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Wednesday 19 July, 2017
Retired Australian commando Bronson Horan, has been appointed interim president of RSL SA following the resignation of Brigadier Tim Hanna.
Mr Hanna stepped down yesterday afternoon following a board meeting at which Vice President Jill Hoare also tendered her resignation.
Bronson Horan has been appointed president of a new interim board which includes Vice Presidents Bill Denny and Cheryl Cates with Brighton sub-branch president, Trevor Whitelaw appointed chairman.
Incumbent members Steve Larkins, Tony Flaherty and Colin Johns have decided to remain on the board.
Mr Horan said in a letter to RSL SA members;
“This is not the first time that the RSL has faced challenges, but it is through periods of adversity such as these that our true strength of character can be shown”
“As a Board we are completely united behind the reality that many of our ex-service personnel rely heavily on us for support, and we will not let them down.”
“Moving forward our plan is first and foremost to ensure that our governance procedures meet or exceed all reasonable expectations, and that we employ sound accounting principles to guarantee that our business dealings are well managed and financially responsible.”
Mr Horan has resigned from the board of veterans’ housing organisation RSL Care SA to avoid a conflict of interest.
A full bio on Bronson Horan can be read below.
Mr Bronson Horan
Bronson Horan has been a commissioned officer in both the United States and Australian Army for over 15 years. He initially served with the US Army 10th Mountain Division before spending over 10 years in both the United States and then Australian Special Forces. As a Special Forces Officer he successfully trained and led up to 100 Special Forces operators and 500 indigenous troops on combat missions in Bosnia, Philippines, Iraq and Afghanistan. For his work with the United States Army in Iraq, Bronson was awarded the US Bronze Star.
In November 2008, Bronson was in a group of Australian soldiers who were conducting a dismounted patrol in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan. An improvised explosive device exploded, killing one of the group – 25-year-old Lieutenant Michael Fussell. Bronson and one other Australian soldier were also injured by the explosive device. Bronson sustained a cracked spine, a traumatic brain injury, and other sensory deficits. These injuries and decreased sensory abilities still affect his daily life but he has developed strategies in an attempt to mitigate their effects. Bronson was medically discharged from the Australian Army in July 2012.
Bronson was the South Australia & Northern Territory State Manager for Solider On, a charity which strives to help contemporary wounded soldiers.
In July 2017 Mr Horan was appointed as the interim President of the RSL SA Board.