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Regional Manager Outer Sydney
Army November 12, 2009
A LONE council member stood in the Darwin street before
squadrons of ASLAVs, blocking their entry to the CBD, and
calling for an explanation of the troopers' intentions.
The standoff between the cavalry's military might and
city officialdom drew residents and tourists street-side to
watch the confrontation on October 31.
Through booming speakers mounted around the city
intersection, CO 2 Cav Regt Lt-Col Dennis Malone called
down from the leading ASLAV turret, "2 Cav Regt request
the right and privilege to enter the City of Darwin with
swords drawn, bayonets fixed, drums beating, band playing
and guidon flying."
Through a tradition dating back to medieval times, 2
Cav Regt was granted freedom of entry to the city.
A parade of ASLAVs, quad bikes, motorcycles, trucks
and marching troopers moved to the beat of the Australian
Army Band -- Darwin past the dias, where Lord Mayor
Graeme Sawyer and 2 Cav Regt Honorary Colonel
Brigadier Ian Bryant (retd) received the salute.
Lt-Col Malone said his unit's special relationship with
Darwin made it only fitting that they would be the only local
unit granted permission to share the centuries-old tradition
with the city
"2 Cav Regt was the first regular Army unit to be based
in Darwin since World War II, so we have a strong and
unique bond with the city," he said.
"The general public's affection for the cavalry was
shown by the great turn-out for the parade."
Not since 2000 has the unit exercised the right of free-
dom of entry into Darwin.
Taking to the streets
On show: Tw o
the dias on
in Darwin's CBD.
Gnr Shannon Joyce
Decorated for Long Tan
D COY, 6RAR, will be awarded a unit
citation for gallantry for its actions at
the Battle of Long Tan in Vietnam in
This follows the independent Defence
Honours and Awards Tribunal Inquiry
into Unresolved Recognition Issues for
the Battle of Long Tan.
The tribunal also recommended
that Flt-Lt Cliff Dohle be awarded the
DSM, the contemporary equivalent of
the Distinguished Flying Cross, and that
no other individual awards be made to
participants in the battle.
Seventeen members of D Coy were
killed during the battle and another 21
Dr Mike Kelly, Parliamentary
Secretary for Defence Support, was
delighted the tribunal had recommended
an Australian Unit Citation for Gallantry
to the men of D Coy, 6RAR.
"This ensures that all are recognised
for what was in effect a magnificent team
effort. It has only been in recent years
that we have come to appreciate the full
significance of the battle in the context
of the conflict," he said.
The tribunal's full report is available at www.
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