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50th Anniversary of 139th Squadron
08 Sep 2017
The 7th Combat Signal Regiment conducted a regimental parade with the Princess Royal Banner at Gallipoli Barracks to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Australian Army 139th Squadron’s formation. Former soldiers, friends and family attended the event to watch current serving members celebrate the milestone. The Australian Army 139th Signal Squadron was formed in 1967 for training for the Vietnam War. Many soldiers served in Vietnam and more recently in East Timor and current Middle East Operations.
Special Operations Training and Education Centre
04 Sep 2017
On 1 September 2017, members of Special Operations Command (SOCOMD) and the wider ADF gathered to mark another milestone in the ongoing development of Special Operations in Australia. The gathering at Holsworthy Barracks, witnessed the transition of the Special Forces Training Centre (SFTC) into the Special Operations Training and Education Centre (SOTEC). Guests included Special Operations Commander Australia (SOCAUST) Major General Adam Findlay and representatives from across SOCOMD and the wider ADF. SOTEC’s vision statement will define its mission, now and into the future, it articulates that the Centre is “to generate world class and trusted personnel to constitute high performance teams as a component of the National Mission Force. The SOTEC will deliver pan-command individual special operations training and education to enable personnel to integrate across the operational continuum for the conduct of special operations.” SOTEC will also establish a new detachment in Perth, as part of its implementation.
Duke of Gloucester Cup - Own the Night
04 Sep 2017
Australian Army infantry soldiers from across Australia are testing their core skills for the prestigious Duke of Gloucester Cup at the School of Infantry, near Singleton in NSW, from 6-11 August 2017. The Duke of Gloucester Cup is the Army’s premier military skills competition, pitting the best Royal Australian Corps of Infantry rifle sections from each unit against one another through a series of challenging activities that test their core infantry skills, including marksmanship, tactics, teamwork and fitness. Along with the Duke of Gloucester Cup, five other trophies are awarded: Sir Arthur MacDonald Trophy for best foundation war-fighting skills; Gurkha Trophy for best live-fire shooting; Royal Ulster Rifles Trophy for best falling plate shooting; OSCMAR Trophy for best battle endurance; and the DSM Roche CSC Memorial Cup for best individual soldier. The Duke of Gloucester Cup was created by Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, in 1946, while serving as the Governor-General of Australia.
Chauvel Cup 2017
31 Aug 2017
Chauvel Cup 17 is a competition designed around testing the core values of the Australian Army in a Troop level environment. Conducted at Kokoda Army barracks in Canungra, Queensland, Chauvel Cup 17 included both mounted and dismounted activities seeking to push the soldiers and junior officers of the 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment to their limit. Each scenario tested their skills and resilience and encouraged strong decision making, which in turn helps Army develop superior knowledge, skills and decision making in any environment.
Exercise Kowari wraps up in Far North QLD
30 Aug 2017
As part of Exercise Kowari, members of the ADF, Chinese People’s Liberation Army, U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps bond through adventurous training activities, including learning survival skills from the Bush Tucker Man, Major Les Hiddins. Hosted by 51st Battalion, The Far North Queensland Regiment, with training also provided by the Australian Army’s Adventurous Training Wing.