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Army September 1, 2011
WORLD War II veteran and the found-
ing librarian and longest-serving
Director of Army Education at the
Australian Defence College, Col Vane
Green (retd), died on August 7
Family, friends and members of the
ADF paid tribute to an honest and hard
working man at his funeral, held at the
Church of Holy Trinity in Curtin, ACT,
on August 16.
During the eulogy, Col Green's
nephew, Alan Green, praised his
achievements in life and spoke of his
"How can you describe a life extend-
ing over 100 years, in such a short time?
"Vane was a talented and ambitious
student, a part-time artist, dedicated sol-
dier, and a morally sound Christian," Mr
"A gentleman in every sense of the
word, he rose to a great height and he
influenced so many people."
Col Green saw active service as an
infantry officer in the Middle East and
Papua New Guinea, before undertaking
a significant military educational career.
For his services to Army education,
Col Green was awarded the Order of the
British Empire in 1963.
The head of the Royal Australian
Army Education Corps, Col Deb
Bradford, put into perspective the impor-
tance of Col Green's achievements.
"He held the appointments as an
instructor, and officer in education," Col
"His contribution in raising the edu-
cation level in the Australian Army with
limited resources was an outstanding
The Australian Defence College
library was named after Col Green
Stalwart of Defence
Military send off: Australian Defence College members act as pall bearers at
Col Vane Green's funeral in Canberra.
Photo by LAC Bill Solomou
By Spr Nick Wiseman
THE Parachute Training School
reached a milestone on August 12, cel-
ebrating 60 years since its formation
as it was announced the school would
soon move from Forcomd to Socomd.
The birthday celebrations featured both
displays demonstrating the skills and his-
tory of ADF parachuting over the years.
CO Lt-Col Brian Hawke said the day
was more than just a birthday celebration.
"It's 60 years since the establishment
of the Parachute Training Flight, a joint
Army-Air Force unit, at RAAF Base
Williamtown," Lt-Col Hawke said.
"It was a great opportunity for the cur-
rent members to get together with some of
the olds and bolds of Australian military
The celebrations included a number
of displays showcasing the various equip-
ment and simulators used by the school for
static line and freefall training.
The Red Beret Parachute Display Team
jumped in despite bad weather, with team
leader and RSM WO1 Todd Hoye carrying
the Australian flag.
Other members of the team included
Sgt Andrew Green, who carried the Army
flag, Cpl Shane Pieschel, who carried the
special 60th anniversary PTS flag and
WO2 Ken Stone, who captured the jump
Awards were handed out, includ-
ing a framed sign from the original 39
Ordnance Air Equipment Platoon, signed
by many former members and presented to
the school by the Parachute Rigger Trade
Conductor, WO1 Phil Thamm.
Lt-Col Hawke said although the
weather limited the day to only one of the
planned live demonstrations, guests got to
see the school's capabilities.
"Credit goes to the soldiers, it was
their efforts that made the day such a suc-
cess," Lt-Col Hawke said.
Celebrate in style: Cpl Shane Pieschel descends on the Parachute Training School with the Red Beret
Parachute Display Team to celebrate the school's 60th birthday. CO PTS Lt-Col Brian Hawke (inset) cuts
the school's birthday cake with Pte Whitney Amos.
Main photo by WO2 Ken Stone
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