The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), together with the Assistant Minister for Defence, Stuart Robert, and the Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison, AO, today took part in the presentation of the Governor-General’s Banner to the 1st Recruit Training Battalion (1 RTB) in Wagga Wagga.
The ceremonial parade at Blamey Barracks included the trooping of the old Banner, followed by the consecration, dedication and presentation of the new Banner by the Governor-General. The parade also marked the march out of1 RTB’s 3rd and 4th Platoons.
The Governor-General’s Banner was previously presented to the Army Recruit Training Centre in 2001 by the-then Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Peter Cosgrove.
Minister Robert said he was honoured to be a part of this significant event.
“Witnessing the Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, present the training battalion with its Banner for a second time makes this occasion especially poignant,” Mr Robert said.
“The Banners of the Australian Army are honourable insignia that symbolise the spirit of a regiment. They display battle honours and badges granted to the unit in commemoration of gallant deeds performed by members from the time their unit was raised.
“I would also like to congratulate the graduating class of the 3rd and 4th Platoons. This will no doubt be the start of a fulfilling and enriching military career for the Australian Army’s newest soldiers.”
While in Wagga Wagga, Mr Robert also visited Number 1 Recruit Training Unit (1RTU) at RAAF Base Wagga where airmen and airwomen undertake their basic training.
“I was impressed by the work being done by RAAF Base Wagga personnel to encourage the highest of Air Force standards in new recruits. It was a pleasure to meet with the young men and women who have so recently joined the Air Force and who already show so much enthusiasm for their future careers,” Mr Robert said.
Further information on the traditions of the Australian Army’s Banners and Colours is available at:
Further information on RAAF Base Wagga is available at: http://www.airforce.gov.au/Home
Richard Briedis (Minister Robert’s Office) 0477 391 174
Defence Media Operations (02) 6127 1999