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The Academy

The official newsletter of the Australian Defence Force Academy

From the Commandant

Commodore BruCe Kafer

Welcome to the first edition of ‘The Academy’ newsletter for 2012. For those folk receiving this magazine for the

first time, the Communications Team at ADFA publishes two editions per year, normally in July and December. The

articles and photographs are contributed by ADFA’s Midshipmen and Officer Cadets, and their items showcase the

array of fantastic work and activities undertaken by our young women and men every day.

I am happy to say that, after a turbulent year in 2011, the ADFA program is now moving ahead in a positive fashion.

One of our major tasks this year is to implement a range of actions emanating from various reviews of Defence’s

culture (including the use of social media and alcohol), with an aim of effecting positive change in our behaviour

and attitudes. Here at ADFA we are also in the midst of major refurbishment projects that will continue until 2014.

Many of our primary facilities (including Adams Hall, lecture theatres, the sports centre and all accommodation areas)

are undergoing extensive renovations or construction. The total value of these projects exceeds $200 million.

We are now planning the ADFA Open Day, which will occur on Saturday 25 August. Recent Open Days have

attracted more than 8,000 visitors, and the visitors’ feedback is generally very positive. In the meantime our cadets

are working hard to complete their first session of academic studies at the University of NSW College at ADFA, and

are continuing their military training activities.

I trust that you will enjoy reading about the exploits of our people, and the many wonderful achievements of

ADFA’s staff and cadets in the first half of this year. As always, I welcome feedback on this magazine.

Warm regards,


Issue ONe 2012

From the Commandant 1

From the Commander AdC 2

World’s Greatest shave 2

First Year dining-in Night 3

Petro Fedorczenko Lecture 3

The First six Weeks 2012 4

Chief of the defence Force Parade 6

1000 days to Go Party 8

Cadets March to Fight Cancer 8

ethical decision -

Making seminar ‘Lifts the Lid’ 9

Naval Academies Foreign

Affairs Conference 9

Five minutes with... 10

Leadership Challenge 3 11

Meet the VeCAs 12

sporting Clubs of AdFA 15

AdFA Cycling Club’s Thredbo Trip 17

swimming Carnival 18

Cross Country 18

French Air Force Academy Visit 19

AdFA triumph at LOAC Competition 19

Overseas trip to Japan – 2012 20

AdFA Cadets Visit China 20

Royal Netherlands Military

Academy experience 20

AdFA Midshipmen sail in Italy 21

Commemorating ANZAC day

at Gallipoli 21

International Night 21

AGORA 2012 22

High Achievers Reception 22

Red Nose day 24


From the Commander ADC

2012 is rushing by and we are now into the last half of the year.

For those who arrived at ADFA six months ago, I’m sure you

have now come to grips with the challenges of your new career

and the standards and expectations we have of you.

Our profession is a tough one that demands high standards

and your personal commitment to excellence - we can

accept no less. The first years of your military career build the

foundation for your future success. My aim is to ensure that

you get the academic and military education you need to

provide you the foundation for your future success in the ADF. I

also want you to build the personal networks that will see you

through your life, both in the ADF and after your military career.

For those of you who are working through your second and

third years, you are no doubt seeing significant changes in your

approach to life. Your military skill levels are increasing, your

levels of responsibility should be increasing, and the demands

on your academic performance are also increasing. One of your

challenges will be to maintain your focus and commitment as

you become more comfortable at ADFA and with your chosen

career. This is an important time for you as you have the choice

to keep the accelerator firmly pressed to the floor with your

commitment and application, or you can choose to back off

and maybe ease back. That is your decision.

However, to fulfil your potential you need to keep pushing,

keep working, keep trying and discipline yourself so that

excellence becomes part of your DNA.

The end state of ADFA is not a degree and subsequently a

commission into the ADF. The end state is to be a leader to the

men and women in the ADF. Our soldiers, sailors and air men

and women are remarkable people who do incredible things

both at home and around the world. They deserve nothing

less than the best leaders we can provide. You are those

future leaders. So my message to you is to keep working hard

and develop yourself to be the best leaders you can be. Our

profession is about service and commitment. It’s not about you

– it’s about the people you will lead. They deserve nothing less.

World’s Greatest Shave

By MIDN Claire Hodge

On 16 March 2012, Midshipmen and Officer Cadets at ADFA packed into the Mess

to watch the Commandant, CDRE Bruce Kafer have his head shaved. Why, may

you ask was such a thing occurring? Not because the Commandant needed a

haircut, but because the previous day over 80 Midshipmen and Officer Cadets

had participated in the Leukaemia Foundation’s ‘World’s Greatest Shave’ and raised

more than $5000, the price placed on the Commandant’s lovely locks.

To encourage participation, this event was run as a squadron activity and various

ADFA personalities agreed to shave off their beards, moustaches or hair, for a price.

It was fantastic to see all squadrons strive towards those targets. The support from

the Academy was fantastic with people getting involved either by participating

or supporting their mates. Overall the academy raised over $8700 to help support

people with Leukaemia, Lymphoma, Myeloma and other blood-related disorders.

We wish to thank Commodore Bruce Kafer, Commander Shane Craig, Major Mark

Griffiths, CPO Lloyd Johnson and CPO Paul Wetherspoon for getting into the spirit

of the day and parting with their hair for World’s Greatest Shave.

Getting into the spirit, Commodore Bruce Kafer allowed his head to be shaved by Officer

Cadet James White during breakfast

First Year Dining-in Night

By OFFCDT Claire Fletcher

The First Year Midshipmen and Officer Cadets at the Australian Defence

Force Academy had their first experience in learning the customs and

traditions of a military dining-in night in the Cadets Mess in March.

As this was training for official functions in the future, Midshipmen and

Officer Cadets were briefed on aspects such as etiquette and appropriate

mess conversation. The night was set with cadets in their mess dress,

delicious meals were consumed and toasts were made. The evening

provided the Midshipmen and Officer Cadets with an opportunity to

interact with staff in a setting outside of regular Academy activities.

Commandant of the Academy, Commodore Bruce Kafer addressed the First

Year Midshipmen and Officer Cadets and exhorted them to embrace their

newly embarked military careers.

The night was enjoyed by all, with a particular highlight for many being an

introduction to mess games after the formal dinner had concluded. This

allowed the cadets to relax and become involved in the proceedings of

the night.

Petro Fedorczenko Lecture

By OFFCDT Grace Scholl

The annual Petro Fedorczenko Memorial Lecture was held on Wednesday

23 May in Adams Hall. The keynote speaker of this event, the 2012 Young

Australian of the Year, Miss Marita Cheng addressed the audience of university

and military staff, Midshipmen and Officer Cadets. With confidence and

enthusiasm, she accounted her achievements to date and shared with the

audience some insightful lessons from which she has learnt.

The challenges she had overcome are in many respects similar to the

experiences which the Midshipmen and Officer Cadets of the Australian

Defence Force Academy will encounter throughout their careers. Miss

Cheng’s tenacity and will to overcome the challenges which presented

themselves throughout the planning and implementation of her scheme

to encourage and involve young women in the field of engineering,

ROBOGALS, demonstrated the type of influential leadership which is

encouraged within the Academy.

It was certainly an insightful presentation, from which many points were

absorbed, and we sincerely thank Miss Cheng for her attendance.

Midshipman Doug Phillips and Officer Cadets Luke Staples, Grace Scholl and Harry Palfrey-Sneddon with Miss Marita Cheng

Midshipmen and Officer Cadets at their first dining-in experience at the Academy



The First Six Weeks 2012

More Than Just Military Training

Making the transition from civilian to military life is a major stepping stone

in the life of all First Year Midshipmen and Officer Cadets at the Australian

Defence Force Academy. For the majority of First Year cadets the first six

week training period known as ‘YOFT’ or Year One Familiarisation Training is

their first experience in a military environment. While this might seem like a

daunting challenge, the First Year cadets were excited and motivated to get

started on this journey.

It is during these first few

weeks the cadets learn

many of the skills that

are vital to their military

careers. In addition to

leadership and team building activities, the cadets participate in marching,

loading and firing weapons and undertake adventure training such as rock

climbing. Cadets also receive an introduction to military law, equity and

diversity training and tips on how to live a healthy lifestyle.

However, beyond the military training program, the first six weeks is just

as important to the cadets’ lives for many personal reasons. This is because

Finding that good sleep place is always important

many cadets will find that they have made life-long friendships and bonds

as a result of this shared experience at ADFA.

Officer Cadet Shanelle Bronkhorst echoed those sentiments. “Everyone

has been really friendly and we all have the same ambition. It is tough but,

because we have become a tight knit family everyone makes it through.”

“It’s been intense, but well worth it,

I’ve already made mates for life.”

Officer Cadet Chris Richards,

said “It’s like a new world,

and considering we didn’t

really know each other over

the past few weeks it is like

we have become a huge


Many cadets have echoed those thoughts over the years since the Academy

was founded in January 1986. YOFT represents the start of a long and

eventful journey for many of the cadets at ADFA.

Officer Cadet Ryan Melville summed up the experience of the first six weeks

aptly “It’s been intense, but well worth it, I’ve already made mates for life.”

The swearing in ceremony First Year Officer Cadets trying on some new uniforms

First Year Cadet on the rifle range

First Year Cadets after their swearing in ceremony

Officer Cadets taking a short break and enjoying the ration packs



Chief of the Defence Force Parade 2012

On Saturday 3 March, the First Year cadets at the Australian Defence Force

Academy were officially welcomed into the ADFA family at the annual Chief

of the Defence Force Parade. The Parade marks the end of the Year One

Familiarisation Training period

As part of this initial military training Midshipmen and Officer Cadets spent

much of the previous six weeks undertaking a range of activities designed

to teach many of the skills that will be vital to their military careers. This

included learning drill and marching protocol which the cadets had been

eagerly practising in the lead up to the Parade.

Every day for the preceding week all Midshipmen and Officer Cadets had

joined forces to practise their drill skills in order to ensure everything

Chief of the Defence Force, General David Hurley, addressing the parade

would be perfect on the day. The week leading up to the Parade was cold

and wet but the cadets showed their resolve and continued to march on

in preparation.

It was a gloomy start to the morning as threatening clouds continued to

have a presence over Canberra. The ominous signs coming from above

threatened to move the Parade inside, however the rain held off and the

Parade was a huge success.

For many of the cadets this was the first time that their friends and family

saw them in uniform and the cadets were able to show them everything

they had accomplished since leaving home six weeks earlier.

Charlie Squadron giving a formal salute during the parade

Chief of the Defence Force, General David Hurley, and Exective Officer Cadets,

Commander Shane Craig, inspect the ranks

Echo Squadron formed up on parade

The Rector, University of New South Wales Canberra, Professor Michael Frater, next

to the Commander of the Australian Defence College, Major General Craig Orme



1000 Days to Go Party

By OCDT Morgan Spencer

The traditional 1000 Days to Go (1000 DTG) function was held in the

Academy Cadets Mess on 23 March and once again it proved to be one

of the highlight events on the Academy calendar. Marking 1000 days until

graduation for the Academy’s First Year Midshipmen and Officer Cadets,

the event also provided the cadet body with a chance to have a break from

their busy academic and military schedules.

Each year the 1000 DTG event has a different theme, allowing the cadets to

demonstrate their creativity. This year’s theme was ‘Retro: Let’s Get Physical’

resulting in a wide variety of outfits, all with two basic elements: bright and

tight. In the days leading up to the event, the Mess took a jump back in time

Officer Cadet Louise Day-Henri and Midshipmen Tahnee Brauer, Brianna

McConville and Emily Hull bringing smiles to the party

ADFA Cadets March to Fight Cancer

Australian Defence Force members are well known for supporting

local communities and at ADFA this tradition starts from the beginning

of cadets’ careers.

Three Army officer cadets recently participated in a charitable event,

Relay for Life, in Canberra and assisted in raising over $300,000 for Cancer

Council Australia.

Officer Cadets Samuel Beverly, Daniel Kennedy and Nathan Dubbeld not only

participated in the relay, but did so wearing their webbing and field packs as

they marched for over 20 hours to help raise funds for the Cancer Council.

Mr Jeremy Hanson, Member for Molonglo, was particularly impressed with

the efforts of the three ADFA cadets and made special mention of their

involvement in the ACT Legislative Assembly.

“At the Relay for Life there is an amazing array of different characters in

costumes all out there having fun while raising their money for this cause.

But of particular note were three ADFA cadets, who were in their full

marching order with their packs, webbing, boots and simulated Steyrs - five

kilo weights- and they marched just about the entire time, about 20 hours

of the Relay for Life, estimated about 100 to 120 kilometres”.

ADFA cadets are actively encouraged to support fundraising events such

as Relay for Life. Last year ADFA cadets raised more than $30,000 for various

charities such as the Leukaemia Foundation, the Salvation Army and Legacy.

with characters such as Mario and Pacman being created from nothing more

than post-it notes as well as a jumping castle being set up outside.

The main event of the function was New Navy, a Sydney based band who

created an exciting atmosphere with their indie-dance beats supported by

members from the DJ Voluntary Extra Curricular Activity (VECA) who really

got the party started!

The 1000 DTG function was deemed a success with cadets behaving in

a safe and responsible manner, setting a high standard for future events

throughout the year.

Officer Cadets Robert Jennings, Paul Llanes, Mohammad Fahrul, Alyssa Jolly,

Timothy Burnard, Mitchel Brimage and Midshipman Emily Hull in character with

the theme Retro: Let’s Get Physical

The Relay for Life Team walk around the track wearing their pack and webbing

Ethical Decision - Making Seminar ‘Lifts the Lid’

The ethical and moral challenges facing cadets at ADFA and students

living at Australia’s eight leading universities were the focus of a three-day

seminar held at ADFA in May.

The seminar was initiated by the ‘Linking with Universities’ forum which has

ADFA working with Australia’s ‘Group of Eight’ universities to address critical

issues facing young men and women at the institutions, particularly in their

residential environments.

With a target audience of ‘future leaders of our nation’ 50 delegates

attended the seminar, which was hosted by the ADFA Commandant,

Commodore Bruce Kafer.

“The seminar recognised that there are significant ethical and moral

challenges common to all Australian learning institutions particularly those

with live-in students”, Commodore Kafer said.

The seminar also explored many of the ethical issues raised in the ‘Review

into the Treatment of Women at ADFA’ by the Federal Sex Discrimination

Naval Academies Foreign Affairs Conference

By MIDN Douglas Phillips

The US Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference (NAFAC) is an annual

conference held at the United States Naval Academy (USNA) in Annapolis,

Maryland. This year the conference ran from 9-12 April. It provides

Midshipmen with an understanding of the global forces which may project

them into conflicts around the world. This was achieved by facilitating

discussion and debate amongst Midshipmen and university students from

over two-dozen countries. Each year a theme is selected for the conference

and this year’s theme was: ‘The Eclipse of the West’. This topic explored

whether the West would continue to be the dominant global power and, if

not, who their successor will be.

I was selected to attend this conference on behalf of the Australian Defence

Force Academy and I believe it provided me with a unique, educational and

very rewarding experience. This was illustrated by the roundtable discussion

Midshipman Doug Phillips (far right) with other delegates at the Naval Academies Foreign Affairs Conference

Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick. A member of the Broderick Review

team attended the seminar. The support of The Saint James Ethics Centre

was also a key to the seminar’s success.

ADFA Officer Cadet Kurt Menzies said the young men and women

representing the various colleges and universities were of the highest calibre.

“The presence of a diverse range of backgrounds resulted in various opinions,

values and beliefs being brought to the discussion. Highly intellectual, and

at times fervent, debate was a feature of the seminar. Not only was the

discussion of ethics and leadership highly beneficial for my own professional

development, it was also hugely morally and personally satisfying.”

The seminar program included discussions on ‘The Ethical Use of

Social Media’, ‘Sexual Ethics: Respectful and Healthy Relationships’

and ‘Ethical Leadership.’

which I was a part of. This roundtable, which addressed the sub-topic of

‘National Identity’, consisted of delegates from Belarus, Turkey, China, Poland

and the USA. The conference also included a wide range of renowned

Defence, civilian and academic speakers such as the United States Secretary

of State, Hillary Clinton and Ambassador Jon Huntsman.

For the duration of the visit I stayed with USNA Midshipmen in their

dormitory, Bancroft Hall, and attended a number of functions and social

activities with my host midshipman. I believe the relationships I have

developed with the American Midshipmen will be enduring for our careers

and beyond. Lastly, the Australian Defence Force Academy achieved one of

the highest accolades at the conference; a prize for the Best Paper from an

International Delegate.



Five minutes with...

Divisional Officer CAPT Andrew Lean

What does a Divisional Officer at ADFA do?

A Divisional Officer’s main role is to mentor Midshipmen and Officer Cadets

in their division. Divisional Officers also lecture cadets on military topics,

develop military packages and supervise Midshipmen and Officer Cadets

in sporting clubs.

How did you commence your career in the ADF?

Like many young students, I was unsure of what I wanted to do post high

school. It was my parents who suggested that I have a look into a life in the

military. Having a good look into it I joined ADFA as an Officer Cadet where I

studied a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Management and History, prior

to training at the Royal Military College, Duntroon.

How do you find your time as an ADFA cadet has helped you in

the ADF?

My experience as an ADFA cadet has definitely helped me in my career as an

officer in the ADF. The friends I met during my time as a cadet and the skills I

gained by studying a degree has helped me the most in my career so far.

What is your favourite thing about working here?

I would have to say getting to play sports again, as well as catching up with

friends I haven’t seen since I was a cadet at ADFA.

What’s one thing on your bucket list?

I’ve always wanted to attend an NFL Super Bowl final in the United States. Hoping

I can make that a reality one day.

Nicole Moore, Associate Professor,

English Program

What courses do you teach Midshipmen and Officer Cadets?

I teach in the English program offered to Bachelor of Arts students. I teach

a range of courses such as War Literature, Australian literature, Modernism

and Postmodernism, literature of the Asia Pacific as well as cultural and

communication theories.

How long have you been working here and what were you doing

before you started working here?

I started at UNSW at ADFA in 2010. Before then I was a senior lecturer in the

English Department at Macquarie University where I co-directed a Centre

in Cultural History and taught specialist Australian literature courses and

courses in Australian Studies.

Do you find it much different teaching at ADFA compared to other


The biggest difference is the smaller class sizes, and we have such lively

classes! I really enjoy teaching in a university where I can actually get to

know the students properly and vice versa.

Do you ever wonder what it would be like to be an Officer Cadet here?

Of course! They have complex demands on their time, and sometimes

conflicting commitments that can be difficult to manage. If I’m ever cross

with my students, for not doing enough of the week’s reading for example

(of course that never happens!), I remind myself that they do all of their

own ironing…!

What’s one thing on your bucket list?

I would really like to see more of remote Australia – especially the Kimberley

and the Pilbara, to encounter both the spectacular landscapes and the

distinctive Aboriginal cultures from those areas.

The top of abseiling at Point Perpendicular. A daunting 90m cliff below

Third Year Cadets receiving their orders from Officer Cadet Emily Dickson

One of the many endurance activities, the dreaded hawser swim

Leadership Challenge 3

By MIDN Jack Davis

During May all Third Year Midshipmen and Officer Cadets embarked

on the Leadership Challenge 3 (LC3) exercise. The exercise itself has

adopted a new format in recent years, with a large follow on from the

free play style leadership assessment used in last year’s LC2. This year’s

challenge spanned 11 days and encompassed a two-phase rotation

designed to test the attributes of character, courage and personal skill

required to become a future ADF leader.

The field phase was conducted at the Majura training facility with terrain

involving thick pine forest and rolling plains, which was a fictional land

occupied by the powerful overlord “Boss Ness”. Within days the staff had

ascertained that the Midshipmen and Officer Cadets had this game

‘worked out’; reference was made from the Chief Instructor that he may

have created ‘cadet utopia’- people were sleeping, lying about, were

warm and had limited but sufficient food. This all soon changed with a

rogue militia element, ensuring divisions needed to be alert, performing

patrols, and spent the majority of the night awake and ready. The

second rotation for the Majura phase had a harsher operating scenario

from day one: no food, only a jumper and sleeping bag for warmth and

were forced to pursue missions in order to improve their existence. The

nights were cold and food limited however overall it was considered a

welcome change from traditional LC3 formats.

The second phase was focused more on team activities in the lush

location of Jervis Bay. This stage had a slightly more relaxed approach than

Majura; food and sleep were granted after each day’s activities and morale

was generally quiet high! Leadership and Military Skills Section staff had

planned activities with the highlights for most being the Helicopter

Underwater Escape Trainer (HUET) and abseiling and rock climbing a 90

metre cliff outside Point Perpendicular. A small contingent spent the week

aboard the tall ship ‘James Craig’, with training conducted inside Jervis

bay and also ocean sailing along the coast. Many returned with sea legs

still swaying and some with strong pirate accents. The majority spoke of

a positive experience (the only exceptions seemed to come from those

whom were extremely sea sick the whole time).

Overall LC3 was a positive experience that allowed leadership and

personal attributes to be assessed across an 11- day period in varying

locations, tasks, and challenges.

Third Year Cadets enjoying the delights of Sea Survival

Officer Cadet Steven Martin watching as he guides the load on a jackstay



Meet the VECAs

There’s more to military training and academic studies at ADFA as our

Midshipmen and Officer Cadets prove by actively participating in Voluntary

Extra Curricular Activities, commonly abbreviated to ‘VECA’. Here’s a quick

spotlight on a few of the many VECAs at ADFA:

The ADFA Performing Arts Company

The ADFA Performing Arts Company provides an opportunity for

Midshipmen and Officer Cadets to express their musical and theatrical

talents in the ADFA environment. The main activity of the Performing Arts

VECA is a musical theatre performance staged every year in mid-August for

staff, families of Midshipmen and Officer Cadets and the general public.

The Performing Arts VECA provides opportunities for all cadets to take

part in the cast, chorus, band, back stage and technical crew aspects of

the performance. The entire production is run by cadets allowing great

leadership opportunities for senior cadets including producer, director,

vocal coach, choreographer, set design, costume designer, sound and

lighting, etc. There are many different ways to be involved in putting on a

fantastic, highly appraised performance.

The 2010 performance was ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’, and the 2011

performance, pictured, was ‘Chicago’. The 2012 performance is ‘Little Shop

of Horrors’.


FOCUS is the Fellowship of Christian University Students and is a ministry of

Fighting Words- Defence Christian Network. It is affiliated with the FOCUS

network on the University campuses in Canberra.

FOCUS is a team of Christian Cadets who inspire each other to walk the

Christian walk at ADFA, put life in perspective, and have a good time doing

it. ADFA Focus study the bible word to work out what it means and how

it makes sense of our world and run bible study groups which have good

discussions and deal with real life issues. FOCUS runs bible study leaders’

courses in other spare periods during the week as well as camps and other

social functions on weekends.

The 2011 Production: Chicago


The ADFA Navs is a group of Christian people who enjoy hanging out

together and seeing what the bible has to say! ADFA Navs are part of the

broader Australian Navigators community and usually meet on Friday

nights for dinner, dessert, coffee and a chat. ADFA Navs also have ties

with groups from ANU Navs, Macquarie Navs, and the wider Canberra

community, with organised weekends away to the beach or the snow!

The Community Service VECA

The Community Service VECA (CSV) aims to contribute to the local

community via voluntary work, raising awareness and fundraising. It is

involved in many activities throughout the year.

In 2011 it took part in the: Red Shield Door Knock Appeal, Legacy Day

and ANZAC Day badge selling, World’s Greatest Shave, CanTeen Day,

MOVEMBER, Red Nose Day, Remembrance Day, Jeans for Genes Day, City to

Surf- Podmore Foundation

The CSV also established a Jump Rope for Heart skipping display

team (pictured) in 2011, who are dedicated to learning new skills,

developing performance routines and having fun whilst raising money

for the Heart Foundation.

The CSV works hard to promote these activities in order to help the local

community. New volunteers are regularly welcomed to help participate in

these extremely rewarding activities.


The ADFA Dance VECA provides cadets the opportunity to learn a range

of styles in ballroom dancing. Dance styles commonly taught include: Jive,

Waltz, Salsa, Rumba, Cha Cha, Slow-rhythm, Swing, Hip-Hop and Shuffling,.

Dancing introduces Midshipmen and Officer Cadets to the finer details of

social interaction and encourages mutual respect amongst its members,

whilst challenging their coordination and confidence.

The ADFA Dance VECA aims to provide its members with a relaxed evening

of entertainment. Members are also given the option to compete both

competitively and in technique-based competitions held near the end of

each year.

The ADFA Debating Society

The ADFA Debating Society (ADFA DEBSOC) offers Midshipmen

and Officer Cadets an opportunity to improve public speaking,

express opinions and discuss topical issues. It includes several

tournaments at different levels of experience to allow beginners

to advanced debaters a chance to compete. These include both

national competitions and the Australasian Debating Competition.

The Society has sent teams to several Debating Tournaments at

University, Australasian and World levels since 1995. For the last four

years the ADS has represented ADFA at the Easter Championships and

the Australasian Championships.

Members of the Society debate alongside other university students at

a weekly debating competition held at, and hosted by, the Australian

National University (ANU).

The Eastern Australian Championships are designed for novice debaters and

aim to increase debating skills within universities throughout Australia. This

competition enables Society members to improve their oral presentation

skills and increase their confidence to consider complex issues. For both new

and experienced ADFA debaters this competition is an opportunity to meet

students from other Universities and debate current topics.

The Eastern Australian Novice Debating Competition is held on a national

level at a different Australian university each year, and features several days

of debating with social functions each night. The Australasian Debating

Tournament is held in a different Asia-Pacific country each year.

All levels of competition involve debates, coaching and technique sessions

and social events. The Society is for Midshipmen and Officer Cadets who

wish to learn, or continue to participate in, debating, as well as meet other

university students and keep pace with current topics.

The ADFA Aviation Interest Group

The ADFA Aviation Interest Group operates as a professional and highly

educational group within the Academy. It consists of a group of Midshipmen,

Officer Cadets and members of the wider Defence community who share a

common interest in aviation and aerospace-related activities.

It aims to encourage affiliation between all three services, as well as maintain

motivation and interest in the future of careers of trainee officers at ADFA.

One of the many Community Service activites - Jump Rope for Heart

Officer Cadet Lawton Bryant debating during the Squadron Debates

The Aviation Interest Group is actively involved in a series of events

throughout the year, including, but not limited to: attending Defence and

civilian air shows; guest lecturers from various realms of aviation, including

commercial and emergency service pilots; motivational flights in both

civilian and military aircraft; social functions and gliding flights; and radio

controlled flying days and model building weekends.

In addition to providing an enjoyable experience for members through these

events, on a strategic level, the AIG aims to instill members with a greater

appreciation for the wider Defence organisation as well as provide them with

interpersonal, organisational and practical skills to utilise in their careers.



The Combine Workout

The ADFA Military Self Defence Club

The ADFA Military Self Defence Club runs a specialised, non-lethal

martial art style with an emphasis on functional self defence in a combat

environment. The only requirement is that members have passed their

single service fitness test and are completely medically fit. Military Self

Defence is taught twice a week in the evenings after academics and

military training and it is a great way to get fit, develop confidence, and

learn to handle high stress situations while learning some valuable self

defence techniques. This skill is now mandatory for all Army personnel and

is also open to Navy and Air Force personnel.

The Combine

The Combine is focused on providing motivated individuals with a forum

to push their physical and mental limits, within a community of likeminded

athletes. This is achieved through the implementation of Crossfit

methodology; intense physical activity, with a broad and all-inclusive

approach to training, as well as a culture of breaking the mould and not

accepting mediocrity. Those in The Combine are of the view that an elite

level of fitness in itself is a cornerstone in the profession of arms and are

committed and determined to developing and maintaing mental and

physical fortitude.

The Academy Military Shooting VECA

The Academy Military Shooting VECA (AMSV) is a Military Weapon Training

based extracurricular activity organised and run by Midshipmen and Officer

Cadets (cadets) with close supervision from staff. The AMSV is dedicated to

improving the shooting skills of all cadets regardless of previous experience

in a safe and controlled training environment. The AMSV offers training

and coaching in target shooting to help cadets improve their shooting

ability and also to increase cadets’ levels of competency primarily in the safe

handling of the F-88 Austyer and also aims to give an exposure to other

weapons systems.

In order to achieve this, multiple shoots are carried out each week using the

Weapon Training Simulation System (WTSS). The AMSV also conducts live fire

shoots during the year for further exposure to live weapons and to enable

cadets to attempt to qualify for the Marksmanship Skill at Arms badge. These

range days are run and supervised by staff after being organised by cadets.

The Academy Racing VECA

The Academy Racing VECA allows Midshipmen and Officer Cadets

the chance to develop the leadership, team building, managerial and

administrative skills which are demanded of officers in the ADF, through the

Formula SAE competition. There are currently over 60 cadets contributing

to Academy Racing, from all schools and degrees at ADFA.

Formula SAE (FSAE) is an international competition run by the Society of

Automotive Engineers in which university students from around the world

compete to design, manufacture, race, and market a FSAE ‘class’ of racing

vehicle. FSAE was first developed 25 years ago in the United States and now

hosts 140 countries around the world, and has regional championships

in Europe, South America, Asia and North America. Each team spends 12

months or more developing, manufacturing or testing a new car, to be

used in the competition.

Formula SAE seeks to maximise learning outcomes through the practical

application of theoretical concepts to produce a tangible outcome. Formula

SAE is not simply limited to engineers, but offers opportunities for cadets

studying in many degree streams including science, arts, technology, and

business disciplines.

The benefits of participation for the members of Academy Racing are

significant. This has been recognised by Air Marshal Mark Binskin, VCDF, who

has accepted the role of team patron and provides superb encouragement.

The Academy Racing Team in 2011

Sporting Clubs of ADFA

ADFA Midshipmen and Officer Cadets participate in many sporting

activities and participate in sporting clubs across the Academy. Here’s a

quick look at some of ADFA’s sporting clubs:

The ADFA Triathlon Club

The ADFA Triathlon Club exists for people that desire to increase their

fitness levels while having a lot of fun along the way. Anyone that thinks that

triathlon is an individual sport, think again. There are many events which

require teams of two or more for relay races. The ADFA Triathlon Club is for all

levels of fitness and abilities with a good Club committee behind Cadets who

are keen to help train and push them to reach higher fitness goals.

The Club enters many events such as triathlons, duathlons, multisport

adventure races, cycling/mountain bike races, as well as fun runs such

as the well known Sydney ‘City to Surf’ Run. The Club also provides

an opportunity to compete in the Australian Defence Force Triathlon

Championships either individually or as a team.

The ADFA Water Polo Club

The ADFA Water Polo Club competes in the ACT Winter Water Polo

competition, which is made up of several clubs from the Canberra area.

This competition extends from June until September, with games hosted at

different pools across the territory.

Water Polo is a growing sport in the ADF in recent years. Many ADFA players

have represented the ADF in Australian competitions and have been

selected onto Australian Water Polo teams to compete overseas.

The ADFA Rowing Club

The Australian Defence Force Academy Rowing Club was founded within

a year of the Academy’s inauguration, and has facilitated both competitive

and novice rowing for over 25 years. The Boatshed is located at Yarralumla

on Lake Burley Griffin, with oarsmen rowing all year round. ADFA RC

has a large variety of boats, competing in eights, fours, doubles and

singles for both men and women. The Club currently competes in NSW

ADFA’s Rowing Team

and ACT regattas as well as participating in the prestigious Disher Cup,

rowed against ANU and RMC in the latter half of the year. Rowers from all

backgrounds are welcome, with the Club having a large novice program for

all those who have not rowed before.

The Marathon and Distance Running Club

The MADR (Marathon and Distance Running) is a club dedicated to

promoting the safe, healthy and social experience of running at the

Academy. MADR caters for cadets who want to increase their fitness in a

casual and relaxed environment or achieve their goal of running a half or

full marathon.

The ADFA Touch Football Club

The ADFA Touch Football Club represents ADFA within the ACT Touch

competition. The club also conducts a social competition within ADFA that

runs prior to and after the winter competition. The club, which consists

of both men’s and mixed teams, trains on Monday evenings and plays on

Wednesday evenings.

The ADFA Swordfish Swimming Club

The ADFA Swordfish Swimming Club caters for swimmers of all abilities.

There are a number of training sessions throughout the week, allowing

flexibility for members, as well as a variety of programs, from remedial

lessons to multiple kilometre sessions. The ADFA Swordfish participate

in charity pool swims in the winter months, and a number of ocean

swim events, including North Steyne and Mollymook, throughout the

summer months.

The ADFA Hawks Basketball Club

The ADFA Hawks Basketball Club (AHBC) aims to introduce ADFA cadets

to Basketball in an environment where they can enjoy learning amongst

their friends and peers. The club also accommodates players with more

experience and allows them to continue developing their skills whilst

studying at the Academy.



ADFA’s Swimming Team in 2011

The AHBC has grown and continued to thrive since its inception, becoming

a dominant presence around ADFA and the Canberra basketball scene.

Its recent successes in the local competition have led to the Hawks being

known as the “Championship Club”. The Hawks boast four competitive

teams, including one female competitive side, and a wide array of mixed,

male and female social teams. The club continues to promote itself as

a vibrant and enjoyable part of Academy life and promises continuous

growth in the future whilst remaining a great way to meet friends and

peers while enjoying the game of Basketball.

The ADFA Raptors Tennis Club

The ADFA Raptors Tennis Club is a very young club that is rapidly growing

in size and popularity amongst the ADFA community. It offers a diverse

range of tennis programs for both social and competition level players. The

ADFA Raptors take pride in the friendly, fun yet competitive atmosphere

within the club. The club places a strong emphasis on supporting anyone

who has an interest in tennis, regardless of skill level. Whether that means

having a social hit on the weekend, playing competitively in a tournament,

or becoming involved with tennis officiating, the club actively encourages

and supports all participation in tennis.

The ADFA Sailing Club

This year the ADFA Sailing Club is taking a new direction by establishing

a social and competitive sailing culture. The club is lucky again this year

to have a fully qualified Yachting Australia Sailing Instructor and the ADFA

Boatshed is full of passionate staff and well-maintained craft for everyone’s

use. The ADFA Sailing Club can teach absolute beginners to sail or provide

the training and coaching to assist cadets to represent ADFA, the ADF or

Australia at State, National and World level.

The ADFA Patriots Volleyball Club

The ADFA Patriots Volleyball Club has a long and proud history at the

Academy. The ADFA Volleyball Club caters for players of all abilities,

whether volleyball veterans or first timers, with teams competing in the

Canberra Volleyball League (formerly State League), Open League and

mixed competitions. Whilst the club only competes in indoor volleyball

competitively, it has initiated an annual beach volleyball competition run

internally at ADFA. The Volleyball Club also welcomes Defence personnel

posted in Canberra to train and play with ADFA, giving club members the

opportunity to work and socialise with members of the wider Australian

Defence Force.

The ADFA Volleyball Club also has strong connections with both civilian

and Defence representative teams. Over the past years, club members

have participated in the ACT team at the Australian Defence Volleyball

Association (ADVA) Combined National Tournament in Amberley, playing

against Defence personnel from all over the country. In recent years, ADFA

players have also been selected to represent the ADF at the Arafura Games,

held in Darwin, playing against teams from Papa New Guinea, Timor Leste

and China, or overseas playing against international Defence Forces such as

New Zealand in 2012. ADFA players have also been selected to play in civilian

representative teams for ACT at a National level against other state teams.

The ADFA Rugby Club

Since its foundation in 1986, the ADFA Rugby Club (ARC) has been one of

the largest and most prestigious sporting clubs at the Academy. Competitive

on the field and social off of it, the Academy Rugby Club serves as a fantastic

opportunity to develop rugby skills and form great mates.

The ARC is comprised of four teams:

1st XV: The 1st XV is the premier team within the Club, and as such, the

team that everyone aspires to play in. The best 15 members of the Club

are selected from a training squad at the start of the year, and their jerseys

presented to them at the first official function of the competition year.

Positions are by no means secure however, and rivalry for a 1st XV jumper

remains fierce throughout the entire season.

2nd XV: The 2nd XV is the transitional team between the U/18 Colts side

and the 1st XV. Competing in the local 4th Division competition, the 2nd XV

is a fiercely competitive side, yet one which also provides an opportunity

for less experienced players to develop their skills.

U/18 Colts: Comprised primarily of First Year Cadets, the U/18 Colts side

plays in the ACT Schools competition. Due to its composition, the Colts

serves as the foundation for the Club’s future development, and is a side

from which strong friendships stem. With solid results from the side in

recent years, the U/18 team remains an exciting and competitive part of

ADFA rugby.

Women’s XV: The ADFA Rugby Club has a strong women’s team that

competes locally in the ACT. The women’s rugby team continues to

improve in both skills and numbers, and has gained a reputation amongst

their competition as a team to be respected on the field.

The ADFA Hockey Bears Sports Club

The Australian Defence Force Academy’s Hockey ‘Bears’ Sports Club has

been a part of the Academy’s culture since it’s establishment in 1986. The

Hockey Club has been one of the most competitive, however nonetheless

social sports’ club within the Academy, offering Midshipmen and Officer

Cadets many different grades to play in, including the two top State

Leagues, as well as Women’s teams and even a Social team, for people who

love hockey but don’t have the time for practices.

The club has been renowned for its social events, especially Game of the

Month, where everyone comes together to cheer on one team in the club

in its effort to win, and the teams change every month. The club also has

great trips such as the Newcastle trip at the start of the year where games

are played with other clubs interstate, as well as planned overseas trips. The

ADFA ”Bears’” Hockey Club truly promotes the Academy’s motto of ‘To Lead,

To Excel’ and is definitely a pinnacle sports club within the Academy life.

ADFA Cycling Club’s Thredbo Trip

By OFFCDT Christopher Horne

On Friday 20 April, 13 members of the ADFA Cycling Club geared up for

the club’s first ever weekend away. The aim of the activity, organised by

Third Year members of the club, was to promote skills within the club and

lead the way for future trips abroad. Despite only recently becoming a

recognised sport at ADFA, cycling has already gained strong momentum

within the Academy, providing solid and enthusiastic representation at

many local events.

Based at the Buckenderra Holiday Park on Lake Eucumbene, the main

activity for the weekend was participating in a downhill mountain bike

clinic run by South East MTB Co on the slopes of the Thredbo ski village.

“Thredbo has the biggest lift in Australia, in fact it hosted the Australian

National downhill championships. Riding downhill was a different

experience as it was a new form of riding for many of us”, said OCDT

Benjamin Sloane, President of the ADFA Cycling Club. “Starting with a ride

on the Kosciusko Express chairlift to 1927m, the course is 3.5km of fast pace,

tight cornered mayhem, all the way to the bottom on Australia’s longest lift

serviced downhill course”, he added.

The weather started off well in Thredbo, but by afternoon the cyclists

found the track to be a muddy and slippery waterslide all the way into the

village. The club’s members thoroughly enjoyed themselves in the new and

challenging conditions at Thredbo, ending the downhill clinic with mudcovered

but smiling faces.

To end the weekend of downhill riding, the club headed to Sparrow Hill for

some more sedate cross country style riding. Utilising skills learned on the

slopes of Thredbo, rock gardens and berms no longer proved a challenge

for the ADFA team, but instead were ridden with speed and confidence.

ADFA Bear Hockey Third’s Team

The ADFA Vikings Football (Soccer) Club

The ADFA Vikings Football (Soccer) Club is one of the largest sporting clubs

at ADFA. Currently, the club is spread amongst 6 teams: 1,2,3,4, socials and

women’s (Viqueens). The Vikings is a club all about having fun and enjoying

the sport. As a club and community the Vikings also host and participate

in several events and functions throughout the year such as cocktail night,

sportsman’s ball, soccer ball and the much anticipated pre-season trip; not

to mention individual team get togethers and barbeques throughout the

year. ADFA Vikings are a welcoming and fairly social club, happy to take on

non players and help integrate them into a great sport and a team suitable

to their abilities.

At Thredbo (Left to Right) CAPT Scott Toohey, OFFCDT Mitchell Woodward,

OFFCDT Christopher Horne, OCDT Benjamin Sloane, OFFCDT Peter Rolph, OCDT

Russell Avery, OFFCDT Nicolas Buchanan, OFFCDT Daniel Braid, OCDT Callum

Smyth, PLTOFF Christopher Martin, OFFCDT Curtis McAlister, OFFCDT Simon

Kube, OFFCDT Nick Bunting

The ADFA Cycling Club is proving to be a successful addition to the

Academy’s list of recognised sports and thanks to everyone involved in the

Thredbo activity for their support.



Swimming Carnival

By OFFCDT Brendan Goodin

It may have been a cold winter’s night outside, but that wasn’t going to

stop ADFA Midshipmen and Officer Cadets from battling it out in the

pool, in an event contributing towards the prestigious Lancaster Shield.

The Lancaster Shield Swimming Carnival is an annual event where all five

Squadrons compete in a number of events including team relays and

individual races.

30 May marked the annual Australian Defence Force Academy Swimming

Carnival held at ADFA’s Indoor Sports Centre which included 24 events.

The Carnival ran quite well and the overall commitment from teams and

individuals alike was astounding.

Not only was there great camaraderie within the Squadrons’ teams but also

between competitors. There were also some courageous individual efforts,

especially in the 400m freestyle and 4 x 50 medleys, but overall every

competitor gave it their most.

With a close watch on the scoreboard, it was definitely a nail-biting finale! This

year the victory went to Echo Squadron, winning by 1 golden point in the

end over Bravo Squadron’s 100 point effort, followed by Charlie on 83 points,

Alpha Squadron on 69 points and finally Delta Squadron on 65 points.

There was strong rivalry between all the Squadrons that included some

healthy banter. Overall, the 2012 Swimming Carnival was a great success -

congratulations to all who competed in the events and to all their supporters.

Cross Country

By OFFCDT Cameron Noble

On Saturday 31 March, the Australian Defence Force Academy held its

annual Cross Country event. The course was a gruelling 6.78km featuring

undulating hills, a river crossing and many other small obstacles and

muddy surfaces to navigate past. Midshipmen, Officer Cadets and Staff all

competed for their Squadrons as part of the Academy’s Lancaster Shield

competition which goes towards determining the Chief of the Defence

Force Squadron for the year.

A great effort was put in by all on the day with some impressive times

being set. PTI CPL Matthew Ewing was the fastest of all competitors setting

a time of just 25.06 for the course followed closely behind by OCDT Xavier

Rickets, the first of the cadets to finish, and OCDT Tenielle Lynch the first

female competitor.

All in all there were some impressive results by Midshipmen, Officer Cadets

and Staff with determination shown by all, however taking the victory was

Bravo squadron who was crowned the overall winners on the day.

Swimmers leap in for their big race

Officer Cadets Cameron Noble and Xavier Rickets powering towards to finish line

The mad dash from the start line Commodore Bruce Kafer presenting the first male award to Officer Cadet

Xavier Rickets

French Air Force Academy Visit

By OFFCDT Aimee Van Dartel

In April 2012, OFFCDT Lambkin, FLTLT Kropp, SGT Faehrmann and myself

travelled to Salon Provence, Southern France, to visit the French Air Force

Academy (École de l’Air).

The purpose of the overseas visit was to encourage professional

development for cadets through familiarisation with the training conducted

at a foreign military academy. Our time in France also allowed for organised

cultural visits to Marseille, Aix-en-Provence and Beaux-de-Provence.

At the Academy we were given an introduction to the military and

academic requirements of French Air Force cadets. There is a high intake of

pilot candidates within each year group and this influences their syllabus.

Pilot candidates start their flying training in their first year on non-powered

aircraft and progress to powered aircraft in their second and third year at

L’école de L’air. Therefore, the Academy is equipped with its own runway, air

traffic control tower, weather station and simulators. It is also home to the

French aerobatic team ‘La Patrouille de France’.

We were involved in the second year summative leadership assessment,

which consisted of a search and rescue exercise. The collaboration and

communication between the French cadets and ourselves was a valuable

experience and exposed us to a multinational operating environment that

we could potentially face during our future careers as RAAF officers.

During the visit we were taken on a base tour around Istres, the largest air

base in France. Here, we were introduced to the various operational units

located on the base, including the Mirage strike squadron and KC-135

tanker squadron.

ADFA triumph at LOAC Competition

By OCDT Indi Pain

The 11th Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC) Competition for Military Academies

took place in San Remo, Italy from 26-30 March. The competition attracts

Academies from all over the world. This year it drew teams from 16

countries, including China, Estonia and Nigeria. The Australian Defence

Force Academy sent a team consisting of OCDT Indi Pain, OFFCDT Kierryn

Higbed and MIDN Pat Collins and was dutifully coached by Lieutenant

Commander David Swanson.

The competition ran by splitting up each Academy’s competitors to form

multinational and multilingual teams of two or three people. Each team

acted as the legal advisors of a fictional country in a mock Joint Operations

Command (JOC). Throughout the three days of JOC sessions, teams were

required to react to stimulus material in order to better their nation’s interests.

The LOAC competition demonstrated to us as competitors how difficult it

is to operate with different (fictional!) nations, and how important a good

understanding of the law, and how to apply it, is to subordinates and

commanders alike. The competition was also a great opportunity to meet

the next generation of Officers in militaries from around the world.

As with all competitions, there must be a winner, and the LOAC competition

is no different. Competitors were judged on their individual knowledge of the

LOAC and contribution to the JOC. The teams were judged on how well they

supported each other and how they worked together through the language

barrier. ADFA was lucky to walk away with 5th place in the team category.

The visit to l’École de l’air was an extremely beneficial experience that

allowed us to compare and contrast the military training that we receive at

ADFA with that of other foreign academies.

Officer Cadets Stephanie Lambkin and Aimee Van Dartel, Flight Lieutenant

Elisha Kropp and Sergeant Corey Faehrmann with their French counterparts

during the French Air Force Academy Visit

(L-R) Lieutenant Commander David Swanson with Officer Cadet Kierryn Higbed,

Midshipman Pat Collins, and Officer Cadet Indi Pain.



Overseas trip to Japan – 2012

By OCDT Broderick McMurdo

In March of this year I was fortunate enough to attend the 15th

International Cadet Conference at the National Defence Academy of Japan.

The purpose of the conference was to foster international relationships

between cadets and midshipmen from 17 different nations, as well as to

discuss major world issues in an open environment.

The main topics of discussion over the first two days of the conference

were centred on National Disaster Relief, Terrorism and Threats to Security

and finally the role of the Cyber World in future military operations. Due

to the vast array of cultures represented at the conference the discussions

were extremely enlightening for all involved. Once the formal discussions

were completed each international cadet was shown around Tokyo by their

Japanese hosts for the weekend.

We visited a number of historically significant sites which helped us to gain

a better understanding of Japanese culture. In contrast though, we also

visited a number of modern hubs which were exciting if not strange at the

same time.

Overall the trip was extraordinarily valuable in a number of ways, and I am

extremely grateful to have been able to participate in such an event.

Officers Cadets Samuel Bradeley and James Tockuss during an award ceremony

Royal Netherlands Military Academy Experience

By MIDN Gideon Watkin

Japan’s Open Forum

ADFA Cadets Visit China

By OFFCDT James Tockuss

Two Royal Australian Air Force officer cadets were invited to attend the first

International Air Force Cadets Week in Changchun, China in May this year.

Over the course of one week, OFFCDT Samuel Bradeley and OFFCDT James

Tockuss were given a rare glimpse into life inside the People’s Liberation

Army Air Force (PLAAF). The PLAAF’s ‘Aviation University’ houses many

thousands of cadets, most of whom aspire to become pilots on completion

of their Aeronautical Engineering Degree.

The facilities at the University were outstanding, and reflected the huge

number of cadets that study there. Notable infrastructure included a stateof-the-art

indoor pistol range, an impressive outdoor adventure-training

facility, full athletic running track and a gym that dwarfed anything we

had ever seen (with over 50 table tennis tables). With regards to the daily

routine, the cadets live under much harsher conditions than Australian

cadets with a total of just four hours allocated to ‘free time’ per week.

After four years of study and rigorous training, the cadets begin their basic

flight training on the PT-6, before moving on to the K-8 trainer for more

advanced instruction.

In late April, MIDN Gideon Watkin, OCDT Sarah Hall and OFFCDT Oliver Kersnovski accompanied by MAJ Mark Griffths and SGT Peter Heskith attended an

international exchange week at the Royal Netherlands Military Academy. This exchange saw the gathering of a number of cadets from European countries

such as Austria, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, France, Turkey, Germany, Hungary and Luxemburg. The exchange week offered all participants the opportunity

to learn about the military education systems of many different countries.

Being introduced to life at the Netherlands Military Academy, all the Australian members were amazed at its culture and history. Being situated within the grounds

of an 18th Century castle, the Academy gave the members a new found appreciation of tradition and heritage.

Spending ANZAC Day in Europe, we were privileged to be given a battlefield tour by one of the Academy’s military history lecturers. Travelling through the

countryside to Arnhem, everyone learnt vital lessons about particular battles of World War Two following the D-Day landings. The opportunity to stand and

follow in the story of many brave soldiers was certainly a highlight of the trip.

Overall, we all gained valuable knowledge about a multitude of other countries as well as forming some close bonds.

ADFA’s sailing during the Trofeo Accademia Navale

Commemorating ANZAC

Day at Gallipoli

By OCDT Nathan Dubbeld

In late April MIDN James Stahlhut, OCDT Nathan Dubbeld, OFFCDT Ben

Harris, CPL Matt Ewing and CAPT Steve Dobby undertook an international

trip to Turkey. The trip involved three phases. The first was a visit to the Turkish

Naval Academy in Istanbul, the hosting academy showcased the facilities and

training undertaken by the Midshipmen over their four years at the academy

and took the group sightseeing in the massive city of Istanbul.

The group then attached to elements of Australia’s Federation Guard to

attend ANZAC Day services across the Gallipoli Peninsula, including the

Turkish memorial service, the Allied Forces Service, the memorial to Turkey’s

57th Regiment, the ANZAC Day Dawn Service and the Lone Pine Service.

The time spent in Canakkale was a once in a lifetime experience for the

group and finished on the night of the 25th teaching Two-Up to the Turkish

hosts. MIDN Stahlhut commented on his ANZAC Day experience, “The

opportunity to represent ADFA and the RAN at the Gallipoli Dawn Service

in 2012 has been the highlight of my career thus far. To retrace the steps of

the ANZAC legends and gain an appreciation of the strategic challenges

involved in the campaign was invaluable. I also was amazed by the support

given to us by our Turkish hosts; they provided a great insight into the past

and present Turkish Military”.

The last leg of the trip saw the group travel across the country to the capital

Ankara to visit the Turkish Military Academy, with over 3000 cadets studying

International Night

By OFFCDT Kelly Francis

ADFA Midshipmen Sail in Italy

By MIDN Dakota Tuohy

In early May, four MIDN (MIDNs Leonard, Telford, Tuohy and Watkins) from

the ADFA Sailing Club travelled to Livorno, Italy, to represent Australia in an

inter Naval Academy sailing competition. The Trofeo Accademia Navale

was well attended this year, with 20 different nations from all corners of

the globe.

The trip involved official functions, including a parade through the streets

of Livorno and an audience with the Commandant of the Italian Naval

Academy. Social and cultural experiences, such as visiting the cities of

Pisa and Florence, provided a chance for the team to make some solid

friendships with some of the other contingents: particularly the UK and

Belgian teams.

Despite fickle winds on the days of sailing, and a relatively inexperienced

crew, the ADFA team performed well in the sailing – placing roughly in the

middle of the fleet of Naval Academy boats.

Captain Steve Dobby, Midshipman James Stalhlhut, Officer Cadets Nathan

Dubbeld and Ben Harris, and Corporal Matt Ewing had the opportunity to speak

to Corporal Ben Robert-Smith, VC

and training in order to graduate as 2nd Lieutenants in the Turkish Army

OFFCDT Harris commented, “The sheer size of the Turkish Military Academy

and the amount of resources the Turkish Cadets had at their fingertips

amazed me”.

On Friday 1 June, the Midshipmen and Officer Cadets at ADFA celebrated the presence of International Cadets by holding the annual International Night

Function. The aim of the evening is to promote and celebrate the cultural diversity the International Cadets bring to the Academy.

The Entertainment Committee organised the event with the theme of ‘United Nations’, which enabled guests to dress up in costumes from around the

world. The Mess was decorated with flags from all around the world as well as large vintage style postcards.

Entertainment for the evening consisted of the ADFA band ‘Metrognome’, the ADFA DJ VECA, Cadet DJ ‘Maximus Prime’ and local band Deer Republic

playing sets to an enthusiastic crowd. In between the musical sets there were cultural displays from International Cadets.

The New Zealand Cadets warmed the crowd up with a fantastic display of the Haka, the Cadets from the Philippines impressed the crowd with a

demonstration of Arnis (stick fighting), and the Thai Cadets concluded with an excellent demonstration of Muay Thai fighting. It was an enjoyable evening for

all who attended, and was a good chance for the Midshipmen and Officer Cadets to relax before preparation for end of Semester exams commenced.



AGORA 2012

By MIDN Nam Nguyen

The AGORA committee started 2012 with new committee members

and a challenging year ahead. The Committee wasted no time in setting

proposals in motion to make changes to life at ADFA. The role of the AGORA

committee is to represent the interests and concerns of the Cadet body

and communicate with Staff at ADFA to find viable solutions.

Midshipman Douglas Phillips, President of the AGORA Committee, stated

‘this year our biggest goal is to make changes that will benefit Midshipmen

and Officer Cadets and at the Academy for years to come.’ Some of the big-

High Achievers Reception

In April UNSW at ADFA hosted a High Achievers Reception. Professor Michael

Frater, Rector of UNSW Canberra and the Vice Chief of the Defence Force Air

Marshal Mark Binskin AO congratulated 52 Midshipmen and Officer Cadets

for their great achievements and excellent academic results.

Academic High Achievers fall into two categories. The first includes all 2011

Year 12 UAC applicants who achieved a University Entrance Score of 95 or

above including Navy Officers Year One from the previous year’s admission.

The second category is for all new students to the Chief of Defence

Force (CDF) Program, including Year 12 UAC applicants and Second Year

continuing cadets who achieved the required Weighed Average Mark from

their first year of study.

ticket items include reforming the Internet available to Midshipmen and

Officer Cadets within the accommodation blocks.

So far the response from the Cadet body has been positive, and the

Committee holds regular and open meetings to ensure that Cadets’

concerns are addressed. Session One has shown that the AGORA

Committee can make advances toward positive changes for Cadets and

Midshipmen at ADFA.

The CDF Program was introduced in 2006 and aims to provide more

challenging learning opportunities for eligible high-performing

Midshipmen and Officer Cadets. It offers uniquely designed programs in

Arts, Business, Engineering, Science and Technology to further develop

students’ critical thinking and research skills.

Midshipmen and Officer Cadets in the CDF Program work closely with

academic staff on individual research projects in their area of interest. Upon

completion of their degree, they receive a unique award that reflects their

involvement in this outstanding program.

Congratulations to the following Midshipmen and Officer Cadets on their


Midshipmen David Vaughan and Andrea Lock, Officer Cadets Storm Fench, Rachel Crothers, Cameron Laing and Sylvia Rienks with the Rector of the University

of New South Wales Canberra, Professor Michael Frater, and Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Air Marshal Mark Binskin

Title First Name Surname Program

OFFCDT RYAN ANDERSON B Technology (Aeronautical)




OCDT TYLER BOSCH B Eng (Aeronautical) (CDFSP)


OFFCDT LUKE BROWN B Eng (Mechanical)







OFFCDT MYLES DARWIN B Technology (Aeronautical)




OFFCDT STORM FENECH B Technology (Aeronautical)








MIDN SARAH KAESE B Eng (Electrical)

Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Air Marshal Mark Binskin, speaking at the High Achievers Reception

Title First Name Surname Program




OFFCDT ADAM LANE B Technology (Aviation)



MIDN JACK LUND B Eng (Aeronautical) (CDFSP)








OCDT EVAN REEVES B Eng (Aeronautical)


OFFCDT NICOLA SAINT B Eng (Aeronautical)




MIDN DAVID VAUGHAN B Eng (Aeronautical)

OFFCDT JAMES VERSACE B Technology (Aeronautical)






Red Nose Day

Each year the Community Service VECA (CSV) at the Australian Defence Force

Academy holds an activity to raise money and awareness for SIDS and Kids. This

year for the first time, ADFA cadets spelled the words RED NOSE DAY on the main

parade ground.

It was a tremendous activity to undertake, yet with the leadership of Officer Cadet

Oliver Minchin and his team it was executed perfectly, gaining approval from CDRE

Bruce Kafer. As one cadet said “We are proud of what we did for SIDS and Kids,

raising awareness and funds for this cause”.

“We hope to continue supporting SIDS and Kids in future years, and the challenge is

now improving on it for next year” said CSV Liaison Midshipman Matthew Bell.


Australian Defence Force Academy

PO Box 7916

Canberra BC

ACT 2610

image above: 750 Cadets support Red Nose Day on the main parade ground.

cover image: Midshipmen and Officer Cadets spent a week onboard the tall ship ‘James Craig’.

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