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A Freedom of Entry march in Canberra was just one of
many planned centenary activities for RMC Duntroon
SGT BRIAN HARTIGAN
These people are all looking forward to getting out into an Army that is
focused, well led, well resourced, well kitted and with a big job to do.
'' LT-COL JASON HEDGES, CO, CORPS OF STAFF CADETS
FREEDOM OF ENTRY: Corps of Staff Cadets CO Lt-Col Jason Hedges leads RMC during the
Freedom of Entry parade in Canberra on June 11.
PHOTO BY GRACE COSTA
leaders -- CA
RMC CENTENARY June 23, 2011
IT IS truly a privilege
and pleasure, as the
Chief of Army, to
provide this message
to mark the occasion
of the Royal Military
College's centenary cel-
Over its 100-year his-
tory, the Royal Military
College Duntroon has produced many distin-
guished graduates who have gone on to achieve
high military command. Others have achieved
distinguished and senior leadership in other
areas of public office, the judiciary, the medi-
cal profession, academia, the church and social
support agencies, as well as the corporate
world. Distinguished graduates of Duntroon
have also held vice-regal appointments and
have been recognised as Australian of the Year.
Such success can be attributed to the ethics
and standards of the college but also to the net-
works, friendships and class ethos developed
throughout training at the college. These traits
remain pillars in each graduate's life both in
the service and in their post-military careers.
Resilience, decision making abilities and
accountability are the seeds to success and are
at the core of the college' s culture. They have
been demonstrated time and again over the past
century in those who have led, at all levels of
command, in what is one of the most proud and
respected armies in the world.
The Duntroon graduates who saw action at
the Anzac landing on the Gallipoli Peninsula,
on the Western Front, in World War II, on the
Korean Peninsula, in Vietnam and on a host of
other challenges proved the value of the college
and the wisdom in its establishment. Through
their undeniable acts of leadership, bravery,
compassion and professionalism, inspiring and
valued traditions have been established and an
enduring esprit-de-corps has grown and has
been sustained. These traits are still clearly evi-
dent in our current generation of graduates who
serve our nation with great distinction in Iraq
and Afghanistan or on peace-keeping, humani-
tarian assistance and disaster relief operations
around the world.
May the college's centenary celebrations
reinforce the important contributions that RMC
Duntroon has made to our nation, and make us
determined to continue the tradition and suc-
cess for another century.
LT-GEN KEN GILLESPIE
ONE of the best known, most
respected and oldest institutions
in Australia -- the Royal Military
College Duntroon -- is celebrating
its 100th anniversary throughout
2011 with a range of events and
Significant among these cel-
ebrations was a Trooping of the
Colours and exercising of the col-
lege's freedom of entry rights to the
city of Canberra on June 11.
Trooping of the Queen's Colour
is an annual ceremonial activity at
the college, but this year moved
off campus for the first time, to the
foreshore of Lake Burley Griffin.
After a modified (because of
space restrictions) Trooping of
the Colours, the college body pro-
gressed up Anzac Parade until it
was challenged by city officials and
eventually allowed to proceed with
swords drawn, drums beating, band
playing and colours flying.
At the head of the parade was
Corps of Staff Cadets CO Lt-Col
Jason Hedges, who believed he was
the only person on parade who had
also taken part in the initial free-
dom of entry parade in 2001.
"As a graduate of the college
and as a previous instructor, to get
the opportunity to come back as the
commanding officer at any time is a
huge honour and a privilege, but in
this unique and important milestone
year for the college, it is a surreal
experience," Lt-Col Hedges said.
"It's very important and very
worthwhile to me personally and
professionally, but it is a significant
responsibility, noting we could well
have a future Chief of Army in the
centenary graduating class."
On June 27 -- the actual 100th
anniversary of the opening of
RMC -- the latest crop of Army
leaders will graduate on a parade
reviewed by retiring CA Lt-Gen
Lt-Col Hedges said he had no
doubt the junior leaders who would
be commissioned this year would
prove themselves and would be
welcomed by the Army as its new-
est generation of leaders.
"These people are all look-
ing forward to getting out into an
Army that is focused, well led, well
resourced, well kitted and with a
big job to do," he said.
Lt-Col Hedges said he, like the
rest of the staff at RMC, took the
responsibility that the comman-
dant had given him -- to produce
the very best junior leaders for the
Army -- very seriously.
"My staff have a very acute
focus on our responsibilities for
Army, noting that many of our
graduates, in very quick time, will
command on operations.
"So, we owe it to them and we
owe it to the Australian soldier to
ensure that the very best lieutenants
graduate from here.
"The reality is, if they are not
best prepared, the Army and our
soldiers pay the price."
After a very big year for the
college, staff will release next year
a commemorative coffee-table
book looking back on the cente-
Lt-Col Hedges said staff who
worked at the college -- many of
whom also lived on the grounds --
would write the book collectively
"I think that's something that
will be fairly unique in capturing
this snapshot in our history, for the
institution and for all the graduates
who have gone before us and all
those who will follow."
The centenary publication will
be published early next year by Big
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