Images: US, ADF miltary rehab vets' retreat [Image 2 of 9]
U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Jenean N. Dickens from Riverside, Calif., of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 75, San Diego, explores Chinaman's House, a house carved out of rock at the base of Mount Wheeler. The base of the mountain contains many abandoned golddigger sites. U.S. and Australian Defence Force military toured the site after volunteering at the Cockscomb Veterans Bush Retreat for upkeep and restoration as a part of 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.