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THE Brisbane Soldier
was officially opened
by CA Lt-Gen David
Morrison on March 27.
The centre has
been operating since
last year and is the
third of its kind in the
Army. It forms part of
the care and recovery
process for wounded,
injured and ill soldiers.
Other centres have
in Townsville and
Pictured here is
Spr James Darby with
Lt-Gen Morrison dis-
cussing the day-to-day
activities at the centre.
Photo by LAC Dan Pinhorn
Recovery centre opened
Welcome to Uruzgan Lines
The soldiers of 8/9RAR officially open their new lines, named in honour of the battalion's Afghanistan tour
Cpl Max Bree
8/9RAR's first battalion deployment to
Afghanistan was immortalised with the
inauguration of Uruzgan Lines as the
unit's new home on April 27.
The new lines were officially opened
by the CA Lt-Gen David Morrison in
front of about 530 of the battalion's sol-
diers, their families and members of
the battalion associations at Gallipoli
CO 8/9RAR Lt-Col Kahlil Fegan said
the name was agreed to by the CA to
honour the battalion's first deployment in
its own right.
"We felt the name Uruzgan Lines
had a strong historical significance for
8/9RAR for the fact it was the first place
the battalion deployed to war.
"This deployment and the occupa-
tion of the new lines mark a very special
period in the history of the Battalion."
After being re-raised in October 2007
to provide a digitised and motorised
capability to 7 Bde, the battalion rap-
idly out-grew the old lines, according to
"There was inadequate room for all
our operational stores, inadequate room
for our vehicles and definitely inadequate
room for all our soldiers," he said.
"The old lines were due to be demol-
ished and were the oldest lines occupied
by any of the battalions in the Royal
The new $70 million facility features
a military instruction block with new
computer facilities available to soldiers
and a battalion compound with enough
room for all 530 soldiers in the unit to
conduct PT at any one time.
"I have no doubt that all of us in the
battalion are blown away by the facilities
and resources that are available to us, not
only in Uruzgan Lines but also through-
out the brigade area," Lt-Col Fegan said.
"Our soldiers are very proud of their new
"We've arguably got now some of
the best facilities that are available to a
conventional Army force anywhere in
8/9RAR formed the nucleus of
MTF-4 deploying to Afghanistan in
January last year and returned home in
"When you think about it, the bat-
talion has trained up, it's deployed on
operations, it's had a very successful
deployment and it's come home with all
its members and then moved into a fresh-
ly purpose-built facility."
New home: The soldiers of 8/9RAR perform a general salute
during the parade to officially open the new Uruzgan Lines at
Gallipoli Barracks. Inset, unit mascot John MacArthur III joins
the troops on parade with handler Pte Justin Kelly.
Photos by LAC Dan Pinhorn
Celebrating the linking of 2/4 RAR
40 years ago
30 August 2013 (1630h for 1830h)
at the Townsville RSL
Fa cebook page
$55 per head
partners of 2/4
RAR are Invited
Jacket & tie /
Dinner 3 courses
31 Aug 2 RAR Social Fu nction 1000h -- 1400h
includes BBQ, $10, issue merchandise,
visit the musuem.
Sunday session at the Seaview Hotel.
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