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ADF Mobile Training Teams making a difference

ADF Mobile Training Teams are making a significant contribution to mission success in Iraq for Operation Okra.

Terry Turner




Mobile Training Teams are making a significant contribution to mission success in Iraq for Operation Okra, as Task Group Taji Four prepares for transfer of authority to Rotation Five.

Task Group Taji is a combined force of around 100 New Zealand and 300 Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel based north of Baghdad, and the transfer between Rotation Four and Rotation Five is now well in hand.

Since May 2015, the combined Anzac task group has trained more than 22,000 members of the Iraqi Security Forces, delivered training in weapons handling, marksmanship, explosive hazard awareness, combat first aid, urban operations, obstacle breaching techniques, vehicle check points, Law of Armed Conflict and combined arms operations.

Lieutenant Colonel Chris Gardiner, the Commanding of the Training Task Unit, Task Group Taji Four said more than 1200 Iraqis have been trained by Mobile Training Teams, who deliver instruction at secure locations outside of the Taji Military Complex.

“The Mobile Training Teams (MTTs) have made a significant contribution to mission success by bringing training to Iraqi Security Forces who are unable to travel to Baghdad due to operational requirements in their home location,” he said.

“In the Anbar region, for example, they are supporting Iraqi Security Forces as they continue their fight against Daesh and maintain security in Ramadi, Fallujah and the Euphrates River valley.”

The MTTs include force protection elements and trainers, who deliver instruction to small groups (eight soldiers) through to company-level formations (120 soldiers).

The senior New Zealand Defence Force officer to Rotation Four said the New Zealand and Australian trainers are valued by their international coalition partners.

“They have a reputation for high standards of professionalism,” he said.

“They are also highly respected by the Iraqi trainees who are using the skills they have been taught in their fight against the Daesh terrorist group.

“It remains evident every day that the combined Anzac Task Group is making a difference in Iraq.”

Terry Turner is Senior Editor for and Editor in Chief for the entire stable of CYBER PRESS magazines.CYBER PRESS is an Australian media business specialising in multi-channel broad audience online digital publishing. Our company is the evolution of Eco Magazines, Australia's premiere dedicated online publisher of full-format digital magazines. Put simply, we specialise, where many merely dabble.

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New Secretary of Defence Greg Moriarty takes over from Acting Secretary Mr Brendan Sargeant.

The ADF has a new Secretary of the Department of Defence, Mr Greg Moriarty.

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The Department of Defence has today warmly welcomed their new Secretary of the Department of Defence, Greg Moriarty.

The Departments facebook post advises Mr Moriarty brings a wealth of experience to the role and that prior to taking up the position of Secretary, Mr Moriarty served as Chief of Staff, and earlier as International and National Security Adviser, to the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull.

He also served as the first Commonwealth Counter-Terrorism Coordinator, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Mr Moriarty has also held the positions of Deputy Secretary, Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Ambassador to both Indonesia and Iran.
We are looking forward to working with Mr Moriarty.

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Prime Minister appoints Mr Greg Moriarty as Secretary of Defence.

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The Prime Minister has announced the appointment of Mr Greg Moriarty as Secretary of Defence.

Mr Moriarty will take up his appointment on 4 September 2017.

Until then Brendan Sargeant will continue to act as Secretary.

More soon…

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The FACTS – Less than a quarter of F-35’s have been grounded (LATEST UPDATE)

Terry Turner




In an update to our original article, about the temporary grounding of some F-35’s, Defence + Industry Magazine sought a response from Defence’ to the following questions “Could you please confirm that Australian F-35’s ‘were not’ implicated specifically in the 5 hypoxia-related incidents and that Australia Pilots ‘have not’ experienced hypoxia-related issues”.

An Australian Defence spokesperson has advised D+IM of the following information:

Local flights of F-35A from Luke Air Force Base were suspended by the US Air Force on 9 June 2017 to enable a comprehensive review of the facts and circumstances surrounding the physiological episodes recently reported. Pilots experiencing these episodes have reported hypoxia-like symptoms. 

The Australian Senior National Representative at Luke Air Force Base concurred with the US Air Force decision and exercised his authority to suspend Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) pilots from flying pending the outcomes from the review.  

No Australian pilots have been affected by the episodes.

In each episode reported, the aircraft’s backup oxygen system operated as designed and each pilot followed the correct procedures, landing the aircraft safely. 

Physiological episodes are experienced occasionally in other fighter aircraft. Aircrew receive appropriate training and employ procedures if they are affected by such episodes. 

The global F-35 Program is still in the developmental phase and attention is quickly focused on identifying and remedying any system anomaly.

There are more than 200 F-35 aircraft already being flown by the US and Partner nations, with over 90,000 flight hours logged across operational and test aircraft.

Australia remains on track to deliver the F-35A Initial Operating Capability in December 2020.

Read our earlier article here

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