DITC staff and families were in a celebratory mood as they marked the end of the year with a Christmas lunch organised by the Amenities Club. It was a chance for the team to get together in a jovial atmosphere and to enjoy each others company as they reflected on 2014 as well as the year ahead. We wish them all a safe and relaxing break and look forward to working together again in 2015.
It's that time of year again, when along with the merriment and celebration we have to say our sad goodbyes to staff who are leaving DITC. While CAPT Damien Cahill is actually retiring from the service, he is continuing to work as a regional sports coordinator in Queensland. Recently promoted SQLDR Karen Hunter is taking up a much awaited posting in East Timor, while MAJ Matt Knight takes on a regional career advisory role between Adelaide and Darwin. We wish them all the success and happiness they deserve in their new postings.
Good things come in threes for the XO who received his third career commendation, this time for services to DITC and with the personal gratitude of BRIG Gates who presented his award. Well done to a tireless, committed, hard-working member of the team who gets things done, quickly and efficiently. XO is Number 1, after all!
ADC PREP - DSSC 1/14 was the final course to graduate in 2014 and by no means the least. Students bid fond farewell and thanked their teachers for equipping them so well for their intensely academic course at ADC. Having already made many friends and colleagues they will not feel alone as they settle down for the year of hardwork ahead.
ADC PREP - ACSC 1/14 graduated last Thursday, 11 December 2014 with BRIG Gates on hand to personally congratulate all the students. Each one of them will have a busy year in 2015 as they head off to their target course at ADC. We trust they are well prepared for the rigours ahead and wish them all well.
Students graduated from the PT PREP 2/14 course yesterday showing a great respect for DITC teachers and support staff, as well as a great grasp of English and a wonderful team spirit. They are in tip-top shape, ready to take on the rigours of Royal Military College General Service Officer First Appointment Course and the undergraduate program at ADFA. We wish them well in their endeavours at ADFA and RMC Duntroon.
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Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus, peace on earth and good will. Christmas lights and trees are displayed, carols sung and children eagerly await the arrival of Santa Claus and gifts.
Two important sporting events are held - the start of the Sydney to Hobart bluewater classic yacht race and the Boxing Day test match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
New Year's Eve is a time for communities, families and friends to celebrate the year past and the year to come. Fireworks light up cities and harbours around Australia.