GUEST 1 OVERVIEW: Alistair Pope emigrated from Glasgow, Scotland to Perth, WA in 1964. His first job in Australia was surveying the roads and railways to be built for the new iron ore mining projects in the Pilbara. He then joined Cooper Brothers as a Cadet Accountant before enlisting the Army by volunteering for National Service (one of less than 400 young Australians who did so). He was selected for Officer Training at Scheyville and graduated as a 2LT in 1967. He served in Vietnam, Indonesia and PNG, and as a sub-unit Commander in 3rd Brigade. In 1981 he attended Army Staff College, Queenscliff. Three years after graduation, he was promoted to the senior officer rank of LtCol. After 20-years-service he retired from the Australian Army in 1986. He founded his own business and worked internationally as a Project Manager in the energy, oil & gas, biotechnology and telecommunications industries until his retirement. Alistair retains a keen interest in current affairs, current military matters and military history. He has had 200+ articles published in The Scheyvillian, Strategy & Tactics, World at War, Modern War, Camaraderie, Harim Tok Tok, Quadrant, Quadrant Online and the Australian Chess Quarterly.
GUEST 2 OVERVIEW: David Jamison was a career Army Officer for some 34 years and retired as a colonel. David graduated from the Officer Cadet School (Portsea) and has held a number of command positions throughout his military career including command of a supply unit in South Vietnam. He has served in Singapore (ANZUK Force) and with the Australian Embassy in Washington DC. He raised and deployed the Army’s field supply battalion as part of the Operational Deployment Force. He has held appointments as a national inventory and budget manager in the Army Logistic Command and was also appointed the Director of Capital Procurement for the Army. Following his military career, he was Joint Managing Director of Logistics Consulting International Pty Ltd and consulted in the fields of management, leadership development, mentoring, purchasing and logistics. In this capacity he worked with a range of respected organizations in Australia as well as being invited to co-lead and conduct professional development seminars on management, purchasing and logistic related topics in Australia, SE Asia and the Middle East. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 1997 for exceptional service as the Army’s Director of Capital Procurement. He is the recipient of the 2017 Deakin Community Award for services to the community as well as receiving the Meritorious Service Award by the Washington DC RSL Sub Branch.
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