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Army July 19, 2012
Cpl Max Bree
THE sound of chainsaws and drills marked
the opening of new 6ESR lines at RAAF
The engineers left out the usual ribbon
cutting on June 28, instead having CA Lt-Gen
David Morrison use a chainsaw to cut through
planks of wood and drill in the unit sign with
6ESR CO Lt-Col Matt Galton.
The first element to move to RAAF
Base Amberley was 21 Const Sqn in 2011.
Regiment HQ and the squadron HQ of
the newly raised Op Spt Sqn followed this
year, leaving their old building at Gallipoli
"21 Const Sqn were in lines at Enoggera
that were incredibly small for such a large
sub-unit," Lt-Col Galton said. "They're only
just getting used to having a modern facility
purpose built for a construction squadron."
A rebuild and expansion of 7 Bde facili-
ties at Enoggera would have left little room
for 6ESR's Headquarters and a construction
squadron on the barracks.
Since 6ESR is a unit of 6 Bde, not 7 Bde,
its elements were the logical choice for relo-
cation out of Enoggera, Lt-Col Galton said.
He also believed RAAF Base Amberley
would be an ideal place from which to rapidly
deploy an online engineer squadron since the
base is home to five C-17 transport aircraft.
During the opening ceremony, the CA offi-
cially named the regiment's new home Zabul
Lines, after a province in Afghanistan where
Reconstruction Task Force 4 conducted a
major operation to replace a bridge destroyed
by the Taliban in 2008.
Members of 6ESR formed the headquar-
ters and nucleus of troops for the task force,
1 Topographical Survey Squadron
20 Explosive Ordnance Disposal
6 Engineer Support Regiment HQ
21 Construction Squadron
Operational Support Squadron
17 Construction Squadron
Operational Support Squadron
hence the significance of Zabul to the regi-
"The operation to construct the bridge in
Zabul was the first significant task conduct-
ed by a reconstruction task force outside of
Uruzgan province," Lt-Col Galton said. "It's
a great example of a combined-arms task led
by engineers. Naming the new regiment lines
Zabul Lines is a concrete way to recognise
one of the achievements of the unit on opera-
About 200 soldiers from 21 Const Sqn, Op
Spt Sqn and regiment HQ make up the 6ESR
presence at RAAF Base Amberley.
"We have a very good relationship with
our RAAF brothers and sisters. We even man-
aged to get a flyover by a Super Hornet when
we opened the lines," Lt-Col Galton said.
Subject to government and parliamentary
approval, it is also proposed that 17 Const
Sqn will relocate from Holsworthy Barracks
to Amberley in January 2015.
The regiment's two other sub-units, 20
EOD Sqn and 1 Topo Svy Sqn, will both
remain at Gallipoli Barracks.
New home: CA Lt-Gen David Morrison saws through the "ribbon" to open 6ESR's new facilities at
RAAF Base Amberley. Inset, Members of 6ESR stand on parade ready to march over the threshold
of their new lines.
Photos by LACW Kylie Gibson
Elements of 6ESR move to RAAF Base Amberley
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