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THIS Christmas people are encouraged
to make a contribution to ADF person-
nel and their families by donating to
the RSL, Legacy or wounded veterans'
charities, rather than sending a parcel
to deployed personnel.
However, if people do wish to send
mail and parcels, there will be no change
to existing free postal arrangements.
The Australian Forces Post Office box
address will be open until December 9.
An Australian Defence Member
Australian Defence Force NSW 2890
Packages must not contain perishable
goods. Items must be robustly packaged as
breakages can occur during transit.
General care parcels received by
Defence after December 9, and those that
exceed Defence's ability to distribute to
deployed personnel, will be donated to
Australian charities such as the Salvation
Parcels must not contain alcohol, por-
nography or inappropriate written material.
All items must meet the requirements and
restrictions detailed on the Defence website at
CAREER highlights spanning four decades
came flooding back to LCDR Steve Reynolds
when he received a Federation Star at a clear
lower deck ceremony at HMAS Waterhen on
CN VADM Ray Griggs presented the
Federation Star to LCDR Reynolds in recog-
nition of his Navy career that began in 1973,
when television was only broadcast in black
and white and personal computers were a pipe
"I joined the Navy at the tender age of 15,"
LCDR Reynolds said.
"The Navy was a glamorous life back in
those days, where ships travelled to many exot-
ic destinations, so I wanted to leave home and
go see the world.
"At the time of enlistment I never thought
that I would still be in the Navy 40 years later."
He said the Navy had grown from being
a tool of diplomacy to being a capability for
"These days the RAN has transformed into
a fighting organisation, which has been placed
on the world stage for warfare, peacekeeping
duties, humanitarian assistance and the ability
to support people wherever we are needed," he
said.LCDR Reynolds' career is studded with
amazing memories and milestones, including
serving on board HMA Ships Melbourne II and
"I spent two-and-a-half years as Darwin's
supply officer when we went to Japan to
become the first FFG to embed with the US
Navy's Seventh Fleet," he said.
But an incident on board Melbourne has
stuck with him for more than 30 years.
"I was serving on board Melbourne II in
1979 and watched a Skyhawk go over the
side," he said.
Melbourne was in heavy seas when the air-
craft was being moved on the flight deck.
The impact of a large wave caused the ship
to heel over and the aircraft went over the side
with an aircraft handler still sitting in the cock-
"It was terrifying to see the aircraft in the
water with one of our crew struggling to get
out of the shattered canopy," he said.
"Luckily a DDG was in plane-guard sta-
tion and picked up our crew member within
His advice for young sailors is to be open
"Embrace new ideas and never be scared to
suggest new ways of doing things," he said.
"Supervisors should always remember to
give credit where credit is due as these young
sailors are very intelligent."
LCDR Reynolds is planning to retire next
year but will make a comeback as a reservist if
PROUD MOMENT: LCDR Steve Reynolds with his wife Jane at HMAS Waterhen after
receiving the Federation Star.
FROM HOME: ABs Marah Stevens
and Mitchell Wruck read their mail in
Photo: SGT William Guthrie
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