Vol 52

Dec 2015

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Sadly, in the few months since our last issue, we have once again lost some very good mates.


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Our lovely Page 3 girl this issue is Janice Dixon and we have lots of old time pics.


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Windows 10 is here to stay – but is it for you? And how do you make a recovery drive?


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Gallipoli Barracks at Enoggera (Qld) puts on another party for the troops and their families.


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Life is not a bed of roses for disabled Vets and Ted has a look at UAV’s.


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John Seward and Arthur “Gus” Comer tell us their stories.


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We try and unravel the mystery behind different grades of engine oil.


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Vietnam Vets finally get their rewards and Allan has a look at car lemons.


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We have a look over the base at Wagga.


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Is sugar really that bad for you?


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Jeff remembers his jungle training at Canungra and DVA (Qld) put on a Christmas Party.


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How to make a Syrian Salad.


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The GEMS people and their ladies have a rip snorter of a get together in Wagga.


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It’s wonderful to see that Remembrance Day is still so well remembered and celebrated.


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Escape or fry – the reasoning behind the cockpit knife. And 3 Sqn hold a get together at the Caloundra RSL.


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Sick Parade.


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We’re looking for a few people, perhaps you can help.


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This is where you have your say. We look forward to getting your letters - so please keep them coming.


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Here’s the news, all the news, the whole news and nothing but the news.


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The Index is now finished - all references have been linked so if you're looking for a topic or a photo of someone, click on the Index link on the top of each page and just follow the links.



Merry Christmas.


Almost forgot - have a Merry Christmas everyone and a Happy and Healthy New Year. 






George Mansford got it right when he said”


“All for One and One for All


It would seem government authorities obsessed with political correctness are creating double standards within our military to appease minority groups. It is an unfortunate initiative which many old diggers would find provocative and offensive. Simply put, applying special treatment and separate rules for minority groups create hostility and divisiveness; not unity


It’s granted that we live in a rapidly changing world and our society must demonstrate flexibility to keep up with the times. Nevertheless it does not include prostituting or compromising established values of our way of life which includes standards and discipline within our Armed forces They are not negotiable


Diversity is not new and has always been a characteristic within our Military. No matter what pages of our history since Federation, the composition of our Armed Forces has always been from all walks of life in the towns, cities and suburbs to the outback. Just as importantly, contrary to political correctness, no matter the religion or lack of it, race or colour, all must continue to be treated the same if unity is to be achieved.


There should definitely be no favourites. All have and should continue to be subject to the same considerations, the same discipline and the same sense of purpose. They are well established procedures which develop individual and collective pride and respect for each other within the military family.


Hard and demanding training develops personal bonds and teamwork which ultimately implies caring and sharing for each other and facing the same challenges. Such training creates a powerful weapon for operational service, no matter be our military black, brown, brindle or white. It’s called mateship and never them and us.


When time permits, there are church parades for religious worship, however when operational or training demands, duty always comes first. After all, all took the same oath to serve our country and its way of life and unless there is a further surge of politically correct madness, all will still wear the same uniform of our nation


Our military despise poor leadership which is often revealed by favours and special treatment for a selected few. If it persists, there will be resentment within the ranks and the very fabric of that powerful weapon will begin to tear.


Our warriors from all three Services do understand and accept the demands placed on them. They are willing to put their lives at risk. They are at their best when they’re given as the original ANZAC’s would have said “a fair go”


Put simply “All for one and one for all’----GM



We couldn’t agree more!!






The response to our membership questionnaire was outstanding, we received hundreds of replies and suggestions and we’ve decide to go with the following.


We will offer:


1 year memberships for $12.00, or

5 year memberships for $50.00


We’ll start early next year, more on this later.



RAM thought for the day.


Have you noticed that life, real honest to goodness life, with murders and catastrophes and fabulous inheritances happens almost exclusively in the Press?






If you're having a reunion and you would like us to cover it and publish it, let us know and we'll see what can be done.






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