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Edited by Robert Ray and Max Speedy, The History of the Royal Australian Navy Helicopter Flight Vietnam (RANHFV) 1967 – 1971.
This collection of forty or so stories has been validated against reports of proceedings, flying log books and other official sources.
The book gives both a personal and graphic view, rather than a day by day blow of events. Soft cover, photographs.
Between October 1967 and June 1971, the four RANHFV year-long contingents of 45 or so integrated with the US Army’s 135th Assault Helicopter Company as an Experimental Military Unit (EMU) hence the title EMU Flight.The 135th was one of 70 or more US Army helicopter companies in Vietnam and it was the 135th that initially introduced the “H” model Huey to the Vietnam theatre.
RAN pilots filled only about ten per cent of the company’s aircrew billets but contributed significantly more with their operational skills and experience.
Copies of the book can be ordered through the office. Cost is $30.00.
Update on the Senate inquiry into Indexations of Military Pensions.
You are aware of the Fair Indexation Bill that is now the subject of a Senate Inquiry. DoFD put in a late response. A cynic would say waited until they saw all the other inputs and attempted to discredit them.
The Alliance of Defence Service Organisations (ADSO) of which the DFWA is a senior member has put in a further submission rebutting the DOFD input and can be found as submission 7 a.
Numerous submissions have be made in regard to the Fair Indexation Bill now before the Federal Parliament.
AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW INCORPORATED
The Report of the Review of Military Compensation Arrangements, is available on the website
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Jim, a retired RAAF Legal Officer, is coordinating a class action against the refusal of Comsuper to return members pensions to the full entitlement after paying off the commutation.
If anyone meets the requirement please reply to Jim direct.
It could be to our advantage to make contact with a DFRDB Retiree who did not commute a portion of his/her retired pay entitlement on leaving the service. In particular information is sought on the method used by the DFRDB Authority to apply the annual/half yearly CPI increase to uncommuted retired pay in order to establish the level of retired pay for the following year.
In addition to implications associated with a possible Class Action, the matter also bears on the method used by the DFRDB Authority to establish DFRDB Spouse’s Retired Pay. This has important implications for our wives/husbands and the wives/husbands of our fallen comrades.
Accordingly, with ANZAC Day coming up addressees are asked to use the opportunity to spread the word to RAN Army RAAF Unit Associations, RSL Sub-branches, RSL Clubs, State RAAF Association Divisions, and State Navy Associations to find a person who did not commute and request that they make contact with Jim Treadwell (J the T) please.
Be of good cheer – regards,
J the T (Jim Treadwell)