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A SOLDIER was seriously injured
in a car accident on Christmas
Island on February 11.
Two 1CER members were in
the car at the time of the crash.
Local emergency services
attended the accident and provided
immediate first aid. Both members
were taken to Christmas Island
The seriously injured soldier
was aeromedically evacuated to
Perth to receive specialist medi-
cal care. The second soldier was
released from hospital without
The members of 1CER
had travelled from Darwin to
Christmas Island to conduct pro-
ject work for Border Protection
The Defence Community
Organisation organised for the
seriously injured member's next
of kin to travel to Perth under
the Australians Dangerously Ill
The scheme sponsors travel for
a next of kin, relative or nominated
person to a member of the ADF
hospitalised through serious injury
Update to be
Old Faithful welcomed
with Townsville march
Soldiers introduced to new home with parade in Anzac park
Cpl Nick Wiseman
SOLDIERS from 3RAR were
formally welcomed to the city of
Townsville in a parade held on
The Townsville community and
local officials welcomed the battalion
with the parade followed by a tradi-
tional welcome and civic reception at
Despite last year being a busy year
for 3RAR, the transition from Sydney
to Townsville started in November
after three years of planning.
CO Lt-Col Trent Scott said the
move was a resounding success.
"There were obvious challenges
in moving the large amount of unit
resources and personnel from Sydney
to Townsville," Lt-Col Scott said.
"The facilities and housing pro-
vided to the battalion were first rate
and eased the stress on families and
After years of planning and con-
struction the battalion moved into the
new purpose-built Kapyong Lines at
Lavarack Barracks, which will pro-
vide everything for the unit to remain
Most of the soldiers had been pos-
itive about the move to Townsville.
Rifleman Pte Caleb Sue-See said the
new location was excellent.
"The lifestyle is something I am
really looking forward to," Pte Sue-
"The barracks are awesome and
better than I have ever seen."
With the relocation completed,
preparations for the 3RAR-led MTF
5 deployment remain the main effort
Lt-Col Scott said it would be an
extremely important mission and one
the battalion had put an enormous
amount of effort into.
"Although the unit is deploying,
it has still been tasked to support a
number of domestic and international
engagements," Lt-Col Scott said.
"This will be excellent training
and experience for the troops."
The move to Townsville collocates
3RAR with the rest of 3 Bde, allow-
ing greater access to training facili-
ties and assets as well as combined
activities with other units within the
Lt-Col Scott said these opportuni-
ties, along with access to the local
training areas, would provide the bat-
talion with better training activities.
"The battalion as ever remains
combat ready and combat capable."
New home: CO 3RAR leads his battalion down the strand in a march welcoming the unit to Townsville.
Photos by Sgt Darren Hilder
Local welcome: Performers from the local indigenous Wulguru dance
group welcome the battalion during a parade at Anzac Park.
CA LT-GEN David Morrison will
present his direction on current
and future initiatives for women
in the Army during a nationwide
International Women's Day morn-
ing tea on March 8.
The CA will host an event at
Russell Offices at 10am on the day
and has encouraged all formations
to do the same.
Units planning to host regional
events should forward the details
to Career Management -- Army's
leadership development coordina-
tor, Michelle Hannaford, by email
Video of Lt-Gen Morrison's
presentation will be available on
the new Army website at www.
army.gov.au for viewing during
unit morning teas.
International Women's Day is
celebrated worldwide each year to
recognise the economic, political
and social achievements of women.
Details of regional events are available
on the Army women's networking forum
website at http://intranet.defence.gov.au/
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