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Army July 21, 2011
By Sgt Dave Morley
THEY came from Gulargambone and
Batemans Bay, and several points in
between to march at Wagga Wagga's
fourth Reserve Forces Day parade on
More than 180 serving reservists, former
reservists and nashos, supported by 219RCU
cadets and the town band, took part in the
march to the city's National Servicemen's
Guest speaker Brig Wayne Dunbar,
former commander of 4 Bde, said it was
important to acknowledge the support peo-
ple offered reservists because without it they
would not be able to serve their country.
"Families and employers play a crucial
part," he said.
"An employer is a very important cog in
the wheel when a reservist is preparing for
Brig Dunbar said he once asked a regular
Army commander in East Timor the differ-
ence between ARA and ARes soldiers.
"He told me that after two weeks they all
look like regular soldiers, except they ask a
lot of questions," he said.
The ceremony concluded with the wives
of 18 former reservists being presented with
medallions for the support they gave to their
husbands during their reserve service.
By Cpl Zenith King
A RESERVE forces day parade was held in
Sydney on July 3 to honour and pay special
tribute to the families of reserve forces.
During the parade, held at one of Australia's
oldest parade grounds, the Sydney Domain,
commemorative medallions were presented to
spouses who remained home while their partners
undertook part-time military training, continuous
service or while on operations.
More than 200 medallions were presented at
the parade, which also acknowledged the 90th
anniversary of the formation of the Air Force.
The national chairman of the Reserve Forces
Day Council, Sir Laurence Street, said awarding
the medallion recognised the immense strains
placed on family members.
"This medallion is a token of our thanks and
gratitude for the extra workload undertaken to
allow a family member to leave home temporarily
in order to bolster Australia's defences," he said.
Governor-General Quentin Bryce provided
a message for reservists and their families who
attended the parade.
"Today, we thank the families who have sup-
ported, and continue to support, these men and
women at home and during the performance of
their public duties," she wrote.
"We admire the spirit and dedication of
reservists; they are a source of inspiration and
pride, defending our nation, supporting full-time
Defence personnel during times of conflict and
"I acknowledge our country's debt to the
outstanding service, commitment and courage
of these fine men and women, and send warm
wishes to all reservists across Australia on this
most special occasion."
NSW Governor Marie Bashir was guest of
honour and entered in an open-topped 1925
Lancia Lamda, escorted by a troop of light horse-
men in World War I uniforms carrying lances.
ARes families honoured
joins in the
John Howels presents
Margaret Luck with
to spouses who kept
the home fires burning
while their partners
continuous service or
while on operations
On show: Vintage
military vehicles join
in the festivities on
Reserve Forces day.
Sydney photos by Bill Cunneen
PHIL Moss has been
appointed as Chair of the
ACT and south-eastern
NSW Committee of
the Defence Reserves
Support Council. Mr
Moss has served in the
RAAF Reserve since
1979 and has held sev-
eral senior positions in
the Australian Public
Service. The Defence
Council facilitates a flex-
ible partnership between
the community, employ-
ers and reservists to sup-
port Australian security.
Each state and territory
has committees of the
council and some larger
regional centres, such
as Townsville, also have
members are volunteers.
Out in force: Army jeeps lead the Reserve
Forces Day parade in Wagga Wagga.
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