On Thursday 30 November 2017 the Government announced that it would establish a Royal Commission into the alleged misconduct of Australia’s banks and other financial services entities. The Government stated that the Inquiry ‘would consider the conduct of banks, insurers, financial services providers and superannuation funds’.
When the Terms of Reference for the Commission were duly issued there was singularly only one major financial service entity in the whole of Australia seemingly excluded from any scrutiny, namely the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation (CSC).
The Defence Force Welfare Association cannot agree with this exclusion and, on behalf of the many thousands of current and former members of the ADF whose superannuation is administered by the CSC, calls on the Government by way of the attached Media Statement to broaden the Terms of Reference of the Royal Commission to include CSC in its deliberations and inquiry.
Executive Director – Defence Force Welfare Association
You can read the full statement here DFWA Media Statement AL2 13Dec17
The latest edition of Army News is now available to view online: www.defence.gov.au/news/armynews
SHARED VALUES: Soldiers from the front line share their experiences with Australian War Memorial staff and visitors.– PAGES 1 and 20
BE MERRY: Military Chiefs express their gratitude for the year’s work at home and abroad. – PAGES 2-3
URBAN COMBAT: The old Royal Adelaide Hospital becomes a battleground as Adelaide-based soldiers practise high-density combat techniques in the abandoned halls. – PAGE 10
And in sport:
TAKING ON THE WORLD: One private’s rugby league skills take the national women’s team to the World Cup final. – PAGE 35-36
Members and Friends of the RARA SA.
We are ready to take bookings for a number of major events occurring in 2018.
1. Our first major event is a Wine Tasting Afternoon on Sunday 25 March, from noon till 4pm. It is fully catered meal prepared by Rob’s Roasts. The wine selection will be made by our President, Mike von Berg. For those who have attended in the past you will recall that Mike has offered up some excellent wine choices and they have been very enjoyable afternoons. Cost for food will be $10 each. Bookings are essential.
2. We will be reviving our Greek Night on Friday 4 May. Tim Kara and family will be doing the catering. They have excelled in the past. Food will only cost $10 each.
3. On Saturday 23 June we will have our annual Regimental Dinner, again catered by Hand Made Catering. These have always been hugely successful events, just look at the photos on this website. Cost will be $80. Payment in advance essential.
4. We will also be having an Italian night on Friday 12 October. Again, food will be only $10.
5. On Friday 23 November, we will be combining a the Regimental Birthday with Xmas drinks for our friends. Again this is going to be externally catered by Cheryl’s Cuisine at a cost of $10 per head, but free for our invited guests.
6. Finally, or Friday 14 December, we will have our Xmas party for members with a BBQ.
To help with catering, please send and email to email@example.com and in the subject line input “Booking”, then indicate the event which you would like to attend, and the number of people attending. We would appreciate an early response to the first 3 events.
You can read what is happening here RAR News December 2017
This is the current issue of the Infantryman
Infantryman December 2017 Dec 4
Below is the August 2017 issue
Infantryman August 2017
Click on the image for improved viewing, 1967 I think.
Here are a few photos of our highly successful dinner. As always, by selecting a photo you will be able to view a better photo as well as the caption for it.
And some nostalgic memories of our May 2013 Regimental Dinner
Ann & Mike Dennis
The “RSM” Noel Smith
Lynn Graham, Noel Smith & Beryl Kearns
See a selection of photos taken at the Long Tan Day Service held at the Torrens Parade Ground. As always, click on the photos for improved viewing and captions.
Please view the latest news on the RCB campaign here RCB Update
There is an extensive history to this campaign under the Advocacy tab (above).
Here is the latest Holdfast. In this edition, there are numerous excellent articles and photos including one of 5 RAR’s Sergeant Rod Lees after the mine incident in June 1969 – the photo was supplied by Rod.
There is a very interesting article about FSB Andersen during February 1968. Many of our 3RAR comrades will remember this Operation
Here is the link to the Tunnel Rats Newsletter page
The Casualty List has been off line for some time, here it is revived.
Note by clicking on the sub-headings, unit or coy/pl for example, you can then filter your searches.
Here is the April 2017 edition Infantryman April 2017
You can view the November 2016 edition here Infantryman November final 16.11.2016
the August 2016 edition here Infantryman August
and the April 2016 edition here Infantryman+April+2016
There are numerous excellent articles and a list of activities at HQ for the foreseeable future.
Archived Infantryman are under the Infantryman tab.
Courtesy of the 5RAR website, here is some historical information which may help revive a number of fading memories
An interesting article concerning Jock Buchan, KIA 11 December 1969, his ashes found in Scotland!
You can read it here Buchan Article
Further to the above article, comments and a link from Paul Jackson, Jock’s Platoon Commander.
What a special journey. It is hard to believe that after almost 50 years we have finally completed Jock’s story. We have come so far over the past year or so. A little over 12 months ago those involved in the action, Jock’s closest mates, did not even know where his body had gone after watching him being wrapped in a hutchie, tied on to a jungle penetrator and then winched slowly up to the hovering Dustoff chopper. Due to the tireless and dedicated work of a group of committed brothers-in-arms, Jock’s sacrifice has now been properly recognised, first with a Last Post Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial and now with your special service at his gravesite in far off Scotland.
Most of you reading this email would not be aware that Jock Buchan’s death holds a very special place in our Vietnam war history. On the day of the action, an official Army photographer was moving with the company and took a series of photographs immediately after the contact. Of the many thousands of photographs taken during the Vietnam War, these are the only ones that actually record the death of an Australian soldier. For this reason I believe that Jock’s death has become symbolic of all those Australians who lost their lives in that conflict. Too graphic and politically sensitive to be publicly released at the time, the images are a poignant reminder of the human cost of war.
The importance of this series of photographs is also well recognised by the AWM who have been corresponding with me recently seeking help identifying other members of the platoon captured in those iconic images. With your agreement Fred I would like to send your article to the Head Curator, Photographs, Film and Sound at the AWM. She has already expressed interest in the Dundee ceremony. I believe that this would also be an appropriate place for ‘Jock’s Story’ to be recorded.
On behalf of all Jock’s 12 Platoon brothers, well done and thank you.
ps For those interested, the AWM link to those photographs is attached below:
Here is the final copy of A DUTY DONE Addendum The Addendum describes a number of new operations, including; three by 1RAR in 1965 (Iron Triangle, New Life and Smash), two by 9RAR in 1969 (Matthew and Hat Dich), one by 5RAR in 1969 (Kings Cross) and the one by 6RAR/NZ (ANZAC) Battalion on 17/18 August 1969 when the original Long Tan Cross was erected. It is necessary to have a copy of A Duty Done to read the Addendum.
And here is a name index to be used in conjunction with the original A Duty Done A Duty Done Index of Names
Here is the Price List for A Duty Done and Addendum
To order this excellent book, please view this A Duty Done Order_Form_Sep
If paying by EFT, please ensure you place your initials and surname as the reference. If you have a specific book number, also please insert that ,e.g. VX Smith 591
You can also read the original A Duty Done here.
Please note the erratum for A Duty Done A Duty Done Erratum
If you have not visited this site yet, it is very interesting and has some current members of the RARA SA on it, including the President, Mike von Berg MC OAM and Robert “Dogs”Kearney.