CAAL Podcast Series Episode #9: Vidcast of Leadership Lessons from the Battlefield- COL Say, LTCOL Jardine and MAJ Meany

By The Centre for Australian Army Leadership January 13, 2022

Leadership Lessons from the Battlefield

COL Say, MAJ Meany and CAPT Williams deployed to Afghanistan in Mentoring and Reconstruction Taskforce 1 from October 2008 to June 2009. Back then, it was MAJ Say, OC Engineer Task Unit, LT Meany, the Combat Engineer Troop Commander of 2 Troop and LCPL Williams, section 2IC of E23C, a Combat Engineer Section within 2 Troop. Their roll was to conduct High Risk Search for mobility operations.

CAPT Williams and his two guests were on Operation Turah Ghar, which involved the construction of Combat Outpost Marshall and security patrols within the Baluchi Valley. On 29 January 2009, CAPT Williams’ section was leading a resupply convoy for the COP build and experienced their second IED strike in a week and their third for that month. It destroyed their PMV Bushmaster and caused the aeromedical CASEVAC of two WIA. As a result, the Combat Team had personnel and an immobilised and battle damaged vehicle in the middle of the Baluchi Valley; which was at that time an active Taliban stronghold.

Watch this vidcast to hear their personal experiences and lessons from the battlefield. 







The Centre for Australian Army Leadership

Formed in 2019 and based in Canberra, the Centre for Australian Army Leadership (CAAL) is the ‘centre of excellence’ developing leadership, character and ethics initiatives within the Australian Army. CAAL is responsible for delivering the Australian Army Leadership Program (AALP) across all promotion courses. Visit the RMC-A DPN page and find the CAAL tab for a range of leadership articles and videos for your next professional military education session. 

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Australian Army, the Department of Defence or the Australian Government.

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