103 Medium Battery 1975
Laurie Skinner in Vietnam
3.7 inch Mark 3 Heavy Anti Aircraft Gun - Live Firing North Head Manly
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HEAD OF REGIMENT
ST BARBARA'S DAY
MESSAGE

The Head of Regiment Brigadier Craig Furini CSC has released his St Barbara's Day message for all serving and non serving Artillerymen/women.

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HEAD OF REGIMENT
APPEAL FOR DONATIONS
TO
REFURBISH THE RMC TROPHY

The Head of Regiment Brigadier Craig Furini CSC has recently reached out right across the Regiment to both serving and ex-serving, in particular to Officers, for donations to assist the Regiment with the refurbishment of the RMC Trophy.  

The RMC Trophy has not been presented to an Officer Cadet for the past 20 or so years and is in need of both a refurbishment and updating by the inscription of the names of the winning Cadet, of which there are 2 per year, for the past 20 years.

This initiative is but one of many to be deployed or supported by the Head of Regiment over the coming months all of which are to strengthen the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery esprit-de-corps.   These initiatives affect all ranks and units as as they are delivered they will be broadcast widely so as to inform everyone of the Head of Regiment, and the Regiment's efforts in this area.

The Australian Artillery Association has donated $250.00 towards this worthy cause.

To read all about the RMC Trophy refurbishment and update please click here.

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.

SPONSORED TROPHY
SUBJECT 4 WO GUNNER
SCHOOL OF ARTILLERY

Recently the Australian Artillery Association was approached to donate a perpetual trophy to be presented to the Student of Merit of the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery Subject 4 Warrant Officer Gunner course.   The Australian Artillery Association donated the below trophy made of Australian red cedar and capable of holding up to 80 inscription plates, we hope it is used for the entire period.

On top of the trophy is an 18 pounder gun manned by 2 Gunners in a WWI battle scene.   A duplicate of the 18 pounder trophy element will be presented to the Student of Merit whose name will be inscribed not only on the larger trophy but also the smaller 18 pounder trophy.

SPONSORSHIP OF
44 PLATOON
1 RTB
PHOTOGRAPH PRESENTATION
& MARCH OUT PARADE

On Wednesday 21 September 2016 the Australian Artillery Association presented the 44th Platoon 1RTB Kapooka with 12 framed photographs of Artillery ranging across all disciplines and many eras.

Following the presentation of the photographs we attend the very first March Out Parade of the newly formed 44th Platoon which was a perfect day weather wise and the parade was done with excellent precision.  Those of us from the Australian Artillery Association stood proud to be their representing the Association.

A big thank you to Lieutenant Jessica Ward and her Platoon staff.

Below is a selection of photographs taken across the presentation and parade period. To view all photos and video taken please visit the 44th Platoon Photo Album in our Photo Gallery.

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MEMBERSHIP
NOW EXCEEDS

"
900"

On Wednesday 20 April 2016 the Australian Artillery Association welcomed it's 900th member. This is an amazing achievement and one we are very proud of.

We now hope to achieve 1000 members by the 2017 National Gunner Dinner to be held on 27th May 2017.   At the time of publishing this article on 24th April 2016 our membership has already risen to 908 so we are well on our way to achieving our goal.

Remember membership is FREE.

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.

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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 GUNNER OWNED OR OPERATED
BUSINESSES PROVIDING DISCOUNTS TO FELLOW GUNNERS

As a direct result of the generosity of Mr Kevin Woods the owner of Darra Tyres who provided sponsorship by way of a $1000 worth of tyres to be given away at the 2014 National Gunner Dinner, we at the Australian Artillery Association have decided to create a webpage where fellow Gunners who own or operate a business and are prepared to provide a discount to serving and retired Gunners may now advertise their business.

To access the Business webpage use the permanent link provided to the left of this column immediately under the Customs and Traditions image.

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.

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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...
 
 
Feature of the Month
AUSTRALIAN ARTILLERY ASSOCIATION
ATTENDANCE AT THE
RNZA ASSOCIATION
2016 ANNUAL GUNNER DINNER

4 members of the Australian Artillery Association ventured over the ditch to New Zealand during the period 21 October to 27 October 2016 to attend the Royal New Zealand Artillery Association's 2016 Annual Gunner Dinner held at Browns Bay approximately 20 km north of Auckland.

Photogrpahs of the entire visit will shortly be available in a dedicated Photo Album withint he Australian Artillery Association's Photo Gallery.

A Great time was had by all!

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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.

                

 

 
AFFILIATION



ROYAL CANADIAN
ARTILLERY ASSOCIATION

The Australian Artillery Association has now become affiliated with the Royal Canadian Artillery Association (RCAA). 

We welcome all members of the Royal Canadian Artillery Association and in fact all members of the Royal Canadian Artillery as a whole to the Australian Artillery Association's website.   We hope to one day meet with you and share a story or 2 over a quiet drink.

The RCAA also publish an eNewsletter a link to which will be provided within our own eNewsletter on each occasion it becomes available.   Additional information will also follow on potential visits.

To visit the RCAA website use the link provided in the Useful Links webpage.

 
VETERANS OFF THE STREET
AUSTRALIA

VOTSA is a not-for-profit organisation and we rely on contributions from the public, business and industry to facilitate our work. If you are able to donate any amount we will ensure you gift provides needed services in our community.

To assist homeless Veterans and ex-service personnel in finding crisis, temporary and permanent accommodation. To act as a concierge service for Veteran and ex-service personnel families who are looking for accommodation related assistance.

Our aims are to provide Awareness - Support - Access.

To visit the VOSTA website click on the image above or follow them on Facebook.

 
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.

 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
     
       
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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