07 July 2009
Rockhampton Opens Its Doors to Visiting Soldiers
Australian and United States personnel took time out from Exercise Talisman Saber 2009 preparations, to say G'day and Howdy to the people of Rockhampton with an open day on the 5 July 2009. Incorporating a display of past and present vehicles, equipment and historical re enactors in period uniforms, the Open Day was a chance for locals to meet the men and women of the Australian Army and United States (US) Marine Corps in town for the exercise.
Air Commodore Rick Owen, Royal Australian Air Force and US Marine Colonel Steven Merrill, presented the Mayor of Rockhampton with plaques celebrating the close and historical ties of the city to the Military. An Australian Army Band and the Marine Force Pacific (MARFORPAC) Band, entertained and delighted the large audience at their show with a selection of contemporary and classic hits.
Toys are not just for boys , a young Rockhampton local tries to coax her father to get up close to military hardware on display at the Exercise Talisman Saber 2009 Open Day.
Troop Sergeant Major (TSM) Arthur “Jock” Preston, Commanding Officer of the 5th Light Horse Regiment (5LHR) Morgan Troop, talks to a United States Marine Corps Corporal at the Talisman Saber 09 open day in Rockhampton, Queensland. TSM Preston fought with the allied forces as a member of the British Army during WW2. He immigrated in to Australian in 1950 and now runs the Mount Morgan Troop of 5 LHR Queensland Mounted Infantry (QMI). The troop attends many events in Light Horse regalia to commemorate and remember the role played by the QMI during WW1.
Fighting colours: A young Rockhampton local gets his face painted with camouflage cream by soldiers at the Exercise Talisman Saber 2009 Open Day.
Pardon Me Boys...Musicians from the Australian Army and Marine Force Pacific (MARFORPAC) Band entertains the large audience gathered to listen to a wide selection of tunes at the Exercise Talisman Saber 2009.
Reminiscing: Rockhampton locals gather by the Fitzroy River to listen to the wide selection of music performed by members of an Australian Army band and Marine Force Pacific (MARFORPAC) band at the Exercise Talisman Saber 2009 Open Day.
Residents of Rockhampton view displays of modern and historical equipment at the Exercise Talisman Saber 09 open day.