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NSW Military Health
Symposium 2009 >>
Saturday 14 November 2009
HMAS WATERHEN, Waverton
Tri-Service personnel of all ranks as
well as Defence Civilian Health
workers are welcome
REGISTRATION Registration is FREE
Registration closes 6 November
ENQUIRIES Mr David Talakovski
Telephone: 02 8335 5269
Many interesting subjects will
be discussed at the symposium.
Updates will appear as
available on www.raamc.com
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Australia's Reserve Forces
Army September 3, 2009
By WO2 Graham McBean
ALMOST six years of hard work was
worth all the effort for CA Scholarship
recipient Maj Brendan Kellaway, who
received his doctorate on August 25.
CA Lt-Gen Ken Gillespie presented
the PhD scholar with his doctorate on
"The Use of Burst Illumination Laser for
the Identification of Battlespace Targets
Beyond 20km" at AHQ.
Lt-Gen Gillespie said the scholarship
was an important method of increasing
the knowledge within the Army.
"It is important if we are to stay agile,
clever and improve ourselves academi-
cally," Lt-Gen Gillespie said.
Maj Kellaway said the scholarship
enabled him to complete his doctorate
early while maintaining rank seniority.
"I spent the first five years of my PhD
doing it part time," Maj Kellaway said.
"During the most difficult stage,
which is the write up of the research, it
would normally take two years part time
-- the CA Scholarship enabled me to do
that in six months."
The scholarship also sponsored Maj
Kellaway to return to the UK for his
The ground-based air-defence officer
said his field of study was focused on
the capability of using laser to identi-
fy targets beyond the standard range of
Major hits target
Hard work: CA Lt-Gen Ken Gillespie
presents Maj Brendan Kellaway with
his doctorate. Photo by WO2 Graham McBean
available weapon systems. "Burst illumi-
nation laser is effectively flash photogra-
phy with a laser, but the laser allows the
penetration of the atmosphere," he said.
"So targets can be identified at ranges
far beyond infra-red viewers and other
The CA Scholarship is a simple and
flexible scheme that allows Army's high-
est quality officers, WOs and SNCOs to
participate in activities or employment
outside defence in order to develop the
qualities required in the Adaptive Army.
More information on the CA Scholarship can be
found on the DOCM-A website.
By Capt Adrian Dolahenty
THEY have served Australia's
best interests, yet only now can
they officially call this country
8 Bde staff officer Maj Pierre
Robert Pel and the 8 Bde HQ order-
ly room clerk Cpl Indra Rai have
become Australian citizens.
They were naturalised a stone's
throw from 8 Bde HQ at Timor
Barracks at Dundas in a simple yet
moving ceremony in mid July.
Maj Pel hails from the
Philippines where he spent 20 years
in the Philippines Army as an officer
serving in the infantry, artillery and
logistics corps, rising to the rank of
He became a Master of
Management Studies in Equipment
and Technology at ADFA in 2005.
He and wifeTanettes and daughter
Tania liked Australia so much they
wanted to come back and make a
new life here.
In late 2008, Maj Pel's wish
came true and he became an officer
in the Australian Army, posted to
8CSSB, before starting at HQ 8 Bde
in February, where he has contribut-
ed in managing the HRR and RRF.
"My family was so happy to
come and as long as the family was
happy it didn't matter what rank I
was and I feel great becoming an
"What I like here is that society
genuinely puts a premium on family
and that everyone enjoys an equal
opportunity in life."
Cpl Rai, 41, served for 18 years
in the British Ghurkas before he
joined the Australian Army, being
recently posted to HQ 8 Bde as
orderly room clerk, living nearby
with his wife, Bisa.
He said it was a long way from
the foothill of the harsh Himalayan
country where life was unpredict-
able due to social unrest, political
feuds and regular environmental
In the British Ghurkas he served
in Hong Kong, Brunei, Malaysia,
Canada, the US, the UK and on
overseas operations in East Timor,
Sierra Leone and Afghanistan.
"I can confirm that this is a coun-
try which practises what it preaches
about a 'fair go' and I am really
grateful for the people I have met
along the way," Cpl Rai said.
Proud Australians: Maj Pierre Robert Pel, left, and Cpl Indra Rai
after their citizenship ceremony.
SOLDIERS attending ceremonial activi-
ties are advised to check their boots.
DMO has identified a fault with the
attachment of soles to patent leather
shoes and parade boots manufactured
before 2007. While they may appear
sound, they are liable to fall apart.
All patent leather shoes and parade
boots made before 2007 should be
replaced through L&D, not RODUM.
The footwear has the following batch
numbers: shoes -- 5001178 and below
(found on the material tag inside near
the instep); boots -- 100619, 100626,
100627, 100628, 100629, 100632,
100633 and 100634 (found on the under-
side of the tongue). The manufacturer is
Soldiers should take affected items to
the clothing store with a SQ64 (record
of issues and withdrawals) and a copy
of SD16 (loss and damage report) with
"sole separation" or "exchange due to
glue failure" noted. The footwear will
need be replaced at members' expense
if the sole has obvious signs of wear or
Further information from the Army Clothing
Hotline (03) 9282 6602
A parade of sole searching
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