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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.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

September 10, 2015 meeting

Invitation to September 10, 2015 meeting
Time - Noon to 2:00 pm.
Where: Amenities Room
Embassy of Australia,
1601 Massachusetts Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20036
Guest speaker/Topic: Mr. Thomas W. Schultz, a retired 20 year Navy Officer, will discuss the history of American-Australian Relations.

Short bio.  Tom earned a Masters Degree in Military Studies from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College in 2011. He is a 12 year resident of the National Capital Region and has published several articles on military history. Tom is always ready to share his extensive background in military history and keen insight on points of interest in and around Washington, DC. Tom resides with his wife Eileen and two children in Old Town Alexandria. For additional information see About at WWW.DCMILITARYTOUR.COM.

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 September 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.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Invitation to August 2015 monthly meeting








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

Invitation to August monthly meeting

When: Thursday August 13, 2015

Time - Noon to 2:00 pm.

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

Guest Speaker: Historian Dr. Tom Julian will talk about World War I.
Charge - $15.00, including buffet lunch and 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 Wednesday August 12, 2015, to David Ward on 202-352-8550 or via e-mail at 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.
2015 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

2015 Office Holder and Board of Governors: President: Colonel Dr. Richard Southby, Vice President Mr. Aurelio Azpiazu, Treasurer: Mr. Ross Crunkhorn, Honorary Secretary: Mr. Dave Ward, Program Chair: Mr. Mario Mirarchi, Legal Advisor: Mr. William (Bill) Bennett, Selection Committee Chair: Mr. Edward Connor. Australian Defence Representative: Vacant. Members: Mr. Walt Dow, Mr. David Gudes, Mr. Harrison (Harry) McAlpine, Mr. Allan Hickling, Mr. Bill Strandberg.

July meeting - Many thanks to Sarah Connor for taking photographs during the July meeting. The photos can be viewed at:

Battle of Long Tan Commemoration Ceremony


Join
The Returned & Services League of Australia,
Washington DC Sub-Branch
At the
Battle of Long Tan
Commemoration Ceremony
On
Saturday August 15, 2015
at
11:00 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 15 minutes, to allow attendees more time to pay their respects at the Wall afterwards.

 
*East of the Wall between 21st and 20th streets. Look for the US, Australian and New Zealand flags.

There is neither reserved parking nor any seating.
After the 2012 ceremony New Zealander LTCOL Terry Brown and R&SL member Richard Southby getting ready to place the wreath at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

 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.

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.**



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.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Invitation to May 2015 meeting


Invitation to May 2015 meeting
When: Thursday May 14th
Time - Noon to 2:00 pm.
Where: Amenities Room
Embassy of Australia,
1601 Massachusetts Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20036
Guest speaker:  LTCOL James P. KAIO, New Zealand Army representative to the ABCA Program.
Topic: The American, British, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand Armies [Interoperability] Program.
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 May 13, 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.
April 9 meeting – Photos taken at the April meeting can be found at (Many thanks to Sarah Connor):

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

March 2015 Meeting

Returned & Services League of Australia,
Washington Sub-Branch,
1601 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
202-352-8550    
Invitation to March 12, 2015 meeting
Time - Noon to 2:00 pm.
Where: Amenities Room
Embassy of Australia,
1601 Massachusetts Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20036
Guest speaker:
Award-Winning Author William Connery will speak
to the Returned and Services League of Australia, Washington DC Branch, on Thursday March 12 at Noon at the Australian Embassy on the topic
WHEN DID THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR END AND WHAT PART DID AUSTRALIA HAVE IN IT

In 2015 we commemorate the end of the sesquicentennial of the War Between the States. For the general public, General Lee’s surrender to General Grant at Appomattox Court House in April 1865 ended the War. Others say that the War never ended!

In reality, the last shot of the Civil War was fired, not on an obscure battlefield, but in the iceberg-bound Bering Sea nearly three months after Robert E. Lee’s surrender. And the Last Confederate Flag was not lowered until November 1865 in Liverpool, England.

William S. Connery grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, considered ‘neutral territory’ in the Civil War. As a young boy, his family visited the battlefields of Gettysburg, Antietam, Harpers Ferry and other local historical sites. He has a degree in history from the University of Maryland–College Park. Since 1989, Mr. Connery has lived in Fairfax County. He has been contributing to the Civil War Courier, the Washington Times Civil War page and other publications. In 2012, he was awarded the prestigious Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal, from the Fairfax Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, for his History Press book Civil War Northern Virginia 1861. His other book, Mosby’s Raids in Civil War Northern Virginia, deals with the Gray Ghost of the Confederacy, and his amazing life before, during, and after the War! Mr. Connery is a member of the Company of Military Historians and the Capitol Hill Civil War Round Table. He is a frequently requested speaker on the Civil War and other American history topics in the Washington, DC, metro region. Since April 2013 he has been the docent at the Mosby Museum in Warrenton.
NOTE: Valid photo ID required.  Attire: Business casual
RSVP by noon on Wednesday March 11, 2015 , to David Ward
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.
2015 membership.  The membership year for the RSL is from 1 Jan to 31 December.  The annual subscription for the sub-branch is at present $30.00 (AUD 25.00 capitation fee is paid to the ACT RSL). If your name is not on the attached list it means we have no record of receiving your membership dues. Please contact Dave Ward with payment details, or alternatively send us a check for $30.00 (Made out to R&SL) to R&SL, C/O Dave Ward, 2308 November Lane, Reston, VA 20191.  
2015 Office Holder and Board of Governors:  President: Colonel Dr. Richard Southby, Vice President   Mr. Aurelio Azpiazu, Treasurer: Mr. Ross Crunkhorn, Honorary Secretary: Mr. Dave Ward, Program Chair: Mr. Mario Mirarchi, Legal Advisor:  Mr. William (Bill) Bennett, Selection Committee Chair:  Mr. Edward Connor.  Australian Defence Representative:   Vacant.  Members:  Mr. Walt Dow, Mr. David Gudes, Mr. Harrison (Harry) McAlpine, Mr. Allan Hickling, Mr. Bill Strandberg.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

February 2015 Meeting

Returned & Services League of Australia,
Washington Sub-Branch,
1601 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
202-352-8550    

Invitation to February 12, 2015 meeting
Time - Noon to 2:00 pm.
Where: Amenities Room
Embassy of Australia,
1601 Massachusetts Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20036

Guest speaker:   Mr. Ron Davis (Biography attached).

Topic - Col Ray Davis’ war years in Australia and New Guinea (1942-1945) (Taken from the video “My Dad's Call to Duty 1931 – 1945).”   The presentation will include photographs of WWII Australia and New Guinea.
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 February 11, 2015 , to David, Ward
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.
2015 membership.  The membership year for the RSL is from 1 Jan to 31 December.  The annual subscription for the sub-branch is at present $30.00 (AUD 25.00 capitation fee is paid to the ACT RSL). If your name is not on the attached list it means we have no record of receiving your membership dues. Please contact Dave Ward with payment details, or alternatively send us a check for $30.00 (Made out to R&SL) to R&SL, C/O Dave Ward, 2308 November Lane, Reston, VA 20191. 
2015 Office Holder and Board of Governors:  President: Colonel Dr. Richard Southby, Vice President   Mr. Aurelio Azpiazu, Treasurer: Mr. Ross Crunkhorn, Honorary Secretary: Mr. Dave Ward, Program Chair: Mr. Mario Mirarchi, Legal Advisor:  Mr. William (Bill) Bennett, Selection Committee Chair:  Mr. Edward Connor.  Australian Defence Representative:   Vacant.  Members:  Mr. Walt Dow, Mr. David Gudes, Mr. Harrison (Harry) McAlpine, Mr. Allan Hickling, Mr. Bill Strandberg.

BIO for Ron Davis
                Ron Davis is a retired career intelligence officer who worked as an economic intelligence analyst for 41 years, including 20 years in various defense-economic positions at the Defense Intelligence Agency. This work involved economic sanctions and embargos and Soviet defense expenditure analysis.
                In 1988 he transferred to the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research where he continued to focus on economic intelligence issues for anogther 21 years.  He spent the first part of his career figuring out how to eliminate the “Soviet threat” and the 2nd half trying to bring market economics and democracy to Russia and its former Republics. Ron is from an Army family and moved a lot during the first 15 years of his life.  Although a native of Detroit, Mich, he has lived in Arlington and Fairfax since 1955 and is a graduate of Washington-Lee HS and Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Bio for Col. Ray Davis
My father enlisted in the Michigan National Guard in 1931 as a buck private and over the next 10 years served in infantry, motor transport and field artillery units. During this period he was employed in the Auditing Department of the Chrysler Corp in Detroit.
 He entered Federal Service as a 1st Lt. when the National Guard was federalized in early 1941.  Immediately after the Pearl Harbor attack, Dec 6, 1941, his unit was sent to the Southwest Pacific area where for three years he served in logistics positions including 2 years in Melbourne Australia as the Base Transportation Officer  responsible for all US transportation in the Southeastern area of Australia. He then served as the Port Commander in Lae, New Guinea in command of several thousand U.S. and Australian troops.
He went on to several more assignments until his retirement in 1961 including being Chief of Operations at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey directly responsible for the receipt, processing and homeward movement of millions of US WW II troops returning from Europe. He was also an original member of the American Military Advisory Group in London and Frankfurt (1950-1954) responsible for re-equipping and training the armies of the newly- formed NATO alliance.  He retired in 1961 concluding a 30-year military career.    

Monday, January 26, 2015

Friday, January 9, 2015

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Invitation to January 8, 2015 Meeting

Lest We Forget

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 January 8, 2015
Meeting Time - Noon to 2:00 pm.
Where: Amenities Room Embassy of Australia,
1601 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20036

Guest speaker: Retired Counter Intelligence Officer CDR (USNR Rtd) Calland Carnes.

Topic - The Insider Threat.

A brief bio: Calland Carnes was a Counterintelligence Officer for most of his career in the Intelligence Community, with DIA, FBI, Naval Investigative Service, and Army.  Contractor with Defense HUMINT Service and Counterintelligence Field Activity.

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 January 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.

2015 dues of $30.00 can be paid at the January meeting, or you can send a check (Made out to R&SL Washington) to R&SL, C/O Dave Ward, 2308 November Lane, Reston, VA 20191.

 2015 Office Holders and Board of Governors:

President: Colonel Dr. Richard Southby, Vice President Mr. Aurelio Azpiazu, Treasurer: Mr. Ross Crunkhorn, Honorary Secretary: Mr. Dave Ward, Program Chair: Mr. Mario Mirarchi, Legal Advisor: Mr. William (Bill) Bennett, Selection Committee Chair: Mr. Edward Connor. Australian Defence Representative: Vacant. Members: Mr. Walt Dow, Mr. David Gudes, Mr. Harrison (Harry) McAlpine, Mr. Alan Hickling, Mr. Bill Strandberg.