Association News and Updates

Sick Parade - Jim Harper (Further update)

(16 Feb 2017)

A further update on Jim's condition has put him into Beleura Hospital again (Thu 16 Feb).  Jim says that pain he is experiencing is the main concern and the Doctors cant advise him how long he'll be in hospital this time.  He did go home recently and recuperated but still experience pain.  Jim said he will update us when he finds out what the prognosis is.

The Association send Jim our best wishes for a complete recovery.  Its been a long and hard road for you Jim with all that's happened over the past few months.  Why not give him a call, I'm sure he would appreciate it. Mob: 0408 039 776.

Sick Parade - Clive Bradley (Update)

(17 Feb 2017)

Clive reports that he's back home from hospital following an operation to repair a collapsed lung.  He says he's recuperatimg and getting some quiet time getting his strength back.

The Association send their best wishes to Clive for a quick and complete recovery.

2017 AABC Association AGM & Reunion (Coloundra Qld)

(5 Jan 2017)

Advice has just been received from  Presiodent John Franklin that the AABC Association AGM & Reunion is confirmed and will be held at Caloundra over the weekend Fri 6 Oct - Sun 8 Oct 2017 (incl).  Apart from the Golf on Friday afternoon the majority of activities will be held at the Coloundra RSL.  Note: This is the weekend after the AFL & NRL Grand Finals for those who may need to know.

A detailed information pack and registration documentation will be published in due course. The release of these dates will enable people to book accommodation and flights. Those flying in may wish to consider arriving at the Sunshine Coast Airport. It is approximately 30 min from Caloundra.

The annual Association Golf Trophy game has already been arranged and booked at the Caloundra Golf Club on Fri 6 Oct, however tee off time won't be before 1300h. This is due to a competition being run that morning.  Steve Mee will be coordinating the golf event.  While golf prices will be included in event information packages, all golf payments will be made by the individual to the Pro Shop on the day of the game. Please share this information to other members who may not own or have access to a computer and keep an eye out for event 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. 

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.

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

The submission date for the next NL has closed.

Material can still be sent however it may have to
wait until the following edition for publishing.

NL Editor


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