Craig Hansen in the news

FORMER soldier Craig Hansen wanted nothing more than to be able to mow his own lawns after being badly wounded while deployed in Afghanistan.

Now, the Linden Park-based Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) SA RSL sub-branch has helped make that a reality for the former sergeant.

In November 2008, Mr Hansen was on patrol in the back of a 4WD armoured army vehicle when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated directly underneath him.

His feet and ankles were crushed, he received nerve damage in his knees and back, broke his arm and suffered a traumatic brain injury.

He has since had 14 operations and procedures and has been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder.

The father of three was medically discharged from the army on November 25 last year.

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Vale: Dave Cruse

Received an email from Ian Reid alerting me to the fact that Dave Cruse passed away in 1996 and is interred at the Cheltenham Cemetry, Cheltanham, South Australia.

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I knew him well and am saddened at his passing.

Vale Dave.


60 Years of the RAR

Found on Facebook a digital Duty First magazine celebrating 60 years of the Royal Australian Regiment

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Army Edition 1331, July 17, 2014

SALUTE TO SERVICE: Special Forces soldier LCpl Todd Chidgey returned home in a solemn ceremony at RAAF Base Richmond on July 9,  page 3

: More than 120 soldiers from across 1 Bde have joined forces in Hawaii to form the Australian 4th Combat Landing Team for Exercise Rim of the Pacific, page 5


CELEBRATING HERITAGE: In line with this year’s NAIDOC Week theme ‘Serving country: centenary and beyond’ past and present ADF members gathered at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra to celebrate 100 years of loyal indigenous service, pages 10-11


ON TARGET: 1RAR soldiers have enhanced their ballistic entry skills through shotgun method of entry training at Mt Stuart Training Area in Townsville, Centrepiece


Special Liftout:

CPL Max Bree visited the Pilbara Regiment and reports on what’s happening in the north and north-west.


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Hollywood joins forces for military suit

Hollywood joins forces for military suit

THE Oscar-nominated designers at Legacy Effects have outfitted such memorable movie warriors as The Terminator, RoboCop, Captain America and Iron Man.

The special-effects company is now at work on what seems a mission impossible: Building an Iron Man-style suit to protect and propel elite US troops by encasing them in body armour equipped with an agile exoskeleton to enable troops to carry many kilograms of gear.

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Ian Lankester’s funeral

Ian is to be interred at Pinnaroo Cemetery Padbury on Wed 9 Jul commencing at 1100 hrs for a graveside service.

Aplogies for late notice.

Vale: Ian Lankester, Pnrs, 2nd Tour

Email from Stoney Bourke

It is with deep regret that I have to inform you that Ian (Lanky) Lankester lost his battle with cancer and passed away early this morning  at his home.His son John phoned me with the news this morning.

Funeral details as they come to hand


The AGM is scheduled for Sun 29 Jun at Rod Lyon’s place in Turramurra.

If you can’t attend then send in your proxy vote to Tony.  If he doesn’t get enough proxies then he will have to postphone the AGM for two weeks.

Go to the right hand menu and under Admin click on Form Downloads.  This will enable you to download a proxy form.

Queen’s Birthday Honours

Lieutenant Colonel Malcom D. WELLS, Distinguished Service Cross for distinguished command in warlike operations as Commanding Officer of the 7th Battalion, the RAR Task Group.

Major Michael J. KEARNS, Commendation for Distinguished Service for distinguished performance of duty in warlike operations as the Officer Commanding the Brigade Adviser Team, 7th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, Operation Slipper 2012~2103.

7RAR Association congratulate both officers on their awards.


2nd tour soldier Peter Vlachou also recognized;

Peter Vlachou, North Perth, WA. Medal (OAM) in the General Division for service to the Greek community of Western Australia