The Pilbara Regiment celebrated an event of great historical significance following the consecration and presentation of Colours yesterday.
The event acknowledged the dedication of members past and present, and the unique role the Pilbara Regiment performs in the detection of activities in the northwest that threaten Australia’s sovereignty.
Regimental Colours embody the history, spirit and loyalty of the regiment or the battalion to which they belong. They are highly valued, carefully guarded and treated with great respect. The presentation of Colours to an Army unit is a rare and historic occasion.
Pilbara Regiment is one of the Australian Army’s Regional Force Surveillance Units and vital to the Australian Defence Force’s defence of Australia. It is an Army reconnaissance and surveillance unit focussed on the collection of information in the northwest region of Western Australia.
The Regiment’s Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Damien Geary said the cultural diversity of the unit empowered it to function across a vast region and engage with many communities.
“The Pilbara Regiment recruits its part-time soldiers from communities throughout the north of Western Australia,” Lieutenant Colonel Geary said.
“We operate across more than 1.3 million square kilometres of some of the harshest and most remote areas of the country.”
The Colours Parade was attended by the Governor of Western Australia, The Honourable Kim Beazley, the Commander of the Regional Force Surveillance Group, Colonel Tim Rutherford, along with past and present members of the unit and Pilbara Regiment Association.
The festivities will continue today with the Pilbara Regiment Open Day at Taylor Barracks and Pilbara Regiment Ball.