Home' Army News : January 31st 2013 Contents Mr Phillip Nelson
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Army January 31, 2013
ADF personnel will march as a formed
body for the first time in this year's
Sydney Mardi Gras parade on March 2.
CDF Gen David Hurley has authorised
ADF members to march in the parade
alongside government organisations such
as the Australian Federal Police, State
Emergency Services, NSW police, fire-
fighters and ambulance services.
"Not surprisingly, the decision to
allow ADF personnel to march in uni-
form at the Sydney Mardi Gras in 2013
has been supported by some and criti-
cised by others," Gen Hurley said.
"While I understand not everyone
will agree with this decision, if the ADF
is to remain a contemporary organisation
that reflects the community it serves,
then change is required."
He pointed out that it was 20 years
since Australia lifted the ban on homo-
sexual citizens serving in the military
and five years since a recognised group
of Defence personnel first participated in
the Mardi Gras parade.
VCDF Air-Mshl Mark Binskin said
Defence's participation in the Mardi Gras
demonstrated how far the ADF had come
in the past 20 years.
"Uniformed ADF members were
noticeably absent from this annual
Australian celebration of diversity, and
this is not appropriate as we seek to pro-
mote the ADF's diversity and acceptance
of all members, regardless of their gen-
der, cultural background, religion and/or
sexual orientation," he said.
The chairman of the Defence
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and
Intersex (LGBTI) Information Service,
Sqn-Ldr Vince Chong, welcomed the
"I am delighted that this year any
ADF member can proudly march to
show united support for LGBTI person-
nel and workplace inclusion," Sqn-Ldr
The Head of People Capability, Maj-
Gen Gerard Fogarty, said the focus of
Troops can march
as a formed body in
Sydney Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras today was diversity, inclu-
sion and community, which was far
removed from the parade's origins as a
right-to-exist protest 35 years ago.
"I view the ADF's participation as a
means to not only show support for our
members, but to demonstrate that the
ADF is an employer that welcomes and
supports personnel from a wide range of
backgrounds. This is very important to
the ADF's continual aim to attract high-
calibre personnel from across the entire
spectrum of Australian society," Maj-Gen
The Director General of Cultural
Reviews and Response, Air-Cdre Henrik
Ehlers, said a uniformed presence in
the Mardi Gras march was one of the
many initiatives in place under Defence's
Pathway to Change program.
The ADF's RSM Ceremonial will
coordinate the protocol for the march,
including the requirement for mem-
bers to march in three formed divi-
sions according to service precedence.
Members are also required to change
into civilian attire immediately after
For more information about participating in this
year's Sydney Mardi Gras, contact Sqn-Ldr Vince
Chong (email@example.com) or refer to
the DEFGLIS website www.defglis.com.au. CDF's
statement on ADF participation in the Mardi
Gras can be found at http://defweb.cbr.defence.
Cpl Nick Wiseman
GLORIOUS Hawaiian weather
and a unique parade welcomed
Australian Maj-Gen Rick Burr to
his new duties at Fort Shafter, US
Army Pacific on January 17.
Formally welcomed with a col-
our parade known as the Flying
V, Maj-Gen Burr enjoyed the
warm welcome to what is going
to be a very busy posting as
Deputy Commanding General for
He said he felt privileged to take
up the appointment.
"Australians should be proud
that we were offered this opportu-
nity," he said.
"It recognises the commitment
from the ADF and the desire to
have us on the team on a day-to-day
basis, not just on operations."
Graduating from the United
States Marine Corps (USMC)
Command and Staff College and
the USMC School of Advanced
Warfighting, Maj-Gen Burr has
considerable experience with the
His appointment is a new posi-
tion created to provide an emphasis
on the US's new defence strategy
of rebalancing to the Pacific and
focusing on operations -- both oper-
ational deployments and the com-
prehensive exercise program.
Maj-Gen Burr said developing
stronger partnerships within the
region as well as building new ones
would be an important part of hi
"I'll be travelling a lot through-
out the region strengthening these
relationships as well as participat-
ing in the exercises," he said.
"I should be returning to
Australia to take part in Exercise
Talisman Sabre -- although this time
as part of the US force."
Although only recently formal-
ly welcomed, Maj-Gen Burr took
up the job in November last year,
using the time to conduct an exten-
sive handover, meet key personnel
at the Pentagon and even take part
in an exercise in Japan.
The posting to scenic Hawaii
will not be all fun and games.
"In this role we have a theatre
focus of half the world's surface
with a lot going on," he said.
"I'll be well and truly busy but
it's going to be a great place to
come home to and I look forward to
the rest of my posting here."
Although the position entails
great responsibility, the well-known
Australian larrikin is lurking inside
him with his first sights firmly set
on a nice lush parade ground.
"There is a lovely grass parade
ground in the middle of Fort
Shafter, which would be perfect
for a game of Aussie rules," he
"If I can pull that off, the mis-
sion will be complete."
up Pacific post
Maj-Gen Rick Burr is welcomed into his new role in Hawaii
VC recipient checks medal
into the War Memorial
Cpl Mark Doran
AUSTRALIA'S latest Victoria Cross recipient, Cpl
Daniel Keighran, presented his award for valour to
the Australian War Memorial on December 1.
The VC will be displayed with his full medal
group in the Memorial's Hall of Valour.
Cpl Keighran said he visited the Hall of Valour
just before he received his Victoria Cross and
remembered reading the other VC recipients'
"I thought how proud I would be if my medal
was displayed there," he said.
"It will certainly be in good company, espe-
cially when the actions of so many recipients cost
them their lives.
"I hope my VC inspires people to visit the
Memorial, to learn more about our military history
and the sacrifices of all those who have served."
Cpl Keighran's full medal group comprises the
following honours and awards:
Victoria Cross for Australia
Australian Active Service Medal with Clasp
Iraq and Clasp ICAT
Iraq Campaign Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Australian Service Medal with Clasp East
Australian Defence Medal
United Nations Mission in Support of East
NATO Non-Article 5 Medal with Clasp ISAF
Meritorious Unit Citation for MTF 1
Infantry Combat Badge
Historic moment: VC recipient Cpl Dan Keighran
brings his medal into the Hall of Valour at the Australian
Photo by Cpl Mark Doran
US Army Pacific
Burr salute the
Australian and US
flags on parade
at Fort Shafter in
Photo by Sgt Michael
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