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Australian Defence Force
PROMOTING MILITARY JUSTICE
Army October 29, 2009
By WO2 Graham McBean
SSGT Hamish Haugh is marching to
the beat of another drum after 42 years
of making music with 4/19 Prince of
Wales's Light Horse Regt and 6RVR
(now 5/6RVR) bands.
The long-serving bandie joined on
July 13, 1967, as a 19-year-old and had
his swan song performance at St Georges
Church in St Kilda on August 23, aged
62. He was one of only four bandmasters
of the 50-year-old 4/19PWLHR Band.
SSgt Haugh said he left with the sat-
isfaction of 42 years of music; first with
6RVR from 1967-69 and 40 years with
"We did a concert at the Melbourne
Conservatorium of Music five years ago
that was artistically reviewed in The Age
newspaper," SSgt Haugh said.
"That sort of critique is unusual for a
military band but it shows the standard of
performance of our band."
He said there were many memories
and highlights during a 40-year career.
He was proud of the band when it
was called on to support the farewell for
Overwatch Battle Group (West) 4 when
it went to Iraq.
"They were deploying and there was
no other band available at the time. For
a reserve band to front up and do that at
short notice was memorable and showed
our commitment and professionalism,"
SSgt Haugh's first retirement project
is to build a miniature steam locomotive,
which has been on hold for some time.
By Tpr Michael Franchi
A BRISBANE soldier can now
officially call Australia home after
being made a citizen 20 years after
arriving from PNG.
2CER Spr Dylan Leahy was
presented his citizenship at the
Department of Immigration on
September 3 after taking the oath.
Spr Leahy said that becoming an
Australian was a terrific honour and
he felt very proud to do so.
"My parents are proud of me.
Mum said 'about time' and my old
man is just proud of me becoming an
Australian and joining the Army," Spr
Spr Leahy was born in PNG
in 1987 and his parents came to
Australia in 1989 to provide their
children with a better education.
"I've still got my family ties
where I come from -- where I was
born -- and I'm still a strong believ-
er in that, but just the fact Australia
has accepted me as one of its own is
great," he said
Overall, it took Spr Leahy three
weeks to complete his citizenship
once he started the process online.
He was well prepared for the test
using his own initiative to research
and study for the citizenship test.
OC 7 Combat Engineer Sqn Maj
Matthew Prior and 14 Tp Commander
Lt Matthew Middleton also assist-
ed Spr Leahy with completing the
Spr Leahy said he joined the Army
for the privilege to serve and becom-
ing an engineer appealed to him.
"Previously, I did a lot of labour-
ing jobs and thought the Army was a
good way to go in my life, so I chose
to do it," he said.
A citizen of the force
Model citizen: Spr Dylan Leahy (left) is congratulated by 2CER CO
Lt-Col Joel Dooley.
Photo by Michael Franchi
A bandie on
his last post
Good times: SSgt Hamish Haugh.
Photo by Cpl Sarah Gill
Fun day for the family
BRISBANE families are invited to
the 2009 Gallipoli Barracks Family
Fun Day on November 1.
The free family day for all ADF
personnel will be conducted on
Duncan Oval from 2-5pm.
Leut Naomi Deignan, DCO-
Brisbane, said more than 1500 people
from the Defence community were
expected to attend.
"We will have the units there with
their military equipment so there will
be ASLAVs and Bushmasters," Leut
Deignan said. "There will be jumping
castles, a giant worm, pony rides and a
local library will conduct a story time."
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