19 Field Engineer Regiment
|19 Field Engineer Regiment|
SANDF 19 Field Engineers Emblem Regiment
|Part of||South African Army Engineer Formation|
Army Conventional Reserve
|Garrison/HQ||Lord's Grounds, Durban Coordinates:|
|Motto(s)||First in, Last out|
|Colors||Guardsman Red and Oxford Blue|
|Lt Col N.A. Bushula|
|Collar Badge||Bursting grenade with nine flames|
|Beret Colour||Oxford blue|
|Engineers Company Emblems|
|Engineers Beret Bar circa 1992|
19 Field Engineer Regiment is a regiment of the South African Army Engineer Formation. The unit is based in Durban with the HQ being at Old Fort Military Base, Lord's Grounds . As a reserve unit, it has a status roughly equivalent to that of a British Army Reserve or United States Army National Guard unit.
The role of the Engineers is to maintain mobility and serviceability of own forces and counter mobility of enemy forces. Tasks include bridging, water purification, obstacles, demolition, infrastructure repair and development.
The squadron and later the Regiment was called up for a number of border duty camps during the 1970s and 1980s.
In 1995 and 1996 the unit participated in training camps in Lohatla.
With the formation of the 'type' formations, including the South African Army Engineer Formation (SAAEF), in 1999, the regiment shifted from the territorial command structure to that of the SAAEF. During 2000 to 2005 a new strategy was put in place and for the first time the unit started to train its own recruited members in Basic Engineer Corps training and Junior Leader training.
One of the highlights during this time was the construction of a permanent 8 bay Single-Double Bailey bridge in the Manguzi area, near the Mozambique border to improve local security.
By 2006 the unit mandate changed. The first detachments of unit members were deployed to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as part of the United Nations (MONUC) and AU Peace Support operations. Up until October 2014, the Regiment has undertaken six deployments to the DRC.
The Regiment supplied one member to be part of the United Nations Force Intervention Brigade. Lt John Dovey deployed in the post of Combat Demolitions Team Leader as part of the Engineer troop attached to the 6 SAI Battalion.
The motto of the Engineer Corps is “Ubique” which means, Everywhere. The motto of the Regiment is First in, Last out.
The unit's insignia is based in the roman numerals XIX (19) from its name.
|1991||Col Derek I. Moe SM MMM JCD||Incumbent|
|1970||Major G. Hogan||1974|
|1975||Major J. Eager||1978|
|1979||Comdt H. Nurcombe-Thorne JCD||1988|
|1986||Captain Miles le Roux (Pro Tem)||1989|
|1989||Lt Col Andre Potgieter JCD||1994|
|1994||Lt Col P.M. Summers||1996|
|1996||Lt Col Peter E. Boulle MMM RD||30 September 2001|
|1 October 2001||Lt Col "Tex" Westgate MMM JCD||5 March 2007|
|6 March 2007||Lt Col Brian Dore||November 2014|
|November 2014||Lt Col N.A. Bushula||Incumbent|
|From||Regimental Sergeants Major||To|
|1974||WO1 J. Elbourne||1976|
|1977||WO1 M.S. Edwards JCD||1990|
|1990||WO1 M.S. Streeter SM JCD||1998|
|1998||MWO James "Jimmy" Alberts JCD||2014|
|2014||Staff Sgt N Sibiya (Acting)||Incumbent|
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