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NUMBER 2 Airfield Defence
Squadron (2AFDS) braved a wet,
humid and harsh environment
to attain an operational level of
capability for its members during
the recent Exercise Nomad.
The exercise was conducted at RAAF
Base Tindal from March 14 to April 7.
More than 140 personnel participated,
including detachments from 87SQN, legal
personnel from 395 Expeditionary Combat
Support Wing and military working dog
(MWD), explosive detection dog (EDD),
and explosive ordnance detection (EOD)
Nomad was conducted in two phases.
The first was a training phase where the rifle
flights (RFLTs) refreshed their individual
and collective AFDS skills. This included
a 48-hour period where sections completed
three battle exercises (BEs) to demonstrate
their ability to apply AFDS battle skills and
drills in support of airbase operations.
Phase two required 2AFDS to conduct
an early entry operation
commenced flying operations as part of the
XO 2AFDS FLTLT Craig Nielsen said
the BEs covered activities such as section
attacks, marry-ups and harbour drills.
"Each section completed the same BE.
They then waited until the other sections
within the RFLT had completed it before
moving on to the next one," he said.
Nomad was designed a few years ago as
a short notice-to-move exercise in which the
squadron would move from area to area and
conduct AFDS operations.
"Now the exercise revolves around
revising squadron tactics, techniques and
procedures at section level and making sure
our men can employ these skills against an
opposing force," FLTLT Nielsen said.
"We learnt how difficult it can be to
operate in a harsh environment and how
important the use of MWDs, EDDs and
EODs are as a force multiplier within an
AFDS. Additionally, the RFLTs were able to
appreciate the enormity of the task at hand
to clear and secure Tindal with only a single
exercise. "I found the exercise allowed us
to build on basic skill sets and develop our
teamwork," he said.
"The end result for me included a better
understanding of my role within my section
and flight, and a greater appreciation for
how demanding and important our role is in
real time to the Air Force.
"Furthermore, the opportunity to train
with the MWDH and EDDs was an invalu-
FLTLT Nielsen said the exercise
achieved all outcomes. "It allowed new
members to integrate into their sections and
apply our procedures in a challenging envi-
ronment," he said.
"They gained valuable experience in
section-level tactics, conducting early entry
operations, and the complexities associated
with securing and clearing a large operating
base such as Tindal."
He said another important aspect of the
exercise was the integration of specialist
elements from Combat Support Group into
to secure, clear
AC Martin Gillespie
said he thoroughly
"Until employed within that environ-
ment AFDS commanders may never fully
appreciate the capability they offer, nor
understand their limitations."
2AFDS deploys to Tindal
to test its battle skills, as
Andrew Stackpool reports.
STRONG DEFENCE: Above,
CPL Greg Snader looks for
possible enemy threats while
patrolling RAAF Base Tindal,
while left, two mounted ADGs
are ready to bring heavy
firepower to bear on any hostile
forces that may present.
Photos: LAC Terry Hartin
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