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.

Position Vacant

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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Update: Ron "Scrubby" Dyne

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

Request for Volunteers to Support Indigenous Pre-Recruitment Course

As many of you would be aware, the Directorate of Indigenous Affairs (DIA) runs a number of pathway programs which seek to increase Indigenous participation in the ADF.  DIA will be running one of its flagship pathway programs, the Indigenous Pre-recruitment Course (IPRC), from HMAS Cerberus over the period 16 Feb to 27 Mar 2015.  The IPRC is a six week course aimed at providing young Indigenous adult candidates with the appropriate skills, knowledge and qualifications to compete for, and win, full time service in the ADF. The intent of the IPRC is to rectify participants’ identified skill deficiencies. The IPRC is tri-service in nature.

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