Major General Sengelman visits Exercise Kowari
They are part of the first land-based trilateral military exercise involving personnel from Australia, China and the United States.
Major General Sengelman, Head Modernisation and Strategic Planning - Army, said the exercise marked an important milestone in defence cooperation between the three countries.
“When the idea for this exercise arose, there was a strong desire for the participants to undertake a professionally rewarding experience, build friendships, enhance mutual respect and establish trust,” Major General Sengelman said.
“I hope for each of the participants that your example and this exercise sets a positive foundation that we can all build upon into the future.”
Major General Sengelman drew on his own experience of survival training to give the participants some tips as they headed towards the field phase of the exercise, which requires them to live off the land for five days in remote inland and coastal locations.
“Your will to survive and succeed along with how effectively you support each other as teams is what will carry you through,” he said.
“Above all, enjoy yourselves, make friends and learn from each other.”
The participants are being taught survival skills by instructors from the North West Mobile Force, the local unit which contains the Australian Army’s experts in survival training.