Comr. Bell – ANZAC of the Year 2022

Our congratulations go to Comr. Raymond Bell OAM for being one of the three recipients of the RSL ANZAC of the Year for 2022, recently receiving his Award from Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of New South Wales alongside fellow recipient Mr Harry Allie.

Comr. Bell was recognised for over 75 years ongoing commitment to the Australian Air League, over 50 years voluntary service as a band marshal at the Sydney ANZAC Day March, and his long service to the Air Force Association (NSW Division). He was joined on this day by his family including grandson Lachlan Hyde, himself now an Air League Officer and Lt.Comr. Jeff Remington, NSW Group Executive Commissioner.

Photos provided by Mrs Megan Hyde

Queensland Group Training Camp 2022

In Queensland the first weekend in May is not only a long weekend celebrating Labour Day, it is also the Group Training Camp. This year’s camp was a success with a great mix of leadership and skills training along with fun for the cadets and officers involved. 

Cadets participated in three different phases of training with each phase focusing on the skills needed for the specific roles. 

Phase One cadets were in training to become Leading Cadets, Phase Two Corporals and Phase Three for the Sergeants. Each phase coordinator provided theoretical and practical training that would assist the cadets in their parade nights and in leadership throughout their lives. 

Highlights of the weekend are always the beach activity, free time games and achieving a variety of badges. Special thanks to our Group Administrator, Chief Commissioner Rickards, and the Federal Field Commissioner/Executive Commissioner Victoria, Commissioner O’Brien who flew up from Victoria for the weekend to lend Queensland their skills and expertise. All the officers involved in training, and supporting, the cadets did a superb job and are sincerely thanked for their efforts.  To the cadet members attending we hope and trust you found the weekend beneficial and we also thank you for your input and participation which was exceptional.

Sqn. Capt. Sarah Biggs
Group Education Officer

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Air League Officer recognised as an RSL ANZAC of the Year

On Thursday the Returned & Services League of Australia (RSL) announced the recipients of the 2022 RSL ANZAC of the Year Awards, which recognise efforts and achievements given in service to fellow Australians and to the community in a positive, selfless and compassionate manner.

Among the recipients this year was Comr. Raymond Claude Bell OAM, in recognition of over 75 years ongoing commitment to the Australian Air League, over 50 years voluntary service as a band marshal at the Sydney ANZAC Day March, and his long service to the Air Force Association [NSW Division).

Comr. Raymond Bell OAM announced as a recipient of the RSL ANZAC of the Year Awards 2022
(photo Michael Oud)

Comr. Bell joined the Australian Air League as a young cadet in November 1944 and has served in a many roles including NSW Boys Group Executive Commissioner. He is currently back at the Squadron level, as Officer Commanding Squadron at Moorebank Squadron where he still works with the cadets today.

The other recipients for 2022 are Mr Harold (Harry) Allie BEM of NSW for work on indigenous involvement in commemorative services and Dr Madeline Romaniuk for her work in the areas of mental health and other health conditions affecting veterans and their families.

To read more about the Award and this year’s recipients, visit the RSL website here.

From Tiger Moths to Airbus – John Rosenberg

On the 3rd September 2021 we were saddened to hear that Sqn.Capt. Ean Rosenberg passed away after losing his battle with cancer. Ean originally joined the City of Brisbane Company of the Australian Air League as a young cadet in 1939 along with his father and older brother John Rosenberg

John would go on to serve in the RAAF through the war and in the months before his passing we had been working with Ean to write the history of his brother’s service both in the RAAF and post war in airlines. This was completed shortly before his passing and we would like to dedicate this story in his memory.

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