JCU ex­pands alumni to PNG

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

A JOINT mil­i­tary train­ing ex­er­cise be­tween US and Australian forces off the Queens­land coast has drawn to a close.

More than 30,000 per­son­nel were in­volved in the three­week Op­er­a­tion Tal­is­man Sabre, a mid- in­ten­sity warfight­ing ex­er­cise in­volv­ing air, land and mar­itime train­ing.

The bi­en­nial “war games” ex­er­cise closed yes­ter­day, in a cer­e­mony on board the Amer­i­can air­craft car­rier USS Ron­ald Rea­gan off Port of Bris­bane.

Com­man­der US Pa­cific Fleet Ad­mi­ral Scott Swift said cy­ber war­fare ac­tiv­i­ties had set this year’s op­er­a­tion apart.

“I look at it as the most com­plex Tal­is­man Sabre we’ve ever done,” he said. JAMES Cook Univer­sity has launched an alumni net­work in Pa­pua New Guinea, with a signed Cow­boys jer­sey thrown in to help fundrais­ing ef­forts.

JCU alumni and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Damien Wat­son said al­most 600 alumni were born or live in Pa­pua New Guinea.

“In set­ting up this Alumni Net­work, we’re hop­ing that our PNG- based alumni will want to give back to their own com­mu­nity,” he said. “And by do­nat­ing this jer­sey, we hope it will be a cat­a­lyst to be­gin their fundrais­ing ef­forts.”

Cow­boys gen­eral man­ager for com­mer­cial busi­ness Jeff Reibel pre­sented the jer­sey at a func­tion in Port Moresby.

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