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Army December 6, 2012
New commander for 1 Div
Capt Carrie Robards
MAJ-GEN Stuart Smith assumed com-
mand of 1 Div and Deployable Joint
Force Headquarters (DJFHQ) during
a ceremony at Gallipoli Barracks on
He said it was a privilege to return to
HQ 1 Div.
"We have an exciting range of tasks
before us as we sustain the preparation
of forces for specified and contingency
operations, and lead the development of
the ADF's amphibious capability," Maj-
Gen Smith said.
Outgoing commander Maj-Gen Rick
Burr reflected on 18 months as command-
er, during which 1 Div consolidated its role
in Adaptive Army as the force certifica-
tion body and took the lead in the ADF's
emerging amphibious capability.
DJFHQ also deployed elements of
the headquarters on exercises and opera-
tions, including support to the Papua New
"The move into our new building in
August this year was symbolic of our jour-
ney of modernisation," he said.
"We have the capacity to fulfil enor-
mous potential. These are exciting times
for the ADF. We are well postured to
embrace the future."
Maj-Gen Burr will take up a post-
ing as the Deputy Commander General
(Operations), US Army Pacific.
"Working with the US Army will be a
great privilege and exciting adventure that
my wife and I are looking forward to," he
"I thank the staff of 1 Div for their
professionalism and hard work during my
Maj-Gen Smith commands 1 Div after
previously serving as the Chief of Staff and
operational tours as both the Deputy
Commander of JTF 633 (Afghanistan)
in 2008 and Commander (Middle East)
New boss: Maj-Gen Stuart Smith
takes over command of 1 Div from
Maj-Gen Rick Burr.
Cpl Nick Wiseman
MORE than 400 participants and
spectators turned up for a bridge-
to-bridge fun run in Canberra
on November 23 to mark White
ADF members and Defence
civilians flooded the shores of Lake
Burley Griffin to show support for
White Ribbon, which aims to pro-
mote men taking the lead in prevent-
ing violence against women.
Cdre Peter Leavy spoke at the
event and said violence against
women was a large, but often
unseen, problem in Australia
"It is an issue that needs t
visibility and people discussin
we're going to resolve the pro
"The participants today
male and female, have taken the
pledge and while they know the
underlying reason they're here, they
are going to have a great afternoon
demonstrating their support to the
women of Australia as well."
The runners, walkers and eager
dogs set off, with RMC staff cadets
setting a competitive pace.
Capts Ben Respondek and
Andrew Bassingthwaighte, of RMC,
broke out their paddleboards to
"spice it up a bit".
"We simulated the run by pad-
dling from bridge to bridge," Capt
"We were a lot slower than the
runners but it was really good."
against women was not going to be
"I think it's a great idea. It's the
first time I've participated in an
event like this," he said.
"Defence values and culture are
well respected in society and peo-
ple will see us running today and
get the message that members of
the ADF are opposed to violence
After the run was completed, the
participants enjoyed a sausage siz-
zle compliments of Deputy Chief of
Navy RAdm Trevor Jones.
In other events around the
country, Comd 3 Bde Brig Shane
d dinner for 200
ties at local
Run for a cause
Defence united in campaign against violence to women
set a fast
Photos by Cpl
SCdt Tony Ross, of RMC, said
Duntroon attended on behalf of
Army and the ADF
to let every one
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