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FOR PRESS DEFENCE P . R . N o . 1 2 2 / 6 6

T u e s d a y , 2 0 t h December, 1 9 6 6 .

NEW C.M.F. MEMBER ON SHUTH-EAST ASIAN VISIT

( S t a t e m e n t by t h e M i n i s t e r f o r D e f e n c e ,

. t h e Hon. A l l e n F a i r h a l l , M . P . ) .

M a j o r - G e n e r a l N.A. V i c k e r y , who was a p p o i n t e d t h e

C i t i z e n M i l i t a r y F o r c e s Member o f t h e M i l i t a r y Boa rd on

2nd December t h i s y e a r , i s t o v i s i t A u s t r a l i a n t r o o p s i n

S o u t h - E a s t A s i a from 8 t h t o · 2 7 t h J a n u a r y n e x t y e a r .

T h i s was. a n n o u n c e d t o d a y by t h e M i n i s t e r f o r D e f e n c e ,

Mr. A l l e n F a i r h a l l . '

M a j o r - G e n e r a l V i c k e r y h a d t h e r e s p o n s i b i l i t y o f

a d v i s i n g t h e M i l i t a r y Bo ard on a l l m a t t e r s a f f e c t i n g t h e C . M . F . ,

and was r e q u i r e d t o a s s i s t C.M.F. commanders i n d i s c u s s i o n s on

t r a i n i n g , a d m i n i s t r a t i o n and o p e r a t i o n s ! '

I t was d e s i r a b l e t h e r e f o r e , t h a t he h a v e f i r s t h a n d

k now le dge o f t h e t e r r a i n and c o n d i t i o n s u n d e r w h i c h o u r t r o o p s

were o p e r a t i n g , so t h a t , t h r o u g h h i s commander#, C.M.F. t r a i n i n g

c o u l d be d e v e l o p e d a l o n g t h e p r o p e r l i n e s .

T r a v e l l i n g t h r o u g h M a n i l a t o S a i g o n , h e would v i s i t

t h e 1 s t T as k F o r c e , t h e 1 s t L o g i s t i c S u p p o r t F o r c e and t h e

A u s t r a l i a n Army T r a i n i n g Team i n V i e tn a m and i n Bangkok would

v i s i t SEATO H e a d q u a r t e r s . ' „

A f t e r o f f i c i a l c a l l s i n S i n g a p o r e , he would v i s i t t h e

J u n g l e W a r f a r e S c h o o l and l a t e r go t o T e r e n d a k t o s e e !· . . r i l i a n

t r o o p s i n t h a t a r e a . He would a l s o make c a l l s i n ICuala Lumpur .

and v i s i t A u s t r a l i a n t r o o p s a t B u t t e r w o r t h b e f o r e r e t u r n i n g t o '

A u s t r a l i a on 2 7 t h J a n u a r y . '

M a j o r - G e n e r a l V i c k e r y f i r s t j o i n e d t h e C.M.F. i n 1 9 3 8 ,

s e rv e d · t h r o u g h o u t World War I I , and was t r a n s f e r r e d t o t h e

R e s e r v e o f O f f i c e r s i n 1 9 4 6 . He r e t u r n e d t o t h e a c t i v e s e r v i c e

l i s t i n 19 4 8 .

Among t h e s e n i o r C.M.F. a p p o i n t m e n t s he h a d f i l l e d ■

h a d b e e n t h o s e o f C o l o n e l , and B r i g a d i e r , R oy al A u s t r a l i a n

A r t i l l e r y , S o u t h e r n Command ( V i c t o r i a ) , and Commander,

3 rd D i v i s i o n . ' .

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