Happy birthday, Diggers
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