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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Invitation to September Meeting

Returned & Services League of Australia,
Washington Sub-Branch,
1601 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
202-352-8550
dmward1973 at gmail dot com
Invitation to September Meeting
When - Thursday, September 14, 2017.
Time - Noon to 2:00 pm.
Where –Amenities Room,
Embassy of Australia,
1601 Massachusetts Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20036
 
Guest speaker: Mr. Richard L. Holm, former CIA Station Chief in Hong Kong
Topic: "Vietnam - A Winnable War".
Charge - $15.00, including buffet lunch and sodas.  Alcoholic beverages- $2.00 each.
Attire: Business casual.
RSVP by noon on Wednesday, September 14, 2017, to David Ward at 202-352-8550 or via e-mail to dmward1973 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.
The next meeting will be held on Thursday, October 12, 2017. 

Biography Richard L. Holm is a former paramilitary adviser, operations officer, senior manager and chief of station for the Central Intelligence Agency.
He is the recipient of a special achievement award for his service in Southeast Asia; the Donovan Award for his work at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia; the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the highest award the agency can bestow; and the Hugh Montgomery Award for career service, bestowed in 2012 for only the second time by the O.S.S. Society.
His acclaimed memoir, The Craft We Chose: My Life in the CIA, available in hardcover, as an ebook and as an unabridged audio narration, describes his years with the agency.
He lives in Northern Virginia.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Invitation to May Meeting

When - Thursday, May 4, 2017 – The [First] Thursday of the month..
Time - Noon to 2:00 pm.
Where –Amenities Room,
Embassy of Australia,
1601 Massachusetts Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20036
 
Guest speaker:  Former Green Beret and CIA Officer, CWO (4) James Stejskal USA Rtd.
 
Topic:  Special Forces Berlin – Clandestine Cold War Operations of the US Army’s elite, 1956-1990 *
 
Charge - $15.00, including buffet lunch and sodas.  Alcoholic beverages- $2.00 each.
Attire: Business casual.
RSVP by noon on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 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.
The next meeting will be held on Thursday June 8, 2017.  
 
*  Mr.  Stejskal has kindly agreed to make 25 copies of Special Forces Berlin – Clandestine Cold War Operations of the US Army’s elite, 1956-1990, available for purchase at the meeting.  

A portion of the profits will go to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, the SF 
Association, and Invictus.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

April 2017



Returned & Services League of Australia,
Wash Returned & Services League of Australia,
Washington Sub-Branch,
1601 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
202-352-8550
www.rsl-dc.com, dmward1973 at gmail (dot) com
Invitation to April Meeting
When - Thursday, April 13, 2017.
Time - Noon to 2:00 pm.
Where –Amenities Room,
Embassy of Australia,
1601 Massachusetts Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20036
 
Guest speaker: Air Vice Marshal Alan Clements CSC, Head Australian Defence Staff – Washington, will talk about both the Gloster Meteor and Australia’s contribution to the fight against terrorism.
 
Charge - $15.00, including buffet lunch and sodas.  Alcoholic beverages- $2.00 each.
Attire: Business casual.
RSVP by noon on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 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.
The next meeting will be held on the first Thursday in May - May 4, 2017.  CWO (4) James Stejskal USA Rtd., will talk about his new book:


 
Returned & Services League of Australia,
Washington Sub-Branch,
1601 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
202-352-8550
www.rsl-dc.comdmward1973 at gmail (dot) com
 
Biography:  AVM Alan Clements CSC, Head Australian Defence Staff - Washington
Alan Clements was born in Townsville, QLD on 28 Feb 1963. After graduating from high school in 1980, undertook an apprenticeship and was subsequently employed as an electrical fitter mechanic with the Queensland Electricity Generating Board.
Alan entered the Royal Australian Air Force as an aircrew cadet on 20 Aug 1985 to undertake pilot training, graduating in December 1986. He was posted to the School of Air Navigation to fly HS748 aircraft, with subsequent flying tours as an instructor on CT-4 and Macchi aircraft before undertaking F/A-18 conversion in 1993.
After a tour at 75 Squadron, he served as an F/A-18 instructor until promoted to Squadron Leader in 1997 and posted to Force Development as the desk officer responsible for the fighter capability. His F/A-18 executive flying appointments include Flight Commander 77 Squadron, Executive Officer No 2 Operational Conversion Unit, and culminated with Commanding Officer 77 Squadron in 2005 and 2006 In December 2006 he was promoted to Group Captain and posted as Chief of Staff Air Combat Group. In January of 2009 he was posted as Officer Commanding Number 78 Wing and responsible for Hawk 127 aircraft, fast jet aircrew training and technical specialist training for ground crew working on F/A-18, Hawk and F-111 aircraft. In September 2010 he was posted as Director Defence Aviation and Air Force Safety.
Air Commodore Clements operational deployments include Chief of Staff of the National Command Headquarters for Operation SLIPPER in 2002 and air operations Battle Director of the Middle East area in the USAF CAOC (Al Udeid) in the first half of 2010.
On promotion to Air Commodore in October of 2011 he was posted to Director General Force Structure Review. He was appointed as the Commandant of the Australian Defence Force Academy in December 2013 finishing in December 2016. For his achievements in this role he was awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. He was promoted to Air Vice Marshal on 06 January 2017 and took up his current role as Head Australian Defence Staff on 13 January 2017.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Returned & Services League of Australia,
Washington Sub-Branch,
1601 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
202-352-8550
Invitation to February meeting
When - Thursday, February 9, 2017.
Time - Noon to 2:00 pm.
Where –Amenities Room,
Embassy of Australia,
1601 Massachusetts Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20036
Guest speaker: LTCOL Roy L. Hodges USAF Rtd.
Topic:  The Secret War in Laos
Charge - $15.00, including buffet lunch and sodas.  Alcoholic beverages- $2.00 each.
Attire: Business casual.
RSVP by noon on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 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.
The next meeting will be held on Thursday, March 9, 2017.


Roy L. Hodges

Roy L. Hodges received his Bachelors Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and his Master of Science degree in Systems Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He retired in 2011 as manager of a group of support contractors providing acquisition program support to the Federal Aviation Administration.  He is a retired US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel with 20 years of active duty.
 
His Air Force career was divided between operational aircraft assignments and system acquisition positions.  He retired as a command pilot having flown several aircraft, principally B-52 bombers and H-53 helicopters.  He served as a select aircrew member in the B-52; was both nuclear and conventional weapon system qualified; and completed two Arc Light deployments to Southeast Asia where he flew 88 combat missions.  He also served as a pilot in the CH-53 and earned two Distinguished Flying Crosses in his assignment with the 21st Special Operations Squadron at Nakhon Phanom RTAFB, Thailand.  He also flew the HH-53 with the 6594 Test Group in support of the National Reconnaissance Office Corona /Spy Satellite program.  This organization flew missions to retrieve intelligence data ejected from orbiting satellites. As a System Program Director he performed increasingly important systems acquisition duties in the B-1, A-10, EF-111, HH-60A and C-23A programs.
 
After retiring from the Air Force he worked as a support contractor for over 25 years providing acquisition program support to various Department of Defense and Federal Aviation Administration acquisitions.  He assisted the DoD as a Senior Principal Engineer supporting the Army Blackhawk‑Hellfire Missile Program and the Air Force H-53 Service Life Extension Program.  As a Senior Principal Engineer and Task Area Lead he supported FAA programs including the Voice Switching and Control System, Multimode Digital Radio, and National Airspace System Voice Switch.
 
A lifetime history buff and student of the Civil War, Mr. Hodges spent 17 years as a civil war living historian at several National Battlefield Parks, including Gettysburg, Antietam, Monocacy, Cold Harbor, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, Point Lookout, and Fort Harrison.  In this capacity he represented the Second Regiment US Sharpshooters and provided living history interpretation of both the battlefield and life of a civil war soldier.

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.