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New facility will help HQ 1 Div and the Deployable Joint Force HQ fulfil their deployment preparedness mission
Cpl Nick Wiseman
THE Deployable Joint Force HQ
has been given a new purpose-built
state-of-the-art facility at Gallipoli
Barracks in Enoggera, opened by
the Defence Parliamentary Secretary
Senator David Feeney on August 10.
A year in construction, the $60
million facility provides enhanced
command and control for both the
Deployable Joint Force HQ and the
Army's HQ 1 Div.
Senator Feeney said he was proud
to be in the presence of so many distin-
guished past and present members of
the ADF for the building's opening.
"In this new facility, the Deployable
Joint Force HQ will have the tools at its
disposal to ensure the personnel they
send on operations are well trained,
well prepared and well supported," he
said.The Deployable Joint Force HQ
and 1 Div commander, Maj-Gen Rick
Burr, said although the old building had
served them well, it became evident a
new facility was required.
"The technical innovations will
mean better decisions in quicker time
frames, making this HQ more respon-
sive to changing circumstances," he
"The headquarters will ultimately
be capable of providing command and
control for activities across the globe
from this building."
Offering a dedicated conference
room and four state-of-the-art planning
suites, the new building will allow the
headquarters to synchronise and coordi-
nate operational and exercise activities.
Former 1 Div commanders were
on hand to see what the new building
offered compared to their time in the
role.The building has a floor area of
18,000 square metres, providing space
for more than 500 people, and houses
the new amphibious capability head-
Maj-Gen Burr said ultimately the
headquarters was only as good as the
people working there.
"They are without a doubt a high-
performing team that is very capa-
ble of mounting large and complex
operations on extremely short notice,"
For more on HQ 1 Div's work developing the
Army's amphibious capability, check out the
feature on Page 16.
Proud history of Australia's oldest division
Cpl Nick Wiseman
ALMOST a hundred years ago as part
of the 1st Australian Imperial Force,
1 Div was formed and would land on
the Gallipoli peninsula less than a year
Made up of three infantry brigades,
a light horse regiment, engineers and
medical units, the division withdrew
from Gallipoli and returned to Egypt
where its soldiers began training for the
The division was moved to France
in March 1916 for further training at
Flanders before the soldiers fought
their first major Western Front battle at
Pozieres in July, sustaining more than
Over the next two years about
15,000 soldiers lost their lives and
36,000 were wounded in many battles,
including Mouquet Farm, Menin Road
and the Hindenburg Line.
When the fighting ended on
November 11, 1918, the remaining sol-
diers of 1 Div began to make their long
journey back home and the division was
disbanded the following year.
It was re-formed in 1922 as a militia
force and comprised units from NSW
and Queensland, remaining that way
until 1939 when it became the 1st
With the outbreak of WWII, the
division focused on training militia
troops for the defence of Australia and
the Port Kembla industrial complex. It
was disbanded in April 1945.
The division was re-raised in 1960
and assigned the role of commanding
units of Australian Regular Soldiers and
the Citizen Military Forces in NSW.
In 1973, the headquarters was
moved from Sydney to where it remains
today at Gallipoli Barracks.
Until 2010, 1 Div commanded a
number of brigades and units located
in Brisbane, Darwin, Townsville and
Sydney, with these units assisting
in many operations and emergency
humanitarian missions around the
With the reorganisation of Army
elements and the raising of Forcomd,
1 Div has re-rolled once again, main-
taining the Deployable Joint Force HQ
capability and assuming responsibility
for certifying the operational capability
of deploying forces and, more recently,
the ADF's future amphibious capability.
ALTHOUGH HQ 1 Div and the Deployable Joint
Force HQ reside in the same building, sharing both
personnel and resources, they provide two distinct
capabilities for the ADF.
The Army's warfighting two-star HQ.
Functional command in Army.
Operational management including force prepara-
tion and certification.
Includes 39 PSB, CTC, 1 Sig Regt and 2/30 Trg
Responsible to the CA.
A scalable, deployable joint task force HQ.
Able to deploy a HQ at short notice.
Conducts joint planning and command and con-
Future amphibious command and control HQ
under the Australian Amphibious Concept.
Command and control and development of Anzac
Ready Reaction Force.
Responsible to Commander Joint Operations.
THE Deployable Joint Force HQ and HQ 1 Div are
based at Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera, but they are
Over the years the headquarters has slowly but
surely increased the amount of personnel from both
Air Force and Navy. Further increases will enhance
the joint force headquarters role as well as the new
The headquarters also has a US Marine, Col
John Mayer, to assist with amphibious development.
State of the art: Commander 1 Div Maj-Gen Rick Burr RSM 1 Div WO1 Barry Vandenhurk move
into their new headquarters facility at Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera.
Photo by Cpl Nick Wiseman
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