1st Battalion 22nd Infantry
Australian Report on training with 1/22 Infantry
In September and October of 1977
Company C of the 5/7 Battalion of the Royal Australian Regiment
exchanged places with
Company C of 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry 4th Infantry Division for training purposes and the program was called
"American Exchange 77" by the U.S. Army. The Australian Army called the program Exercise CONUS
which meant Exercise Contingent US.
Sergeant Major Richard Rees was
a member of Company C 5/7 RAR at that time and was one of the
who trained at Fort Carson, Colorado in 1977. He shared a copy of his Company Commander's report of the deployment
with the 1st Battalion website and that report is posted below. The Commander of Company C 5/7 RAR was
Major Brian Vickery.
The report was published in Tiger Tales, the official magazine of 5/7 RAR.
SGTMAJOR Rees writes:
"The 5th/7th Battalion was
called the Tiger Battalion as it had a Sumatran Tiger
as its Mascot which was brought to all ceremonial parades in its cage and
placed on the back of a Landrover 4x4 vehicle to follow the troops.
Its name was Quintus."
In 1976 the 2/12 Infantry was
redesignated as the 1/22 Infantry. The 2/12 had the nickname
and this name was kept, at least for a while, by 1/22 Infantry.
Members of Company C 5/7 RAR with their
Company guidon. The "FIT TO FIGHT" streamer was
presented to the Company by the U.S. 4th Infantry Division upon the completion of training in the United States.
Courtesy of Sergeant Major Richard M. Rees
The cover of Tiger
Tales, the magazine
This December 1977 issue has a
Left and below: Issue of Tiger
Major Brian Vickery
Major Vickery is wearing the
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