Monday, January 15, 2024

Australian Defence Force Badges of Rank

---- Will we see you on Friday 9 Feb for our first 2024 Happy Hour? Everyone is welcome ---- 
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When I attended recruit training at RAAF Edinburgh a lifetime ago, I recall we did a session on badges of rank for the Australian Defence Force.

In one's own service (the Air Force for me), it was easy to recall the ranks up to about Group Captain and some of the ranks in the Army as I had been in the school Cadet Corp while at Boarding School in Charters Towers, Queensland. 

However, the RAN was a mystery as I never served anywhere near Navy personnel, even on the exercises I attended. I'd only seen Navy ships from afar in Sydney Harbour.

Later, I knew more about US Navy ranks after watching most of the episodes of "JAG" with the famous Lieutenant Commander Harmon Rabb and the rest of the crew. 

I'd worked closely with US Air Force members during my RAAF service, so I knew about some of their badges of rank too, even those who appeared to have an overabundance of stripes in their chevrons.

So here it is, the chart that tells all about our Defence Forces ranks from the bottom to the top


Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Announcing a Veterans Organisation with a Difference

---- We open on Friday 9 February 24 from 5 pm. Everyone is welcome ---- 

There are now dozens of organisations supporting veterans and our families.

In the editor's view, this is both positive and negative. Let me explain. It's positive because veterans have many options to choose from and may choose what best meets their needs.

The negative comes from the fact that limited government funding is now spread across dozens of organisations, some of which provide similar or identical services. This leads to inefficiency in service delivery.

Having said that, Due South is different in that it states it is, "Australia’s leading self-funded organisation for veterans and first responders."

So, not only does it intend to assist veterans, but also first responders. This means Due South is a unique organisation and does not rely on government funding. This is what has been said about itself in an article from Frontline:

"Our team is very proud to announce our ambassador … Doug Baird OAM, an Australian rules footballer and a devoted ambassador for Due South. Born on 16 November 1950, Doug’s journey encapsulates not only the thrill of the game but also an enduring commitment to honour, sacrifice, and the well-being of those who have served.

In his prime, Doug graced the football fields as a formidable player with Carlton Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL) leaving an indelible mark with statistics correct to the end of 1970. Doug played an impressive 130 games for Cooee Football Club, including pivotal roles in the 1978 and 1982 premiership sides also was captain/coach of Ulverstone Football Club 1983/84 before returning to Melbourne. This extraordinary feat speaks not only to his skill on the field but also to his enduring commitment to excellence. 

Doug’s son, Cameron Baird VC MG, emerged as an Australian soldier of exceptional courage, posthumously receiving the Victoria Cross for Australia – the highest military decoration. 

As the ambassador of Due South, Doug Baird brings his passion for supporting veterans and emergency responders to the forefront. His dedication to recognising and honouring the sacrifices of these heroes aligns seamlessly with Due South’s commitment to fostering a community that supports those who served and protected. 

Doug Baird’s involvement with Due South is not just a title it’s a heartfelt endeavour to bridge legacies, Cameron Baird’s rare honour of being one of two individuals to receive both the Victoria Cross and the Medal of Gallantry propels Doug to champion a cause that is deeply personal. 

In ceremonies and events, Doug proudly wears his son’s medals, symbolising the continuation of legacy defined by courage and selflessness. Through Due South, Doug amplifies his voice and influence to advocate for the well-being of veterans and emergency responders, ensuring that their sacrifices are acknowledged, and their stories are told. Doug Baird stands as a beacon, illustrating that the passion for honouring heroes extends far beyond the football field. His ambassadorship is a testament to the enduring spirit of those who serve and commitment to building a community that recognises, supports, and uplifts the brave individuals who have given their all. 

Join Doug Baird in the honour with Due South, where legacies meet, and the heart-felt service beats strong. Doug also holds the following positions: -Patron of the Victoria Cross Trust England -Vice Paton Australian Bravery Association -Ambassador Commando Association Queensland -Vice Ambassador T.P.I Victoria -Ambassador for ANZAC and Yellow Ribbon Australia"

Monday, January 1, 2024

Happy New Year

---- We open again on Friday 9 February from 5 pm. Everyone is welcome ----
To all our members, friends, and supporters:

We hope that 2024 brings you health, prosperity, and happiness that is really all one can hope for. Anything additional is a bonus.

Saturday, December 9, 2023

Our End of Year Closure

---- Our Hut is closed until Friday 9 February 2024 ----At this time of year, our Happy Hours at the Hut are suspended while everyone takes a break with family and friends during the Christmas-New Year festivities.

Several Committee Members will still be working on Hut improvements, administration, and other matters and may be contacted if necessary during the above period. 

We look forward to seeing you in 2024.