Happy birth­day, Dig­gers

Townsville Bulletin - - News - by Emily Mac­don­ald emily. mac­don­ald@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

THE Aus­tralian Army slouch hat is an en­dur­ing sym­bol but the cake ver­sion didn’t last long as 3rd Brigade marked the army’s 110th birth­day yes­ter­day.

Bri­gadier Stu­art Smith and about 60 Head­quar­ters per­son­nel cel­e­brated their suc­cess as Aus­tralia’s largest army base with the cake, which was cut by the youngest mem­ber present, Pri­vate Te­gan Densem, 20.

Cater­ing per­son­nel Cpl Leon Brown from 1st Bat­tal­ion Royal Aus­tralian Reg­i­ment and Cpl Cameron Jay of 3rd Com­bat Sig­nal Reg­i­ment whipped up the chocolate cre­ation un­der the watch­ful eye of cater­ing tech­ni­cal ad­viser WO1 Phil Smith.

Brig. Smith said Townsville sol­diers were proud to be a part of the army’s rich his­tory.

‘‘ It’s 110 years of the Aus­tralian Army de­fend­ing the nation since Fed­er­a­tion in 1901,’’ he said.

‘‘ We re­flected to­day with all the mem­bers of the head­quar­ters on the two fun­da­men­tals the birth­day re­minds us of.

‘‘ The first fun­da­men­tal is that we were formed to de­fend the nation and cer­tainly our his­tory of 110 years is dot­ted with de­fend­ing the nation through two big world wars and a num­ber of op­er­a­tions and mis­sions since that time.

‘‘ The sec­ond fun­da­men­tal is the val­ues the Aus­tralian Army was founded upon and those val­ues are courage, ini­tia­tive and team­work.

‘‘ What I asked the mem­bers of head­quar­ters to­day to think about were those val­ues and how many great sol­diers in the army have lived those val­ues.’’

Na­tion­ally, a com­mem­o­ra­tive coin has been re­leased, the army’s 110th An­niver­sary Medal­lion.

JUST DESSERTS: Bri­gadier Stu­art Smith, Pri­vate Te­gan Densem and RSM Grant McFar­lane cel­e­brated the army’s 110th birth­day with a spe­cial cake

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