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AAFCANS Taskforce Talisman Sabre
Calais, France. 31 March 1919. External view of the Canteen and Regimental Barber Shop at the Australian Veterinary Hospital.
AAFCANS Taskforce Talisman Sabre

Exercise TALISMAN SABRE 2015 is a biennial combined Australian and United States (US) training activity, designed to train our respective military forces in planning and conducting Combined Task Force operations to improve the combat readiness and interoperability between our respective forces. This exercise is a major undertaking that reflects the closeness of our alliance and the strength of the ongoing military-military relationship.

Since its inception in 1915 the organisation now known now as AAFCANS (Army & Air Force Canteen Services) has taken part in ADF deployments. Talisman Sabre is no exception.
For the third time running AAFCANS takes up residence at ‘Talisman Sabre’. An AAFCANS taskforce led by Managing Director Stewart McGrow and project team leader Adam Hyland has been working closely with the Defence exercise leadership
Brigadier Paul Michael Nothard, AM, CSC - Head of Corps, Royal Australian Corps of Transport and his team on providing amenities. AAFCANS facilities have been included at Camp Growl, nearby gathering points and Talisman base camp at Shoal Water Bay. Special deployment container facilities have been provided by both Defence and AAFCANS. These purpose built mobile shipping containers along with the coffee carts, base camp canteen and temporary tent city shop facilities will provide the much needed conveniences and amenities our people on exercise.

“Volunteers from within the ranks of our Canteen service team locally, across the nation and from our Head Quarters have stepped forward for duty to create AAFCANS taskforce Talisman.  We have made sure that the mix of skills secured for the event includes keen baristas, as no doubt a good cup of Coffee will be highly valued.” said Adam Hyland.

 “It’s wonderful to be participating on deployment with Defence. We welcome all opportunities to be right where our people are. It is equally gratifying for AAFCANS to be taking its rightful place in a support role alongside our troops.  It has been a pleasure working with the Defence leadership team for Talisman 2015 and I am sure that all involved will benefit from their passion, thoroughness and keen eye for detail. We are all looking forward to a tremendously successful event and I know that many of our team will treasure this experience for years to come.” Said Stewart Mc Grow Managing Director Army & Air Force Canteen Service.

Brigadier Paul Nothard, AM, CSC - Commander 17 CSS Brigade said
“Through cooperation between AAFCANS and Defence, we have been able to deliver an amenities effect at key nodes during EX Talisman Sabre (15), which has improved the experience in the field of Australian soldiers and our international partners.”