Australian Defence Force and U.S. service members of
Australian Defence Force and U.S. service members of the combined exercise support group contribute with upkeep and improvements to Cockscomb Veterans Bush Retreat during Talisman Sabre 2011. Rehabilitation of the site has become a biennial combined effort during down time during Talisman Sabre. Cockscomb, derives its name from the mountain now known as Mount Wheeler. The retreat, located at the base of this mountain, was originally named Cockscomb by Capt. Cook in 1770. Talisman Sabre 2011 is an exercise designed to train U.S. and Australian forces to plan and conduct combined task force operations to improve combat readiness and interoperability on a variety of missions from conventional conflict to peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance efforts.