Linton's logistical challenge weekend

1 April 2009

Fine dining and scrap heap scrambling may appear to have little in common, except they're just two of the competitive tasks that'll face soldiers of the Royal New Zealand Army Logistic Regiment’s (RNZALR) during their 13th anniversary celebrations at Linton Camp this weekend.

Chefs and stewards competing for the Roy Smith trophy will be trying to ensure that every aspect of the dining experience is perfect from the silver service to the perfectly cooked cuisine being served to invited guests, including the Chief of Army Major General Lou Gardiner.

At the same time, soldiers from the workshop companies will be salvaging mechanical bits to create a contraption suitable for a specific purpose.

Three workshop teams from Linton, Burnham, and a combined team, will be presented with a scrapheap, and some useful items, they then have 18 hours in which to design and build their machine, before it's tested.
Fine dining, specialist driving, mechanical ingenuity, and a warehouse ‘grand prix’ are all part of the weekend's activities. Each of the major arms of the regiment aims to highlight their team members. 

The weekend will begin early for the soldiers with a pre breakfast dawn parade and the firing of a ceremonial canon at 6:16am. The celebrations are an integral part of being a logistician in the New Zealand Army, enabling networking at all levels and continued development of esprit de corps.

“The range of activities and the number of places we operate in makes occasions like this very important. It is surprising what can be sorted out in a brief conversation during or after a competition instead of needing a pile of e-mail” says Lieutenant Colonel Rob Krushka, Commanding Officer of Linton’s 2nd Logistics Battalion.


For further information or media wishing attend any of the events contact Paul Stein,  Communication Adviser, 2nd Land Force Group on 06 351 9077 or 021 409 033.

On the 8th December 1996, Her Majesty The Queen approved the disestablishment of the three logistic corps of the New Zealand Army; The Royal New Zealand Corps of Transport, The Royal New Zealand Army Ordnance Corps and The Corps of Royal New Zealand Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. 

The then Chief of General staff, Major General P. M. Reid, signed the directive 07/96 to form the New Zealand Logistic Regiment on the 4th April 1996.  On the 9th of December 1996, a single Army logistic regiment was established, known as The Royal New Zealand Army Logistic Regiment. 

The 4th April 2009 sees the 13th anniversary of the RNZALR and the passing of 12 years of change and development within the Regiment, including the disbandment of a number of the original units formed at its inception. 

Through these many developments the Officers and Soldiers of the RNZALR have always maintained a high level of professionalism and continued to provide services second to none to the New Zealand Defence Force and wider New Zealand communities.

Note:  All trade competitions begin on Friday and complete on Saturday at approx 3:00pm
Catering  - Roy Smith Competition 
Workshops - Farrier Cup
Transport - Driver of the Year
Supply / Quartermaster - Rickshaw Trophy

RNZALR 'Roy Smith Memorial Trophy Competition'
Roy Kenneth Smith joined the Army in 1971 as a Regular Force Cadet in Upham Class.  During his first year he was apprenticed as a chef.  Upon his graduation he was posted to 1 Transport Company (GS), as a loan back cook with 1 Ranger Squadron.

His next posting was to the Tourist Hotel Corporation at Waitomo in October 1973.  In April 1974 he was posted to Central Company, Wellington Platoon.  He was promoted to Lance Corporal on the llth of September 1974.  Lance Corporal Smith was tragically killed in a train accident in April 1976.

Upon his death the contributions for a wreath were such that, after the floral tribute was purchased, a substantial sum remained.  It was unanimously agreed that a Rosebowl and miniatures be purchased and presented to the Corps for an Inter-District Catering competition amongst apprentice chefs, as a memorial to Lance Corporal Smith.  Approval to hold the competition was granted on the 8th of October 1976.

The first competition was held in June 1977 and was fittingly won by Central Company, Roy's last unit.  Since its conception, the competition has undergone several minor changes, although the concept remains the same.  The Roy Smith Memorial Trophy is keenly contested amongst Units and has proved to be a highly sought after and prized trophy.

This is a fitting tribute to a popular and professional tradesperson.

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