The Northern Territory news Sat 4 Sep 2021
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SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 4 2021 NEWS 07 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA An island of fighting in the Centralian desert EXERCISE Koolendong might have been set in a desert but for two weeks Bradshaw Field Training Area (BFTA) was transformed into a fictional island. Working together, US Marines and Australian Defence Force soldiers ate, slept and trained amongst the bulldust for a fortnight. The Brigade Major of the 1st Brigade, Major Jake Penley, said the Bradshaw training area had become an island that troops had to protect from a fictitious enemy. Weve held the island of Bradshaw where weve moved to assist the Indigenous forces and local population to remove that enemy force from their island, Major Penley said. The Marine Rotational Force-Darwin (MRF-D) affectionately called Murph-D by ADF soldiers and US Marines have spent the last six months training to respond to crisis situations in the region. Brigadier Ashley Collingburn, the commanding officer of the Australian Armys 1st Brigade, said Exercise Koolendong was part of a series of important training exercises. Starting with humanitarian assistance disaster relief, going through stability operations and then the big culminating activity, Brigadier Collingburn said. Exercise Koolendong was developed collaboratively by MRF-D and the ADF to reflect the combined force ability to plan and execute complex large-scale activities. BFTA is located over an area of about 900,000ha and is one of the largest live-fire weapons training areas in the world. This is truly an expeditionary operating environment, Brigadier Collingburn said. It tests our logistics, tests our communications, to another level. Showing the strength of the US and Australian alliance, Exercise Koolendong involved about 2000 US marines and ADF soldiers as it ran from August 15-31. It is one of the largest and most complex live-fire activities Australia conducts with the US each year. Overall, Exercise Koolendong has had another successful six-month rotation and preparations are now under way for the next rotation of US soldiers, Major Penley said. It has been fantastic, he said. US Marine Corps Lance Corporal Yorvi Colladopichardo (main) in action at Bradshaw Field Training Area. Exercise Koolendong involved about 2000 US marines and ADF soldiers. Main picture: Lydia Gordon FLOSS ADAMS DARWIN FAMILY DAY CARE Darwin Palmerston Rural | 8920 0600 |firstname.lastname@example.org MURRAYA CHILDRENS CENTRE Leanyer | 8927 email@example.com BEES CREEK OSHC AND VACATION CARE Bees Creek | 8983 3290 |firstname.lastname@example.org MANILTOA CHILDRENS CENTRE Coolalinga | 8900 9365 | email@example.com Family Day Care Educators are small business owners and child care professionals who work in their own homes to provide a high quality caring, safe and educaonal environment for children to play, learn and develop. To discuss the qualificaon requirements, suitability checks and applicaon process contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone our head office on 8920 0600. Recruiting for Darwin Family Day Care Home based educators
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