Association News and Updates

2016 AABC Reunion Reports/Photographs

(30 Nov 2016)

The 2016  AABC Associatioin Reunion which was held in Fremantle, WA during the period 21 - 23 Oct 2016, the Reunion Report, AGM Minutes and the CO AAB Report are now posted on the Reunions link.  Photographs taken at the reunion by Association member Chris Stock  has provided access to photographs via Dropbox. 

Vale Phil Harrison (AAB-D)

(21 Nov 2016)

Wanita McNeill‎ AAB-D writes it is with a heavy heart that I write this post to let you know that former member of AAB-D Phil Harrison passed away this morning (Sun 20 Nov).  Phil was one of the earliest members of AAB-D.  Although it has been a number of years since we have seen him, but today his family is in our thoughts.

Phil was a drummer with AAB-D and although he has not been with us for many years he had always remained interested in the bands goings on and without him a little bit of AAB-D wouldn't be here today.  Thanks Phil for all that you did for AAB-D, for your friendship and camaraderie.  May you rest in peace now.

The AABC Association pass on our sincere condolences to his wife Linda and his family.  RIP

Promotion - LTCOL Daniel Hiscock

(21 Nov 2016)

Association member MAJ Daniel Hiscock was promoted to LTCOL on Fri 18 Nov 2016 by MAJGEN Gus McLachlan, Head of Modernisation and Strategic Planning - Army, in preparation for his attendance on the Pre-Command Course at the end of November.  Daniel was accompianed by his wife Ceinwen at the promotion ceremony.  Daniel will take up his appointment as CO Defence Force School of Music (DFSM) in January 2017.

On behalf of the President and members of the AABC Association we congratulate Daniel on his promotion, which is well deserved.

Vale Ena Harper (12 Nov 2016) - Update

(13 Nov 2016)

The very sad news was received late on Sat 12 Nov 2016 that Ena Harper, wife of Jim Harper passed away in hospital at 3.30pm after a long and arduous illness.  Jim said that the family were by her side at the time and said Ena is at rest now and finally without pain.  Ena was an extrordinary and loyal lady who was always by Jim's side and will be sorely missed by us all.  

The funeral  for Ena washeld at Bunurong Memorial Park, 790 Frankston Dandenong Road, Dandenong South (Bangholme) Victoria 3175, on Mon 21 Nov 2016.   

On behalf of the Association we send our sincere condolences and our thoughts and prayers to Jim and his family. RIP Ena...

2016 AABC Association Award

(28 Oct 2016)

On Sat 22 Oct 2016 at the recent 2016 AABC Association Reunion held in Fremantle, WA, the President, John Franklin presented the 2016 AABC Association Award to SGT John Lewis Mackenzie from AAB-P.  Fortunately the award was presented during a concert performance during the reunion held in Mews Park, Fremantle, where a large audience attended, which included SGT Mackenzie's family.

The Citation can be seen on the AABC Association Award link. 

The AABC Association pass on their congratulations to SGT Mackenzie.

Australians Reunited – Terendak Repatriation (2 Jun 2016)

(13 Jun 2016)

On Thu 2 June 2016, Australia welcomed home 33 Australian service personnel and dependents, many of whom were casualties of the Vietnam War, from cemeteries in Malaysia and Singapore.  To date the official 'Ramp Ceremony' for the repatriation of those service personnel being returned to Australia has been conducted at Richmond Air Base where the Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia attended.  Since then funerals have since been held at Rookwood Cemetery and other sites around Australia, which included both PTE/Rifleman/Drummer Chris Clarke and Merv Wilson. 

The repatriation, organised by the Office of Australian War Graves was one of the largest single repatriations of Australian service men and dependents in Australia’s history. More on the DVA website...

Video of the ceremony

RSL Virtual War Memorial

(19 Oct 2015)

During the 2015 AABC Association Reunion Dinner held on Sat 17 Oct 2015 the association had the priveledge to have as their special guest speaker Ms Sharyn Roberts, General Manager, RSL Virtual War Memorial, who provided an informative presentation on the RSL Virtual War Memorial.   If any members are interested in providing information or viewing the site the details of the virtual war memorial site can be seen by clicking here:  Already information on our Patron of the AABC Association, Brigadier J.J. Shelton, DSO, MC has been posted on the memorial site

Our thanks go out to Dave Oakley, the head of the Adelaide Committee for organising Sharyn to speak and on behalf of the AABC Association we thank her for this informative presentation.  Sharyn's details are:

Ms Sharyn Roberts 
General Manager  RSL Virtual War Memorial
Direct Dial Number| 8100 7318
Mobile|  0402 434 063


Pension Increase for Veteran Community and Important Announcement on DFRB/DFRDB Pensions  

For details of pension increases and the Fair Indexation of Pensions Bill (FIB), please click here.

Sick Parade Page

The Association website Sick Parade link that are well out of date will be deleted unless the person concerned advises the AABC Secretary that their condition is still current or has changed.  If you're one of the members that are listed in the page or you were the one that notified us, please advise the Secretary of your updated condition or situation.  Thank you.

Christmas Edition of Newsletter

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