Kapooka Military Area Dawn Service

As many Australian cities, towns and or communities have done for 102 years, the Kapooka Military Area held its own Anzac Day Dawn service memorial on the 25th April 2017, to pause and remember those service women and men who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

As the Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army Recruit Training Centre, I will personally remember this service, my first as the Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army Recruit Training for a long time. 

I was amazed at the turn-out of people, not just from the staff andcivilians that work at Kapooka, but all those who braved the cold weather to be apart of our service and I am very thankful of that. The morning started with the traditional gun-fire breakfast within 1RTB and Recruit Development Wing, followed by the Dawn Service ceremony at the park located near the front gates of Kapooka. As I mentioned earlier, this was my first Dawn Service as Regimental Sergeant Major of Army Recruit Training Centre and one that I saw fitting to add a traditional indigenous instrument and some visual effects. The poor weather conditions did detract from the visual effect, but this will give me something to improve on for 2018.


I was very impressed by the turn-out of local Wagga Wagga residents and defence civilians who attended our service as well as the service women and men who are either posted to or in training at Kapooka. This year saw just over 300 people attend our service and approximately 1300 staff and Recruits from across Kapooka, who all braved the cool temperatures and light rain, pause and commemorate this important event in Australia’s history. The Commandant of Army Recruit Training Centre Colonel Mick Garraway said “The Dawn Service was very well conducted and well attended by our families and members of the local community. In a similar manner our contribution to Anzac Day ceremonies throughout the Riverina was very warmly received”


I would like to make special mention to Kooringal Rotary Club for providing our breakfast, Kapooka Army Band for providing the musical support, Kapooka Choir and Sharp Shots for their ongoing dedication and the staff of Recruit Development Wing and Adventurous Training Wing. Finally I would like to thank the Operation teams from both Headquarters Army Recruit Training Centre and 1RTB for their hard work and those soldiers who spread far and wide in supporting the regions Anzac Day services and I look forward already to the 2018 Anzac Day Service.


Lest We Forget.