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AIRFIELD Defence Guards (ADGs)
descended on Wide Bay Training Area
with Bushmasters and high-explosive
rounds to sharpen their skills from May
25 to June 8.
About 200 permanent and reserve
ADGs from 1 Airfield Defence Squadron
(1AFDS) left RAAF Base Amberley at
short notice and secured a designated non-
combatant evacuation centre within the
Wide Bay Forward Operating Base (FOB).
1AFDS used a range of ground
combat tactics to secure and defend
the FOB with vehicle checkpoints, dis-
mounted patrols and a Bushmaster-
mounted quick reaction force.
Dubbed Exercise Livingston, it was
designed to test the ADGs' skills in a
Intelligence staff from 87SQN pro-
vided reports, briefings and debriefing of
patrols that had contacts.
Within the FOB, medics from
1 Expeditionary Health Squadron set
up a treatment and evacuation control
point as part of scenarios.
Thousands of rounds went down-
range in day and night live-fire scenarios
as the ADGs unleashed everything from
small-arms fire to high explosives.
FLTLT Adrian Rodgers, of 1AFDS,
said the live firing included using the
MAG58 machine gun mounted on top of
"Serials included firing from the
vehicle while halted at ranges up to 900
metre," he said.
"As well as a moving serial consist-
ing of the ADG engaging static and
moving targets while the Protected
Mobility Vehicle was in motion down
a pre-designated track."
The exercise also included the use
of explosive slabs to simulate incom-
ing mortar fire in and around the FOB
"This would successfully test the
ADGs response to indirect fire being
called onto a defensive position and
allow for the conduct of skills and
drills within a realistic yet safe simu-
lated operational environment," FLTLT
MEDIBANK Health Solutions will
provide a range of health services
for ADF personnel from November
after winning the $1.3 billion
Defence health services contract.
Services covered under the
contract include on-base health
support, pathology, imaging and
radiology, as well as maintaining
the 24-hour ADF national health
Announcing the contract,
Defence Science and Personnel
Minister Warren Snowdon said the
contract was about ensuring ADF
personnel received a high stand-
ard of health care.
"The agreement will support
Defence's goal of seamless health
care from point of injury to recov-
ery," he said.
"This contract with Medibank
Health Solutions will also assist
Defence to gain further efficiencies
to streamline the delivery of health
services and optimise current ser-
vices through the adoption of new
innovations and technology."
Current health services con-
tracts have been extended to
November to allow for a smooth
transition to the new contract and
ensure no disruption of services.
Health care on deployments
will continue to be provided by
ADF health professionals.
QUICK RESPONSE: Commander Combat Support Group AIRCDRE Tim Innes watches over Live Fire Tactical Training during Exercise Livingston with
FLTLT Adrian Rodgers. Inset, LAC Kym Hanton on picket during the day-time Live Fire Tactical Training serials.
Photos: LACW Jessica Smith
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