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December 8, 2011
DEFENCE Housing Australia
(DHA) has begun issuing
authorised contractors with
ID cards to make it easier for
members and their families to
identify them when they are
completing work. If you have any
queries about the identification
cards or contractors, contact
DHA through your local housing
management centre or on 139 342.
Useful moving tips
DEFENCE Housing Australia's
(DHA) new Tenant Handbook has
three main features -- moving into,
living in and vacating properties.
It provides useful information for
families about organising utilities
in their new residence, making
modifications, maintenance and
inspections. DHA's Guide to Rent
Allowance has also been updated
and provides information about
renting a property in the private
rental market. See www.dha.gov.
au for more information.
Navy supports White
TWENTY-six Navy personnel have
helped raise $20,300 for the White
Ribbon Foundation. The sailors
and officers joined local police,
emergency services and players
from the ACT Brumbies in man-
ning eight 'Men in Uniform' stalls at
shopping centres around Canberra
on November 19 to spread the
message that violence against
women is unacceptable.
MULTI-SKILLED: From left, CPOMUSN Ted Tait, ABMUSN Emelia Blake, POMUSN Brian Horlock, ABMUSN
Breanna Jago-Banks, ABMUSN Nathan Hicks, ABMUSN Jenni Stevens and LSMUSN Chris Perritt, pictured
here at the HMAS Sydney II memorial in Geraldton, helped at the scene of a serious car accident on their
way to the memorial service.
Photo: ABIS Morgana Ramsey
By SBLT Sarah West
CHIEF of Navy VADM Ray Griggs
has applauded the efforts of the
Western Australian Detachment of
the RAN Band after they provided
assistance at a serious two-car motor
vehicle accident while travelling on
duty in November.
The band was travelling by bus to
Geraldton to perform at the HMAS
Sydney II memorial service when it
encountered a serious car accident that
had occurred just moments before.
The RAN unit, lead by Bandmaster
CPO Gabe Kicsak, was first on the
scene and secured it until emergency
services arrived an hour later.
The band, which is made-up almost
entirely of reservists, used the special-
ist skills of its members, including a
fireman, two policemen and an emer-
gency room radiographer, to assess
and contain the scene and help the
VADM Griggs thanked the band
for their efforts and applauded the
composure and compassion shown by
Navy's Director of Music, CMDR
Phillip Anderson, also commended the
actions of his sailors.
"By all accounts the members pro-
vided excellent support under very dif-
ficult circumstances," he said.
"We can be very proud of their
Band cool under pressure
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