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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

October Monthly Meeting

Invitation To October Monthly Meeting
Thursday October 6, 2011 (Moved forward a week)
Noon – 2:30 PM

Special briefings by Team Australia members who are in Washington to participate in the Modern Day Marine (MDM) Exposition and Conference on 27-29 Sept 2011. And the Association of the US Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition 9-12 October 2011.
Each briefing will take about five minutes.

Team Australia is a collaborative initiative of the Australian Government and the Australian defence industry sector. It utilizes the complementary strengths of government and industry to provide Australian defence capability solutions to global customers.

Many thanks to sub-branch member Aurelio Azpiazu for providing this opportunity.
Where: Amenities Room
Embassy of Australia,
1601 Massachusetts Ave NW. Washington, DC 20036
Charge - $15.00, including buffet lunch and sodas.
Alcoholic beverages- $2.00 each.
Attire: Business casual
Valid ID required
RSVP by noon on October 5, 2011 to David Ward at 202-352-8550 or via e-mail at dmward1973 at gmail dot com

Parking: There is no parking at the Embassy There is paid public parking behind and under the Airline Pilots Association (17th and Mass) and at 1500 Mass Ave NW.
Visit Team Australia at MDM and AUSA
Modern Day Marine (MDM) Exposition and Conference- will be held at Quantico Marine Corps Base, Virginia 27-29 Sept 2011.  A "Team AUS" Expo Stand will be at location # 3231 in the Main Tent- "A".  As you finish registration enter through the right-most door and come down the right Main Aisle.  Our new, larger stand will make it easier for us to welcome you and share some Australian hospitality.  Product briefings will be on-going throughout the day in our in-booth conference room.
 
Association of the US Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition 9-12 October 2011 - Convention Center, Washington, DC.  A "Team AUS" Expo Stand Stand will be at location #4425 in the Main Hall.  Since AUSA has now expanded to  2 exhibition halls at the DC Convention Center, Team Australia will be in the original largest hall one level below the Registration Area.  Stand # 4425 is located to your left upon coming down the escalators and proceeding to the left on the first Main Aisle running the length of the hall.  While it is in the same general area near the business-to-business suites, you will see our larger (6-fold) space between the two main aisles.   

Friday, September 2, 2011

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September Meeting

Notice of September Meeting

Thursday 8 September Noon – 1:45 PM

Guest Speaker: Mr. Richard Conlan, US Navy Museum

Topic: The History of Naval Aviation

Where: Amenities Room, Embassy of Australia, 1601 Massachusetts Ave NW. Washington, DC 20036

NOTE: Valid ID required

Charge - $15.00, including buffet lunch and sodas. Alcoholic beverages- $2.00 each.

RSVP by noon on September 7, 2011 to David Ward at 202-352-8550 or via e-mail to

info (at) rsl-dc (dot) com

Attire: Business casual

Parking: There is no parking at the Embassy There is paid public parking behind and under the Airline Pilots Association (17th and Mass) and at 1500 Mass Ave NW

*Arrive early as Mr. Conlan will start his presentation at 12:20 PM.

Next Meeting - Thursday October 14.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Long Tan commemoration video

Here is a brief video of Last Thursday's Long Tan memorial:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9-L9qls5gM&feature=feedlik��

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Long Tan Commemoration Ceremony 18 August, 2011

Long Tan

Commemoration Ceremony

18 August, 2011

10:15 A.M. – 10:30 AM

Near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial*

Constitution Avenue and Henry Bacon Dr. NW
Washington, DC




A commemorative service held at Long Tan by

6RAR/NZ (ANZAC) troops, three years after the battle. *

The simple, solemn, ceremony, is being kept deliberately short to enable those attending time to pay their respects at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall afterwards.

*East of the Wall between 21st and 20th streets.)

Additional Details: Seating will not be provided. There is no reserved parking.

Parking on the Mall is often difficult, but visitors may find spots on Constitution Ave. or Ohio Drive. Limited handicapped parking is available at the Korean War Memorial (Daniel French Drive), WWII Memorial, and Roosevelt Memorial.

The Washington Post has the following information:

By Metro: From Foggy Bottom (Blue/Orange Lines), walk south on 23rd Street to Lincoln Memorial [0.9 miles], turn left on near side of Reflecting Pool.

By car: The memorial is adjacent to the Reflecting Pool near the Lincoln Memorial.

Need further information – contact Dave Ward at

202-352-8550 or dmward1973 at gmail dot com

Why Long Tan? “In 1987 Prime Minister Bob Hawke designated 18 August as Australia’s official Vietnam Veterans’ Day. The date commemorates the Battle of Long Tan, during which Delta Company 6 RAR fought an ‘encounter’ battle against enemy forces in the Long Tan rubber plantation just a few thousand meters from the 1st Australian Task Force base at Nui Dat.

Delta Company suffered 42 casualties, including 18 dead – more than one third of its strength – while some 245 enemy troops were killed. Delta Company’s 105 men, and three New Zealanders from 161 Battery, Royal New Zealand Artillery, fought for almost four hours against soldiers of the North Vietnamese Army who outnumbered them by ten to one.*

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Passing of Will Adams

Friday, July 8, 2011

Battle of Long Tan Commemoration

Commemoration of the Battle of Long Tan by RSL Washington
August 18, 2011 in the vicinity of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial - All are welcome. Additional details to follow.

Here are two links to information on the Australian Department of Veterans Affairs Vietnam web site:


http://vietnam-war.commemoration.gov.au/combat/battle-of-long-tan_battle.php
,


http://vietnam-war.commemoration..gov.au/vietnam-war-myths/index.php

July Meeting

July Meeting

When: Thursday July 14, between Noon and 2:00 pm*

Guest Speaker: J. Lance Mallamo, Director, Office of Historic Alexandria (See below For bio)

Subject: Alexandria, Virginia in the Civil War

Where: Amenities Room, Embassy of Australia, 1601 Massachusetts Ave NW. Washington, DC 20036

NOTE: Valid ID required

Charge - $15.00, including buffet lunch and sodas. Alcoholic beverages- $2.00 each.

RSVP by noon on July 13, to David Ward at 202-352-8550 or via e-mail to dmward1973 at gmail dot com

Attire: Business casual

Parking: There is no parking at the Embassy There is paid public parking behind and under the Airline Pilots Association (17th and Mass) and at 1500 Mass Ave NW

*The main part of the meeting, including lunch, and the presentation by the guest speaker, will take place between noon and 1:15 pm. You are welcome to remain until the close of the meeting at 2:00 pm.

Lance Mallamo is the director of the Office of Historic Alexandria (OHA), the department of the City of Alexandria that is responsible for the stewardship and promotion of the historic City through the preservation of the City's historic and archaeological sites, artifacts and records, museum system, and for the use of these resources in accordance with professional standards of scholarship and museum procedures.

OHA is charged with providing heritage programs to enhance the quality of Alexandria's urban environment for visitors and residents by building a sense of community identity and continuity, preserving the historic cultural diversity of the City, and contributing to the City's national and international reputation. These programs bring people and business to Alexandria by making the City an attractive location for leisure activities, conventions, offices and businesses.

The OHA Administration Section sets priorities for the department to encourage a professional, well-developed publications program, concern for preservation and care of all historic sites, museums and collections, and the development of a quality exhibition program. Other responsibilities of this section include: budget oversight; financial analysis; assistance in personnel issues; and the administration of the Historic Preservation and Open Space Easement Program in cooperation with the Alexandria Historical Restoration and Preservation Commission. The Administration Section also provides staff support for the Historic Alexandria Resources Commission, the Public Records Advisory Commission, the Alexandria Historical Restoration and Preservation Commission and the Alexandria Archaeological Commission.

From 1998-2007 Mr. Mallamo was the Executive Director of the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum in Centerport, New York, the former country estate of William K. Vanderbilt II, now Long Island’s largest general museum. Before that he was Director of Cultural and Historic Services for the Suffolk County (New York) Department of Parks, the largest local park system in the United States, where he administered over 200 historic buildings and sites.

Mr. Mallamo holds a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from Hunter College of the City University of New York, where he was awarded the James Felt Fellowship. He is also an honors graduate, with a major in History, of the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Friday, May 27, 2011

May 2011 Meeting

A special thank you to Sub-Branch member Gene Poteat for his outstanding presentation on the Smolensk Air Crash.

Notice of June Meeting

Thursday 9 June, 2011, Noon - 2:00 pm*

Guest Speaker: Colonel Andrew Jose OBE, RAMC

Subject: Advances in Battlefield Medicine

Colonel Jose is the British Liaison Officer –Medical, at

HQ, US Army Medical Command

During 2008 he was the Commanding Officer of Camp Bastion Field Hospital, Helmand Province, Afghanistan
Where: Amenities Room, Embassy of Australia,

1601 Massachusetts Ave NW. Washington, DC 20036

NOTE: Valid ID required.

Charge - $15.00, including buffet lunch and sodas.

Alcoholic beverages- $2.00 each.

RSVP by noon on June 8, to David Ward at 202-352-8550 or

via e-mail to dmward1973(at)gmail dot com

Attire: Business casual

Parking: There is no parking at the Embassy There is paid public parking behind and under the Airline Pilots Association (17th and Mass) and at 1500 Mass Ave NW

*The main part of the meeting, including lunch, and the presentation by the guest speaker, will take place between noon and 1:15 pm. You are welcome to remain until the close of the meeting at 2:00 pm.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Gunfire Breakfast

Please note that the Gunfire Breakfast is closed. If you did not RSVP and receive a confirmation, you will be unable to attend.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

April 14 Meeting - Jan Scruggs

Thursday April 14, 2011 - The Returned & Services League of Australia, Washington DC Chapter, Presents –The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Education Center

Noon - 2 pm (Arrive early as the briefing will start at around 12:15).

Speaker - Mr. Jan C. Scruggs, Founder and President, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.

Where –Amenities room

Embassy of Australia,

1601 Massachusetts, Ave., N.W.

Washington, DC 20036

Valid ID required.

Charge - $15.00, including buffet lunch and sodas. Alcoholic beverages- $2.00 each.

R.S.V.P. to David Ward on 202-352-8550 or via e-mail at dmward1973 at gmail dot com

Attire : Business casual

Parking: There is no parking at the Embassy. There is paid public parking behind and under the Airline Pilots Association (17th and Mass) and at 1500 Mass. Ave N.W.

Biography - In 1979, Jan Scruggs conceived the idea of building the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., as a tribute to all who served during the longest war in American history. Today, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is the most visited memorial in Washington.

Scruggs was a wounded and decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, having served in the 199th Light Infantry Brigade of the U.S. Army. He felt a memorial would serve as a healing device for a different kind of wound—that inflicted on our national psyche by the long and controversial Asian war.

Scruggs launched the effort with $2,800 of his own money and gradually gained the support of other Vietnam veterans in persuading Congress to provide a prominent location on federal government property somewhere in Washington, D.C. After a difficult struggle, Congress responded, and the site chosen was on the National Mall near the Lincoln Memorial.

As president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Inc., the nonprofit organization set up to build and maintain the Memorial, Scruggs headed up the effort that raised $8.4 million and saw the Memorial completed in just two years. It was dedicated on Nov. 13, 1982, during a week-long national salute to Vietnam veterans in the nation’s capital. Scruggs’ story of building the Memorial, To Heal A Nation, co-written with Joel L. Swerdlow, was made into an NBC-TV Movie of the Week in 1988. Actor Eric Roberts played the role of Scruggs.

Scruggs is a member of the Selective Service Appeals Board, a board member of the National Veterans Legal Services Project and special assistant to the chairman of the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. In 1993, he was named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans by the U.S. Jaycees.

Scruggs is a native of Washington, D.C, and grew up in Bowie, Md. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from American University in Washington, D.C., and his law degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Prime Minister Gillard's Visit

On March 7, 2011, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Prime Minister Gillard announced Australia’s Commitment to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Education Center.
Several members of the sub-branch were in attendance and had the honor to meet the Prime Minister as well Admiral Mullen and other dignitaries.

The following links are provided for those of you who could not be there.

Remarks delivered by Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Honorable Julia Gillard, Australian Prime Minister.

On March 9, 2011 Prime Minister Gillard addressed a joint session of the US Congress. Her remarks are here.

ANZAC Day 2011

What is ANZAC Day? ANZAC Day – 25 April – is probably Australia's most important national occasion. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as ANZACs, and the pride they took in that name endures to this day. link



ANZAC Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. It is the day we remember all Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. The spirit of ANZAC, with its human qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity. On ANZAC day, ceremonies are held in towns and cities across the nation to acknowledge the service of our veterans. link



ANZAC Day in Washington: To mark this special occasion for 2011, the Australian and New Zealand and Embassies are co-hosting a program of events to which all are welcome. Please see the attached flyer for full details. The ANZAC Lecture and the Gunfire Breakfast fill up fast so you need to sign up quickly. ANZAC Day events are listed here (Pdf file).

ANZAC Day 2011 in Washington DC

To mark this special occasion for 2011, the Australian and New Zealand and Embassies are co-hosting a program of events to which all are welcome. These events include:

Australian Exhibition – from 20 April 2011

‘Framing Conflict: Iraq and Afghanistan’

Presented with the Australian War Memorial

When: From 20 April to 17 June 2010

Time: Daily 10:00am–2:00pm

Where: Australian Embassy

1601 Massachusetts Ave NW

Washington DC

ANZAC Lecture – 20 April 2011

Presented in conjunction with the Centre for Australian
and New Zealand Studies, Ambassador for Australia The
Hon Kim Beazley AC will deliver the 2011 lecture titled:
‘On ANZUS Turning 60’.

When: 20 April 2010

Time: 6.30pm

Where: McNeir Auditorium

Georgetown University

RSVP: canz@georgetown.edu

202 687 7464

Dawn Service - 25 April 2011

The traditional ANZAC Day Dawn Service will be held at
the Korean Veterans War Memorial on the National Mall.

When: Monday, 25 April 2011

Time: 5.30am–6.15am

Where: Korean Veterans War Memorial

Independence Ave

Washington DC

‘Gunfire’ Breakfast - 25 April 2011

At the conclusion of the Dawn Service a Gunfire
Breakfast will be hosted by the Australian Embassy.


When: Monday, 25 April 2010

Time: 07.00am–09.00am

Where: Australian Embassy

1601 Massachusetts Ave, NW

Washington DC

RSVP: cultural.relationsUS@dfat.gov.au



To attend this event you are required to pre-register before
19 Apr 11(This is essential as the event fills quickly). Cost
is $10 (cash) per person paid on the morning.

Commemorative Church Service - 26 April 2011

A Commemorative Church Service will be held at the
Washington National Cathedral.

When: Tuesday, 26 April 2010

Time: 10.30am –11.30am (seated 10:15am)

Where: Washington National Cathedral

Massachusetts/Wisconsin Aves NW

Washington DC


Coordinators: Australian Embassy: Squadron Leader Gary Lewis – gary.lewis3@defence.gov.au

New Zealand Embassy: Lieutenant Colonel Rob Gillard – robert.gillard@nzdf.mil.nz

For more information: Please visit the Embassy websites at the following addresses:

www.usa.embassy.gov.au
www.nzembassy.com/usa

To RSVP to the Gunfire Breakfast e-mail Cultural.RelationsUS@dfat.gov.au

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

2011 Board of Governors and Office Holders

2011 Board of Governors and Office Holders:

President - David Gudes,

Vice President - Col. Jeff Quirk CSC and Bar,

Secretary - Dave Ward,

Treasurer - Kurt Lee,

Program Chairman - Mario Mirarchi*

Legal Advisor - Bill Bennett,

Selection Committee Chairman - Edward Connor.

Board Members: Steve Ching, Bob Cutler, Walt Dow, Harry McAlpine, Vivian McKay, Matt Prisutti, Patrick van Rooyen, Richard Southby, Jack Szalasny, Simon Willis.

February 2011 Monthly Meeting

When: Thursday, February 10.

Time: Noon to 2:00 pm

Where – Amenities room

Embassy of Australia
1601 Massachusetts Ave
Washington DC 20036

Guest Speaker – Mr. Richard Kirkland

Topic - Tales from World War II Australia

Biography: Richard C. Kirkland flew 103 combat missions in P-38 and P-47 fighters with the famed “Flying Knight” squadron in the southwest Pacific during World War II. He flew one mission with Charles Lindbergh who was teaching fuel economy during the war. After World War II, Richard participated in the atomic bomb test “Operation Greenhouse.” During the Korean War he flew 69 helicopter missions rescuing downed airmen from behind enemy lines and evacuating wounded to the 8055 MASH. After his military career he was a demonstration pilot for Hughes Aircraft where he later served in a management capacity. He documented his amazing experiences in sketches and paintings. After his retirement, these were published in magazines and five books. Richard C. Kirkland is a true aviation pioneer. * Biography taken from:
The National Air and Space Museum

Charge: $15.00, including sodas. Alcoholic beverages, $2.00 each.

Volunteers: As usual, we need a volunteer (or two) to run the bar.

R.S.V.P. (Include your affiliation) by noon on Wednesday February 9, 2011, to David Ward on 202-352-8550 or via e-mail at dmward1973@gmail.com ...

Parking: There is no parking at the Embassy. Nearby commercial parking facilities are: Behind and under the Airline Pilots Association (17th and Mass), and at 1500 Mass. Ave, N.W.

2011 Membership dues of $25.00 are payable at the meeting. Alternatively, make your check payable to R&SL, and send it to Dave Ward, 2308 November Lane, Reston, VA, 20191.

Next Meeting – March 10.

2011 Monthly meeting schedule: March 10, April 14, May 12,

June 9, July 14, August 11, September 8, October 13, November 10, and December 8.

Additional events for your calendar:

April 25 - ANZAC Day

June 14 - Bakers Creek Air Crash

November 11 – Remembrance Day