1FD SQN Quarterly update April 2021


1 Field Squadron, 1st Combat Engineer Regiment

1st Field Squadron RAE Association


Dear 1 Field Squadron Association,

Thank you again to George Hulse, Jim Marett, John Pritchard, and John Hopman for taking the time to visit the squadron and for sharing your vast experience with us. The opportunity to start the year by learning from our squadron's past was an extremely valuable one! I would also like to further thank George for his ongoing leadership of efforts to have 1 Field Squadron rich history recognised through an award of the Meritorious Unit Citation.

The squadron has commenced 2021 without the domestic operational commitments that characterised 2020, however it has been a busy start to the year nevertheless! We have deliberately sought to overcome the limitations of the wet season to maximise opportunities to train key skills early. The squadron found itself conducting the first live fire of any Darwin based unit in 2021, heading to the range at the very first opportunity to conduct marksmanship training and demolitions confidence practices. Our squadron and troop headquarters teams conducted a week long command post exercise to refine their procedures, including leveraging the capabilities of simulation training systems. Individual members of the squadron have been busy attaining key qualifications, particularly through driver and promotion courses. This initial hard work, led by our enthusiastic team of junior leaders, will pay dividends for the remainder of the year.
Building on our smaller training events, the key activity during the first quarter was Exercise MONSOON SAPPER 21. This exercise saw each troop complete motorised tactics training, urban operations training, demolitions ranges, and live fire attacks (enabled by the ongoing fantastic support of our partners from the 5th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment). The demolitions ranges were a key highlight of the exercise, enabling our teams to revise old skills, test new concepts, and enhance their ability to adapt to complex problems.
Looking to the future, I'm very pleased to let you know that Captain Adam Mowat will return to the squadron on promotion in 2022 to assume the role of Officer Commanding. Adam has previously served within the squadron as 3 Troop Commander, Reconnaissance Officer, and Second-In-Command. Once again, we hope that all former members of the squadron and their families remain safe and look forward to seeing you again in the near future.

Yours sincerely,

Matthew Scott

Officer Commanding 1 Field Squadron

18 April 2021

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