A parade that could mark the end of arrogant hubris in the Royal Australian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force will be held tomorrow in Canberra as Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin hands over command of the Defence Forces to the man who burst many Army balloons earlier this year.
Army had it’s fun, camaraderie and unit morale cancelled by then Chief of Army Lieutenant General Angus Campbell when he banned ‘death iconography’ in April this year (the day after it was announced he would be the next Chief of Defence Force).
Tomorrow’s parade will feature Australia’s Federation Guard, a didgeridoo performance, an F/A-18 Hornet flypast – and a 17 Gun Salute, to really sound the deathknell for symbols such as Navy’s Jolly Roger and RAAF’s … well, actually, I can’t find any examples of ‘death iconography’ in the RAAF (please send more samples to firstname.lastname@example.org).
Recent Chief of Army Lieutenant General Angus Campbell will be promoted to full General tomorrow when he becomes CDF – presumably wielding his hatred of ‘death iconography’ with a sharpened scythe in his new command.
Or perhaps – and this is my prediction – poor old Army may be left in the sensitive position of having had their beloved PT t-shirts first adamantly banned, then sort of maybe allowed – while Navy and RAAF Punishers, Jolly Rogers and Spartans continue to fly across the world, as the new CDF shies away from a second social-media backlash like the one he suffered in April.
I’ll be inculcating my arrogant observance of this issue over a celebratory bevy all weekend – and beyond.
- Australian Army Change of Command 2018
- New Regimental Sergeant Major – Army
- Royal Australian Navy Change of Command 2018
- Australian Defence Force Change of Command 2108
There was no change of command in the Royal Australian Air Force in 2018