What to do when you’re a small school in need of some odd jobs done over the school holidays?  Call in the might of the US Army Marines, of course.

Somerset Hills State School played host to 20 marines for three days (9-11 July) as they undertake general maintenance at the school.

School Principal, Ms Janet Bannah said she was contacted by Nexus Care to see if the school had any projects to be undertaken. They certainly did!

Nexus Care runs a Brekky Club, facilitate a mentoring program and this year ran dance classes at the school’s Under 8’s Day. “We have an ongoing relationship with Nexus Care. But providing Marines. Now that’s a first!” Ms Bannah said.

The Marines of F Company, 2nd Battalion 4th Marines, are out of Camp Pendleton, California. It is a large Marine base on the coastline right between Los Angeles and San Diego. Also known as Task Force Raider, they have just completed Exercise Hamel with the ADF. This was their third and final training exercise in the Shoalwater Bay area.

Community outreach is an integral part of their time here. 2nd Lt Kurt James, Information Operations said the Marines and ADF foster a sense of duty and service in everyday life.

“Having an opportunity to offer a helping hand to a great school is everything we believe in. Somerset Hills State School has a heartwarming mission of inclusion and teaching students to reach their full potential,” 2nd Lt James said.

“We are thrilled to begin this project and will, without a doubt, benefit just as much from it,” he said.

Arriving in Darwin in early August, the US Marines will take part in a full slate of training exercises with the ADF and other regional partners. The main objective is to promote interoperability as well as regional stability and security. Growing in size each of the last seven years, there is a rotation of Marine forces to the area every year for the duration of six months.

As a whole, the Marines and ADF will continue their joint training efforts in various levels. Individual skills training and larger exercises are still to come. Task Force Raider was excited to be a part of this rotation.

“It is an honor to be welcomed so graciously by Australia. We are committed to doing everything possible to leave with this alliance as strong and positive as ever and allow the next rotation to be invited to continue growing this partnership,” 2nd Lt James said.

Nexus Care is located in Everton Park and is an innovative, hard working not for profit organisation caring for the northern suburbs of Brisbane and beyond. The heart of Nexus Care is to alleviate poverty in our community. We are passionate about seeing people journey towards wholeness and finding a fresh start in life.

For further information, please contact:


Ms Janet Bannah

Principal, Somerset Hills State School

(07) 3624 2222



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