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being posted to the
NORTHERN TERRITORY – When you are
posted to a new location for the first
time, finding information about your new
home is important.
The Northern Territory Government has
created DVDs called Life in Darwin and
Life in Katherine for Defence personnel
and their families who have been posted,
or are considering a posting, to the
The DVDs include testimonials from
Defence personnel residing in the
Northern Territory, on their experiences
of life including the weather, shopping,
schools, sports and more.
The DVDs also cover areas such as
housing, schools, health services,
recreation and sporting activities, and
To find out more and to get your
free copy of the Northern Territory
Government’s Life in Darwin or Life in
Katherine DVDs, contact the Defence
Support Division on (08) 8999 7520 or
RAAF puts stamp on
QUEENSLAND – The Royal Australian Air
Force, in partnership with Australia Post,
launched a new commemorative stamp
collection at RAAF Base Amberley on
The collection celebrates Air Force
aviation, with recognition of the recent
retirement of the F-111s.
Other stamps in the collection will
their personal equipment, but we’re
unpacking unit equipment as well, we’re
opening drawers and cupboards and
putting things where they need to be.”
For the commanding officer, the move
south will focus his attention on being
authorised to create a support company
and its specialist capabilities, which
also means that his soldiers get the full
infantry battalion experience.
“In Darwin, the battalion was capped
at 500 soldiers, as there simply wasn’t
anymore room to grow.
“Being in Adelaide will create a lot
more promotion opportunities for the
soldiers as well, which is great for them
and great for Army because Army gets
a far more capable and operationally
deployable infantry battalion with all the
capabilities it’s supposed to have,”
LTCOL Garraway said.
The ever-predictable Northern Territory
wet season has hampered the training
routine for 7RAR, with training facilities
closed for much of the year.
LTCOL Garraway said training areas
didn’t open until August last year after
one of the longest wet seasons in recent
Furthermore, the humidity also restricts
the intensity of training that can be
“South Australia offers the opportunity
to train 12 months of the year.
“Obviously it’s a dry state so some
of our training areas are desert
areas, so they have their own unique
environmental considerations that we
need to take into account, but it’s far
more manageable and we can spread our
training throughout the year and take a
far more progressive approach.”
Added incentives such as purpose-built
facilities, more affordable housing and
Adelaide’s diverse cultural events means
there are many benefits for the soldiers
“And South Australia is much more
centrally located for soldiers to fly home
for the weekend if they want to,”
LTCOL Garraway said.
feature the Super Hornet, Wedgetail and
It is a fitting tribute to the Royal
Australian Air Force, which will celebrate
its 90th birthday on March 31.
Activities during 2011 will focus on
remembering the past, and looking to
the future with the theme tradition,
innovation, and evolution.
new home for Victor
harbour Army Cadets
SOUTH AUSTRALIA – Victor Harbour’s
423 Army Cadet Unit (ACU) has relocated
to a new facility at Hindmarsh Valley near
It includes a larger space for cadet
activities, such as ceremonial drill,
navigation, first aid and field craft.
The Officer Administering Command
at 423 ACU, Warrant Officer Class Two
Ron Teusner, said the unit was looking
at recruiting more cadets and taking on
additional adult cadet staff to help with
“Throughout the coming year we will
continue to develop lessons and activities
that will benefit the cadets’ enjoyment
and their youth development,”
WO2 Teusner said.
Youths aged from 121⁄2 are eligible to
apply for enrolment into the Australian
Army Cadets (AAC).
Once enrolled, they may remain as a
cadet until the end of the year in which
they turn 18.
Above: The Commanding Officer of 7th Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Michael
Garraway, in front of their newly-constructed headquarters building at RAAF Base Edinburgh.
Photos: Leading Aircraftman Brenton Kwaterski
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