FEBRUARY 2017 EDITION
The Australian Artillery
Association's eNewsletter for February 2017
is now available for viewing online.
To view the eNewsletter please click on the
HEAD OF REGIMENT
APPEAL FOR DONATIONS
REFURBISH THE RMC TROPHY
The Head of Regiment
Brigadier Craig Furini CSC has recently
reached out right across the Regiment to
both serving and ex-serving, in particular
to Officers, for donations to assist the
Regiment with the refurbishment of the RMC
The RMC Trophy has not
been presented to an Officer Cadet for the
past 20 or so years and is in need of both a
refurbishment and updating by the
inscription of the names of the winning
Cadet, of which there are 2 per year, for
the past 20 years.
This initiative is but
one of many to be deployed or supported by
the Head of Regiment over the coming months
all of which are to strengthen the Royal
Regiment of Australian Artillery
initiatives affect all ranks and units as as
they are delivered they will be broadcast
widely so as to inform everyone of the Head
of Regiment, and the Regiment's efforts in
Artillery Association has donated $250.00
towards this worthy cause.
To read all about the RMC Trophy
refurbishment and update please
CLICK ON ANY OF THE BELOW IMAGES
TO VIEW ENLARGEMENT
The Australian Artillery Association is now
offering Personalised Pennants for sale.
These items are a must have Man Cave
addition and are more than suitable a
They are the full size RAA Pennant measuring
210 cm wide by 81 cm high (at the base) and
come complete with attachments to enable you
to secure it to your flag pole.
For full information on the Personalised
Pennants and the price, please visit our
Personalised Pennant webpage.
You will be amazed and delighted in this
product, something we believe is well
SUBJECT 4 WO GUNNER
SCHOOL OF ARTILLERY
Recently the Australian
Artillery Association was approached to
donate a perpetual trophy to be presented to
the Student of Merit of the Royal Regiment
of Australian Artillery Subject 4 Warrant
Officer Gunner course. The
Australian Artillery Association donated the
below trophy made of Australian red cedar
and capable of holding up to 80 inscription
plates, we hope it is used for the entire
On top of the trophy is an 18
pounder gun manned by 2 Gunners in a WWI
battle scene. A duplicate of the
18 pounder trophy element will be presented
to the Student of Merit whose name will be
inscribed not only on the larger trophy but
also the smaller 18 pounder trophy.
& MARCH OUT PARADE
On Wednesday 21 September 2016 the
Australian Artillery Association presented
the 44th Platoon 1RTB Kapooka
with 12 framed photographs of Artillery
ranging across all disciplines and many
Following the presentation of the
photographs we attend the very first March
Out Parade of the newly formed 44th Platoon
which was a perfect day weather wise and the
parade was done with excellent precision.
Those of us from the Australian Artillery
Association stood proud to be their representing
A big thank you to Lieutenant Jessica Ward
and her Platoon staff.
Below is a selection of photographs taken
across the presentation and parade period.
To view all photos and video taken please
visit the 44th Platoon Photo Album in our
To read all about the 44th Platoon
sponsorship project click:
To view enlargement of below photo click
on thumbnail. To reduce click again.
20 April 2016 the Australian Artillery
Association welcomed it's 900th member. This
is an amazing achievement and one we are
very proud of.
We now hope to
achieve 1000 members by the 2017 National
Gunner Dinner to be held on 27th May 2017.
At the time of publishing this article on
24th April 2016 our membership has already
risen to 908 so we are well on our way to
achieving our goal.
Remember membership is FREE.
As part of the
organising of both the 2014 and 2017
National Gunner Dinners we have had
suggestions that we should consider holding
a Gunner Dinner on board one of the cruise
ships that visit or is permanently based in
Australia such as P&O Cruises.
By far the
majority of the suggestions that the cruise
should only be for a short duration of 3 to
4 days for example Brisbane to Whitsundays
return or Melbourne to Brisbane return or
Whilst in New
Zealand attending the Royal New Zealand
Artillery Association 2015 Annual Gunner
Dinner we discussed the possibility amongst
thier members and received a very positive
response from around 20 members interested
Such a cruise
would only occur approximately half way
between the larger National Gunner Dinners
however the concept of holding a Gunner
Dinner on board is exciting and achievable
as is being around your close friends for a
period longer than a quick weekend.
In fact, we could have a Gunner Dinner every
night we are on board.
would not be limited to just you and your
spouse/partner but would also be extended to
family and friends who would like to
experience a Gunner Dinner on board a cruise
ship as well.
So if you are
interested in a short cruise on which we
would hold a Gunner Dinner please
contact me with your expression of
interest and I will put you on the "to be
kept informed" list.
RAA REGIMENTAL SHOP
NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
Regimental Shop is now available online for
the purchase of a wide range of items from
Corps ties, socks, scarfs and cuff links to
sporting and field equipment.
OWNED OR OPERATED
BUSINESSES PROVIDING DISCOUNTS TO FELLOW
As a direct
result of the generosity of Mr Kevin Woods
the owner of Darra Tyres who provided
sponsorship by way of a $1000 worth of tyres
to be given away at the 2014 National Gunner
Dinner, we at the Australian Artillery
Association have decided to create a webpage
where fellow Gunners who own or operate a
business and are prepared to provide a
discount to serving and retired Gunners may
now advertise their business.
To access the Business webpage use the
permanent link provided to the left of this
column immediately under the Customs and
OK guys (girls too), it's well and truly on
- the big GUN HUNT. We
need your help to locate, identify,
photograph and record our history.
To find out more about the big GUN HUNT
I Was Only 19
We all know what a great song "I Was Only
19" by the Australian band Redgum was and
how much it became the anthem of the Vietnam
conflict. However have you ever
wondered why and how it was written?
Feature of the Month
AUSTRALIAN ARTILLERY ASSOCIATION
ATTENDANCE AT THE
2016 ANNUAL GUNNER DINNER
4 members of the Australian Artillery Association
ventured over the ditch to New Zealand during the period 21 October to 27
October 2016 to attend the Royal New Zealand Artillery Association's 2016 Annual
Gunner Dinner held at Browns Bay approximately 20 km north of Auckland.
Photographs of the entire visit
will shortly be available in a dedicated Photo Album withint he Australian
Artillery Association's Photo Gallery.
A Great time was had by all!
Record your memories of those
memorable moments at work or
in the mess, the gun park on
exercise, overseas deployment
or major events or activities
PRESERVE YOUR PHOTOS & VIDEOS
FOR OUR HISTORY
Many of us have photographs of our time in
the Army serving in Artillery.
Why not both preserve and share you
photographs and videos. The
Australian Artillery Association maintains
an online professional
Photo Gallery and you are invited to
deposit a copy of your photos or videos with
1080p quality in a Photo Album dedicated to
It could not be easier, simply upload your
photographs direct from your computer to the
dedicated Photo Album. There is no
limit to the number of photographs you
upload with a massive limit of 50mb per
individual photograph and 20 minutes per
video with 1080p quality.
All photos are protected from "Right Click"
then copy and can be Watermarked upon
request for further protection.
For further information on this free
service provided by the Australian Artillery
Association please contact the
A Twist In The POGO's Tale
(An Army Clerk's Passage
from Childhood to War in Vietnam)
POGO is an acronym for
'Posted on Garrison Operations.'
POGO's are generally non-combatants; clerks,
cooks, storemen, drivers and the like.
The book contains 132 pages. It has
fifteen (15) chapters, three (3) appendixes
and six (6) maps. It has taken about five
(5) years to reach this point. Derek
has 'self published'. He has pledged
in the book to give all profits to the
ethnic minority (Montagnard) orphanages that
he and his family have been supporting since
2004. The orphanages are located in
Kon Tum, Central Highlands, Vietnam.
For more information on this please visit
The foreword for this book was written by
LTGEN John Sanderson, AC, (retd) former
Chief of Army and Governor of Western
Much detail for this book has been drawn
from diaries that Derek kept, particularly
in 1966/67 and 1969/70. There are
numerous other references noted in the
footnotes. There is a list of
abbreviations in the back of the book.
The book contains many photographs.
The book covers the period of Derek's early
childhood including primary school, high
school, cubs, scouts and Army cadets.
It then travels into his time in the Army
beginning at the Army Apprentice School,
Balcombe Victoria where he was in training
to be an Army Clerk. Then on
graduation he leads us to his posting as a
clerk in the Army Small Ship Squadron where
he served on board a landing ship and cargo
ship from 1964 to 1967. In that time
he sailed to New Guinea three times and
Vietnam three times.
Derek then leaves the Ships and is posted to
the Royal Australian Engineer Field
Squadrons which in 1969 see him back in
Vietnam. He comes home in 1970 and
finds himself back in Vietnam in 1971 which
is where the book finishes.
Derek has attempted to include much of the
humour that is typical of the Australian
digger but which is often not included in
such stories. The title denotes what
Derek was, a clerk, but his story or TALE
does have many twists and turns including
meeting the enemy which finds this POGO
feeling well out of his depth. It is a good
read. Derek is selling the book for
$25. He will post to anyone wishing to
buy one. Cost including postage and
packaging is $31.20. Direct deposits
can be made to his bank - BSB 064823,
account number 00530203 - CBA. The
account is in the name of Derek and Rhonda
Smith. His email contact is
and his mobile phone is 0438221114.
Artillery Association has now become
affiliated with the Royal Canadian Artillery
We welcome all
members of the Royal Canadian Artillery
Association and in fact all members of the
Royal Canadian Artillery as a whole to the
Australian Artillery Association's website.
We hope to one day meet with you and share a
story or 2 over a quiet drink.
The RCAA also
publish an eNewsletter a link to which will
be provided within our own eNewsletter on
each occasion it becomes available.
Additional information will also follow on
To visit the
RCAA website use the link provided in the
Useful Links webpage.
VETERANS OFF THE STREET
a not-for-profit organisation and we rely on
contributions from the public, business and
industry to facilitate our work. If you are
able to donate any amount we will ensure you
gift provides needed services in our
homeless Veterans and ex-service personnel
in finding crisis, temporary and permanent
accommodation. To act as a concierge service
for Veteran and ex-service personnel
families who are looking for accommodation
are to provide Awareness - Support - Access.
the VOSTA website click on the image above
or follow them on Facebook.
AUSTRALIA'S MEMORIAL WALK
A NATIONAL COMMEMORATIVE WALKWAY
NORTH HEAD SYDNEY, NSW
The paved pathway links five monuments
erected to remember different conflict
periods in Australia’s history. These are:
Colonial, World War I, World War II, Post
WWII and Peacekeeping. Funding for
construction of the site commenced with a
grant from the Department of Veterans’
Affairs with the majority of the funds being
donated from the public and organisations
whose contributions are recognized with an
engraved paver containing words of their
choosing. To date some 4000 individual
pavers and 65 Centrepiece pavers have been
laid and the available space for the
Memorial Walk is filling fast. A dedication
of the site is planned for December 2012
after which the site expansion will be
limited. It is recommended that any of the
Australian Artillery Association members
seeking to have a memorial paver laid in the
Walk before its dedication later this year
should initiate their request now.
For further information on the Memorial Walk
visit the RAAHC
View correspondence from the Chairman of
the RAAHC Board, Major General Tim Ford, AO
(Retired), dated 27 April 2012.