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    This is the best I can do at the moment.

    An Australian Defence Force Health Services Memorial, the iconic symbol of
    Gallipoli and humanity in the form of a statue depicting Simpson and his donkey
    with a wounded soldier, was unveiled on Thursday 9 February by Rear Admiral
    Kevin Scarce, Governor of South Australia and Mrs Scarce. The memorial is
    dedicated to health services personnel who have served the Defence Force from
    the Boer War to present day - doctors, nurses, medics, stretcher bearers,
    chaplains and all support personnel. It is located in the Adelaide parklands on
    the south eastern side of the intersection of King William Road and Sir Edwin
    Smith Avenue.

    From the RSL site

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    Yeah too right mate, 100years for recognition of the Boer War is too bloody long.

    Haven;t seen the Simpson one in Adelaide, feel free to add whatever you find. If it's a repost one of the lads will tell you.

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    I came across this picture online.

    Interestingly enough he sports:-

    The Irish Military Service Medal & bar for 15 years service.

    The Irish Commemorative Medal for Peacekeeping with the U.N.

    The United Nations service Medal for U.N.I.F.I.L. (South Lebanon),

    Any idea as to what rank or unit?

    Connaught Ranger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Connaught Ranger View Post
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    I came across this picture online.

    Interestingly enough he sports:-

    The Irish Military Service Medal & bar for 15 years service.

    The Irish Commemorative Medal for Peacekeeping with the U.N.

    The United Nations service Medal for U.N.I.F.I.L. (South Lebanon),

    Any idea as to what rank or unit?

    Connaught Ranger.
    WO2, unsure of unit but badge looks similar to both our Armoured Corp and Ordanance badge

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    Corps badge on his slouch looks like Army Ordnance Corps to me.


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    Royal Australian Ordnance Corps, he's a Warrant Officer Class 2 and could be from almost any unit in the army.

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    Are you saying WOs get moved about Corps?

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    No I'm saying that people in Ordnance Corps serve in most units in the Army, more so since the Army stopped corps like Infantry and Engineers from having their own corps qualified storemen and clerks.

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    Just in case anyone hasn't heard, theres a new magazine called On Duty Magazine. Just received the first edition in the post. I hadn't even heard of it till 15 mins ago (don't know how they got my address). Anyway it contains stories on law enforcement and military and its free.

    http://www.onduty.com.au

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    Wide variety of contributors there.

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    Clandestine SAS Operations: Quite an interesting article and video (about 14mins long) on alot of info that not many people know about, although i think it should have stayed that way. http://www.smh.com.au/national/secre...312-1uwhy.html

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    Thanks marshy, that was an interesting read.

    Navy stands by as catamaran sinks

    MEMBERS of the Australian navy stood by while a yachtie pleaded for help to save a $600,000 boat that took on water and began to sink at Mourilyan Harbour yesterday.
    It sounds like they wanted to help but were really constrained by bureaucracy. On the other hand, no lives were in danger and it's not the Navy's job to protect private property. It's hard to say what should have happened in this situation.

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    Default Exercise SEA LION

    [FONT=Verdana]Exercise SEA LION brings together Army and Navy personnel to assist ‘victims’ of a simulated natural disaster and involves almost a thousand Defence personnel from Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Army elements from the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1 RAR), 10th Force Support Battalion (10 FSB) and 5th Aviation Regiment (5 AVN) along with logistic support from other 3 Brigade members are participating and based both out at sea as well as on land at Cowley Beach. [/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana]One of the major elements involved in the exercise is HMAS Choules, the newest ship in the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet. Joining her on the water is visiting ship HMNZS Canterbury from New Zealand. The training exercise aims to develop the enhanced amphibious capacity of the Australian Defence Force and is focused on confirming the ADF is prepared to meet a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief incident within our region. [/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana]The first two weeks of the amphibious exercise (known as SQUADEX) provided practice for drivers of Army Landing Craft Medium (LCM8) and Navy Landing Craft Heavy (LCH), along with a variety of vehicle types to drive on and off HMAS Choules. Army Black Hawk helicopter pilots from 5 AVN were also put to the test, flying constant sorties to confirm their deck landing qualifications, as well as practice cargo and personnel transfers. [/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana]HMAS Choules is significantly larger than the amphibious ships she replaced and she gives the ADF new capabilities such as a floating dock. The ship can accommodate two large helicopters, 150 light trucks and up to 350 troops.[/FONT]


    HMNZS Canterbury sails off Cowley Beach as part of Exercise Sea Lion 2012. HMNZS Canterbury is a multi-role vessel (MRV) of the Royal New Zealand Navy. She was commissioned in June 2007 and is the second ship of the Royal New Zealand Navy to carry the name, the first ship having been a Leander class frigate. She is also New Zealand's first ever strategic sealift ship.



    HMNZS Canterbury sails off Cowley Beach as part of Exercise Sea Lion 2012. HMNZS Canterbury is a multi-role vessel (MRV) of the Royal New Zealand Navy. She was commissioned in June 2007 and is the second ship of the Royal New Zealand Navy to carry the name, the first ship having been a Leander class frigate. She is also New Zealand's first ever strategic sealift ship.


    HMAS Choules (L100), Navy’s newest addition to the fleet, and HMAS Labuan (L128) off Cowley Beach for Exercise Sea Lion 2012. The ships are part of a simulated Non-Combatant Evacuation Operation. Note the 2 degree incline of HMAS Choules due to the flooding of her well dock which allows landing craft to drive inside the hull whilst the ship is at sea


    Private Glenn Johnson, Platoon Signaller from 8 Platoon 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1 RAR), establishes communication with Headquarters during Exercise Sea Lion, a simulated evacuation exercise at Cowley Beach.


    Private Glenn Johnson, Platoon Signaller from 8 Platoon 1st Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (1 RAR), establishes communication with Headquarters, as Private Jack Campbell runs past during Exercise Sea Lion, a simulated evacuation exercise at Cowley Beach.


    Private Jack Campbell from 8 Platoon, 1st Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR), provides security for a military convoy during Exercise Sea Lion, a simulated evacuation exercise at Cowley Beach


    Members of 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1 RAR) prepare to load simulated evacuees onto a military convoy as part of Exercise SEA LION 2012.


    Members of the 1st Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (1 RAR) prepare to load simulated evacuees onto a military convoy as part of Exercise Sea Lion 2012


    Members of the 1st Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (1 RAR) prepare to load simulated evacuees onto a military convoy as part of Exercise Sea Lion 2012


    Private Jack Campbell from 8 Platoon, 1st Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR), provides security for a military convoy during Exercise Sea Lion, a simulated evacuation exercise at Cowley Beach.


    Private Jack Campbell from 8 Platoon, 1st Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR), provides security for a military convoy during Exercise Sea Lion, a simulated evacuation exercise at Cowley Beach


    Members of the 1st Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (1 RAR) prepare to load simulated evacuees onto a military convoy as part of Exercise Sea Lion 2012


    A Black Hawk Helicopter from the 5th Aviation Regiment (5 AVN) takes off from Cowley Beach to conduct flying operations with HMAS Choules as part of Exercise Sea Lion 2012


    A Black Hawk Helicopter from the 5th Aviation Regiment (5 AVN) takes off from Cowley Beach to conduct flying operations with HMAS Choules as part of Exercise Sea Lion 2012

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    WHAT A CROCK OF SHITE

    [FONT=verdana][LEFT][*******#000000]Double-edged sword: Fury at Anzac Day divisive fears
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    [/COLOR][/LEFT][/FONT][LEFT][*******#000000][FONT=Arial][FONT=verdana]THE Federal Government has been warned that celebrating the centenary of Anzac Day could provoke division in multicultural Australia - and that there are "risks" in honouring our fallen soldiers.

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    [*******#000000][FONT=Arial][FONT=verdana]The centenary is a "double-edged sword" and a "potential area of divisiveness" because of multiculturalism, a taxpayer-funded report from 2010 finds.

    [/FONT][/FONT][/COLOR][*******#000000][FONT=Arial][FONT=verdana]Bureaucrats spent almost $370,000 for focus-group testing and a research paper used by the Government to guide commemoration plans, which listed multiculturalism under "risks and issues" to avoid "unexpected negative complications".

    Diggers groups slammed the report, saying Australians supported the April 2015 centenary celebrations, which are expected to stop the nation, and include travelling exhibitions and special remembrance services.

    [/FONT][/FONT][/COLOR][*******#000000][FONT=Arial][FONT=verdana]The report also says organisers should avoid references to current military action because it is "unpopular with young people".

    [/FONT][/FONT][/COLOR][*******#000000][FONT=Arial][FONT=verdana]The paper states: "Commemorating our military history in a multicultural society is something of a double-edged sword.

    [/FONT][/FONT][/COLOR][*******#000000][FONT=Arial][FONT=verdana]"While the 100th anniversaries are thought to provide some opportunity for creating a greater sense of unity, it is also recognised as a potential area of divisiveness."

    [/FONT][/FONT][/COLOR][*******#000000][FONT=Arial][FONT=verdana]More research into the impact of Anzac Day commemorations on recently arrived migrants was suggested.

    [/FONT][/FONT][/COLOR][*******#000000][FONT=Arial][FONT=verdana]But the report acknowledged that making the centenary events "overly political correct" would not be well received generally or by military personnel.

    [/FONT][/FONT][/COLOR][*******#000000][FONT=Arial][FONT=verdana]Commemorations should be "culturally sensitive and inclusive", the paper said.

    [/FONT][/FONT][/COLOR][*******#000000][FONT=Arial][FONT=verdana]It said events to mark the centenary and wars which had claimed the lives of more than 100,000 Australians should not be "unrelentingly gloomy". Any commemoration "needs to allow a positive end, make it uplifting after being reflective".

    [/FONT][/FONT][/COLOR][*******#000000][FONT=Arial][FONT=verdana]"Commemoration fatigue" was identified in focus groups if events spanned a planned four years - the same amount of time Australians spent fighting in hellish conditions at places including Gallipoli and the Western Front during World War I.

    [/FONT][/FONT][/COLOR][*******#000000][FONT=Arial][FONT=verdana]The paper has been panned by the RSL, which maintains Australia's enthusiasm for the day remains as strong as ever.

    [/FONT][/FONT][/COLOR][*******#000000][FONT=Arial][FONT=verdana]RSL national president Ken Doolan, a member of the Anzac Day National Commission and the Anzac Centenary advisory board, said Anzac Day held a "central place in Australia".

    [/FONT][/FONT][/COLOR][*******#000000][FONT=Arial][FONT=verdana]"The Australian people have said overwhelmingly that they want the centenary celebrated," he said.

    [/FONT][/FONT][/COLOR][*******#000000][FONT=Arial][FONT=verdana]Victorian RSL president David McLachlan said the commemoration had the full support of Australia's Turkish communities and the Turkish Government.

    [/FONT][/FONT][/COLOR][*******#000000][FONT=Arial][FONT=verdana]There were no multicultural issues with the planned event, Mr McLachlan said.

    [/FONT][/FONT][/COLOR][*******#000000][FONT=Arial][FONT=verdana]Ray Brown, of the Injured Service Persons Association, was horrified by the spending. "We've always seemed to get it right, we have never offended anybody.

    [/FONT][/FONT][/COLOR][*******#000000][FONT=Arial][FONT=verdana]"We seem to be able to acknowledge war is not a nice thing and that people on both sides lose out - and we have never had to spend $300,000 combined, let alone in one year," he said.

    [/FONT][/FONT][/COLOR][*******#000000][FONT=Arial][FONT=verdana]The cost is on top of more than $103,000 on focus groups to discuss "branding concepts" for the centenary in 2015.

    [/FONT][/FONT][/COLOR][*******#000000][FONT=Arial][FONT=verdana]A spokesman for Veterans Affairs Minister Warren Snowdon said the research paper was to "gain an understanding of the views, perceptions, knowledge and aspirations of the Australian people in relation to Anzac commemoration and the impending centenary".
    [/FONT]
    [/FONT][/COLOR][FONT=verdana][*******#000000]Read more: [/COLOR][/FONT]http://www.news.com.au/national/fury...#ixzz1qB0Vdbzo[/LEFT]

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    My thoughts are that there probably aren't too many Turks or German immigrants sooking and if any other more recent immigrants are not happy, they've obviously made an error in coming here and should probably look at getting a visa for Pakistan, Yemmen or Saudi Arabia where they'll fit in better.

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