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Army July 31, 2014
SOLDIERS undergoing rehabilita-
tion at RAAF Base Edinburgh will
now receive a helping hand with
their recovery thanks to a generous
donation by the RSL’s SA Branch.
In an initiative two years in the
making, RSL-SA donated $5000 worth
of sports and rehabilitation equipment
to the base on July 8 to help support
members with their rehabilitation and
More than 200 base personnel
filled the gym for the occasion, hosted
by Senior ADF Officer Gp-Capt
Greg Weller and attended by RSL-
SA CEO Sam Jackman and other
representatives of RSL-SA, the
Department of Veterans’ Affairs and
Addressing the troops, Ms Jackman
said the initiative was about more than
just helping to care for the health and
wellbeing of ADF personnel – it was
also about changing perceptions.
“We’re not necessarily about old
men down at the club on Anzac Day,”
Ms Jackson said.
“We certainly look after them but
it’s our mission to also look after you.
“The perception that the RSL is
just there for the older diggers is not
true – we would rather help you before
you get to that point.
“The RSL is going through
significant structural change so we’re
trying to make sure that what we’ve
done in the past will still be there for
you in the future.
“The RSL is focused on the
Donation a boost
Musicians shine in 2014 Swiss Basel International Tattoo
current serving generations and some
of their issues, with the bigger issues
being around rehabilitation and sports
injuries, so we wanted to assist by
donating this equipment.”
The equipment included suspension
trainers, power bands, abdominal mats
and kettle bells and was a welcome
addition, according to base PTI Sgt
Robert Kawana, of 7CHP.
“We have about 150 people on
rehab programs on base at the moment,
so with rehab taking up to two or three
months, this new equipment will defi-
nitely help get them through the pro-
cess quicker,” Sgt Kawana said.
“The rehab support needed here
at Edinburgh is massive for Army
because we have more of a focus on
rehab, but eventually this will also
come into fruition for the Air Force
as well, so having this new equipment
will be a big help.”
For information on the RSL visit
RSL-SA CEO Sam Jackman and
Gp-Capt Greg Weller.
Photo by Cpl David Gibbs
WO2 Andrew Hetherington
MuSICIAnS from all 11 sub-
units of the Australian Army Band
(AAB) participated in the 2014
Swiss Basel International Tattoo
from July 14-26.
The band of 70 regular and
reserve musicians left Australia on
They performed more than 20
times at public concerts and featured
as one of the major acts of the
They were one of 11 bands and
performing groups that entertained
more than 120,000 spectators during
concerts in Basel and Fribourg.
OC RMC Band Maj Dan Hiscock
led the contingent and shared the
duties of music director for the tour
with XO AAB Maj David Bird.
“The last time Army’s band
performed at this tattoo was in 2011
and we were invited back by the
Swiss because we were such a hit
with the crowds,” Maj Hiscock said.
The play list contained iconic
Australian titles, including a med-
ley of AC/DC music that had CA
Lt-Gen David Morrison singing along
during a rehearsal at RMC on July 9.
“Being one of the only COs
of an infantry battalion who had
AC/DC played during a battalion
parade, I think your choice of music
is outstanding,” Lt-Gen Morrison said
at the rehearsal.
“Men and women such as you
step out the front and show our fellow
Australians and, in your case, the rest
of the world what Army is capable
Sgt Cameron Earl, a regular Army
member of the AAB-Sydney, played
trumpet and arranged all of the music
for the marching displays.
He said the highlight of the tour
was the first tattoo performance.
“It was broadcast on Swiss
television,” Sgt Earl said.
“We tried to get them on board
with our Australiana theme and I
know the Swiss love our Australian
sense of humour.”
Musicians rehearse at RMC before departing for the 2014 Swiss Basel
Photo by WO2 Andrew Hetherington
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