SENATOR THE HON. MICHAEL RONALDSON
MINISTER FOR VETERANS’ AFFAIRS
MINISTER ASSISTING THE PRIME MINISTER FOR THE CENTENARY OF ANZAC
SPECIAL MINISTER OF STATE

TIM MCCOMBE OAM

 2 February 2015
It is with great sadness that I extend my condolences to the family and friends of Tim McCombe OAM. 
Tim passed away on Saturday, 31 January 2015, at Bowral District Hospital, New South Wales. 
Tim McCombe OAM was a veteran who devoted his time to lending a hand to other veterans and current serving men and women. 
A regular soldier himself, Tim served in the Australian Army from 1964 to 1973 in locations including Malaya, Borneo and Vietnam. During the Vietnam War he served as an infantry soldier from May to August 1967 with the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment and was severely injured by a mine explosion. 

A national day of commemoration will be held on March 21 2015 to recognise and commemorate the contribution and sacrifice of Australian troops who served in Afghanistan and the Middle East.

It is expected that the 400 Australian military personnel still serving in Afghanistan – in training and support roles – will largely be home by then.

Commemorative activities to mark the end of Operation Slipper will include parades of current and former Australian Defence Force and support personnel.

Australia’s mission in Afghanistan has come at a heavy human cost - 40 Australian soldiers lost their lives and more than 260 personnel were wounded.

My name is Barry Stevens, ex 6RAR. I am currently employed in PNG as a Construction Manager. The company I work for has asked me to find an ex-military workshop manager for our large fleet of plant equipment. We would specifically like to employ an ex SSM or Sgt simply because we need someone with the ability to train/improve the capability of our current national team of fitters as well as get in and get there hands dirty when needed. They must be able to plan ahead and schedule servicing, maintain a parts store and order in more as need be. We would prefer a single man simply because the position will include extended periods in the field living in man camps throughout PNG. This is a full time position (not FIFO). There is a very good salary package that includes 5 weeks paid leave a year and 2 return trips to Australia for leave breaks. Again we are looking for someone who knows there way around heavy machinery, manage a workshop and has the ability to work with and train our National Staff. Anyone interested can contact me on this address. Thanks for your help and I look forward to receiving some CV's soon. Regards and Merry X-Mass. 

Barry Stevens

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G’Day Everyone.

I’m writing to provide an update of Ron Dyne’s condition.  First, have a read of this recent article from the local paper concerning Scrubby: http://www.frasercoastchronicle.com.au/news/down-but-not-out-dynes-greatest-test/2458916/">http://www.frasercoastchronicle.com.au/news/down-but-not-out-dynes-greatest-test/2458916/

Yesterday, Clare and I visited Ron to sort out some DVA business and offer our ongoing support.  We were also lucky to share some time with his youngest brother and sister-in-law and let me tell you that they never broke the mould after Ron was born.  J