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FORMER COMMANDO TAKES THE HELM OF THE NATIONAL RSL

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Wednesday 12 June 2019

FORMER COMMANDO TAKES THE HELM OF THE NATIONAL RSL

NEW RSL PRESIDENT AND DEPUTY PRESIDENT

A former Australian Army commando is the new National President of the Returned & Services League of Australia.

A National Board meeting of the RSL has elected Major General Greg Melick AO RFD FANSCZ SC, as National President.

Mr John King, President of the ACT Branch of the RSL was elected Deputy National President.

General Melick has had a wide and varied career and is a Senior Counsel at the Tasmanian Bar and is currently a part time Deputy President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the Chief Commissioner of the Tasmanian Integrity Commission. He was elected from a field of three candidates to the position, which has been vacant for some months.

In the business sector, Mr Melick is well known in the Tasmanian wine industry as a producer and grower.

“I am honoured to be elected to lead the RSL at this critical time in the organisation’s history,” Mr Melick said.

“The RSL has stood the test of time and I intend to bring the skills I have learned from both the Army and the private sector into play to make sure we keep going forward.

“I am a team player, but I also know what is needed to lead an organisation and I am delighted that John King has been elected as Deputy President.

“My first task is to listen to our membership and prioritise what they believe are the tasks we must undertake in the short term.”

General Melick enjoyed a stellar career in the Australian Defence Force rising from the ranks to the rank of Major General and holding positions including the ADF’s senior Reserve role responsible for Reserves and Cadets before retiring last December after 52 years’ service. He is also Colonel Commandant, 1st Commando Regiment.

He is married with three adult children and is Patron of Defence Cricket, the Army Museum of Tasmania and the Friends of the Second Battalion.

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About Returned & Services League of Australia

The Returned & Services League of Australia (RSL) was founded in 1916 by returning Australian soldiers from World War I to continue to provide the camaraderie, concern, and mateship shown among diggers during the conflict.

Early in the 1914-1918 Great War, it was evident that those returning from Gallipoli and the Western Front would require support, along with the families of those who would never return; this ethos of compassion and service remains today as the motivating influence of the League.

Our purpose is to help veterans and their families by offering care, financial assistance and advocacy, along with commemorative services that help all Australians remember the Fallen. Website: http://rslnational.org

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