Vietnam50 Commemorative Dinner Honours Veterans and Bridges Generations

Vietnam50 Commemorative Dinner in Canberra Honours Veterans and Bridges Generations

Canberra’s Vibe Hotel was the setting for the Vietnam50 Commemorative Dinner, a night that honoured the service and sacrifices the RAAF Vietnam War veterans.

Canberra’s Vibe Hotel was the setting for the Vietnam50 Commemorative Dinner, a night that honoured the service and sacrifices the RAAF Vietnam War veterans.

Hosted by Carl Schiller, the National President of the Air Force Association, the event attracted more than 50 attendees and featured a line-up of distinguished guests.

Among the attendees were Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin AC (Retd), Deputy Chief of Air Force Air Vice-Marshal Harvey Reynolds, AM and Warrant Officer of the Air Force Ralph Clifton, all of whom contributed to an atmosphere of deep respect and acknowledgment of the RAAF’s significant involvement  in the war.

AFA Ambassador Wing Commander Sharon Bown, AM (Retd) was the guest speaker of the evening and presented a compelling talk entitled “Dust off – Vietnam to Afghanistan”. Her speech was not only informative but deeply inspiring, striking a balance between the historical context and contemporary challenges and successes in military service.

While the night served as a retrospective look at the Vietnam War era, it was also a forward-looking occasion, emphasising the values and lessons that continue to inform today’s military service.

The Vietnam50 Commemorative Dinner was a testament to the importance of remembering our past, acknowledging the sacrifices made and fostering unity and respect among different generations of Service personnel.



ADSO’s Revitalisation and Air Force Association’s Supporting Role

The Alliance of Defence Service Organisations (ADSO) has undergone notable updates to its website and initiatives, aimed at bolstering its presence and advocacy for the protection of Defence Families’ entitlements. Peter McDermott, Vice President of the Air Force...

Statement from the Secretary of DVA on the Veterans’ MATES Program

12 February 2024 The Department is aware that the withdrawal of Defence and Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Human Research Ethics Committee approval on Monday, 5 February 2024 has increased concerns in the veteran community regarding the Veterans’ MATES Program...

AFA To Steer Scootaville Moving Forward

Scootaville, the mini motorbike ride, will become a flagship fundraising event of the Air Force Association. Long-serving RADS Association Secretary/Honorary Treasurer Trevor Benneworth, who has raised an impressive $54,000 for Legacy Australia after successfully...

New business network to boost veteran employment

A new Malinauskas Government program to help employers attract and retain veterans and their partners has been launched, bringing together a dedicated group of South Australian businesses to support the veteran community. The South Australian Veteran Employer...

Discounted holiday accommodation for members

Get ready for a well-deserved break! Did you know that the Gold Coast is home to two fantastic properties offering affordable holidays for those who have served? St George's Defence Holiday Suites Step into a world of beachside relaxation at St George's Defence...