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Army July 5, 2012
Memorial to close partnership
THE first memorial for military
and service working dog teams
killed on duty was opened in
Brisbane on June 7.
The memorial was unveiled two
years to the day Spr Darren Smith,
his explosive detection dog Herbie,
and Spr Jacob Moerland died from
wounds received from an IED
blast in Afghanistan.
About 300 people turned out
to see Queensland Governor
Penelope Wesley open the memo-
rial at the RSPCA in Wacol.
The memorial is also open to
state and federal police services,
corrective services, Australian
Quarantine and Inspection Service
and border security.
The former commander of the
Explosive Detection Dog Training
Wing, Lt-Col George Hulse (retd),
said the RSPCA provided the loca-
tion and a large amount of money
to get the Military and Service
Working Dog National Monument
"We thought it would take
years [to get built] but it only took
about 18 months," he said.
to a shiny
Cpl Mark Doran
AFTER promoting Army's image as
a musician for 50 years, WO2 Dave
Walker, of Australian Army Band
Newcastle, retired from military life
on June 22.
During his years as a military musi-
cian the former coal miner played mainly
his favourite instrument, the euphoni-
um, as well as the cornet, trombone and
Concerts during his career included
playing for Queen Elizabeth II during
her visit to Newcastle in 1977 and high
profile performances with the Combined
Reserve Bands during the Sydney Opera
Now entitled to wear his third
Federation Star on the Defence Long
Service Medal ribbon, WO2 Walker said
his enjoyment of playing in the band was
the main reason he stayed in the Army
for so long.
"I'm a bandsman -- I play in bands,"
he said. "I love playing different instru-
ments and different music -- it's what I
WO2 Walker saw many differences in
uniform come and go during his career
as well as women becoming Army musi-
cians and even the restructuring of the
battalion bands into band corps.
When asked what was the main les-
son he had learnt during his military life,
WO2 Walker said apart from doing as
you were told, soldiers needed to give
their best with what they were given.
"Every time there are changes to the
In memory: Spr Darren Smith's father, Graham, and his wife, Shelley, in front of the memorial dedicated
to the dog handler and other military and service working dog teams killed on duty. Photo by Cpl Peter Borys
Musician enjoys a star-studded retirement
Long service: WO2 Dave Walker
retires after 50 years as a musician.
system a lot of musicians often wonder
why they are doing it differently," he
"The uniforms change, the instrumen-
tation changes, but in the end you are
still rehearsing, you are still playing and
you still perform on parades."
Although no longer performing on
the parade ground, WO2 Walker will
still play in Sydney bands, including
the Cardiff North Lakes Brass Band,
entertaining crowds during concerts and
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