eNewsletter September 2017

RAA Liaison Letter 2017 – Autumn Edition 27 New Regiment – 9th Regiment RAA Major DT (Terry) Brennan Compiled from correspondence by Head of Regiment, Colonel AR Burke & Regimental Committee Meeting 2016 Minutes Background The conversion of the RAA Reserve Regiments to mortars ultimately resulted in all the Regimental Headquarters as well as a number of batteries being disestablished. The remaining six batteries were then placed under command of their respective direct support battalion. The experience gained from this command and control arrangement resulted in a review by Army Headquarters. The remaining six batteries were then placed under command of their respective direct support battalion. In late 2016 as a result of significant staff work by members of the Headquarters 2nd Division Joint Fires Cell, Chief of Army announced that six reserve batteries would be grouped under command of a new Regimental Headquarters. Brigadier Furini said: “Army specifically agreed to create an 'Artillery Regimental Headquarters' to command the six batteries currently on the ORBAT of 2nd Division and to create a unit establishment for the new Regiment. In making this decision the current HQ 2 Div Joint Fires (JF) Cell was identified as providing the manning offsets to form the nucleus of the new Regimental Headquarters. The commander of this Regiment will be recognised by the career management agency as being a CO - a critically important aspect to create a career path for RAA Reservists.” Head of Regiment was requested to recommend to CA the name of the Regiment. To ensure due diligence in agreeing a name, he sought advice from the RAA History Sub Committee (HSC). In providing guidance to the HSC, HOR said: “Whilst we should be mindful of it, I do not want to over emphasise the issue of 'state' centricity. I note that the unit will command batteries from across the Commonwealth and that potential future COs could be drawn from anywhere, and the new unit will create its own unique history going forward.” Colonel Arthur Burke OAM (Retd) agreed to undertake this research on behalf of the HSC. In his final report to the Head of Regiment and the Regimental Committee he outlined a number of options and the supporting rationale which are detailed in the following paragraphs. 2nd Regiment RAA or 2nd Regiment RAA (Light). The oldest field artillery unit headquarters in the RAA. 2nd Australian Field Artillery Brigade (AFAB) put the first gun ashore at Gallipoli. 2 AFAB was a significant militia unit in Victoria between the wars and fathered the 2/2nd and 2nd Australian Field Regiments in the Second World War. The 2/2nd fired the first round in the Battle of Bardia. However, this title would suggest a possible conflict with the current 2nd/10th Light Battery RAA and could also be seen as Victoria centric . 3rd Regiment RAA or 3rd Regiment RAA (Light). This unit traces its lineage back to 1914 and was perpetuated in the 3rd Army Brigade AFA and the 2/3rd Australian Field Regiment. Similar to the discussion on 2nd Regiment above, there is no obvious advantage in longevity over that unit. Also, if used there would then be a need to renumber 3rd Battery RAA (Light) as it is currently the contraction of 3rd Regiment RAA (Light) and this would have a domino effect which would destroy the rationale developed for the light units. 9th, 14th or 21st Regiment RAA. These are numbers of former field branch units raised in NSW, the proposed location of the new unit's Around the Regiment