Royal United Services Institute of Australia

RUSIDSS of South Australia


RUSIDSS of SA: What's On

All members are invited to attend our luncheons and are encouraged to invite partners, friends and colleagues to join us and, if they like what they see and hear, to nominate them for membership. Please book in advance. The dress code for the luncheon is neat casual. The cost of the buffet is $30.00 for members and $35.00 for non-members. We also conduct a raffle to help cover expenses. Our caterer has agreed to provide vegetarian meals and sweets for diabetics, but these must be ordered before midday on the Thursday before the lunch. For those who do not have time to enjoy lunch, but wish to hear the lecture, chairs are provided around the perimeter of the hall. The address is of about 30 to 35 minutes duration with 15 minutes for questions, after which coffee or tea is available. We aim to complete the program by 2.00 pm. Cancellations must be advised to the RUSI-SA Office by midday of the Friday before the lunch. Subsequent cancellations will attract a fee of $30.00.






25th September 2018


Your Invitation

Presented by the Royal United Services Institute South Australia, a not-for - profit organization, established to inform the public on important and significant defence and security matters.

A Presentation by:

AIRCDRE Joe Iervasi AM

Commander Air Warfare Centre

Senior Australian Defence Force Officer – Edinburgh Defence Precinct

Australian Air Warfare Centre”

The Air Warfare Centre and its role in integrated war fighting

The Commander will brief on the latest Air Force strategies in integrating air warfare, formulating recommendations and seeking answers to operational and tactical war-fighting challenges.

Date: Tuesday 25th September 2018

Time: 6.00pm (dinner) for 7.00 pm–9pm

Where: Naval Military and Airforce Club –111 Hutt Street, City

Dress Code: Business Attire/Neat Casual

Cost: $12.00 which includes attendance at the talk.

Pre-Brief dinner, wine, beer and soft drinks are available for purchase.

RSVP by 9pm Monday, 24 Sept 2018 to secure your seat.

Bookings by Eventbrite click here

or by EFTPOS –see below


Please detach and return to:-Royal United Services Institute of SA

Building 160, Keswick Barracks Keswick SA 5035

Contact Porscha Ryan on: Email:

Brief, Tuesday, 25th September 2018

PAYMENT: Cash ( ) Cheque ( ) Electronic Funds Transfer** ( )

Names of those attending ____________________________

Account Name: RUSI of SA Inc

**BSB 065 000   **Account No: 00900386

Please ensure that you include your name in the reference area.


Commander Air Warfare Centre

Senior Australian Defence Force Officer – Edinburgh Defence Precinct

Air Commodore Joe Iervasi was born in Sydney. He joined the RAAF in 1985 and completed flying training in 1989. He has been flying the F/A-18 Hornet since 1991. He served at No 3 Squadron as a junior pilot before proceeding on exchange to No 5 Squadron RAF flying the Tornado F3. During this tour he deployed on Operation Deny Flight enforcing the no-fly zone over Bosnia - Herzigovnia (1995). Upon return to Australia he served as a flight commander at both 77 Squadron and 75 Squadron. In 2001 Air Commodore Iervasi completed the inaugural Australian Command and Staff College at Weston Creek and was subsequently posted to Capability Systems in Russell Offices. During this period he was responsible for the development and sponsorship of F/A-18, F-111 and Hawk major capital equipment projects, with the most notable being the Hornet Upgrade Project. In 2005 he returned to Williamtown as the Senior Operations Officer at 81 Wing and subsequently assumed command of No 3 Squadron in Dec 2005. He was promoted to Group Captain on 12 Jan 2009 and served as Chief of Staff Air Combat Group.

In 2010 Air Commodore Iervasi completed the Defence and Strategic Studies Course and was appointed as Officer Commanding No 81 Wing (F/A-18) in December of that year. In January 2013 he was posted as Chief of Staff to the Vice Chief of the Defence Force.

Following this posting Air Commodore Iervasi was promoted to his current rank of Air Commodore and deployed to the Middle East as the Director, US Central Command 609th Combined Air OperationsCentre at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar. He returned to Australia and was appointed Director General AirCommand Operations (Headquarters Air Command) and Director General Air (Headquarters Joint Operations Command) where he commanded global air operations including Operation OKRA.

In December 2016 AIRCDRE Iervasi was appointed Commander Air Warfare Centre.

Air Commodore Iervasi has over 3000 hours flying fast jets and is an A Category Fighter Pilot. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree, a Masters of Management in Defence Studies and a Graduate Diploma in Strategic Studies

He has been awarded the Medal in the Order of Australia (2009), Australian Active Service Medal (Balkans and ICAT Clasps), Afghanistan Medal, Defence Long Service Medal with Third Clasp, and the Australian Defence Medal. He was appointed as a Member in the Order of Australia in 2016.

Air Commodore Iervasi is married to Donna Allen. They havetwin daughters, Rosie and Lily. He enjoys travel, cricket, reading, and entertaining.



3 September 2018

 Invitation to Event

Lunch with 

Dr RomainFathi

From defeat to victory, 1939-1945. 

How France lost the battle but won the war?”

Monday 3rdSeptember 2018 12-2pm

Naval Military & Air Force Club

111 Hutt Street Adelaide

France’s experience of the Second World War is an aspect of French history generally poorly known or misunderstood overseas. This presentation aims to pause and reflect on the origins and consequences of the French defeat in WWII. The pacifism of the 1920s, the rise of anti-Semitism, the debacle, Vichy, the occupation of France and its liberation will be presented through a survey of contemporary French mentalities, providing context to understand this traumatic period in France’s history.

Tickets are priced at $30 for RUSI Members, Veterans & Defence members or $35 for non-members.

by EFTPOS to Account Name: RUSI of SA IncBSB: 065 000 Act No: 00900386 Ref: your Name

Where: Long Tan Room @ Naval Military and Air Force Club, 111 Hutt St, Adelaide

Monday 3rdSeptember 2018

11.45 am arrive, meet and greet Dr Fathi, drinks purchased at the bar and lunch order taken

12 noon Briefcommences in the Long Tan Room

1 pm Lunch served in the Long Tan Room

2 pm event concludes, retire to the Ante Room for drinks and discussion.

Dr RomainFathiis South Australia’s 2018 “Historian of the Year

You must book yourtickets by EFTPOS or pay at the door on the day.

Dr RomainFathiis South Australia’s 2018 Historian of the year. He is an expert in the French WW2 theatre of war, its society, effects and the dimension of the wars impact upon the French people and nation.

Dr Fathiis a French cultural historian whose research focuses on the transnational dimension of war and its aftermath in both the Australian and European contexts. 

Dr.Fathiis a Lecturer in History at Flinders University and aChercheurAssociéat the Centre d’Histoirede Sciences Po, Paris. He has taught at Sciences Po in Paris, Yale in the United States of America, The University of Queensland and Flinders University in Australia. His primary research interests focus on the First World War, war commemorations and Australian identity. 

His forthcoming book,Our Corner of the Somme. Australia at Villers-Bretonneuxwill be published by Cambridge University Press early next year. RomainFathiis South Australia’s 2018 “Historian of the Year”, an award conferredby the History Council of South Australia, in May 2018.


The Royal United Services Institute of South Australia (RUSI-SA) maintains a long and proud history of involvement in national defence and strategic outlook realms.

Our charter is clear in promoting strong and vibrant discussion relevant to current Australian military members’ welfare, the purchase of foreign war-fighting equipment, domestically awarded Australian Defence Industry contracts, and all manner of associated financial, logistical and operational matters faced now and into the future.

Rather than acting as another advocacy organisation such as the RSL, Legacy, or more recent ex-Serving members’ groups, the RUSI-SA focuses squarely on the future shape and direction of government policy in relation to the Australian Defence Force. 

This is what makes our organisation significantly different in approach, reach and scope from the aforementioned and highly respected as well as complimentary entities to the defence community.

We, as predominantly ex-Serving members ourselves, who seek to remain informed on all matters pertaining to military affairs, continue to be engaged academically and socially by moving the national defence agenda forward through dialogue, actions and interaction with the key government and ADF uniformed decision makers.

Our relevance is only gaining traction as we look toward an uncertain future in ever increasingly disruptive and potentially hostile times. 

The RUSI-SA is arguably the only platform available for those in the wider South Australian community to engage, discuss and debate matters critical to the long-term national interests both domestically and abroad.

The line-up of speakers who have committed to the 2018 calendar is just as impressive.

Whether you’re interested in major Navy, Army or Air Force military platforms, weapons systems, uniform and equipment developments or, most importantly, ADF personal recruitment and welfare issues –the RUSI-SA is the organisation to deliver the forum to be informed.

Please forward this email to your friends and contacts in defence industry.

Mark Ryan

MarkRyanMBA WGCDR Ret'd


Royal United Services Institute for 

Defence and Security Studies –South Australia


6 August 2018


Presented by the Royal United Services Institute – South Australia, a not-for-profit organisation, established to inform the public on important and significant defence and security matters.

      A Presentation by:

       COL Steve Larkins

Military Historian and 

Chair of the Military History Section of the Naval, Military and Air Force Club of SA.

“The Battle of Le Hamel”

This was a successful combined Arms, meticulously planned, battle under Monash, 

commanding Australian and American troops. 

Date:  Monday6 August 2018

Time:  11.30 for 12.00 noon – 2pm

Where:  TPI House – 171 Richmond Rd, Richmond

Dress Code:  Business Attire/Neat Casual

Cost:  $35.00 non-members  ($30.00 for members) which includes

 a two+ course meal at the nearby Rex Hotel and attendance at the talk.

Wine, beer and soft drinks are available for purchase.

RSVP by 9 pm Sunday, 5 August email

 to secure your seat.

Bookingsby EFTPOS – see below or pay at the door cash only.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Please Detach and return to:-  Royal United Services Institute of SA

Building 160, Keswick Barracks

Keswick SA 5035

or Email:

Luncheon, Monday 6 August 2018

PAYMENT:  Cash (     ) Cheque (     )  Electronic Funds Transfer** (     )

Names of those attending         

Account Name:   RUSI of SA Inc     **BSB   065 000        Account No:            00900386

Please ensure that you include your name in the reference area.

 Presented by the Royal United Services Institute – South Australia, a not-for-profit organization, established to inform the public on important and significant defence and security matters. 

A Presentation by: 

Barry Patterson 

Acting Director South Australia State Office 

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 

“Australia’s Foreign Policy White Paper” 

The latest information on where our focus lies – for immigration, aid and engagement. 

Date: Monday 4th June 2018 

Time: 11.30 for 12.00 noon – 2pm 

Where: TPI House – 171 Richmond Rd, Richmond 

Dress Code: Business Attire/Neat Casual 

Cost: $35.00 non-members ($30.00 for members) 

which includes a two+ course meal at the Rex Hotel and attendance at the talk. 

Wine, beer and soft drinks are available for purchase. 

RSVP by 9 pm Sunday, 3 June email to secure your seat. 

We look forward to seeing you at this event and being a part of this briefing. 

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Please detach and return to:- Royal United Services Institute of SA 

Building 160, Keswick Barracks 

Keswick SA 5035 

Contact Porscha Ryan on: Email: 

Luncheon, Monday, 4th June 2018 

PAYMENT: Cash ( ) Cheque ( ) Electronic Funds Transfer** ( ) Names of those attending 


Australia’s Foreign Policy White Paper 

Presentation from Barry Patterson, A/G Director South Australia State Office DFAT 

For the Royal United Services Institute – SA and guests 

The Foreign Policy White Paper is the first comprehensive policy paper on Australia’s international engagement since 2003 and sets out the government’s long-term international agenda, how Australia will be positioned to seize opportunities, manage risks and maximise our influence in a changing world. Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to hear about the Australian Government’s Foreign Policy White Paper and Australia’s future engagement in the region. 

Barry Patterson, A/g Director South Australia State Office 

Barry Patterson commenced in the positon of acting Director, South Australia State Office in April 2018, and as Deputy Director, in September 2016. Barry was previously DFAT Liaison Officer and Strategic Adviser to the ADF’s Headquarters Joint Operations Command (2013-14), and was posted as First Secretary to Timor Leste (2011-2013). He has worked as a desk officer and aid program manager (education, policing and security, governance) in the Indonesia and Timor Leste branch and was a Director in the Civil Military and Stabilisation Branch. Barry was also a policy officer in the International Policy Division of the Department of Defence. Barry holds a Bachelor of Politics and Law (Hons) and Bachelor of Business. Prior to DFAT, Barry worked in the private sector in project management, and as a director of a defence and security research institute. 

Barry Patterson 

_______________________________ A/g Director 

South Australia State Office Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Phone +61 8 8403 4852

 __________________________________________________________________________________________________ LUNCHTIME LECTURE

March 5th, 2018 Luncheon

Mr Richard Price

CEO Defence SA

"The Impact of Australian Defence Industry Policy on Australia and in particular to South Australia.”

__________________________________________________________________________________________________ LUNCHTIME LECTURE

February 5th, 2018 Luncheon

Hon Martin Hamilton-Smith MP

"Strategic focus on the South Pacific sea, air, land and space.”



February 1st, 2018 Evening

Senator Rex Patrick

"A Better Approach to Defence Procurement.”





December 4th, 2017 Luncheon

Messrs Rajiv Chand and Ian Gladstone

"Dementia and Health"

“the unspoken impact on leadership and command.”



November 6th, 2017 Luncheon

Mr Phil Palmer

"A First Responder"

“What it is to be a paramedic (Ambo) in South Australia, the challenges and rewards.”



October 9th, 2017 Luncheon

Senator Cory Bernardi

“A Conservative's View of Defence."



September 4th, 2017 Luncheon

Dr Romain Fathi

“A different perspective on the First World War:

The French Experience."



August 7th, 2017 Luncheon

Aaron Cartledge, SA Secretary C.F.M.E.U


Max Adlam, Industrial Officer, United Firefighters Union

“To present a report on the dangers posed to the security of the Australian public by the importation and usage of faulty, foreign made, building products which often have false, covering documentation."



July 3rd, 2017 Luncheon

Imam Mohammed Tawhidi

“The Danger to Australia posed by Muslim Extremists"



June 5th , 2017 Luncheon

Mr Chen Yonglin - Former Chinese Diplomat

“Exposing the Chinese threat to Australia's Sovereignty"




May 27th, 2017 Dining-In Night


His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC

Governor of South Australia and Patron of RUSI-SA,

and Mrs Lan Le.


  May 1st, 2017 Luncheon

Senator Nick Xenophon - Senator for South Australia

"Addressing the Adequacy of

 Australia's Defence & Security Systems"



April 3rd, 2017 Luncheon

Jody van Deventer - CEO Committee of Adelaide

Future for Adelaide"


October 26th, 2016 Luncheon

AIRCDRE Chris ‘Noddy’ Sawade CSC RAAF (Ret’d)

The Australian Air Campaign in the Middle East"

 2000 to 2016

September 5th, 2016 Luncheon

AIRCDRE Roger Capps AM

“Challenges of returning with WW1 Veterans to Gallipoli and the Western Front for the

 75 Anniversary Commemorations 1990 and 1993 – a medical perspective”



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