News letter April 2014
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LEST WE FORGET
Robert (Bob) Lee
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Message from the President
Welcome to my first “message” for 2014 and what will be a
significant year for all who have been associated with 3 Trucks past and
present. Firstly, I would like to say a welcome to MAJ Errol Christian, OC 3
Tpt. Sqn., and thank you for your contribution to this “Newsletter” which I am
sure will become a regular feature.
In this “message” I wish to comment on the
following events past and present.
Saturday 1st June 2013, with Mac McCardell, Denis Keane, Don Willey
Gary Smith and our official photographer Bob Pink we attended the Corps
Dedication of the Princess Royal Banner at Amberley Air Force base. The Parade
was well worth watching and fine display was put on by all participating. Afterwards
a reception was held at the Bob Andrae Centre, for those viewing and
participating in the parade, During the reception we were introduced to the
Queensland Governor as the “Old and the Bold”. The majority of us were wearing
our Association jackets with the RAASC Badge. You couldn’t believe the number
of current soldiers/officers asking questions re the RAASC. No wonder we were
called the Old and the Bold.
evening “The Princess Royal Dinner” was held at the Sofitel Brisbane Central
Hotel celebrating the RACT 40th anniversary.
This was an enjoyable night with all of us on the same table with our
Patron COL Michael Miller and Mrs Miller as well as the OC 3 Transport, MAJ
Errol Christian. Unfortunately Bob Pink was seated at a different table, but as
always Bob knew everybody on the table.
Sunday morning we attended the service for the Laying up of the Princess Alice
Banner at All Saints' Chapel, Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera. This was as equally
impressive as the previous day. It definitely was a weekend not to be missed and the memories lasting. The
Corps can be proud of the weekend it produced to celebrate the 40th
our time in Queensland both our Honorary Secretary and I lobbied senior
officers of the Corps to allow the Banner to be paraded in the 2014 Sydney
Anzac Day March and the significance of “3 Trucks” centenary this year. From
our conversations we were quietly confident that “Princess Royal Banner” would
be paraded on Anzac Day 2014.
am happy to report that the Sqn has been able to secure the Princess Royal
Banner for the 2014 Sydney Anzac Day March. The Unit members will form a 50
personnel armed guard. Also, the Association has been able to lobby the RSL
Anzac Day March Committee for a place of prominence in the 2014 March. The
Banner Party and the Association will lead Post WW11 Army in front of the Arms
please note the change this year from our regular form up point. The
Form-Up Point will be in Castlereagh Street near Hunter Street. We will
then move to Hunter Street as per usual and then along Pitt St, Martin Place,
George Street, Bathurst Street to Elizabeth Street. Suggested form up time from
9.30 to 10am.
year the Corps has changed from the “Shark Bar” to the Criterion Hotel on the
corner of Park and Pitt Streets, thus after the march we will proceed to the
Criterion and enjoy the good company of all. The Squadron has also indicated
they will join us, after they have secured the “Banner” weapons and changed
into civilian attire.
I would like to remind all members that Ashfield RSL Sub–Branch will be
conducting their Anzac Sunday Commemoration on 13th April 2014 at
Ashfield Park commencing at 09:30hrs. The Association has been cordially
invited to participate in this service and has accepted.
has moved to Victoria to be with his family. I would like to thank John for all
the assistance given to the Association for the past 13 years as Vice
On behalf of the Association, I wish him well for the future.
The Late Bill Williams.
three months before Bill passed away, both Don Willey and I visited Bill at the
Mater Hospital in Newcastle. After a short time in discussing his illness, the
“old war’s came to bear” Bill’s last
comment was he wanted Geof Jacobs to know that he wasn’t getting the KVA back,
he had repainted from Olive green to bright red. Looks like Geof you will never
get it back now.
Finally, it would be remiss
of me not to thank a number of people who have worked behind the scenes in
achieving what should be a memorable 2014 Anzac Day for both
and Squadron. Firstly, our Patron COL. Michael Miller for his tireless efforts
in helping to secure the “Banner”, MAJ
Errol Christian for his enthusiasm and commitment to celebrate this special
year and encouraging a closer relationship between the Squadron and
Association. Bob Duggan and Gary Smith for their commitment in making this year
a special year for the both the association and squadron and Graeme Marshall in
supporting Bob and Gary since joining the committee.
Remember, the Unit is 100
years on the Order of Battle this year. So I ask all members to make an extra
effort to contact as many non
association members to march with
us on Anzac Day to celebrate this very
special occasion. I would also like to issue a “Warning Order” for
members that a formal dinner is being organised for August 2014, to celebrate
the 100th anniversary, details will be posted to all once Anzac Day
Commemorations are finished.
On closing I wish all members and friends of the
Association the very best.
Transport Squadron Update
MAJ Errol Christian.
is shaping up to be a challenging but enjoyable year for the members of the
Squadron. Not only is it the 100th anniversary of the formation of the
Squadron's antecedent unit, 3rd Transport Company Australian Army Service
Corps, in 1914 but the Squadron, along with the remainder of the
Service Support Battalion, is about to undergo a significant transformation and
relocation under Plan Beersheba to meet the evolving needs of the
and the Australian Army as a whole. Notwithstanding all of these changes, the
Squadron is still actively involved in the conduct of trade and
courses with the results of an active recruiting campaign starting to bear
fruit with an influx of new soldiers in both Sydney and Canberra.
the members of the Squadron are excited to be involved in the 100th anniversary
celebrations, which are likely to be the highlight of the year. We are actively
preparing for the upcoming Anzac Day parade in the City with the Association
with planning underway for us to parade The Princess Royal Banner. We haven't
had much in the way of ceremonial activities over the past couple of years, so
this will be a good opportunity for the members of the Squadron to dust off
ceremonial polys and participate in what is likely to be a once in a lifetime opportunity to march through the city
with our Corps banner. We are also looking
forward to enjoy the company of the
Association and other past members of the Squadron/Company at a formal dinner
to be held in August. Again, we will be requesting
The Princess Royal Banner
for that dinner and hope that the Head of Corps and the Corps RSM will be able
an organisational perspective, the Squadron is about to undergo some
significant changes in the near future. The Army has embarked on an ambitious
called Plan Beersheba, to reorganise the way it prepares for operations.
This plan calls for a structure of three - three Regular brigades cycling
through a three year
training cycle with one brigade always ready to be
deployed on operations. In order to support this cycle, each Regular brigade
has been paired with two
Reserve brigades who will provide reinforcements and
additional battle groups and logistic
support. As part of 5th Brigade, we have been paired with 8th Brigade
the 7th Brigade in Queensland. In practical terms this means we will be
exercising with ARA units on a more frequent basis, giving our soldiers greater
exposure as to how their Regular counterparts operate and vice versa.
Additionally, we will be adopting an identical organisational structure to all
ARA transport squadrons of three transport troops (one medium, one heavy
and one specialist) up from our current two. With the introduction of the new
of vehicles into the Army over of the next few years, this will give us
a significant boost to our capability.
the scenes, the Squadron continues to maintain a high tempo of training
activities. We are currently conducting a range of specialist courses,
ambulance and dangerous goods, along with trade courses such as MR2
(Unimog). We have a number of new soldiers and officers join the Squadron from
and Duntroon respectively and they have settled in well and are
starting their journey with us. Getting these newly enlisted and commissioned
members up to speed
on the various courses, vehicles and other requirements is
important task for us this year. Our manning now stands at 74 (4 Officers + 70
Other Ranks, including
5 ARA soldiers) which is close to our established strength of 76 (5 Officers + 71 Other
Ranks) and we form the largest sub-unit in the Battalion.
2015 the Squadron is planning on relocating from the Banksmeadow depot to new,
purpose built facilities at Holsworthy as part of the 5th Brigade
plan. This is a very exciting prospect for the Squadron as it will provide us
with immediate access to the wide range of
training areas and
facilities in Holsworthy, including the Safe Driving Area
and cross country driving area. The Canberra based Troop will remain in its
current location at HMAS Harman.
closing, it looks like we have another hectic year ahead for all of us but I
and all the members of the Squadron look forward to celebrating the historic
of the 100th anniversary of the unit with all of the members of the
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ANZAC Day Sunday 13th April 2014.
previously conveyed to members, the Association has been and still is closely
affiliated with the Ashfield RSL Sub Branch. This year the Sub Branch is
Anzac Day Sunday service at the Ashfield Park, Parramatta Road
Ashfield at 0930hrs. At the conclusion of the service, those members of the Sub
Association and the community are invited to march back to the
club, distance 1.8 Kms, where refreshments will be served.
Sub Branch is providing a bus to take participants in the service from the
Ashfield RSL Club, Liverpool Road, Ashfield to the park. The first bus will
club at 0800hrs with the last departing at 0900hrs.
For those association members
who are unable to march because of a disability, you can still take part in the
parade by travelling in the bus, which will bring up the rear.
dress is, navy blue jacket, grey trousers, beret and for those who have them,
RAASC /RACT Corps tie.
committee would like to see as many members as possible attend this activity
and show support to the Sub Branch, which is continually giving their support
to our Association.
ANZAC DAY Friday25th April 2014.
members are again invited to participate in this year’s Anzac Day March. Form
up is in Castlereagh Street (Hunter Street End) members will need to keep
eye out for our Association Banner any time after 09:30hrs.
the conclusion of the march, a reunion will be held at the Criterion Hotel
corner Park and Pitt Streets, where other Corps associations will meet and
few old stories and a number of ales.
Public Transport (Government Buses and trains) will be free for
participants in this year’s march, providing you are wearing beret/medals.
Train travel covers areas from Scone in the north, to Moss Vale in the
southwest, to Lithgow in the west and to Nowra in the south.
who would normally use private bus companies, will need to check if free travel
is available with that particular bus company. In previous years the travel
dress is, navy blue jacket, grey trousers, and beret and for those who have
them, RAASC/RACT Corps tie.
committee would like to see as many members as possible support this activity.
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