Monthly Archives: July 2018

Exercise Chapel Gold 2018

Australian soldiers arrived in Chiang Mai Province in Thailand on Monday 9 July to conduct jungle warfare training with the Royal Thai Army as part of Exercise Chapel Gold 2018.

The 11-day exercise runs from 9 to 20 July and is hosted by the 2nd Infantry Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment of the Royal Thai Army.

Australian soldiers from Rifle Company Butterworth 122 (RCB 122), the majority of whom are from Alpha Company of the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1 RAR), arrived from their base at Royal Malaysian Air Force Base Butterworth for the exercise.

Chief of Defence Force change of command

The Australian Defence Force has a new Chief after Air Chief Marshal Binskin handed over command to General Angus Campbell at a ceremony in Canberra today.

The newly promoted General Campbell thanked Air Chief Marshal Binskin for his 40 years’ service in the Australian Defence Force.

“The work that Air Chief Marshal Binskin and his leadership team have undertaken since 2014 has set a strong foundation for the ADF’s people and capabilities.”

Air Chief Marshal Binskin said he was honoured to serve as the Chief of the Defence Force.

Army welcomes 11th Regimental Sergeant Major- Army

After three years as the Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army, Warrant Officer Don Spinks, AM handed the position to Warrant Officer Grant McFarlane, OAM at a parade in Canberra today.
Warrant Officer Spinks expressed his gratitude to his colleagues, friends and family for their support during his nearly 39-and-a-half year career.
This included senior appointments in 2nd Cavalry Regiment, Multi National Force and Observers – Sinai Egypt, 1st Brigade, Joint Task Force 633 on Operation Slipper and the Command Sergeant Major Forces Command – Army.

Australian Army welcomes new chief

The Australian Army has welcomed its new Chief, Lieutenant General Rick Burr, AO, DSC, MVO during a ceremonial parade in Canberra today.
Outgoing Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Angus Campbell, AO, DSC said it was a great privilege to lead the Australian Army and after three years in command it was time to hand over his responsibilities as Chief to Lieutenant General Burr.