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Army April 11, 2013
THE winners of the 2013 Defence
Excellence in Security Awards were
honoured at a ceremony in Canberra
on March 28.
An Air Force sergeant and four
civilians took out the top prizes,
including outstanding performance
by a security specialist, by a team,
by an individual, for security
leadership and security industry
Defence civilian Bernard
McKeon, of HQ 4 Bde, won the
award for Outstanding Contribution
to Security by an Individual for
developing a security portal in an
Excel spreadsheet that accessed all
registers, forms, websites and links
to web forms.
The portal was rolled out across
4 Bde in Victoria.
Security stars recognised
THE ashes of World War II heroine
Nancy Wake were scattered in a low-
key ceremony in Verneix, France, on
The ceremony was attended by
the Head of Defence Staff London,
Brig Bill Sowry, and Australia's
Defence Attaché to France, Col
Ms Wake's ashes were scattered
in the grounds of a French chateau,
which she used as her HQ after para-
chuting into France.
For her active role in World War
II, Ms Wake was recognised with
numerous honours including the
Companion of the Order of Australia,
recognising in part her outstanding
actions in wartime.
Ms Wake died at age 98 on
August 7, 2011.
Historic moment: Australian
Defence Attaché to France Col
Rupert Hoskin and Head of
Defence Staff London Brig Bill
Sowry attend a service to scatter
the ashes of World War II heroine
Nancy Wake in France.
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SOLDIERS can volunteer to read
the personal stories of Australian
servicemen represented on the
bronze panels of the roll of honour
during daily Last Post ceremonies
to be reinstituted at the Australian
Officially launching on April 17,
the first ceremony was held on April
3 with the three most senior warrant
officers of the ADF leading the first
Australian War Memorial Director
Brendan Nelson said the idea came
from his visits to the Menin Gate
Memorial in Belgium.
"Shortly after I started as Director
I started attending the existing closing
ceremonies here at the memorial," he
"Although they were great and very
touching, I thought we could do more."
Dr Nelson approached the CDF and
three service chiefs and told them his
idea to expand the closing ceremony
After requesting ADF support to
read a personal story and recite the
ode RSM-A WO Dave Ashley stepped
forward to take on the first ceremony.
WO Ashley was joined by WO
Navy WO Martin Holzberger and
WOFF Air Force WOFF Mark
Pentreath, and read the personal story
of Tpr John Waddell, who was killed
in action during the defence at Elands
River on August 4, 1900, and was
posthumously awarded a Mention in
WO Ashley said it was a great hon-
our for him to recognise a great soldier
who was posthumously recognised for
"This enhanced participation will
Senior members start
RSM-A joins Navy and Air Force counterparts for War Memorial Last Post ceremony
Close ties: WO Navy WO Martin Holzberger, RSM-A WO Dave Ashley and WOFF Air Force WOFF Mark
Pentreath place a poppy on the Wall of Remembrance near the name of Tpr John Waddell, who they spoke
about during the closing ceremony of the Australian War Memorial.
Photo by Cpl Nick Wiseman
be conducted by volunteer members of
the ADF," he said.
The Australian War Memorial has
traditionally provided a daily closing
ceremony, originally comprising a pre-
recorded playing of The Last Post.
In 2004 a live musician was brought
in for every ceremony, alternat-
ing between a piper and a bugler, and
Australia's Federation Guard agreed to
provide a catafalque party once a month.
The catafalque party was expanded
last year to twice a month, which will
continue with the new ceremony.
Each night a uniformed service
member will tell the personal story of an
Australian military member who died in
service of the country.
Dr Nelson said he had directed his
staff to ensure an even mix of personnel
"Every day stories of personnel will
be told irrespective of awards or ranks,"
"Apart from special occasions, where
we have the opportunity to focus on a
The new ceremony will be broadcast
live on the War Memorial website each
day at 4.50pm EST.
Dr Nelson said he was overwhelmed
by the support of the ADF.
"The Last Post ceremony means a
lot to me but I also know how much it
means to ADF members," he said.
"We must keep evolving and if any
serviceman or woman has any sugges-
tions, please don't hesitate to tell me."
The official launch of the Australian
War Memorial's new Last Post ceremo-
ny will be on April 17.
Army personnel wishing to be part of the
ceremony should contact Maj Alastair Hee on
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