Volume 11, No. 55, November 02, 2006
By Cpl Andrew Hetherington
Cpl Albert Finnsson receives the Hassett Award from Governor-General
Maj-Gen Michael Jeffery.
Photo by Cpl Andrew Hetherington
6RAR soldier has been selected as the first winner of the Hassett
Award for being the most outstanding junior leader in the RAR
Governor-General Maj-Gen Michael Jeffery and Gen Sir Francis Hassett
presented the award to Cpl Albert Finnsson at a ceremony in Canberra
on October 19.
Cpl Finnsson was recognised for his work as a Bushmaster Detachment
Commander on a deployment to Afghanistan and in assisting to develop
unit tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) for Bushmaster
In presenting the award, Maj-Gen Michael Jeffery said Cpl Finnssons
commitment was exceptional.
To be the champion corporal of the RAR bespeaks a junior
NCO of great skill and dedication, he said.
We are very proud of you and I am delighted to be able to
present this award on behalf of Gen Sir Francis Hassett.
After receiving the award, Cpl Finnsson said he felt privileged
to have been the first recipient.
I feel overwhelmed and yet fairly humbled at the same time,
he said. There are a lot of great junior NCOs out there
at the moment and I was really surprised to be the one to receive
He said his work assisting in developing unit TTPs for 6RAR Bushmasters
was just as important as his work in Afghanistan.
This was for my work during a deployment to Afghanistan
but, more importantly, for the development of Bushmaster TTPs,
and the assistance I gave in the preparation of other soldiers
who went over with the RTF group, he said.
There had been motorised TTPs already written up [in the
unit]. With the introduction of the Bushmaster they needed to
be adjusted. I used my experiences and the TTPs we used overseas,
and assisted the OC of Delta Coy 6RAR, in refining the existing
He said the Afghanistan deployment was his most memorable experience
in his Army career. It was easily the pinnacle of my military
career, being given the opportunity to work with such an elite
group of soldiers and perform my job.
Cpl Finnsson said he was honoured to meet the Governor-General
and Gen Hassett.
I found Gen Hassett to be an incredible person. He seems
to be very switched on to the present-day Army and he was confirming
how the regiment is moving forward and developing. Also, meeting
the Governor-General was very overwhelming.
Cpl Finnsson is working as an instructor and section commander
on an infantry IET course at 6RAR.
This is a good learning stage for me, as I have never instructed
on a course like this before, he said.
It has been an interesting experience and I believe that
a section commanders work at Singleton would be one of the
hardest jobs in the regiment. It is a very demanding job and,
by the end of the course, it would be very rewarding also.
The Hassett Award was made possible by the donation of $5000 to
the RAR Foundation by Gen Sir Francis and Lady Hassett early this
The RAR Foundation decided to commemorate the Generals exemplary
leadership and prowess during his Army career by instituting the