Home' Army News : March 4th 2010 Contents A NEW monument unveiled at Bulimba Barracks
"immortalises" RAEME's 65-year presence at the
The RAEME Association (Qld) organised the mon-
ument that lists the 36 regular and reserve units that
have served at the barracks since 1945.
Unit names feature
on a bronze plaque
attached to the sand-
A ceremony to
dedicate the monument
was held in front of a
crowd of 400 ex-mem-
bers of RAEME and
their families late last
Col Peter Snowdon
said the monument
would be a permanent
reminder of the dedica-
tion and service shown
by thousands of soldier
tradesmen and women.
"It is appropriate that this monument has been
erected now as RAEME units no longer exist as such
and the Bulimba Barracks site is due to be closed in the
next few years," Col Snowdon said.
He said RAEME occupied the barracks in 1945
when "the Australian Army was handed the keys" by
the US Army.
Grants from the Brisbane Lord Mayor's Suburban
Initiative Fund and the Veterans' Affairs Department,
and donations from members of RAEME associations
around the nation funded the monument.
Army March 4, 2010
THE retirement of the DHC-4 Caribou
last November was not only the end of
an era for the RAAF, it was a signifi-
cant occasion for the Army, particu-
larly members of 69 Ground Liaison
Section and 1 Ground Liaison Group.
The Army used the Caribou as a light
tactical transport aircraft for its ability to
take off and land on short and unprepared
During its 45 years of service, the air-
craft operated in places such as Vietnam,
PNG, East Timor and Solomon Islands.
The three staff members at 69
GL Sect, embedded with 38 Sqn in
Townsville, worked with the Caribou
over their careers and have a soft spot
for the aircraft. Former OC Maj Graeme
Wren remembered working with the
Caribou more than 32 years ago when he
"I was a gunner in my early days
before commissioning in 2002 and
changing corps to infantry," he said.
"I remember we conducted a low alti-
tude parachute ejection system drop by
Caribou with 105mm ammunition, which
hadn't been done in recent times.
"The Army relied upon the Caribous
frequently before the advent of the Black
Hawk when it was just the Caribous, C-
130 and Iroquois."
He said the Caribou had provided
excellent service in support of the Army
over many years and would be missed.
Sad farewell: 1 Ground Liason Group members Capt Chris Mann, Maj Graeme Wren and WO2 Owen
Trevorrow with one of the last Caribous at RAAF Base Townsville.
Photo by LCpl Mark Doran
CORPS berets will be available for purchase from
Clothing Stores, only while stocks exist.
MEMBERS are reminded that colour patches can be
purchased from Arcade Embroidery (the authorised
manufacturer) via their website at www.arcadeemb.com.
MADE-to-measure uniforms will not be treated as a
priority unless it meets the priority criteria. ADFA/RMC
currently have precedence.
TO REPORT a defect against a clothing item, a RODUM
must be submitted in addition to any unit promulgated
instructions. A web user guide can be accessed at:
DIRECT questions related to clothing entitlements,
clothing prices or availability of clothing to WO2 Anthony
Romkes at the Army Clothing Hotline on (03) 9282 6602
or email email@example.com.
momument at Bulimba.
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