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We are very proud of Our Sub Branch member Harry Whalan who is onboard the HMAS Brisbane ⚓️⚓️⚓️⚓️ ... See MoreSee Less
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We are immensely grateful to HMAS Albatross' Training Authority-Aviation and CMDR Andrew Collard (Director) for their generous contribution to the Nowra Veteran Wellbeing Centre.Their kindness will allow us to continue offering vital services and assistance to the Defence & Veteran community of the Shoalhaven region.🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌Training Authority Aviation - Hmas Albatross Royal Australian Navy - HMAS Albatross RSL NSW RSL LifeCare RSL LifeCare Veteran Services Australian Government Department of Veterans' Affairs Shoalhaven City Council ... See MoreSee Less
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Podcast 🎙️ Lesley Gent OAMMy father, a Mounted Policeman, frequently moved us around, which prepared me for a Royal Australian Air Force marriage. I was always attracted to men in uniform, so when I met Garry at the Winter Ball in 1969, I was instantly drawn to him. We married the following December and my journey with the #RAAF began.My first encounter with the RAAF hierarchy was when the CO's wife invited me and another new wife for tea. We were given a lecture on our responsibilities to our husbands and the RAAF. One memorable point was to avoid arguing or disagreeing with our husbands to prevent distraction during flights. I followed this guideline until Garry retired 14 years later, and then I let loose. I loved moving around, unlike some other partners, and eagerly awaited the posting lists.We moved between Williamtown, Butterworth, Canberra, and back to Williamtown. Garry served 30 years in the RAAF, starting as an apprentice, and when he reached that milestone, we decided to pursue farming. Our involvement with the Rural Fire Brigade and my role on the Education Advisory Panel kept us busy. Garry's retirement was bittersweet, but his connection to the RAAF remained strong. He quickly accepted a job back at Williamtown in the lead-up to the FA18s, which started as a 12-month role, turned into 5 years. We returned to live in Newcastle after our son went to Sydney University. Garry began his long association with Legacy and 77 Squadron Association. I took up a role as Secretary/Treasurer of 77 Squadron Association during that time I worked solidly in support of veterans and their families and loved it. I made some wonderful friends amongst the veterans – men like Dinny O’Brien, John Seaton, Jake Newham and Ray Seaver and their wives. World War 2 men. The work continues for veterans and as they grow older they are more interested in being in touch with old comrades - RAAFA NSW helps with this. The old and young veterans and their families need support in many ways – and selfishly it gives me great satisfaction to help them.Listen to Lesley's captivating storytelling here www.podbean.com/pu/pbblog-m58p9-a40b03storytelling ... See MoreSee Less
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