QUEENSLAND UNIVERSITY REGIMENT ASSOCIATION Inc
This is the first report for 2001. I hope that all members and their families had a happy and holy Christmas and that the New Year will be a fruitful and prosperous one.
The Association ended the year on a successful note with membership higher than ever before, with money in the bank and with successful functions during 2000. However I am keen to ensure that we don’t lose the pace in 2001. I therefore hope that members of the Association will continue to have their eyes out for new members and that the functions will be as successful.
Our first key function the “Back to the Regiment Night” is on Friday 16th March 2001 commencing at 1800hrs at the Standfast Club. It is only $15 for members which includes dinner and some drinks. It will give you a chance to meet blasts from the past and also the new CO of the unit Peter Jeffrey and the new 2IC Ross Williamson. We have some ties for sale on the night.
The Regiment is involved with the Toowong RSL Sub Branch service at Sylvan Road Toowong on Anzac Day. The service is usually at 600 am. Following the service members of the Sub Branch, the Association and the Regiment travel to Walcott Street for breakfast. All members are welcome to attend.
On the 12th of May the Regiment is holding its annual Officers Mess dinner. If you are an ex member of the Officers Mess and wish to attend but have not recently been invited write a note to the 2IC MAJ Ross Williamson to let him know of your existence and your contact details.
The final major function for the year will be the Association AGM to be held at the United Service Club on Friday 14th September 2001. Please note your diaries. Further details will be later magazines.
I wish to welcome the following new members to the Association Mr and Mrs Bates-Smith, Bob Donelly, Dr James Griffin, Ian Hanger, QC, and James Underwood.
If any member wishes to know whether any ex member of the Regiment is a member of the Association and that person’s contact details do not hesitate to write the Secretary a note.
The history project is continuing. Presently we are having scanned unit photographs. That is an ongoing task.
On behalf of all members of the Association I wish to congratulate LTCOL Wayne Lynch, the outgoing CO, on his stewardship of the Regiment over the past two years and to wish him well in his future service. At the same time, I would like to record our congratulations of Gary Symons, the former Regimental 2IC, who has been promoted to LTCOL to assume command of 41 RNSWR – no doubt a poke in the eye for the Rum Corps.
See you on the 16th of March!!
From the CO’s Desk
The daily routine within the Regiment has commenced at the rapid rate, which is typical for us. A total of 46 officer cadets commenced on the six week Officer Induction Module on 6 January 2001. At the same time the senior class commenced the final six-week module at the Royal Military College of Australia at Duntroon ACT. The successful candidates will graduate on 17 February 2001. Both courses are progressing well. If all officer cadets continue at this standard 24 should graduate. The weather at Wacol has been particularly good for character building. Temperatures on several days exceeded 39C. This caused range shooters to have an extended time on the Greenbank Range due to equipment difficulties. The leadership qualities of both staff and officer cadets were well tested. The adrenaline levels were high during the grenade practice with the relatively new F3 grenade that replaced the former M26 grenade. The ‘old soldiers’ of the Regiment give it a ‘thumbs up’ for improved throwing accuracy and distance; big bang and the left handers now don’t have to hold the grenade upside down prior to throwing it.
My tenure as CO is drawing to a close too quickly. We have been fortunate not to have any training incident that has resulted in the serious injury of any person. Additionally, apart from the occasional CO’s Warning to officer cadets we have not had any disciplinary concern. QUR supported the East Timor venture by providing training staff to 7 Brigade prior to the departure of 6 RAR. A commendable number also advised of their willingness to reinforce the contingent if necessary.
I have no doubt that I will often reflect about the many good times that I have had in the Regiment and the dedicated competent staff as well as the enthusiastic youth that we trained as our successors. I wish them a long and happy military experience. I know they will be better people for this. To the former COs of the Regiment - move over and make room for me. Thank you for your guiding comments at the Annual Dinners.
LTCOL Peter Jeffery welcome to your new command.
LTCOL W.J. Lynch
ANZAC Day Observance
Toowong RSL monument in Memorial Park, Sylvan Road, Toowong & later at the Walcott Street Depot
0600 QUR contingent forms up in assy area
0630 - 0715 Service
0730 Gunfire Breakfast at Standfast Club
Association members are cordially invited to attend the service and the subsequent Gunfire Breakfast at Walcott Street to which the Association contributes along with the Toowong RSL.
BACK TO THE REGIMENT NIGHT - FRIDAY 16 MARCH 2001
OPERATION ORDER 01/01
This annual function continues to be a highly successful social function for the Association
Association members and their partners and guests are to RV in the Standfast Club, the soldiers’ club at the Regiment’s St Lucia depot, for an evening of good cheer with old comrades and new acquaintances from amongst the membership and those currently serving in QUR.
General Outline: The activity is to be conducted in 5 phases:
♦ Phase 1 Concentration
♦ Phase 2 Drinks and fellowship – some current equipment will be available for inspection
♦ Phase 3 Barbecue meal (and maybe a few brief words of welcome and appreciation)
♦ Phase 4 More drinks and the exchanging of yarns
♦ Phase 5 Departure
Groupings and Tasks Groupings will be fluid and the task is to have a good time.
H Hour 1800 hours (no problem if you can’t arrive till a little later)
Dress Smart casual but don’t worry about being overdressed if it’s convenient to come straight from the office.
Assembly Area Ample parking is available in the depot grounds in Walcott Street.
Administration and Logistics
♦ Cost $15 per head (includes barbecue and most drinks) - $10 for current unit members.
♦ Payment Send a cheque with your reply form or you can pay at the door.
♦ RSVP 9 March. Please use the enclosed form or phone Peter Morton on 3848 4736
♦ Drinks A fruit punch will be available for those wishing to avoid alcohol.
♦ Rations The unit Catering Section will be providing a gourmet barbecue.
♦ Ties Some new pattern QUR ties will be available for sale at $20 – lapel pins too.
Command and Signals
◊ Executive Committee HQ will be located adjacent to the bar.
2001 Calendar of Events