30-Year Anniversary of 1RAR Group Somalia Deployment

To All Past and Present Members of the 1RAR Association, 

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the deployment of the 1RAR Battalion Group to Somalia. Those who deployed will likely be presented the Meritorious Unit Citation (MUC) in time for ANZAC Day in Canberra this year, where the Somalia Contingent is to lead the march.

All of us who ever served in 1RAR are proud of them and expect everyone who attends will have a great reunion in Canberra. 

For those involved, below is a message from the Organising Committee for the 30-Year Somalia Deployment Reunion Reception at Government House on Sunday, 23 April 2023.

Please pass this email on to all Somalia Deployment veterans in your network. We will keep our members informed. Renewal of membership of the 1RAR Association is via this link.

Duty First,

President Jim Masters, OAM

Registration Excel Spreadsheet

All – firstly, thanks for your patience. We’ve had a few details to work out – with a bit more to sort.

Please complete the attached spreadsheet and email back to [email protected] – once I have loaded your details to the master list I will send you a response.

Registration will close on Sunday 2 April 2023, at which time I will forward the master list to Government House.

One week out you will receive an email invitation from Government House, which you will need to click on the button provided to confirm your attendance.

Coord instructions for the day closer to the event.

Notes for completion:

  1. Your service details must be per deployment and will be checked.
  2. This reception is for veterans and immediate family, no more than 4-6 per party.
  3. Include any specific requirements (will make best efforts to accommodate) or other special needs.
  4. Every veteran needs to complete this – ie you can’t do a bulk registration for a platoon.
  5. This registration system is just for HQ AFS, 1RAR Group and operational visitors to the Bn Group during the deployment. As a reminder, RAN and Op Iguana/UN members are being registered through other contacts.

Also – don’t forget the merchandise that is currently available through Military Shop. Search ‘Somalia’ to find some options.

See you in April.


Ken Snell, Glenn Crosland, Vince Creagh & 9-er

Organising Committee 


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