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April 20, 2017
MAJOR facilities investment is
under way at RAAF Base Amberley
in Queensland to provide significant
support to Defence capability.
Amberley is one of Australia’s
largest Defence sites and home
to 6ESR, 9FSB, Joint Logistics
Command South Queensland, Air
Force’s F/A-18 Super Hornets and the
C-17A strategic airlift fleet.
Director-General Capital Facilities
and Infrastructure Brig Noel Beutel
said the upgrades would involve
well into 2020.
than $1b worth
benefits to the
over the next
few years,” Brig Beutel said.
“One project has recently been
completed with construction of most
other works now under way.”
These works include the 17 Const
Sqn Relocation Infrastructure Project,
which was initiated to support the
CA’s 2010 directive that the squadron
relocate from Holsworthy Barracks in
Sydney to Amberley.
$71.8 million has been invested
in the relocation project that will
enhance command and control
arrangements and provide opportuni-
ties for shared services and opera-
tional efficiencies between 17 and 21
The facilities include a squadron
headquarters, working accommoda-
tion, vehicle and equipment shelters,
car parking, and general site decon-
tamination. Construction was com-
pleted in December 2016 and person-
nel have begun moving into their new
ing the capacity
of Amberley is
tion in early
Branch Project Director Lindsay
Murray said the project would deliver
facilities to support and sustain
the operation of the new EA-18G
Growler aircraft capability.
“The project will also support
the safe employment of the new
Growler Mobile Threat Training
Emitter Systems at the Army Aviation
Centre at Oakey, and at the Delamere
Air Weapons Range in the Northern
Territory,” Mr Murray said.
Sappers move into
new digs at Amberley
With more than
$1b worth of works,
projects will continue
to deliver significant
Brig Noel Beutel,
Director-General Capital Facilities
Sgt Dave Morley
THREE generations of soldiers
proudly watched a family member
march out of ARTC on March 31.
WO2 Scott Veivers, of 6ESR,
his daughter Pte Tehanee Veivers,
of 7CSSB, and father Bill Veivers,
a 6RAR Vietnam veteran, met at
Kapooka to watch Tpr Keegan
WO2 Veivers said it was spe-
cial having the whole family at the
“I’ve been in the Army for nearly
an influence on Keegan enlisting –
he would have seen all the happy
times we’ve had with me being in the
Army,” he said.
Pte Veivers said she was proud of
her younger brother.
“He’s wanted to join the Army all
his life – it’s been his dream job. So
it’s a milestone he’s just achieved,”
“Watching him on parade brought
a tear to my eye.”
Tpr Veivers said seeing his grand-
dad with his Vietnam medals when he
was a little kid was a big influence on
him joining the Army.
“It inspired me to want to become
a soldier myself and now I just want
to be the best soldier I can be – I’m
planning on staying in the Army for a
long time,” he said.
Tpr Veivers’ grandfather Bill was a
rifleman in C Coy, 6RAR, during the
battalion’s 1966-67 tour of Vietnam.
He was wounded in action on July
9, 1966, when his unit was out in an
all-night ambush position.
“Cpl Ed Hartley was also wound-
ed and national serviceman Pte
Gordon Knight was killed – they
were two good blokes,” he said.
“I got wounded pretty badly and
went to 36 US Evac Hospital at Vung
Tau. I got a gunshot wound near the
sciatic nerve in my right buttock, so
the doctor said I was unlucky, but
lucky, because if I’d been hit in the
sciatic nerve I could have been para-
lysed from the waist down.”
Mr Veivers completed 20 years
in the ARA. He said watching his
grandson on parade made him
“I’m glad I was still alive to see
him march out after finishing his
recruit training,” he said. “My father
was in WWII, so there are now four
generations of us who have served in
the Army. It was a special day to see
Keegan march out – I marched out
of here 53 years ago in 1964 and it’s
great to be back here again.”
Military service is in one family’s blood
From left: Vietnam veteran Bill Veivers, his grandson Tpr Keegan Veivers,
grand-daughter Pte Tehanee Veivers and son WO2 Scott Veivers after
Tpr Veivers’ march-out parade at Kapooka.
Photo: Sgt Dave Morley
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