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THURSDAY, JULY 26, 1979. NO. 150/79

SENIOR DEFENCE DEPARTMENT APPOINTMENTS

The Minister for Defence, Mr D.J. Killen, today

announced two senior Defence appointments.

Commodore D.F. Lynam would be promoted to the

rank of Rear Admiral, on July 30, and on August 3, he would

assume duties as Controller of Services Laboratories and

Trials, a position recently vacated by Air Vice Marshal L.S.

Compton, who had resigned.

Brigadier P.C. Oration, of Canberra, would become

General Officer Commanding Logistic Command, Melbourne and

promoted to the rank of major general on August 27, 1979.

Mr D.J. Killen, said that the appointment followed

the transfer of Major General J.D. Stevenson to the newly

created Army Office post of Chief of Logistics.

BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS:

Commodore Lynam, 53, a specialist weapons

electrical engineer, joined the RAN in 1952 after completing

a Bachelor of Engineering degree at the Sydney University.

Prior to this, he had war-time service with the Australian

Army as a signaller.

After a series of techncial appointments, he was

posted to Navy Office, Canberra, in 1970, as weapons manager

for the light destroyer (DDL) program, later being appointed

Director of Naval Weapons Design.

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. From 1977 to early this year, he served on the

staff of the Australian Naval Representative in the United

Kingdom, as his chief technical staff officer. In March,

he was promoted Commodore and appointed Director General

of Fleet Maintenance, Canberra.

Brigadier Gration, 47, graduated from the Royal

Military College, Duntroon, in 1952, and has bachelor degrees

in Arts, Civil Engineering (Honours) and Economics.

During his military career, he has served in a

number of training and staff postings, including officer

commanding 21st Construction Squadron, Royal Australian

Engineers, instructor at the Land Warfare Centre, Canungra

Qld., and Commanding Officer of the 1st Civil Affairs Unit

in South Vietnam, in 1969, for which service he was awarded

the Order of the British Empire.

He was later appointed Director of Engineers, Army

Office, Canberra, Colonel (Doctrine) Headquarters Training

Command, Sydney, Director General Operations and Plans - Army

and most recently Deputy Chief of Operations - Army, Canberra.

Brigadier Gration has attended the British Army

Staff College, Camberley, UK, and the United States Army

War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. .

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