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Army February 2, 2012
THE birth of Army's new-
est regiment took place at
Woodside Barracks, South
Australia on December 9.
CA Lt-Gen David Morrison official-
ly welcomed 16 Air Land Regiment (16
AL Regt) to Army.
"As we began the journey with the
adaptive Army initiative, one of the
areas Army needed to be more focused
on was the way it worked with the Air
Force and the air and land forces of our
coalition partners," Lt-Gen Morrison
"As we now operate in a modern bat-
tlespace, the formation of 16 AL Regt
means Army now has a key role to play
in the airspace.
"I'm proud of all the work put into
the formation of the regiment, I'd like to
wish its personnel all the best and I've
got no doubt they'll build on the lega-
cy left to them by those who've served
CO 16 AL Regt Lt-Col Richard Vagg
said the unit, consisting of 314 person-
nel, was an amalgamation of two units
and many skill sets.
have come together to form the new
regiment and it will provide three core
capabilities -- a light air defence role,
a counter rocket artillery and mortar
(C-RAM) sensor and warning function
and air-land integration cells," Lt-Col
"The air-land integration function
will have elements working at battle
group, brigade, division and component
headquarters, the continuing of Army's
joint terminal attack control (JTAC)
troop and a number of Army ground
liaison officers located at RAAF Force
The main role of the regiment will be
to provide force protection for land forc-
es against air and indirect fire threats
through ground-based air defence,
C-RAM and command and control for
Air-land integration specialists will
tie together ground and air commanders'
plans, managing the airspace so surface-
to-surface and air-to-surface fires can
occur, allowing the passage of aircraft
throughout an entire battlespace.
The regiment headquarters, air
defence battery, C-RAM battery, most
of the air ground operations battery and
the combat service support battery will
be located at Woodside Barracks.
The JTAC troop will continue to
be based at RAAF Base Williamtown
and ground liaison detachments will
be located at all major Air Force bases
This year soldiers from the regiment
will also see the introduction of new
equipment and an upgrade to Woodside
"Accommodation for three C-RAM
Giraffe multi-beam radars and 18
Bushmasters will be constructed at
Woodside," Lt-Col Vagg said.
"The first Bushmaster is due to
arrive at the end of the first quarter of
this year and each one was purpose built
Sgt Andrew Hetherington headed south for
the launch of a new regiment aimed at bridging
the gap between the ground and the sky.
to carry an air defence detachment with-
"They were designed by 16 AD Regt
and the project team at Thales, creating
a clever, great piece of kit."
The immediate key focus for the reg-
iment will be to continue to provide sup-
port to overseas combat operations.
"At any one time we have a third of
the regiment's personnel deployed, or
preparing to deploy, in both C-RAM and
JTAC roles supporting MTF and SOTG
in Afghanistan," Lt-Col Vagg said.
"The next priority for us will be to
develop the air-ground operations bat-
tery, which will be the newest and most
crucial component of 16 AL Regt."
16 AL Regt will deploy as a regiment
for the first time during Exercise Hamel
in June and July.
The subunits of 16 AL Regt:
110 Air Defence Bty
111 C-RAM Bty
1 Air Ground Operations Bty
Combat Service Support Bty
Range of roles: The soldiers of the newly created 16 AL Regt present arms on a parade ground defended
by an RBS-70 air defence detachment.
Photos by Sgt Andrew Hetherington
"Air defence will get
being part of a
-- Bdr Roy Diaz, 111 C-RAM Bty
"It's an interesting
concept for JTACs
because we'll manage
-- Bdr Matthew Kelsey,
1 Air Ground Ops Bty
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