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August 5, 2010
By CPL Jane Ashby-Cliffe
SOUNDS from a didgeridoo
echoed through the bushland as
dignitaries laid wreaths during a
NAIDOC (National Aboriginal
and Islander Day Observance
Committee) week ceremony in
Canberra on July 7.
The memorial service honoured
Australia's indigenous Service
personnel and highlighted the
long-standing association between
Defence and the indigenous com-
Deputy Chief of Army MAJGEN
Paul Symon said he was honoured
to represent the ADF, to recognise
the contribution and sacrifice made
by Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islanders serving in the ADF.
"We have gathered here to pay
our respects to all of the known and
unknown indigenous Servicemen
and women who have served our
nation," MAJGEN Symon said.
"Defence has a long his-
tory of working in partnership
with Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islanders to ensure national security,
and this year we are moving for-
ward with the launch of the Defence
Reconciliation Action Plan 2010-14.
"Our aim is to give indigenous
Australians the opportunities to
realise their full potential, no mat-
ter their background or location,
through the appreciation of indig-
enous cultural issues combined with
our military traditions."
The service included a tradition-
al welcome by Ngunnawal Elder,
Agnes Shea, a smoking ceremony
and a traditional performance by
Senator for the ACT Kate Lundy
said the commemorative service
paid tribute to the important contri-
bution indigenous Australians had
made and continued to make in the
"The commemoration is a reaf-
firmation of the high regard held
within the ADF for indigenous
Australians who have served and are
serving their country," she said.
Other NAIDOC week celebra-
tions were held across Australia to
celebrate the history, culture and
achievements of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander people from
LEST WE FORGET: Ngunnawal elder Agnes Shea and David
Williams pay their repects to indigenous Service personnel at the
NAIDOC week service in Canberra on July 7.
Photo: CPL Jane Ashby-Cliffe
By SGT Dave Morley
RESERVISTS with overseas service
were honoured at Reserve Forces Day
(RFD) parades held in 20 cities across
Australia on July 3-4.
RFD Council National Executive
Officer, LTCOL John Moore, said
Reserve Forces Day 2010 honoured
the achievements of former and current
reservists who had served overseas on
international security operations, UN
peacekeeping missions and disaster relief
"Since 1950, reservists have served
with distinction in Australia and in
a range of overseas theatres from the
Korean War to present-day operations,
including the Middle East, South Asia,
East Timor and the Pacific region, as well
as humanitarian missions," he said.
Governor-General Quentin Bryce
reviewed the Sydney RFD parade in
which her husband, Michael Bryce, a for-
mer RAAF reserve officer, led the RAAF
She was the first Governor-General
in more than 50 years to review a mili-
tary parade at the Domain, a traditional
parade ground in Sydney since the 1800s.
Ms Bryce arrived in a 1926 Lancia
Lambda open tourer, escorted by a troop
of light-horsemen and mounted police.
A representative of each Service took
the salute on behalf of all reservists who
have served overseas.
The Navy was represented by LCDR
Andrea Argirides who joined the RANR
in 2002 and served with GEN Petraeus'
US Central Command in Baghdad in
There were 25 association banners
and 30 regimental standards on the
More than 1.25 million Australians
have served in the Defence reserves since
their inception in 1948.
ACHIEVEMENTS RECOGNISED: Governor-General Quentin Bryce reviews
the Sydney Reserve Forces Day parade at the Domain.
Black box inventor
DEFENCE and scientific commu-
nities mourned the death of David
Warren -- inventor of the 'black
box' flight data recorder -- in July.
Born in 1925 at a remote mission
station in north-east Australia, Dr
Warren served as principal research
scientist at the Defence Science
and Technology Organisation's
Aeronautical Research Laboratories
in Melbourne, from 1952 to 1983.
He was involved in the accident
investigation following the mysteri-
ous crash of the world's first jet
airliner in 1953.
He subsequently advocated the
use of a cockpit voice recorder as
a useful tool for aircraft accident
investigators, and constructed a pro-
totype in 1956 -- predecessor of the
ubiquitous 'black box' of today.
Dr Warren's flight data recorder
IN BRIEF has made an invaluable contribu-
tion to safety in world aviation over
the years and, in recognition of his
work, he was appointed an Officer in
the General Division of the Order of
Australia in 2002 for service to the
In November 2008, Qantas
named a new Airbus A380 aircraft in
Dr Warren is survived by his wife
Ruth, four children and seven grand-
Soldier farewelled in
THE funeral of PTE Nathan
Bewes has been held in the north-
ern NSW town of Murwillumbah.
PTE Bewes, from the Brisbane-
based, 6th Battalion, Royal
Australian Regiment, was killed
by an improvised explosive device
on July 9 while serving with
the 1st Mentoring Task Force in
Soldiers from PTE Bewes' unit
joined with his parents, Gary and
Kay, his sister, Stephanie, and part-
ner, Alice, at the service that took
place in the Sacred Heart Catholic
The service was also attended by
extended family and friends, resi-
dents from the Murwillumbah area
and representatives from Parliament
and the ADF.
7 Brigade Commander, BRIG
Paul McLachlan, paid tribute to PTE
Bewes' dedication to the men and
women he served alongside.
"He held the welfare and safety
of his mates more dearly than he
held his own life and he revelled
in this responsibility," BRIG
"In a society that has a tendency
to overuse the concept of a hero,
here is an example to us all. A knock
about bloke who, day in and day
out, clearly understanding the con-
sequences, chose to put his life on
the line to do his job and protect his
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