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Face of Army
The Soldiers' Newspaper
By Sgt Andrew Hetherington
LT-GEN Ken Gillespie handed
over the leadership of the Army
and its banner to Lt-Gen David
Morrison at Blamey Square,
Russell on June 24.
More than 300 personnel braved
cold Canberra conditions to witness
the parade, the end of a 43-year
career and the enhancement and
continuation of another.
"As I reflect on my 43 years of
service I couldn't be more proud
of the men and women I've served
with nor the direction the Army has
taken," Lt-Gen Gillespie said .
"I started as an apprentice brick
layer in 1968. Since then, I've
learnt there are parallels between
the principles of building and the
development of an Army.
"They both need a detailed plan,
strong foundations and the hard
work of talented people to keep
them in working order."
He said the Army was a fine,
110-year-old institution and the best
small Army in the world.
"It has not needed to be rebuilt,
but it has certainly needed reno-
vations along the way," Lt-Gen
"It has been an honour serving
with you and a unique privilege to
lead the talented men and women,
both military and civilian, of our
"Thank you for your hard work
and dedication. I encourage you
to continue striving to provide the
best possible support for our great-
est resource; our soldiers and their
Before departing the parade
Lt-Gen Gillespie received three
cheers led by Australia's Federation
Lt-Gen David Morrison, who
was promoted to the job in his new
office on June 23, began his three-
year term by reflecting on past
Army chiefs and the responsibility
he would face.
"They are men of the highest
calibre, great soldiers and great
Australians, who have led the Army
in times of peace and war," Lt-Gen
"It's understandable, indeed
desirable, to ask myself how will I
compare? I am more among their
number, but not yet among their
midst. Only time and the actions
I take will determine where I will
stand in history."
Lt-Gen Morrison took time to
praise the selfless dedicated service
his predecessor had put into his
Army career and the Army.
"Ken Gillespie is not just in their
(previous Army Chiefs) midst, he's
in the front rank of their number,"
"He has won his place through
years of dedicated service to the
nation, the capacity to make the
toughest of decisions when they
counted most, balanced always by
his compassion, his deep under-
standing of those with whom he
soldiered and his love of the ser-
To finish his first address as CA,
Lt-Gen Morrison made a pledge.
"I can do no more than make
one simple promise to the nation,
the Defence Force and the Army,"
"You have my all, you can count
on my commitment to put service
before self to ensure this magnifi-
cent institution, peopled by the fin-
est Australians, will continue to be
a force for good, joint in its outlook,
conscious of the need to be both
effective and efficient, buoyed by a
strong, open and supportive culture.
"An institution proud of its his-
tory, committed to answering all of
the current operational demands it
faces, with a keen eye to being able
to meet the future defence needs of
this wonderful nation."
Life in uniform ends
RSM-A to occur
Farewell to master apprentice: CA Lt-Gen Ken Gillespie receives
three cheers from Australia's Federation Guard at his farewell
parade at Russell (above) and (inset) hands over the Army banner
to incoming CA Lt-Gen David Morrison. Photos by Cpl Bernard Pearson
ALONGSIDE the changes among sen-
ior officer appointments throughout the
ADF, WO1 Dave Ashley will take over as
RSM-A from WO Stephen Ward later this
Currently serving in Afghanistan as
Combined Team--Uruzgan's RSM, WO1
Ashley has been in the Army for 32 years.
He was 19 when he enlisted in the ARA
After his recruit and initial employment
training, he was posted to 1RAR where he
served in both rifle and support companies.
In 1986, WO1 Ashley was posted to
the Infantry Centre as the depot company
instructor before he was posted to 5/7RAR as
a platoon sergeant in 1987.
WO1 Ashley was a member of the
Army Tattoo Regiment Drill Team, which
was raised in 1988 to commemorate the
Australian Bicentennial year.
From 1989 to 1990, WO1 Ashley was an
instructor and platoon commander at RMC,
and was promoted to the rank of WO2 in
In 1993, WO1 Ashley was CSM 6 Bde
HQ and from 1990 to 1997 he served with a
number of ARes units, including the Pilbara
Regt and 7CSU.
WO1 Ashley worked as the RSM for
8/9RAR, 6RAR, the Northern Territory
Regional Training Centre, 3 Bde, 1 Div,
Landcomd and Forcomd.
While serving as 6RAR's RSM, WO1
Ashley was awarded the Order of Australia
Medal in 2003 for his exceptional contribu-
tion to Army training.
Army July 7,
New role: RSM WO1 Dave Ashley will take over as
RSM-A later this year.
Photo by AB Jo Dilorenzo
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