Welcome from Colonel Mick Garraway, AM

 Once again it’s been a busy year with a high throughput of recruits in 1 RTB and some tremendous work on the modernisation front with the trialling of the Military Shooting Continuum. The Recruit Development Wing has continued to prepare female and indigenous trainees very effectively. A number of former RDW recruits have now won the Best at PT and several have been awarded the Baird VC, MG trophy for Most Outstanding Recruit; so credit goes to RDW in preparing these recruits and to the 1 RTB instructors for turning them into the  READ MORE >>>

finished product. Likewise the Adventurous Training Wing has continued to turn out high quality UATLs and ATLIs and to refine their partnership with Group 314.

 

We have experienced a long cold winter and with that we had a very high incidence of influenza and other ailments. The management of this by our Joint Health Command staff and our instructors was impressive. The only good thing about the cold weather was the bumper ski season, and I do hope that some of you were able to make the journey to the ski fields. The photographs I saw of the Back Country Ski course showed that there was a lot of fun to be had on the slopes this year.

 

The feedback I received on the Spouses’ Night was very positive. Thanks go to WO2 Isabelle Forbes for coordinating the night. The next phase will be the Spouses’ Day on Saturday 21 October when we intend to give spouses the opportunity to tour the facilities and see training being conducted, with some optional activities after lunch for those who are feeling adventurous. On Saturday 04 November we will have a combined family day and the Kapooka Sports Summer Series. Once again the K Series will involve civilian sports teams and this year will include mountain biking for the first time.

 

We are blessed with talented people here at Kapooka and it can be difficult to single out individual efforts, however, it was very pleasing to see a group of our PTIs recognised with a Chief of Army Gold Commendation for their work on PTP2. PTP2 has reduced injury rates very significantly and it has resulted in soldiers who are better prepared for the physical challenges of soldiering. Finally it was also very satisfying to see recognition of the exemplary service of RSM 1 RTB, WO1 Tas McGinley, who was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the Queens Birthday Honours List.