On Tuesday 13 December, the 2nd Land Force Group, based in Linton Camp, and the 3rd Land Force Group, based in Burnham, amalgamated to form 1 (NZ) Brigade. The establishment of 1 (NZ) Brigade is one of the most visible aspects of the changes being made over the next 2 years based on Chief of Army Major General Tim Keating’s plan to Operationalise the Army.
1 Brigade changeover at Linton Military Camp, Wednesday 13 December 2011(20111213_OH_K1023900_0053).
The first phase of this plan, known as Army 2015, sees major changes to Army’s current structures, locations and method of operations to allow for its future growth and improve combat effectiveness.
In addition to the changes in Linton, a new Headquarters Deployable Joint Task Force (Land) is being established at Burnham Camp. Command of the Territorial Forces transfers to the newly established Headquarters TRADOC (Training & Doctrine Command) previously the Headquarters Land Training Doctrine Group, based in Waiouru.
"These new organisations are not a destination. Instead, they form a starting point for how Army will operate in future years to support its objectives and the priorities of the Government of the day," says Major General Keating.
"These changes fall directly from the future force structure proposals presented in Defence White Paper 2010.. Part of that White Paper identified a need for Army to develop a more deployable headquarters & task force. These changes help us to achieve this, allowing us to continue to meet our objectives and obligations at home , within the broader Pacific region, and further afield with our allies and partners," says Maj Gen Keating.
The transition to 1 (NZ) Brigade was marked by a parade of 800 soldiers and officers from 2nd Land Force Group. In addition to the Linton based units, the parade also included representatives from 2/1 Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, Queen Alexandra Mounted Rifles, 3 Logistics Battalion, 1 (NZ) Military Intelligence Coy, and 1 (NZ) Military Police that now form part of the Brigade.
For more information about the new structure, see the NZ Army organisation charts.