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Australia Day 2014

Australia Day commemorates the establishment of the first European settlement at Port Jackson, now part of Sydney, in 1788. It is an opportunity for Australians to come together to celebrate their nations heritage and culture and to reflect on the achievements of the nation and explorations of way to make the country even better in the future.

In celebration of Australia Day, Australia’s Federation Guard formed a Royal Guard welcoming Her Excellency the Honourable Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia. Also present were Prime Minister Tony Abbott and the Chairman of the National Australia Day Council, Mr Adam Gilchrist. During the Royal Guard the Australian flag was raised in time with a 21 Gun Salute at Rond Terrace.

Remembrance Day - 11 November 2013

Every year on the 11th November we gather to commemorate the end of World War 1 – Remembrance Day. Australia’s Federation Guard (AFG) conduct a Royal Guard at the Australian War Memorial (AWM) for Her Excellency the Honourable Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

During the Royal Guard, AFG also provide a Catafalque Party at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the AWM where the heads of state pay their respects and place a poppy on the Tomb.

8 Hour Legacy Event - 30 August 2013

Australia's Federation Guard (AFG) members took part in an eight hour Legacy fund raising event. Groups of four defence and/or civilian members walked, ran or cycled for eight hours straight to raise money for Legacy. The event was held at Gaza Ridge Bandiana South Army Barracks in Albury/Wodonga. Walkers and runners completed laps of a 5km cross country style loop and bike riders rode around a 10km loop.

The AFG mixed walking team received medals for coming third after completing 19 laps. One of the AFG mens riding teams took out first place completing 27 laps. Overall the day was a success with all participants raising approximately $10,000 for Legacy.

EKKA - 09 August 2013

Australia's Federation Guard formed a Royal Guard for Her Excellency the Honourable Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia during the opening of the Royal Queensland Show (colloquially known as the Ekka).

The Ekka aims to showcase Queensland's culture, produce, resources and initiatives. Through a range of competitions, award ceremonies, exhibits, educational displays, animals and performances the Ekka displays all QLD has to offer.

Aberdeen Highland Games - 06 July 2013

Australia's Federation Guard Precision Drill Team travelled to the Hunter Valley, NSW to perform various routines at the Aberdeen Highland Games. The Highland Games featured various stalls, Scottish displays and activities. These activities included Pipes and Drums, Highland and Country Dancing and the Tartan Warrior competition. There was a Tug of War Competition and novelty events for the whole family to enjoy and participate in.

ANZAC Day - 25 April 2013

Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance that broadly commemorates not only Australians and New Zealanders but all who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations and the contribution and suffering of all those who have served.

Australia’s Federation Guard members form various catafalque parties for ANZAC Day in Australia and around the world in locations which include Gallipoli, Villers-Bretonneux and Belgium.

Beating Retreat 06 April 2013

On Saturday 6 April 2013, the Australian War Memorial (AWM) put on an unforgettable Open Day for the public. Australia’s Federation Guard (AFG) along with members of the Band of the Royal Military College Duntroon, put on an engaging performance. AFG members slow marched in review order and fired a series of volleys before the Precision Drill Team performed their amazing routine.

The Open Day ended with a concert where the skies above the Memorial came to life with the sounds and sights of an exciting Gun and firework display to the music of Tchaikovskys 1812 overture.

Skyfire - 16 March 2013

Australia’s Federation Guard (AFG) took part in the annual Skyfire show and provided entertainment to the public with a Precision Drill Team (PDT) performance and the firing of the 105 Howitzer’s to music accompaniment.

Skyfire is put on by a local radio station where fireworks are set off to music over Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra. During the show AFG fire the 105 Howitzer in time to the music.

Royal Guard for HRH The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles - 09 November 2012

Australia’s Federation Guard (AFG) formed a Royal Guard on the Sydney foreshore welcoming His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales on his visit to Australia.

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Anzac Day France Contingent for Australia’s Federation Guard

21 April 2015: The Anzac Day France contingent for Australia’s Federation Guard (AFG) has taken time in the lead up to their ceremonial duties to conduct a battlefield tour at key areas of the Western Front. Travelling from Amiens, the contingent visited memorials at Pozieres, Thiepval and Fromelles. Leading the tour was Assistant to the Defence Attache – France, Wing Commander Michael Garside.

The AFG will be performing catafalque parties at a number of ceremonies for the Centenary of Anzac services in Gallipoli, France, Belgium and East Timor.

Australia’s Federation Guard provides a Tri-Service Ceremonial Capability

15 April 2015: The parade ground at Australia’s Federation Guard (AFG) in Canberra remains the epicentre of all things Anzac related as four contingents of Guardsmen prepare to travel to Europe and the South Pacific to support one of the most important ceremonial events in the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) history.

Practice and preparation are two words which have been embraced with gusto at the AFG with members of the tri service unit currently working every day to ensure Centenary of Anzac activities in Turkey, France, Belgium and Timor Leste are flawless. Australia’s Federation Guard provides a Tri-Service ceremonial capability in order to promote the standards, values, traditions and ethos of the ADF and Australia.

Indonesian Major General visits the Australian Defence College

15 April 2015: Major General Hartind Asrin, the Head of the Indonesian Defence Ministry's Education and Training Agency, visited the Australian Defence College at Weston Creek for discussions on bilateral E&T programs.

MAJGEN Aslin's visit program also included visits to the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Defence International Training Centre in Melbourne.

RSM-Ceremonial ADF presented with Anzac's Bible to take to Gallipoli

14 April 2015: Australian Army soldier Warrant Officer Class One Paul Richardson, Regimental Sergeant Major – Ceremonial, was presented with a Bible that saved the life of an Anzac digger at a moving ceremony in Canberra on 14 April 2015. The Bible belonged to Lance Corporal Elvas Jenkins of 2 Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers.

Lance Corporal Elvas Jenkins enlisted on 19 September 1914, shortly after the beginning of the First World War, and was serving at Gallipoli in 2 Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers, when the Bible saved his life by stopping a large piece of shrapnel.

Netherlands CDF visits the Australian Defence College

14 April 2015: The Netherlands Chief of Defence Force, General Tom Middendorp, visited the Australian Defence College to address the Defence and Strategic Studies Course.

The Fuel Supply Chain Journey in Defence

10 April 2015: Defence has established a new Defence Fuel Supply Chain regime to address maintenance, governance, safety and training issues on Defence Fuel Installations under the operational authority of Commander Joint Logistics, Rear Admiral Clint Thomas AM, CSC, RAN, the Head of the Defence Fuels Supply Chain.

This action has come about in response to a number of internal and external reviews into the fuel supply chain management in Defence. Significant progress has been made to improve the safety of the Defence Fuel Supply Chain and its resilience in support of capability. This change has been driven by the Secretary of Defence and the Chief of the Defence Force as part of implementing a continuous improvement culture.

International Day at the Australian Defence College

28 March 2015: Several hundred staff, course members and their families attended the International Day activities at the Australian Defence College, Weston Creek.

Representatives of more than 20 countries' defence forces attend the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies or the Australian Command and Staff College. The overseas representatives provide a broad diversity of perspectives that benefits all course members.

The annual International Day is an opportunity to celebrate the important contributions that overseas course members make at the Australian Defence College. The event included delicious cuisine from around the world and traditional dancing.

CMIW 2015 Mt Macedon - Diverse Countries: Common Interests

26 March 2015: The ACMC conducted its Civil-Military Interaction Workshop (CMIW) at the Australian Emergency Management Institute in Mount Macedon, Victoria, from 15-20 March 2015. The CMIW is ACMC’s flagship professional development program, bringing together around fifty participants to explore key issues in multinational, multiagency responses to conflicts and disasters.

ADFA Cadets & Midshipmen join Community Event

22 March 2015 : Over 250 officer cadets and midshipmen from the Australian Defence Force Academy joined the 5000 strong Canberra community in an event to pay respects to mother of three, Tara Costigan, who recently lost her life as a result of domestic violence.

ADFA were able to raise more than $9000 to be donated to the Tara Costigan Foundation, which has been created to educate Australians about domestic violence and help support victims and their families.

Australia marks the conclusion of Operation SLIPPER

21 March 2015 : Australia marked the conclusion of Operation SLIPPER with commemorative activities conducted across each State and Territory capital city and Townsville.

Australia's military contribution to the ISAF and the ICAT missions across Afghanistan and the Middle East commenced in October 2001. Australia deployed over 33,000 Australian Defence Force personnel, Australian Public Service employees and Australian Federal Police to the Middle East Area of Operations.