galagher and LCPL
Mervyn McDonald, of 2 Cdo Regt,
have been remembered as dedi-
cated and skilled Special Forces
troops during ramp ceremonies in
the MEAO and Australia.
PTE Galagher, 23, and LCPL
McDonald, 30, were killed in a heli-
copter crash in Helmand province
in the early hours of August 30 while
serving with the SOTG.
At a moving farewell ceremony,
mates paid tribute to PTE Galagher
and LCPL McDonald, honouring
their lives and their service.
CO SOTG LTCOL I -- whose
identity is protected -- praised the
"For these men, their contribu-
tion will live on in the memory of
our lives, their spirit and achieve-
ments always in our hearts and
minds," he said.
"Tell others -- tell them what
these men did. History will not
remember what we say here today.
History will remember, however,
what these men did."
Speaking at RAAF Base
Richmond, CDF GEN David Hurley
expressed his condolences to the
families of the fallen soldiers.
"Today we receive home five
Australian soldiers who have made
the ultimate sacrifice in service to
our nation," he said.
Dedicated commandos farewelled
Rizzo reform workshop focuses on change
THE Rizzo Reform program took anoth-
er step forward with a major workshop
in Sydney on August 21 on ways to
improve culture, practices and processes
in ship repair and maintenance.
The workshop at Fleet Base East
focused on progress on the waterfront,
from both the Navy and DMO per-
The day finished with a workshop
between the Rizzo team, Navy and
DMO that looked at how the changes
would be rolled out.
Head of Navy Engineering RADM
Mick Uzzell told the gathering the
program was critically important to
Navy in addressing issues of technical
integrity and improving engineering
Those sentiments were echoed
by the head of the Rizzo Reform
Program, CDRE Mark Purcell, who
said those attending the workshop
came away with a better understanding
of progress made.
"The workshop was the highlight
of the Rizzo program to date, as we
are now deeply engaged with the
leaders of our key stakeholders at the
waterfront," CDRE Purcell said.
The workshop was also well
received by participants, who repre-
sented the four groups and System
Program Offices within Navy and
DMO; being submarines, mine warfare
and clearance diving, amphibious and
afloat support, and surface.
Director for the Centre of Maritime
Engineering, David York, said Rizzo
represented a critical step in the right
direction for all involved.
"This is a once-in-a-career lifetime
to get engineering, seaworthiness right
-- it is an opportunity that must not be
squandered," Mr York said.
The program will hold similar
workshops around the country.
"This is not the end of the conver-
sation, but merely the beginning. We
anticipate reaching out to each of the
groups in the near future to follow-up
on what has been discussed," CDRE
HEADING HOME: Long range patrol vehicles transport the five fallen soldiers to a Hercules to take them on
their last journey home from Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, to Australia.
Photo: SGT William Guthrie
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