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GENUINE AUSTRALIA ELITE UNIT 1 COMMANDO METAL BERET BADGE
Australian made, quality. The reverse has 3 pins with clip fasteners. These are the older badges made from metal not plastic that is made these days. A must have badge to add to you Special Forces collection.
Unit History:The 1st Commando Regiment is one of the three combat units of the Australian Special Operations Command. Australian Army commando regiments are trained and organised primarily as a direct action and raiding forces. The 1st Commando Regiment is an integrated unit composed of regular (full-time) soldiers, ex-regular and reserve (part-time) soldiers. The Regiment’s primary function is to provide individual commando reinforcements to the Army’s full-time Commando unit, the 2n Commando Regiment. The Regiment also provides specialist command and control capabilities for Special Operations Command.
Having disbanded all wartime special units it was deemed necessary to maintain the techniques and skills developed during the war. As a result two reserve commando companies were raised in 1955, 1 Commando Company in Sydney and 2 Commando Company in Melbourne. The established strength of the new commando companies was to be 265 all ranks, consisting of one major, five captains (three of them platoon commanders), six sergeants and 241 other ranks. This establishment was very similar to the Independent Companies of WWII.
1 Commando Company was raised in New South Wales on 24 February 1955 however the Officer Commanding Major W.H (Mac) Grant, decided that the official birthday would be their first parade on 25 June 1955. 2 Commando Company was raised in Victoria on 24 February 1955.
Major Grant travelled to the United Kingdom in 1955 and studied Royal Marine Commando training methods, completing their course, and being awarded their symbol of commando qualification, the light green (Sherwood) beret. It was decided that Australian commandos would also adopt the Sherwood beret as the symbol of qualification, with the first one being awarded in Australia to Captain George Cardy of 1 Commando Company on 14 July 1956.
In 1957, as the unit already had the designation "1st" within its title, the Army thought it would be a convenient framework on which to re-form the AIF’s 1st Battalion. So on December 1, 1957 the unit was re-designated the 1st Infantry Battalion (Commando), until July 1960 when the unit was renamed the 1st Battalion, The Royal New South Wales Regiment(Commando), City of Sydney's Own Regiment. Finally in March 1973 the unit name at last changed back to the former designation of 1 Commando Company.
In recent years the Regiment has become more frequently deployed on operations providing small detachments and individuals to Cambodia, Bougainville, Iraq and Afghanistan.
In 2001 the Regiment provided a substantial reinforcement to 4th Battalion (Commando) Royal Australian Regiment for a deployment to East Timor. Additionally in that year, the Regiment provided teams to support operations in the Solomon Islands.
In May 2006 SOCOMD was re-deployed to Timor Leste with a Special Operations Task Group to conduct special recovery and evacuation operations. Post the extraction of the initial task group the special operations component in Timor Leste was reduced – often commanded by a member of the 1st Commando Regiment and the force element supplemented by 1st Commando Regiment teams.
In March 2007 the task group was bolstered to form an Apprehension Task Force with the purpose of apprehending ex-Timorese Army Major and rebel leader,Alfredo Reinado, at the request of the President of Timor Leste. Reinado was eventually located in the village of Same. Following negotiations between the Timor Leste government and the rebels, the decision was made to detain Reinado by force. Reinado evaded capture but five of his men were killed in the battle. For the members of the 1st Commando Regiment who participated in this Special Operations Task Group mission the battle was the first combat seen by the unit (at greater than individual level).
On 11 February 2008 Reinado was killed during coordinated rebel attacks on the President and Prime Minister of Timor Leste.
In 2008 the Regiment's operational commitment took a step further with the deployment of an entire Commando Company Group to the Special Operations Task Group in Afghanistan. This constituted the first deployment of an Army Reserve force element on combat operations since WWII and the Regiment has continued to support this operational commitment with similar deployments each year since.
The role of the commando company in Afghanistan is to conduct offensive operations deep within enemy safe havens to provide security to both coalition forces and the people of Afghanistan. This is achieved through intelligence led direct action missions to disrupt and destroy enemy forces within known insurgent strong holds.
The unit suffered its first combat fatality in 2009, with Private Gregory Sher killed by a rocket attack in Oruzgan province, on 4 January. Lieutenant Michael Fussell was killed in action whilst serving with the 1st Commando Regiment company group several weeks before on 24 November 2008, but was still posted to his parent unit of 4RAR (Cdo).
The Regiment received considerable publicity in 2009 when members of the unit were engaged by Taliban insurgents on the night of 12 February and 5 Afghan civilians were killed during the ensuing firefight. The Australian Director of Military Prosecutions, Brigadier Lyn McDade, made the unprecedented decision to charge two soldiers of the Regiment with manslaughter as a result of an investigation into the engagement. The charges were dropped in a pre-trial hearing and the two men fully exonerated.
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