This is a day not of celebration but of national memory. It's a day when we learn, and learn again, of the horror of purposeless war. It is a day for looking after your mates, cherishing your home, your neighbourhood and family ... It's a day
for realising how rare this wonderful country of ours is and how precious it is.
- Bob Carr
Premier of NSW
Glossary and photos at end of report, read it first for a list of abbreviation explanations.
Sergeant Major Dobson, R
Corporal Swinfield, S
Private Blake, X
Captain Crick, P
Private Pinos, M
Private Bland, M
Lieutenant-Colonel Arnold, D (Rte)
Major Ellison, S
Private McCann, S
Private Wilson, R
Sergeant Spencer, R (MIA)
Colonel Ware-Lane, C
Private East, A
Lance Corporal Crick, M
Lieutenant Gillian, X
Private McGregor, P
Area Of Operation: McClaren Vale, Willunga
Primary Military Objective: Acquisition of OWH
Secondary Military Objective: Acquisition of CRTS
Tertiary Military Objective: Acquisition of PH
07:45 SACs and SECs arrive, 3 Officers, 8 enlisted men, Pte McGregor listed as AWOL, reports suggest he was in the infirmary.
08:00 Capt Crick briefed the squad, Col Ware-Lane and Pte East sent to OWH for recon and surveillance, Lte Gillian sent to execute covert surveillance in AOO. L. Cpl Crick reported as training cadets and would report for duty at 09:30. Maj Ellison taking up rear guard.
08:05 Squad left PN, lead by Sgt Maj Dobson on a bearing of 183 degrees heading for M, approx 5 clicks away.
08:20 Sgt Spencer engages with insurgent viral infection and is MIA near M.
08:25 Squad proceeds along BT towards MV.
08:50 Sgt Maj Dobson reports previous canine insurgents along north section of California Road, squad proceeds with caution.
08:55 Squad passes California Road (North) without incident.
09:00 Capt Crick and Sgt Maj Dobson lead the squad into battle with CRTS.
09:05 CRTS defeated with no men KIA. Sighting of two white canine insurgents reported at junction of California and Malpas Roads, insurgents beyond effective range, restricted by perimeter fence of FCW .
09:10 Squad proceeds in Easterly direction along Malpas Road towards Primary Objective.
09:15 Squad reaches locality of W and performs BEO.
09:20 Pte Blake reports insufficient tactical training for OWH. Maj Ellison and Pte Blake ordered to conduct recon operations along BT between W and MV. RV point set to water refill point approx 5 clicks north of W. Remaining 8 men engage OWH in main battle.
09:25 Several of the enlisted men report never having engaged this particular enemy before.
09:45 OWH acquired. All men accounted for. Lieut-Col Arnold reported a SMM with his TMU, Capt Crick and Sgt Maj Dobson sent to escort him up the last 800m of OWH. Col Lane-Ware engages specialist skills and fixes SMM. L. Cpl Crick training cadets at summit of OWH. Recommend promotion for enlisted men at next performance evaluation - good effort.
10:00 Squad proceeds along Range Road to RV with Maj Ellison and Pte Blake.
10:15 Sgt Maj Dobson receives commuication from Lieut Gillian about DFM on descent of Penny's Hill . Squad pass DFM without incident. Col Ware-Lane, Pte East, L. Cpl Crick and cadets all sighted on descent of Penny's Hill performing covert surveillance.
10:25 Squad RVs with Maj Ellison and Pte Blake and proceeds along BT to MV.
10:45 Tertiary Objective sighted on BT west of MV. Squad commences battle with PH.
10:50 PH acquired without loss. Squad proceeds towards PN along BT and esplanade north of M. Cpl Swinton leaves squad for M on previously approved leave.
11:00 PN sighted and replenishment of rations commenced at BBH.
AOO - Area Of Operation
BBH - Becks Bake House
BEO - Bladder Emptying Operations
BT - Bike Trail
CRTS - California Road Tatachilla School
DFS - Dangerous Foreign Material (gravel)
FCW - Fox Creek Wines
KIA - Killed In Action
M - Moana
MIA - Missing In Action
MV - McLaren Vale
OWH - Old Willunga Hill
PH - Pedlers Hill
PN - Port Noarlunga
RV - Rendez-Vous
SAC - Standard Australian Cyclist
SEC - Standard English Cyclist
SMM - Serious Mechanical Malfunction
TMU - Tactical Mobility Unit (bicycle)
W - Willunga
Great ride today.Pb on willunga hill.Good support as well.Good little video might have to invest in one myself
looks like a good day out.
We will expect a support vehicle at all SSRC/Muddie events now.
Well I will be there again on Sat for the L ride :-)
Love your work Captain Crick.
With all due resect sir, I wish to report dissent within the ranks. Colonel Ware-Lane. WTF?!
Col. Ware-Lane will be court martialed next week for dereliction of duties (not riding his TMU), so will most likely be stripped of his commission, having said that fixing Lieut-Col Arnold's SMM will carry a fair bit of weight with Gen. Gus.
Solitary confinement one week for Col Ware-Lane hey Capt Crick:)
RD6 think that punishment might be a bit harsh given how long he had to wait for Ann to join him in Aus...
@ gillian yes and dont you forget it, subordination will not be tolerated.
@ captain crick its ware-lane not lane-ware get it right or your be on report
I would like to recommend Junior Cadet Crick for a promotion on 3 grounds:
1. Providing Colonel W-L with instruction on basic equipment repairs. (See surveillance footage above).
2. Being the only member of the unit wearing appropriate footwear for the conditions.
3. Having the good sense to wear camouflage pink :)
She was very pink today more than usual :-)
and she is such an angel,sooo very cute