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Army May 26, 2011
By LCpl Mark Doran
THREE Brisbane-based sol-
diers were presented with the
Federation Star by CA Lt-Gen
Ken Gillespie during a ceremony
recognising 40 years' service at
Lavarack Barracks on April 8.
WO1 Adrian Wright, AFSU,
WO2 Chris Mitchelson, 7CSR,
and WO2 Graeme Beuth, 139
Sig Sqn, all enlisted in 1970 and
became eligible for the award last
WO2 Beuth said he enlisted
in the 10th Supply and Transport
Column at Fraser's Paddock near
Gallipoli Barracks, with what was
then the Royal Australian Army
"It was a great privilege to be
awarded the Federation Star by the
CA, and my wife Fay and I enjoyed
the trip to Townsville immensely,"
WO2 Beuth said.
"As a driving instructor, I am
looking forward to moving to a
position in regimental operations
at 7CSR for a couple of years and
being involved with the introduc-
tion of the new Mercedes Benz G
WO2 Mitchelson said he start-
ed his career as a technician elec-
tronic and progressed in his trade to
become an SSM.
"Receiving the Federation Star
was definitely a highlight and for-
mally recognised the amount of
time that was taken up by my ser-
vice for me and my family," WO2
"I will be staying in the Army as
long as I am being employed in a
meaningful job and the Army wants
me to continue working."
WO1 Wright joined Pay Corps in
1992 after spending 20 years in the
infantry with 9RQR and two years
WO1 Wright said although he
had served 40 years in the ARes he
still hadn't made the final decision
about when he would "pull the pin".
"The Army has been a very
rewarding career. I've enjoyed the
friendships and mateship immense-
ly," WO1 Wright said
"The privilege of being awarded
the Federation Star was an abso-
lute milestone in my career as I feel
there is a lot of significance to being
in the Army for that long."
Recognition: From left, Julie Younger with her brother WO1 Adrian Wright, WO2 Chris Mitchelson with
his wife Lesley, and WO2 Graeme Beuth with his wife Fay at the presentation of Federation Stars by CA
Lt-Gen Ken Gillespie at Lavarack Barracks.
Photo by Ted Bragg courtesy of Northern Services Courier
A chance to improve
By Maj Lea Dunn
ABORIGINAL soldiers are being
encouraged to identify their heritage on
PMKeyS for National Reconciliation
Week from May 27 to June 3.
Army Indigenous Strategy Steering
Committee member WO1 Colin Watego
said identifying as an indigenous person
was voluntary and a personal decision,
but the data collected contributed both to
Army capability and the cause of recon-
"This data ensures the development of
the most effective strategies for attract-
ing, recruiting and retaining indigenous
members and recognising the truly diverse
nature of the Army," he said.
"I encourage all other indigenous
members to think hard about identifying
on PMKeyS so that we can demonstrate
whether the strategies we have in place are
The Army Indigenous Strategy
Steering Committee was established
in March 2009 with indigenous repre-
sentatives from a cross-section of remote,
regional and urban areas, rank and gender,
and full- and part-time soldiers.
Steering committee chair Maj-Gen
Mick Fairweather said this year's National
Reconciliation Week theme -- let's talk rec-
ognition -- offered opportunities on several
fronts to make a difference to indigenous
participation rates in Defence.
"The indigenous members of the
steering committee have volunteered to
be active voices for all indigenous Army
members," he said.
"Their enthusiasm, ideas and commit-
ment are essential to the success of his
directive and they are tremendous role
models for all Army members."
The steering committee recently met to
discuss Army's commitment to Defence's
reconciliation action plan and identify
practical ways the Army can help close
"The current Army indigenous strategy
-- CA Directive 02/10 -- outlines actions
for commanders at all levels to enhance
capability by improving indigenous partic-
ipation rates, contributing to the develop-
ment of indigenous communities, becom-
ing more culturally aware and enhancing
Army's reputation as an integrated
employer," Maj-Gen Fairweather said.
For more information on self-identification go to
Leading the way: Steering Committee members, from left, WO1 Colin
Watego, DIA; Pte Kimberley Lupton, Pilbara Regt; Cpl Annie Dufficy, 5
Avn Regt; Maj Deb Warren-Smith, Workforce Strategy Cell; Maj-Gen Mick
Fairweather, Defence Export Unit; Col Scott Hicks, Army HQ; Cpl Mary
Ware, 51FNQR; and Lt Rowan Larkin, 1CSR.
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