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By Maj Phil Pyke
A SMALL club is growing within Tasmanian-based
2FSB and it is an informal group that recognises
long and dedicated service to the ADF.
Dubbed the Federation Star Club, 2FSB has five
members, WO2 Bob McKerrow, WO2 Bob Keenan,
WO2 Dave Parkinson, S/Sgt Chris Wolfe and Sgt
Grant Munday, who have Federation Stars. Two mem-
bers recently received their service awards from CA
Lt-Gen Ken Gillespie in a Canberra ceremony.
WO2 McKerrow and S/Sgt Wolfe already hold their
second Federation Star for 45 years' service.
Maj Annette Wyatt is the newest member of the
club and WO2 Keenan and Sgt Munday will soon
receive their second Federation Stars.
CO 2FSB Lt-Col Andrew Herbert said having
so many long serving members in one battalion was
unique in the ADF.
"We are looking at more than 250 years of com-
bined service to the ADF, which is really a tremendous
commitment by these members," he said.
The Federation Star is the fifth clasp for the previ-
ous Defence Force Service Medal and Reserve Force
Decoration and Medal, and the current Defence Long
Service Medal, recognising 40 years' service.
Welcome to the
Fed Star club
By Ingrid Singh
CHANGES to entitlements for Members With
Dependants Unaccompanied (MWD(U)) are being
implemented and take effect from February 17.
These changes give eligible service members extra
benefits if their families choose to live away from their
place of duty.
Assistant Director Domestic Conditions Policy
Bob Jones said previously members could only receive
benefits to help with the cost of the home at a personal
location if there was a strong compassionate reason for
the family living there.
"A removal for your dependants and subsidised
housing are not benefits normally provided by Defence
when your dependants choose to move to a personal
location," he said.
"Under the new scheme some benefits will be pro-
vided for situations where the family have chosen to
move to a personal location allowing more members to
become categorised as MWD(U).
"Members' families can now move to a personal
location for a compassionate reason at any time regard-
less of where members are in their posting cycle.
"Under the old scheme, the compassionate move
had to occur during the Defence member's posting
cycle to entitle the family to a removal."
Mr Jones said changes had also occurred for
Defence members who deployed for more than six
months and moved their family during the deployment.
"Previously, if a member's family did not return to
the posted location at the end of their deployment, they
would be categorised as MWOD," he said.
"The new scheme allows the member to remain
MWD(U) and receive some of the entitlements.
"If your family has already moved from your post-
ed location, you may still be eligible to receive these
MWD(U) allowances are provided to help with the
costs of keeping two households when service mem-
bers are separated from their dependants and range
from separation, utilities and food allowances to subsi-
dised accommodation and reunion leave.
Full details of this policy change are available on the Pay and
Conditions website at www.defence.gov.au/dpe/pac/
Benefits for living apart
Members may qualify for MWD(U) benefits in
the following circumstances:
The member's dependants stay in the former
location when the member posts out, or go
back there later at the member's expense.
The member has moved his or her depend-
ants to a personal location.
Service couples living apart who are not
able to form a common household for
A member's dependants moved to a per-
sonal location when the member deployed.
A member is recruited from another country,
and the Service pays for his or her family
to move to Australia, to a personal location
away from the member's place of duty.
The Service pays for a member's depend-
ants to move for compassionate reasons.
The Service pays for a member's spouse or
partner to move for employment or study.
The member moves to a remote location
for six months or more and his or her family
moves to a personal location.
The member's family has relocated to his
or her discharge location up to 12 months
before the discharge date.
Long service: From left, Sgt Grant Munday, WO2
Dave Parkinson, S/Sgt Chris Wolfe, WO2 Bob
Keenan and Maj Annette Wyatt have all served
more than 40 years.
Flexibility: Recent changes to Members with Dependants Unaccompanied
entitlements will allow more options for families chosing to live separately.
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