Welcome from Colonel Mick Garraway, AM

Once again it’s a great pleasure for me to contribute a few words for the Kapooka Chronicle. It has been a very busy year so far with a high throughput of recruits in 1 RTB, the Recruit Development Wing continues to kick goals in the preparation of female and indigenous trainees, and the Adventurous Training Wing has worked very hard to embed a new contracted arrangement and has continued to provide high quality training for Unit Adventurous Training Leaders and Adventurous Training Leader Instructors.

In recent months we have had a number activities such as the Winter K Series sports, Anzac Day commemorations here and across the Riverina, the Kapooka Tragedy memorial service, and a charity rugby day with our affiliated rugby club Wagga Waratahs. Each of these events was very well organised and well supported, and each event allowed us to demonstrate the quality of our people and helped to maintain our links in the local community.

I hope that those who posted in this year have settled in and have made some links into the local community. The cold weather we are currently experiencing isn’t great, but on the flip side the snow season has started strongly. I would encourage you to look into the various discounts at ski fields nearby and in the Victorian Alps, and at local ski hire businesses for defence deals. For those of us who’ve spent the majority of our careers in the north, it is an opportunity to be grasped at least once during our posting.

I encourage families to make use of the Kapooka Neighbourhood House, located on Sturt Avenue (opposite Kapooka Public School). Amber Simpson and her volunteer committee have continued to work tirelessly. Their regular activities are advertised on the Kapooka Staff Families Facebook group, as are DCO events. I hope the Kapooka Staff Families Facebook group is useful. While it is primarily a noticeboard I am happy to promote any function or activity that may be of interest to the Kapooka community and I am also very keen to promote any small business being run by a member of the Kapooka community or any employment opportunity that may be suitable for an Army spouse, we should not hesitate to look after our own.