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Sydney University Regiment joins 5th Brigade


23 July 2008

The University Regiment assumes the role in the delivery of the Army Reserve officer and soldier training for the Brigades of the Army's 2nd Division.
The University Regiment assumes the role in the delivery of the Army Reserve officer and soldier training for the Brigades of the Army's 2nd Division.

An historic ceremonial parade rich in military tradition marked the transfer of one of Army's oldest units, the Sydney University Regiment (SUR), from the Royal Military College of Australia to the Holsworthy-based 5th Brigade, as University Regiments around Australia assume a prime role in the delivery of the Army Reserve officer and soldier training for the Brigades of the Army's 2nd Division.

The parade, on 29 June, was, like most of SUR's significant ceremonial events since its first parade in 1901, conducted in the grounds of the University of Sydney, with which the Regiment maintains close ties.

Pro-Chancellor of the University of Sydney, Mr John McCarthy QC, was received on parade as the Principal Guest.

The parade took the form of a modified exercise of SUR's Freedom of Entry to the University.

When challenged by Commander 5 Brigade, Brigadier Paul Brereton, the Commanding Officer SUR, Lieutenant Colonel Kathryn Campbell, replied: "Sydney University Regiment has the privilege of reporting for duty with 5th Brigade".

Brigadier Brereton responded: "Colonel Campbell, it is my privilege to welcome you, you officers and soldiers to the 5th Brigade. I look forward to SUR continuing its fine tradition of service to the Australian Army under these new arrangements".

On parade were SUR's Queen's and Regimental Colours and some 120 soldiers, accompanied by the combined bands of 5 Bde units SUR, 1/15 Royal New South Wales Lancers and 23 Field Regiment.

The parade also saw University of Wollongong Company, University of New South Wales Regiment (UNSWR) re-badged as a Company of SUR.

The Reviewing Officer, Vice Chief of the Defence Force and Honorary Colonel of SUR, Lieutenant General David Hurley, once an Adjutant at the Regiment, said: "With their new responsibilities, SUR and the other University Regiments will play a critical role in improving the Reserve's operational capability and the quality of its people."

Brigadier Brereton, a Sydney University law graduate and Supreme Court judge, enlisted in SUR as an infantry soldier in 1975, later becoming Regimental Second-in-Command. He took the opportunity to welcome SUR into the fold of the 'Green Diamond'.

Addressing the Regiment after the Parade, he said: "This is the first significant expansion in SUR's role and establishment in thirty years [as a result of which] you will have a pivotal role in training the leaders and soldiers of the Army Reserve. With the transfer to Land Command, you will have increased opportunities for operational service on peace support and homeland security operations".

Reservists of the 5th Brigade are currently serving on a variety of overseas operations, including Afghanistan, and are in the final stages of force preparation for deployment to the Solomon Islands.

LTCOL Campbell said that SUR's first members of the 5 Bde Reserve Response Force and High Readiness Reserve Combat Team would sign up as soon as they were formally under command on 1 July.

Commander 2 Div, Major General Ian Flawith, welcomed the Commanding Officers and members of Army's seven University Regiments to 2nd Division and acknowledged their rich history and traditions.

"Under the command of the Royal Military College of Australia, the University Regiments have played a critical and successful role in the training of young officers for the Army Reserve through the conduct of elements of the First Appointment Course. This responsibility will remain with the University Regiments into the future", he said.

"The addition of the University Regiments in their expanded role will ensure that the Army Reserve, and 2nd Division, will be postured to meet on-going and future challenges," he said.


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