17 Combat Service Support Brigade gets new name

The Australian Army Order of Battle has been amended to reflect that 17 Combat Service Support Brigade is now renamed 17th Sustainment Brigade.

FILE PHOTO: Corporal Aaron Le Jeune from the 9th Force Support Battalion – a sub-unit of the newly renamed 17th Sustainment Brigade – trials an unmanned ground vehicle during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019 at Shoalwater Bay Training Area. Known as the Mission Adaptable Platform System Mule, the six-wheeled device is capable of hauling more than 500kgs of equipment and can be configured into several specialist roles, including being fitted with a hydraulic lifting arm, a surveillance module or combat litters for the carriage of wounded soldiers. Photo by Sergeant Jake Sims.

Effective today, the change was promulgated in an Order of the Day by Chief of Army Lieutenant General Rick Burr.

“The new title better reflects 17 Brigade’s role in providing joint-force sustainment, and the breadth of the brigade’s responsibilities,” Lieutenant General Burr said.

“Concurrently, the Force Support Group – the scalable, task-organised formation that sustains a joint task force – is to be renamed the Force Sustainment Group.

“17 Sustainment Brigade’s lineage extends back to the 1st Australian Logistic Support Group in Vietnam and, since that time, has also been known as the Force Support Group and the Logistic Support Force.

“17 Combat Service Support Brigade was raised in its current form in May 2006.

“Throughout it history, under all of its titles, 17 Sustainment Brigade has provided critical support to land and joint forces, in Australia, and on operations around the world.”

Lieutenant General Burr said he congratulated the officers and soldiers of 17 Sustainment Brigade on their professionalism in fulfilling their role as a vital force enabler.

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