Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (19:37:09): I acknowledge the military career of East Maitland RSL Sub-Branch Vice-President Brian Boughton and congratulate him on his distinguished and dedicated service to our nation and our community at peace and war.

Brian was born in Telarah, a suburb of Maitland, and at the age of 17 joined the Australian Army. He served in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970. In 1991 he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia. In 2004 he received the Conspicuous Service Cross, which acknowledged his outstanding achievement in the application of exceptional skills, judgement or dedication in non‑warlike situations. He brings those skills to everyday life.

The accolades were recently capped by the presentation of a Thank You for Your Service quilt by the RSL NSW's Central Council of Women's Auxiliaries. The quilts are presented to returned RSL NSW personnel in recognition of their dedicated service to the welfare of veterans. I thank Brian for everything that he has done and continues to do within our community.