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RUN, RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN: LSCTL Jane Hiatt is tackling seven marathons in seven locations
in seven days to raise money for Bravehearts charity, helping to stop sexual abuse of children.
CPL Nick Wiseman
from across the ADF will man-
age the largest and most complex
communication and information
system in ADF history when Force
Communications Unit rotation 10
(FCU 10) deploys to provide sup-
port to ADF members across the
Middle East this month.
With a drawdown of troops
deployed to the MEAO scheduled
for the near future, CO FCU 10
LTCOL Ana Duncan said a key task
of her unit would be the removal or
restructure of the network.
"For any ADF communicator,
operational highlights are designing
networks for installation, drawdown
or modification," she said.
"We have at least four soldiers
who deployed with FCU 1, so for
them the drawdown is particularly
professionally rewarding as they
again contribute to a network that has
evolved over many years."
Personnel from FCU 10 will be
deployed across the Middle East
including Afghanistan and the United
The rotation has drawn on Navy
personnel as well as troops from
Army's 1 Sig Regt and Air Force's
1st Combat Communications
Squadron. It has been augmented
with further numbers from across
Sailors deploy to MEAO
LSIS Helen Frank
SEVEN marathons in seven locations
in seven days. This is what one Navy
reservist plans to do to raise money for
Bravehearts, a charity dedicated to stop-
ping the sexual abuse of children.
LSCTL Jane Hiatt has four children
and has devoted her life to raising them to
become caring, capable, independent and
dedicated members of society.
"I have protected them and challenged
them in all facets available to me as a par-
ent," she said.
"I also own and run a Kumon Education
Centre in the ACT where I have had the
opportunity to positively impact more than
700 children in my community.
"I am devoted to seeing that children
are given the best environment in which to
grow into adults.
"When I read about the staggering sta-
tistics of sexual assaults among children in
Australia, I was shocked and I believe my
small contribution by way of raising money
and running seven marathons is the least I
The Bravehearts 777 Challenge will
start on October 19 in Perth. To enter,
entrants must raise at least $10,000. LS
Hiatt has raised more than $11,300.
"My fundraising has come predomi-
nantly from friends on Facebook but also
from my Kumon colleagues around the
country," she said.
"My fellow traders, my fitness group
and a fantastic trivia night have also con-
LS Hiatt will run the marathons in
Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart,
Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane. She has
been training for several months to prepare
for the event and regularly runs more than
In April, LS Hiatt had an arthroscopic
procedure on her right knee to remove two
floating bone fragments. Fortunately her
recovery was perfect and she was running
again within four weeks.
LS Hiatt isn't worried about injury dur-
ing the challenge as she knows her body
"I have been in pain before and know
the signs," she said.
"I am too old and wise to risk my health
or body on doing any long-term damage.
"I also have a very experienced support
crew for the event as well as a great team
around me keeping me on target."
LS Hiatt said hydration and nutrition
plans were vitally important to ensure she
could make the distance each day.
"I know the body will hurt and my mind
will want me to stop but I intend to thrive
in the team environment and draw strength
from the thought we will be helping the
children of Bravehearts," she said.
"The reason for doing the challenge and
putting my body through this is to raise
money and awareness. I am fired up to
make a difference and hope that I can move
people to donate to this wonderful organi-
Participants must complete each mara-
thon between 7am to 1pm and then get
ready to head to the airport to fly to the
To donate visit: https://sna.etapestry.com/fund-
READY TO DEPLOY: Navy communication specialists are off to
the Middle East as part of FCU 10.
LTCOL Duncan said she was
looking forward to starting the mis-
sion and seeing the troops on the job
after an intense training program.
"Given that most of the MEAO
networks are not reflective of our in-
service communication information
systems, many of the troops have
been in deep mission-specific train-
ing and away from home for many
months," she said.
"We're all looking forward to
our deployment and supporting
Australia's interests in the Middle
Family, friends and colleagues
attended the unit's official farewell
parade at Gallipoli Barracks in
Brisbane on September 22.
Commander 1 Div MAJGEN
Stuart Smith reviewed the parade,
which provided an opportunity for
everyone to reflect on the training
to date and the deployment to come.
Deployments can be a challenge
for many ADF families but LTCOL
Duncan said they had established a
strong support network for families
"We are especially mindful it is
often much harder for the spouses
back home who are trying to juggle
their careers, children and domestic
realities, whereas we can concen-
trate solely on our mission," she
"The troops are well trained,
primed for their mission, and they
have each other's backs."
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