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Commando News December 2016



Australian Commando Association NSW Inc. om PO Box 1313, Sutherland, NSW 1499 Commando for life 1941 - 1946 1955 - Barry Grant, President Kevin Mahony, Secretary ry Ivan Kelly, ly, Treasurer 0414 914 615 0425 279 111 0417 042 886 NSW President & Editor’s Report The year is coming to a close and sadly we are seeing too many of our WW2 Comrades leaving the parade ground. A few weeks ago, I travelled to Tidal River for the annual pilgrimage and wreath laying. I can imagine in the early days this would have been a formidable place to be, isolated, cold wind blowing off Bass Strait and those constant, compulsory "strolls" up Mount Oberon. Sadly, only one of the originals was in attendance. ★★★★★ On a brighter note, I was accompanied by Ken "Bluey" Curran to the beret parade at Holsworthy in Sydney where our latest recruits received their Green Berets. Less than 30% of the initial recruits passed final selection, which is about par for the course over the past 51 years. The training and selection process is a formidable one in these modern times, however, be assured the Commando of today, whilst better trained, has all the attributes of their forefathers. We wish them well in their chosen adventure. ★★★★★ At Foster we also had one of our annual National Committee meetings. These meetings are essential to discuss the future of the State Associations. Among the issues discussed was the proposed National website, still in its infancy. Mark Tregellas is Are you having trouble maintaining your compressor? Costing too much to keep up with Breathing Air standards? Need to replace or refurbish vital gas equipment? For all your breathing air, analysis and gas management needs you should talk to us. As one of the leading Gas Management companies in Australia and the Pacific Islands we are very experienced in dealing with both private and government organisations, stocking most vital parts for rapid deployments and with 25 years experience. You can depend on DiveTek PGM steering the boat on this issue. Probably won't be online for some months as there is still a number of issues to be resolved before it is up and running. Welfare issues were also discussed and this will be the focus of our welfare officers in each State as well as National. ★★★★★ On November 11 we gathered at the Australian Nation Maritime Museum for Remembrance Day and the usual large attendance from the NSW Association were in attendance. The Amaroo School from Canberra attend every year, and the students give their speeches based on the history of the Krait and what Remembrance Day means to them. At this time I was briefed by the manage ment of the ANMM, who are preserving the MV Krait. By the time you read this Krait will be out of the water and undergoing extensive repairs and restoration to the hull. This is being undertaken to ensure the longevity of the priceless WW2 boat. See funding article inside this edition. ★★★★★ Hope everyone has a safe Christmas. Barry Grant Australian Commando Association (NSW) Inc COMMANDO NEWS ~ Edition 9 I December 2016 3

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