The AADAA Committee
Dave Spain – President
Dave was born in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia in 1953. He joined the Army at the end of 1971 and was posted to 16 LAA Regiment on the 3rd July 1972 after spending some time at the School Of Artillery, North Head. Dave was allocated to 111 Bty and participated with the Bty at the last Waitpinger/Parsons Beach live firing of the 40mm Bofors Guns. In early 1973 he was chosen to fire the Redeye Missile at P&E, Port Wakefield, South Australia, thus becoming the first of Gunner rank to fire the missile. After spending six years at Woodside he was posted to 1 RTB Kapooka as a Section Commander. Two years later he was posted back to 16 AD Regiment.
After leaving the Regiment, Dave changed to clerical stream and served at: 16 FD Bty Launceston, CARO, HQ 5MD, 5 TRG GP, DSU Brisbane among other numerous attachments as support staff for training and clerical assistance. Dave discharged from the regular Army in 1993 as a WO2 and then served 2 years full time ARES service at 1 TRG GP Wacol.
Throughout his Military Career, Dave was involved with the Australian Army Rifle Association and competed in many Australian Army Skill at Arms Meetings. His competition medals have been donated to 16 ALR, Woodside South Australia and they proudly hang on the wall of Club 16.
On retirement from the military, he went into business for himself and is currently involved with Maxivac Pty Ltd, Maxivac Systems Pty Ltd and Horizon Maintenance Pty Ltd.
Barry Stewart – Vice President
Barry joined the Army at the age of 17 in 1969 and reached 16 LAA Regiment in 1971 after a short stint with 12 Medium Regt and 131 Div Loc Bty. He served on the Bofors and Redeye weapon systems and in 110 Bty Command Post eventually transferring to 111 Bty Q Store where he remained until discharging in 1981 having attained the rank of Sergeant. Whilst with the Regiment Barry was involved in the first Redeye firing at Nowra.
Barry considered the Army as his family and has been very pleased to be representing our Association at some 16 ALR events and getting back amongst the Regiment and its soldiers. Barry currently lives in Willaston SA just north of Adelaide and owns and runs two businesses.
Mike Streets – Secretary
Mike was born in Burnie, Tasmania and enlisted in the Regular Army in Nov 1979 at the age of 17. After initial training Mike was posted to 111 AD Bty (Lt) in June 1980 as a Redeye Missile Number. In 1981 Mike was posted to A Tp 110 AD Bty as a Rapier Missile Number and later as Troop Commander’s Sig. Mike also served with 111 Bty CP Troop, a Redeye Detachment Commander and was a cadre staff member for the Battery’s conversion to RBS 70 in 1986. Mike has also served as a Rapier No 1, Missile Resupply Sergeant and was the last BSM of HQ Bty and the first BSM of the newly formed Support Battery. Whilst with the Regiment, Mike acted as the Sergeants’ Mess Secretary.
Mike’s other postings included Platoon Sergeant at Kapooka, School or Arty (Manly), and LWC as an instructor on WONCO Wing. At SoA, Mike was the Sergeants’ Mess Treasurer and at LWC the Mess Secretary. Mike discharged in September 2000 after more than 20 years’ service.
John Marquis – Treasurer
Glynn (Sherm) Potter
Glynn was born Naracoorte South Australia and enlisted in the Army in 1980. Glynn has served in numerous regimental positions within Air Defence and the RAA including appointments as Battery Sergeant Major of both 110 and 111 AD Bty. Glynn was appointed Regimental Sergeant Major 16th Air Defence Regiment in 2008/2009 and Master Gunner 6 BDE from Jan 2011 to Dec 2013.
Glynn has spent a significant amount of his career in training and trade management postings and appointments which include the 1st Recruit Training Battalion as a Section Commander, The School of Artillery as a Ground Based Air Defence instructor, The Royal Military College as a Training Developer & OC Programming, Headquarters Combat Arms Training Centre as the Sergeant Major Ground Based Air Defence in the Artillery Trade and Policy Cell and The Land Warfare Centre -WA as the Senior Instructor of the Soldier Promotion Section. Glynn was commissioned on 20 Jan 2014. Since commissioning he has served as a Training Team Leader and Adjutant in the 39th Operational Support Battalion and Defence Aid to the Civilian Community Manager in the Joint Operations Support Staff NSW.
Glynn has had operational service in East Timor with the 4th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment, in Egypt as Regimental Sergeant Major of the Australian Contingent to the Multi-National Force Observer Group – Sinai, in Afghanistan as Command Sergeant Major of the Counter Insurgency Training Centre – Afghanistan and three deployments to the UAE as Officer in Charge of Reception, Staging and On forwarding – Al Minhad.
Glynn was commissioned on 20 Jan 2014. Since commissioning he has served as a Training Team Leader and Adjutant in the 39th Operational Support Battalion and Defence Aid to the Civilian Community Manager in the Joint Operations Support Staff NSW.
Col was born in Brisbane, Queensland and enlisted in the Regular Army on the 6th June 1978 at the age of 18. After recruit training he was posted to the School of Artillery where he was selected to do the Air Defence course. After IET Col was posted to Signals Troop 111 Air Defence Bty (Lt) as a Sig operator and then to B Troop after 3 years as a BDR Sig . Col left the Army in Nov 1987 to move to Auckland New Zealand to marry his fiance who is a New Zealander. Col has lived in Auckland since late 1989.
Ric was born in Hindmarsh, South Australia in 1948, and enlisted into the Army as a National Serviceman in 1971. Recruit Training was completed at 2RTB Puckapunyal, and Corps Training was undertaken at 123 Training Battery, Holsworthy, where he trained on the 40MM Bofors Anti-Aircraft Gun. Ric’s time at the Regiment saw him serve with 111 AD Bty and 110 Bty where he completed the 3/80 Rapier Conversion Course after which he was appointed acting Tp SGT CP Troop and held the Regimental appointment of PMC Club 16.
Ric’s other postings included: 1RTB Recruit Instructor, Chief Clerk Albury Transport Unit, Canungra Transport Unit Chief Clerk, and 3ARU as the Centre Commander at the Wagga Wagga, Dandenong, and Ringwood recruiting centres, and finally in 1991 to the position of WO Admin at the Army Command and Staff College at Queenscliff, VIC. Ric was discharged in December 1992 after 20 years of service.
Ric is appointed as the Associations Liaison Officer.