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The aim of the Institute is to promote informed debate, and to improve public awareness and understanding of defence and national security. The Royal United Service Institute (RUSI) Queensland was founded in Brisbane in 1892 under the presidency of Major General John Fletcher Owen, Commandant, Queensland Defence Force. The organisation centred on improving the education of Service Officers by promoting the study of strategic and defence matters. The RUSI of Queensland is a Constituent Body of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies - Australia.

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RUSIQ PRESENTATIONS & EVENTS - 2018

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Royal United Service Institute 

Queensland Incorporated 

Promoting Australia’s National Security & Defence 

A Constituent Body of the Royal United Services Institute of Australia  

ABN: 91 025 331 202 

Tel: (07) 3233 4420      Victoria Barracks                (07) 3233 4616 Brisbane QLD 4000 

Secretary: 0411511369 Correspondence to:                      Email: rusiq@optusnet.com.au 

Victoria Barracks Brisbane                                         Web: www.rusi.org.au 

ENOGGERA QLD 4051 

LECTURE NOTICE FOR WEDNESDAY 20th June 2018 

Associate Professor Sarah Percy 

Deputy Director Grad Centre (G&IA) 

School of Political Science and International Studies 

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 

Dr of Philosophy, Oxford University 

Lecture topic, Piracy, Maritime Security, International Security and Mercenaries 

1145 hrs for 1200hrs 

RUSIQ HALL 

Sarah Percy has three main research areas. She has a long-standing interest in unconventional combatants, and has published widely on mercenaries, private military companies, and pirates. 

Sarah is interested in issues of maritime security generally, including piracy and counter piracy, maritime crime, and the role of navies as security anchors. She also conducts research at the nexus between international relations and international law. Sarah is also interested in how and why the use of force is regulated, and the relationship between norms and international law. Sarah is also an experienced media commentator. 

PLEASE RSVP BY 18TH June 2018 @1700hrs 

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LECTURE NOTICE FOR WEDNESDAY 16thMay 2018

Guest speaker: Air Commodore Kenneth Robinson, CSC

Commander Combat Support Group

Senior Australian Defence Force Officer – Amberley

1145 hrs for 1200hrs 

RUSIQ HALL

PLEASE RSVP BY 14THMay 2018 @1700hrs

Email rickjeff1@gmail.com

or

Phone Richard Jeffreys OAM 0411 511 369 


AIR COMMODORE KENNETH ROBINSON, CSC 

Before joining the Air Force in 1989, Air Commodore Ken Robinson worked for five years in the private sector. Following initial officer training he was posted to No 114 Mobile Control and Reporting Unit (114MCRU) where Air Commodore Robinson deployed on numerous exercises throughout Northern and Western Australia as the adjutant of 114MCRU. Other posts that followed as a junior officer and Squadron Leader included that of recruitment officer, career manager, workforce planner and staff officer to Director General Personnel - Air Force. 

Air Commodore Robinson completed his MBA in 2001 and is also a graduate of the Australian Command and Staff Course (2004). He subsequently held command of No 28 Squadron throughout 2005. During this first command tour, Air Commodore Robinson was briefly assigned to the Military Justice Implementation Team. In 2006, Air Commodore Robinson was appointed Director of Personnel Reserves and, in the 2008 Australia Day Honours List, he was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross for his service as the Director. Air Commodore Robinson commenced his second command appointment in January 2009, as commanding officer of No 324 Combat Support Squadron (324CSS) at Butterworth, Malaysia—leading the logistic and administrative support to Australian Defence Force activities throughout South East Asia. 

During his three years in Malaysia, Air Commodore Robinson was force assigned to Joint Operations Command on four occasions as the national commander of the Army, Navy and Air Force elements participating in Five Power Defence Arrangements exercises in South East Asia. In November 2011, Air Commodore Robinson relinquished command of 324CSS to take up the appointment on promotion of Director of Coordination in Air Force Headquarters. In June 2013, Air Commodore Robinson deployed on Operation SLIPPER as the Chief of Staff within the national command headquarters of Joint Task Force 633. On completion of his deployment in January 2014, Air Commodore Robinson took up the appointment as Air Force’s Director of Personnel. In December 2016, Air Commodore Robinson was promoted to Air Commodore and became Commander Combat Support Group and is responsible for Air Force’s airbase operations and expeditionary combat support capabilities.



RUSIQ  Evening Lecture

Tuesday, 24 April 2018, 1800hrs,  RUSI Hall, Victoria Barracks, Brisbane

“The First World War German Tank Mephisto, and the 26thBattalion:

War, Technology and Remembrance”

The fascinating story of the evolution of Armoured Fighting Vehicles, prior to and during the First World War, and the use of “Tanks” by the Allies to try to break the stalemate on the Western Front.

At the capture of Villers-Bretonneaux on 24 April 1918, one of the successful German A7V tanks was “Mephisto”

Abandoned in a shell hole by its crew, it soon excited the interest of members of the 26thBatt AIF, who saw it as a worthy prize to take back to Australia. A complicated and dangerous “special operation” was successfully mounted to recover this unique “War Prize”

Almost 100 years later, Mephisto is one of our most unique reminders of the service and sacrifices of Australian troops on the Western Front.

Presenters: 

Jeff Hopkins-Weise is a free lance historian and curator with a strong bent for military history. He is the author of several books on Australian and New Zealand military history.

Greg Czechura is a Senior Information Officer/Research Author at the Queensland Museum. He is best known for his work on natural history, especially birds, amphibians and reptiles. He is also keenly interested in military history.

Jeff and Greg are about to publish a “definitive” work on Mephisto; having previously written a Guide for the Queensland Museum, entitled: “A7V Mephisto: the last German First World War Tank.”   

To registerto attend this lecture, please phone  Mr Bob Hume  0409 49 82 11, or email to rwghume@bigpond.com by close of business, Monday, 23 April 2018

Access to Victoria Barracks requires that all attendees be registered for the lecture and to have their names checked off a list at the entrance to RUSI Hall. Names will also be registered with Base Security

The cost is $10.00 for RUSI Members; and $15.00 for non-members (which includes supper)

Please note: Registration is essential for Catering and Security purposes.

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Royal United Service Institute

Queensland Incorporated
Promoting Australia’s National Security & Defence
A Constituent Body of the Royal United Services Institute of Australia

ABN: 91 025 331 202

(07) 3233 4420
(07) 3233 4616
Secretary: 0411511369
Email: rusiq@optusnet.com.au
Web: www.rusi.org.au

Victoria Barracks Brisbane Brisbane QLD 4000
Correspondence to:
Victoria Barracks Enoggera QLD 4051

LECTURE NOTICE FOR WEDNESDAY 21ST MARCH 2018
THE AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE BUILDING PARTNER CAPACITY: THE AFGHAN NATIONAL ARMY OFFICER ACADEMY

PRESENTED BY LT COLONEL STEPHEN JENKINS DSM

Lt Colonel Stephen Jenkins DSM graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon, in December 1993 into the Royal Australian Artillery Corps. Throughout his career, Lt Colonel Jenkins has served in all three of the Australia’s Regular Army Brigades.

Lt Colonel Jenkins operational service includes Timor Leste in 1999, Iraq in 2005 and Afghanistan in 2010 and 2016/17. He has conducted exchange visits and secondments with the militaries of India, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, New Zealand and the United States.
Lt Colonel Jenkins has been awarded a Commander 1st Brigade commendation, for the development of Offensive Support within the Parachute Battalion Group in 1997, a NSW Police Services commendation, for assisting in foiling bank robbery on the 30th April 1997, a Commander 1st Division commendation for his actions during a riot like situation on the 25th January 2000.

A Chief of Army Commendation for development of Command and Control training for Army units deploying on operations and contingency forces, including the emerging defence amphibious capability in 2013 and he was awarded a Distinguished Service Medal in the Australia Day Honours list 2018, for distinguished leadership in the development and delivery of officer training capability for the Afghan National Army on Operation Highroad from February 2016 to March 2017.

Lt Colonel Jenkins is married to Kylie and has three children and two grandchildren. Lt Colonel Jenkins interests include all outdoor activities, boating, rugby union and volleyball.

LIGHT LUNCH AT NOON WITH THE LECTURE COMMENCING AT 1230 HRS.
PLEASE RSVP BY NO LATER THAN 1700 HRS 19TH MARCH 2018 TO,
RICHARD JEFFREYS OAM 0411 511 369 OR Email rickjeff1@gmail.com

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RUSIQ Evening Lecture

Tuesday, 6 March 2018, 1800hrs, RUSI Hall, Victoria Barracks, Brisbane

Never Forget Australia!
The Little French Digger, one of six poignant stories from the upcoming documentary based on Vikki Bennett’s recent book.”

Last year, Vikki Bennett spoke to RUSI about her children’s book : “The Two Pennies”, Another story which she mentioned was that of a very young French orphan boy who was adopted by an Australian unit. The soldiers became so attached to their young charge that they decided to smuggle him from France to England and then from England to Australia.

This they managed to do, not without some excitement.

In Australia, he was “formally adopted” by Air Mechanic Tim Tovell. None of the soldiers, or this little boy knew his real name, so he was universally known as “The little Digger”. Vikki has just written a book on this story, entitled “The Little Stowaway” This will be published in March, so Vikki will have copies available on the night for us to purchase

Presenter: Back by popular demand! Ms Vikki Bennett, well known motivator and author.

Vikki will be accompanied by Ms Sally Elliott, a granddaughter of Tim Tovell, who will give an appreciation of this extraordinary story from the Australian side.

SBS will be screening the documentary: “Never Forget Australia” on Monday 23 April at 8.30pm

To register to attend this lecture, please phone Mr Bob Hume 0409 49 82 11, or email to rwghume@bigpond.com, by close of business, Monday, 05 March 2018

Access to Victoria Barracks requires that all attendees be registered for the lecture and to have their names checked off a list at the entrance to RUSI Hall. Names will also be registered with Base Security

The cost is $10.00 for RUSI Members; and $15.00 for non-members (which includes supper)

Please note: Registration is essential for Catering and Security purposes. 

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RUSIQ Evening Lecture

Tuesday, 6 February 2018, 1800hrs, RUSI Hall, Victoria Barracks, Brisbane

“Animals on War:
Since ancient times man has used animals to assist him in waging war.”


Most Australians are familiar with the contribution which horses made to our war effort, especially during World War I. But, can you name any other animals which played major roles in that conflict?

Our presenter, Mr Nigel Allsop, won’t be restricting himself to WWI, or to just Australia, he will be looking at the role of animals in warfare, (from insects to Elephants) throughout history. This promises to be a fascinating, informative and entertaining presentation, not to be missed.

Presenter: Mr Nigel Allsop is an acknowledged authority on animal behaviour and training. He has served on both the New Zealand and Australian Armed Forces (including deployments), in Zoos and Animal Parks throughout the world, and is currently serving in the Queensland Police Service Nigel is the author of seven acclaimed books on Animal behaviour, training and exploits. He is also the founder of Australian War Animals Memorial Organisation, which deserves a lecture in its own right!
To register to attend this lecture, please phone Mr Bob Hume 0409 49 82 11, or email to rwghume@bigpond.com, by close of business, Monday, 05 February 2018

Access to Victoria Barracks requires that all attendees be registered for the lecture and to have their names checked off a list at the entrance to RUSI Hall. Names will also be registered with Base Security

The cost is $10.00 for RUSI Members; and $15.00 for non-members (which includes supper)
Please note: Registration is essential for Catering and Security purposes.

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