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Patron: Major General Peter R Phillips AO MC (Retd) MC

 

 

 

 

 

 

President: Leo VanDeKamp

 

Treasurer: Allan Johnston

 

 

Secretary

Bob Bettany

22 Pickering Place

CABOOLTURE

QLD 4510

Phone: (07) 5498 3006

Mobile: 0418 889 141

Email: csn61b@hotkey.net.au

 

 

 

 

11 March 2004

Working Doghandlers Seminar Biathlon and Reunion

 

Dear Sir

 

As President of the Australian Army Trackers and War Dogs Association (AATWDA), I wish to invite your unit/organisation to participate in our Association’s 2004 ANZAC weekend activities to be conducted in Rockhampton, QLD. The AATWDA was formed in August 2001 and was incorporated as an Association in QLD in December that year. We have in excess of 500 members and associate members Australia wide. 

 

For the ANZAC weekend this year, it is proposed that the AATWDA host a seminar for all interested military, federal and state Government bodies using working dogs as part of their normal role. It is planned for the activity to be held during 22-26 April 2004.  It is also proposed for the weekend to include a biathlon to test both dogs and handlers in various activities. The AATWDA will alert the Media for appropriate coverage at the time. ANZAC Day will see all members and associate members invited to march under the AATWDA banner. Details of the objectives and an outline program of events are at Attachment 1.  A number of military and other Government and non-Government units and organisations that are involved with working dogs have been invited to participate. (see Attachment 2)

 

In summary, this seminar/biathlon provides an excellent opportunity for participants to gain an insight and understanding into current working dogs operations both within the military and non-military arena.  It will also provide all participants with an insight into how dogs have been used by the military in the many conflicts the Australian Army has been involved in.  Accordingly, I seek your support in allowing members of your unit/organisation to attend the AATWDA activities 22-26 April. Personnel accommodation and limited kitchen facilities are available through CSI Rockhampton and it is important that we have details of members attending as early as possible.  It would be useful for those units/organisations that are bringing dogs for this activity to bring their own personal kennels for their dogs. However interstate visitors should request kennels if needed. Travel to and from the venue remains a personal/unit/organisation responsibility. Accommodation is available from the 21st April.

 

Should you feel that your unit/organization would like to share some knowledge or expertise and be part of the program or, you are able to support this activity, it may be useful for a liaison officer to be nominated, who could liaise directly with the AATWDA.  Our contact for the activity is the Association’s Secretary Bob Bettany, whose details are on the letterhead above.

 

Your early advice would be appreciated.

 

Yours sincerely

Leo Van De Kamp

 

 

President AATWDA

 

 

 

 

Attachment 1

SEMINAR OBJECTIVES

·        Develop an understanding between various Federal and State Government  agencies regarding the use of working dogs in their respective roles and gain a broader knowledge and understanding of the various roles dogs are deployed in

 

·        Establish some understanding of the current use of dogs in military operations

·        Exchange ideas on current training methods as well as other aspects of working dog management

·        Establish lessons learnt from ex-servicemen on the use of military dogs on operations in previous conflicts

 

·        Develop a better rapport between members of the military and various agencies involved in working with dogs

 

·        Provide a competitive setting to conduct various dog trials

·        Provide a favourable public image on the use of dogs in the various roles

 

 

OUTLINE PROGRAM OF EVENTS

 

DAY 1 – 22 APRIL 2004 (Please note this is an outline program only at this stage and will be subject to finalisation in due course)

 

·        Registration

 

·        Intro and welcome by AATWDA

·        Presentations on the following topics (presenter yet to be identified):

·        3CER EDD  - on recent exchange with Defence Animal Centre, Melton, Mowbray, UK

·        School of Military Engineering  EDD - new concepts in training of war dogs

·        AQIS – their use of dogs and protocols of importing/exporting dogs

·        Each Service – discussion on each services training techniques. Problems encountered and their current status

·        Operation Tanager/Citadel Tracker Dogs in East Timor (observing current Operational Security)

·        INTERFET East Timor - EDD

·        Operation ANODE – RACMP/EDD  The Solomons  (observing current Operational Security)

·        A presentation by a veterinary surgeon on dog maintenance that can be undertaken by handlers and the identification of various illnesses.

·        Discussion with DOGQUIP Australia on the development of existing and new dog equipment

 

 

 

 

Day 2 – 23 APRIL 2004

 

·        Presentations from AATWDA members on  operations in the following areas:

·        Korea

·        Malaya

·        Borneo

·        Ubon Thailand

·        Singapore

·        Butterworth

·        Tengah Airbase

·        Vietnam

·        Zimbabwe

·        Briefing about the AATWDA and its future plans

·        RSPCA Animals in War Memorial Canberra briefing and update

 

DAY 3 – APRIL 24   

 

·        Biathlon between units/organisations involving dogs and handlers

·        Annual General Meeting AATWDA

·        Dinner Dance and Presentation of prizes to biathlon participants

 

DAY 4 – APRIL 25

 

·        AATWDA Dawn Service – Rockhampton RSL

·        Gunfire breakfast

·        ANZAC Day march under AATWDA banner        ( Members and guests are reminded that it is permissible to march with the medals of relatives pinned on the right breast)

·        ANZAC Day activities – Anzac Club

 

DAY 5 – 26 APRIL 2004

 

·        Debrief of weekend activity and form a committee to organise the next Seminar.

·        BBQ Lunch / Close and all attendees depart

 

 

 

 

 

Attachment 2

 

 

LIST OF UNITS/ORGANSATIONS INVITED TO ATTEND

 

 

·        AATWDA members

·        2 COMBAT ENGINEER REGIMENT  ENOGGERA (EXPLOSIVES DETECTION DOG Section  (EDD))

·        3 COMBAT ENGINEER REGIMENT TOWNSVILLE (EDD)

·        SCHOOL OF MILITARY ENGINEERING MOOREBANK NSW (EDD)

·        44 MILITARY WORKING DOG PLATOON  RACMP

·        RAAF MWDH – VARIOUS UNITS

·        QLD POLICE SERVICE DOG SQUAD

·        QLD CORRECTIVE SERVICES DOG SQUAD

·        AUSTRALIAN  CUSTOMS DETECTOR DOG UNIT

·        AUSTRALIAN QUARANTINE INSPECTION SERVICE DETECTOR DOG UNIT

·        AUSTRALIAN PROTECTIVE SERVICES DOG SQUAD

·        AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE DOG SQUAD

·        NSW POLICE SERVICE DOG SQUAD

·        NSW CORRECTIVE SERVICES DOG SQUAD

·        VICTORIAN POLICE DOG SQUAD

·        VICTORIAN CORRECTIVE SERVICES DOG SQUAD MEMBERS

·        BLUE RIBBON  PEST CONTROL          (Termite Dogs)

·        REPRESENTATIVE FROM DOGQUIP – PROVIDER OF DOG EQUIPMENT TO VARIOUS AGENCIES

·        EUKANUBA REPRESENTATIVE

·        PEDIGREE PAL.

·        V.I.P PETFOODS