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President Michael (Blue) Dryden Blue served in 2 RAR from 1960 to 1964. He was an original member of 4 RAR in 1964 at Woodside, South Australia and served overseas in Malaya and Borneo with 6 Platoon, B Company as a Corporal. On returning to Australia, he was promoted to Sergeant and served in South Vietnam again with 6 Platoon, B Company.
Blue took his discharge in September 1968 and joined PMG/Telstra and after 32 years and many internal promotions, he happily retired. For a period of twelve years he concurrently served with the Army Reserve with the rank of Warrant Officer Class Two (WO2), rotating between the 16th Battalion, Royal Western Australia Regiment (16 RWAR)and the 5th Training Group (5 Trg Gp)
Secretary Nadia Painter Nadia is married to Michael Painter who served with 6 Platoon, B Company 4 RAR in Woodside, Malaya and Borneo. Michael subsequently served in various battalions and postings for twenty two years and retired as a Warrant Officer Class Two (WO2).
Nadia has worked for the Department of Defence, the Australian Federal Police and the accountancy firm KPMG. She also held the position of secretary for the Australian National Flag Association (WA) for period of six years and is currently secretary of a not for profit organisation called The Greening Project that encourages children to interact with nature at the planting and harvesting levels.
Treasurer Isabella (Jean) Rideout Jean is well known to most as she held the position of secretary of the Association for many years under Tony “Toad” Fletcher. Jean is the widow of Kevin Rideout who served in 4 RAR as an Infantry Corporal (section commander) with Blue Dryden and Michael Painter before transferring to the Australian Army Catering Corps and subsequently serving in 4 RAR again, as a chef.
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4 RAR Association, WA
22 Bray St
KELMSCOTT WA 6111
Tel: (08) 9390 9680
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