"THE PRICE OF LIBERTY IS ETERNAL VIGILANCE"

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Passing of RADM Ralph M. Ghormley


Members and Friends of the R&SL,

It is my sad duty to inform you that Life Member, and 1988 President, RADM Ralph M. Ghormley (USN retired), of McLean Virginia, died on the evening of Sunday October 7, 2012.
Additional details will be provided  as they become available.
Sincerely,

Dave Ward

Thursday, October 11, 2012

October Meeting


When Thursday October 11, 2012

Time - Noon to 2:00 pm.

Where –Amenities room
Embassy of Australia,
1601 Massachusetts, Ave.,
Washington, DC 20036

Guest Speaker – COL Dr. Richard Southby, Vice President of the Washington, DC Sub-Branch of the Returned and Services League of Australia is Executive Dean and Distinguished Professor of Global Health Emeritus at George Washington University.

Topic - Some Perspectives on British Military Medicine in the 19th Century

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

Attire: Business casual Photo ID essential for entry
RSVP by noon on October 10 to David Ward at 202-352-8550 or via e-mail todmward1973@gmail.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
3. Bio Summary: Dr. Richard Southby, Vice President of the Washington, DC Sub-Branch of the Returned and Services League of Australia, is Executive Dean and Distinguished Professor of Global Health Emeritus at The George Washington University where he previously served as Dean of the School of Public Health and Health Services. He is also Director of the Interagency Institute for Federal Health Care Executives, which is the major continuing professional development program for senior health professionals from the US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, US Public Health Service and the Veterans Health Administration. 

Prior to migrating to the United States in 1979, Richard was a faculty member in the Faculties of Medicine at Monash University and The University of Sydney. In 1975 he served as Full-Time Commissioner on the Australian Hospitals and Health Services Commission in Canberra, ACT.

Colonel Southby has been a member of the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps, Australian Army Reserve, and the Medical Service Corps, US Army Reserve.  As Consultant in Global Health to the Surgeon General Defence Force, Australia, he has founded and directed two Defence Health Leadership Institutes in Australia.  He is currently Academic Adviser to the Army ROTC Battalion at Georgetown University.

Since 1989 Richard has been a member of the Metropolitan Police Department Reserve Corps, Washington DC. He is presently the Commanding Officer of the Reserve Corps Division.

September Lecture

A special thank you to Bernard Edelman of the Vietnam Veterans of America for his insightful talk on the nature of heroism.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Battle of Long Tan Commemoration Ceremony

Invitation to the Battle of Long Tan Commemoration Ceremony
18 August, 2012
10:15 A.M.

Near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial*
Constitution Avenue and Henry Bacon Dr. NW
Washington, DC
The simple, solemn, ceremony is being kept deliberately short, at about 20 minutes, to allow attendees more time to pay their respects at the Wall afterwards. *

The wreath will be placed at the Wall immediately after the ceremony.
(South East of the Wall between 21st and 20th streets.)

There is neither reserved parking nor any seating.

The RSL is grateful for the assistance of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund in obtaining the event permit.  http://www.vvmf.org/

Why Long Tan?  “In 1987 Prime Minister Bob Hawke designated 18 August as Australia’s official Vietnam Veterans’ Day. The date commemorates the [1966] 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 metres from the 1st Australian Task Force base at Nui Dat.

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

Friday, August 10, 2012

The Battle of Long Tan

Here are some Australian and New Zealand resources on the Vietnam War, including the Battle of Long Tan:
 

http://vietnam-war.commemoration.gov.au/

http://vietnam-war.commemoration.gov.au/combat/images/long-tan/diagram-of-battle-stages.pdf

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

A recent documentary about the Battle of Long Tan:

http://www.battleoflongtan.com/

A version of today's PowerPoint presentation:

https://skydrive.live.com/view.aspx/Long%20Tan%20Dave%20Sabben%20Presentation/LongTan-Presentation-Dave-Sabben.pps?cid=7a5f7e0b9a293e9e&sc=documents

New Zealand in the Vietnam War:

http://www.vietnamwar.govt.nz/


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Fellow members and friends,

It is with regret that I have to inform you of the passing of two members, Stephen T. Ching and John Gilbert Henry.

2004 President Captain Stephen T. Ching of Amelia Island, Fl., passed away on Saturday, July 7, 2012. There will be a funeral service on Thursday July 12, at 11:00 AM at Burgess Chapel at Oxley-Heard Funeral Home, Fernandina Beach, FL followed by interment at 1:00 PM at Jacksonville National Cemetery, Jacksonville FL.  

Longtime member John Gilbert Henry,  of "Journeys End" Copes Mountain, Colga, Sligo, Ireland, passed away  on Thursday, June 14, 2012. He reposed at the Foley & Mc Gowan Funeral Home, Market Yard Sligo on Friday Morning from 9-30am and removed at 10-30am to St. Columcille's Church, Rathcormac for Mass of the Resurrection at 11am. Funeral afterwards to Mount Jerome Crematorium, Harolds Cross, Dublin.



Sincerely,

David Ward
Honorary Secretary
Washington Sub-branch
Returned & Services League of Australia

Returned & Services League of Australia
Washington Sub-Branch
1601 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036

Notice of July 2012 Meeting

When: Thursday July 12, 2012

Time:    Noon to 2:00 pm

Where –Amenities room
                Embassy of Australia
                1601 Massachusetts Ave
                Washington DC 20036

Guest Speaker:  Gene Poteat, President, Association of Former Intelligence Officers

Topic:  The evolution of the CIA Covert Action

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

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

RSVP (Include your affiliation) by noon on Wednesday July 11, 2012, to David Ward by calling 202-352-8550, or via e-mail to dmward1973@gmail.com.

Parking: There is no parking at the Embassy.  In addition to on street metered parking, nearby commercial parking facilities are located behind and under the Airline Pilots Association (17th and Mass.) and at 1500 Mass. Ave, NW.

2012 Membership dues of $30.00 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 – Thursday August 9, 2012.

2012 Monthly meeting schedule:  January 18, February 9, March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13, October 11, November 8, and December 13.                                           

Additional dates for your calendar:
August 18 – Australian Vietnam Veterans Day
November 11 – Remembrance Day

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Returned & Services League of Australia
Washington Sub-Branch
1601 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036

June Newsletter

This newsletter includes details of the monthly meeting, the commemoration of the Bakers Creek Air Crash, the Down Under Barbecue, and links to photos taken during ANZAC Day in Washington and the May 10 monthly meeting.  

Monthly meeting: Memorial Day was the start of commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. Our commemoration begins at our June meeting, when E. Jane McCarthy shares her experiences of being a nurse at the 95th Evacuation Hospital in Da Nang, South Viet Nam in 1971.

When: Thursday June 14, 2012

Time:    Noon to 2:00 pm

Where –Amenities room
                Embassy of Australia
                1601 Massachusetts Ave
                Washington DC 20036

Guest Speaker:  E. Jane McCarthy CRNA, PhD, FAAN,CAPT/USHPS (Ret.)

Topic – Reflections of Serving in Vietnam as an Army Nurse

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

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

RSVP (Include your affiliation) by noon on Wednesday June 13, 2012, to David Ward by calling 202-352-8550, or via e-mail to dmward1973@gmail.com.

Parking: There is no parking at the Embassy.  In addition to on street metered parking, nearby commercial parking facilities are located behind and under the Airline Pilots Association (17th and Mass), and at 1500 Mass. Ave, NW.

Biography: Jane McCarthy joined the Army Nurse Corps while still in nursing school in 1968 and served at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in the Recovery Room/Intensive Care Unit in 1970 and at the 95th Evacuation Hospital in Da Nang, South Viet Nam in 1971 where she worked in the Pre-operative and Receiving area as a triage nurse.  Upon returning from Viet Nam she was immediately discharged from the Army and experienced PTSD for three years including difficulty sleeping, nightmares, insomnia, weight loss, anorexia, and depression.  With the Gulf War of 1991 she experienced recurring symptoms of PTSD and sought counseling for several years.  During that time she was active in several Veterans groups and very aware of others having the same difficulties

Jane retired in 2007 from the US Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps as a Captain where she worked as a nurse scientist for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  To better meet the anesthesia health care needs of the uniformed services, she developed the congressionally mandated nurse anesthesia program for the Uniformed Services University (1993-2000) which now educates nurse anesthetists for the Army, Navy, Air Force and US Public Health Service.  In 2004, because of the shortage of nurse anesthetists and the lack of a nurse anesthesia educational program in the state of Maryland, she developed a nurse anesthesia program for the University Of Maryland School Of Nursing where she continues as a faculty member.  

Jane remains active with Veterans issues and serves as a founding Commissioner on the Montgomery County Veterans Commission. She is particularly interested in helping returning soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan with PTSD issues.  She returns to her home town in Cohasset, MA each year to march in the Memorial Day Parade to remember to high cost of war. 

Additional events in June.
Bakers Creek Air Crash Commemoration Service.   On June 14, 2012, at Fort Myer, the US Army will conduct a service in remembrance of the 40 US servicemen who died on June 14, 1943, when a B17C Flying Fortress crashed at Bakers Creek, Queensland.

The service will take place between 4:00 PM and 5:00 at the Bakers Creek Air Crash Memorial which is located at the Fort Myer Selfridge Gate entrance to Arlington National Cemetery.

Light refreshments, including lamingtons, will be provided after the ceremony.

The event is co-sponsored by the Bakers Creek Association and the 317th Veterans Group.

June 23, 2012 - Down Under Barbecue: Attached is an invitation to R&SL members from the Australia American Association and the Southern Cross Club to attend
their Down Under Barbecue at the Embassy of New Zealand.


Many thanks to Pete Grothen for taking photos during the May 10 meeting.

2012 Membership dues of $30.00 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 – Thursday July 12, 2012.

2012 Monthly meeting schedule:  January 18, February 9, March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13, October 11, November 8, and December 13.                                           

Additional dates for your calendar:
June 14 - Bakers Creek Air Crash 
August 18 – Australian Vietnam Veterans Day
November 11 – Remembrance Day

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

May 2012 Meeting

Returned & Services League of Australia Washington Sub-Branch
1601 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20036

Invitation to May Lunch

When: Thursday May 10, 2012
Time: Noon to 2:00 pm
Where: Amenities Room Embassy of Australia
1601 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036

Guest Speaker:  Detective Superintendent Michael Kelsey, Australian Federal Police, Counselor (Police Liaison), Embassy of Australia, Washington

Topic: The Australian Federal Police and the role of the Police Liaison.

Charge: $15.00, including sodas. Alcoholic beverages, $2.00 each.
Volunteers: As usual, we need a volunteer (or two) to run the bar.
RSVP (Include your affiliation) by noon on Wednesday May 9, 2012, to David Ward by calling 202-352-8550, or via e-mail to dmward1973 (at) gmail dot com.
Parking: There is no parking at the Embassy. In addition to on street metered parking, nearby commercial parking facilities are located behind and under the Airline Pilots Association (17th and Mass), and at 1500 Massachusetts Avenue, NW.

 Biography: Detective Superintendent Michael (Mick) KELSEY, Australian Federal Police Michael is a career police officer with over 22 years in State, Federal and International law enforcement.  After entering the Queensland Police Service in 1989, Michael performed uniformed (general) duties.  In 1993 he was transferred to the Brisbane City Criminal Investigation Branch, where he undertook a range of investigations into serious criminal matters including murder, rape, robbery, fraud, drug and other matters.  He was designated as a Detective in 1996.

In 1998, Michael joined the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and commenced duty in the AFP Sydney Office, investigating drug importation and money laundering syndicates.  In 2000 he served as a United Nations peacekeeper in East Timor, and with the International Peace Monitoring Team in the Solomon Islands from late 2000 until early 2001. Michael was posted to Jakarta Indonesia in 2002, where he managed investigations into a variety of transnational crimes impacting on Australia, in addition to coordinating several significant capacity building projects. In October 2002 he played a key liaison and investigative role following to the terrorist attacks in Bali, and in 2004 led the AFP response to the Australian Embassy bombing.  Between 2005 and 2008, Michael served as liaison officer to the Commonwealth Attorney General and Minister for Justice at Parliament House Canberra, where he represented both the AFP and the Australian Crime Commission.

Michael returned to Sydney in 2008, and was deployed to the Microsoft Corporation in Seattle, USA to undertake an executive development opportunity.  Whilst at Microsoft Michael studied leadership and management practices and provided a law enforcement perspective on internet safety and security issues. Michael was most recently the Deputy Manager of the AFP's Sydney Office, the largest regional office in Australia with more than 450 staff.  Prior to that he performed the role of Coordinator Crime Operations, where he managed teams of Federal Agents involved in the investigation of organised crime, money laundering, sensitive special reference matters, online child sexual abuse, complex fraud and international police assistance. In January 2011 he began his deployment as the AFP's Senior Liaison Officer attached to the Australian Embassy in Washington DC. Michael holds a Graduate Certificate in Applied Management, and is also a graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon.  Michael and his wife Melanie have been married for 13 years, and have one child, Olivia, who is two months old.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

What is ANZAC Day?

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.

What does ANZAC stand for? 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.

Why is this day special to Australians?
When war broke out in 1914, Australia had been a federal commonwealth for only 13 years. The new national government was eager to establish its reputation among the nations of the world. In 1915 Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula in order to open the Dardanelles to the allied navies. The ultimate objective was to capture Constantinople (now Istanbul in Turkey), the capital of the Ottoman Empire, an ally of Germany.

The Australian and New Zealand forces landed on Gallipoli on 25 April, meeting fierce resistance from the Ottoman Turkish defenders. What had been planned as a bold stroke to knock Turkey out of the war quickly became a stalemate, and the campaign dragged on for eight months. At the end of 1915 the allied forces were evacuated, after both sides had suffered heavy casualties and endured great hardships. Over 8,000 Australian soldiers had been killed. News of the landing on Gallipoli had made a profound impact on Australians at home, and 25 April soon became the day on which Australians remembered the sacrifice of those who had died in the war.

Although the Gallipoli campaign failed in its military objectives, the Australian and New Zealand actions during the campaign left us all a powerful legacy. The creation of what became known as the “ANZAC legend” became an important part of the identity of both nations, shaping the ways they viewed both their past and their future.

Early commemorations

The 25th of April was officially named ANZAC Day in 1916. It was marked by a wide variety of ceremonies and services in Australia, a march through London, and a sports day in the Australian camp in Egypt. In London over 2,000 Australian and New Zealand troops marched through the streets. A London newspaper headline dubbed them “the knights of Gallipoli”. Marches were held all over Australia; in the Sydney march, convoys of cars carried wounded soldiers from Gallipoli attended by nurses. For the remaining years of the war, ANZAC Day was used as an occasion for patriotic rallies and recruiting campaigns, and parades of serving members of the AIF were held in most cities.

During the 1920s ANZAC Day became established as a national day of commemoration for the 60,000 Australians who had died during the war. In 1927, for the first time every state observed some form of public holiday on ANZAC Day. By the mid-1930s, all the rituals we now associate with the day – dawn vigils, marches, memorial services, reunions, two-up games – were firmly established as part of ANZAC Day culture.

With the coming of the Second World War, ANZAC Day also served to commemorate the lives of Australians who died in that war. In subsequent years the meaning of the day has been further broadened to include Australians killed in all the military operations in which Australia has been involved.

ANZAC Day was first commemorated at the Memorial in 1942. There were government orders prohibiting large public gatherings in case of a Japanese air attack, so it was a small occasion, with neither a march nor a memorial service. Since then, ANZAC Day has been commemorated at the Memorial every year.

What does it mean today? Australians recognise 25 April as an occasion of national remembrance, which takes two forms. Commemorative services are held at dawn – the time of the original landing – across the nation. Later in the day, ex-servicemen and women meet to take part in marches through the major cities and in many smaller centres.

Commemorative ceremonies are more formal and are held at war memorials around the country. In these ways, ANZAC Day is a time when Australians reflect on the many different meanings of war.

The Dawn Service The Dawn Service observed on ANZAC Day has its origins in a military routine which is still followed by the Australian Army today. During battle, the half-light of dawn was one of the most favoured times for an attack. Soldiers in defensive positions were woken i
n the dark before dawn, so by the time first light crept across the battlefield they were awake, alert, and manning their weapons; this is still known as the “stand-to”. As dusk i s equally favourable for attacks, the stand-to was repeated at sunset.
After the First World War, returned soldiers sought the comradeship they had felt in those quiet, peaceful moments before dawn.

A dawn vigil, recalling the wartime front line practice of the dawn ‘stand-to’, became the basis of a form of commemoration in several places after the war. There are claims that a dawn requiem mass was held at Albany on 25 April 1918, and a wreath laying and commemoration took place at dawn in Toowoomba the following year. In 1927 a group of returned men, returning from an ANZAC function held the night before, came upon an elderly woman laying flowers at the as yet unfinished Sydney Cenotaph. Joining her in this private remembrance, the men later resolved to institute a dawn service the following year.

Thus in 1928 150 people gathered at the Cenotaph to for a wreath laying and two minutes silence. This is generally regarded as the beginning of organised dawn services. Over the years the ceremonies have developed into their modern form and also seen an increased association with the dawn landings on 25 April 1915.

Today dawn services include the presence of a chaplain, but not the presence of dignitaries such as the governor general.

They were originally very simple and followed the military routine. In many cases, attendance at the dawn service was restricted to veterans, while the daytime ceremony was for families and other well-wishers. Before dawn, the gathered veterans would be ordered to “stand to” and two minutes’ silence would follow. At the end of this time a lone bugler would play the Last Post and then conclude the service with Reveille, the bugler’s call to wake up.
In more recent times families and young people have been encouraged to take part in dawn services, and services in Australian capital cities have seen some of the largest turnouts ever. Reflecting this change, those services have become more elaborate, incorporating hymns, readings, pipers, and rifle volleys. Other services, though, have retained the simple format of the dawn stand-to, familiar to so many soldiers.

The ANZAC Day Ceremony

At the Australian War Memorial, the ceremony takes place at 10.15 am in the presence of people such as the prime minister and the governor general. Each year the ceremony follows a pattern that is familiar to generations of Australians. A typical ANZAC Day ceremony may include the following features: an introduction, hymn, prayer, an address, laying of wreaths, a recitation, the Last Post, a period of silence, either the Rouse or the Reveille, and the national anthem. After the Memorial’s ceremony, families often place red poppies beside the names of relatives on the Memorial’s Roll of Honour, as they also do after Remembrance Day services.

ANZAC Day 2012

Each year on the 25th of April, Australians and New Zealanders commemorate ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day to recognise the sacrifices that Australian and New Zealand soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen have made  not only in defending their country, but in upholding their nations’ longstanding commitment to peace and security.

To mark this special occasion for 2012, the Australian and New Zealand Embassies are co-hosting a program of events to which all are welcome. These events include:

ANZAC Lecture – 12 April 2012

Presented in conjunction with the Centre for Australian and New Zealand Studies, Ambassador for New Zealand The Right Honourable Mike Moore will deliver the 2012 lecture.

When: 12 April 2011
Time: 6.30pm
Where: McNeir Auditorium
Georgetown University
RSVP: canz@georgetown.edu
202 687 7464

Australian Exhibition – from 24 April 2012

‘Australia’s Mission in Afghanistan’
Featuring more than 50 photographs documenting
Australian operations in Afghanistan.

When: From 24 April to 22 June 2012
Time: Daily 10:00am–2:00pm
Where: Embassy of Australia
1601 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington DC

Dawn Service - 25 April 2012
The traditional ANZAC Day Dawn Service will be held at the Korean Veterans War Memorial on the National Mall.

When: Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Time: 5.45am - 6.15am (Arrive by 5.30am)
Where: Korean Veterans War Memorial
Independence Ave
Washington DC
Military Dress: Service Dress or equivalent with medals (Navy personnel Service Dress Blues with medals)

‘Gunfire’ Breakfast - 25 April 2012

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

When: Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Time: 07.00am–09.00am
Where: New Zealand Embassy
37 Observatory Circle, NW
Washington DC
Register: http://gunfirebreakfast2012.eventbrite.com

Capacity is limited, pre-registration is essential as the event fills quickly. Registration closes Fri 13 April 2012 or when capacity is reached. Cost is $10 (cash) per person paid on the morning.

Commemorative Church Service - 25 April 2012
A Commemorative Church Service will be held at the Washington National Cathedral.

When: Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Time: 10.30am –11.30am (seated by 10.15am)
Where: Washington National Cathedral
Massachusetts/Wisconsin Aves NW
Washington DC
Military Dress: Service Dress or equivalent with medals (Navy personnel Service Dress Blues with medals)


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:

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

Farewell to a fallen Comrade

Sub-branch Member, and 2002 president, Daren J, Flit croft, (Age 88) of Washington, DC died peacefully at his home March 26, 2012 of cancer. He is survived by his devoted wife Mary D. Flitcroft; son, Arn D. Flitcroft; daughter, Sandra L. Flitcroft; grandsons, Daren R. Flitcroft and Daniel D. Flitcroft; sister, Diana Bollerman; brother, Willard Flitcroft; nieces and nephews. Plans for a memorial service and interment at Arlington National Cemetery will be announced at a later date. Contributions in his memory may be made to Hospice of Washington, DC and American Cancer Society .

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/washingtonpost/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=15673 6909

April 2012 Meeting

April 2012 Newsletter

When: Thursday, April 12

Time: Noon to 2:00 pm

Where: Amenities room

Embassy of Australia

1601 Massachusetts Ave

Washington DC 20036

Guest Speaker: LT COL ROB GILLARD, ONZM, Military Attaché, New Zealand Defence Force Staff, Washington, DC.

Topic –The current New Zealand United States relationship and how it has changed over the last two years.

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

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

RSVP (Include your affiliation) by noon on Wednesday April 11, 2012, to David Ward by calling 202-352-8550, or via e-mail to dmward1973@gmail.com.

Parking: There is no parking at the Embassy. In addition to on street metered parking, nearby commercial parking facilities are located behind and under the Airline Pilots Association (17th and Mass), and at 1500 Mass. Ave, NW.

2012 Membership dues of $30.00 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.

Biography: Lieutenant Colonel Gillard was born in Aylesbury, United Kingdom on 9 August 1967. He immigrated to New Zealand in 1974. He completed his secondary education at Nelson College and attended Otago University over the period 1987-1990 where he obtained a Bachelor of Physical Education.

Lieutenant Colonel Gillard enlisted in the Regular Force in January 1991 and undertook initial officer training at the Officer Cadet School, Waiouru, graduating in December 1991 in the rank of Second Lieutenant, Royal New Zealand Engineers.

Following the Regular Officer Basic Course (RNZE) in Australia, Lieutenant Colonel Gillard was posted to 2nd Field Squadron, 2nd Engineer Regiment, Linton Military Camp as a Field Troop Commander.

In 1995 he was posted to 1st Special Air Service Group, Hobsonville Airbase as the Specialist Search Team Commander. Lieutenant Colonel Gillard was badged in 1999 and was posted to B Squadron as the Mountain Troop Commander. He remained at 1st New Zealand Special Air Service until December 2006 leaving as the Executive Officer. Over this period he completed a posting as the J33 Special Forces, Headquarters Joint Force New Zealand and served on a number of missions to Afghanistan and to CENTCOM, Tampa, Florida. Lieutenant Colonel Gillard was appointed as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for his service in Afghanistan.

In December 2006 he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and assumed command of The Army Depot, Army Training Group, Waiouru. He is currently posted as the Military Attache, New Zealand Defence Force Staff, Washington, DC.

Lieutenant Colonel Gillard is married to Emma and they have three children.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

March 2012 Meeting

March 2012 Newsletter

Monthly Meeting

When: Thursday, March 8

Time: Noon to 2:00 pm

Where –Amenities room

Embassy of Australia
1601 Massachusetts Ave
Washington DC 20036

Guest Speaker: CAPT Evin Thompson USN.

Navy Special Warfare Branch Head, Expeditionary Warfare Division, Navy Staff.

Topic – History of the US Navy SEALs

Biography: Captain Evin Thompson is a native of Iowa. He was commissioned in 1982 and completed Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training with class 121 in 1983. He is a qualified Naval Special Warfare Officer and holds the qualification as a Joint Specialty Officer. He is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College, and Armed Forces Staff College. He also holds a Masters Degree in Business from Webster University.
CAPT Thompson has served in a variety of Naval Special Warfare and Joint Special Operations assignments. He also served a tour as United Nations Observer in Lebanon which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize as part of the United Nations Peace Keepers in 1987. He commanded Naval Special Warfare Unit FOUR, Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team ONE, Pearl Harbor, HI and Naval Special Warfare Group FOUR, Little Creek, VA.*

* http://www.usni.org/events/2011-joint-warfighting-conference-exposition/speakers#speaker-7 871

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

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

RSVP (Include your affiliation) by noon on Wednesday March 7, 2012, to David Ward by calling 202-352-8550, or via e-mail to dmward1973@gmail.com.

Parking: There is no parking at the Embassy. In addition to on street metered parking, nearby commercial parking facilities are located behind and under the Airline Pilots Association (17th and Mass), and at 1500 Mass. Ave, NW.

2012 Membership dues of $30.00 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.

Photos from the February Meeting


Our February speaker Ken Hill


More pictures can be viewed here:

Many thanks to Sarah Connor for taking photos during the February meeting.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

February 2012 Meeting

Our February 2012 Meeting will be held Thursday, 9 February

Time: Noon to 2:00 pm

Where –Amenities room

Embassy of Australia

1601 Massachusetts Ave

Washington DC 20036

Lunch: $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. by noon on Tuesday February 7, 2012, to David Ward on 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.

Our speaker is Mr. Ken Hill.

Ken Hill directed Peace Corps programs in Bulgaria, Macedonia and eastern Russia, was Chief of Operations for Peace Corps programs in Europe and Asia and was appointed Chief of Staff of the Peace Corps in 2001. Following his retirement from the Peace Corps, he was elected to the Board of the National Peace Corps Association and served as its Chair until 2006. He chairs the Alexandria-Gyumri, Armenia Sister Cities Committee and volunteers for the Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship program, assessing candidates in the countries of the former Soviet Union.

Mr. Hill has been a member of the panel recommending candidates for fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars and has observed elections for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Mr. Hill served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Turkey in the 60s and held senior posts in the Peace Corps and other federal agencies in the 70s. From 1981 to 1993 he owned and operated the Pine Cove Marina in Solomons, Maryland.


2012 Monthly meeting schedule: March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13, October 11, November 8, and December 13.

Additional events to mark on your calendar:

April 25 - ANZAC Day

June 14 - Bakers Creek Air Crash

November 11 – Remembrance Day

2012 Board of Governors and Office Holders:

President: Col. Jeff. M. Quirk, CSC and Bar,

Vice President: Richard Southby,

Treasurer: Kurt Lee,

Secretary: Dave Ward,

Program Chairman: Mario Mirarchi*

Legal Advisor: Bill Bennett,

Selection Committee Chairman:

Edward Connor.

Australian Defence Representative:

WGCDR Steven Rampant, RAAF

Board Members:

Steve Ching,

Walt Dow,

Harry McAlpine,

Vivian McKay,

Matt Prisutti,

Pat van Rooyen,

Simon Willis.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Australia Day 2012

President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton send Australia Day greetings:

http://photos.state.gov/libraries/adelaide/171311/speeches/20120126-AustraliaDay.pdf


http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2012/01/182422.htm

Monday, January 16, 2012

January 2012 Newsletter

Lest We Forget

Returned & Services League of Australia

Washington Sub-Branch

1601 Massachusetts Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20036

January 2012 Newsletter

This newsletter includes details of the January meeting on Wednesday, January 18, and the Australia American Association's Australia Day Reception on January 21.

January Lunch and

Annual General Meeting

When: Wednesday, January 18

Time: Noon to 2:00 pm

Where –Amenities room

Embassy of Australia

1601 Massachusetts Ave

Washington DC 20036

The AGM takes the place of the speaker and includes the election of the Board of Governors.

Bring a guest and join us as we get an early start celebrating Australia Day.

Lunch: Free for members who have paid their 2012 dues or who pay their 2012 dues at the meeting. Others and guests $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. by noon on Tuesday January 17, 2012, to David Ward on 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.

2012 Membership dues of $30.00 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.

*The $5.00 increase reflects the ACT Branch Congress’s decision to increase capitation fees.

Australia Day Reception: The Australia American Association Invites RSL members to attend the Australia Day Champagne Reception on Saturday, January 21 at the Embassy of Australia. The invitation is attached (The cost is the AAA rate, indicate that you are with the RSL).

2012 Selection Committee Chair Edward Connor has submitted the following nominations for consideration:

President: Col. Jeff. M. Quirk, CSC and Bar,

Vice President: Richard Southby,

Treasurer: Kurt Lee,

Secretary: Dave Ward,

Program Chairman: Mario Mirarchi*

Legal Advisor: Bill Bennett,

Selection Committee Chairman:

Edward Connor.

Australian Defence Representative:

WGCDR Steven Rampant, RAAF

Board Members:

Steve Ching,

Walt Dow,

Harry McAlpine,

Vivian McKay,

Matt Prisutti,

Pat van Rooyen,

Simon Willis.

2012 Monthly meeting schedule: January 18, February 9, March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13, October 11, November 8, and December 13.

Additional events to mark on your calendar:

January 26 – Australia Day

April 25 - ANZAC Day

June 14 - Bakers Creek Air Crash

November 11 – Remembrance Day

2011 Board of Governors and Office Holders:

President –David Gudes,

Vice President: Col. Jeff. M. 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, Richard Southby, Jack Szalasny, Pat van Rooyen, Simon Willis.



Australia Day, 26 January, is the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet of 11 convict ships from Great Britain, and the raising of the Union Jack at Sydney Cove by its commander Captain Arthur Phillip, in 1788 (to read a comprehensive history of the evolution of Australia Day,

Though 26 January marks this specific event, today Australia Day celebrations reflect contemporary Australia: our diverse society and landscape, our remarkable achievements and our bright future. It also is an opportunity to reflect on our nation's history, and to consider how we can make Australia an even better place in future.

On Australia Day, over half of the nation’s population of 21 million attend either an organized community event, or get together with family and friends with the intention of celebrating our national day. Many more spend the public holiday relaxing with family and friends.

Yet Australia Day is much more than barbeques and fireworks. It is more than another public holiday. It is more than the pride and excitement of new citizens who call themselves Australian for the first time on 26 January after being conferred citizenship.

At its core, Australia Day is a day driven by communities, and the celebrations held in each town, suburb or city – unified by the celebration of what’s great about Australia and being Australian – are the foundation of its ongoing success.”

http://www.australia-day.com/