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Wednesday, August 10, 2016


Returned & Services League of Australia,
Washington Sub-Branch,
1601 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
202-352-8550
Invitation to August meeting
When - Thursday August 11, 2016
Time - Noon to 2:00 pm.
Where –Amenities Room,
Embassy of Australia,
1601 Massachusetts Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20036
Guest speaker:    MAJGEN Richard J. Sherlock USA rtd., President and CEO of the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) and the MedEvac Foundation International.
Topic – Aeromedevac.
Charge - $15.00, including buffet lunch and sodas.  Alcoholic beverages- $2.00 each.
Attire: Business casual.
RSVP by noon on Wednesday August 10, 2016, to David Ward at 202-352-8550 or via e-mail to dmward1973@gmail.com
NOTE: Valid photo ID required.
Parking: While there is no parking at the Embassy, paid off street parking is available behind and under the Airline Pilots Association- 17th and Mass, and, at 15th and Mass (1240 15th street). On street two hour metered parking is also available.
The next meeting will be held on Thursday September 8, 2016.
 

Richard J. Sherlock
The Association of Air Medical Services and
The MedEvac Foundation International
909 N. Washington Street, Suite #410
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 836-8732
Richard Sherlock is the President and CEO of the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) and the MedEvac Foundation International.  AAMS is the international trade association for providers of rotary-wing and fixed-wing air medical transport services and for ground critical care and specialty care transport services.  The MedEvac Foundation is the industry’s leading charitable organization that supports AAMS, its members, and the patients they serve with research, education, and outreach programs, and with charitable grants and awards.  Rick is an experienced executive with over 20 years of demonstrated leadership in building and transforming high-profile government and private-sector operations into agile, high-performance organizations that exceed objectives.  Rick’s government and private-sector experience includes an extensive background in strategic planning, operations, training, resource management, human resource management, and in aviation operations, maintenance, and safety programs.
Prior to joining AAMS and the MedEvac Foundation International, Rick had a very rewarding and challenging career in the U.S. Army, where he served in a wide variety of positions, including the Chief of Staff and the Director of Strategy, Plans, and Programs for U.S. Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany.  Rick served in senior positions in the Pentagon, on both the Joint Staff and on the Department of the Army Staff, and routinely interacted with Congressional Members, committees, and staffs and with the U.S. and International Press Corps.  He served in Iraq, and has led organizations of all sizes, from large organizations to small high-performing teams. 
Rick enjoys a life-long love of aviation, has flown a variety of aircraft, and has served as an Instructor Pilot, Standardization Instructor Pilot, and Instrument Flight Examiner.  He has lived and worked overseas and enjoys working with people of diverse cultures.
Rick earned a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from The Ohio State University, a Master's degree in Human Resource Management from Troy University, and a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the U.S. Army War College.
Rick balances career and family life with his wife Lyn, who recently transitioned from her career with the U.S. Air Force, and their daughters.  He is involved in community organizations and serves as the President of Alumni Board of the Culver Academies and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Culver Educational Foundation.  He is a member of the American Society of Association Executives, the Society for Human Resource Management, and the Army Aviation Association of America.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Invitation to June meeting

When - Thursday June 9, 2016
Time - Noon to 2:00 pm.

Where –Amenities Room,
Embassy of Australia,
1601 Massachusetts Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20036

Guest Speakers: Retired Professor Robert S. Cutler of George Washington University, and RSL historian Mr. Col Benson. 
Topic:  The tragic wartime accident where 40 members of the U.S. Army Air Corps perished at Bakers Creek, near Mackay, Australia, on June 14, 1943, and the efforts to identify those members and seek official recognition of the accident.

The sub-branch will also host representatives of the US Army and Royal Australian Air Force.  After the talk the US Army will return to the RAAF an Australian flag used during ceremonies held at the Bakers Creek Air Crash Memorial, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Fort Myer, VA

Charge - $15.00, including buffet lunch and sodas.  Alcoholic beverages- $2.00 each.
Attire: Business casual

RSVP by noon on Wednesday June 9, 2016, to David Ward at 202-352-8550 or via e-mail to dmward1973 at gmail dot com

NOTE: Valid photo ID required

Parking: While there is no parking at the Embassy, paid off street parking is available behind and under the Airline Pilots Association- 17th and Mass, and, at 15th and Mass (1240 15th street). On street two hour metered parking is also available.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Invitation to April Meeting


When - Thursday April 14, 2016
Time - Noon to 2:00 pm.
Where –Amenities Room,
Embassy of Australia,
1601 Massachusetts Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20036

Guest speaker:  RADM S R Gilmore, AM, CSC RAN, Head Australian Defence Staff (Washington) Australian Defence Attaché
Topic:  Australian Government 2016 Defence White Paper

Charge - $15.00, including buffet lunch and sodas.
Alcoholic beverages- $2.00 each.
Attire: Business casual
RSVP by noon on Wednesday April 13, 2016, to David Ward at 202-352-8550 or via e-mail to dmward1973 at gmail dot com

NOTE: Valid photo ID required

2016 Membership dues of $30.00 are payable at the April meeting.  Alternatively, make your check payable to R&SL, and send it to: Dave Ward, 2308 November Lane, Reston, VA, 20191.

Rear Admiral Steve Gilmore, AM, CSC, RAN Head Australian Defence Staff (Washington) Australian Defence Attaché Embassy of Australia.

Rear Admiral Steve Gilmore, AM, CSC, RAN joined the Royal Australian Navy as a junior entry Cadet Midshipman in 1977. Studying at the RAN College at Jervis Bay he completed secondary, tertiary and initial professional education and training prior to graduating in 1981.

After receiving his full Bridge Watchkeeping Certificate in 1983, he was posted as an Officer of the Watch in the then RAN Flagship, HMAS STALWART (AD215). This was followed by service as the Executive Officer of the Cairns based Patrol Boat HMAS TOWNSVILLE (PB205) in 1985-1986.

On completion of the Principal Warfare Officer’s (PWO) course and sub specialist training in gunnery and air warfare, Lieutenant Gilmore completed three consecutive postings at sea as PWO(A)/Operations Officer in both Australian and British warships.

From 1992-1994, Lieutenant Commander Gilmore served in Maritime Headquarters as the Fleet Gunnery Officer and as PWO(A) in the Sea Training Group. This position included considerable periods at sea overseeing unit work up and exercise activity. He was subsequently posted as the Executive Officer of the Guided Missile Frigate HMAS MELBOURNE (FFG05).

Promoted to Commander in 1996, he was appointed the RAN Liaison Officer to the US Navy Doctrine Command in Norfolk, Virginia where he served in the International Cell alongside officers representing a number of navies. In this role, he participated in the development of both USN and multi national maritime doctrine.

On return to Australia, Commander Gilmore was posted to Maritime HQ as Commander Plans (N51) during 1998-1999. In this role he was involved in the planning for all ADF and RAN operations and exercises involving major fleet units. He was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in the 2000 Queens Birthday Honours list for his service in this position.

Commander Gilmore assumed command of the ANZAC class frigate HMAS ARUNTA (FFH151) in 2000. In addition to major Task Group deployments, a highlight of this period was the award of the prestigious Gloucester Cup, which recognised ARUNTA as the Navy’s best major fleet unit in 2000.

Promoted to Captain in 2001, he attended the Defence and Strategic Studies Course at the Australian Defence College during 2002 and graduated with a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies. Captain Gilmore was appointed as the Director of Maritime Combat Development in the Capability Systems Division of Australian Defence Headquarters in December 2002. During this period he was involved in the generation of capability requirements documentation for major projects such as the Air Warfare Destroyer (DDG), Amphibious Ship (LHD), ARMIDALE class Patrol Boats and replacement underway replenishment ship.

Captain Gilmore was promoted to Commodore in January 2005 and appointed to the position of Director General Navy Strategic Policy and Futures (DGNSPF) in Navy Headquarters. Selected to command coalition Task Force 58 in the Northern Persian Gulf, Commodore Gilmore was deployed as part of Operation CATALYST between April and August 2005. With a small RAN staff, Commodore Gilmore embarked in the cruisers USS ANTIETAM (CG54) and USS NORMANDY (CC60) and was responsible for the conduct of all maritime security operations. He returned to the DGNSPF position in September 2005. Commodore Gilmore was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2006 Queens Birthday Honours list in recognition of his operational service as Commander Task Force 58.

Commodore Gilmore became the Commander of Navy Systems Command in September 2007 and was promoted to Rear Admiral in June 2008. In this role he commanded all Navy shore commands and was responsible for personnel posting and individual training, workplace health and safety, engineering policy and Navy communications/electronic warfare.

After a short period in the new position of Head Navy People and Reputation within Navy Strategic Command, Rear Admiral Gilmore was appointed as Commander Australian Fleet (COMAUSFLT) from October 2009 to December 2011. This role included responsibility for Navy capability generation and warfighting standards across all RAN submarines, surface ships and aircraft.

Rear Admiral Gilmore served as the Deputy Chief of Joint Operations at Headquarters Joint Operations Command near Canberra from December 2011 to November 2013. He assumed the position as the Head Australian Defence Staff (Washington) and Australian Defence Attaché at the Embassy of Australia, Washington DC, in January 2014.



Friday, February 26, 2016

March 2016 Meeting


Invitation to March Meeting
When - Thursday March 10, 2016
Time - Noon to 2:00 pm.
Where –Amenities Room,
Embassy of Australia,
1601 Massachusetts Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20036

Guest speaker:    LCDR Kimberly Mitchell USN Rtd.

Topic:  LCDR Mitchell will talk about her life story, including her search for how she arrived in a Vietnamese orphanage during the war in Vietnam.

Charge - $15.00, including buffet lunch and sodas.
Alcoholic beverages- $2.00 each.
Attire: Business casual
RSVP required.  Please RSVP by noon on Wednesday March 9, 2016, to David Ward at 202-352-8550 or via e-mail to dmward1973 (at) gmail dot com

NOTE: Valid photo ID required

2016 Membership dues of $30.00 are payable at the March, meeting.  Alternatively, make your check payable to R&SL, and send it to: Dave Ward, 2308 November Lane, Reston, VA, 20191.

Parking: While there is no parking at the Embassy, paid off street parking is available behind and under the Airline Pilots Association- 17th and Mass, and, at 15th and Mass (1240 15th street). On street two hour metered parking is also available.

The next meeting will be held on Thursday April 14, 2016.


Biography :
Kimberly Mitchell is the President and Co-Founder of Easter Seals Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services, President of Consult Alliances, Inc., and Vice President of Sutherland Partnership, Inc.  As a vocal advocate for our military service members, veterans, military families and families of the fallen, Kim frequently speaks at non-profit and corporate conferences and in communities across the country.  Having been adopted by an Airman from an orphanage in Da’Nang Vietnam at the height of the Vietnam War, she is also recognized as an advocate for our Vietnam era veterans. She is the official spokesperson for the Department of Defense 50 Year Vietnam War Commemoration Committee and participates in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and the Vietnam Veteran Honor flight events. 

Kim served in the United States Navy for 17 years as a Surface Warfare Officer serving onboard surface ships and at shore commands.  She was hand selected by the Navy and the White House to serve as a White House Social Aide where she participated in more than six hundred events hosted by the President and First Lady. During her last 2 years on active duty she served as the Deputy Director of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Office of Warrior and Family Support.  Kim has worked with hundreds of communities and has assisted thousands of organizations, and together with Colonel David Sutherland, has created a nationwide network of support utilizing grassroots solutions to address the challenges of transition and reintegration for our service members, veterans and military families. 

Kim is the recipient of numerous personal and unit awards while serving in the Navy.   She also received recognition from the Assistant Secretary of State for her work on United Nations Policies in Iraq and United Nations Peacekeeping programs in the Middle East, and recognition from the Deputy Director, Defense Security Cooperation Agency for her work in the Middle East region in Foreign Military Sales to Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bahrain and Yemen.  

Kim holds a Bachelor’s degree from the United States Naval Academy in Ocean Engineering and a  Master’s degree from The George Washington University in Organizational Management.  

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Invitation to Christmas lunch


When: December 10, 2015
Time - Noon to 2:00 pm.
Where: Amenities Room
Embassy of Australia,
1601 Massachusetts Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20036
Guest speaker:  RSL member Ross Crunkhorn will discuss his recent trip to Vietnam when he visited Hanoi,
Dien Bien Phu, Hue, Khe Sanh, Nui Dat and Vung Tau.

Ross retired in 1995 after 24 years service as an Infantry Officer.  He had postings to all corners of Australia, spending 4 years in the North West, as well as Papua New Guinea and participated in deployments to Hawaii, Indonesia and Malaysia. Ross met his wife on a deployment to the Multinational Force and Observers on the Israel/Egypt border and has spent the last 20 years in the US.

Charge - $15.00, including buffet lunch and sodas.  Alcoholic beverages- $2.00 each. (The free lunch for paying your dues of $30.00 now relates to the January meeting). 

NOTE: Valid photo ID required.  Attire: Business casual.

RSVP by noon on Wednesday, December 9, 2015, to David, Ward at 202-352-8550 or via e-mail to dmward1973 at gmail dot com

Parking: While there is no parking at the Embassy, paid off-street parking is available behind and under the Airline Pilots Association- 17th and Mass, and at 15th and Mass (1240 15th street). On street two-hour metered parking is also available.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Trafalgar Night Dinner


Join the British Officers’ Club of Washington at the Trafalgar Night Dinner – 24 October 2015.  The BOC DC will celebrate Trafalgar Night at a “Formal Dinner” at the US Naval Academy’s Naval Academy Club, also known as the Officers’ Mess. All are welcome.  Mention R&SL and Mario Mirarchi on your RSVP.

Invitation to October 8, 2015 meeting

Time - Noon to 2:00 pm.
Where: Amenities Room
Embassy of Australia,
1601 Massachusetts Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20036
Guest speaker/Topic: Ms. 761st Tank Battalion, a military historian and author, who will discuss - The Black Panthers: A Story of Race War and Courage-the 761st Tank Battalion in World War II.

Short bio: “Author Gina Maria DiNicolo is a military historian and award-winning journalist who has written on military topics for nearly two decades. She was a contributing editor at Military Officer magazine, where more than twenty of her stories graced the publication’s cover. She is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in history, and served as an officer in the Marine Corps

Her first book is The Black Panthers: A Story of Race War and Courage, is painstakingly researched narrative nonfiction about the 761st Tank Battalion in World War II. The book won a well deserved spot as a finalist for the 2014 Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award.” 


Charge - $15.00, including buffet lunch and sodas.  Alcoholic beverages- $2.00 each.
NOTE: Valid photo ID required.  Attire: Business casual
RSVP by noon on Wednesday October 7, 2015, to David, Ward at 202-352-8550 or via e-mail to dmward1973 (at) gmail dot com
Parking: While there is no parking at the Embassy, paid off street parking is available behind and under the Airline Pilots Association- 17th and Mass, and at 15th and Mass (1240 15th street). On street two hour metered parking is also available.
2015 monthly meetings - 8 Jan, 12 Feb, 12 Mar, 9 Apr, 14 May, 11 Jun, 9 Jul, 13 Aug, 10 Sep, 8 Oct, 12 Nov, 10 Dec.