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1 Engineer Squadron [Afr: 1 Genie-eskadron] was approved as an element of the Permanent Force on 1 August 1975, but only really established on 1 July 1976, when the first 40 national servicemen were transferred to the unit from 2 Field Engineer Squadron. Despite the unit's initial PF-status, it has been manned almost exclusively by members of the Citizen Force since its inception. The first Permanent Force Officer Commanding was appointed in January 1991, and the first Permanent Force RSM was appointed in March 1991. This probably coincided with the unit's upgrade to regimental status when it became 1 Engineer Regiment [Afr: 1 Genieregiment] (hence the OC now being a Commandant)


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1 Engineer Squadron [Afr: 1 Genie-eskadron] was approved as an element of the Permanent Force on 1 August 1975, but only really established on 1 July 1976, when the first 40 national servicemen were transferred to the unit from 2 Field Engineer Squadron. Despite the unit's initial PF-status, it has been manned almost exclusively by members of the Citizen Force since its inception. The first Permanent Force Officer Commanding was appointed in January 1991, and the first Permanent Force RSM was appointed in March 1991. This probably coincided with the unit's upgrade to regimental status when it became 1 Engineer Regiment [Afr: 1 Genieregiment] (hence the OC now being a Commandant)


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RE: 1 Engineer Regiment

Unit Location : SAS Scorpion, Salisbury Island

Higher HQ : Natal Command Headquarters

Tasks / Functions :
  • Battle support during operations

  • Terrain development

  • Terrain intelligence

  • Assistance during disasters


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RE: 1 Engineer Regiment

History :
On 11 September 1969, the Minister of Defence approved the establishment of Group 9 with Chief Commandant C. W. Hardwick as Officer Commanding. The Group comprised Umkomaas, Mount Currie and East Griqualand Commando's, with the headquarters at the home of the OC. Mount Currie was the English speaking component and East Griqualand the Afrikaans speaking component of what was later to become East Griqualand Commando. At this stage the function of the Group appears to have been the World War, the following Engineer elements existed :
  • 2 Field Company

  • 28 Road Construction Company

  • M, R , S , T , V , Z J , H , N and ZM Reserve Companies

  • Aerodrome Maintenance Company Detachment

  • 34 Survey Detachment

Ministerial approval for the formation of 1 Engineer Squadron as an element of the Permanent Force, was granted on 1 August 1975. Notwithstanding the fact that the unit was established as an element of the Permanent Force, it has been manned almost exclusively by members of the Citizen Force since its' inception. Although ministerial approval for the formation of the unit was granted in August 1975, no steps were taken to establish the unit until the 1st July 1976, when 40 national servicemen were transferred to the unit from 2 Field Engineer Squadron, on the completion of their initial period of service.

On 5 November 1976, after meeting with Brigadier Davies, Officer Commanding Natal Command, Major F . E . Greenslade accepted command of the unit and he was transferred to the Squadron from Durban Regiment. The first Permanent Force Officer Commanding was appointed during January 1991. Cmdt N. Swart was simultaneously appointed as SOI Engineers of Natal Command on 1 January 1991. Lt Col N. Swart is presently still the Officer Commanding. On 1 March 1991, WOI C. J . Spiller was appointed the first Permanent Force RSM and WOI L. A. du Preez succeeded him on 1 April 1993.

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RE: 1 Engineer Regiment

History :
On 11 September 1969, the Minister of Defence approved the establishment of Group 9 with Chief Commandant C. W. Hardwick as Officer Commanding. The Group comprised Umkomaas, Mount Currie and East Griqualand Commando's, with the headquarters at the home of the OC. Mount Currie was the English speaking component and East Griqualand the Afrikaans speaking component of what was later to become East Griqualand Commando. At this stage the function of the Group appears to have been the World War, the following Engineer elements existed :
  • 2 Field Company

  • 28 Road Construction Company

  • M, R , S , T , V , Z J , H , N and ZM Reserve Companies

  • Aerodrome Maintenance Company Detachment

  • 34 Survey Detachment

Ministerial approval for the formation of 1 Engineer Squadron as an element of the Permanent Force, was granted on 1 August 1975. Notwithstanding the fact that the unit was established as an element of the Permanent Force, it has been manned almost exclusively by members of the Citizen Force since its' inception. Although ministerial approval for the formation of the unit was granted in August 1975, no steps were taken to establish the unit until the 1st July 1976, when 40 national servicemen were transferred to the unit from 2 Field Engineer Squadron, on the completion of their initial period of service.

On 5 November 1976, after meeting with Brigadier Davies, Officer Commanding Natal Command, Major F.E. Greenslade accepted command of the unit and he was transferred to the Squadron from Durban Regiment. The first Permanent Force Officer Commanding was appointed during January 1991. Cmdt N. Swart was simultaneously appointed as SOI Engineers of Natal Command on 1 January 1991. Lt Col N. Swart is presently still the Officer Commanding. On 1 March 1991, WOI C.J. Spiller was appointed the first Permanent Force RSM and WOI L.A. du Preez succeeded him on 1 April 1993.

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RE: 1 Engineer Regiment

History :
On 11 September 1969, the Minister of Defence approved the establishment of Group 9 with Chief Commandant C. W. Hardwick as Officer Commanding. The Group comprised Umkomaas, Mount Currie and East Griqualand Commando's, with the headquarters at the home of the OC. Mount Currie was the English speaking component and East Griqualand the Afrikaans speaking component of what was later to become East Griqualand Commando. At this stage the function of the Group appears to have been the World War, the following Engineer elements existed :
  • 2 Field Company

  • 28 Road Construction Company

  • M, R , S , T , V , Z J , H , N and ZM Reserve Companies

  • Aerodrome Maintenance Company Detachment

  • 34 Survey Detachment

Ministerial approval for the formation of 1 Engineer Squadron as an element of the Permanent Force, was granted on 1 August 1975. Notwithstanding the fact that the unit was established as an element of the Permanent Force, it has been manned almost exclusively by members of the Citizen Force since its' inception. Although ministerial approval for the formation of the unit was granted in August 1975, no steps were taken to establish the unit until the 1st July 1976, when 40 national servicemen were transferred to the unit from 2 Field Engineer Squadron, on the completion of their initial period of service.

On 5 November 1976, after meeting with Brigadier Davies, Officer Commanding Natal Command, Major F.E. Greenslade accepted command of the unit and he was transferred to the Squadron from Durban Regiment. The first Permanent Force Officer Commanding was appointed during January 1991. Cmdt N. Swart was simultaneously appointed as SO1 Engineers of Natal Command on 1 January 1991. Lt Col N. Swart is presently still the Officer Commanding. On 1 March 1991, WO1 C.J. Spiller was appointed the first Permanent Force RSM and WO1 L.A. du Preez succeeded him on 1 April 1993.

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RE: 1 Engineer Regiment

Art Card for the 1 Engineer Regiment Shoulder Flash, approved 1992:...


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