DRS National Council Dinner - 2016

Changing of the Guard

This year has been an end of an era for four longstanding members of the Defence Reserves Support Council (DRSC).

During a National Council dinner in Brisbane two DRSC State Chairs were farewelled and two new DRSC State Chairs were introduced.

Mr Philip Moss has retired as Chair of the ACT & SE NSW DRSC after six years and the new ACT & SE NSW DRSC State Chair, Ms Anne Lyons will be in the position until October 2019. Ms Lyons joins the DRSC with a wealth of knowledge from her 19 years experience as a senior executive in both the private and public sectors. Anne currently works within the Leadership Team at the National Archives of Australia.

Mr Philip Moss has commenced in his new position as a Senior Member of the DRSC National Executive after taking over from Mr Tony Behm.

"My six years as Chair have been thoroughly rewarding. The State and Territory DRSCs foster community and employer support for ADF Reserve Service, which is such an important component for the ADF in ensuring Australia's defence and security and response to natural disasters. In my new position, I look forward to supporting all DRSC State and Territory Chairs and Councils to maintain this key link between the community and the ADF." Mr Moss said.

L-R Marcus Blackmore, DRSC National Chair presenting Philip Moss, previously Chair of ACT &SE NSW DRSC with a certificate of Recognition of Service.
L-R Marcus Blackmore, DRSC National Chair presenting Philip Moss, previously Chair of ACT &SE NSW DRSC with a certificate of Recognition of Service.

Mr Chris Young, Chair of the NT/K DRSC was farewelled after five years in the position and his replacement, Ms Clare Martin, was welcomed. Clare is currently the Chair of Territory Natural Resource Management and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the role. Ms Martin was the First Labour Chief Minister of NT. Ms Martin will be in the seat until October 2019.

L-R Marcus Blackmore presenting a Certificate of Appreciation to Chris Young
L-R Marcus Blackmore presenting a Certificate of Appreciation to Chris Young

The third member to retire was Mr Tony Behm who was the Senior Member of the DRSC National Executive for six years. Tony also contributed to Defence capability for four decades with one of those being committed to the DRSC. Prior to being Senior Member, Mr Behm was the State Chair in Queensland and his experience and knowledge will be greatly missed.

L-R Murray Lampard APM, DRSC National Vice Chair; Tony Behm, previous Senior Member DRSC; Marcus Blackmore, DRSC National Chair and Jacqueline Pascarl, DRSC National Vice Chair.
L-R Murray Lampard APM, DRSC National Vice Chair; Tony Behm, previous Senior Member DRSC; Marcus Blackmore, DRSC National Chair and Jacqueline Pascarl, DRSC National Vice Chair.

Ms Margaret Goody has retired as chair of the Queensland DRSC after six years in the role. Ms Goody welcomed the new DRSC Chair Ms Jennifer Roberston at the QLD DRSC meeting in June.

Mr Marcus Blackmore, DRSC National Chair thanked all the outgoing members, and expressed gratitude for their drive, dedication and commitment to the DRSC whilst acknowledging that this is an exciting opportunity for the incoming State Chairs and Senior Member.

Major General Iain Spence, Head Cadet, Reserve and Employer Support Division; attended the farewell dinner.

"I would like to say thank you to Phil, Chris and Tony for their contribution over the years. Your efforts have definitely helped increase the awareness of the ADF Reserves and the support provided by their employers. I wish you all well in your future endeavours." expressed Major General Spence.

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