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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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.
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)
OFFCDT MITCHELL APTED B Science
MIDN LAURA BALDWIN B Eng (Electrical) (CDFSP)
OFFCDT TRENT BLINCO B Eng (Civil)
OCDT TYLER BOSCH B Eng (Aeronautical) (CDFSP)
MIDN ANDREW BOWLEY B Eng (Electrical)
OFFCDT LUKE BROWN B Eng (Mechanical)
MIDN MATTHEW BRUCE B Eng (Electrical)
OFFCDT AIDAN BUTCHER B Eng (Aeronautical)
OCDT JACKSON CAIL B Eng (Civil) (CDFSP)
OCDT JOSHUA CLARK B Science
OCDT JONATHAN CONWAY B Science
OFFCDT RACHEL CROTHERS B Business
OFFCDT MYLES DARWIN B Technology (Aeronautical)
OCDT CHICOUTIMI DONE B Eng (Civil)
OCDT THOMAS EADIE B Eng (Civil) (CDFSP)
OFFCDT DOUGLAS FAITHFULL B Eng (Aeronautical)
OFFCDT STORM FENECH B Technology (Aeronautical)
OFFCDT ALEXANDER GLOVER B Eng (Electrical) (CDFSP)
OFFCDT NICHOLAS HILL B Tech (Aeronautical) (CDFSP)
MIDN CLAIRE HODGE B Science
OCDT MICHAEL HOLDING B Eng (Civil)
OFFCDT DAVID HOLMES B Science
OCDT STEPHEN JONES B Eng (Electrical)
OCDT BRAYDEN JOY B Arts
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 DAVID KENNEDY B Eng (Aeronautical) (CDFSP)
OCDT STUART KIMBELL B Arts
OCDT CAMERON LAING B Eng (Civil)
OFFCDT ADAM LANE B Technology (Aviation)
OCDT LUKE LEADBETTER B Eng (Civil)
MIDN CHIEN HUI LOCK B Eng (Mechanical) (CDFSP)
MIDN JACK LUND B Eng (Aeronautical) (CDFSP)
OFFCDT SAMUEL MCANENEY B Science
OFFCDT CONNOR MCARTHUR B Tech (Aeronautical) (CDFSP)
OCDT RHYS MCCORMACK B Eng (Mechanical) (CDFSP)
OFFCDT THOMAS MOLNAR B Science
OCDT HARRY PALFREY-SNEDDON B Eng (Civil) (CDFSP)
OFFCDT NITILAKSH PRASAD B Eng (Aeronautical)
OCDT KURTIS RAINNIE B Eng (Civil)
OCDT EVAN REEVES B Eng (Aeronautical)
OCDT SYLVIA RIENKS B Science
OFFCDT NICOLA SAINT B Eng (Aeronautical)
OCDT BENJAMIN SHEPPARD B Arts
OCDT MITCHELL STOKES B Eng (Electrical) (CDFSP)
OCDT GARY TYLER B Science (CDFSP)
MIDN DAVID VAUGHAN B Eng (Aeronautical)
OFFCDT JAMES VERSACE B Technology (Aeronautical)
OCDT HAMISH WALLACE B Eng (Mechanical) (CDFSP)
MIDN SAMUEL WILLIAMSON B Eng (Aeronautical)
OCDT DAVID WOOLLEY B Arts
OFFCDT BRIAN YEUNG B Eng (Mechanical) (CDFSP)
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
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
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’.