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May 18, 2017
Maj Kris Gardiner
WATER, mud, obstacles and
Bushmaster PMVs were the main
ingredients for a fun Sunday
morning when soldiers from
1 Sig Regt joined 1130 partici-
pants at Brisbane’s Mango Hill
State School’s annual mud run.
Now in its third year, the event
involved 1 Sig Regt soldiers encour-
aging the runners, offering face
painting with cam cream and tours
of the popular PMVs.
In addition to the vehicle dis-
play, the soldiers established satel-
lite and high-frequency communi-
cations from the PMVs to talk to a
command post exercise being held
at Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera.
While entertaining the partici-
pants, the connection of commu-
nications also provided a valuable
training opportunity for the recently
formed Commander’s Tactical Party
capability that supports Commander
Contingent leader Lt Courtney
Brooks said 1 Sig Regt was proud
to support the mud run.
“It was great to see all the par-
ents getting involved, supporting
their local community and showing
their passion towards the event,”
Lt Brooks said.
“The kids couldn’t wait to get
into the PMVs and pretend they
Muddy school visit for sigs
were soldiers. Hundreds of muddy
but enthusiastic students and family
members clambered over the vehi-
cles after completing the demanding
With the mud run raising
$25,000 for Mango Hill State
School to support its active and
healthy program, 1 Sig Regt
members were proud to be part of
“We are looking forward to rain,
mud and a healthy coating of cam
paint next year,” Lt Brooks said.
“The mud run is a great event
and we look forward to linking up
with the school and supporting this
worthy cause again.”
Capt Ryan Puth applies cam cream to a Mango Hill State School
mud run participant.
Sgt Dave Morley
THE family of a legendary former RSM placed his medals
in trust at the RMC sergeants’ mess during an emotional
ceremony on May 5.
Accepting the medals into the mess’ trust, RSM RMC-D
WO1 Brian Heenan said it was a special ceremony.
“I went to the late Maj Tom Muggleton’s funeral in
January and met his extended family,” he said.
“After some liaison, the family decided Tom would be
extremely happy if the mess held his service medals in trust.”
WO1 Heenan said Maj Muggleton epitomised the typi-
cal Australian soldier.
“He was tough, courageous, professional,
uncompromising and loyal in every sense of the
word,” he said.
Maj Muggleton was born in Texas,
Queensland, in 1924 and enlisted in the
Second AIF in May 1943. In 1948, he was
posted to the British Commonwealth
Occupation Force in Japan with 67 Bn,
which later became 3RAR.
He went on to serve with 3RAR
in Korea from September 1950 to
May 1951 and, in May 1961, he
was posted to RMC-D as the RSM
then the Army’s most prestig-
ious role. He served in that posi-
tion until July 1967.
He completed a tour of South
Vietnam as a temporary captain
with 5RAR from January 1969
to March 1970. On his return
from Vietnam, after a posting as
a recruiting officer in Sydney,
he was promoted to major and
posted back to Duntroon as
OC HQ Coy in 1973, a period
which coincided with his own
son Paul’s period as a staff
Maj Muggleton’s daughter,
Denise, said she knew Duntroon
was the place for her father’s medals
to be. “My sisters and I grew up here – we
talk about Duntroon being our spiritual
home,” she said.
“The smells, the trees, Dad’s voice reso-
nating across Duntroon when he was on
parade – his voice carried everywhere. We
love it here and we feel it’s the right place
for his medals to be.”
The ‘place to be’
Denise Muggleton, the daughter
of the late Maj Tom Muggleton (a
former RSM of RMC), presents RSM
RMC-D WO1 Brian Heenan with
Maj Muggleton’s medals to be held in
trust at the RMC sergeants’ mess.
Photo: Jayson Tufrey
Medals’ RMC homecoming
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