In the Beginning
Shortly after being appointed Colonel Commandant of Army’s PR ‘Corps’ in 2013, Colonel John Weiland, started the push to create an Australian Army Public Relations Service Association.
COL Weiland, outlining his main motivation, said “I recently found out that Rob Filmer, a good mate from the old RAAEC (PR) days died recently in Melbourne, with very few people being informed” and “if an Association is formed just to keep an eye out for each other, it would be time well spent”.
He rightly pointed out that we are small when compared to other corps in the Army and there should be no reason to lose contact with each other.
“I see the proposed Association as having very few rules with the aim of comradeship by; getting together occasionally, providing updates for members, and keeping in touch with currently-serving members” COL Weiland said.
After much ‘amateur detective’ work on his part, a significant contact list of ex-members was put together.
As this web site grows, we hope to see each of those, and more, listed here and contributing to the Corp’s Communications and History.
COL Weiland summed up his original proposal with “as the smallest Corps in the Army, our rich heritage, the friendships we have gained while serving, and to keep in contact with our current members, I think that we would all benefit by being members of an AAPRS Association”.