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Anzac Day 2017

Apologies to those members outside of South East Queensland.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

ANZAC Day is just around the corner and again this year the Army Aviation Association will have a contingent in the Brisbane March.  The form up area will be in the vicinity of George, Charlotte and Mary Sts in the CBD and we are part of Group 5 Army Associations.  Our contingent number is 80.  Look for the blue berets and the Association Banner.  We are a bit closer to the front of the march from last year so I expect we will be stepping off a little earlier.  The parade gets underway at 1000hrs so it would be prudent to assemble by around 1045-1100.

After the march we will join our comrades in the 161 Association at the Orient Hotel for lunch, a beer or two, and plenty of stories.  This year $20 will get you lunch and your first beer and the Hotel has agreed to have children's meals available.  Better than that, 161 Association has agreed to pick up the tab for the kids meals!!! Thanks John, Bill and Felix.

We look forward to seeing many of the young aviators with recent operational experience and comparing the stories.

The full order of march is at: https://rslsouthqueensland.org/about/anzac-day-march-brisbane/     

Let's have a big roll up this year.

Bill Mellor

Passing of 280895 Lieutenant Colonel Henk Pronk

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is with deep sadness that I advise members that Lieutenant Colonel Henk Pronk lost his battle with cancer and passed away in the early morning of 8th April 2017.  Henk was a great character in Army aviation in the seventies and eighties, commanding both 171 and 161 Squadrons and the 1st Aviation Regiment. He was a graduate of the Royal Military College of Science and in later years was heavily involved with the introduction of command and control systems into the Army. He also served as a liaison officer to the Singapore Army for many years after his retirement from the regular army.  A thorough gentleman and friend to all, Henk will be sorely missed by the Army Aviation community and many others.

The funeral for Henk was held on Wednesday 12 April 17 at 1:00pm at Gregson and Weight Funerals, 159 Wises Rd, Maroochydore. Rest in Peace.

Bill Mellor

LT Frank McNamara VC Commemorative Dinner

Ladies an Gentlemen,

The Dinner at Oakey to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the award of the Victoria Cross to Lt Frank McNamara was a wonderful evening, enjoyed by all. During the dinner, which was attended by the committee of the Frank McNamara Club (The Other Ranks Club on the Base), the Association presented to the Club a framed portrait of Lt McNamara. The PMC of the Officers’ Mess also presented a painting to the Club.

One of the highlights of the evening, however, came courtesy of one of our members living in Canberra.  On his own initiative and expense, Ross Smith, OAM, a former Corps RSM, put together a wonderful framed summary of Frank McNamara’s service career in the Army and the Royal Australian Air Force that included badges, medal ribbons an a summary of his postings and service.  Ross freighted the item up to Oakey and asked that I present it to the Australian Army Flying Museum on the night.  Unfortunately the curator of the museum was a late cancelation from the dinner due to family issues and so I presented it to the Commandant of the Aviation Training Centre who will on forward it to the Museum.  It was a wonderful gesture from one of our members and well appreciated by all at the dinner.

Photos of the evening are available at https://www.facebook.com/AAvnTC/?fref=ts

To provide a lasting momento of the dinner and the award, the Association arranged for each person attending to received a wine glass suitably etched with an image of Frank McNamara and the date of the action that lead to the award. (Photo below).

Bill Mellor

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