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The Australian Army Infantry Museum will be closed to the public from Monday 25 Dec 2017 and will reopen to the public on Wednesday 3 Jan 2018

The Manager and staff wish you all a happy and safe Christmas and new year and we look forward to seeing you in 2018 – this would be a great time to use the link below to send a message of support to our troops on deployment around the world.

messagestothetroops@defence.gov.au

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A BATHURST teenager says he gained leadership and organisational skills during an army cadet field exercise during the school holidays at Singleton.

Cadet Warrant Officer Class Two Joshua Van Essen, 17, is the Scots School Army Cadet Unit’s Company Sergeant Major in charge of assisting the training of his fellow cadets. “I joined army cadets four years ago as a leg up into the regular army as I always wanted to join it,” CDTWO2 Van Essen said.

“I feel I want to give something back to my country and by joining the army is how I want to do it.” CDTWO2 Van Essen joined more than 1300 Australian Army Cadets from across NSW for their annual field exercise (AFX) recently at the Singleton Army Camp.

“Cadets has given me new skills and friends I would never have otherwise had,” he said. “This is my fourth AFX where I have gained leadership and organisational skills. “I have also been able to improve on those skills I have already learnt.”

CDTWO2 Van Essen said if a year eight student asked him about joining army cadets, he would advise them to do so. “Even if your friends say ‘no’, I’d say ‘yes’ and to give it a go as it is always a new learning curve,” he said.
“Army cadets will help you to improve on what you already know and is a great way to meet new friends and have a good time.” He said his best experience so far in army cadets has been his first live-fire shoot on an army range with military weapons.

Commander of the NSW Cadet Brigade, Colonel Brendan Casey, said the cadets learnt how to erect combat shelters, shoot army weapons on an indoor computer range and field craft during their week away in uniform.

“The NSW Army Cadets Brigade’s AFX was in Singleton this year and we really brought the army back to cadets,” Colonel Casey said. “On this AFX they used the land-based obstacle course, the water-based obstacle course, fired at an indoor range, learnt roping and rappelling and visited the Infantry Museum.
“The cadets also travelled around in Bushmaster vehicles, fired weapons at the live range and played a military form of skirmish.”

Colonel Casey said his focus this year was to bring the army back to cadets. He said besides the main activities, each of the six cadet battalions - comprising a total of 49 cadet units spread across NSW - ran training in patrolling, first-aid, navigation, bush survival and minor engineering activities.
“The cadets say they love to have the military experience, a military structure and do what soldiers do,” he said.

The Australian Army Cadets is a leading national youth development organisation, with the character and values of the Australian Army. It is founded on strong community partnership, and fosters an ongoing interest in the Australian Army.

There are around 16,000 army cadets ranging in age from 13 to 18 years in around 224 units spread across all states and territories of Australia.
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Chief of Army visits Singleton's Lone Pine Barracks

Australia's Chief of Army Lieutenant General Angus Campbell AO, DSC, was on hand today to open the Arthur Francis Centre at Singleton's School of Infantry and to present the winning trophies including the Duke of Gloucester Cup in the annual competition between infantry battalions .

Mr Francis, passed away last year, but his wonderful legacy and commitment to the Australian Army which he served with distinction, will be forever remembered with the opening a a recreational centre to be used by soldiers during their time at Lone Pine Barracks.

Support from community groups helped to refurbish the centre to make it a very comfortable and convivial place for soldiers to come and relax in and enjoy each others company, said Singleton’s School of Infantry Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Scott Morris.

Mr Francis’s family were joined by members of Singleton Legacy and the RSL for the official opening before the presentation of trophies in the Duke of Gloucester Cup which was won by the Townsville based 2RAR.


About the competition:

On 15 Jul 46, the then Governor-General of Australia, His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester, presented a Cup to the Australian Army which was to be awarded annually as part of a competition between infantry battalions. The competition is held each year at the School of Infantry, in Singleton NSW.

The seven battalions conducted internal trails in early 2017 to select their top eight soldiers who would form their DOG CUP section. Since that time the teams have been training, building their physical fitness, their tactical skills and mental toughness to prepare them for the competition. After all their training, each soldier is a master on his weapon, is physically and mentally robust and most importantly has complete trust in his mates beside him in any situation.

The soldiers arrived at the School of Infantry on Friday 4th August 2017 and have been competing since arrival. They conducted a navigation exercises by day and night, with only a map and compass, over a total distance of 22km (or more). This was followed by a series of seven activities designed to test their individual skills, especially their marksmanship, first aid and fitness.

Over the middle days of competition they have worked in their eight man teams to dig defensive positions by day and conduct scenarios by night, with limited food and little to no sleep. Each section aims to prove their tactical ability in urban assaults, ambushes, peacekeeping scenarios, casualty evacuation, reconnaissance and section attacks.

On the final day of competition the teams will conduct a gruelling equipment carry and endurance activity from 2:00am, followed by the School of Infantry obstacle course from 7:00am. This will be an opportunity for filming the sections as they tackle the last challenge of the six day competition, demonstrating their physical fitness, toughness and teamwork.

The Champion Section will then go on to represent Australia in the international Cambrian Patrol competition in the UK which will be held this year in October.

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GREG SATTLER (Funeral notice)

SATTLER GREG Members of the East Maitland RSL Sub-Branch are respectfully invited to attend the funeral of their loved and respected member, Greg 'Doc' Sattler to be held on Wednesday 19th July 2017 at 10.30am at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Morpeth.

Medals to be worn.
P Hedges President

2785126 LCPL Gregory Joseph Sattler
B Coy 2RAR/NZ (ANZAC)
14 Aug 1967 to 13 Jun 1968


Hoa Long, South Vietnam. 1968-02. Private Greg Sattler of Maitland, NSW, inspects a corn patch during a search of Hoa Long village, south of the 1st Australian Task Force (1ATF) Base at Nui Dat. Troops of 2RAR /NZ (ANZAC) (The ANZAC Battalion comprising 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment and a component from the 1st Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment) were engaged in the two-day search, named Operation Oakleigh, following reports of Viet Cong activity in and around the area.
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In every state of Australia, Army museums preserve the legacy of the institution’s long and proud history of service. Furthermore, the museums provide an opportunity for serving members and the public to reflect and learn.
While the Australian Army History Unit has the responsibility to manage the museums, it is the volunteer workforce, numbering almost 1000 people, who enable the museums to operate as professionally as they do on a day-to-day basis.

From all walks of life and all age ranges, including many veterans and non-military professionals, our volunteers give their time freely to ensure that the Australian Army’s proud history is collected, maintained and explained to both the Australian Army and the broader Australian community.

Every volunteer’s contribution, from carefully cleaning artefacts to escorting visitors, promotes the Army’s achievements and brings great credit on all those who have served in or supported the Army throughout its history.

The generosity of the volunteers, whose selfless effort enables this to happen, is acknowledged by a grateful Army and all those who value our military history.
It is widely accepted that Australia has a long and proud history of volunteering. The volunteers within the Army’s museums are maintaining this tradition and providing a direct and substantial contribution to my responsibility of ensuring that our history and heritage is protected and maintained for future generations.

On behalf of all members of the Australian Army, I congratulate all those involved in volunteering at Army’s museums and thank you for your service.

Lt-Gen Angus Campbell,
May 5, 2017
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Australian Christian College Singleton visit to AAIM

As part of ACC’s preparations for ANZAC Day all students (K-10) visited the Singleton Infantry Museum. We are grateful to the military staff who shared their wealth of knowledge and experience and took our children on a guided tour of the facility. Our students came away with a strong sense of the great sacrifices made by Australian soldiers.
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Australian Army Infantry Museum as employers and managers of Defence Force Reservists take part in the two day Exercise Executive Stretch undertaken at the Army's Singleton Military Area.
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Staff members of the Defence Reserves Support get together for their group photo at the Australian Army Infantry Museum as employers and managers of Defence Force Reservists take part in the two day Exercise Executive Stretch undertaken at the Army's Singleton Military Area.
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Exercise Executive Stretch is held to give employers an insight into what Defence Force Reservists do. It is a unique opportunity to experience the type of training that reservists receive. The Exercise also aims to build employers’ appreciation for the interchange of skills that enables reservists to bring back skills and attributes to their civilian employment.

Defence Reserves Support is the link binding the Australian Defence Force, employers and the community. By partnering with employers to help them understand what employing a Reservist can mean for their business and by promoting the benefits of Reserve Service to the community, we can grow support for our Reservists. This, in turn, increases the number of Reservists available for Service.
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IN his continuing search for the more weird, wacky and wondrous in the world of travel, David Ellis says that bizarre though it sounds, a potential weapons idea for the Australian Army during the First World War was a hand grenade made in the shape of a boomerang.

But boomerang-like as it may have been, it would not have come swirling back onto its Army thrower: being made of flat galvanised iron and with an 85gm charge of blasting gelignite and a detonator at one end, its Melbourne engineer inventor Mr G.V. Russell reasoned that being heavier at that one end it would travel long distances in a forward direction only to target enemy trenches or other strongholds.

And certainly far more efficiently than the risky "hand bombs" that Australian front line troops were frighteningly then making themselves -old jam and bully beef tins packed with explosives.

At trials in Melbourne in August 1915 of the Russell Boomerang Grenade, a watching newspaper reporter described it as "swooping down like a hawk on its target," but the Australian Grenade Training School was less enthusiastic and dismissed it as "erratic and uncertain of no value for military purposes."
Mr Russell successfully appealed for more trials to be allowed, but his Boomerang Grenade still did not pass scrutiny and only one has survived to this day.

And that is on show at the Australian Infantry Museum at Singleton in the NSW Hunter Valley, open Wednesdays to Sundays.

Details: (02) 6575 0257 or www.infantrymuseum.com.au
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