What started out as a Facebook page is now on a website in it's own right - doing what the Facebook page was doing. In other words, the pictures and the messages that were being shared on Facebook, covering the events and work done, have effectively been moved here instead - except as an independent website rather than the old Facebook page, and done in a more enhanced fashion.
Be sure to see the DISCLAIMER down below also.
This website covers the movements and happenings, comings and goings, by Everyman's REP Neil McGinn amongst the RNSWR 1/19 Battalion and his posting at ALTC, near Wodonga, Vic.
In addition, in the same way that people, particularly amongst the church environment, who are doing a particular work, publish newsletters for people to read of what has been happening with them and what they have been doing, this website is attempting to do the same thing ... except in an electronic form. Despite this site serving as a 'newsletter', there is an 'official' newsletter known as The Bugle Call, printed on occasion, available to be downloaded. I.E., this site updates in a general way, and the newsletter updates in a curent and on-going manner.
A few years ago, it was requested of me to produce some kind of means of updating people, and, this ultimately serves as a response to that request.
This website had some earlier loftier goals of running some kind of forum facility between Defence people and their friends (particularly if some were cut-off and had found it difficult to socialise physically) but now, due to Facebook having practically achieved that, this site merely functions by showing such basic information as events and work done (as mentioned), contact details, some pics, and, down the track, some inspirational content.
However, it was felt that, as well as the website, a Facebook page was again warranted.
The new Facebook site shows pictures, movements, some priceless trivia re-posted from key groups SUCH as Everyman's and AustralianArmy, and local work done - all in a more on-going nature.
There MAY even be room for some kind of low-key forums provided on the Facebook site down the track - linking people together in a way that this website was originally setting out to do.
As an Everyman's Rep, Neil's job in a nutshell, is to 'touch base' on Army exercises in the bush, at a local Company Parade Night, or on a Defence Base in an Everyman's Centre.
His job is a morale-boosting one, hence the welfare, but also, the job is Christian-based, as a typical Everyman's Rep, working closely with Chaplaincy.
In other words, as an Everyman's, the job involves offering comforts such as tea, coffee, milo, ANZAC biscuits, sweets, 'goffas' (meaning cold soft drinks), cordial, water and other food - in the field, on the bases and, Everyman's in general, have even been on deployments. There are also Military Bibles and other Christian material available.
In relation to the 1st/19th Battalion, the operation is almost entirely mobile, attending parade nights at battalion company depots, as well as bush exercises - again with the same kind of supplies and service.
Again, go to the Everyman's site to fully find out who they are and what they do.
Who the 1st/19th Battalion are
The 1st/19th Battalion, otherwise known as The Royal New South Wales Regiment (1/19 RNSWR), is an Army General Reserve infantry battalion, with it's headquarters in Orange with local companies in different western NSW locations.
More information can be obtained at their website, as shown on the links section at left.
The Army Logistics Training Centre
More information can be found about this Base at Army Training at the Army Training website, as shown on the links section at left.
If you enjoy:
- a site that involves some kind of military nature in Australia,
- learning, reflecting, and want to further explore aspects of the Christian faith, especially with respect to the Armed Forces, and
- keep up with REP McGinn,
... then you will enjoy this site!