Ready for a call- up

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - RACHEL RI­LEY

TOWNSVILLE sol­diers have shown their full force in num­bers at a pa­rade mark­ing 3rd Bri­gade’s tran­si­tion into ready mode, should Aus­tralia need to rapidly de­ploy.

More than 3000 troops from Aus­tralia as well as mem­bers of the New Zealand and United States mil­i­taries gath­ered at Lavarack Bar­racks yes­ter­day for the 3rd Bri­gade Con­tin­gency Force El­e­ment Pa­rade. It marked the start of 3rd Bri­gade’s role at the fore­front of the Aus­tralian De­fence Force’s con­tin­gency op­er­a­tional re­sponse.

The 3rd Bri­gade Con­tin­gency Force El­e­ment con­sists of the Ready Bat­tle Group as well as com­mand, en­gi­neer­ing, am­phibi­ous and lo­gis­tics com­po­nents from the Royal Aus­tralian Navy, Royal Aus­tralian Air Force and the Aus­tralian Army’s 6th, 11th, 13th, 16th and 17th Bri­gades.

Third Bri­gade com­man­der Bri­gadier Chris Field stood atop a Bush­mas­ter pro­tected mo­bil­ity ve­hi­cle to ad­dress his troops.

“At mid­night on Satur­day you be­came the Ready Bri­gade and you fol­low a long ( line) of your col­leagues who have held the readi­ness of this bri­gade since 1980,” he said.

“We make Townsville the best place to serve in the na­tion. This is a great op­por­tu­nity pro­fes­sion­ally to show that 3 Bri­gade … has Aus­tralia’s back if Aus­tralia needs us.”

Reg­i­men­tal Sergeant Ma­jor of 3rd Bri­gade War­rant Of­fi­cer Class 1 Brent Doyle said Townsville sol­diers had proved their pro­fi­ciency.

“Over the next 12 months, we will have about 1200 peo­ple de­ploy into known theatres of con­flict … but a con­tin­gency force is about giv­ing the Gov­ern­ment that op­tion that if they want we are here ready to go,” he said.

WO1 Doyle said troops were aware of grow­ing in­sta­bil­ity in some re­gions.

“Pro­fes­sional sol­diers do keep watch on any po­ten­tial ar­eas of op­er­a­tions but that doesn’t mean we’re plan­ning to go there, it just means we’re pre­pared if some­thing does hap­pen and get out the door in a re­ally short time,” he said.

Third Bri­gade troops and sup­port­ing el­e­ments will next week head south to Shoal­wa­ter Bay for the bi­en­nial com­bined Aus­tralian and US train­ing ac­tiv­ity, Ex­er­cise Tal­is­man Sabre 2017.

CON­TIN­GENCY FORCE: Bri­gadier Chris Field pro­motes Sergeant Lau­ren Thur­low in front of the 3rd Bri­gade Con­tin­gency Force El­e­ment Pa­rade out­side Bri­gade Head­quar­ters at Lavarack Bar­racks. Pic­ture: WES­LEY MONTS

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