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Army March 3, 2011
By LCpl Mark Doran
A FRESH initiative for Townsville's
3 Bde is the Soldier Opportunities
for Recreation and Development
(SORD) program which has
improved the welfare support to
soldiers who are single in North
Commander 3 Bde Brig Stuart
Smith issued the directive for CO
1RAR Lt-Col Andrew Hocking to for-
mally establish the SORD program to
complement the existing support to
Aims of SORD include maximising
soldier-civilian interaction and improv-
ing their enjoyment of life through par-
ticipation in adventure activities, rec-
reational pursuits, civilian sport and
1RAR soldiers were the first to par-
ticipate in SORD and will now be able
to introduce and promote the program
to the rest of the brigade.
Lt-Col Hocking said one of the main
challenges of SORD was changing the
soldier's normal culture of weekends
spent on the town with military mates.
"It's been great for the soldiers to be
able to use their time-off effectively and
to have more interaction with the local
community," Lt-Col Hocking said.
"The program has assisted soldiers
to develop personal qualities along with
aiding in decompression and helping
with the reintegration after deploy-
The SORD program facilitates sol-
dier contact with activity providers, but
does not directly deliver activities, as
all decisions and associated risk with
participating in activities need to be
determined by individuals.
More than 30 businesses, clubs
and charity organisations are involved
with the program including sporting
teams from James Cook University,
Townsville City Council projects and
Youth With A Mission.
Lt-Col Hocking said Townsville
businesses were "over the moon"
because of the simple way they were
able to tap into a market of more than
5000 soldiers and their families.
"Local organisations looked forward
to the involvement of the soldiers as
they had a lot of energy, were physi-
cally fit and were especially orientated
for involvement with youth and charity
events," Lt-Col Hocking said.
AS part of Army's 110th birthday cel-
ebrations, the Royal Military College
Band will hold a concert on the lawns
of the Australian War memorial at the
Western Courtyard on March 4 from
6.30pm-10pm. Lee Kernaghan will join
the band as part of the celebrations. All
proceeds will go to Legacy Australia.
THE 60th anniversary of the Battle of
Kapyong will be celebrated by 3RAR
'Old Faithful' with a memorial parade
on April 24 from 10.30am-12.30pm.
Governor-General Quentin Bryce will
attend and an open day and lunch will
follow. Evening festivities will be held at
respective messes for all former mem-
bers of 'Old Faithful'. Further details
are available from the Adjutant, Capt
Alex Rubin, on (02) 8782 2200 or
0438 465 548 or email
Singled out: CO 1RAR Lt-Col Andrew Hocking speaks at the launch of the SORD program, which aims to
help single soldiers interact more with the community.
Photo by Sgt Mick Davis
TOWNSVILLE soldiers and their families
have been benefiting from a support
precinct opened at Lavarack Barracks
late last year by CA Lt-Gen Ken Gillespie.
Known as the Cassowary Precinct, it
includes a new gymnasium, a soldier
recovery unit, a central office facility for
counselling services along with the exist-
ing swimming pool, the All Saints Chapel
and credit union branches. Commander
3 Bde Brig Stuart Smith said the precinct
provided support beyond the workplace.
AN EXPERT board of Defence industry
representatives, unions and government
officials has been established to provide
high-level advice on Defence industry pro-
grams to the Australian Government. The
$44.9 million program will provide funding
to develop innovative products that con-
tribute to capability. The Board includes
representatives from the industry, Defence
and the Department of Innovation,
Industry, Science and Research.
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