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Army Newspaper Edition 1399- 29 June 17

Read it here   http://www.defence.gov.au/news/armynews/ A LEVEL ABOVE: Don’t miss our eight-page special feature on the new Helicopter Aircrew Training System – LIFT-OUT ON TRACK: Task Group Taji 4 completes its deployment in Iraq as the fifth rotation takes over the training mission - PAGES 1, 3 and CENTRE JOINING THE FORCES: We investigate what the implementation of the ADF Headquarters means for the Army and our personnel - PAGE 2        COMBINED ATTACK: 3 Bde soldiers team up with multinational forces to test warfighting capability during Exercise Brolga Strike – PAGES 6-7 And in sport FIGHTING SPIRIT: Meet our soldiers selected to represent Australia later this year at the Invictus Games in Toronto … Continue reading

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Reminder – 7 RAR Demonstration at Linden Park – 30 June

7RAR INFANTRY SECTION EQUIPMENT AND CAPABILITY DEMONSTRATION AT RARA CLUB ROOMS, BEATTY STREET, LINDEN PARK FRIDAY 30TH JUNE 2017 – COMMENCING 1700HRS Further details are here 7RAR INFANTRY SECTION EQUIPMENT AND CAPABILITY DEMONSTRATION

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Reminder – RARA SA Inc AGM – 1100 Hrs – 9 July 17

Please be advised that the AGM will be held in July Agenda and nomination forms attached Agenda AGM Notice AGM In PDF Agenda AGM Notice AGM

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RSL SA – Current Issues

For those of you interested in the RSL SA, you can read RSL SA Board Member’s Colonel Steve Larkins’ comprehensive rebuttal of statements made by Mr Rod Murray (RSL SA Southern Metro Regional Coordinator), and Mr Murray’s retraction. Email from RSL  

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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. http://www.thecasualtylist.com/

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Women in the Infantry

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/26/us/for-army-infantrys-1st-women-heavy-packs-and-the-weight-of-history.html?emc=edit_th_20170527&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=26642543&_r=0 An interesting article in the New York Times concerning women who have just completed their Infantry training.

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Latest Infantryman

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.

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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 http://www.5rar.asn.au/history/information-book-for-nashos.pdf

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Long Tan Production Video Clips

The collection of video clips was produced by Malcolm McKinnon for a project called Ripples of Wartime, coinciding with the season of Verity Laughton’s play Long Tan.  http://www.brinkproductions.com/productions/ripples-of-wartime The stories all hold up on their own, but they also have a collective impact and meaning that is more than the sum of their parts.   Courtesy of  Malcolm McKinnon. Of particular interest are the clips involving Frank Clarke (5 RAR First Tour) and RARA SA Member Di Fairhead

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2/4 RARA 2017 AGM Details

Please be advised that 2/4 RARA will be conducting our 2017 AGM (Mercure Canberra – 26 Aug) and AWM Plaque Dedication Ceremony (AWM – 25 Aug). Specific details are provided on the 2/4 RARA Website at www.24rarassociation.com and will be updated as further info is provided.   All former 2/4 RAR Officers and Soldiers, and RARA members who have an affiliation with the battalion are invited to attend.   Max Walker, OAM President  2/4 RARA

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Latest Think Piece from Veterans SA

The 100th contribution comes from  The Hon Martin Hamilton-Smith MP, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs.   An interesting read concerning a close call Martin had whilst serving with the SAS.  You can read it here This week marks a milestone for the Veterans SA Think Piece Series

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Arrival of David Beacham

Dave Beacham arrived at Torrens Parade Ground yesterday 31 March to a good sized welcoming committee, including his Mum & Dad. Rod Graham presented a cheque for $1,000 from the RARA SA Welfare Fund.  The 3 RAR Assn SA also presented cash to Dave. In his speech, Dave advised that over $10,000 had been raised thus far.  This amount will be sufficient to commence construction of the retreat. Click on the photos for captions and improved viewing.   An informative newspaper article here  http:/www.transcontinental.com.au/story/4558203/david-rides-for-good-cause/  

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Latest Issue of Holdfast for March 2017, Issue No 30

 Here is the latest Holdfast.  There is a very interesting article about FSB Andersen during February 1968.  Many of our 3RAR comrades will remember this Operation http://tunnelrats.com.au/pdfs/newsletters/Holdfast-30.pdf Here is the link to the Tunnel Rats Newsletter page http://tunnelrats.com.au/newnewsletters.php

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7RAR Presentation to RARA SA

The RSM and CO of 7RAR presented a flag to the RARA SA on 14 December 2016.  This flag represents one of the 7RAR soldiers Killed In Action and was flown over the 7RAR base in Iraq during September 2016.

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2016 RARA SA Xmas Show

A number of photos to view, as ever, click on the photo to increase the size

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RARA SA President Mike von Berg visiting 5RAR in Darwin

Mike had this to say: ” Proud to speak to the 5 RAR Recon Platoon and then present the Student of Merit prize to Private Howard after the recent Recon Selection Course. Its great to see a young bright soldier like Private Howard who has only been in the Battalion for six months blitz the field.”    As always, click on the photo to enlarge.  

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RARA National Conference

The RARA National Conference was held in Adelaide Monday and Tuesday 3 & 4 October. Here are a few photos of a number of the participants;  

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Jock (Robbie) Buchan – a 6RAR Soldier lost but now found

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. Hi Fred,  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 … Continue reading

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Regimental Dinner Photos (25 June 16) – click on the photo to enlarge

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A Duty Done

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 … Continue reading

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