Home' Army News : February 2nd 2012 Contents INQUIRY INTO UNRESOLVED RECOGNITION FOR PAST ACTS
OF NAVAL AND MILITARY GALLANTRY AND VALOUR
The Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal (the Tribunal) is directed to
inquire into and report on the appropriate recognition for specific acts of gallantry
or valour perfor med by the following naval and military personnel:
Gunner Albert Neil (Neale) Cleary - Army
Midshipman Robert Ian Davies - Navy
Leading Cook Francis Bassett Emms - Navy
Lieutenant David John Hamer - Navy
Private John Simpson Kirkpatrick - Ar my
Lieutenant Commander Robert William Rankin - Navy
Able Seaman Dalmorton Joseph Owendale Rudd - Navy
Ordinary Seaman Edward Sheean - Navy
Leading Aircrew man Noel Er vin Shipp - Navy
Lieutenant Commander Francis Edward Smith - Navy
Lieutenant Commander Hen ry Hugh Gordon Stoker - Royal Navy
Leading Seaman Ronald Taylor - Navy
Captain Hector Macdonald Laws Waller - Navy
The Tribu nal is directed to make recom mendations on the eligibility of the naval
and military members, as listed, to be awarded the Victoria Cross, the Victoria
Cross for Australia or other forms of appropriate recognition for their gallantry or
The Tribu nal is conducting public hearings to hear evidence in relation to this
matter. The following hearings will be conducted in Febr uary and March 2012.
Sydney -- Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 Febr uary 2012 com mencing at 9am at the
Mercure Sydney 818-820 George St, Sydney.
Adelaide -- Tuesday 14 February 2012 commencing at 10am at the Crowne Plaza,
Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide.
Perth -- Wednesday 15 Febr uary 2012 commencing at 1pm at the Novotel Langley,
221 Adelaide Ter race, Perth.
Brisbane -- Tuesday 13 March 2012 commencing at 1pm at the Royal on the Park,
Corner of Alice and Albert Streets, Brisbane.
After a preliminary consideration of the submissions received concerning the
naval and military members listed above, the Tribunal has invited a number of
those who have made written submissions to appear as witnesses at these hearings.
Interested members of the public are invited to attend the Tribunal's hearings.
For administrative pu rposes, please register your interest in attending by
contacting the Tribunal via;
telephone (02) 6266 3486 or e-mail DHA.Tribunal@defence.gov.au.
The ter ms of reference for this inquiry can be obtained by reviewing the Tribunal
website at: www.defence-honours-tribunal.gov.au
Army February 2, 2012
SOLDIERS in the Middle East wel-
comed their new chief with a formal
command handover of JTF 633 at
Al Minhad Air Base in the UAE on
After 12 months at the helm,
Maj-Gen Angus Campbell officially
handed over command to Maj-Gen
Maj-Gen Campbell described
leading Australian troops in the
Middle East and Afghanistan as the
pinnacle of his career and thanked
those under his command.
"I will never forget the sacrifice
made by the fallen, [or] the com-
passion, dedication and courage of
our soldiers, sailors and airmen who
have served their country with dis-
tinction. I am very proud of each and
every one of them," he said.
"The Australian mission is
on track, and while we have suf-
fered losses grievously felt, there
is no question that the campaign is
advancing, although much still needs
to be done."
According to Maj-Gen Campbell,
there had also been significant pro-
gress in Uruzgan province during the
past 12 months.
"I welcome Maj-Gen Smith and
know he will lead Australian troops
with distinction," he said
Maj-Gen Smith congratulated the
outgoing commander on a successful
tour and thanked him for his hard
work and dedication.
"It is a great privilege to assume
command of a task force that has
contributed so much to security in
the region under the guidance of
Maj-Gen Campbell," he said.
"I look forward to continuing
this work during 2012, with our
main effort being the training and
development of the Afghan National
Security Forces to assume responsi-
bility for Uruzgan province by 2014,
As commander JTF 633, Maj-
Gen Smith now commands all ADF
units assigned to Operation Slipper.
Maj-Gen Campbell will take
leave before assuming the Deputy
Chief of Army role.
Campbell hands over
command, becomes DCA
Taking over: Maj-Gen Stuart Smith (left) assumes command of Australian forces in the Middle East from
Maj-Gen Angus Campbell, who held the post for the past year.
Photo by LS Andrew Dakin
MTF 4 moves in
IN A simple ceremony in front of the MTF
headquarters at Multinational Base Tarin
Kot in Afghanistan, MTF 3 handed over
responsibility for mentoring the Afghan
National Army in Uruzgan province to
The first elements of MTF 3, based on
2RAR, have already returned to Australia
with the rest due back in March. MTF 4
is based on 8/9RAR and commanded by
Lt-Col Khalil Fegan.
Pictured inset is MTF 3 CO Lt-Col Chris
Smith (left) handing over to Lt-Col Fegan
at the change of command ceremony.
Photos by Cpl Raymond Vance
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