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Aussie Roto Returns From Iraq
« on: September 25, 2006, 03:24:48 »
http://www.defence.gov.au/news/armynews/editions/1152/topstories/story08.htm

Secdet’s joy and sorrow
Volume 11, No. 52, September 21, 2006
By Maj Dave Munro and
Lt Cameron Jamieson


Well, baby, it’s great to see you

 
SECDET 9 has returned to Australia, ending an arduous six-month deployment in Baghdad.

During their deployment they conducted a number of tasks which took them outside the International Zone and, on occasion, into other locations within Iraq. The detachment provided protection for the Australian Embassy staff, in particular the Ambassador. They also upgraded the defences and facilities surrounding the Australian Embassy in Baghdad.

Secdet 9 suffered five casualties during their operations, including the wounding of Cpl Sarah Webster and three others by an exploding 122mm rocket, and the death of Pte Jake Kovco.

Pte Kovco’s widow Shelley was on hand to greet the returning soldiers at Sydney Airport on September 14.

OC Secdet 9 Maj Kyle Tyrrell said he was extremely proud of the cohesiveness of his team in Baghdad.

“This was demonstrated in mid-August when four members were wounded in a rocket attack,” he said.

“Within 12 minutes of the attack, Secdet had conducted first aid and coordinated the evacuation of the wounded soldiers to a nearby coalition medical facility.”

Before leaving Baghdad, Secdet 9 held a service of thanksgiving to commemorate their deployment in Iraq.

The service was conducted by Padre Maj Robert McKennay, who said that “for many it will be a sad time to leave comrades in arms, but outweighing this will be the joy of returning to Australia, family and friends”.

During the service Padre McKennay dedicated a plaque in memory of Pte Kovco. “We honour his memory and as part of our remembrance we dedicate this memorial plaque to him,” he said.

Cpl Webster has returned to Australia following treatment at the US military hospital in Landstul, Germany, and will receive ongoing treatment at Lavarack Barracks in Townsville.

Maj Tyrrell, who was one of five Secdet 9 members to be introduced to new babies that were born during their deployment, said he was proud to have led such a team on operations.

“The highlight for me as the OC has been the honour to work with these soldiers,” he said.

“They are consummate professionals and they have endured some tough situations but remained focused, cohesive and resilient.”

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Re: Aussie Roto Returns From Iraq
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2006, 03:37:36 »
Good find BBJ!

We replaced this mob. I know many of them well.

In the month that we have been here, we have got to know the area quite well. Slayer's Tunnel, Assasin's Gate, The Crossed Swords, 14th of July Bridge, Route Irish, Victory, South Victory, BIAP, Al Tawheed, Liberty Pool, and many more landmarks, both in the IZ and the RZ.

Truly not a nice place, and I am sure the SECDET IX lads are glad to be back, where their only worry is paying a power bill, ha!


Cheers,

Wes
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Re: Aussie Roto Returns From Iraq
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2006, 09:45:44 »
Thanks to you, Wes, and to all your mates. 

I worked with Aussie aviation types in Vietnam (Canberra bombers -- 13 x 500lb bombs -- Charlie's nightmare).  Australian Vietnam vets got an even worse ration of crap at home than US vets did.  I salute them all.

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Re: Aussie Roto Returns From Iraq
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2006, 11:13:47 »
Thanks mate. Ther is still a few VN vets in the system. Top blokes.

Cheers,

Wes
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Re: Aussie Roto Returns From Iraq
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2006, 19:08:48 »
In the month that we have been here, we have got to know the area quite well. Slayer's Tunnel, Assasin's Gate, The Crossed Swords, 14th of July Bridge, Route Irish, Victory, South Victory, BIAP, Al Tawheed, Liberty Pool, and many more landmarks, both in the IZ and the RZ.

Now don't be forgetting to mention the massage parlour and liquor stores, it's not all gloom and doom here!  :blotto:

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Re: Aussie Roto Returns From Iraq
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2006, 02:02:15 »
True, the BCC (Baghdad Country Club), that hopless blue and white building on that corner, full of beer and spirits, then down by 10 CSH (soon to be 28 CSH), painted on the wall of a building is ''Chinese Massage', and a phone number, ha!

However, I have only been to the BCC for a hat and golf shirt, but did look in the fridges. This place is guarded by arab blokes with AKs, ha! Plus the BCC has hot food, a bar, etc. But the food will be increasing its menu, so the Pizza Inn will have some competition.

We were to Liberty Pool on Sat night, about 200 were there, mixed gender. What a place.

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Wes
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Re: Aussie Roto Returns From Iraq
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2006, 19:11:30 »
There's also a massage parlour that offers "full body massage" in the small camp that is just down the street North West of the IZ PX.  The Chinese restaurant used to have a massage upstairs....hottie did the legit massages....an *older* one gave the happy endings ;D  Not sure if it ever re-opened after the Chinese restaurant shut down.

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Re: Aussie Roto Returns From Iraq
« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2006, 19:55:34 »
Well done to Operation Catalyst SecDet IX . Good luck to you Wes and the rest of your lot. :salute:

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Re: Aussie Roto Returns From Iraq
« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2006, 03:16:48 »
Good stuff fellers, Give em hell Wes and then go for one of those soothing massages
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Now set the teeth and stretch the nostril wide,
Hold hard the breath, and bend up every spirit to his full height..."