Photos by PTE Shell
written by CPL D.J. Cremming
With the Battalion
poised at attention there was silence as the CO
presented the parade to farewell the RSM, WO1
Dale de Kock. Open order was given and the RSM
inspected the men and woman of the 5th Battalion
one last time since his arrival into the
Battalion during the unit deployment to MTF-2.
The RSM has been the central figure of 5 RAR for
the past three years, serving three Commanding
Officers in his tenure. He has brought the
Battalion through deployment overseas, the
difficulties of post deployment normality,
mechanisation and most recently the RBG. The
three years has gone quickly as I am sure he
will be the first to admit, 5 RAR has achieved
much under his guidance, we should all be proud.
One of the enduring memories the RSM will leave
is his incessant playing of “Eye of the Tiger”
by survivor at every sporting match or indeed
any opportunity, claiming that “if it annoys you
think about how annoying it is to the rest of
the Brigade”. He continued to raise the
Battalion's identity with the purchase of EOTT,
more commonly known as the Tiger car.
Before the Parade was dismissed the Commanding
Officer LTCOL R.A. Barrett ordered the troops to
remove their Slouch Hats and led the Battalion
in giving the RSM three loud cheers, breaking
the silence of the parade ground.
The RSM brought more to 5 RAR than a song or a
car. He brought a sense of ownership to the
Battalion that reached down to every soldier who
WO1 D. de Kock leaves for the Warrant Officer
and Non Commissioned Officer Wing, Canungra in
The RSM, even as he drove out of the Battalion
with his wife Kelly for the last time, was seen
promoting pride amongst the troops by donning
his rifle green beret for the final time as RSM.
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