US Marine Staff Sgt Joseph Ross (right) and Lance Corporal Christopher Jones, follow Australian Corporal Timothy Newely (left) and Corporal Sam Preston-Stanley strolling the beachfront of Yeppoon.
US Marine Staff Sgt Joseph Ross (right) and Lance Corporal Christopher Jones, follow Australian Corporal Timothy Newely (left) and Corporal Sam Preston-Stanley strolling the beachfront of Yeppoon. Lance Cpl Kevin M Smith

Friendships form away from battle

ALTHOUGH operation Talisman Sabre is well under way in the region, there is still plenty going on behind the scenes.

Australian and American military police have been hard at work since arriving at Camp Rocky, to ensure the safety of service members is kept by working alongside each other during the war exercises.

The US Marines are working hand-in-hand with the military policemen of the Australian Army in support of Talisman Sabre 2011, with the primary focus of the combined military police force training centred on law enforcement and force protection.

A US military police chief Joseph Ross said the marines were gaining useful experience and great training.

“We are really getting to see the different ways that the forces work, not only with the MPs, but with the anti-terrorism force protection team as well,” he said.

Area patrols, responding to calls on and off base involving military personnel, involvement with incident response teams, conducting basic investigative procedures, and cross training within the two services are just some of the daily operations carried out by the marines.

But among the many serious operations, Australian and American servicemen have also gained friendships from the experience.

Military policeman Brett Chilson said it had been really interesting seeing how the Australian army operated.

“I’ve really enjoyed the time we have spent with the Aussies.”