No. 3 Control and Reporting Unit (3CRU) has celebrated a unique event at RAAF Base Williamtown. In front of Unit personnel, the Commanding Officer, WGCDR Simon Wildermuth, promoted Lance Bombardier Steven Schulz to the rank of Bombardier on behalf of the CO of 16 Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery.
Bombardier Schulz has been on secondment at 3CRU for 12 months as one of two Army operators developing skills in sensor management, data networks, surveillance and air battle management.
“Promoting a soldier is certainly a first for me and for the Unit.” Wing Commander Wildermuth said.
“It is always a privilege to promote one of our people but this event is also symbolic of our efforts to prepare for the introduction of networked weapons systems such as the National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS), Giraffe, and Integrated Air and Missile Defence.”
To help realise the unit’s vision operating as part of a 5th-generation Joint Force, 3CRU have embedded personnel from Army’s 16 Regiment and Navy’s Fleet Fighter Control Element alongside the Unit’s Air Force women and men to support operations and exercises.
“In the 12 months that I have spent at 3CRU I have developed a thorough understanding and appreciation for the RAAF’s capability in the air defence and surveillance environment,” Bombardier Schulz said.
“Being a part of the initial team coming from 16 Regt meant there was a strong emphasis on relationship building. Being promoted by the CO of 3CRU was a symbolic moment for me, representing the future integration between our two units.”
Members from all three services work side by side on the complex system of systems within the Control & Reporting Centre providing persistent Tactical Command and Control and ISR for the Nation - epitomising the unit’s motto ‘Unite’.