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7th Combat Service Support sharpens skills at Exercise Combat Echidna

Exercise Combat Echidna

Troops from the 7th Combat Service Support Battalion (7CSSB) recently completed gruelling training after supporting two demanding 7th Combat Brigade training activities this year.

Troops from the 7th Combat Service Support Battalion (7CSSB) recently completed gruelling training after supporting two demanding 7th Combat Brigade training activities this year.

The troops completed Exercise Combat Echidna 21, also known as the CO’s (commanding officer’s) Challenge, at Gallipoli Barracks in Brisbane over three days.

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Combat Echidna was a platoon-level activity testing foundation warfighting skills, according to event organiser and 7CSSB Regimental Sergeant Major, Warrant Officer Class One Nathan Carpenter.

“The troops were able to engage with members from other sub-units within the battalion and also be exposed to other units within 7th Brigade,” WO1 Carpenter said.

“They used the 8th/9th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, urban training facility, got to experience the 1st Regiment ‘dome’ for all-corps call-for-fire training, and used the 2nd General Health Battalion's expertise during a mass casualty serial.

The 7CSSB troops also conducted escape-and-evasion serials and experienced some heavy downpours.

To finish up, the troops endured a punishing four-hour activity led by physical training instructors.

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The exercise was a rewarding experience, Lieutenant Jacob Duchesne from the winning 6th Platoon added.

“The challenge was excellent. There was significant buy-in from units across the brigade using subject-matter experts from other units and the Combatives Centre,” LEUT Duchesne said.

The winning platoon was made up of members from the 106th Field Workshop, 5th Transport Squadron and 6th Field Supply Company.

LEUT Duchesne said he was proud with how his team performed.

“The wet weather, combined with some challenging stands, definitely tested the platoon, especially the culminating activity, wrapping up with a stores carry back to the battalion,” he said.

“Despite this, all members of the platoon completed the activity, and we managed to come back from third place to win the CO’s Challenge on the final day.”

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Nastasha Tupas

Nastasha Tupas

Journalist – Defence and Security, Momentum Media

Nastasha is a Journalist at Momentum Media, she reports extensively across veterans affairs, cyber security and geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific. Previously, she was a Content Producer at Verizon Media, a Digital Producer for Yahoo! and Channel 7, a Digital Journalist at Sky News Australia, as well as a Website Manager and Digital Producer at SBS Australia. She started her career in media as a Video Producer and Digital News Presenter at News Corp Australia.

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