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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
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1 February 2017

In recognition of Major General David McLachlan AO

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan has paid tribute to the distinguished service and outstanding leadership of Major General David McLachlan AO, who retires as State President of RSL Victoria today.

“On behalf of the Australian Government, we honour the contribution General McLachlan made to public life, our veterans and our community in a career that covered distinguished military service and as a leader of the RSL in Victoria,” Mr Tehan said.

“General McLachlan graduated from the Officer Cadet School, Portsea in 1959 and served in the Australian Army until 1994. Over the course of his military career he served in Malaysia, South Vietnam, the UK and Germany, rising to the rank of Major General and being appointed General Officer Commanding Logistic Command.

“He was elected State President of the Victorian branch of the RSL in June 2002, and it was in this capacity that I had the honour and pleasure of working with him.

“David was a passionate and hard-working advocate for Victoria’s veterans during his time with the RSL. His commitment to the cause of ensuring the welfare of our veterans has been second to none and he leaves an outstanding legacy.

“The quality of General McLachlan’s leadership was evident in all of my dealings with him, and I know this is also true for my predecessors in the Veterans’ Affairs portfolio.

“I would like to wish David a long and enjoyable retirement and to thank him for his many years of public service and dedication.”  

Media enquiries:

Minister Tehan’s Office: Byron Vale, 0428 262 894
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546). VVCS is a service founded by Vietnam veterans.