Ready for action
THE usual tranquility of the Orara Valley was 'shot' yesterday as 27 army reserve personnel from Charlie Company 41 RNSWR took part in some serious soldier training.
Exercise Ballistic Pig may have sounded like an unusual name for what was essential a fairly routine affair, but for the men and women in Charlie Company, yesterday's exercise was an important part of their training.
"Being a soldier the need to be able to use their weapon," Captain Brendan Pitman said.
"They shoot from a range of positions; standing, sitting, kneeling and lying, and from 100-metre and 200-metre positions, as well as moving and stationary targets."
The service rifle training days are held twice a year to enable the army reservists to maintain their qualifications using an actual rifle with live ammunition.
Anyone interested in learning more about the army reserves is encouraged to attend an information evening on March 21 from 7.30pm at the army barracks in Duke Street.
The evening will include a 40-minute presentation on the role of the army reserve and what the army reserve has to offer the average person on the street. The night will be run by Corporal Ian Sercombe. For further information telephone 0404 039 209.