A Brigadier -
Thanks to Lieutenant Colonel Michael Abrahams (class of '77) for the nomination of his fellow classmate Brigadier Nick Bartels AM, former Commander of 16th Aviation Brigade. Brigadier Bartel's Order of Australia citation (Military Division).
The citation pn being made a member (AM) in the Military Division of the Order of Australa read:
"Brigadier Nicholas Stephen BARTELS, Qld For exceptional service to Australian Army Aviation, particularly as Commandant of the Army Aviation Training Centre and Commander 16th Aviation Brigade.Brigadier Bartels has made a significant and enduring contribution to the development and professionalism of Australian Army Aviation during a period of dynamic capability expansion and unprecedented operational focus. His demonstrated exceptional commitment to duty and clear strategic vision and guidance to the Brigade and training system delivered world class combat forces and equipment for the Australian Army. Brigadier Bartels’ performance has been in keeping with the finest traditions of the Australian Army and the Australian Defence Force."
Old Boys might also be interested to know that Nic Bartels (Class of 77) graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1981. Nic is a former Commanding Officer of the Army Aviation Training Centre, and most recently Brigadier Bartels was Commander 16th Brigade (Aviation). In this capacity he oversaw the introduction to service of the Tiger Assault helicopters.
I believe that he is currently serving in Canberra.
Headquarters 8th Brigade
Class of 77