The 1CSR Logo
features the Red Tailed Black Cockatoo which is a native
of the Northern Territory
Scire Est Potestatem
'Information is Power'
By Lt Chris Keogh, 104 Sig Sqn, 1CSR
The role of the 1st Command Support Regiment is to provide electronic and physical support to the Headquarters 1st Brigade.
The 1st Command Support Regiment's heritage is a combination of the 104th Signal Squadron and the Headquarter Company 1st Australian Task Force from the Vietnam War.
On the 1st April 1997 as part of the Restructuring the Army trials, the 1st Command Support Unit was raised. In addition to the 104th Signals Squadron, the 1st Command Support Unit included the 7th Intelligence Company; 11th Military Police Platoon; a Support Squadron; and an Electronic Warfare Squadron.
In 2001 the 1st Command Support Unit was restructured to form the 1st Command Support Regiment. The 1st Command Support Regiment consists of the 104th Signals Squadron and Support Squadron.
1st Command Support Regiment (1CSR)
1st Command Support Regiment is located at Robertson Barracks, Palmerston near Darwin, NT.
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The 1st Command Support Regiment is an extremely busy unit supporting operational and exercise commitments. Members from the 1st Command Support Regiment are currently deployed in East Timor and Bougainville.
The 1st Command Support Regiment is continually deploying on exercise to support the units in the 1st Brigade. For example, in June 2002, the majority of the 104th Signal Squadron deployed to Canada in order to conduct inter-operability training (CID Borealis) with the USA, Canada, UK and NZ. The 1st Command Support Regiment deployed on the major brigade exercise for 1st Brigade.
Maj Susan Turner, OC, 104 Sig Sqn, 1CSR
(104 Sig Sqn)
The 1st Command Support Unit (1CSU) was raised on 1st April 1997 and
formed on 1st Jan 1998. 1CSU was a combination of 104 Sig Sqn,
HQ Coy 1 Bde, 7th Intelligence Company, 72 EW Sqn and 11 MP Pl. The unit
was formed as a part the Restructuring of the Army trials of the
1st Command Support
1CSR was raised on 18th May 2001 and is still based on the CSU
concept however the Intelligence and Military Police capabilities were no
longer part of the unit structure. The Regiment consists of Regimental
Headquarters, 104 Sig Sqn and Support Sqn.
The 1CSR motto is "Scire Est Postestatem Habere", which means ‘Information is Power’.
By Denis Hare
Signal Regiment (1CSR)
1CSR was renamed
Combat Signal Regiment January 2006.
Support Squadron renamed Headquarters Squadron
On the 18 May 2011, Support Squadron was renamed Headquarters Squadron. The new name provides the direct link to the life support/combat support that the unit provides not only to the Regiment but also the intrinsic link to Headquarters 1st Brigade and that same support we provide to them. The second objective enables the Squadron the opportunity to return to the historic link with Headquarters Company, 1st Australian Task Force, in Vietnam in 1966.
Headquarters Company, 1 ATF Overview
This was formed to provide administrative and logistical support staff to HQ 1 ATF (the forerunners of HQ 1 Bde), which included personnel ranging from intelligence to pay clerks. During its deployment it suffered eleven KIA as follows:
L/Cpl A. Ruduss - 12 Jun 1966
Pte D. B. Plain - 1 Mar 1968
L/Cpl K. I. Dewar - 24 Jun 1969
Pte T. A. Evens - 25 Dec 1969
Cpl K. J. Boardman - 12 Jun 1971
L/Cpl J. N. McCarthy - 12 Jun 1971
Pte T. J. Attwood - 12 Jun 1971
Pte R. W. Driscoll - 12 Jun 1971
Pte D. C. Hill - 12 Jun 1971
Pte P. Tebb - 12 Jun 1971
Pte M. Towler - 12 Jun 1971
For additional details http://www.hq1atf.org/honour3.htm
HQ Coy, 1 ATF, also had a platoon of infantry soldiers in Defence and Employment Platoon (D&E Pl), who in the early days of the Task Force were employed in building the facilities required by HQ 1 ATF. The D&E Pl further had the additional responsibility of defending HQ 1 ATF by providing the last line of defence.
D&E Pl, 1 ATF, was the longest continuously serving infantry platoon in South Vietnam, being continuously reinforced through the 1st Australian Reinforcement Unit. The platoon remained on the Order of Battle until late 1971 when 1 ATF withdrew from Nui Dat to Vung Tau. Another point of interest is that General Peter John Cosgrove AC MC, was the Pl Comd of D&E Pl from 30 Sep 1969 – 30 Jul 1970.
104 Signal Squadron and 105 Signal Squadron
Both 1CSR Combat Signal Squadrons remain Operational on many different tasks, with 105 Signal Squadron completing its first operational task in Afghanistan in 2011.