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Army February 27, 2014
HQ staff to wear polys
Cpl Mark Doran
ARMY HQ personnel are now required
to wear General Duty Dress (polyes-
ters), General Duty Service Dress or
General Duty Dress Cold Weather as
dress of the day.
RSM Ceremonial – Army WO1
David Lehr said the dress orders
implemented by CA Lt-Gen David
Morrison on February 13 for all
personnel posted against the AHQ
authorised establishment would enhance
individual and service identification.
“It will allow other agencies within
the Canberra area to identify who
we are as a service, what corps we
belong to and the trades and other
qualifications we have achieved such as
parachutist, recruit or military instructor
etc.,” WO1 Lehr said.
“The dress also demonstrates our
level of operational experience by the
ribbons worn on our left breast.
“It means AHQ personnel will be
dressed in the appropriate manner,
especially when engaging with external
agencies outside Defence and other
services within the office environment,
or other government organisations
outside the Russell Defence Precinct or
Brindabella Business Park.
“By wearing these orders of dress
it allows an individual or group to
suitably represent Army in the Canberra
The orders of dress apply to all units
within the Canberra area that are on the
AHQ authorised establishment such as
DOCM-A and DSCM-A.
It will not be implemented across
other areas of Army or non-Army
groups in Canberra and visitors to AHQ
at Russell may continue to wear their
respective dress of the day.
Army surgeon awarded for passing on life-saving experience
LS Helen Frank
SURGEON Maj Anthony
Chambers learnt a lot about
operating on patients with the
wounds of war while deployed as
a surgeon with the Role 3 NATO
hospital in Kandahar.
He has now been recognised for
his efforts in passing on those lessons
to his fellow ADF Health Services
At the 2013 Military Health
Symposium Maj Chambers deliv-
ered a presentation about what he had
learnt working in Kandahar. For this
presentation he was awarded the inau-
gural John Overton award.
“I was deployed to Afghanistan
from April to August 2013,” Maj
“I was posted as a general and
trauma surgeon within the Role 3
Multinational Medical Unit Hospital
at Kandahar Air Force Base.”
Maj Chambers said he learnt
countless lessons working with the
US Navy team at the hospital.
“Due to their long and hard-earned
experience in Iraq and Afghanistan,
the US Navy doctors, nurses and med-
ics are experts in managing gunshot
wounds and blast injuries – injuries
that a reservist surgeon such as myself
has never seen in their civilian prac-
tice,” he said.
from Col John
at the 2013
“Working side-by-side with the
Americans and operating with them
on coalition casualties I was able to
gain much-needed experience in treat-
ing these devastating injuries.”
Maj Chambers hopes to now share
these lessons and experiences with his
fellow medical officers, nursing offic-
ers and medics in the Army.
The most trying aspect of Maj
Chambers’ deployment was treating
coalition troops with severe life- and
“It was particularly hard treat-
ing soldiers who had been injured by
IEDs and who had sustained traumat-
ic amputations and other devastating
injuries,” he said
“You have to focus on doing eve-
rything you can to save those soldiers,
and put aside your emotions.
“That was very challenging both
for myself and for all of the staff at the
Maj Chambers said the highlight of
his deployment was working with an
outstanding team of specialists, doc-
tors, nurses, medics and support staff.
“The members of the US Navy that
I worked with were absolutely top-
notch and true professionals,” he said.
“The opportunity to work with
them to treat wounded coalition war-
riors is a privilege that I will never
Maj Chambers was taken com-
pletely by surprise when he was
awarded the John Overton award.
“I didn’t know about the award
before speaking at the symposium,”
“Having known Col John Overton
throughout my 18-year career in the
RAAMC and having so much respect
for all he has done for our corps, I
felt honoured and proud to be the first
recipient of the award.”
Maj Chambers is now concentrat-
ing on his role as OC 1HSC.
“I’m looking forward to preparing
our medical and nursing officers and
medics for their own deployments in
the years to come,” he said.
The Overton Award honours the
significant contribution made to
ADF Health Services by Col John
Overton (retd). After joining the
Army Reserve in 1975, he was
appointed a consultant in anaes-
thesia to the RAAMC and later
anaesthetics consultant to the sur-
geon general ADF.
Col Overton served as
Honorary Colonel of the RAAMC
from 2001-2008 and was co-editor
of the Field Surgical Handbook
The John Overton award will
be presented annually at the sym-
posium to a speaker judged to be
deserving of the award.
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