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FOR PRESS No, 3632

PROMOTION FOR VIETNAM COMMANDER

S t a t e m e n t b y t h e M i n i s t e r f o r t h e Army,

Dr. t h e Hon. A . J . F o r b e s

A u s t r a l i a ’ s top s o l d i e r i n V i e tn a m , Col one]. 0C D, J a c k s o n ,

Commander, A u s t r a l i a n Army F o r c e , Vietnam,· h a s been, p r o m o te d t o

t h e r a n k of B r i g a d i e r .

A nnouncing t h i s t o d a y , t h e M i n i s t e r f o r t h e Army,

Dr. A . J . F o r b e s , s a i d t h a t th e p r o m o t i o n b r o u g h t t h e V ie tn a m command

t o t h e same r a n k a s t h e A u s t r a l i a n · Army F o r c e , F a r E a s t Land F o r c e s ,

w hich h a d i t s ·h e a d q u a r t e r s i n S i n g a p o r e .

O ther a p p o i n t m e n t c h a n g e s w ere:

. NSW - L i e u t e n a n t - C o l o n e l J . C . F . M oloney, a p p o i n t e d

I n s t r u c t o r , A i r S u p p o r t U n i t , W il l i a m t o w n ,

and Commanding O f f i c e r o f t h e Army Component;

. NSW - M ajor C . L . J . I r e l a n d , a p p o i n t e d Commanding :

O f f i c e r , 1 s t Ground L i a i s o n G r o u p , P e n r i t h ,

and p ro m o te d t o L i e u t e n a n t - C o l o n e l ; .·

. V ic - L i e u t e n a n t - C o l o n e l G.S. A l l e n , a p p o i n t e d

Commanding O f f i c e r and C h i e f I n s p e c t o r , R o y a l

C orps of A u s t r a l i a n E l e c t r i c a l and M e c h a n i c a l

E n g i n e e r s , T r a i n i n g C e n t r e , B a n d ia n a»

BIOGRAPHICAL DATA;

B r i g a d i e r J a c k s o n was b o r n i n London, and g r a d u a t e d from

t h e R o y a l M i l i t a r y C o l l e g e , D u n t r o o n , i n 1939·. D u rin g the war .

he s e r v e d i n t h e Middle E a s t and New G u i n e a , i n s t r u c t e d a t t h e

C a n a d i a n S t a f f C o l l e g e , and fro m 1945 u n t i l 1950 was an i n s t r u c t o r

a t t h e R o y a l M i l i t a r y C o l l e g e , D u n tr o o n . F o l l o w i n g S t a f f

a p p o i n t m e n t s , h e was a p p o i n t e d Commanding O f f i c e r o f 1 s t B a t t a l i o n ,

t h e R o y a l A u s t r a l i a n R e g im e n t i n K o r e a , i h J a n u a r y , 1 9 5 6 , and '

became D i r e c t o r o f S t a f f D u t i e s on h i s r e t u r n t o A u s t r a l i a i n . ■

1957. I n 1958 he was p o s t e d t o W a s h in g to n a s A u s t r a l i a n Army

R e p r e s e n t a t i v e and M i l i t a r y A t t a c h e , and l a t e r became D i r e c t o r

of I n f a n t r y i n A u s t r a l i a . On J a n u a r y 1 , 1 9 6 3, he was a p p o i n t e d

Commanding O f f i c e r of 2nd B a t t a l i o n , t h e R o y a l A u s t r a l i a n R e g im e n t ,

w hich t h a t y e a r l e f t f o r d u t y i n M alaya. I n e a r l y 1 965 he

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became Commander o f t h e A u s t r a l i a n Army T r a i n i n g Team, V i e t n a m ,

a nd l a t e r was made 'Commander, A u s t r a l i a n Army F o r c e , V ie tn a m *

L i e u t e n a n t - C o l o n e l Moloney was c o m m i s s i o n e d i n t h e

A u s t r a l i a n S t a f f C o r p s i n 1946 a nd a f t e r i n f a n t r y a p p o i n t m e n t s ,

b e ca m e A id e de Camp t o t h e C o m m a n d e r - i n - C h i e f B r i t i s h Commonwealth

O c c u p a t i o n F o r c e s i n J a p a n i n 1948. R e g i m e n t a l a p p o i n t m e n t s

f o l l o w e d u n t i l 1951 > when he i n s t r u c t e d a t th e O f f i c e r C a d e t .

S c h o o l , P o r t s e a , l a t e r b e i n g a p p o i n t e d S e n i o r I n s t r u c t o r . He

a t t e n d e d t h e A u s t r a l i a n S t a f f C o l l e g e i n 1957? and t h e n h e l d

S t a f f a p p o i n t m e n t s i n V i c t o r i a , u n t i l 1 9 6 1 , when h e t o o k up

r e g i m e n t a l d u t i e s w i t h 3 r d B a t t a l i o n , t h e R o y a l A u s t r a l i a n

R e g i m e n t . I n 1964 he was a t t a c h e d t o t h e A u s t r a l i a n Army S t a f f

i n t h e U n i t e d Kingdom, t o a t t e n d t h e J o i n t S e r v i c e s S t a f f

C o l l e g e .

L i e u t e n a n t - C o l o n e l I r e l a n d e n l i s t e d i n t h e m i l i t i a i n

1937» and. was a s e r g e a n t i n 1939· He was c o m m iss io n e d i n 1941 and

d u r i n g World War I I s e r v e d i n t h e P a p u a n Campaign i n c l u d i n g t h e

Owen S t a n l e y s , Cape E n d a r a d e r e and B u n a , and t h r o u g h t h e New . ’

G u i n e a Campaign, i n c l u d i n g Markham V a l l e y , L a e , F i n s c h a f e n ,

t h e Ramu V a l l e y and B r u g a n v i l l e . He l a t e r s e r v e d i n i n s t r u c t i o n a l

C a d e t a p p o i n t m e n t s , and a t t e n d e d t h e A u s t r a l i a n S t a f f C o l l e g e

i n 1953? S t a f f and r e g i m e n t a l a p p o i n t m e n t s f o l l o w e d u n t i l 1959»

when h e became G e n e r a l S t a f f O f f i c e r Grade Two ( A i r ) , w i t h

H e a d q u a r t e r s , 17 t h Ghurkha D i v i s i o n , F a r E a s t Land F o r c e s , i n ·

Malaya*· I n 1961 h e was p o s t e d t o t h e A i r S u p p o r t U n i t (Army

C o m p o n e n t) , and i n 1964 was a p p o i n t e d G e n e r a l S t a f f O f f i c e r

G ra d e Two ( A i r ) . w i t h H e a d q u a r t e r s , 1 s t D i v i s i o n (NSW).

L i e u t e n a n t - C o l o n e l A l l e n was c o m m is s io n e d i n th e .,·.· o t r .11 n

A u s t r a l i a n E l e c t r i c a l and M e c h a n i c a l E n g i n e e r s i n 1943 and h e l d

a number of a p p o i n t m e n t s w i t h S i g n a l and R a d a r u n i t s u n t i l 1947»

v/hen h e was a t t a c h e d t o t h e A u s t r a l i a n Army S t a f f i n t h e

U n i t e d Kingdom a s a t e c h n i c a l o f f i c e r . He a t t e n d e d t h e

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A u s t r a l i a n S t a f f C o l l e g e i n 1 9 5 3 a n d l a t e r w a s s e c o n d e d t o

D e p a r t m e n t o f S u p p l y w i t h t h e m i l i t a r y c o m p o n e n t o f D e s i g n a n d

I n s p e c t i o n B r a n c h . He w a s a p p p i n t e d A s s i s t a n t D i r e c t o r o f

E l e c t r i c a l a n d M e c h a n i c a l E n g i n e e r i n g a t H e a d q u a r t e r s ,

S o u t h e r n Command ( M e l b o u r n e ) i n 1 962;.

( L i s t s A , B , C , D )

F u r t h e r i n f o r m a t i o n :

CANBERRA: C a p t a i n B a r r i e G i l l m a n ( 6 1 - 2 2 1 2 ) (QBN10 4 6 )

OTHER STATES: ADPR AT COMMAND HEADQUARTERS. .

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