AAELC 1/17 students graduated from their long course having made great strides in their English language education. For several students it was their second time at DITC, but all students felt very much at home during their stay and took advantage of the opportunity to increase their English language level another notch higher. Well done to all.
Staff and students were resplendent in their formal attire as they attended one of the traditional DITC Dining-In Nights of the year. Guests mingled in the foyer of the Officers Mess at RAAF Williams then moved into the formal dining room where courses were punctuated by speeches and presentations.
Eighteen new ADFELPS raters joined the ranks this morning after completing their intensive two week course at DITC. In the CO’s words, without raters’ contribution students would not be able to participate in DITC courses, and so their skills are highly valued. We welcome all new raters and look forward to sharing this important task with them in the future. Congratulations to all.
All nine of our ETDC students passed this most arduous course (which is run once every two years) and will soon be on their way home. This is a great achievement for those students and their teachers and we look forward to seeing the fruits of their studies being put into practice back in their home countries. Their presence at DITC over the last three months has been a joy and a privilege for all concerned and we wish them all well for the future in their teaching and military careers.
The Thai Defence and Air Attache in Australia recently hosted the annual Royal Thai Armed Forces Day. Traditionally, this event commemorates the victory of King Naresuan in a duel with the Burmese Crown Prince. This year the celebrations were held at Salai Thai, the Royal Thai Embassy in Canberra. Our own Thai Seconded Officer attended the event along with honoured guests, The Chief of Australian Defence Force and His Excellency the Ambassador of Thailand to Australia. The evening opened with a tribute to His Majesty, the late King of Thailand. After some official speeches and toasts, Thai military students joined with ADFA cadets to sing a song composed by His Majesty, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, which was dedicated to members of the Armed forces and designed to boost morale among military personnel.