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Army July 7, 2011
RMC's centenary class graduat-
ed in front of friends and fam-
ily at Duntroon on June 27.
Lt-Gen Ken Gillespie pre-
sented 99 staff cadets with certificates
and commissions at a graduation cer-
emony marking 100 years to the day of
the college's official opening.
RMC has trained 8334 officers,
including the recent graduates, in its cen-
tury of operation.
RMC Commandant Brig David Luhrs
said the modern-day cadets embodied the
traits of those previous graduates.
"The personal qualities that existed
100 years ago are alive in the cadets
today," Brig Luhrs said.
"The sense of responsibility, their
respect for what the college is and those
who have gone before them."
SCdt Danette Lee stayed in the
Centenary Lines during her time at RMC
and was extremely proud to graduate in
the college's 100th year.
"It's been good to meet up with some
of the old graduates," she said.
"Field training is the hardest part but
that makes you who you are.
"I feel great now it's all over but I'd
definitely do it again."
SCdt Sam Watts joined the Army to
do something different and said he was
relieved his training was over.
As the Army's newest officers marched
off the RMC parade ground 100 years
after the college officially opened, Cfn
Max Bree was on hand to capture the
sentiments of the graduating staff cadets.
"I'm ridiculously happy," he said.
"It's just been a consistent workload, lots
and lots of it.
"The best part was all the mates I've
made and getting to experience RMC
Centenary celebrations in recent
weeks have included a freedom of entry
parade in Canberra and a family con-
cert and fireworks evening were held in
The college will open its gates to
members of the public on October 1 and
host a centenary cricket match against
Molongolo in the same month.
To read about RMC's successful vic-
tory over New Zealand's Officer Cadet
School in the Centenary Rugby Carnival,
turn to page 35.
For more details on coming RMC centenary
events, go to www.army.gov.au/rmc/
End of an era: Under Officer Zavia Tiplady
(left) returns to the ranks after being
announced as the Queen's Medal winner
while Lt-Gen Ken Gillespie, in one of his final
acts as CA, inspects the graduating cadets
(inset) as reviewing officer.
Photos by Grace Costa and Phil Vavasour
Honourable mention: Parade reviewing officer Lt-Gen Ken Gillespie awards
the Sword of Honour to Senior Under Officer Timothy Glover for his exemplary
conduct and performance of duty at RMC.
Photo by Phil Vavasour
Leading from the front: Senior Under Officer Timothy Glover commands the
parade during the graduation.
Photo by Phil Vavasour
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