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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.