Officer Cadet School
13th June 1975
Graduating Class

30th Anniversary Reunion
Portsea
11th to 13th June 2005

     

 

     

 

Itinerary

 

Time Activity Location Remarks

Friday 10th June 2005

 

7 PM Friday Night Washing Portsea Pub  

Saturday 11th June 2005

 

11AM to 2 PM Muster Parade - Registration Portsea Pub Separate
arrangements for
partners
3 PM to 6 PM Cocktail Party OCS TV Room
and PMCs Lawn
Dress Jacket and
Tie/ Lounge suit.
Class photo (No 1)
From 6.00 PM Evening meal Various Own arrangements

Sunday 12th June 2005

 

Your Own Your Own Various Own arrangements
10.30AM to 2 PM Walking tour of OCS and Point
Napean and Pearce Barracks
OCS Includes lunch (PMC's Lawn)
7.30 for 8.00 PM Reunion Dinner Portsea Pub Mess Dress/Black
Tie with miniatures
Class Photo No 2

Monday 13th June 2005

 

Your Own Breakfast Various Own arrangements
9.30 AM Dismissal TBA

Wash up and plan
for next (2010)
reunion

 

 
Looking to the Future......

 

Who

Attending

   

Laurie Abrams

Yes

Don Blandford

Not Contacted

Ray Botham

Unable to attend

Noel Cameron-Smith

Yes

Robert Campbell

Unable to attend

Mick Corne

Unable to attend

Norm Cunningham

Yes

Tim Daniel

Unable to attend

Roy Davies

Yes

Brian Davis

Unable to attend

John Eastgate

Deceased

Daryl Edwards

Unable to attend

Noel Erichsen

Unable to attend

Doug Fitzgerald

Yes

Reg Foster

Yes

Keith Fraser

Yes

Alan Galt, CSC

Yes

David Grierson

Yes

Barry Henley

Deceased

Mike Howard

Yes

Ants Howie, ONZM

Yes

Roman Janus

Yes

Tony Jewson

Yes

Tom Jones

Yes

Tim Keane

Yes

Chris Marslen

Unable to attend

Bruce McGregor

Yes

Bill Monks

Unable to attend

Warren Mulcahy

Not Contacted

Phil Pearce

Yes

Mark Pope

Unable to attend

Abdul Rani Bin Shamsudin

Not Contacted

Col Sharp

Unable to attend

John Smith

Yes

Pete Speedy

Yes

Roger Stevenson

Yes

Peter Swiderski

Deceased

Derek Taylor

Unable to attend

Lai Choon Teck

Not Contacted

Isoa Tikoca

Unconfirmed

Tony Wheeler

Unable to attend

Tony Williams

Unable to attend

Brain Woods

Unable to attend

Ahmed Zaki

Deceased

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Laurie Abrams

As a wide eyed and impressionable young boy, I believed all the recruiting information and joined the Army Apprentices School in 1968.

After graduation I quickly learned that it was much better to be the boss, rather than the stuff on the other end of the stick. Corporal Abrams marched off to OCS for the mid-year intake of 1974. A good decision. Graduating back to RA Sigs in mid ’75, I found myself as a troop commander at 130 Tactical Air Support Signals Squadron at Newcastle in NSW. Not so much a posting but more of a holiday, living on the beach at Stockton and working closely with the RAAF. 96 parachute jumps was a definite high spot. A posting to 7 Sig Regt (EW) in Darwin and Toowoomba followed. At this time the Army was kind enough to realise I needed educating and sent me to the University of Southern Queensland for three great years. Then it was off to 2 Sig Regt as a Squadron 2IC. Next was two years as the Army Liaison Officer at the Defence Science & Technology Organisation (DSTO) in Adelaide. Promotion to Major came with the necessary stint in Canberra in the Office of the CGS and then Ops Branch / DMI. Having spent a lot of time working with Navy and Air Force, I found myself at the RAN Staff College in 1989. After graduation and a posting order as a half colonel at AJWE, I decided it was time to move on.
I left the army in 1990 to become a Communications Consultant in Telecom in Canberra. Yep, I borrowed the customer’s watch to tell him the time. Two years later I moved to Adelaide to join AWA as their international EW Marketing Manager. It was then that I really started to travel and have some 46 countries in the passport. I’m still pushing for the magical 50. In 1997 I joined Marconi in Sydney as their telecoms Business Development Manger. I returned to the Telstra fold in 2000 and moved to Singapore to set up an office to cover the SE Asia expansion of their Network Design and Construction subsidiary. Two years later it was off to Thailand as the Country Manager. With Telstra’s decision to get out of the international arena, I then closed the business in Thailand and have just completed a 12 month contract , still in Bangkok, as MD of a US owned company, Baran, which also build telecoms networks. The love of my life who pinned on my pips at OCS, Barbara, and I married in 1976. We have three great children: Kelly-Ann - a lawyer going into the Queensland police force; Warwick - in the Army in with 3 CER in Townsville and Andrew – in the Air Force with 6 Sqn in Amberley. I reckon it’s the uniform that is the attraction.


Don Blandford

Unable to be contacted

 


Ray Botham

Graduated OCS into the RACT. Served in various operational and training appointments: 1 RTB; 1 Tpt Sqn; AST; 9 Tpt Sqn; etc. In 84 was selected as the Exchange Officer at the RCT Training Centre, Aldershot, UK, and served there until late 87. Attended Command & Staff College 91.

End 92 was appointed to HQ UNITAF, Mogadishu, Somalia, as an SO1, and at the end of that assignment was seconded to the United Nations for duty in UNOSOM, Somalia.
About that time I was informed that I would not be promoted to full-Colonel, and the UN offered me employment in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations. I resigned the army and accepted the UN’s offer. I served in Somalia until mid-95, and was on the last vessel out of the seaport. I was assigned to UN HQ New York, and became a roving security and logistics officer. Although I was based out of New York, I visited over 30 UN operations annually to keep myself abreast of their problems and them abreast of developments in neighbouring areas.
At the end of 99 I was becoming bored with New York and the UN, so I quit and moved to London, taking a job as a Director of a commercial security company specialising in rough terrain work. For them I concentrated on Africa - Kenya, Malawi, Zambia, Angola, Congo, Eritrea, Ghana, etc, but had some interesting forays into Afghanistan and Iraq. Had some significant successes. In 04 I accepted an offer from a Dubai-based company to join one of their subsidiary companies as Director Middle East, concentrating on Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi, Yemen, etc. We’ve been very successful.
I spend a lot of time in the field, but home base is Ferney-Voltaire, France (just outside Geneva, Switzerland) where my fiancé and I have set up house. We’re to be married in Jul 05 in her home town of Annweiler, Germany. Anna is a middle-level UN officer based in UN Geneva.
Now aged 52, once divorced, no children, about to marry a beautiful UN officer with whom I’ve been together for 5 years, employed playing big boys’ games in funny places, and loving my life.


 

Noel Cameron-Smith

 

Noel John Smith enlisted in the Army in 1972, completing basic training at the Kapooka Basic Training camp located near Wagga in New South Wales, before commencing his military service in the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps. Having served two years in the ranks, Noel sought to widen his experiences and applied for officer training and was accepted into the Officer Cadet School Portsea in 1974. Upon graduation in 1975 Noel returned to the RAAMC and performed a range of regimental and staff appointments through to 1992 when he was appointed to an ADF health systems acquisition project in Canberra. It was during this period that he transferred to the Royal Australian Signals Corps. In 1977, Noel married Robyn Cameron an Illustrator- Reprographic technician in Survey Corps, in Geelong and the fam ily names were also combined. In 1995, on separation from the Army Noel and family relocated to Geelong where they presently reside.
During his service, Noel achieved four degrees through external and part-time study culminating in a Masters of Information Science from University College, University of New South Wales (ADFA).
It was success in his academic interests that allowed Noel to seek and obtain employ ment with Deakin University in Geelong. Noel has been with Deakin since separation in 1995 and has performed in a number of roles, all relying on complementary skills gained within the Army, including maintaining corporate business computing continuity, implementing office automation strategies, integrating logistics management and corporate supply chain strategies and sustain ing small team leadership, personnel mentoring and coaching roles.
Noel and his family live on 50 acres (20 hectares) of farmland at Paraparap (easy to spell, same forward as back), located 25 kilometers South-West of Geelong off the Cape Otway Road. This idyll setting includes 1 spouse, 4 young adults (F22, F19, M17, M15 whilst spouse and both daughters are studying at Deakin; both boys are still at school), 19 pet sheep (c/w names) and 1 pet steer (also named), did I forget to mention the 7 Cavalier King Charles spaniels, retained for breeding purposes (also named). In his new life Noel is a qualified soccer coach and active committee member support ing Barwon Soccer Club as well as a committee member of the soccer peak body, the Western Victoria Soccer Association supporting the growth of regional soccer in many roles that he has filled over the past nine years. For his leisure, Noel participates in competitive pennant bowls, as do his two sons.


Dr Bob( Robert) Campbell, B.Sc (Hons), Ph.D

Bob’s first posting after OCS was to 3 RAR at Woodside, South Australia. After a brief stint as a training officer he was given command of 4 Platoon, B Company. He thoroughly enjoyed his three years in South Australia after which he was posted to RAAF base Point Cooke to commence his aircrew training. However, it soon became obvious to eve ryone that the world would probably be a safer place if he was not piloting the military’s latest front-line aircraft and so it was back to the real army.
Bob eventually resigned from the army after six years and went back to school to study science earning first
class honours in biochemistry and a Ph.D in computer science.
He is now living with his wife, Anita, in Bristol, England and has recently been offered a fellowship at King’s College, University of London. He is currently doing research on the nature of quantum mechanics and the conscious mind. Bob will always look back on his time at Portsea as a defining period of his life and considers it a privilege to have known the men in his class as well as all those involved with the training.


Micheal Corne

Born Friday 13 May 1955
Graduated Friday 13 June 1975
Turned 50 Friday 13 May 2005

I feel lucky. I was born in KATOOMBA NSW and spent my early upbringing in Sydney before moving to Perth at the age of 13. It was from there that I joined the Military and made that fated trip to Portsea, via Spencer Street Station. I enjoyed 21 years in the Army, which included: 2 postings to Perth, where I enlisted from and never really wanted to go back to; 2 postings to Brisbane, where I fell in love with QLD and decided to retire to; 2 postings to Portsea (cadet and instructor), where I was the last OC A Coy and able to do to the cadets what was done to me some 10 years earlier; 2 postings to PNG, where the Army thought it was funny to then post me to Tasmania where I needed an entire new wardrobe of clothes to keep warm. 1 posting to Sydney, where I had the opportunity to by a town house in Balmain for $70,000 but didn’t.
1 posting to Queenscliff where whilst attending, I was told along with the majority of my cohort that we were unlikely to be promoted. 1 posting Hobart, beautiful but bloody freezing. I left the Army in 1995 in Brisbane and spent 7 years with QLD State Government in various business and general management roles. When my wife Lynette joined the QLD police force. I took some time out and rejoined the Army in 2002 for two years whilst she completed her training and worked through her first year. Luckily she was posted to the Gold Coast where we have now made our home.
Over the last year I worked with Brisbane City Council however the three hours travelling time each day saw me make a quality of life decision and I returned to the military with a posting to Canungra. I am able to get to the beach before 5pm on a regular basis. I have a son Nathan who is now 25 and am a step father to two beautiful girls, Alyssa (11) and Jade (12).


Norm Cunningham

Activity Since Leaving Army. Norm Left the Army in January 1990 after 20
years service. Having enlisted at 15 years of age as an apprentice, he was 35 at the time.

He took 6 months off from work while he owner built a house at Green Point (NSW Central Coast). With the house ready for occupation (but far from finished), he went back to work to feed the family and the mortgage.
Norm joined Armaguard (then owned by Mayne Nickless) as Administration Manager for NSW (hehad qualified as at accountant by part time study while in the Army). He moved through a number of positions with Armaguard and moved to Melbourne in 1995 on appointment as General Manager. In 2001 he was appointed Group General Manager Australian Logistics for Mayne Group Ltd. Soon afterwards, the Board decided to exit the Logistics business and Norm was heavily involved in the activity to either float the business separately on the Australian Stock Exchange or sell it. The business was split up and sold to Toll Holdings and Linfox (owned by
Lindsay Fox and family). Norm was asked to join Linfox to manage transition of the business to the new ownership and returned to the position of General Manager of Armaguard. With the transition successfully completed, Norm left Linfox in July 2003.
On leaving Linfox, Norm moved with his wife and son to the Gold Coast (his daughter remained in Melbourne and subsequently move to the UK to work and see the world). Norm has spent the past two years extending and renovating the family home; again as an owner builder. With the job nearing completion, he has bought a 4WD and plans to spend some time exploring Australia.
Army Career
On graduation, Norm returned to the Signals Corps and was posted to Holsworthy as a Troop Commander with 104 Sig Sqn. As a Lieutenant his postings included Platoon Commander 1RTB and 7 Signal Regt. As a Captain his postings were 72 EW Sqn, 13 Sig Regt (Royal Signals BAOR, Germany), Joint Telecommunications Unit Melbourne and 2 Sig Regt. As a Major he was posted as CO Australian Joint Service Unit Hong Kong, then as SO2 Ops D Comms at Army Office. Posting Locations – Chronologically. Sydney, Wagga Wagga, Toowoomba, West Germany, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Canberra.
Family. Norm and Kathryn celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary later this year. Daughter (Tracey, 24) is in the UK and son (Michael 23) is on the Gold Coast.


Tim Daniel

Tim was allocated to the Royal Australian Infantry corps and posted to 3 RAR, Woodside, South Australia as Second Lieutenant with Bob Campbell as a colleague and fellow graduate.

After three months in Training (D) Company he posted as a Rifle Platoon and later Anti Armour Platoon Commander.
In 1976 he participated in Exercise AustCan Bond on exchange to Canada for six weeks.
In 1978 Tim undertook SASR Officer Selection Course (Unsuccessfully) and participated in four month caving expedition to PNG (ATEA78). He was promoted substantive Lieutenant and posted to 1RTB Kapooka as Rec Pl Comd, then posted as Captain Instructor Women Royal Australian Army Corps (WRAAC) Officer Cadet School, Mosman NSW. Tim Continued regimental postings with 1 RAR in Townsville as Company 2IC then Regimental Signals Officer for 12 months before returning south to Newcastle as Adjutant of Army Reserve 2nd Battalion RNSWR Newcastle. After two winters returned north as SO3 Training Areas District Support Group North Queensland, Lavarack Barrack, Townsville.
Tim met Dr Jane Harte, and married in 1988, with a well-attended party in Port Macquarie before being promoted Major and moving to RAAF Base Amberley as Ground Liaison Officer 67 GL Section. Present for the Laying up of Chinook helicopters and disbanding of 12 Squadron RAAF. Tim was posted as OC Survival Wing, 7 Training Group Larrakeyah Barracks Darwin 1990-1992 then returned to Townsville as Operations Officer 31st Battalion (Reserve) to follow Jane, who was working at James Cook University. Tim was posted as 2IC 3 Base Administrative Support Battalion in 1995 before transferring to Inactive Reserve in October 1996. He took up residence in Herberton on the Atherton Tablelands and worked as a driver/guide for three years taking 4Wheel Drive safaris to Cape York. Tim set up a bushwalking safari business to conduct tours in North Queensland using donkey teams as pack animals.
Tim recently took up a position as Executive Officer for the Cairns City Council Disaster Management Unit in a part-time capacity allowing time to conduct selected safaris during the dry season. The remainder of his time is spent maintaining an 85- acre property and the 30 donkeys that reside thereon.
See website Wilderness Expeditions


Roy Davies

Employment. Almost 20 years after Portsea and changing family priorities convinced me it was time to move on from the Army.

After a brief introduction to the Australian Public Service (APS) with the former Commonwealth Employment Service, I had the opportunity to return to Defence but working with the Navy this time at HMAS Creswell at Jervis Bay. Creswell was a wonderful place to work, like Portsea in so many ways, the architecture and age of the buildings, proximity to a bay, tone and even a grassed parade ground they call a quarter deck. After a few years at Creswell and a restructure that made me full time in the information technology world I decided to move back to more mainstream Defence work with COMAUSNAVAIRGRP at HMAS Albatross. Among the pictures of ships and aircraft around the walls of the office is an oversize picture of my M113 (G39) from my days of working with 1 Armd Regt as BC 103 Mdm Bty. The picture is a small reminder and a means to separate myself in a small way
from the RAN and APS.

Postings. Graduated to the Royal Australian Artillery with Peter Swiderski and Reg Foster and curiously all three of us were duty officer on Christmas Day 1975. Lieutenant postings were all at Holsworthy (8/12 Mdm Regt &
131 Div Loc Bty) followed by Captain postings to 133 Div Loc Bty, 2 Trg Gp and then 131 Div Loc Bty. A short stint at HQ Trg Comd as an SO2 then two years as BC 103 Mdm Bty at Holsworthy followed by three years at Manly as SI Locating Wing and SO2 Surface to Surface (Ops), then the final three years at 2 Trg Gp again. Being married to a teacher, there are more children and teaching opportunities in the western suburbs of Sydney than other more comfortable posting localities.

Posting Localities – Chronologically. Holsworthy, Belmore (Reserve Div Loc Bty), Ingleburn, Enoggera, Middle Head, Holsworthy, Manly, Ingleburn.
Overseas Trips. One of the “have nots” in terms of overseas postings but enjoyed a quiet three months in New Zealand with Grade Two Staff and Tactics Course in 1986 at sunny Waiouru. Ex Lion Heart in Europe 1984 and other short trips to NZ and Hawaii. And lucky enough to draw a short straw and have three months with the Bi-Centennial Army Tattoo 88 extravaganza.
Family. Married six months after Portsea to Sharon. Three sons, the eldest (21) joined the RAN and serving on a patrol boat, the next (19) an apprentice living at home and youngest (17) finishing High School. (Feb 02)


Brian Davis

Having graduated to Ordnance Corps my first posting order was to 21 Supply Battalion at Moorebank. Three months after marching in, a Friday night phone call from the Comd 2 Supply Group ordered me to deploy on a three week field exercise the following Monday morning.

A weekend of hasty begging & borrowing of field equipment was followed by me joining 25 Sup Pl delivering logistic support to 1 Task Force. My 3 week exercise turned in to over two years of posting with the newly renamed 25 Combat Supply Platoon. In 1978 I applied and was accepted for attendance on the 1/78 Ammunition Technical Officer (ATO) Course at RAAOC Centre Bandiana. Successful completion of the course
permitted a variety of ammunition technical postings. I had the privilege to serve in Ammunition Depots at Denman, Bogan Gate, Marangaroo and Moorebank. My Ammo Tech career also permitted command of a depot and service as 2IC and acting Senior ATO 2nd Military District (Sydney). When 3 RAR relocated from Woodside to Holsworthy NSW, it was to undertake their new role as a parachute battalion. I had the good fortune of being posted to the Bn as 2IC Admin Coy. That two-year posting was an excellent preparation for my next assignment as ATO Special Air Service Regiment.
After more than two years at Swanbourne it was with some regret that I received notification those good times were to come to an end. Having been advised of an impending posting to HQ Log Comd I requested to be permitted to remain in WA. My request was based on the need to complete a variety of financial commitments. Unfortunately, the Defence force was unable to grant my request and I submitted my resignation, which took effect in April 1987. A knee-jerk reaction to the end of my army career was to buy myself a job. Big Mistake.
I purchased a delicatessen in Swanbourne after 12 months converted it to lunch bar. Despite improvement in working hours, significant decreases in costs and increases in nett profits, I grew to hate that business. Significant losses on other investments plus being emotionally & physically ground down by the business I sold up, tucked tail between legs & headed home to NSW in November 1989. In short term I gained employment as a sales rep only to find my performance was abysmal.
I tried my hand with a recruiting company. I enjoyed the work until the principal closed down the company to pursue other commercial interests with his new wife.
Stumbling and bumbling through life after the army seemed to be forming a pattern. Failing to create a long term plan before resigning from the army was taking it’s toll. I began calling myself a consultant (primarily in the logistics field) only to find while I was working/earning I wasn’t marketing and vice versa. This meant the work schedule was patchy, as were the earnings.
Relief was in sight when I joined a friend as partner in a training services business. This was a fun, successful venture. Ironically, it relied heavily on the application of a great deal of knowledge and skills gained through army service. For me the most enjoyable of our contracts was teaching navigation to employees of NSW State Forests.
Arrival in Sydney also enabled the rekindling of a relationship with an old friend, Patricia. Our relationship grew and in October 2001 we married. Our first daughter Ruby was born in 1996 and our second Bella came along in 1999. With Bella’s arrival we felt the need to move our family away from the 35,000 cars that passed our house each day. Sold our house in Petersham and moved to Bickley WA. Rapidly settled into our new home with 35 cars per day passing the front door.
We live and work in Kalamunda approximately 30 minutes drive from Perth CBD. Upon arrival in WA Pat & I purchased a local bookshop in a local shopping centre and have been happy little booksellers ever since. Our business has outgrown it’s premises and throughout June 2005 we are relocating to a larger shop in the middle of our town’s main street.
Despite our inability to attend the reunion, I would invite all our classmates to come taste our little piece of paradise whenever you find an excuse to be in WA.


Valé

John Eastgate

3 Feb 1954 – 9 May 2004

What follows is part of the eulogy read at Jonn’s funeral held in Brisbane in May 2004. It was prepared, and read, by John’s nephews.

'From an early age John Eastgate had a fascination with things which could be made to explode. He lived for November 5 each year – cracker night – and would begin his preparations for the next year on the morning of November 6, collecting unexploded fireworks. Perhaps then it was inevitable that destiny would take him to a career in the Army Engineers.
John Donald Eastgate was born in Bundaberg on the morning of February 3, 1954 at the exact moment the Queen stepped ashore at Sydney Cove on her first Australian visit.He spent his boyhood roaming the grounds of Millaquin sugar mill where he father was an engineer. He was fascinated with water and with boats, taking every opportunity to sail his model boats in the mill dam, or at nearby Bargara Beach.
He chose to follow his brother into the Army, but having been selected for Duntroon, concentrated more on the social aspects at Bundaberg State High than on his studies. After a couple of years at teachers’ college at Kedron, he followed his dream and was accepted into the Officer Cadet School at Portsea, graduating in 1975 into the Royal Australian Engineers.
He was the perfect sapper, never more at home than when he was building things or
blowing them up.
Through a colleague, he was offered a part-time job with Howards, the company, which provided the annual New Years fireworks display on Sydney Harbour. He would recall his first ever display, when his job was to swab out the mortar tubes with a wet mop, and bring the next charge from under a large tarpaulin. “It took me about two nano seconds to realise that the safest place was under the tarpaulin,” he would recall, describing how he expected the cascading sparks to ignite the stacked fireworks and obliterate him and the barge they were on.
He spent many happy years in engineer units in Sydney, where his proudest distinction was that he delivered his second nephew, David, when the latter arrived suddenly at home.
John’s military career took him to the Middle East as a UN military observer, to PNG where he was Murray Barracks’ garrison engineer, to Nhulunbuy in the Northern Territory, Brisbane, Townsville and to Bougainville twice during the peace process.
An enthusiastic and skilled fisherman, he travelled everywhere with a fishing line and bait, and could always be guaranteed to catch a feed. It was during his second Bougainville tour that he had what he regarded as his sec-
ond proudest distinction when his other nephew Mark also arrived as a peace keeper, and the two served side by side.
John was an active sailor who had been Commodore of the Brisbane Army Sailing Squadron, and who crewed the Army’s entrant in a number of Sydney – Hobart Yacht races. He also owned and sailed his own yachts in Port Moresby and Townsville.
After his last return from Bougainville his health began to deteriorate, and his final years were plagued by ill-health, yet he always felt that it was his duty, where possible, to help others.
John passed away last weekend (May 2004) aged just 50 from injuries sustained following a fall at his home. His many friends and colleagues gathered on Monday afternoon 24 May at All Saints Chapel at Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera to farewell a gregarious and generous character who left his mark on all those who passed through his orbit." RIP John


Daryl Edwards

Daryl enlisted into the NZ Army in January 1974 as a Regular Force Officer Cadet. After an initial 6 months training at OCS Waiouru he completed his Officer training at Portsea along with classmates Ants Howie, Pete Speedy, Warren Mulcahy, Bruce McGregor, Mark Pope, and Roger Stevenson. Three serving personal, Tom Jones, Tony Wheeler and Tony Williams completed the New Zealand group.

He graduated from Portsea into the RNAOC and was posted to the Regular Force Depot in Burnham as a Platoon Commander for six months. In 1976 he was posted to 2 Supply Depot, Waiouru as a Junior Supply Officer for twelve months, before being posted to 1st Base Supply Battalion Wellington. During this time Daryl was seconded to Defence HQ, for a two year period, as a Work Study Practitioner. In December 1980 Daryl was posted to Singapore for two years as the 2IC NZAOD, NZ Force South East Asia. (I can recall meeting both Tom Jones and Tony Wheeler during this period). On return to NZ he was posted to the RNZAOC School as Senior Instructor (Supply), and for a period, acting Chief Instructor.
In 1986 he was posted to the South Island as OC 3 Supply Company. During this period he ‘doubled hatted’ as SO2 Logistics, 3rd Task Force. In 1990 Daryl was posted back to 1st Base Supply Battalion as the 2IC / Warehouse Manager.
He resigned from the Army in December 1993 and has settled in Wellington on a life-style block. Initially employed as the Distribution Manager for a large stationery supplier before moving to NZ Post as the Retail Business Support Manager, Daryl is currently self-employed applying UV protection to domestic household windows.
Daryl is still married to Anne, after 27 years. They have four children, Matthew (24), Louise (22), Rebecca (19) and Elizabeth (6). (Yes she is ours). The three older children are all at University, studying Law, Genetics and Journalism respectively. As part of her Genetics Major, Louise is currently conducting a Research Project into the effects suffered by NZ Servicemen exposed to “Agent Orange”.


Noel Erichsen

Born in Kingaroy, Queensland. Graduated Second Lieutenant from Officer Cadet School, Portsea – June 1975.

Postings include:
- 21 Supply Battalion – Sydney
-101st Infantry Field Workshop – Sydney
- 16 Air Defence Regiment – Woodside
- Royal Military College, Duntroon, Canberra
- Royal Military College of Science, Shrivenham,
United Kingdom
- Proof and Experimental Establishment
Eshmeals, Cumbria, United Kingdom
- Proof and Experimental Organisation,
Melbourne
- Command and Staff College, Queenscliff
- Headquarters 1st Division, Brisbane
- Directorate Land Service Ammunition,
British Army, Didcot
- Myambat Ammunition Company, Myambat
- Explosive Ordnance Advisor, Navy, Sydney

- Joint Ammunition Logistics Organisation,
Sydney
- Explosive Ordnance Contract Manager, Brisbane
- Regional Inspector of Explosives, Brisbane
- Principal Inspector of Explosives, Brisbane
Noel is still married to Moira who joined him for Senior Class at Portsea Moira and Noel have two girls: Helga and Rebekka. Helga is studying Arts, Rebekka is studying Environmental Sustainability, both at the University of Queensland.

WHAT DID WE GET OUT OF THE ARMY?
We had two postings to the United Kingdom which were very enjoyable. We moved thirteen times with the
Army and it didn’t get better or easier. Moira, along with other wives, received instructions and directions on how to be an officer’s wife while we were at Portsea (would they do it now?!)
We have enjoyed many people’s company over the years. Sadly we are not close to any of them in our current situation. We made and broke friendships time and again which was difficult.
The problem of moving and re-establishing has been difficult for my family and I am grateful for Moira’s support throughout for her selfless efforts for family and the Army do not get the reward she deserves.
Our girls have gone to school in five Australian states and the United Kingdom both Helga and Rebekka now regard Brisbane as their home. I enjoy time with my family, reading, cycling, swimming and running. I remain an aviation enthusiast. At work I am committed to the safe operational use of commercial explosives.


Doug Fitzgerald

Service History: Regimental Service Corps:
Graduated into the Royal Australian Armoured Corps (RAAC) and served as a tank troop leader, assistant adjutant, regimental signals officer, regimental technical adjutant and squadron second-in-command in 1st Armoured Regiment and 2 Cavalry Regiment. Served as a doctrine officer and commanded Support Squadron at the Armoured Centre.

Non-corps: Second-in-Command, Soldier Career Management Agency Commanding Officer, Base Administrative Support Centre - Watsonia. Non Regimental Service Staff Appointments: SO2 Armoured Vehicles, Material Branch, Army Office PSO to the Assistant Chief of the Defence Force – Operations, Headquarters Australian Defence Force SO1 Command and Control, Headquarters Australian Defence Force
SO1 Systems Management Group, Soldier Career Management Agency SO1 Projects, Commercial Support Program Directorate, Headquarters Logistic Command – Army SO1 Commercial Support Program, Army
Headquarters Project Director, Joint Command Support System Project, Defence Acquisition Organisa tion
Other: Project Officer, Commercial Support Program Branch, Logistics Division Project Officer, Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Inquiry into Military Justice Procedures Project Office, De-
fence Personnel Executive Long Courses: Long Armoured Infantry Course, Armour Centre, Bovington, UK
Division One, Army Staff Course, Royal Military College of Science, Shrivenham, UK Army Command and Staff Course, Australian Army Staff College, Queenscliffe In Retirement: Site Manager, Australian Defence Force Academy for EUREST Support Services Application Requirements Manager, Joint Command Support Systems Project Office
Doug is currently the Director Operations Support, Capability Development Group in the Department of Defence.
Education: Master of Management Studies (Human Resource Management) Graduate Diploma in dministration
Diploma in Electronic Engineering Ongoing: Doug is currently completing the requirements for a Masters of Project Management and has partially completed a bachelor degree in Economics (but has put off actively completing this for the moment!). Misc: Doug is married to Elaine. Together they have five children by previous marriages. Doug’s two daughters each have a daughter, and his son is studying Design at the College of Fine Arts of the University of New South Wales (or at least he says he is).
Doug and Elaine enjoy traveling together provided it involves stamping one´s passport. So far they have succeeded in visiting four continents together, and plan to add another by the end of the year. They have also visited a couple of interesting sets of islands – Singapore, Fiji and New Zealand. However, this year they holidayed separately – Elaine went to Hawaii to do her Chrismas shopping and Doug has just spent four weeks overlanding in Peru and Ecuador.


Reg Foster

 

Employment. Reg is currently employed by the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations after 10 years in business in the HR Services and finance industries. Over the next couple of years he will start reducing his hours to gradually move to an even more relaxed lifestyle. More travel and more diving, more time for charity work.
Army Postings.
Reg graduated into Air Defence Artillery branch of the RAA and was posted to 16th Air Defence Regiment (Light) at Woodside SA as a redeye troop commander. In December 1976 he was posted to the School of Artillery North Head to take control of IET for Field Artillery. (Makes sense, as a bird gunner he knew nothing about the guns so they put him in charge of training gunners). The lunchtime runs along Shelly Beach in summer were stand-out events in more ways than one. North Head Barracks has to be the best location in the Army (RIP). Next it was back to Woodside in 1979 as a redeye troop commander (guess he got it wrong first time round) and to prepare
himself to be the first Rapier Troop Commander in the history of the Australian Army. In 1982 he was sent to OCS Portsea as an Instructor. It was a great job and a chance to get back to where it began. 1984 was his foray into cannonry as BK 103 Medium Battery, Holsworthy. In this posting he hindered the introduction of the M198, and was privileged to be the last number 3 on the last 5.5inch gun to fire live rounds in Australia. The dial sight of which resides in the Officer Mess 16 AD Regt. After 12 months his true Regiment called on him as they needed an Adjutant, so back to Woodside in 1985. In 1986 he was promoted Major and appointed Ops Officer. Highlight was Royal Guard Commander in 1986 for HM visit to Adelaide. He attended Staff College in 1988 and
1989/90 it was into the sponge as SO2 Force Structure. There he distinguished himself as being singly responsible for the elimination of a Field Engineer Squadron in Perth (sorry guys) and also the decimation of HQ 3 Div as it was. “The Blackhawks needed manpower” ( aka…RAEME buggered up there manpower numbers). For his sins he was promoted LTCOL in 1991 and sent to the US as exchange officer with the US Army Training and Doctrine Command. He did such a good job for Oz/Yankee relations the Army even risked replacing him with Devo. Anyway after winning the first gulf war for the yanks he was sent home as CO 16 AD Regt in 1993/1994. Upon completion of his command posting he was posted to Senior Staff College (whatever its called now), but the thought of working in Canberra for the rest of his life convinced him it was time to go…. And go he did. In Feb 1995 he was discharged. In Sept 2004 Reg was invited to take on the duties as Colonel
Commandant of the RAA in Central Region.
Posting Localities – Chronologically. Woodside, North Head, Woodside, Portsea, Holsworthy, Woodside, Queenscliff, Canberra, Hampton Virginia, Woodside.
Family. Reg was married to Lynley for 29 years and 51 weeks before they divorced in 2003. He is remarrying in Sept. to Sandra. Two sons Michael and Jarrod. Mike, a builder, will be a father in August. Jarrod graduated from ADFA in 1998 into the RAAF Intel branch.


Keith Fraser

Employment. Keith continues in Her Majesty’s Service, albeit that he has twice (for family reasons) separated from the Army. In essence he joined the Army three times (slow
learner maybe?).

When out of the army he worked with a Friendly Society (Brisbane) and managed a Golf Club (Singleton).
Army Postings.
Keith graduated to the Infantry Corps and was posted, with Bill Monks, to Brisbane. Interspersed with non-infantry appointments, he served in three regular battalions in Brisbane and Townsville. He variously commanded a Rifle and Pioneer Platoon (2LT/LT), Mortar Platoon (Captain) and Support Company (Major).
Captain postings included Adjutant of a Reserve unit in Hobart, SO3 Pers on a Reserve Brigade HQ (Brisbane) and SO3 Coordination, at OCS, Portsea in 1984/85. Dave Grierson and Mick Corne were also at OCS in either 1984 or 1985. Keith closed the OCS gate on 3 Feb 1986 (final Graduation was 1985) and is the last OCS graduate to march out the gate. As an aside the OCS gates are now in the grounds at RMC Duntroon. Keith is currently the SO2 Inf at the School of Infantry at Singleton in the Hunter Valley west of Newcastle. He arrived in Singleton in 1989 (Operations Officer) went to Staff College at Queenscliff in 1990 and returned to Singleton in
1991. His Appointments at Singleton (not in order) have been as Operations Officer (twice), Training Development Officer, SO2 Inf (twice) and Range Control Officer. He also had a brief (12-week) posting to HQ Training Command at Mosman in Sydney before family reasons forced separation from the Army for the first time. On rejoining the army he returned to Singleton, where he has been ever since.
Posting Localities – Chronologically. Brisbane, Canungra, Hobart, Brisbane, Portsea, Brisbane, Townsville, Singleton, Queenscliff and Singleton.
Overseas Trips. Keith has not been “posted” overseas (yet) but did twice enjoy three-month trips to Malaysia (shared a room with Bill Monks the first time) and two 14-day Command Post Exercises in Hawaii. The Hawaii exercises each involved four days work followed by ten days of “fun”. He has been warned for a posting to Washington DC for 2006/07. An overseas posting at last!
Family. Keith and Lindy have been together for sixteen years; marrying in 1999. From previous marriages, Keith has a son Keith-Adam (26) and a daughter Michelle (24). Lindy’s family comprises Mark (36), Louise (34) and Damien (30). Louise, and her husband, Steven, have made Keith and Lindy proud grandparents to Laura (23 months) and Jarna (10 Months).


         
 
 
 
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