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6 October 2014




Thursday 21 October 2010

On a lovely late Spring afternoon, I was pleased and honoured to attend the Plaque Dedication Ceremony held in Canberra on 21 October this year and to represent the RAADC Association on the occasion.

The assembled group of present and past members and guests were welcomed to the event by MAJGEN Steve Gower (Ret’d), AO, AO (Mil), Director of the AWM.

The Senior Chaplain at Army HQ, Chaplain Catie Inches-Ogden, performed the prayers and the dedication and blessing of the plaque. Yes, a lady Chaplain.

The HOC, LTCOL Genevieve Constantine made a commemorative address, which I have published below. It is truly a very comprehensive and concise account of the history of the RAADC and one that took the interest of many, including Corps members.

The plaque was located on a pedestal and unveiled by COL Viv Bird (Ret’d) and Corps RSM, WO1 Kym Chiesa, CSM.

After the unveiling, WO1 Chiesa recited The Ode.

CPL Mathew Creek, bugler of the Band of the Royal Military College then played the Last Post, beautifully.

To conclude, the Colonel-Commandant, COL Stephen Curry thanked all those involved in arranging for the plaque and the ceremony of dedication and fare welled those in attendance

We all the adjourned to the cafeteria for coffee and cake.

The plaque will be installed on the eastern side of the main building of the AWM and we will advise members when this has occurred and exactly where you all can find it on your future visits to the Nation’s capital.

Some of those in attendance that will be known to you are:

COL Ron Beynon (Ret’d)    LTCOL Nick Read, DHOC    MAJ Debbie Olsson, SO2 Heritage

LTCOL Murray Thomas (Ret’d)    LTCOL Mike Wunderlich (Ret’d)    LTCOL Sven Kuusk (Ret’d)

LTCOL Bruce Peate (Ret’d)    LTCOL John Sanders (Former DHOC)    MAJ Kevin Konneman (Ret’d)

CAPT Dave Noy (Ret’d)    WO1 Wayne Butler    WO1 Lynn Daly    WO2 Adele Tippetts (Ret’d)

Mr Bruce Paul    Mr Warwick Madden

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Life Membership
is awarded to a select group of dedicated people recognising outstanding service to the Association.

Year   Hon. Life Member

1997      Mal Slattery

2006      Dane Roberts

2006      Geoffrey Austin

2006       Ron Brown

2008       Dick Hughes

2014       Dana Socal