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May 4, 2012
Anzac Day 2012
GALES, chilly conditions and
heavy rain weren't enough to
deter former and serving Air
Force personnel from joining
hundreds of thousands of Australians
in commemorating Anzac Day at home
Governor-General Quentin Bryce
joined ADF personnel at a dawn ser-
vice at Multinational Base Tarin Kot
where an honour roll of the names
of the 32 members who have died in
Afghanistan was read out.
After the service, Australian soldiers
held a traditional Anzac breakfast and
then played a cricket match against the
Afghan National Army.
At the Bomona War Cemetery
in Port Moresby, Defence Minister
Stephen Smith joined local dignitaries
and ADF personnel at a ceremony in
which he spoke of the sacrifices and
struggles of the badly outnumbered
Australians who fought there in one
of the darkest hours of the Pacific war
and paid homage to the tireless support
provided them by local inhabitants.
Australia's Federation Guard led
Australia's ceremonial contingent at
Anzac Day services at Gallipoli in
Turkey and Villers-Bretonneux in
France, while CAF AIRMSHL Geoff
Brown led the Australian contingent at
AIRMSHL Brown said Anzac Day
was an opportunity to reflect on those
who have come before us and every-
thing they have achieved.
"Anzac Day is always a very mov-
ing ceremony, and I was privileged to
represent the Air Force there," he said.
"It was a special opportunity to
reflect on everything that Air Force has
achieved over the last 91 years.
"It was an opportunity to reflect on
how proud we should all be to wear
the Air Force uniform and everything
that it represents."
In the East Timorese darkness,
Australian and New Zealand members
of the International Stabilisation Force
commemorated Anzac Day in Dili.
The Australian Ambassador to
East Timor, Miles Armitage, gave the
address in which he reflected on the
sacrifices of the Timorese who helped
the Australians against the Japanese
Personnel deployed or stationed
elsewhere also took time to reflect.
In Penang, members based at
RMAF Base Butterworth and mem-
bers of 3SQN deployed for Exercise
Bersama Shield gathered in the pre-
dawn light for the dawn service at
the cenotaph at which AVM Warren
Ludwig addressed them.
In Canberra, Acting CDF
AIRMSHL Mark Binskin led
he ADF contingent on a crisp
autumn morning and provided
he commemorative address,
while three Hornets from
RAAF Base Williamtown pro-
vided a flypast.
Only a few kilometres away,
AIRCDRE Tracy Smart. of
oint Health Command, braved
a heavy drizzle and chilly
winds at Murrumbateman, near
Canberra, to deliver her address.
In Darwin, the ADF provid-
d catafalque and flag parties
at the Darwin Cenotaph dawn
ervice, after which the march
tepped off at 9am as three
75SQN Hornets provided the
flypast, followed by one over
The Administrator of the
Northern Territory, Sally
Thomas, and Commander
Northern Command AIRCDRE
Ken Watson took the salute.
Air Force personnel from
RAAF Base Darwin and members
deployed on Operation Resolute
joined their ADF comrades, along
with reservists, cadets and returned
service associations, for commemora-
Similar activities continued in all
capitals and also in the west formations
of up to four 79SQN Hawks performed
flyovers at several towns around Perth.
RAAF Base Richmond person-
nel marched to the Richmond War
Memorial where they joined other
servicemen and women, and 833SQN
AAFC and local school children to
remember the sacrifices made by those
who served and serve in the ADF.
VIGIL: More than 6000 people kept a vigil
through a cool night at the Anzac commemorative site at Gallipoli;
top inset, CAF AIRMSHL Geoff Brown delivers an address during
the dawn service at Gallipoli; middle inset, one of the most visited
grave markers on the Gallipoli peninsula is that of Private John
Simpson Kirkpatrick (aka Simpson and his donkey) at the beach
cemetery at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli. Photos: LS Andrew Dakin and CPL Melina
AUSTRALIAN Air Force Cadet Under Officer (CUO)
Harry Walters described being at Gallipoli "life-chang-
ing and unforgettable".
CUO Walters, of 106SQN AAFC
at Mareeba in Queensland, was the
winner of the 2012 Cadet Sergeant
Eleanore "Ellie" Tibble Memorial
Pilgrimage Scholarship, which is
awarded each year to the most out-
standing cadet in memory of CSGT
(AAFC) Ellie Tibble who died in 2000.
The scholarship provides for the
recipient to travel to Gallipoli and
further their understanding of the Anzac tradition, the
role of the Australian Imperial Force in WWI, and to
take part in the ADF remembrance services at Gallipoli
on Anzac Day.
APPRECIATIVE: The predominantly Australian
crowd at Lone Pine Cemetery applaud the war
service of veterans.
REVERENCE: Australia's Federation Guard
personnel face the large crowd during the
service at Lone Pine Cemetery.
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