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CHIEF of Army Lt-Gen Angus Campbell
met with the Commander of the People’s
Liberation Army (PLA) Gen Li Zuocheng
during a trip to China in early April.
While in Beijing, Lt-Gen Campbell par-
ticipated in a roundtable at the PLA National
Defence University where he discussed the
2016 Defence White Paper and the impor-
tance of regional Army-to-Army engagement.
“I’m delighted to have spent time with
General Li,” Lt-Gen Campbell said.
“We explored the expansion of current
training activities like Exercise Kowari, a tri-
lateral Australia-US-China survival exercise,
and Exercise Pandaroo, a bilateral Australia-
China adventure training exercise.
“We also discussed the possibility of
developing additional education and training
exchanges between our armies.”
He also received a briefing on PLA mod-
ernisation and reform and visited 6 Armd
Div’s simulation facilities, as well as past par-
ticipants of Exercises Kowari and Pandaroo.
“Their recollections of working with the
Australian and US forces on exercises in the
Northern Territory are positive and enduring,”
Lt-Gen Campbell said.
“When soldiers face a shared challenge,
they often forge bonds that last a lifetime. I’m
pleased the soldiers are looking back on their
time in Australia fondly, and I look forward to
building our already strong ties through future
Kowari began in 2014 and involves
about 10 members of each of the PLA, US
and Australian militaries working together
to complete survival training in remote
Pandaroo involves Chinese and Australian
soldiers working together while undertaking
adventure training activities.
FOUR soldiers have been hon-
oured in a new commemorative coin
Governor-General Gen Sir Peter
Cosgrove launched the Legends of the
Anzacs – Medals of Honour collec-
tion at the Australian War Memorial in
Canberra on April 3.
The collection, which features five
current-serving ADF members’ profiles
and awards on the coin backing cards,
comprises 14 coins highlighting a vari-
ety of decorations, campaigns and ser-
vice medals awarded to Australians
over the past 100 years.
Army representatives in the col-
lection are: Cpl Cameron Baird, VC,
MG; Pte B, of 2 Cdo Regt, represent-
ing the Star of Gallantry; WO1 Kim
Felmingham, representing the Nursing
Service Cross; and Col Peter Sibree
(retd), representing the Medal for
WO1 Felmingham said she felt
humbled to be recognised for her work.
“As a medic, to be awarded the
Nursing Service Cross is a significant
honour,” she said.
“There is no other occupation that
enables you to be part of a professional
team, with a long and distinguished
history such as the ADF.
“I am passionate about soldiering
and empowering all soldiers to achieve
April 20, 2017
visit a success
Medals of honour
She said receiving the Nursing
Service Cross did not change or
impact her life or career.
“It did, however, validate the
training, skills and experience I
have gained while serving in the
Army,” she said.
At the launch Doug Baird repre-
sented his late son Cpl Baird, who
was killed in action in Afghanistan
in 2013 during the action which
earned him the Victoria Cross. WO1
Felmingham and Col Sibree also
“Whatever the medal, whatev-
er the decoration, the thing all our
veterans share is pride in a nation
and pride in service,” the Governor-
The Directorate of Honours and
Awards has worked on the project
since June last year alongside the
Royal Australian Mint, News Corp
Australia, Government House and
the Australian War Memorial.
Director Honours and Awards
Margot Kropinski-Myers said
it was an honour to work on the
“It was a fantastic opportunity
to showcase the medals and deco-
rations awarded to ADF members
over the past 100 years,” she said.
The coin collection was avail-
able to purchase nationally through
News Corp Australia newspapers,
with one coin released each day
from April 8. (In Western Australia
the coins were available from
March 26 to April 9.)
All profits associated with the initiative
were donated to Legacy Australia. Visit
www.ramint.gov.au for more information.
Governor-General launches new coin collection at AWM
From left: Cdre Philip Spedding, Gp-Capt Terry van Haren, LS Anne Becker, WO1 Kim Felmingham
and Col Peter Sibree (retd) at the launch of the Medals of Honour coin collection at the Australian
Photo: Cpl Dan Pinhorn
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