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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28th 1975 NO.157/75

WOMAN TO HEAD ARMY UNIT

A woman officer has been appointed to command male

and female soldiers in an Army unit for the first time.

Captain Lyn Gregson, 27, of Wedderburn, Vic.,

will assume command of the Melbourne Transport Unit on Monday (December 1).

Melbourne Transport Unit provides vehicles and

drivers for the Army in the Melbourne area, manages the Melbourne area cargo terminal, and moves freight within

Victoria and interstate. It has a staff of 25 male and

25 female soldiers.

Captain Gregson will command 70 vehicles ranging

from semi-trailers, refrigerator vans, trucks of varying capacity, to mini-buses, cars and a gun carriage for funerals

Asked today how she felt about the job, Captain

Gregson said: "I'm absolutely delighted. I'm fully trained for it and I'm glad, finally, to be able to put

my training to use."

How will the men respond to a woman boss?

. "I know soldiers of both sexes will respond to any officer who knows the job, cares about the job and them, and provides leadership," Captain Gregson said.

"And I know the soldiers — both male and female — that

I'm commanding are well-trained, well-disciplined and well-led."

Captain Gregson1s appointment to command of a unit

comes at a time when the Array is making available wider employment opportunities for servicewomen.

Captain Gregson graduated from the Womens Royal Australian Army Corps Officer Cadet School in Sydney in 1968

and since then has worked in many fields, but specialising in transport and movement with the Royal Australian Corps of Transport since January 1973.

These jobs have taken her to Brisbane, Sydney,

Melbourne and Puckapunyal.

In 1974 she spent four months overseas at her

own expense studying the women's Services in England and America.

But it wasn't just the women she was interested in.

She also visited a number of training centres for male soldiers to look at training techniques.

This week Captain Gregson has been working with the present OC of the unit. Captain Peter Ferguson, preparatory to taking over the reins.

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