Ian Gibson served under the name of Ian Leslie
Henderer as a National Serviceman, completing his
Recruit Training at 2 Recruit Training Battalion as
well as his Infantry Training at 3 Training
He was then posted to 1 Division Headquarters
Defence Company as a rifleman on the 23rd
September, 1968.His record there was not very good
having been charged with four offences. He was
injured on 10 May 1969 and posted to the Australian
Special Air Service Regiment on 14 January 1970 as a
rifleman against an established position of a 109
driver. He extended his service in May 1970 by one
year whilst posted at the SAS Regiment and
discharged on 1 May 1971.
IYou will notice that on his service record he was
not qualified as an SAS soldier. In August 2002 Ian Henderer (Gibson) attended the office of Don Randall
JP MP, Federal Member for Canning in Western
Australia and was presented his National Service
medal while wearing a SAS beret.
His photo can be seen in the Randall Report Issue 3
August 2002 at the following web site
If you have trouble with this link, type in Ian
Henderer in Google search and it is the first file
on the page.
It is not know when he changed his name to Ian
Gibson, but after some time he was tracked down and
contacted and asked why he was wearing the SAS beret
when he was not qualified to do so.
Gibson alleges that the Commanding Officer at the
time LT Colonel XX XXXXXX ordered a number of non
qualified soldiers posted to Transport to wear the
that person is now deceased, we could not get
confirmation of that order.
Any Commanding Officer of a Special Force Unit would
cause distrust and lack of respect for himself from
the men who had to go through a gruelling Selection
Course for the right to wear the SAS beret. It would
be a stab in the back of those qualified soldiers
and they would most likely be asking themselves, was
it worth it.
When asked why he was wearing it in 2002 when he
knew he was not qualified to wear it, his reply was.
It was the last unit I was posted to.
Even if such order was given, any soldier not
qualified to wear the beret if they had any
integrity should have refused to do so in respect of
those that had to undergo the Selection Course.
To wear the beret in 2002 knowing he never qualified
to wear the beret shows further disrespect to the
men who did qualify and for what the beret stands
for. Being posted to the SAS and not qualifying does
not give the person the right to wear the beret at
any time. Being the last unit posted to is a poor
For this Gibson will remain on our web site forever