Welcome from Colonel Mick Garraway, AM

As always it’s a pleasure for me to write a few words for the Chronicle. 2018 started at the usual frenetic pace but we should be settling into a steadier winter routine with fewer trainees in the garrison over the next few months.

Please know that your efforts here at Kapooka have been acknowledged across Army in a number of forums recently. The developments in combat shooting and the pending implementation of army combatatives have placed 1 RTB at the forefront of our training institutions. In a similar manner ATW have implemented very significant changes through 2017 and 2018 and they recently facilitated the largest collective adventurous training exercise in our Army’s history as part of Ex PREDATOR’S ADVENTURE.

The exercise allowed nearly 300 members of 1 Brigade conduct climbing and abseiling activities in the Horsham district of western Victoria and in the Flinders Ranges in South Australia, concurrent with sea kayaking off Pt Lincoln in South Australia. READ MORE>>>>

This approach will be repeated with 3 Brigade and 7 Brigade in the near future. As usual RDW continues to be on the forefront of our diversity initiatives. The three programs conducted by the RDW team have resulted in over 500 young Australians being given the opportunity to give regular service a go, and almost 400 of them reaching the standard required to enlist and have transferred into 1 RTB since RDW was raised.

In the coming weeks we will finalise the details for two new scholarships to assist children involved in sport and music. The Chaplain Leo Orreal Sporting Scholarship will be awarded annually to a child of a serving member from Blamey Barracks who is involved in representative level of sport. The Major Peter Thomas Musical Scholarship will be awarded to a child who is involved in an advanced level of music. Further details will be provided soon.

Finally, thank you to all the spouses and families for your continued support. We cannot maintain excellence in training Australian soldiers without the support you give to those of us in uniform. There is a slightly lower tempo in the garrison over the next few months, so I hope that this offers an opportunity to for a short break; possibly a trip to the snow or an escape to warmer weather.