AASAM 2013 – A TROPHY IN TRIBUTE TO A MATE

A newly designed trophy has been presented to the champion sniper pair at AASAM, the Australian Defence Force’s skill at arms meeting this year.

The Matthew Lambert Memorial Trophy was first introduced in 2012, featuring a generic RAR Sniper figurine, but it was through the efforts of those closest to Pte Lambert, particularly the 2RAR sniper community, that allowed a statue to be designed as a replica of his image. 2RAR sniper cell, with significant support from the RAR Foundation, commissioned Naked Army for the project, which was modeled from photographs of Pte Lambert on operations in Afghanistan.

Pte Lambert was a member of MTF3 and was killed in action during operations in Afghanistan on August 22, 2011.


AASAM - SKILL AT ARMS MEETING 2012

2012’s Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting (AASAM), conducted at Puckapunyal Military Range, is designed to pitch the best soldiers against each other in a tough combat-like environment. This focus ensures the contest is more representative of the skills required of a modern fighting soldier. Since 1984, AASAM has been Australia's premier military shooting tournament, with a growing reputation worldwide. The activity is open to all ADF members and also attracts champions from 16 international defence forces.

CPL Scott Tampalini of 7RAR South Australia receives the 'Matty Lambert Memorial Trophy' for best ADF Sniper at AASAM 2012. The RAR SNIPER trophy was subsequently replaced by a dedicated MATTHEW LAMBERT MEMORIAL TROPHY designed in Cpl Lambert’s likeness.


SASR SANDY BERET PRESENTATION

His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip, visited the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) at its home base in Swanbourne Barracks, Perth to present the coveted 'sandy' berets to the latest Army soldiers to pass the rigorous selection course and be accepted into the Special Forces Regiment. Addressing the soldiers and their family members after the presentations, Prince Philip congratulated the beret recipients for surviving the gruelling course "I am honoured to have this opportunity to congratulate these lads, and also their parents who must feel so very proud at their achievement. I want to express to you my admiration and respect for your work" During his time with the SASR, the Duke of Edinburgh met many current and former SASR members, toured the Historical Research Centre and spent time at the Garden of Reflection to lay a wreath in honour of those members of the Regiment who have lost their lives whilst training or on operations. His Royal Highness was accompanied throughout his visit by the Minister of Defence, The Right Honourable Stephen Smith, MP, the Special Operations Commander Australia, General 'Gus' Gilmore, and various local and state dignitaries.

SASSPORT commissioned to produce a modern ‘SASR09’ figurine which was used in the award ceremonies.

His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip congratulates Trooper T. as he receives the Student of Merit award for his achievements during training.
Photo by CPL Chris Moore - 1st Joint Public Affairs Unit. [REPRODUCED WITH PERMISSION ADO]

A Trooper from the Special Air Service Regiment salutes His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip after being presented with his 'sandy' beret.
Photo by CPL Chris Moore - 1st Joint Public Affairs Unit. . [REPRODUCED WITH PERMISSION ADO]


RAR FOUNDATION - HASSETT AWARD FOR JUNIOR LEADERSHIP 2011

(L-R) Private Joel Clifton, Lance Corporal Justin Simmons, Private Anthony Sheehy, Private Daniel Cleary, 2011 Hassett Award winner Corporal Stephen Woods, Private Darren Heathwood, Private Dean Bell, Private TJ Findlay, Trooper Daniel Chapman, Private Brad Sutherland and Private Cameron Horne.

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AUSSIE FAREWELL FOR US GENERAL PETRAEUS

Major General Mike Hindmarsh, Commander Joint Task Force - Middle East, farewelled the Commanding General Multi-National Forces – Iraq (MNF-I), General Petraeus, on behalf of all Australian Defence members serving in Iraq yesterday.

Major General Hindmarsh presented General Petraeus with a statuette gift from “The Australians” in recognition of the outstanding support and guidance he offered Aussie troops during this time as coalition chief.

The sculpture was created by Naked Army and depicts the iconic Aussie digger carrying a wounded US soldier to safety during the New Guinea conflict in 1943, as a lasting and poignant symbolisation of the unique and special bond between the two nations’ servicemen.

Major General Hindmarsh expressed his gratitude to the outgoing General saying it had been an absolute honour and a privilege for Australian forces to serve under his command and congratulated him on his achievements in dramatically improving the security situation in Iraq.

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Major General Hindmarsh, (left), and Brigadier Damian Roche (right), present General Petraeus (centre), with a gift on behalf of the Australian Defence Force.

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RECOGNITION AWARD - OPERATION SLIPPER

 (L-R) Captain John Woods, the Senior Medical Officer at Role Three Hospital, Kandahar, accepts a presentation from Commander Joint Task Force 633, Major General John Cantwell AO. The presentation was in recognition of the medical care afforded Australian personnel by the hospital. As Australia’s commitment to coalition activities in the Middle East Area of Operations continues, Commander Joint Task Force 633, Major General (MAJGEN) John Cantwell AO took time to visit Australian personnel deployed on operations in Afghanistan. MAJGEN Cantwell attended briefs at the Multinational Base – Tarin Kot and spent time talking with troops at patrol bases in the Chora Valley near Tarin Kot. He also attended theatre briefings at Kabul and Kandahar during his visit to the region. Operation SLIPPER is Australia's military contribution to the international campaign against terrorism, piracy and improving maritime security. Under this operation our forces contribute to the efforts of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) - led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. ISAF seeks to bring security, stability and prosperity to Afghanistan and aims to prevent Afghanistan again becoming a safe haven for international terrorists. Operation SLIPPER also supports the United States led International Coalition Against Terrorism (ICAT) in the broader Middle East.

Location  Kandahar Afghanistan

Credit     SGT Brent Tero.

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TARIN KOT MEMORIAL - 6 BATTALIAN ROYAL AUSTRALIAN REGIMENT TURNS 45

Soldiers of the 1st Mentoring Task Force based at the Multinational Base in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan participated in 45th Birthday celebrations for the 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment on 6 June 2010.

The 45th Birthday celebrations also marked the unveiling of a recent addition to the Australian memorial at the base, a bronze statue of a modern day digger, which was donated by Naked Army. The project was coordinated by former RSM, 2nd Mentoring and Reconstruction Task Force, WO1 Darren Murch.

 

PIC: 1st Mentoring Task Force CO, Lieutenant Colonel Jason Blain, and Private Kenneth Bayley unveiled a bronze statue of a modern day digger at the Australian memorial at Multinational Base Tarin Kowt. (PIC: DEFENCE)


BULL AT PACC V

The 2007 Pacific Armies Chief’s Conference, PACC V, took place in Sydney, Australia, in August 2007 with Chief-of-Armies (COA’s) from 23 nations in attendance.

The conference was co-hosted by Gen. George W. Casey Jr, U.S. Army Chief of Staff and Australian Lt. Gen. Peter Leahy, Chief of Army.
PACC was aimed at fostering military-to-military cooperation, developing relationships and ensuring regional stability.

Each participant was presented with a Naked Army BULL figurine and according to the Chief of Army's Project Director, the statues “were, and remain, a talking point amongst all who have the fortune to ‘own’ one from the presentations at the Conference”.

Pic 1: Australian COA Lt. Gen. Leahy presents NZ COA Maj. Gen. Gardiner with Naked Army’s BULL figurine.

Pic 2: Lt. Gen. Leahy with Lt. Gen. Leslie, Chief of the Land Staff, CAF.


TIM PAGE’S NAM

Tim Page is best known for his work as a freelance accredited press photographer in Vietnam and Cambodia during the 1960s. Page began work as a press photographer in Laos as a ‘stringer’ for UPI and AFP in the early 1960’s, and his exclusive photographs of an attempted coup d'état in Laos in 1965 for UPI led to a staff position in the Saigon bureau of the news agency. He also covered the 1967 Six Day War in the Middle East.

Page was wounded in action 4 times between 1965 and 1969, the last resulting in massive shrapnel wounds to the head, requiring extensive neuro-surgery in the US. During his recovery Page became closely involved with the Vietnam Veterans peace movement and worked as a caregiver for amputees and traumatically affected veterans.

In 1970 Page learnt of the disappearance of his friend, fellow photojournalist Sean Flynn, in Cambodia. Throughout the 70s and 80s he tried to uncover Flynn’s fate, a personal quest that came to an end in 1990, following the discovery of what appeared to be the graves of Flynn and colleague Dana Stone.

Page's return to Cambodia led him to found the Indochina Media Memorial Foundation in 1994 and was the genesis for the book Requiem, which features work by photographers who died in Vietnam and Indochina.  Requiem is now also a photographic exhibition in the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City.

Page is the subject of many documentaries, two films and is the author of many books; he is intensely interested in the human angle and his graphic, compelling and often controversial images capture the plight of those caught up in the horror of war.
Tim Page’s images of Australian troops in action feature on our promotional material and packaging.

For his story, books and limited edition prints visit www.timpageimage.com.au

Tim Page is still actively involved photographing war-zones in the Middle East and peacekeeping missions in the Pacific Region and is currently Adjunct Professor of Photojournalism at Griffith University, Queensland.


RAR FOUNDATION AWARDS JUNIOR LEADERS

The RAR Foundation annually awards the 'Hassett Award for Junior Leadership', eligible to all members within the RAR battalions and the Australian School of Infantry.

RAR’s CPL Justin Huggett was the recipient of the Hassett Award for 2007. The award is presented to the Best Junior Leader in the Royal Australian Regiment. The Governor General Major General Michael Jeffery presented RAR’s CPL Justin Huggett with the award at a dinner function held at Government House October 30th, 2007.

Naked Army’s Bardia figurine is the basis for the awards’ perpetual trophy, and our 1ATF figurine for the annual trophy, to be kept by each successive winner.

Naked Army was privileged to attend the Hassett Award dinner, many thanks to RSM Colin Swinbourn for being a patient & genial guide on top of his official duties on the night.

In 2006 the Governor General, Major-General Michael Jeffrey presented RAR Foundation’s Hassett Award to Corporal ‘Tar’ Finnsson (6RAR) for exemplary leadership during operations in Afghanistan in 2005.

Brigadier John Essex-Clarke, Secretary & a Director of RAR Foundation and instrumental in establishing the award said ‘…thank you, on behalf of the RAR Foundation and the Royal Australian Regiment, for your kindness and generosity in assisting us with the presentations for the Hassett Award.’

Named for General Sir Francis Hassett the trophy was based on Naked Army’s Bardia infantryman bronze figurine. General Hassett was wounded at Bardia in 1941, and led 3RAR in the iconic Battle of Maryang San in Korea in 1951. General Hassett’s 59-year career also included posts to New Guinea and Bougainville during WW2, command of troops Malaya, and in 1975 he became Chief of the Defence Force Staff.



(pic) His Excellency Major General Michael Jeffery & CPL Huggett.
Pic courtesy RAR Foundation.


WW2 VETERANS & THEIR FAMILIES RECOGNISED

Several Naked Army figurines are based on actual servicemen, and have been presented to the subject’s families by both the Returned & Services League and Naked Army.

We took great pride in helping with in several individual presentations –

RSL Ballarat presented Mrs Jean Allen (Cpl Leslie Allen’s widow) with our BULL sculpture which we also presented to 2/5 Battalion veteran Ron Mackie of Gulgong NSW.

Ron had been giving Bull Allen covering fire the day he rescued wounded US soldiers under intense Japanese fire at Mt Tambu, New Guinea 1943, for which Bull was awarded the US Silver Star.

Naked Army also presented RAAF Battle Of Britain veteran Edward ‘Teddy’ Hall’s widow Dorothy with our bronze of Teddy as he would have appeared while based at Darwin in 1943. Teddy Hall had flown with famous RAF pilot Douglas Bader and later with RAAF ace Clive Caldwell. Dorothy was especially touched - and wished to know how much she owed us. Dorothy, the debt is all ours!


RVR BATTLEFIELD TOUR SPONSORSHIP

Naked Army had great pleasure in helping sponsor 5/6 Royal Australian Regiment’s exercise ‘A Walk Too Far’ which occurred in July 2006 and involved a 4 day Western Front battlefield tour, culminating in the RVR team’s participation annual marches at Nijmegen, Holland (site of the ‘Market Garden’ allied airborne operations during WW2).

The RVR team tour started at Brugge, Belgium, concentrating particularly the Ypres salient and the locations listed on 5/6 RVR battle honours.

The tour included visits to cemeteries, Menin Gate, Polygon Wood, and the 5th Australian Division Memorial. Hill 60, earthworks and trench remains, pillboxes, bunkers and shell craters were also inspected, with the team returning to Menin Gate for the Last Post ceremony in the evening.

Naked Army was very pleased to be approached by RVR and will continue to sponsor the unit’s self-funded activities, which in previous years have also included ANZAC  landmark restoration work in the UK. Many thanks to Major Beck, team co-coordinator Sgt Staffieri and the RVR team members.

(RVR-1) RVR team members at the entrance to Pozieres village.

(RVR-2) ‘They shall not grow old’ – the imposing 2nd Division AIF Memorial statue.

(RVR-3) Another view of the 2nd Division Memorial.

(RVR-4) Time to reflect – RVR team member at the base of the 5th Division AIF Memorial.


ANZAC LANDMARK RESTORATION

A Naked Army mandate is to establish and to support / sponsor philanthropic projects such as Royal Victorian Regiment’s (5/6RVR) help in restoration of Australian Imperial Force landmarks at Salisbury Plain in the UK, and the unit’s attendance at the Fovant Badge Society’s Drumhead Service, an annual event organized by the Society.

Thousands of men from all parts of the Commonwealth lived for a while in the Fovant / Salisbury Plains area, passed on to the Western Front and returned from it. Many never returned but gave their lives on the battlefields in France. In remembrance of their colleagues, many of the regiments carved into the hillside replicas of their cap badges. Many of these no longer survive, but by the end of WW1 there were some twenty discernible badges.

The Fovant Badges are unique in their detail and pose difficult restoration problems relating to the slope of the hill, the complexity of design, and their sizes.
These vary; the Australian Badge, the largest, measures over 50m x 30m, which is just under half the area of a football field. In previous years 5/6 RVR have contributed significantly to the restoration of this ANZAC icon.

(FOV-1) 5/6RVR team on site at Fovant with badges on the heath in the background.

(FOV-2) RVR’s Maj. J.R. Beck, Sgt B. Staffieri & members turn out for the society’s Drumhead Service.

(FOV-3) Presentation of NA’s BILLY figurine to the Society President, General Sir John Wilsey, by Major Beck.

(FOV-4) Aerial view of the Fovant badges. The ANZAC badge measures an impressive 50x30 metres.