About | 106 Field Workshop
Who we are and why you might like to join us
We are a non-profit association formed around 106 Field Workshop RAEME, a Unit deployed on active duty to South Vietnam between 1 November 1968 and 7 October 1971 as part of 1 Australian Task Force, a fighting formation of brigade size. Our foundation membership is made up of members of RAEME, and of RAAMC, RAAOC and AACC attached who were on the posted strength.
Our ordinary membership now is designed to encompass not only the SVN veteran members but also all of any Corps, male or female, who have served in 106 Fd Wksp or 106 descendant Army successor elements in Australia at any time up until 2013. Naturally, the membership eligibility covers those or who have served, or now serve, in 106 Fd Wksp 7 CSSB since it was retitled in 2013 or will serve in this unit in the future.
- To bring honour on our Unit and to keep alive the memory of our departed
- To make contact with members and provide a means for them to keep in touch and share their experiences
- To foster Unit gatherings and reunions, and as opportunity arises, join in events with fraternal organizations
- To record and promote the past and present history of our Unit. We seek not only to tell our stories but to provide a window on our experience for our families and all those who would tread in our path.
- To provide and maintain this web site.
- To foster contacts with other RAEME units and fraternal organizations and to assist them where we can.
Background to forming The Association
In 2003 a group of veterans, who had served with 106 Field Workshop RAEME on active service in the South Vietnam conflict, decided to organize a major Reunion in Brisbane over the 2004 ANZAC Day Weekend. With Phillip Bond at the helm, their efforts resulted in the Gathering of RAEME, 2004, not only for veterans of 106 but for all serving and past members of the Corps of RAEME including those of RAAMC, RAAOC and AACC who served in RAEME Units.
The Gathering involved activities over three days including the ANZAC Day March under the auspices of The RAEME Association of Queensland. For the March, The Prince Phillip Corps Banner was paraded publicly for the first time, the Banner Guard being drawn from serving RAEME. Attendances varied from 400 to over 500 and was an outstanding success. The major success was that it brought together, in many cases unexpectedly, mates from all over Australia and Overseas and many walks of life; mates who had not seen each other for decades.
There were many requests for this event not to be left as a one off. There was a strong desire for a series of future events, and not only in Queensland. Likewise there was a desire to strengthen the community of 106 veterans, of whatever Corps, and to create lasting and cooperative ties with other fraternal associations and groups. The team that planned the Gathering had formed themselves into an Association for insurance and related matters. This team, using as seeding funds the surplus moneys from the Gathering and the sale of memorabilia, arranged for an Association to be incorporated under Queensland Law. The Association was registered on 21 May 2004 with Frank Maloney as President and Phillip Bond, as Principal Officer, acting as Secretary/Treasurer.
For a lengthier history of the early years of 106, including many a true story and many historical and personal pictures, select the GoTo SVN box on the Home Page. To find out more about the trials and tribulations of 106 post Vietnam, you can explore the pages being developed under the History heading in the Main Menu.
If you have a story to tell or photos to share, please contact us. If you would like to become a Member, select Join Us in the Menu options. Our Forum is open to view to anyone but requires an account (members and associated parties) with password access to post and reply.