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Army October 13, 2011
By LCpl Mark Doran
ARMY was missing an RSM-A
for three minutes on September
29, but this was just in between
promotions and farewells at Army
Headquarters in Canberra.
Former RSM-A WO Stephen
Ward was promoted to major by CA
Lt-Gen David Morrison with the new
role of Army lead in the Centenary
of Anzac Events.
During his career, Maj Ward had
seen service in the Infantry Corps,
the reserves, ready reserve, in train-
ing establishments and in a series of
Lt-Gen Morrison said Maj Ward
was his reconnaissance platoon ser-
geant when he was an 8/9RAR com-
pany commander in 1989.
"I was lucky enough to have
him as my brigade RSM and I saw
firsthand, every single day, what the
man delivered to 3 Bde and through
that brigade, to the Army as a
whole," Lt-Gen Morrison said.
"I have been exceptionally lucky
in my brief time as CA to have been
the beneficiary of Stephen's commit-
ment, dedication and knowledge as
"The demands of modern warfare
place more onus on the intellectual
capacity of our individuals. Stephen
has been a great role model for our
Having served under Lt-Gen
Peter Leahy, Lt-Gen Ken Gillespie
and Lt-Gen David Morrison as
RSM-A, Maj Ward said he had been
extremely privileged to be selected
to be the soldiers' representative in
the CA's office.
"Every day I have contact with
soldiers I reinforce the fact that I
wear this uniform with pride," Maj
"I reinforce the fact that we do
have a very significant proactive cul-
ture in the Army, and that culture
is to live by our values of courage,
initiative and teamwork underpinned
by our core behaviours."
Before promoting WO David
Ashley, Lt-Gen Morrison said the
RSM-A position had only existed for
a little more than two decades.
"I am surprised, having seen the
quality of the men who have filled
the position and seen the function
New soldiers' rep
steps up at HQ
they performed, that it is that young
an appointment, because in my mind
it is essential," Lt-Gen Morrison said.
"It is not only the peak posi-
tion in terms of the other ranks pro-
motion pyramid, it is the absolute
lynchpin for the CA and the CA
Staff Advisory Group to understand
what is happening in the broader
"WO Ashley brings a capacity
for engagement, understanding and
compassion which sets him apart
from his peers."
With extensive experience in both
ARA and reserve battalions, WO
Ashley has been RSM 3 Bde, RSM 1
Div, the last RSM of Land Command
and the first RSM of Forcomd and
said it was a great honour to be
selected as the ninth RSM-A.
"Over the next three years,
Army's people will judge how I per-
form," WO Ashley said.
"All I can do is guarantee I will
give every part of my being to serve
the Army and its people to the best
of my ability."
By LCpl Mark Doran
THE 47th DCA, Maj-Gen Paul Symon,
was also farewelled at Russell Offices
as he prepared for the demanding and
high-profile position of his new role
as head of the Defence Intelligence
Maj-Gen Paul Symon has served on
operations four times. His most important
joint command was in late 2005 until mid
2006 when he was appointed Commander
This appointment gave him national
command responsibility for all personnel
in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Lt-Gen Morrison said Maj-Gen Symon
had given wonderful service to the Army
in what is one of the toughest positions in
the senior hierarchy.
"The DCA is not just the deputy chief,
under the adaptive Army the DCA is who
has to control the resource management
for Army, not just here and now, but well
into the future," Lt-Gen Morrison said.
"The legacy Maj-Gen Symon leaves is
an exceptional one for Army.
"He has been a wonderful understudy
to both Lt-Gen Gillespie and myself and
his counsel is founded in great experience
through his extensive career, particularly
"He will take to DIO the same attrib-
utes he has demonstrated so capably on a
daily basis -- foresight, clear sight and a
love of service."
Maj-Gen Symon said at the end of the
day, the great thing about the Army was
the wisdom of the people serving in it.
"We have people who are committed
to the Army, who are able to understand
what the Army is all about and how it sup-
ports the nation," Maj-Gen Symon said.
"The Army is in great shape. I will be
sad to leave but I know Army is on a fan-
tastic journey and has a very good vision,
leadership and people."
Army's new Deputy Chief is Maj-Gen
Jeffrey Sengelman, who will be handing
over the reins of Forcomd to Maj-Gen
to head int
New RSM: Former RSM-A Maj Stephen Ward (left) hands over the pace stick to new RSM-A WO David
Ashley at Russell Offices in Canberra. Inset, WO Ashley and CA Lt-Gen David Morrison speak with Chinook
maintenance crews in a hanger in Kandahar, Afghanistan, a few days after WO Ashley's promotion.
Photos by David McClenaghan and PO Damian Pawlenko
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