Surprise for the Chief Comr at Victoria Group Review


Chief Commissioner Ian Rickards was surprised and visibly pleased to receive his Bar to the DSA Medal from the 2015 Cadets of the Year at a special presentation ceremony during the Victoria Group Review on 4th October. The Bar to a Distinguished Service Award is the highest award for service and was granted by the Council of the Air League in recognition of Mr Rickards’ long and outstanding commitment to the organisation for over 40 years.

In February 2015 Chief Comr. Rickards presented awards in NSW to the top male and female cadet for 2015, both from the Victoria Group. However, Cpl Benjamin Tam and Cpl Rebecca Newbery never expected the awards process would be reversed in their term of duty as leaders of the Cadet of the Year Advisory Group. Federal Training Commissioner Tom Short said afterwards, ‘This occasion was a historic event for the Air League because the DSA Bar has never been presented before, and it was the first time Cadet of the Year winners have been invited to present such a prestigious award. It was an occasion everyone will remember for some time’.

With almost perfect weather, the Victorian Review was further enhanced by a large contingent of cadets and officers from the South Australian Wing. SA cadets took part in a number of competitions and picked-up several awards. To mark the occasion, South Australia’s Cadet of the Year, Cpl Daniel Oliver was also invited to join the DSA presentation party.

NSWBG Group Review Digest 2015

The Review Digest for the 2015 New South Wales Boys Group Review (to be held on 13th September 2015) is now available online for download.

This Digest covers the following:-

  • Field Competitions
  • PA Ball Games
  • Drumming Solo Competitions
  • Education Competitions
  • Modelling Competitions

This year squadrons can register for all competitions via an online portal

Please note the venue location has been changed to “The Crest” McClean St, Bass Hill.

Air League Officer Honoured with OAM

Congratulation go to Gp Comr (Retd) Ted Ford, DSA., MSA on his recent award of Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division for service to youth, and to the Uniting Church in Australia.

Gp Comr Ford joined the Australian Air League in 1977 and was Officer Commanding Rockdale Squadron, Sutherland Shire Squadron and Kingsford Smith Wing. More recently he held the appointment of Group Administration Commissioner before his retirement from the Australian Air League.

NSWBG Education Display 2015

The theme for the NSWBG Education Display this year is

“Australian Aviator/s of the First World War”

Details can be found NSWBG Education Circular 1/15 available for download here.

Please take note that the focus of the display is to be on the “people/person” not their units, squadrons are to observe strict adherence to this rule.

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