Exercise True Grit

The Royal Australian Regiment (8/9 RAR), deployed to Tully Training Area with a contingent from the French Armed Forces in New Caledonia (FANC) as part of the Regional War Fighter. The training assisted in developing tactical proficiency in jungle terrain, enhancing interoperability between the FANC and 8/9 RAR. The exercise involved a series of fatiguing tasks in an uncomfortable environment, allowing soldiers from both nations to demonstrate resilience, a combat mindset, and the will win by developing a team culture.



Hi, Thought I’d leave you something to think about while I’m away … home on Saturday. Ray

Why do peanuts float in a regular coke and sink in a diet coke.  Go ahead and try it….

I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.

How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?

Why do you have to “put your two cents in”… but it’s only a “penny for your thoughts”? Where’s that extra penny going?

Once you’re in heaven, do you get stuck wearing the clothes you were buried in for eternity?

What disease did cured ham actually have?

How is it that we put a man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?

Why is it that people say they “slept like a baby” when babies wake up every two hours?

If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing?

Why are you IN a movie, but you’re ON TV?

Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?

Why do doctors leave the room while you change??? They’re going to see you naked anyway.

Why is “bra” singular and “panties” plural?

Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?

Can a hearse carrying a corpse drive in the carpool lane?

If the professor on Gilligan’s Island can make a radio out of a coconut, why can’t he fix a hole in a boat?

If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from?

If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?

Why do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?

Why did you just try singing the two songs above?

Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog’s face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him for a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?






A man in a hot air balloon realized he was lost. He reduced altitude and spotted a woman below. He descended a bit more and shouted, “Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don’t know where I am.”

The woman below replied, “You’re in a hot air balloon hovering approximately 30 feet above the ground. You’re between 49 and 50 degrees north latitude and between 122 and 123 degrees west longitude.”

“You must be an engineer,” said the balloonist.

“I am,” replied the woman, “how did you know?”

“Well,” answered the balloonist, “everything you told me is technically correct, but I’ve no idea what to make of your information, and the fact is that I’m still lost. Frankly, you’ve not been much help at all. If anything, you’ve delayed my trip.”

The woman below responded, “You must be a politician.”

“I am,” replied the balloonist, “but how did you know?”

“Well,” said the woman, “you don’t know where you are or where you’re going. You have risen to where you are due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise, which you’ve no idea how to keep, and you expect people beneath you to solve your problems. The fact is, you are in the same position you were in before we met, but now, somehow, it’s my fault.”


A smile while I’m away – enjoy

An additional eight Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs across the country

RSL NSW welcomes the Australian Government’s commitment to establishing an additional eight Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs across the country, announced in last night’s Budget. The $46.7 million commitment includes funding for four new Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs to be established in locations with significant defence and veteran communities in New South Wales.

The Treasurer also announced additional investment in staff and technology for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to eliminate the claims backlog and administrative improvements in claims processing systems.

RSL NSW will support its partner charity RSL LifeCare, the operator of the only DVA-funded Hub in NSW, to expand its network and bid to operate new Hubs in Queanbeyan, the Hawkesbury, Hunter, and on the Tweed/North Coast, in collaboration with local veterans and their communities, and other ex-service organisations and service providers. Its network of over 320 RSL sub-Branches connects veteran communities to the Hubs.

RSL NSW President Ray James said veteran communities have witnessed the benefits of these Hubs in action since the Nowra and Riverina Veteran Wellbeing Centres (now referred to as Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs) were established, and that RSL NSW and RSL LifeCare have a strong business case to support how the organisations can operate the centres using their combined resources.

“RSL NSW welcomes this funding commitment for one reason; we know Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs work,” Mr James said.

“Since 2021, RSL NSW sub-Branches have donated over $5.2 million to RSL LifeCare to support the ongoing delivery of services to veterans and their families and I welcome the commitment from the Australian Government to expand the Veterans’ and Families’ Hub network.

“RSL NSW and RSL LifeCare are uniquely positioned to operate Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs in New South Wales without the need to for recurrent government funding.”

The Nowra and Riverina Veteran Wellbeing Centres are aligned to the DVA Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs Network and offer a full suite of critical services to veterans and their families including employment, homelessness and housing support, physical and mental wellbeing services, financial assistance, and DVA claim advocacy.



The government has handed down its federal budget, which includes new measures aimed at enhancing the nation’s cyber resilience along with shoring up Australia’s relationships with its Indo-Pacific partners as part of a significant investment plan for the defence and security portfolio.

Commonwealth Treasurer Jim Chalmers has tabled the government’s 2022-23 federal budget, reporting the federal government’s commitment to $31.3 million to extend the Australian Public Service cyber hubs pilot aimed at bolstering the nation’s cyber resilience, along with the $12.6 million investment to combat scams and online fraud to help protect Australians from cybercrime.

The recent spate of cyber attacks against Australian organisations has highlighted the realities of the threat landscape, according to Crispin Kerr, vice president, ANZ at Proofpoint, noting that the security breaches clearly demonstrated no organisation is immune to the devastating consequences of cyber criminal activity and data loss.

“While cyber risks continue to evolve, one important aspect remains constant — people play the biggest role in cyber security incidents and data breaches.

“As cyber criminals continue to refine their attack methods, leveraging highly effective social engineering threats to target people first and infrastructure last, prioritising cyber security awareness training is essential to protecting Australia on an individual, organisational and government level,” Kerr added.

“While this investment represents a positive step forward, we also encourage further collaboration between governments and enterprises to promote knowledge sharing to inform appropriate cyber regulation and ensure best practice.

“Placing the human element of security front and centre is paramount to the success of these investments and in protecting Australians as the threat landscape continues to evolve,” Kerr said.

The federal government’s investment in boosting national cyber security is timely due to October being cyber security awareness month. New research conducted by Genetec shows that cyber security remains a top concern for physical security professionals going into 2023.

Based on insights from over 3,700 physical security leaders from around the world, the report revealed that almost half (49 per cent) of the organisations surveyed had activated an improved cyber security strategy this year, and more than a third of all respondents (36 per cent) are looking to invest in cybersecurity-related tools to improve their physical security environment in the next 12 months.

Seventy Diggers to help train Ukrainians

By Ben Packham

Australia will deploy up to 70 ADF personnel to train Ukrainian troops, and send another 30 Bushmaster protected vehicles, pictured above, to the country to support its war against Russia.

The Australian Defence Force trainers will be based in Britain from January 2023 as part of Operation Interflex – the British-led effort to train Ukrainian forces.

The extra Bushmasters, which Ukrainian troops have lauded for their battlefield performance, brings the number of the vehicles now pledged to Ukraine to 90.

Ukraine is desperate to speed up the delivery of the promised Bushmasters and M113 armoured personnel carriers, which are being shipped at the rate of just three a fortnight.

It’s understood Ukraine has made an informal request for US support to transport the Australian vehicles to Europe.

Anthony Albanese said Australia had been unequivocal in its support for Ukraine and its condemnation of Vladimir Putin. “We will continue to stand up for freedom and democracy,” the Prime Minister said.

“This is a not just about Ukraine’s sovereignty; the brave people of Ukraine are defending international law, rules and norms.”

The Australian training support follows the deployment of 30 New Zealand Army trainers to the UK-led mission, and an Ardern government commitment to send another 120.

The government has made it clear “no ADF personnel will enter Ukraine”.

Funeral Details Donald ‘Saint’ Sinclair – RAA

Good afternoon all,

The following details have been provided regarding a funeral and wake for the late Don ‘Saint’ Sinclair.

The funeral for Donald Sinclair will be held on Monday 31st October at 2pm at Mt Thompson Crematorium East Chapel, in Mount Gravatt. The wake will be held at 34 Fairlead Crescent, Manly at the Manly Harbour Boat Club function Room (fully catered) and booked from 4pm to 9 pm.

Funeral Webcasting – the streaming invitation details are: View online
Just control click the link to open.

All ‘A’ Battery Association members as well as serving members are invited to attend the funeral and wake afterwards.

With thanks to Paul Vernon Johnston, Secretary – Association Administration Manager (AAM)
‘A’ Battery Association

Peter Bruce, OAM

Obituary Resource Officer

Taking a break

Back in 2019 Julie and I booked an eight-day cruise out of Brisbane to attend the 2020 Melbourne Cup, as you know all cruising was cancelled so we moved our booking to 2021 still no cruising, so here we are in 2022 and at last, we board P&Os Pacific Encounter on Friday (28th).

Veteranweb will be off the air while I’m away, so you get a rest as well. Please limit your emails to me as I will have no access to them while I’m away.

I was wondering if any other network members were taking the same cruise to the Melbourne Cup, if you are send me a quick email, I’d love to catch up.