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Lieutenant General
Ash Power AO, CSC (Retired)

 

Royal Australian Artillery
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103 Medium Battery 1975
Laurie Skinner in Vietnam
3.7 inch Mark 3 Heavy Anti Aircraft Gun - Live Firing North Head Manly
No 53 of 1974 Gun Course - School of Artillery 1974
Anti Aircraft Radar No 3 Mark 7
25 Pounder New Guinea 1944
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LAPEL BADGE
ONCE A GUNNER ALWAYS A GUNNER

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RAA REGIMENTAL SHOP
NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

The RAA Regimental Shop is now available online for the purchase of a wide range of items from Corps ties, socks, scarfs and cuff links to sporting and field equipment.

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THE BIG
GUN HUNT
OK guys (girls too), it's well and truly on - the big GUN HUNT.   We need your help to locate, identify, photograph and record our history.

To find out more about the big GUN HUNT
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PERSONALISED
PENNANTS

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The Australian Artillery Association is now offering Personalised Pennants for sale.

These items are a must have Man Cave addition and are more than suitable a presentation gift.

They are the full size RAA Pennant measuring 210 cm wide by 81 cm high (at the base) and come complete with attachments to enable you to secure it to your flag pole.

For full information on the Personalised Pennants and the price, please visit our dedicated Personalised Pennant webpage.

You will be amazed and delighted in this product, something we believe is well overdue.

 

 

   
 
BATTLE OF CORAL

50th ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND

The Battle of Coral 50th Anniversary Weekend will be held over the period Friday 11th May 2018 to Sunday 13 May 2018 which includes the National 'Coral' Gunner Dinner to be held on Saturday night the 12th May 2018 at the Federal Golf Club.

To view all the details about the Battle of Coral 50th Anniversary Weekend and to complete and submit your Online Registration Form - Click Here

LOCATING, SURVEILLANCE AND TARGET ACQUISITION ASSOCIATION
2018 REUNION

The South East Queensland Branch of the Locating and Target Acquisition Association are holding a reunion during the period 12, 13 and 14 October 2018 in the Enoggera area.

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HEAD OF REGIMENT
COMMENDATION
MEDALLION & LAPEL BADGE

Last year the Head of Regiment expressed a desire to do more to recognise the efforts of individuals (serving and non-serving) and groups (military or civil) who do outstanding work in support of or on behalf of the RAA. In response, about six months ago, without being asked, the Australian Artillery Association conceived an idea that would be both attractive and befitting. We then took this idea to the Head of Regiment which resulted in the pictured Head of Regiment Commendation, shown above.

The medallion is circular in shape, 10 cm in diameter, 4 mm thick and 24 carat gold plated.  The colour element of the medallion is the Head of Regiments Standard draped in the background with the Artillery badge foremost.  The Medallion is presented in a jeweller's box for presentation purposes.  An image of the Medallion is shown below.

Like most items presented we were acutely aware that this item would quickly find its place in the home of the recipient most likely never to see the light of day again and few if anyone other than those present at the presentation would be aware the recipient had been recognised for their deed by the Head of Regiment.  Therefore, we also commissioned an exact miniature of the Medallion that may be worn by the recipient as a Lapel Badge (except on uniforms) on those occasions when Gunners gather, should they wish to do so.

The Medallion and Lapel badge when presented will be accompanied by a Citation thereby rounding off the entire presentation.

On Thursday 15th February 2018 both Kim McGrath and I visited the Head of Regiment in Canberra and delivered unto him 200 (numbered) Head of Regiment Commendation Medallions and 200 Lapel Badges.   Whilst the ultimate determination of how many are handed out each year and to whom rest solely with the Head of Regiment we envisage the Head of Regiment has sufficient stock to last for between 8 and 10 years.

The overall cost of this worthwhile exercise has been more than $6,000 and with the funds obtained by way of the sale of the Australian Artillery Association's Lapel Badges and Personalised Pennants for which we thank not only our own members but the wider Gunner community for supporting us in purchasing these items.

NX18304 GUNNER
RONALD ROBERT DIXON
MILITARY MEDAL

In the sleepy rural residential precinct of King Creek, NSW approximately 20 km west of Port Macquarie lives Kim McGrath the President of the Australian Artillery Association, who over the past few months has been doing a little investigating into some of his locals.   Lo and behold Kim has identified that in his area resides a Mr Ronald Robert Dixon MM.   Mr Dixon served in the same Regiment as LT Roden Cutler VC, Royal Australian Artillery, during the Second World War and received a Military Medal for his actions at Qleaa in Syria on the 22 June 1942 aged 19.

Kim has put together an overview of Mr Dixons service which can be viewed by clicking on the "Read more..."below.

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NEWLY CREATED
5/11 RAA ASSOCIATION

The 5/11 RAA Association is a newly created association that incorporates 5/11 Light Battery, 13 Field Battery, 14 Field Battery and 41 Field Battery all of which are in and around the South East Queensland area.

The 5/11 RAA Association have a website up and running albeit that it is still under construction howver it is one to keep an eye on and visit on a regular basis.   The URL for the 5/11 RAA Association is: https://511raa.org.au

Take the time to visit the website and leave a message of congratulation on the establishment of the newly created 5/11 RAA Association.

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN ARTILLERY
LIAISON LETTER
 

The Royal Australian Artillery Liaison Letters are now available for viewing online in BookFlip format.  All available RAA Liaison letters are available. 

The 2017 Spring edition released in January 2018 now available for viewing online or downloading.

Use the link above and to the left to access the RAA Liaison Letter webpage.

AUSTRALIAN ARTILLERY ASSOCIATION
eNewsletter March 2018

The Australian Artillery Association eNewsletter for March 2018 is now available for viewing online or downloading, simply click on the image below.


eNewsletter March 2018
AUSTRALIAN ARTILLERY ASSOCIATION
1000th MEMBER

On Anzac Day 2017 the Australian Artillery Association achieved not only it's 999th member but also our 1000th member, a significant achievement to say the very least.

The 1000th member has already registered to attend the 2017 National Gunner Dinner and therefore we will present that member with their membership certificate in the presence of all in attendance.

I Was Only 19
We all know what a great song "I Was Only 19" by the Australian band Redgum was and how much it became the anthem of the Vietnam conflict.   However have you ever wondered why and how it was written?   Read more...
 
Above - Feature of the Month

 Newly created Personal Album of Jim McFarlane who served in Vietnam and throughout the 70.

To view the Personal Album of Jim McFarlane Click Here

 
Gunners Memories
Gunners Memories
Record your memories of those
memorable moments at work or
in  the mess, the gun park  on
exercise, overseas deployment
 or major events or activities
 
PRESERVE YOUR PHOTOS & VIDEOS
FOR OUR HISTORY

Many of us have photographs of our time in the Army serving in Artillery.   Why not both preserve and share you photographs and videos.   The Australian Artillery Association maintains an online professional Photo Gallery and you are invited to deposit a copy of your photos or videos with 1080p quality in a Photo Album dedicated to your photographs.  

It could not be easier, simply upload your photographs direct from your computer to the dedicated Photo Album.  There is no limit to the number of photographs you upload with a massive limit of 50mb per individual photograph and 20 minutes per video with 1080p quality.

All photos are protected from "Right Click" then copy and can be Watermarked upon request for further protection.

For further information on this free service provided by the Australian Artillery Association please contact the Webmaster

 

A Twist In The POGO's Tale
(An Army Clerk's
Passage from Childhood
to War in Vietnam)

POGO is an acronym for 'Posted on Garrison Operations.'  POGO's are generally non-combatants; clerks, cooks, storemen, drivers and the like.

The book contains 132 pages.  It has fifteen (15) chapters, three (3) appendixes and six (6) maps. It has taken about five (5) years to reach this point.  Derek has 'self published'.  He has pledged in the book to give all profits to the ethnic minority (Montagnard) orphanages that he and his family have been supporting since 2004.  The orphanages are located in Kon Tum, Central Highlands, Vietnam.  For more information on this please visit
www.askatvso.com

The foreword for this book was written by LTGEN John Sanderson, AC, (retd) former Chief of Army and Governor of Western Australia.

Much detail for this book has been drawn from diaries that Derek kept, particularly in 1966/67 and 1969/70.  There are numerous other references noted in the footnotes.  There is a list of abbreviations in the back of the book.  The book contains many photographs.

The book covers the period of Derek's early childhood including primary school, high school, cubs, scouts and Army cadets.  It then travels into his time in the Army beginning at the Army Apprentice School, Balcombe Victoria where he was in training to be an Army Clerk.  Then on graduation he leads us to his posting as a clerk in the Army Small Ship Squadron where he served on board a landing ship and cargo ship from 1964 to 1967.  In that time he sailed to New Guinea three times and Vietnam three times.

Derek then leaves the Ships and is posted to the Royal Australian Engineer Field Squadrons which in 1969 see him back in Vietnam.  He comes home in 1970 and finds himself back in Vietnam in 1971 which is where the book finishes.

Derek has attempted to include much of the humour that is typical of the Australian digger but which is often not included in such stories.  The title denotes what Derek was, a clerk, but his story or TALE does have many twists and turns including meeting the enemy which finds this POGO feeling well out of his depth. It is a good read.  Derek is selling the book for $25.  He will post to anyone wishing to buy one.  Cost including postage and packaging is $31.20.  Direct deposits can be made to his bank - BSB 064823, account number 00530203 - CBA.  The account is in the name of Derek and Rhonda Smith. His email contact is
dvsmith@ozemail.com.au and his mobile phone is 0438221114.

                

 

 
AUSTRALIA'S MEMORIAL WALK
A NATIONAL COMMEMORATIVE WALKWAY
NORTH HEAD SYDNEY, NSW
Memorial Walk

The paved pathway links five monuments erected to remember different conflict periods in Australia’s history. These are: Colonial, World War I, World War II, Post WWII and Peacekeeping. Funding for construction of the site commenced with a grant from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs with the majority of the funds being donated from the public and organisations whose contributions are recognized with an engraved paver containing words of their choosing. To date some 4000 individual pavers and 65 Centrepiece pavers have been laid and the available space for the Memorial Walk is filling fast. A dedication of the site is planned for December 2012 after which the site expansion will be limited. It is recommended that any of the Australian Artillery Association members seeking to have a memorial paver laid in the Walk before its dedication later this year should initiate their request now.

For further information on the Memorial Walk visit the RAAHC website.

View correspondence from the Chairman of the RAAHC Board, Major General Tim Ford, AO (Retired), dated 27 April 2012.

 
GUNNER DINNER
CRUISE

As part of the organising of both the 2014 and 2017 National Gunner Dinners we have had suggestions that we should consider holding a Gunner Dinner on board one of the cruise ships that visit or is permanently based in Australia such as P&O Cruises.

By far the majority of the suggestions that the cruise should only be for a short duration of 3 to 4 days for example Brisbane to Whitsundays return or Melbourne to Brisbane return or something similar.

Whilst in New Zealand attending the Royal New Zealand Artillery Association 2015 Annual Gunner Dinner we discussed the possibility amongst thier members and received a very positive response from around 20 members interested in attending.

Such a cruise would only occur approximately half way between the larger National Gunner Dinners however the concept of holding a Gunner Dinner on board is exciting and achievable as is being around your close friends for a period longer than a quick weekend.   In fact, we could have a Gunner Dinner every night we are on board.

The cruise would not be limited to just you and your spouse/partner but would also be extended to family and friends who would like to experience a Gunner Dinner on board a cruise ship as well.

So if you are interested in a short cruise on which we would hold a Gunner Dinner please contact me with your expression of interest and I will put you on the "to be kept informed" list.

 
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
     
       

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Brigadier
Craig Furini AM, CSC
 

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A Field Battery in Vietnam - Gunner Tiffy
Sergeants from the No. 1 Queensland Volunteer Artillery
Artillery In Action At Heilly France - Circa 1918
Members of 102 (Coral) Battery in Vietnam
Gunner Claude Rubin Winduss (Second from Left) in World War 1

   
         

         

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