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Army News Edition Issue 1511, 12 May 2022

In this edition of Army News

May 12  2022Welcome to the latest edition of Army News.Click HERE to read the latest edition.In this edition:

  • ARMS FOR UKRAINE: Howitzers added to consignment to repel Russian aggression – Pages 1 and 3.
  • EX CORAL SAPPER: Building bridges with Fiji – Page 5.
  • LEST WE FORGET: Anzac Day 2022 – Four-page lift-out.
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Latest RARA SA Infantryman

Hot off the press, Infantryman April 2022

Infantryman 8 April 2022

and, for December 2021


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Photo of the Week


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Participation in the Australian Military and Veteran Family Study

The Australian Institute of Family Studies, in collaboration with the Department of Defence and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, is conducting a new study on Australian military and veteran families.  

Participants are sought from families of current ADF members and members who have left the ADF in the last 5 years, and who have children under 18 years or who are expecting or planning children.   

I would be grateful if you could assist by distributing the attached information to your cohorts to enable as wide a participation as possible in this important study.


Tiki Stephens

Assistant Director

Governance & Ministerial Events Section | Parliamentary & Governance Branch

AMVFS_poster_A3 with QR code

AMVFS postcard 148x105mm


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Latest media releases from Minister for Veteran Affairs – New Veteran Wellbeing Grants

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel – Media Release – $27 million for new Veteran Wellbeing Grants

211015 – Media Release – Minister Gee – Veterans’ Health Week

Snapshot of AIHW Report – Veterans Segment

Additional mental health support for white card holders


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Film posted by John Neervoort

I have posted a number of videos on Youtube of film that I took on 6RAR’s second tour in 1969-70. Each video is about 5 minutes long.  There is no commentary, just appropriate sounds of aircraft/guns/armour and background music. I originally did these for the National Vietnam Veterans Museum so they could be used on a free standing TV operated by the viewer alongside the museum item on display (eg, film of guns firing next to a 105mm howitzer).

One special film is when I went on a flight with Jade 8 (between operations) and witnessed an airstrike by Canberra bombers from the air. Years later after contacting Chris in Texas, he said he had taped the cockpit conversations between the Forward Air Controller (himself) and a flight of Canberra bombers on a similar airstrike. I have included that to add to the authenticity. I believe the film of the bombs dropping from the Canberra is unique in that can only be done from the perspective of a Forward Air Controller.

Vietnam War Aussie Armour

Vietnam War Aussie Artillery

Vietnam War Aussie Airstrike

Vietnam War Aussie Infantry

Vietnam War Aussie Hueys

Vietnam War Aussie Navy

Vietnam War Aussie R&C Vung Tau

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The Casualty List

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.

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National Servicemen in Combat

An interesting read    National-Servicemen-in-Combat

Courtesy Dave Wilkins OAM and 5RAR Website

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RSL Virtual War Memorial – Updated site

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.

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DFRDB Matters


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Two Items Worth Revisiting

Click on the image for improved viewing, 1967 I think.


Join Army

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RCB Update

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).

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Pocket Book for National Servicemen

Courtesy of the 5RAR website, here is some historical information which may help revive a number of fading memories

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‘He should have died’: the Vietnam veteran who never really returned

Please take the time to read this article which is primarily about Michael McKernan’s book, “When This Thing Happened”. The title defers to Michael Stawyskyj’s constant reference to the moment in Vietnam in 1969 – “When this thing happened”.  Michael Stawyskyj is the father of Joe Stawyskyj. a 5RAR digger serously wounded in 1969.

Here is the link

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