3rd Combat Service Support Battalion
The 3rd Combat Service Support Battalion is based at the Lavarack Barracks in Townsville, Queensland.
3 CSSB is a diverse unit made up of about 500 officers and soldiers from 12 corps comprising 42 different employment categories, including vehicle mechanics, cargo specialists, driver specialists, medical and electronics technicians to name just a few. It has a variety of equipments and vehicles which allow it to deploy rapidly into the field or on operations as part of the 3rd Brigade's Ready Deployment Force.
The current structure of 3rd Combat Service Support Battalion is:
• Admin Company
• 2nd Health Company
• 3rd Field Supply Company
• 9th Transport Squadron
3 CSSB's role is the same in barracks as it is in the field or on operations and that is to provide Combat Service Support to all 3rd Brigade units. All 3 CSSB personnel are 'soldiers first' and must be able to survive in a complex warfighting environment, which requires our personnel to maintain their soldiering skills at a high level. Our personnel must also develop their specialist trade skills, which are mapped across to civilian qualifications ensuring that our personnel are best placed to have a second career once they leave Army.
These soldiering and trade skills are practiced in the field environment annually building up from individual skills to the operational skills required when deployed as part of a Battle Group or Joint Task Force. These Army skills are enhanced with an ability to deploy on land, sea and by air. Many of the Battalion's personnel are on short notices to move so that they may react very quickly to any regional emergency.
3 CSSB is involved in numerous deployments across the globe and often has personnel in Sinai, Dubai, Afghanistan, Timor-Leste, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Malaysia. The Battalion recently deployed more than 100 personnel in support of Operation Yasi Assist which was the Australian Defence Force's (ADF) emergency response to the areas most affected by Cyclone Yasi.
3 CSSB's greatest asset is its' people. The Battalion has an extensive training, sporting and social program which provides a quality of life seldom replicated elsewhere. Put together with the ADF's superb remuneration, superannuation and health benefits packages, life in the Battalion is difficult to beat.
The motto of 3rd Combat Service Support Battalion is ‘United in Support’.