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       I vividly recall the first time I set foot on RNZAF Woodbourne.     the urge to bring back the ‘Good Old Days’. It just wouldn’t
    It was September 1976, minus 2 degrees, dark and raining. We          be the same without rain soaked Battle Dress, starched
    arrived in the back of a DC3, directly off Number 100 Airman          PT whites, and Bata Bullets. But it is worth reflecting on
    Recruit Course Grad Parade. We were rounded up and organ-             just how far we have all come within my own 30 year
    ised by a screaming NCO (we thought we had left all these             career span. In the past three months since returning to
    behind at GSTS!). Rescuing our green canvas kit bags (2 each,         Woodbourne one issue flashes like a beacon, and it centres
    for the use of) containing all our worldly possessions, from          on vacuum cleaners. ‘CO, will you approve the purchase of
    the puddles in which the thoughtful Movements Staff neatly            an additional dozen vacuum cleaners please. We have to
    stacked them, we set off on a 6 mile route march. Crossing            put vacuum cleaners on each floor of the flats. It’s an OSH
    the main highway (no tunnels in 1976, but not much traffic             issue – people might get hurt carrying the vacuums up the
    then either) we marched into the Barrack Warden where some            stairs.’ I declined this request in the politest manner I could
    kindly gent with the disposition of Attila the Hun issued us          at the time.
    blankets, grey, 5, sheets, white, 2, pillow, rock hard, 1, and case      The Air Force of today is often accused of being softer
    pillow, 1. In a gesture of humanity, noting the burdens we had        and less robust than it was in years gone by. Softened by
    to carry he offered to wait until morning to issue Counterpane,       OSH, by EEO, reduced personnel numbers, Human Rights,
    1 each. What a guy.                                                   Bike Pants, and duvets on beds instead of blankets. Not
       From the Barrack Warden we marched round several barrack           to mention Snow Freeze and Coke dispensing machines
    blocks, ensuring that everything was completely saturated.            in Airman’s Messes. Yet in the same breath as these
    Eventually we arrived at our designated accommodation block           accusations are made, we are in an almost constant cycle
    (Transit) told to find a bed (sprung wire base, foam mattress)         of supporting operational deployments. Individually we
    for the night. ‘Don’t unpack too much – you’ll be moving              have to work smarter in order to achieve our outputs with
    tomorrow.’ Our kindly NCO then advised us that we had missed          reduced resources. We have to be better managers, cover
    out on dinner as nobody had been told that we were arriving           an increasing range of functions, meet greater compliance
    and the Mess was closed. No one asked how the Barrack                 issues. And here is the real gem – we achieve the results.
    Warden and the Corporal knew about us; you just didn’t do             We do this and still make time to enjoy what we do.
    that sort of thing. Welcome to Woodbourne!                              When I joined the RNZAF 30 years ago, I thought that it
       Our little group was sent to Woodbourne for Basic Engi-            was a great organisation with a real sense of family to it.
    neering training. Most adult recruits went to Hobsonville for         Today’s RNZAF is not the same as it was then, but 30 years
    this course. We must have been special because we got to do           later I think that I have seen enough to be able to say, with
    Basic Engineering with Airman Cadets at 4TTS. Taking up my            unshakeable confidence, ‘This is a great little Air Force.’
    latest posting as CO Base Wing at Woodbourne I vow to resist

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             JUNE 2006, ISSUE 71
                         OUR MISSION:
      To carry out military air operations to advance New
      Zealand’s security interests, with professionalism,
                   integrity and teamwork.

                         OUR VISION:
      We will be an Air Force that is the best in all we do.
      He Tauarangi matou ko te pai rawa atu i to matou
                         mahi katoa.

                                                                   LAC Kirsty Wills, RNZAF Auckland training with the Westpac
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                                                                   Rescue Helicopter. See pages 14-16 Top Class Medics.

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    people interested in RNZAF and associated matters.
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  The editorial staff reserves the right to abridge letters.                                                         Wallace talks to Air Force News – page 13.
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   Base Auckland Air Force Photographer SGT Carl Booty
 is prepared for action with both his ‘weapons’ while in
 Afghanistan. His camera is the tool of his trade and all
 members of the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction
 Team are required to carry their trusty Steyr rifle at all                                                                REGULARS
 times. See pages 20-21 for more images.                                                                             30 SPORT
                                                                                                                           IB basketball, JOIST, softball
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                                                                                       CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS
                    OUTWARD BOUND TO                                                   Mr Bryan Geurts, Fleet Manager Health at Army Logistics Executive

                    REUNITE OLD FRIENDS                                                Trentham, points out that the picture of one of his products in the
                                                                                       Insight O6 article ‘The Hidden Hazard’ is the old Army insect repellent
                                                                                       spray that had been identified as a flight hazard due to the alcohol
                                                                                       content. Mr Geurts says that ‘due to identification of this hazard we
                                                                                       reformulated the product to make it flight safe. This product is now
                                                                                       one of the few flight safe insect repellents on the market and the only
                                                                                       truly alcohol free DEET product. This NZ made product is now sold
                                                                                       to Muslim countries and NZDF is receiving royalties on those sales.
                                                                                       An example of a problem being solved and creating its own market
                                                                                       niche.’ I stand corrected and pleased to see a Kiwi product leading by
                    Watchmates out and about at Outward Bound.                         example – Grant Carr, Editor

              After more than 43 years of providing adventure-based learning           In our April issue (No.69) we inadvertently misspelled the name of
              and development programmes to New Zealanders, Outward Bound              F/S Reg Dawson’s son (pg. 5). The correct spelling is Severne - that’s
              is now looking to reunite former participants with their fellow          with an ‘e’ on the end.
              watchmates.                                                              My sincere apology – Grant Carr, Editor.
               Outward Bound Manager – Opportunities, Darren Quirk, said the

                                                                                       TRUST US
              organisation will help over 45,000 former course participants to
              connect with old watchmates via a dedicated alumni section on the
              Outward Bound website.
              Past Outward Bound students are able to register on the organisation’s   Pilots are the third most trusted profession in New Zealand, according
              website In doing so, they can access             to the Reader’s Digest’s annual opinion survey, just below fire fighters
              old photographs, search for watchmates, win prizes and learn more        and ambulance officers and before nurses and doctors (see this
              about Outward Bound events.                                              month’s article on our Medical Trade, pg. 14). Since the Air Force has
                                                                                       personnel in all these professional categories it’s a safe assumption
                                                                                       that we have somewhat of a clean sweep in the trustworthy stakes.
                                                                                       And hopefully that trust extends to all our other trades and profes-
                                                                                       sions. Unfortunately journalists rank a mere 25th on the list below
                                                                                       taxi drivers and above real estate agents. Can you trust me on this?
                                                                                       Too right you can!

                                                                                       BUSINESS AS USUAL
                                                                                       Despite rising fuel costs it’s

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                                                                                       business as usual for the Air
                                                                                       Force says Air Component
                                                                                       Commander AIR CDRE Richard
                                                                                       ‘We continually monitor fuel
                                                                                       prices, both from New Zealand
                                                                                       and overseas sources, and
                                                                                       we receive a forecast of New
                                                                                       Zealand fuel prices up to a

                    HUEYS GO HOME
                                                                                       year ahead. While the accu-
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                                                                                       racy of forecasts is subject to
                                                                                       the vagaries of a number of
                                                                                       external influences, we have
              On 1 April 2006 the last six Multinational Force Observer’s (MFO)        been expecting the fuel price
              UH-1 helicopters departed North Camp, Sinai, Egypt for Israel prior      to continue to rise throughout
              to being shipped back to the USA. The UH1 helicopters, popularly         the current financial year, which ends on 30 June.
              known as ‘Hueys’, have been in service with the MFO since 1982           ‘To date actual fuel price rises have been broadly in line with those
              and were originally flown by the ANZAC aviation unit in support of        forecasts, although for the remaining two months of the year the prices
              MFO operations of which many RNZAF personnel served. The current         will be a little above forecast. Nonetheless, while there will be pres-
              Chief of Air Force AVM Graham Lintott also flew these helicopters         sure on this cost element of the budget, we will be able to manage
              during his tour in the Sinai. The helicopters have been replaced by      funding to ensure that we maintain both training requirements and
              UH 60 Blackhawks.                                                        our operational commitments,’ says AIR CDRE Newlands.
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                FIRST FLIGHT                                                                                  NO 5 SQUADRON
                                                                                                              DEPLOYS TO UK
                                                                                                              No 5 Squadron will participate in the UK Exercise Neptune Warrior
                                                                                                              06-2 Joint Maritime Course from 19 to 29 June. One P-3K Orion and
                                                                                                              two crews will deploy to RAF Kinloss in Scotland for the exercise.
                                                                                                              Neptune Warrior/Joint Maritime Course is an annual training activity
                                                                                                              that provides joint and combined collective training for ships, aircraft
                                                                                                              and battle staffs from a number of nations in a multi-threat environ-
                                                                                                              ment. The exercise is conducted in the sea areas and air space around
                  At first light members of the NZ Army’s 2/1 RNZIR board a RNZAF
                                                                                                              the north and west coasts of Scotland. Neptune Warrior provides
                Hercules at Darwin for the Air Force’s first flight to Timor Leste’s capital
                                                                                                              invaluable training for New Zealand’s Maritime Patrol Force.
                Dili. Air Force News will provide full coverage of New Zealand’s
                                                                                                              The Fincastle Competition 2006 involving the maritime patrol aircraft
                response to the situation in Timor Leste in our July issue.
                                                                                                              of Australia, Canada, NZ and UK, will be held concurrently with
                                                                                                              Neptune Warrior. The Fincastle competition was last held in NZ

                CHIEF DROPS IN
                                                                                                              during Exercise Tasmanex 06 and was won by the RAF.
                                                                                                              Before returning home No. 5 Squadron will also conduct a flying

                – WITH A SMILE
                                                                                                              display on each of two days at the Waddington International Air
                                                                                                              Show 2006 at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire over the weekend
                                                                                                              of 1-2 July.
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                 New Chief of Air Force AVM Graham Lintott is known to have a good
                sense of humour – note the CAF Under Training badge he’s wearing.
                He shares a joke with CPL John Harrison (left) and F/S Kevin Pope
                during his first official visit to Whenuapai.

                REAPING THE DIVIDEND
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                                                                                                             SGT Carl Booty, RNZAF Senior Photographer,
                                                                                                             handing over stationary to local school.

                The interim dividend from the Armed Forces Canteen Council (AFCC)
                for the 2005/06 financial year totalled $22,753. The dividend, slightly
                up on last year’s total, represents good trading conditions, the AFCC’s                      NO. 40 SQUADRON
                commitment to competitive pricing and its recent upgrades of stores
                and cafes.
                The money has been distributed according to Base populations:
                                                                                                             DONATES STATIONERY
                                                                                                              In June members of the Air Force’s No.40 Squadron gathered
                 $                                                                                            together a box of stationery for the Bamyan Girls School. Despite
                Auckland           9,206                                                                      being called a ‘Girls’ school a large number of boys also attend this
                Ohakea             5,852                                                                      school as it has a good reputation locally as a quality provider of
                Wellington         3,191                                                                      educational programmes. The Principal passed on this thanks through
                Woodbourne         4,054                                                                      our interpreter and mentioned that paper and pens were always in
                                                                                                              short supply.
                TOTAL              22,753                                                                                                                                                5

                     AFN71 JUNE 06
               W/O OF THE AIR FORCE
               KEITH GELL

      The Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand (ALAC)          command positions, but everyone, because at the end
    is currently running a national campaign titled ‘it’s just    of the day it comes down to you. In saying this it also
    a drink’. Their objective is for us as New Zealanders to      comes down to mateship, which is everyone looking
    take a look at ourselves, in particular the way we are        after everyone by providing the necessary support and
    drinking. As a nation we drink to celebrate, we drink         guidance. For example saying ‘you have had enough’
    to commiserate, we drink because it is Friday and we          takes courage. This is all about mateship, especially
    drink because it is the weekend.                              when you are trying to bring about alternative behaviours
      In the Air Force we are no different, we like socialising   for those who need it. It’s not about preaching the evils
    and we enjoy celebrating. For example pay night is still      of getting drunk, it’s about individuals owning their
    a big event in our J/Rs club, as is Friday night in the       behaviour, and it’s about living our values.
    Officers and W/Os and SNCOs messes. There is nothing             We, as a responsible organisation, also need to have
    wrong with this and long may it live, because that is not     a look at ourselves collectively. We are all parents of
    the problem. According to the statistics 88% of men and       the Air Force and we have an obligation for each other
    83% of women claim they are drinkers, again that is           and those we serve. Your workplace culture is a good
    not the problem. We are drinking less alcohol than ever       place to start this. To push it along I have spoken with
    before and we are ranked 24 internationally.                  the three Base Warrant Officers on this subject with the
      So what is the problem? The problem is how we are           desire of bringing this topic onto the radar screen at each
    drinking. We, as New Zealanders, save it up for Friday        Base. The intention, as with the national programme,
    night and the weekends, and sometimes we over-indulge         is to not discourage people from drinking, but to own
    where it affects our behaviour. What I want us to do as       their behaviour when they do have a drink.
    an Air Force, is to ‘pinch ourselves’ and to take stock as      So, the next time you watch the TV or read the papers,
    to where we see ourselves within the national campaign        take stock at what is being said by ALAC and have a
    currently being run.                                          look at yourself. Celebrating success is important to us
      We can have all the rules and regulations in place as       and is part of our ethos. How we celebrate and to what
    much as we want - however that will have no effect on         extent is where we need to look at ourselves. Rules and
    how we drink. It is the culture of drinking that we need      regulations is another topic, we’ve already got enough of
    to focus on. We all need to do this, not just those in        them, it’s about our drinking culture. Think about it.

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                                                                                                                                      CLIFF MANNING

AUCKLAND’S                                                     TOP CORPORAL
         ncouraging Base Auckland personnel to ‘get off their butts’ and       and deployability of Base personnel through Circuit classes for strength
         consider the benefits of fitness and a healthy lifestyle helped CPL     and fitness and Recreational Activity programmes such as the inter-section
         Jason Price, NCOIC within the Base Auckland Fitness Centre, to        sporting competitions which promote both fitness and teamwork.
win this year’s Cliff Manning Award.                                             e. CPL Price’s skills in a number of adventurous activities including rock-
  The coveted annual award, effectively recognising Base Auckland’s top        climbing, kayaking; and outdoor education see him regularly required to
junior airman of the year, is presented to the Corporal or Aircraftman (male   assist with unit adventurous training deployments and, finally,
or female) who makes, ‘the greatest contribution to the overall effective-       f. CPL Price’s coaching and application of skills in two rugby codes and
ness of RNZAF Base Auckland during the previous 12 months.’                    Base cricket greatly enhanced the performance of these teams at interbase
  CPL Price says he was ‘really stoked’ to receive the award because           and local competitions.
Physical Fitness Instructors (PTIs) don’t get a lot of recognition for their
work so it was ‘nice to get a pat on the back.’ It also came as a complete       CPL Price was presented with the award at a ceremony on Saturday 6 May
surprise as he didn’t really know much about the award before he was           attended by Ian Ronalds, President of the Hobsonville Old Boys Association
nominated. With all the factors associated with obesity and the shocking       (which initiated the award), Base Commander Auckland WGCDR Cummings,
news that over half of New Zealanders are overweight, he says RNZAF            HOBA members and members of the public.
personnel’s access to resources and facilities leaves no excuses for not         Base Auckland OC
getting themselves in shape.                                                   Education SQNLDR Andy
  A keen rugby union player and supporter CPL Price is currently spending      Anderson, summing up his
much of his spare time coaching the Base Auckland team with the goal of        comments on CPL Price’s
taking the Services Rugby title for Air Force in September. Watch out!         performance, said:
  By all accounts CPL Price’s selection for the award was a relatively easy      ‘Collectively, through
choice given his involvement in a range of activities and his leadership and   the improved perform-
commitment as an Auckland representative sportsman. As a PTI CPL Price         ance and morale of Base
was well placed to make a significant contribution to the fitness, espirit       personnel, CPL Price’s
de corps and effectiveness of Base Auckland personnel.                         achievements added up
  Specifically his contributions included:                                      to a very significant contri-
  a. Management of the Base Remedial Fitness Programme, which is               bution to the overall effec-
aimed at bringing unfit personnel back up to our fitness standards. This         tiveness of Base Auckland.
programme routinely involves outdoor classes commencing at early hours         CPL Price continues to
in all weathers.                                                               demonstrate excellent
  b. Responsibility for the organisation of the annual Village Green, Base’s   personal standards as
most participative sporting event, which promotes teamwork within all          an airman. He achieved
sections and Base units. The 2005 VG involving over 250 competitors and        outstanding results in his
30 officials was hailed an outstanding success.                                 endeavours during the
  c. Earlier this year, CPL Price was responsible for organisation of          past 12 months, and he
the Biggest Loser Challenge, which was an exercise and weight loss             was therefore found to
programme modelled on the TV shows of the same name. As well as                be a very worthy recipient
competing amongst themselves to lose weight, through “Pricies” motiva-         of this prestigious award,
tion, Auckland personnel also beat RNZAF Ohakea’s averages and total           The Cliff Manning Trophy
weight losses in an unofficial parallel competition.                            for 2006.’
  d. CPL Price has an ongoing commitment to the operational effectiveness

          DVD with a step-by-step guide to the Air Force’s new Haka will be
          available on Bases from mid-June says F/S George Mana, a member
          of the steering committee that developed the guide. ‘The new Haka
doesn’t establish a Maori identity in the Air Force – we already have that – but
rather, it augments and strengthens our existing identity,’ he says.
  The DVD shows the 36 movements that make up the new Haka and is
accompanied by a CD with documentation including explanation of its context
and meaning and a translation of the concepts. Initially two copies will be
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supplied to each Base but more copies can be made. And while the DVD is a
do-it-yourself guide F/S Mana advises you might need to grab a member of your
Base Kapa Haka group to help you with the first couple of runs through.
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                            ALT accommodation in a disused
                                   building near the airfield.

              New Zealand and Australian
              military personnel were deployed
              to bolster Regional Assistance
              Mission Solomon Islands (RAMSI)

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                                                                                                                                     Loading the B757 in Auckland.
              numbers in the wake of April’s riots
              in Honiara. There are currently

                                                                    AIR LOAD TEAM
              125 NZDF personnel serving in the
              Solomon Islands. The Air Force
              also deployed a four-person Air

                                                                    TO HONIARA
              Load Team (ALT) to Honiara’s
              Henderson Air Field. ALT member
              W/O Robyn Gell outlines the
              team’s role.
              The increased level of incoming and outgoing aircraft required to transport     FAST TURN AROUND
              and service the enlarged RAMSI contingent meant the RNZAF ALT was                 The first few flights of the deployment saw all freight quickly moved
              deployed, at short notice, to supplement the Australian ALT already             off the airfield and into the area of operation, in order to make way for
              in-country.                                                                     other incoming aircraft. Those early flights consisted of a variety of stores
                The RNZAF ALT’s role was to facilitate arriving and departing aircraft,       including vehicles, communication equipment, rations, personnel, weapons
              downloading passengers and freight and back-loading any passengers              and ammunition.
              and freight returning to New Zealand. The RNZAF ALT also assisted the             After the initial push the number of flights reduced and the focus then
              ADF in the facilitation of RAAF aircraft and ADF chartered civilian flights.     became resupply. The ALT estimated they moved half a million pounds of
                                                                                              freight and personnel during the first few days.
              A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN ALT                                                       After spending the first night on the floor of the domestic terminal
                The RNZAF’s ALT consisted of W/O Robyn Gell (WP); F/S Steve                   passenger lounge, the ALT, using ‘Kiwi can do’ attitude took the bull by
              McCutcheon (OH); CPL Tracy Harrison (OH) and LAC Ross Mosely (Chch).            the horns, contacted local airport staff and managed to secure a disused
                A normal day started with coffee and discussion of the day’s proposed         building to setup camp for the remainder of their tour. It may have helped
              aircraft movements and payload details such as passenger numbers and            that the Controller of Civil Aviation in Honiara just happened to be an
              freight. These movements were fluid and timings often changed due to             ex-RNZAF Wing Commander — Mr Bill MacGregor. This disused building
              circumstances and other commitments. At one stage all ADF flights were           later became home for both the New Zealand and Australian ALTs.
              put on hold due to Cyclone Monica heading for Darwin.                             Ration packs became the menu of the day with the usual delights of three-
                Once flights details were confirmed the ALT prepared equipment to               minute noodles, satay beef, curried chicken, lamb and mint, cracker biscuits
              download the aircraft. Initially there was no material handling equipment       and other unmentionable delicacies. ADF and NZDF ALT members debated
              (MHE) and all downloads were done by hand. This was a tough and slow            the relative merits of each other’s ration packs until it was discovered both
              task in the hot and humid environment. The first few flights were engine-         were made in New Zealand.
              running offloads/onloads (EROs). The lack of MHE required to download
              freight in normal circumstances, meant freight had to be ‘combat’ off-          ANZAC DAY
              loaded. This involves freight being pushed out the rear of the aircraft while     It was particularly fitting that the ADF and RNZAF spent the day working
              it is still moving along the taxi way.                                          side-by-side on ANZAC Day. A small service was held between the two
                                                                                              nations in the morning, where a moment’s silence was observed to
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                                                                                              remember those who had gone before them. It may have been that they
                                                                                              were mourning the fact that they were unable to partake in the customary
                                                                                              rum and coffee that had always been synonymous with this day back home
                                                                                              due to it being a dry mission!
                                                                                                As operational tempo allowed, the RNZAF ALT offered their services to
                                                                                              the local airport authorities to help out in any way they could. This work
                                                                                              included rubbish clean up, general gardening and carrying out routine
                                                                                              maintenance on the airport equipment which had not seen a grease gun
                                                                                              or tyre pump for quite some time! This was done with much humour and
                                                                                              was designed to enhance relations with the locals and by way of thanks
                                          L - R: CPL Tracy Harrison, LAC Brett Pearson        for all the support they had provided the team during their stay.
                                             RAAF, LAC Ross Mosely, LAC Gary Francis
                                         RAAF, F/S Steve McCutcheon and W/O Robyn             RETURN TO NEW ZEALAND
                                         Gell at the Solomon Islands Memorial Garden.
                                            The garden is dedicated to those men who           Mission accomplished the ALT returned to New Zealand on 28 April.
                                                   fought and who died on Guadalcanal.        Henderson Air Field has returned to business as usual. ALTs are still

8                                                                                             deployed, but transit with RNZAF aircraft, load and unload freight and
                                                                                              passengers and then return to Base Auckland.

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 An Australian Sea King helicopter with
 Iroquois parked behind on HMAS Maroora
 and LCM8 landing craft in the water.

                                                                                        EX CROIX DU SUD-
                                                                                        NEW CALEDONIA
Alongside Army and Navy personnel, over 30 Air Force personnel were
involved in Exercise Croix du Sud (Southern Cross) from 22 April to 8 May
in New Caledonia.
  The Air Force contributed two Iroquois, and the 31 people required to
maintain and fly the frames as the primary contribution to Exercise Croix
du Sud (Ex CDS). Another four personnel were based at the Command
Headquarters in Noumea.
  Starting with reassembling the aircraft, conducting test flights and
ceremonial duties for ANZAC Day the No.3 Squadron detachment had a
variety of taskings during the exercise. These also included deck landing
practice onboard Australian amphibious ships; dropping French troops into
the hills of New Caledonia; teaching Tongans disembarkation procedures                         Two French Puma helicopters make their approach
(on a simulated ‘aircraft’!); ensuring that connectivity was working                           to land onboard HMAS Manoora, 29 April, with FNS
                                                                                               Jacques Cartier and HMAS Tobruk following behind.
effectively with New Zealand, and the more mundane (but essential)                             The Pumas were embarked onboard to assist with
                                                                                               troop movements during the initial phase of an
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aspects of daily checks and regular maintenance.
                                                                                               evacuation scenario of Exercise Croix du Sud.
  Ex CDS is a significant military exercise in the region. The field training
exercise was based around providing military assistance as part of a
coalition force during a humanitarian evacuation of civilians from the
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mainland and outlying islands.
  The majority of military people involved were re-located by boat, bus
and helicopter to a remote ‘tent city’ on the east coast of New Caledonia
for five days to conduct the successful evacuation of civilians as per the
planned scenario. Returning to Noumea, there was a short period for
debriefs, clean up and preparation of the Iroquois to be packed back in
the Hercules for RTNZ.
  Conducted biannually in New Caledonia, this year’s exercise also involved
military personnel and equipment from New Zealand, New Caledonia,
Australia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Tonga.
  It was an opportunity to develop interoperability between the nations, and
test the command structures at a Joint Headquarters, as well as allowing
for integrated training in a multi-national environment.
  Other New Zealand Defence Force participants in Ex CDS 06 were:
  • Survey vessel HMNZS Resolution, with an embarked team capable of
conducting surveys in the littoral zone;                                                                                                           9
  • Infantry Platoon, from 3rd Land Force Group, based at Burnham; and                         The two No.3 Squadron Hueys
  • 11 augmentees in roles at the Exercise Headquarters, and onboard                           overfly a disused mine shaft.
HMAS Manoora observing amphibious operations.                  AFN71 JUNE 06
                                                                                                                                                  A C-130 Hercules
                                                                                                                                                  aircraft is fuelled up
                                                                                                                                                  ready for another flight.

     Southland Times reporter Tracey Roxburgh braved
     the G-forces and kept down her breakfast for this
     account of riding aboard a C-130 Hercules during
     last month’s No.40 Squadron tactical low-level flying                                                                         A twin-engined Casa flown by French
                                                                                                                                      Marines based in New Caledonia.
     exercise Skytrain, operated out of Oamaru.
                                                                                      FGOFF JENNA ROBINSON

           t’s 12.30pm and I’m having difficulty speaking.                             squeeze, roll and put them in.’
             Words are being slurred and the brain is firmly parked in neutral so        Unfortunately my hands have taken on a life of their own, so the first
           while I’m trying to ask semi-intelligent questions, it’s not working.      problem is managing to get the ear plugs out of the little plastic bag.
     If I didn’t know better I would say I was inebriated. I begin to apologise         Fifteen minutes later I’m on board the Hercules, seated in a canvas deck-
     stating it’s probably because I got up at 5am and the lack of sleep is           chair-type contraption, secured against the side of the plane, still trying to
     catching up on me.                                                               master the squeeze, roll and insert technique. I’m handed a helmet, which
       New Zealand Air Force SQNLDR Glenn Davis breaks into a cheeky grin             doesn’t look terribly sturdy, and not one but two white paper bags.
     and says, ‘Nope, it’s the G-force. It nails you.’                                  Sick bags if you will.
       Two hours earlier I arrive at the Oamaru Airport to be greeted by razor wire     The look on my face clearly speaks volumes and I’m told by Load Master
     fences, orange road cones and very official looking signs making it quite         Eve Ripo to ‘double bag -- they have a tendency to leak after a while.’
     clear civilians aren’t welcome. Ignoring them I drive into the New Zealand         Great. I begin to ‘double bag’ aware the crew members seem to be taking
     Defence Force zone where I’m greeted by SQNLDR Davis, handed a pair of           a perverse joy out of my shaking hands and possum-in-headlights stare and
     bright orange ear plugs and told we’re leaving in five minutes.                   am buckled in with a lap belt - like the helmet I don’t believe it’s sufficient
       I ask if I’ll be needing my notepad.                                           to save my life in the worst case scenario.
       ‘No ... you won’t forget this.’ At this point I spy my mode of transport         Exercise Skytrain was based at Oamaru for 10 days last month, involving
     for the impending journey. A mammoth grey beast of a thing parked up on          300 RNZAF aircrew, maintenance and support personnel, with assistance
     the tarmac. That mammoth grey beast moves out of the way and I see a             from the New Zealand Army.
     second version, which makes the first look like a Tonka toy.                        The 50-tonne aircraft flies at 75m above ground, reaching speeds of
       Meet the C-130, Royal New Zealand Air Force Hercules. My heart stops           400kmh in what the Defence Force calls ‘tactical low-level flying.’
10   and I’m told now would be a good time to insert the ear plugs – ‘just              Their mission is to drop ‘loads’ within seconds of a given time and within

                                                                                                                AFN71 JUNE 06         
                                                                                                                    The large orange ‘thingee’ is a Raised Air Marker (RAM)
                                                                                                                    used to help identify the drop zone for the aircraft. It
                                                                                                                    gives a 3D perspective that draws the aircrew’s eyes to
                                                                                                                    the drop zone letter pegged out on the ground.

                                                                                                                     FGOFF JENNA ROBINSON

Supply parachutes drift to the
ground after drop off by a C-130.


       metres of a target on the ground, but first drilling manoeuvres in valleys,        of the training, where the aircraft spends the minimum amount of time
       following a flight plan mapped out the day before.                                 possible on the ground for situations when they drop artillery.
         The loads weigh about 16 tonne each and include an ex-army four-wheel-            Those manoeuvres were something I was about to become very familiar
       drive. I’m told it’s been dropped several times, but it still works well enough   with. It’s a funny thing sitting sideways in an aircraft when it’s about to
       to be driven back on to the truck which will load it on to another Hercules       take off, sick bags in one hand, helmet in the other.
       for its next excursion. This training mission involved aircraft and crew from       It’s even funnier when it starts to taxi and you find yourself thrown
       New Caledonia and Singapore - the hills and valleys in the South Island           sideways but your arms are otherwise occupied so you can’t grab on to
       are like nothing the foreign crews have ever seen, so the training is even        anything. Thus, my journey on the C-130 begins.
       more beneficial to them.                                                             I am told not to be ashamed if I need to use the sick bags – ‘it wouldn’t
         SQNLDR Nathan McDonald said the Hercules are regarded as ‘people                be the first time.’ However, in the next breath SQNLDR Davis says if I do
       movers’ and their primary job is to deliver relief where needed – while           need to use them I will never live it down. The gauntlet had been thrown.
       based at Oamaru, one Herc was deployed to the Solomon Islands, with               Motivation enough.
       two full crews on board.                                                            The belly of the Hercules is impressive -- it can seat almost 100 passengers
         That relief also includes food and first aid for disaster-stricken countries,    if it’s not flying over water, in which case there needs to be room for life
       which is where the load drop training comes to the fore.                          rafts, so fewer passengers. It looks to be lined with silver padding, the floor
         The flight crew drill valley flying, the aim is to fly undetected to their         has rollers running the length of the plane and sitting in the middle of it are
       target, ‘drop the load and get out really quickly.’                               three loads, to be dropped at different points during the flight.
         Hercules aren’t the most inconspicuous aircraft, but as SQNLDR                    The noise inside the plane is deafening, even with ear plugs now safely
       McDonald explains, by the time an enemy force saw the plane, it would             inserted, so crew seem to rely on hand signals to communicate with those
       be too late to do anything about it. ‘Combat off-loads’ were another part         not hooked up to the ‘comms.’ That, or they yell at each other.                   11                 AFN71 JUNE 06
       After about 10 minutes someone yells at me to put
     my helmet on and go for a wander around the plane.
     I decide I’m more than happy just sitting with my lap
     belt safely fastened, thanks. Wrong answer.
       So, helmet on I feebly attempt to pick my way
     through the loads and the rollers to a little porthole-
     type window with two sturdy bars either side,
     SQNLDR Davis tells me to hang on to the bars and
     enjoy the view. I’m now standing directly in front of
     an emergency exit door. Altitude has a tendency to
     do funny things to me and I have the urge to open
     the emergency exit.
       Fortunately at that point I’m aware I’ve begun
     to lean backwards, I look out the window and find
     myself staring at the sun, three seconds later and I am
     pushed hard up against the silver padding, looking at
     the ground which doesn’t seem to be too far away.
       Still clutching my sick bags it all seems harmless
     enough, I even think I could let go of the vice-like
     grip I have on the wee white bags and put them in
     my pocket. Then the G-force gets me.
       One second, I’m standing up enjoying the view, the
     next my knees have buckled, I am kneeling against
     the emergency exit, still hanging on to those bars.
     Unable to stand, I’m laughing hysterically and it’s as
     if my bodyweight has doubled and another person is
     standing on my shoulders. Classy.
       Eventually I regain my composure and clamber back
     to a standing position, but the rocking and rolling
     has begun.
       For what seems like an eternity I am periodically                                   By now we are in Ashburton and I’m about ready for a rest, as we go
     thrown forwards and then hanging on for dear life so as not to fall                hurtling towards a paddock I think someone is reading my mind, the plane
     backwards. My stomach is constantly dropping, almost like when you’re              touches down with a bang before promptly careening off again.
     driving and go down a steep hill you didn’t see coming. I decide it’s best            After what seems an eternity, but was in fact only two hours, we arrive
     not to let go of the sick bags.                                                    safely on the ground back in Oamaru. I feel like I’ve just run a marathon
       I am taken into the ‘flight deck’ (note for civilians, don’t call it a cockpit,   and wander from the flight deck to the back of the plane, where I see the
     they don’t like that) where apparently it’s a bit easier on the body.              final load right at the back of the plane.
       The first thing I notice are the hundreds of controls, buttons and knobs of          Apparently I missed the second one being dropped -- I presume that’s
     all descriptions. Again I have the urge to push some of them.                      when I decided to sit down and focus on a point in the distance to ensure the
       The second thing I notice are the windows. Some of them appear to be             sick bags remained empty. Load Master Ripo directs me to sit on a container
     cracked. This is not helping my churning tummy. The Hercules have just             facing the back of the plane and hang on to a strap. We’ve come to a full
     celebrated their 40th birthday and are about to be completely stripped and         stop and I don’t understand what’s happening, but I do as I’m told.
     re-vamped with state-of-the-art technology. The first will be done overseas            Another crew member comes up beside me and tells me to hold on ‘tight’
     and will take two years, at the same time spares will be made for the others       to the other side of the container, he then proceeds to sit behind me, grabs
     and the four remaining C-130s will take a year each to be revamped.                my shoulders and pulls me backwards. I’m more than a little confused, but
       I am directed to stand behind the pilot and am shown two more metal              it’s about to become abundantly clear.
     bars to hang on to and it’s not long before they, too, are at the mercy of            Once again, the Hercules fires up, goes flying forwards and consequently
     my vice-like grip. Instead of being thrown backwards and forwards, I am            I also go flying forwards. The final load, at my feet, goes hurtling out the
     being thrown from side to side, we appear to be sickeningly close to the           back of the aircraft and I have horrific images of me following suit ... I am
     hills in the valleys and my face is still clearly speaking volumes as I look       very grateful I’m being held back. This was a combat off-load.
     around to find the aircrew laughing at me.                                             Back on solid ground, my knees are still shaking and I have finally removed
       Next I’m taken back to the belly of the plane to watch the first drop             the orange ear plugs -- much easier to get out than put in. Another civilian
     - the back of the Hercules has opened up as Load Master Ripo waits for             on the flight with me, former All Black Ian Hurst, is buzzing. He tells me
     instructions from the navigator in the flight deck for when to release the          flying is one of his pastimes, but that doesn’t have a patch on what we’ve
     load. When the lights in the back of the plane turn from red to green, it’s        just experienced. I’m led towards the lunch tent where hamburgers are on
     bombs away, the load goes hurtling out the back and within seconds a               the menu, stomach still churning I politely decline.
     parachute is deployed and it floats to the ground, where another crew is               My sick bags remained empty during the flight and my reputation is still
     ready to pick the load up. Among them is a mechanic, with equipment to             intact. I would like it to stay that way.
12   mend farmers’ fences ... for when they miss the target.

                                                                                                                  AFN71 JUNE 06        
1. What does your new role entail?
  I co-ordinate all Maori cultural activities that impact on Air Force
outputs. They range from ceremonial activities such as parades to cultural

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awareness training and liaising with outside Maori organisations. Basically
if Command have a Maori cultural issue or query then I address it on Air
Force’s behalf.

2. The recent Change of Command Ceremony for CAF had a                         7. How are Maori structured as a group within the Air Force and
significant Maori ceremonial component. Is that an indication the               what role do they play?
RNZAF’s bi-cultural policy is working?                                           The MCO position is cultural advisor to CAF and functions on behalf of Air
  It’s one indication and probably the most visible. However, at both the      Force. Each Base has a Maori Liaison Officer (MLO) who acts as cultural
CAF and CDF’s Change of Command Ceremonies I witnessed something               advisor to CO ABW and functions on behalf of that Base. The MCO and
that really spoke volumes for our bi-cultural policy. The departing CAF,       MLO’s together form a council called the Maori Advisory Group (MAG) and
the in-coming CAF and the departing CDF all opened their speeches with         implement Air Force Maori cultural policies. Each Base has a Maori Cultural
a Maori mihi (greeting). When I heard the three highest ranking people         Group (MCG) to provide ceremonial cultural components as required.
in the Air Force speaking Maori (albeit short and simple) I knew then that
the policy was working.                                                        8. How does the Air Force commitment to bi-culturalism compare
                                                                               with other Services – Army and Navy? Are we behind, ahead or
3. What other changes can we expect in future or what changes                  equal? What about other organisations?
would you like to see us introduce?                                              There are far fewer Maori in the Air Force than Navy and Army and our
  I’d like to see more people follow the CAF’s example and make the            bi-cultural policy is much younger. Yet we are more than capable of holding
effort to learn basic mihi (greetings) - especially senior officers. Army       our own beside them and in some aspects we’re even leading the way.
run programmes specifically for their senior officers. I’d like to introduce     The same can be said of other organisations as well.
something along the same lines for us.
                                                                               9. Is the Air Force a more attractive/comfortable place for Maori
4. What can non-Maori do to help build bi-cultural awareness in                these days than it was several years ago and are we recruiting
the Air Force/society?                                                         more Maori?
  Just keep an open mind and don’t be afraid to ask questions about any          Definitely. Prior to 1999 the sight of a Maori powhiri on a parade alongside
aspect of the Maori culture that they don’t understand. Awareness leads        a 100 man guard of honour was a rarity if seen at all. Today it’s an accepted
to understanding, which in turn leads to the realisation that embracing the    aspect of the way we do things and an indication of where we are heading.
Maori culture will enhance the Air Force culture to the benefit of both.        Consequently, the past few years have seen a steady increase in Maori
                                                                               recruiting and it’s still rising.
5. What are the biggest challenges/obstacles facing bi-
culturalism in the Air Force?                                                  10. Are there any other comments/observations you’d like to make
   The biggest obstacle would have to be opposition to changes. For some       on this subject?
it’s comfort in the way things have always been. For others it’s a fear of       I’d like to acknowledge the many others that helped develop and promote
what they don’t understand.                                                    our bi-cultural policy, who include: AVM Lintott who, as OH Base Cdr in
                                                                               1999 gave a fledgling OH and Air Force MCG his support and much needed
6. Where do you see the Air Force, in terms of bi-cultural                     momentum; Ms Myra Cotter whose guidance as Air Force MCG tutor kept
awareness in say 10, 20 years time?                                            the group from faltering; WGCDR Bosch who set up the Maori Advisory
  I see the Air Force being a lot more attractive as a career option and not   Group (MAG); all the MAG members whose work at ground level set the
just for Maori. Numbers of Maori in the Air Force will increase to closer      base for the policy to stand upon; policy designers Mrs Laura Gillan and Mrs
reflect NZ society. We will have a lot more speakers of the language and        Sally Duxfield, who took the MAG from strength to strength; SQNLDR Dave
a large percentage of them will be non-Maori. Everyone will have an            Samuels who joined the team specifically to help develop the policy; AVM
understanding of the culture and NZ history and the Maori culture will be      Hamilton who, as CAF put his full support behind the policy; and finally my
firmly imbedded into Air Force culture. The centrepiece of it all will be a
well supported and actively utilised Air Force marae!
                                                                               predecessor W/O PJ Smith who tirelessly carried the ball, implementing
                                                                               the policy as the face of the new bi-cultural Air Force.                        13                AFN71 JUNE 06
         Highly trained, multi-skilled and fully competent. Rest assured that
         while on deployment NZDF personnel are in the best of medical
         hands. The RNZAF’s ‘top class’ medics are trained to a very high
         professional standard and are fully competent to diagnose, treat and
         respond appropriately to most medical situations. Grant Carr talked to
         F/S Russell Clarke about the RNZAF Medical Trade.

               espite rumours to the contrary the RNZAF Medical Trade – with 45     Health School (JSHS). The three-month course covers such subjects as
               personnel including 41 medics, two doctors and two administrators    Responsibilities of the Medic/Medical Assistant, Basic Health Sciences,
               - is thriving, says Auckland-based medic F/S Russell Clarke. Its     the Diagnostic Process, Administer Basic Emergency Care, Manage Minor
     development of an extensive training programme for medics and expansion        Medical/Surgical Conditions, Perform Patient Care and Assessment
     into setting up a Boeing 757 Aeromedical Evacuation are further proof that     Procedures, Pharmacology, Basic Preventative Medicine Measures and
     the trade is now firmly entrenched, he says.                                    Medical Administration.
       But there was a time, back in 2000, when the trade’s future was less           Medics are then posted to an RNZAF Base Medical Flight where they
     secure. A Defence-wide review of medical services, the Defence Medical         spend the next 40 weeks working under supervision and are mentored
     Review (DMR) was aimed at working out just precisely what were the             by a senior medic. They have a task book and assignments as well as an
     user requirements for medical and dental services within the NZDF. The         Anatomy and Physiology exam they must pass before going on to complete
     RNZAF decided to suspend recruiting medics until the DMR was complete.         their Intermediate Medics Course (IMC).
     Unfortunately the uncertainty around the trade’s future saw many good            The three-month IMC is also at Burnham’s JSHS and covers, in greater
     medics leave for further education or more secure jobs in the ambulance        depth, the same subjects as the JMC.
     and other medical services.                                                      Medics then spend 10 weeks attached to a civilian hospital - currently
       A firm directive from then CAF AVM John Hamilton stopped the rot and          Christchurch Public Hospital - where they work in the Emergency
     recommitted the RNZAF to a medic trade within the Service. Recruiting          Department, Theatre, Post Op (caring for patients directly after surgery),
     new medics began in earnest in 2002. Up to six new medics are now              General and Orthopaedic wards. They complete a task book including
     being recruited annually bolstered by Service transfers from Army and          certain procedures and assessments during this training.
     Navy and some re-enlistments. The biggest problem facing the trade now           After civilian hospital training medics go on to complete civilian
     is retaining senior medics so they can pass on their considerable skills to    ambulance training. Fulltime for five weeks they are attached to a civilian
     new recruits.                                                                  ambulance service - currently with the St Johns Ambulance Service in
       The main advantages of having a Service-based Medical Trade, says            Christchurch. They are mentored by an experienced Advanced Paramedic
     F/S Clarke, are that ‘we can keep a close eye on the medical standards         and get procedures and assessments signed off in their task book.
     of our Service personnel. Time is not wasted on going to see a General           Once all this training is completed the medics can operate under the
     Practitioner (doctor) and we can also monitor what medical conditions and      Defence Medical Treatment Protocols (DMTPs) as qualified medics. The
     medications RNZAF personnel have. It also benefits our personnel to have        DMTPs are issued by the Director General of Defence Medical Services
     continuity of care when dealing with medical conditions or issues. We have     (DGDMS) and allow medics to administer medications without the direct
     very stringent follow-up procedures in place to make sure personnel get        supervision of a doctor. Medics have to complete annual competencies to
     a high standard of follow-up medical care.                                     stay current to use the DMTPs, if they do not complete these competencies
       ‘It also means that when we deploy overseas and in the field within New       they cannot work unsupervised.
     Zealand, the squadrons know us as another Air Force personnel/medic              Medics then go on to complete the Diploma in Military Medicine (DMM).
     and how we operate.’                                                           This is civilian qualification and is run by the Auckland University of
                                                                                    Technology (AUT) and JSHS. It is made up of five modules: Biological and
                                                                                    Social Science (9 weeks in duration), Diagnosis and Treatment (8 weeks),
     EXTENSIVE TRAINING                                                             Emergency Care and Disaster Medicine (6 weeks) and the Practice of
       The RNZAF medic’s training is both unique and extensive in that it covers    Military Medicine (3 weeks). After the completion of the Emergency Care
     many specialist medical occupations.                                           and Disaster Medicine module medics are reclassified to Senior Medics and
       Like doctors (although obviously to a lesser extent) our medics are taught   can deploy on sole charge (without a doctor) on exercises and operational
     to diagnose and treat and are taught basic nursing skills.                     deployments.
       ‘Like paramedics we cover pre-hospital emergency care. We learn                After medics have completed their Diploma they are encouraged to go
     basic laboratory skills (drawing blood and taking swabs), like Laboratory      on and complete other tertiary medical education. ‘We currently have one
     Technicians. We also learn about Environment Health and Occupation             medic who has completed their Bachelor in Health Science Paramedic
     Health and Safety as these are roles we pick up while deployed                 (Advanced Paramedic qualification) and is currently completing an
     operationally overseas, says F/S Clarke.                                       Aeromedical Retrieval and Transportation Diploma,’ says F/S Clarke.
       Medics must first complete a Junior Medics Course (JMC). This is
14   a fulltime course completed at Burnham Army Camp’s Joint Services

                                                                                                             AFN71 JUNE 06       
                                  A mock casualty being treated by an RZNAF
                                       Medic during a aircraft crash exercise.

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                                    The Medical Unit carries out exercises on
                                    a regular basis to keep medics skills up in
                                 dealing with large numbers of injured people.

DAY-TO-DAY WORK                                                                     TRI-SERVICE MEDICAL TEAMS
  Routine duties include completing sick parade. This is when medics                 BMFs have a very close working relationship with Army and Navy medical
interview Base personnel who require treatment for a variety of sicknesses         services. All medics attend the tri- JSHS in Burnham.
or illnesses. They diagnose, treat and arrange follow-up treatment if                The Air Force currently has a Flight Sergeant and a Sergeant teaching
necessary. Other day-to-day duties include completing medical boards,              at the school. Air Force medical courses are also tri-Service and accept
checking emergency medical equipment and emergency medications.                    other Service medics on both fixed and rotor wing Aeromedical Evacuation
  They also provide medical cover to exercises, parachute drops and                courses. Big operational deployments, like East Timor, Solomon Islands and
squadron adventure training programmes. ‘The work is very exciting with            Afghanistan are composed of tri-Service medical teams.
the unpredictable happening on a regular basis. After the medics have                So, are you interested in a career with the Air Force’s medical trade?
completed their training they need to consolidate what they have learned             You need to be able to work in isolated and extreme areas, be able to
in the classroom and put it into practice at Base Medical Flights. The end         work on your own in stressful situations, and be able to think outside the
goal of all this work is to have operational RNZAF medics who we can               square when things go wrong, like being at 38,000 feet, with a patient, in
send overseas into an operational environment without a doctor or nurse.           the Boeing and having an equipment failure or your patient’s condition is
They must have the confidence, experience and knowledge to deal with                deteriorating, warns F/S Clarke. But if you like to travel and to help people
any medical emergency on their own without medical help for a long period          who are less fortunate than you it’s a great job and very rewarding.
of time,’ says F/S Clarke.                                                           ‘You will basically become a jack-of-all-trades in the medical field and
  ‘They receive some of the best medical training and experience that New          must have the confidence and ability to lead people. When things go
Zealand has to offer. They study at the Auckland University of Technology          wrong and they will, people and command will look at the medic for advice
(AUT) to gain their DMM and some have even gone on to complete                     and decisions. They must be able to think on their feet and multitask to
degrees in other health sciences, such as Paramedicine or Nursing. Once            overcome stressful situations. One of the big problems we have is medics
they have these qualifications they must complete annual competencies               want to be able to run before they can walk. Medicine is a huge field and
to stay current to practice.                                                       takes years to learn and master before you can safely practice.’
  To maintain their skills and gain experience they also get to work in civilian
medical establishments. We have a number of training agreements that
we are currently reviewing and improving. These include medics working
on civilian ambulances in major cities throughout NZ and medics working             EVACUATION CAPABILITY
and training in Auckland City Hospital. Forward AME (Fwd AME) medics                 Another positive outcome of the RNZAF Medical Trade’s ‘revival’ has been
will complete one shift a week working on the Westpac Rescue Helicopter            the rebuilding of the RNZAF Aeromedical Evacuation capability.
in Auckland. AME medics and nurses will get to work with South Pacific                Aeromedical Evacuation is the movement of a casualty or patient from
Air Ambulance (SPAA) and Child Flight Air Ambulance completing national            one location to another using a fixed wing aircraft. Before the DMR
and international transfers of patients.‘                                          the RNZAF provided an Aeromedical capability to the NZDF and the
                                                                                   NZ Government.
                                                                                     ‘We completed an average of 25 – 30 Aeromedical Evacuations (AMEs) a
                                                                                   year. Most of them were to South Pacific islands to retrieve New Zealand
                                                                                   nationals who were sick or injured and needed more defined medical care
                                                                                   back home. This was really exciting and rewarding work for medics and
                                                                                   the RNZAF as a whole. These missions were usually time critical for the
                                                                                   patient and all RNZAF personnel would pull together to make sure the
                                                                                   patient had the best outcome.
                                                                                     ‘Completing AMEs is also very exciting and rewarding work for RNZAF
                                                                                   medics, one minute you would be at work completing your normal day
                                                                                   and the phone would ring and we would be off somewhere to pick up
                                                                                   someone who needed life saving surgery. RNZAF medics have assisted
                                                                                   in the evacuation of injured civilians after the Bali bombings, cyclones
                                                                                   in the Pacific and the tidal wave that devastated the island of Sumatra,’
                                                                                   says F/S Clarke.                                                                     15                  AFN71 JUNE 06
                                                                                                                                                                            Medical staff transport
                                                                                                                                                                            a seriously ill patient to
                                                                                                                                                                            an RNZAF aircraft to be
                                                                       Sgt Mike Cocker and                                                                                  evacuated back to NZ

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                                                                       Major Linda Lampen-                                                                                  from an Island in the South
                                                                       Smith on Fwd AME                                                                                     Pacific for more specialist
                                                                       duties in East Timor.                                                                                care and surgery.

       To carry out AMEs, medics, doctors and nurses must complete the RNZAF
     AME course run by the Aviation Medicine Unit (AMU). The three-week course
                                                                                                           JOINING A DYNAMIC TEAM
                                                                                                        Medics are one of the first people to be deployed in times of need. It could
     covers aviation physiology, considerations before flight, in flight monitoring
                                                                                                      be disaster relief after a tidal wave, cyclone or earthquake or completing
     and care, loading, preparing aircraft and equipment. This course is a tri-
                                                                                                      an AME of a seriously ill person out of the islands. The travel opportuni-
     Service course and we also have civilian doctors and nurses who complete
                                                                                                      ties are endless both in New Zealand and overseas. Medics also deploy
     the course.
                                                                                                      to numerous hot spots around the world and we currently have medics on
       In November 2004 OCAF signed off on the Boeing 757 AME capability. The
                                                                                                      deployment in Afghanistan. Other places medics have deployed to include
     Boeing 757 AME capability will be able to transport three High Dependency
                                                                                                      Bougainville, East Timor, Solomon islands, and Iraq. It is very exciting and
     Patients (Intensive Care patients) and three Medium Dependency Patients
                                                                                                      rewarding job and after nearly 20 years in the trade I still enjoy travelling
     (MDP), a total of six stretcher patients. No jet aircraft in the Asia Pacific
                                                                                                      and helping people. The rewards are written all over the peoples face
     region can currently carry that many stretcher patients at any one time. A
                                                                                                      who we help, even though they can’t communicate with you, a smile or
     757 AME work party was formed to see how this could be best achieved.
                                                                                                      the nod of the head is enough to make all worth while. I have numerous
     The 757 AME work party are expecting delivery of the first 757 AME
                                                                                                      happy and sad experiences but I always feel like we make a difference.
     prototype soon. This is a very exciting and major achievement for the
                                                                                                      A lot of the places we deploy to have very basic medical care so I learnt
     RNZAF AME capability as it has been run down and neglected over the
                                                                                                      very early on in my career you can only do so much. You have to be very
     past 10 years.
                                                                                                      multi skilled in the medicine to be a functional RNZAF Medic and very
                                                                                                      adaptable to changing situations.
                                                                                                        You must be able to work in very extreme conditions with limited equip-
      FORWARD AEROMEDICAL                                                                             ment and supplies. I remember one night delivering a baby on a mud floor
      EVACUATIONS (FWD AME)                                                                           hut under torchlight, with my battery running out and wishing so much that
                                                                                                      the village had power. We managed to deliver the baby so it all worked out
       Related to the AME capability but with more of a military focus, the Fwd
     AME is the movement of battlefield casualties, by helicopter, from a forward                      well in the end. Another time was when we assisted in the Bali bombings,
     position rearward so they can receive life or limb surgery. The feedback for                     we arrived about 3 days after the bombing and up lifted a lady who had
     RNZAF medics who deployed to East Timor was they needed more specific                             massive burns from the blast. Her burns had not been dressed for three
     training in this area. The new course was designed by the AMU and TDHQ                           days and she had been given no pain relief at all, they ran out of pain relief
     in Woodbourne. A lot of data and information from East Timor was used to                         very quickly. One of the first things we did was take care of her pain and
     look at what areas medics needed to be up skilled in. The Fwd AME medics                         give here some fluids, as she was very dehydrated. Then we flew her to
     will complete a winchman’s course and HEUT training completed by No.3                            Australia for specialized medical care in a burns unit and to see the look
     Squadron and then they have an intense medical phase to complete the                             of joy and a big smile on her face when we where loading her into the
     course. This course is unique, as there is no other course of this type run in                   ambulance in Australia was priceless. It made all the years of training and
     New Zealand. The course will be run at the AMU and is also a tri-service                         practicing for some thing that worth while.
     course allowing Army and Navy medics to complete it.                                               If you like a challenge and like to make a difference then being an Medic
       The new Fwd AME course still covers things that were taught on the                             in the RNZAF is for you. The training is intense and takes about five years
     SAR medics course as supporting national SAR is still one of the RNZAF                           to be fully trained but the benefits are huge.
     outputs. The Search and Rescue Medics course was designed in the
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     1980’s to support the NZ Police in Search and Rescue. It was designed
     around injuries and conditions people might suffer from after being lost
     in the bush for a long period of time. Also back in those days there were
     no rescue helicopters to carry out this support so No.3 Squadron used to
     complete this role. The RNZAF still support the NZ Police in this role but
     on a less frequent basis. The new Fwd AME course will replace the old
     SAR medics course.

                                                                                                           RNZAF Medics on a UN deployment to Iraq.
                                                                                                           The medics accompanied UN Chemical, Biological
                                                                                                           and Nuclear inspection teams on inspects after the
                                                                                                           first Gulf War. The deploymentJUNE 06 six months
                                                                                                                                   AFN71 was for
                                                                                                           and they lived in Baghdad during this time.
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LAC Tim Wilson receives his certificate
from GPCAPT Pollock.

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                                                        Caroline Mitchell
          Two Air Force ACs won awards when the Basic Fire Course 06/1
        graduated at Linton Army Camp on 12 April after 13 weeks of intense
        training. The Best Academic Student award went to AC Aaron Higgins
        from Woodbourne. The Most Improved Student was AC John Cameron
        also from Woodbourne.
          Friends and family watched on as the group were presented certificates
        and awards, followed by an impressive display where they showed various
        fire fighting and rescue techniques.
          GPCAPT Pollock, Director of Air Force Training, reviewed the parade
        and presented certificates and awards. ‘As an aviator I hope not to meet
        you but it is a comfort to know I will be in confident hands,’ he said after
        viewing the display. He noted that the fire fighters have a critical role
        within the military and praised them for the work they do.                                      AC Higgins receives the Best Academic
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                                                                                                        Student award.
          LAC Tim Wilson from Ohakea said, ‘the course was brilliant and we
        learnt heaps. The aircraft fire training really brought a real time element
        into it and made you appreciate what you’ve been taught.’
          Students on the course also included Senior Fire Fighter Lotu from Samoa
        who was on a mutual aid programme with New Zealand, and SGT Kiape,
        who volunteered to attend the course, from Papua New Guinea.

 Fire fighters rescue a patient from a
 vehicle which has been pulled apart
                                                                                                        AC Cameron receives the Most
 with the Jaws of Life, making the job of
 extracting the patient easier.                                                                         Improved Student Award.

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A RNZAF C-130 Hercules makes a ponderous
but safe landing on Bamian’s rough airfield.

                     Flying the Air Force’s bulky C-130 Hercules,
                     affectionately known as ‘Fat Albert’, into Afghanistan
                     demands excellent training, full concentration and
                     confidence in your abilities. But for No.40 squadron
                     flying into ‘difficult’ places is just part of normal
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                     operations. Pilot FLTLT Andy Scott describes the
                     flight into Bamian airfield.

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                             he flight to Bamian takes just over 3.5 hours with the last 10 minutes
                             being conducted at low level. This is obviously the portion that
                             disturbs some of the passengers and has caused many of them
                     to be sick over the course of these flights. So many that we do not keep
                     track any more!
                       On deciding whether or not to fly low level, the crew will take into account
                     the prevailing weather conditions, threat level, intelligence updates and
                     common traffic routing, before deciding which method of transit will be
                     the safest for the day’s conditions. Contrary to popular belief the main
                     purpose of flying low is not to make the passengers sick, but to provide
                     the most tactically sound way of getting from A to B. When you’re the fat
                     kid who is not very fast at running you have to learn to be sneaky to avoid
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                     getting caught!
                       The crew’s initial Tactical Flying Qualification is gained at Exercise
                     Skytrain, with advanced tactics then honed on regular courses.
                       The terrain around Bamian is up to 16,500ft, which can provide problems
                     in inclement weather when trying to get below the cloud base safely. The
                     main issue this has for us is the aircraft handling and performance char-
                     acteristics. The altitude means that the true airspeed of the aircraft is a
                     lot higher than normal so it takes a lot longer to slow the aircraft and the
                     turning radius is a lot larger than it would be at sea level. This is something
                     that could potentially catch out inexperienced pilots. We ensure all crews
                     are fully briefed prior to departure. The temperature has a huge impact on
                     C-130 operations out of Bamian also, as the heat of the summer means
                     that the engines will only put out about 60% of their sea level power. This
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                     means that the payload we can carry out of Bamian in summer can be up
                     to 10,000lb less than in winter.
                       The threat of ground to air fire is still a major issue with any flight into
                     Afghanistan. There is still an enormous number of Man Portable Surface
                     to Air Missiles (or MANPADS) unaccounted for in Afghanistan. The threat                           ‘When you’re the fat kid who is not
                     of one of these being used against an aircraft is still very real and so the
                     aircraft is fitted with Countermeasures, to combat this threat.                                    very fast at running you have to learn
                       The time spent on the ground can be anywhere from 15 minutes to 2                               to be sneaky to avoid getting caught!’
                     hours depending on the amount of cargo we have to offload and timings
                     for the next leg of the mission, as some airfields still have designated slot
                     times that you have to arrive within.                                               The actual runway at Bamian is very rough. It is a semi prepared gravel
                       No fuel is available in Bamian so we often need to go to one of the             strip, however the size of the gravel and the amount the strip is prepared
                     main coalition bases to get a refuel before proceeding back to our                varies enormously along its length, with the first and last 1000ft at each end
                     staging base.                                                                     being effectively unusable. This coupled with the large drop offs at each
                       The cargo we carry is in direct support of all NZDF missions in                 end and off each side, plus the proximity of houses and a small hill within
                     Afghanistan, so we carry everything from passengers to construction               75 ft of the centreline of the runway make it one of the more impressive
                     equipment to high explosives.                                                     places we land a C-130. A lot of damage has been done to the aircraft over
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         the course of the flights into Bamian, ranging from cut tires to pierced skin,
         blown hydraulic lines and damaged brakes and aerials. However No.40
         Squadron Maintenance have put an enormous amount of time and effort
         into protecting the underbelly and keeping the critical systems serviceable
         before and during each of the deployments.
           If you asked me six years ago whether I thought I’d be flying a 130,000lb
         plane into a dirt strip at 10,000ft elevation, I’d probably have considered
         it interesting. With over a quarter of my hours on the C-130 flown in
         support of Operation Enduring Freedom, our idea of normal may be
         somewhat different!

           A RAF C-130 aircraft that caught fire at an airfield in the Southern Afghan
         province of Helmand on 24 May underlines the inherent danger of operating
         aircraft in a hostile and rudimentary aviation environment. There were no
         injuries to the passengers and crew after the fire, which happened after
         a tyre burst as the aircraft was landing. The aircraft and its cargo were
         totally destroyed by the fire. A Teleban spokesman claimed responsibility
         for destroying the aircraft but RAF officials say it was most likely a tyre
         burst on landing that sent debris up into the engine causing the fire.                                        CPL Johns with

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           A cargo aircraft carrying US anti-narcotics agents crashed at the same                                     some of the munitions.
         airfield last month when a vehicle drove onto the runway. Five people
         were killed.

                                                                                                     24 HOURS IN
                                                                                                      CPL JAMES JOHNS
                                                                                                     Less than 24 hours after getting off the Hercules at Kiwi Base, Bamian,
                                                                                                     Afghanistan I was off to do my first EOD task. NZPRT had stockpiled some
                                                                                                     old munitions. After collecting a left-hand drive Toyota 4x4 I met up with
                                                                                                     the rest of the team - comprising SSGT Dennis Wanihi (NZPRT EOD), Capt
                                                                                                     Paul Garrod, our photographer, two medics, two US Army personnel, two
                                                                                                     Afghani National Police, and an interpreter – we took 15 minutes loading
                                                                                                     the munitions and set off for the range, on the outskirts of Bamian.
                                                                                                       After moving several donkeys out of the area, we then set about
                                                                                                     building a stack of munitions which included rocket propelled grenades
                                                                                                     (RPG), mortars, rockets, grenades, small arms ammunition, anti
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                                                                                                     personnel mines and a large Yugoslav anti-tank mine; all up close to
                                                                                                     500kgs of munitions.
                                                                                                       As part of the preparation we needed to fill sand bags and prepare
                                                                                                     the C4 explosive charges. This was all completed reasonably quickly
                                                                                                     but safely due to the nature and age of some of the munitions. Capt
                                                                                                     Garrod and I then connected the detonator to the charges and armed
                                                                                                     the firing system, prior to joining the remaining team members back at
                                                                                                     the safety point 1300 metres up the valley.
                                                                                                       We climbed up a small ridgeline with several stops to catch my breath
                                                                                                     as I discovered the joy of exercise at high altitude (2600m above sea
                                                                                                     level), final safety checks were completed and the charges were fired
                                                                                                     resulting in a perfect detonation.
                                                                                                       We drove back to the demolition site and carried out a final check
                                                                                                     of the area for any unexploded munitions, and then headed back to
                                                                                                     Kiwi Base.
                                                                                                       Less than two hours later Capt Garrod and myself were off again,
                                                                                                     this time to destroy a 40mm grenade on the range which had failed to
                                                                                                     function. After having to move a group of locals to a safe point this
                                                                                                     was quickly disposed of and we returned again to camp.
                                                                                                       I haven’t even unpacked! If these 24 hours are anything to go by, I
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500 kg of munitions makes a big                                                                      can’t wait for the next 6 months, I’m sure time is going to fly.
boom, and a big hole in the ground!

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                                                                                                   Local Bamian children.

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                                                                Lunchtime for these Bamian bazaar street market stallholders.
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                                                                                           School girls lean out of window at the
                                                                                                Shina Akhzarat School for Girls.

       This local man’s weathered face reveals
       Bamian’s harsh climate and lifestyle.

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         THROUGH THE
     Base Auckland Air Force Photographer SGT Carl Booty
     deployed with the eighth rotation of NZDF personnel
     to Bamian in April. He’s since been busy creating a
     photographic record of the deployment, the local people
     and the rugged terrain around the central Afghanistan
     province. On these pages are some of the images he
     has sent back.

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Walking through the Bamian’s Bazaar, PTE Louis
Brell (right) and PTE Ramon Mahu (left) on patrol
with local Afghan National Policeman.

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                                                                               Three amigos. At the Band E Amir Lakes (L-R) L/Cpl
                                                                               Douglas McLeod, SPR Brendon McNabb and S/SGT
                                                                               Brendon McDonald stand in front of a waterfall.
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  KIWI4 Engineers (centre) CAPT Matthew Tihi with LCPL
  Douglas ‘Dougie’ McLeod talk to locals.
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KIWI4 team member CPL Peter Bladon
keeps watch as he stands in archway.

                                                                             The head to toe women’s burka is still
                                                                             a common sight in Afghanistan.
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                                                                               Bamian province is famous for its
                                                                               history and archaeological ruins.
                AFN71 JUNE 06
                                                                                                                  Personnel set up the targets for
                                                                                                                  bombing on Kaipara Air Range.

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                         he Mk82 General Purpose 500lb bombs                                  pilot and crew currency the latest round was more
                         dropped by No.5 Squadron’s Orions make                               a trial of the weapons. Again, the high explosive

                         an impressive noise when they detonate                               bombs are carefully prepared by No.5 Squadron
                on land. As someone quipped, ‘you wouldn’t want                               Armourers at Base Ohakea before being loaded onto
                to be standing too close to that’. Even from a safe                           the Orion and flown north to the range.
                distance the shock-wave can be felt on your body.                               Three sorties were conducted with four bombs
                ‘It’s like fireworks going off, only a thousand times                          dropped during multiple runs on each sortie for a
                more powerful - enough to make my camera shake,’                              total of 12 bombs dropped. Of those there were
                says photographer AC Rachel Main who was at the                               three unexploded bombs (UXBs) and one partial
                Kaipara Air Range for No.5 Squadron’s high explo-                             UXB. The bombs have a .25 second delay between
                sive bombing trials over 15 to 19 May.                                        detonation and the main charge with the Nose

                   The isolated Kaipara Air Range, on a closed                                Arming Vane (NAV) needing to spin up to 1800rpm
                beach west of Wellsford, was the site of land                                 in order for the bomb to arm. It is thought the UXBs
                target bombing – quite different from the previous                            were caused by the NAV not spinning up to the
                March exercise when the squadron was bombing                                  required 1800rpm and subsequently not arming. As
                smoke markers at sea. The land drops, with solid                              a result the drop profile was changed – higher and
                objects to aim for, provide a better reference point                          faster – allowing for a smoother drop, better overall
                for accuracy.                                                                 results and less UXBs.
                   And, while the March bombings were aimed at

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                     A P-K Orion drops a 500lb high explosive                               A bomb detonates on the target.
                     bomb on the Kaipara Air Range.

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                                    Potential Air Force Flight Stewards           Former RNZAF Flight Steward Tracey Bedford
                                               work through a problem.            types up the selection board reports

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                                                                                  applying for Pilot, Navigator or AEOP also sit the Aircrew Aptitude Tests.

    What is the OASB                                                              A recommendation is then made to Recruiting Headquarters in Wellington
                                                                                  regarding each applicant’s suitability to attend the OASB.
                                                                                    For Service personnel the process is slightly different. Service applicants
                                                                                  are either nominated by command or they apply through their command
                                                                                  chain. They must meet the same educational and testing standards

         eld twice yearly at RNZAF Base Auckland and located at Hobson-           as civilian applicants. Applications are processed through respective
         ville, the RNZAF Officer and Aircrew Selection Board (OASB) brings        command chains to the Director of Personnel who makes the final OASB
         together civilian and Service applicants who have applied for a          attendance decision.
wide variety of Air Force positions. The board selects candidates to fill all        Candidates attend the OASB in groups of eight, although due to last
regular force RNZAF Officer and NCO Aircrew positions.                             minute withdrawals for medical or personal reasons, or other unforeseen
  But what happens for two weeks during the school holidays each April            events, it is not unusual for groups to drop down to six or seven by start
and September at Hobsonville and how are the final selection decisions             time. A small number of candidates turn up and then on day one decide
made? SQNLDR Glenn Davis went behind the scenes of 04/06 OASB                     that it is not for them, says SQNLDR Sexton.
to find out how it all works.                                                        ‘This does create administration issues but nothing that can’t be over-
                                                                                  come. They are usually civilian candidates who have had uncertainties
 THE RECRUITING LINK                                                              for some time but it is not until they see the OASB set up before they
  The Air Force OASB is often described as the longest job interview ever,        really decide that it is not for them. This happens on only a few occasions
with the selection process beginning long before candidates are welcomed          though. By the time they get to PERSEL they have a pretty good idea of
by recruiting staff to the PERSEL barracks. The process is tailored for           what they want to achieve’.
Service and civilian candidates explains the Director of RNZAF Recruiting
SQNLDR Shaun Sexton.                                                                THE BOARD
  At least four months before the OASB, vacancies for direct entrants and          Coming onto an Air Force Base can be a bit of a shock for some says
Service applicants are established by the Directorate of Personnel in Air         SQNLDR Sexton so we arrange for the candidates to arrive at PERSEL the
Staff and then advertised in the national media, Base routine orders, on          day before their selection board starts. This allows time to brief the candi-
the RNZAF website and in the Air Force News.                                      dates and for them to meet Recruiting staff and other group members.
  Civilian candidates apply through RNZAF Recruiting Offices in Auck-               Day one starts with a morning of aptitude and personality testing. Pilot
land, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. They                applicants are also tested on the SMA-4 to determine their suitability for
are selected to attend the OASB based on their academic qualifications,
work experience and an interview with a RNZAF Recruiting Officer. Those
                                                                                  flying training in the RNZAF. While not the only selection measure, the
                                                                                  SMA-4 (a test to measure hand, eye and feet co-ordination while coping
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         SQNLDR Harley James observes a
         group of OASB candidates .

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                                                                                                                A group attemps to solve an outdoor exercise
       A candidate prepares to tackle the SMA-4.                                                                using only wood, rope and teamwork.

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     with a distraction task) plays a significant role in determining whether a
     candidate will be selected for pilot training. However, explains SQNLDR        THE ROUND TABLE
     Emma Davis, the Director of Air Force Psychology, a candidate’s perform-        After the group assessment has been completed, TO and psychologist
     ance on the cognitive measures of pilot aptitude is equally important         interviews are conducted. This completes the selection assessment for
     in assessing their suitability for flying training. The assessment by the      each candidate and the Director of Recruiting convenes a ‘Round Table’
     psychologist for all branches explores their academic ability, branch         discussion. Civilian candidates are sent off to complete fitness testing
     motivation/orientation and personality suitability for the role they are      and the assessing psychologists and TO’s present their reports on each
     applying for.                                                                 candidate. It is remarkable how close each assessment is considering
       ‘The SMA-4 originates from the RAF and versions of the test continue to     that the TO’s and psychologists are basing their assessment of candidate
     be used by a number of militaries around the world. The version used by       performance on different measurement tools, says SQNLDR Sexton.
     the RNZAF is currently being upgraded with new hardware and software            ‘The biggest and most common gap occurs when a candidate has not
     and should be ready for use at the next board in September’.                  performed well in the aircrew aptitude tests. While the TO’s might highly
       For the next two days the candidates come under the watchful eye of         recommend a candidate, the psychologists cannot recommend the candi-
     two assessing officers (Team Officers – TO’s). TO’s come from all officer        date in this instance. These candidates are often considered for non-pilot
     branches of the RNZAF and are comprised of senior flight lieutenants,          roles or ground officers if they have the required qualifications’.
     squadron leaders and wing commanders. It is the TO’s role to assess
     the candidates in a range of different outdoor and indoor exercises            BOARD CONCLUSION AND SELECTION
     and comment on observed behaviours against a list of dimensions. The            The OASB is not the final stage in the selection process. All candidates
     dimensions include written and oral communication, relations with others,     are interviewed by the Director of Recruiting and advised whether they
     decision making, group influence, initiative, determination, stability under   have been successful at this stage of the selection process. For those
     pressure and reasoning/planning ability. Each exercise is designed to test    who are not successful some feedback is provided and other enlistment
     a range of dimensions across different scenarios.                             options explored (if they are civilian candidates).

                                                                                                            AFN71 JUNE 06       
  All candidates who are progressing to the next stage of the selection   Review Board stage – successful and offered a position in the RNZAF,
process have their file and Board reports sent to Air Staff for further    miss in competition but will be reconsidered at the next Review Board,
consideration at the OASB Review Board. The Review Board is chaired       unsuccessful from the Review Board and advised to re-apply in the future
by the Director of Air Force Personnel and consists of the Director of    or unsuccessful for officer and aircrew positions. Once the Review Board
Career Management, the Director of Air Force Psychology, the Director     decisions have been made offers of service (contracts) are written by DCM
of Recruiting and, when required, selected senior officers who provide     and Recruiting HQ and sent to successful candidates. Air Force careers
specialist advice to the Review Board team.                               are started for civilian applicants and careers head in a new direction for
  At the Review Board, OASB performance, medical and fitness informa-      Service personnel.
tion, specialist advice and, for service applicants, command comments       The September OASB vacancies have been advised on
are considered; all candidates are ranked within each branch or trade already. Branches applicable to Service candidates will be made
for allocated vacancies.                                                  available soon. Keep an eye on Base Routine Orders for both commissioned
  There are four possible outcomes for candidates who make it to the      and NCO aircrew opportunities.

    Team Officers WGCDR Leanne Woon and
    SQNLDR Harley James monitor a group activity.

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                                                                             A candidate chairs a discussion
   WGCDR Leanne Woon oversees                                                during an indoor exercise.
   classroom problem solving.
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         A ‘fundamental shift in leadership training’ is how Course
         FLTCDR FLTLT Mike Cannon describes the inaugural
         06/1 Promotion Course for Corporals, held last month
         at Base Woodbourne.

              nd these changes are no half-hearted measures or mere tinkering
              around the edges. Terms like ‘fundamental shift’, and ‘radically
              reviewed’ are just that. They indicate a whole new forward-
     looking training regime is in place, with leadership at its very heart.
       Simply put the aim is to have Warrant Officers and NCOs reclaim the
     workplace leadership position they once occupied. It has the support
     of Officers, Instructors and, according to their feedback, a majority of
     Warrant Officers and NCOs.
       ‘These people are the future and we have a responsibility to protect             The changes to the course are the result of a wide-ranging review of NCO
     the organisation’s future. By giving them the tools to take ownership of         Training that ensured they were being trained to meet RNZAF needs at ‘the
     their future career development they are empowered to fulfil their rank           right level, for the right person, at the right time, by the right people.’
     responsibilities. Anecdotal evidence is that the rank of CPL had become            Fear of failure and the unknown are two of the biggest obstacles course
     devalued to the point that they were essentially a senior LAC,’ says FLTLT       members face, says FLTLT Cannon. ‘The last time they were in Woodbourne
     Cannon.                                                                          was probably on a trade course with a different mindset. The CPL course
       Previously the CPL’s course was a mere nine day course conducted on the        can be a mystery to them. Once they discover its not a threat they warm
     CPL’s own base. The new course, developed after exhaustive consultation          to the course material and get involved.’ And the four-week course also
     and stringent course redesign work by NCO Project Manager Mr Brian               means less distractions, better training outcomes and the opportunity to
     ‘Bunny’ Warren, goes much, much deeper. For a start it is a resident course      establish effective networks among members. The result is simply a well
     at Woodbourne and has been quadrupled to four weeks.                             rounded, confident and more informed CPL, he says.
       The review has been over two years in the making but is now at the               That’s not to say the course can’t be refined. ‘The PROMCPL was the first
     practical stage. At the start of the review a debate developed as to whether     delivery of the NCO Training Review. We are big enough to say we’re not
     our NCOs and Warrant Officers were receiving adequate and appropriate             100 percent happy with it but a robust evaluation process means we must
     training for their leadership role. Recognising the importance of this issue     have got something right. The first PROMSGT is almost complete and is
     CAF in 2004 directed that explicit training be designed to ‘tool’ Warrant        also going well and we will shortly launch the F/S course. The big ticket
     Officers with the relevant knowledge, skills and attitudes required to            item is the W/O course. We haven’t had one before so it’s a major policy
     empower them to fulfil their rank responsibilities.                               shift but the initial driver for the review,’ says FLTLT Cannon.

     W/O Phil Webley, Chief Instructor                                                F/S Paul Anderson, DS2 & PROMCPL Director
       I had held my current position as FLT CDR Auckland Fire Flight for over 5        Having come from a technical background where everything is done IAW
     years and was actively looking for a change. NCO Training has been a huge        something it is pleasing to see a process that is giving our NCO’s tools and
     change for me as I had never held an instructor’s post before and had been       skills that will enable them to effectively lead others and handle the variety
     entrenched in the Auckland way of doing business. I find the job very enjoyable   of tasks that the modern Air Force asks of personnel.
     and I’m slowly getting used to the fast pace and variety.
                                                                                      FLTLT Mike Cannon, FLT CDR
     F/S Greg Spark, DS1 & PROMSGT Director                                             What we deliver must be relevant to the modern RNZAF workplace. The
       Being part of NTF has fulfilled one of my personal goals which is to have       courses we have delivered so far are a promising start and I am conscious of
     some influence in the development of the RNZAF’s future. The NCO training         the hard work put in by NTF staff and many other RNZAF people. The balance of
     review has been challenging to say the least. The challenge has been not just    staff we have means that there is a huge amount of knowledge and experience
     to deliver the new continuum but also to do so from a position of strength by    to be passed on. It is entirely up to the individual how they apply it.
     improving my own knowledge of the leadership models.

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   06/1                                              CPL PROMOTION COURSE
                                                         CPL Wilson leads by example, putting
  LAC Deane Wilson was on the                            skills learnt on the PROMCPL course
  first New PROMCPL Course.                              into practice.

  Here he gives an account of
  the course and what he got

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  out of it.

         o I really have to go back to Woodbourne?
         How come I have to do a four-week
         course when everyone else has only
done a nine day course?
  How many people have had those thoughts
since hearing about the change in the way CPL
Qualification Course is being run?
  Does anyone know the answer to these
questions? You are probably sitting there going
‘no, I have no idea’. I challenge you. You really
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do know the answer!
  Who is out in the workplace doing a majority       but in order to get the best job done and keeping   briefs etc. We also got to have a bit of time
of the work? Who deals with the new troops at        your personnel happy there are ways and means       with personnel from the Air Power Doctrine
work? Who ensures the job gets done efficiently       of going about this process.                        Centre and DCM so we could fire all our curly
and that everyone is working as part of a team?        The first two weeks is devoted to leadership.      questions at them.
That’s right, that’s the job of a Corporal!          We covered effective planning, initiating,
  So how many people out there know how              controlling, supporting, informing and                For anybody out there with hesitations about
to effectively lead your new troops? Do you          evaluating. We learnt what qualities a leader       attending the new course, we recommend
know what leadership means? What are your            needs and how to utilise these qualities to get     you put those behind you. The skills learnt on
responsibilities as a CPL? What do you do if one     the best from our team. Our skills developed        course are highly valuable and delivered by
of your troops needs your help?                      and our confidence grew as we attempted to           NTF instructors who are very professional and
  I can imagine all the answers flowing through       master the techniques that would enable us          approachable. They encouraged humour and
your head, some from experience and some             to keep the team informed, motivated and            discussion within the group. The course was
from the imagination, but in order to ‘be an Air
Force that is the best in all that we do’ how do
we really go about being ‘the best in all that
we do’?
  One area that has been identified as needing
improvement is ensuring that our CPLs - the
backbone of our workforce - can do the job that
is expected of them. In order to achieve this, the
new four-week CPL Promotion Course held in           fully utilised. The scenarios steadily flowed,       directed at treating you like a Corporal and
Woodbourne was born. So what does this new           beginning with minor tasks around the CRTS          putting the onus on you to act like one.
course entail? Eighteen of us turned up on the       area and concluded with our Phase Practicals          In the four weeks we all developed some good
13th March to find out just that.                     at the Wairau River and Taylor Dam area. Each       comradeship and built on our ‘networking’. The
  From the outset of the course you are              scenario was given one and a half hours, and        facilities were of a high standard with each
immediately thrown into the concept of               require the full attention and control of the       person having an individual room with your own
leadership. Now this is a new area for all of        leader for the entire duration.                     LAN computer. A lounge is attached to the wing
us. What leadership responsibilities do we             By the end of the Leadership Phase everyone       and when you’re not working it’s time to relax
have? Isn’t that the job of someone else? Isn’t      had developed these skills and made them their      and watch a few DVDs and chill out.
leadership just sitting in your office and telling    own. Although we had all been given the same          We all enjoyed the course and hope to
your baggies what to do?                             information, everyone developed their own style     put our new developed skills to use back
  These thoughts were immediately challenged;        of leadership, each neither better nor worse        on the work front. So look out Air Force the
we were exposed to an intensive two weeks            than the other.                                     new breed of RNZAF CPL is about to hit your
of leadership theory and practical exercises,          The following two weeks was spent covering        streets running.
we utilised various styles of leadership and         all the aspects you need to know as a CPL.
methods of getting the best out of your troops.
Sure you can sit there and tell them what to do,
                                                     These areas covered everything from Drill,
                                                     Law, Counselling, Service Writing, Informative
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          un and challenging but with a modicum of physical                                    Searle from Base Auckland’s PE and RT section says
          and mental demands - these are the key elements                                      most units organise the details of their own adventures
          of the Air Force’s Adventure Training courses.                                       but it’s a good idea to contact a Physical Training
     The courses, which most units try fit into their work                                     Instructor (PTI) in the planning stage. ‘We can assist by
     schedule at least once a year, are one of the most                                        organising packages and we’ve got plenty of contacts.
     effective methods of building stronger teams.                                             We just make organising it a bit easier.’
     The emphasis is less on competition and more on                                           Most units certainly enjoy the chance to get out of the
     developing the unit’s cohesion through team activities                                    workplace environment, to support each other and to
     and fun. And the activities can involve just about                                        enjoy them selves while they do it, he says.
     anything – from kayaking to rock climbing. FLTLT Craig

                                        Recruiting combined their Recruiting
                                        Officer’s Conference with a spot of team
                                        building on their adventure training
     course. F/S Tracey Buchanan describes their adventures.
       Finally the RNZAF Recruiting staff had a break in their busy schedule to
     complete their adventure training and conduct their first Recruiting Officer’s
     (RO) Conference for 2006.
       The team met at RNZAF Base Ohakea on Tuesday 7 February, before trav-
     elling to National Park to stay at the National Park Backpackers, on SH1.
       On arrival at the Backpackers, a Recruiting Officer’s Conference was
     held in the local Conference Room (aka back room of the local tavern).
     This was the first time all staff had met and attended an RO Conference,
     as normally it’s restricted to only Officers or Warrant Officers. After
     some lengthy discussion, positive outcomes and the agenda complete,
     the team adjourned to the backpackers for some socializing out in the
     garden area.
       Leading from the front, DREC and a few of his helpers cooked an
     extremely moreish evening meal. On a quiet night most staff opting to
     go to bed early, to get ready for the 7-8 hour stroll through the Tongariro
     crossing the next day.
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       Alas, when we woke the next morning to all the staff’s disappointment
     the weather was turning for the worst. Re-evaluating and ever flexible,
     we changed our plans to conduct only a short 3-4 hour walk, and set off                        RNZAF Recruiting Staff at Tongaririo waterfall. Absent was MACR
     in two groups, only to meet about 30 minutes later at a waterfall, where                       W Moulai who took the photo.
     the usual photo opportunity was taken.
       Some staff took the opportunity also to have a mid winter swim – yes,                    relations with people from around the world. A visit to the local tavern
     I know it was February but boy was it cold. ‘I guess you won’t dare me                     and a pool competition saw the aircrew members of the party cooking the
     to do something again! Will you Sir?’ Hats off to both silly people who                    evening meal. Some members of the party were still keeping up interna-
     braved the icy waters. As MACRW Moulai commented ‘a word of caution,                       tional relations by learning German till the wee small hours of the morning.
     only use the photo of the half naked, very white body in the waterfall, as                 Or maybe it just sounded like they were speaking German.
     I believe we may have to pay royalties to Peter Jackson, after all Golem                     The next day was an early start by all to pack and leave for canoeing and
     could never have become a star if it wasn’t for this superb look alike.’                   kayaking down the Whanganui River with Wades Landing Outdoors. After
       From the waterfall, some staff opted to return to the back packers via                   a very long and winding road trip to reach the river and boats, W/O Kutia’s
     the lower tracks, while the keener members of the group continued on                       fear of water started to kick in. After the safety briefs and conquering the
     upwards to the Lower Lakes, fighting of the clouds, cold wind and drizzle,                  initial rapid, the screams (which were heard for miles) subsided, and all
     not to mention the constant chatter coming from W/O Kutia and F/S                          members of the party settled into a leisurely (approx 20k) paddle of the
     Doolan-Tindall.                                                                            Whanganui River. The weather shone and the experience for many of
       Staff enjoyed their lunch before heading back down the track to return                   the first time kayakers was thoroughly enjoyed. Those who were more
     to the Château in search of a well-deserved cappuccino. Not long after                     experienced certainly gave great support and encouragement as members
     their return the torrential rains came down.                                               were passing the grade 4 rapids (well, they looked big). DREC gave a very
28     The rest of the day was spent warming up and enjoying socialising with
     other members from the backpackers, or rather building closer international
                                                                                                good historical commentary of the river and will eventually be forgiven for
                                                                                                saying ‘it’s just around the corner.’ Yeah, right.

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                                                                                                  The day finished with a jet boat sprint to the start point, transport back
                                                                                                to Ohakea and a well-deserved BBQ and quiet evening at the sports bar.
                                                                                                Yeah right - W/O Theodore was there, and nights are never quiet with
                                                                                                him around.
                                                                                                  Overall the adventure training was well organised and it gave recruiting
                                                                                                staff the chance to meet each other, build up their teamwork and understand
                                                                                                of the workings of each office.
                                                                                                  Thanks to FLTLT Fisher for arranging all logistics for the event and to DREC
                                                                                                and DPERS for allowing recruiting staff to actually meet and build the team
                                                                                                rapport so necessary in today’s working environment. It was an opportunity
                                                                                                to also give W/O Kutia possibly her last taste of adventure training within
                                                                                                the Air Force. As the longest serving airwoman, the recruiting staff and
                                                                                AK 06-0171-03   the Air Force will miss her when she leaves.
F/S Dolan-Tindall (CRRO) and FLTLT Michelle Christie (DRRO) leading
from the front, ‘hold on boys, aren’t you supposed to be paddling?’


    MACR Ceilidh Martin, F/S Mike Anderson,
    FLTLT (Now SQNLDR) Lisa D’Oliveira about to
    try out the Swoop. ‘This is going to be a blast,’
    says Ceilidh, but Mike isn’t so sure.                              Everything is good.                                           ‘Easy, I just pull this rip cord and …’

                                                                       Let’s Go Mountain Biking (L-R): FLTLT (Now
                                                                       SQNLDR) Lisa D’oliveira, SQNLDR Marie
                                                                       Peters, MACR Ceilidh Martin, SQNLDR Cliff
                                                                       Carter, F/S Colin Edie, WGCDR Keith Graham,
     ‘This is ok, I think!’                                            W/O Huggy Lowe, WGCDR Leanne Woon.                            ‘Bring it on,’ screams SQNLDR Cliff Carter.

     When a 15-strong group of HQ 485 Wing personnel went adventure                             volunteered to look after meals, spent a comfortable week based at the
   training over 3 to 7 April they were determined to ‘have a go’ and                           Blue Lake Holiday Top 10 Park, a mere 10 minute drive from Rotorua.
   wring the most excitement out of their brief respite from their Base                           Activities included riding The Swoop, mountain biking in a local forest;
   Auckland office.                                                                              high/low climbing ropes at Whakatane, river sledging, kayaking on Lake
     According to F/S Colin Edie ‘have a go’ became the group’s philosophy.                     Tarawera; a short 4WD experience courtesy of Off Road NZ; and water-
     ‘No one around here can remember if HQ 485 have ever had adventure                         skiing, wakeboarding and ski biscuiting (a biscuit-shaped ring pulled behind
   training before, so the time was right to get into it! The aim of this adventure             a speed boat) on the lake using the Base Welfare Fund’s boat.
   training was to foster and develop confidence, team building and morale                         ‘We didn’t manage to fit in the blokarting (small land yacht), due to a
   amongst personnel. The intention was to extend personnel’s physical and                      lack of wind; but as you can imagine we weren’t too upset and made do
   mental ability/fortitude and to develop self-confidence by participating in                   with hot pools or golf instead,’ says F/S Edie.
   a range of activities. These aims were met with most personnel ‘having a                       A highlight, for some, was The Swoop, effectively a large swing that
   go’ at activities they had never done (or even heard of) before. This was a                  is hauled to a height of about 40 metres and, once the rip cord is pulled,
   fun and effective way of stretching ourselves while getting to know each                     launches you at speeds up to 130kph. ‘If that doesn’t scare you, not much
   other and build team work.’                                                                  will,’ says F/S Edie.
     The group, which included civilian worker Miss Jane Kimber who had
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                                                                                                  Unfortunately for WB the loss of players returning to work before the
                                                                                                finals, proved too much of an obstacle in the face of a determined and
                                                                                                comprehensive tournament winning performance from AK. Tournament
                                                                                                MVP, AC Ben Gardiner stood out over the entire weekend, likewise tourna-
                                                                                                ment Rookie AC Aaron Smith is a player to watch in the future.
                                                                                                  The women’s competition produced, arguably, the most exciting games
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                                                                                                of the tournament, with 5 of 8 games being decided by 7 points or less.
                                                                                                AK fared best in pool play despite a one point loss to a last second ‘buzzer
                                                                                                beating’ out of bounds play from OH, who only narrowly missed a finals
                                                                                                spot on points count-back.
                               SQNLDR Coromandel Tawhaio                                          In the final WB came out strong with MVP FLTLT Joss Adlam and AC

                 ix metre Cook Strait swells, Desert Road closures, earthquakes…                Brenda Moohan capitalising from medium and short range.
                 no worries for the basketball players gathered at Ohakea over 17-19              LAC Mandy Fitzgerald and AC Olivia Davies combined to give AK fast
                 May! Unlike the weather the on-court action was hot!                           break and perimeter scoring options to keep the scores close. In the end
           In the men’s comp, AK’s fast-break and perimeter shooting game paid                  some clutch free throw shooting saw WB not only win the free throw
         dividends. Pre-tournie favourites WB looked to have the edge in terms of               trophy, but close out the valiant effort from the AK girls.
         the inside game. OH’s Dr Jekyl and Mr Hyde personality meant they could                  Congratulations to Ohakea for a great tournament, Women’s Rookie,
         not be discounted, and documentary and photographic evidence shows                     AC Bella Fruean, Sportsmanship winners AK(M) and WB(W), and Trivial
30       that the defending jump ball and singing star champions from WGTN gave
         every game a good crack.
                                                                                                Pursuit Champions, ‘The Old School Godfather Legend Dogs AKA WGTN
                                                                                                (with props from Ben, Nate-Dog, and Searlo).

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                                                                                       DAY 1
                                                                                       AK 71            vs.       OH 58    Ben Gardiner (AK #10)
                                                                                       SB 36            vs.       WB 63    Dayne (WB #8)
                                                                                       AK 47            VS        SB 37    Yonesh (SB #9)
                                                                                       WB 57            VS        OH 20    Aaron (WB #4)
                                                                                       OH 60            VS        SB 38    Steve rodwell (OH #10)
                                                                                       POD1 = Ben Gardiner (AK #10)

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                                                                                       WB 51            VS       AK 58     Bella (WB #6)
                                                                                       AK 37            VS       OH 36     Grete (OH #7)
                                                                                       OH 12            VS       WB 36     Nicci (OH #9)
                                                                                       POD1 = Bella (WB #6)

                                                                                       DAY 2
                                                                                       WB 54            VS       AK 68     Ben Gardiner (AK #10)
                                                                                       OH 50            VS       SB 12     PCP (OH # 13)
                                                                                       WB 57            VS       AK 77     Searly (AK #6)
                                                                                       OH 53            VS       WB 63     Nate Barrack (WB #11)
                                                                                       POD2 = Nate Barrack (WB #11)

                                                                                       OH 33            VS        WB 48    Holly (WB #10)
                                                                                       OH 33            VS        AK 32    Grete (OH #7)
                                                                                       AK 49            VS        WB 45    Olivia Davies (AK # )
                                                                                       POD2 = Mandy Fitsgerald (AK # )
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                                                                                       FINALS DAY
                                                                                       OH 60           VS        SB 44     Biscuit (SB)
                                                                                       AK 78           VS        WB 51     Simon (AK)
                                                                                       POD3 = Tam (AK)

                                                                                       OH 37           VS        OH 17     Chaz (OH)
                                                                                       AK 41           VS        WB 48     Brenda (WB)
                                                                                       POD3 = Brenda (WB)

                                                                                       Sportsmanship, AK for the men, WB for the women
                                                                                       Free throw cup, Woodbourne.

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                                                                                        OCDT Carolyn Freeman, OCDT David De Graaf and OCDT
                                                                                            Tim McAlevey dig deep during the endurance race.

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                                              FLTLT Trev Hammond
            his year’s Junior Officer Interservice Sports Tournament (JOIST)       Army’s early flair.
            tournament took place at Waiouru Camp over 5 to 7 May. Three            Next, and with many of the same players who had fought so hard during
            teams, comprising Officer Cadets and Junior Officers from Army,         the netball game, the opposition was again Army, this time on the touch
     Navy and Air Force met at the Camp Marae to begin what turned out to         field. Everyone played extremely well, OCDT Robbie Harlow captaining the
     be a hard fought battle of skill, courage and stamina. The competition saw   Air Force team. The match was very close, with a single defensive error
     the teams in a round robin event that included mixed netball and touch       by Air Force allowing Army to go one point up late in the second half. The
     rugby, an endurance race and a scramble track relay race. In addition,       final score was 7-6 to Army.
     rugby was played to contest ownership of the Weka Trophy.                      The team was beginning to hurt but without breaking stride it prepared to
       That afternoon the bid for the JOIST trophy began with a hard fought       face Navy for the Weka Trophy. What an awesome spectacle this game was,
     battle of mixed netball against Army. Unfortunately, and despite great       and an awesome effort by the Air team, that was fielding ten players who

32   goal shooting by OCDT’s Aaron Butler and Nathan Barrack, ably supported
     by their team mates, Air couldn’t close the gap that had been created by
                                                                                  had never touched a rugby ball before. Team captain, OCDT Robbie Harlow,
                                                                                  led from the front, and provided inspiration and words of encouragement

                                                                                                            AFN71 JUNE 06       
           throughout the game. The coaches, OCDTs Roscoe Paterson and Aaron                           inspirational one that forged a great sense of unity throughout the Air
           Butler, did a fantastic job with a team that relied heavily upon their courage              Force team.
           and determination to pull through and eventually score a try late in the                      The final day of the tournament began early with the scramble track relay
           second half. The final score was 56 – 8 to Navy, but Air still felt like winners             race, after a sociable evening in the Officer Cadet School Mess. Teams of five
           on the day. It was an awesome game, full of grit and determination.                         negotiated a steep and winding hill track for 400 metres, before traversing
             The next day Air took on Navy at netball and one touch rugby indoors, due                 a ridgeline and descending steeply to the start line where the next team
           to the appalling weather conditions. Air took an early lead in a game which                 member was waiting. It wasn’t to be an Air Force race as the team came
           was played in extremely good spirits by both sides and saw them triumph                     in third to Navy who lost out to Army. The Air Force time was 11 minutes
           over the opposition. The netball game was played at an exhilarating pace                    16 seconds whilst the Army romped in at ten minutes 32 seconds. Air had
           and saw Navy displaying some adept footwork and goal shooting skills.                       some very fast team members, in particular OCDTU Shane Huisman, who
           Air dug deep with most goals coming in the second half of the game, but                     completed his lap in one minute and 50 seconds - very impressive. OCDT
           this turned out to be too late to close the gap Navy had created. FLTLT AJ                  Mark Wing, the most ‘senior’ member of the current IOTC intake, also
           Young was a noted player in this game, having never played before and was                   gave his all.
           described by the team captain, OCDT Carolyn Freeman, as a natural!                            The final event of the tournament was rugby - Army versus Air Force. It
             The most gruelling event of Air’s day was the endurance race. Three                       was described at the prize giving as ‘an event fiercely competed for’. The
           teams of ten people, starting five minutes apart and carrying a huge log,                    Air team was depleted somewhat through injury but once again every
           two torsion bars and five vehicle tyres negotiated a three kilometre course                  member of the team fought to the very end and on a few occasions even
           over a ridgeline at the back of Waiouru Camp. Then, after dumping the                       looked like scoring a try. The final score was not officially recorded but Air
           equipment, had to tackle a physically and mentally demanding combat                         did come second. Another impressive captain’s performance saw OCDT
           assault course. The weather was appalling and the course tough but even                     Robbie Harlow and the team do themselves proud and hold their heads
           the team members who weren’t competing in the event ran every step of                       high. OCDT Roscoe Patterson took to the field in the first half and gave a
           the way, offering encouragement to their team mates. It was a monumental                    hint of days gone by when he had previously played rugby, representing
           effort that saw Air achieve a finishing time of 39 minutes. Navy finished in                  the NZDF. In all, it was a hard-fought game controlled by Army, but an
           42 minutes and Army in 35 minutes. The team captain, OCDT McAlevey,                         entirely impressive performance by the inexperienced and depleted Air
           (first name?) displayed great leadership through encouragement and                           team - well done fellas!
           guidance. As team manager it was a moving event to watch, and an
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                The endurance
                race’s finish line.                                              The 2006 Air Force JOIST team.

                                                                                                            Manager’s Note:
                                                                                                            As the manager of the Air Force team I would like to thank Army
                                                                                                          for hosting this year’s event, and also Navy and Army for competing
                                                                                                          in the true nature of sport within the NZDF. Winning is important but
                                                                                                          so is competing fairly and with integrity. Thanks to you both.
                                                                                                            Finally, to the Air Force team. I was immensely proud to be
                                                                                                          associated with you throughout the tournament. The way in which
                                                                                                          you competed and supported each other was tremendous and
                                                                                                          showed without doubt the calibre and sense of unity that is present
                                                                                                          within the RNZAF. Congratulations on a great performance, let’s get
                                                                                                          out there next year and do it all again!
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                Air Force’s OCDT Barrack gets the                                                                                                        FLTLT Trev Hammond
                better of Army at the lineout.

                   AFN71 JUNE 06
     RESISTANCE TRAINING                                                                                         or recreational activities, and are able to heal
     Base Woodbourne Physical Fitness Officer, FLTLT                                                             more quickly after an injury.
     Brett Tourell, continues in a regular series of                                                               Feeling Better and Looking Better – You get
                                                                                                                 out what you put in!! Resistance training can
     articles about fitness and recreational training.                                                           sometimes be hard work, otherwise we would
                                                                                                                 all have washboard abs and arms of steel, but
                                                                                                                 there is no denying the satisfaction one gains

                   e have all seen the pictures. Those     unquestionably be improved, and in some cases         from a good solid work-out. Stronger muscles
                   men with arms so big you wonder         dramatically so.                                      and joints can have a dramatic impact on posture
                   how they could ever scratch their ear     Aging Gracefully - There is no more impor-          and leaner toned muscles tend to make everyone
     should the need arise and ladies with legs that       tant reason to making resistance training a           feel better about their appearance. This all
     look more at home on the first placegetter from        consistent part of your life, than to ensure you      leads to improved self-esteem and increased
     Race 8 at Wingatui.                                   age gracefully. Physical activity keeps us alive      self-confidence. Something I am sure we could
       Now this may not float everyone’s boat but           and vibrant. Resistance training ensures we are       all do with a dose of!!
     the well-documented benefits of weight training        strong enough to participate in aerobic activities,     So come on… get down to the Gym and see
     should definitely not be overlooked and you do         outdoor recreation, and sports. Strong seniors        your friendly PTIs. It will not cost you a cent,
     not have to aspire to be Mr/Mrs/Miss Hardbody         can lead the way and set the example for the          just a bit of time and effort and let’s face it
     to see them!                                          rest of the Air Force. Their stronger bodies are      when was the last time you saw such a good
       The benefits of a simple resistance-training         more resilient, are injured less by workplace, life   investment opportunity!
     programme are numerous and include:
       Increased Metabolic Rate - Strength training
     increases the body’s basal metabolic rate,
     meaning you will burn through more calories by
     just sitting there!
       Increasing and Restoring Bone Density - Inac-
     tivity and aging can lead to a decrease in bone
     density and brittleness. Studies have clearly
     proven that consistent resistance training can
     increase bone density and prevent Osteoporosis
     - very important for all of us but especially for
     the ladies!
       Increased Lean Muscle Mass and Muscle
     Strength, Power, and Endurance - everyone
     can benefit from being stronger. We can work
     harder, we can play more, and feel simply more
     physically able.
       Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation and Recovery
     - A wide variety of injuries can be prevented by
     strengthening muscles and joints. Rehabilitation
     and recovery are also improved with a carefully
     prescribed resistance training program.
       Improved Balance, Flexibility, Mobility and
     Stability - Stronger and more resilient muscles
     improves our balance, which means more
     comfortable living & fewer falls or accidents.
       Decreased Risk of Coronary Disease - Participa-
     tion in a consistent resistance training programme
     opens the door to a number of associated health
     benefits including decreasing cholesterol and
     lowering your blood pressure.
34     Enhanced Performance in Sports or Exercise
     – Off to Interbase? With the proper resistance
     training programme, your performance can

                                                                                                                 AFN71 JUNE 06      
                                               AND                       ‘SUN’

     Team ‘Bring it On!’ from left:
  AC A. Smith, Mr P. Martin, LAC
 J. Jellyman, CPL C. Cubitt, AC C.
   Williamson, LAC D. Orum, SGT
 C. Mitchell, AC S. Gubb, CPL M.
    Mikaere, CPL A. Collier, AC R.
Hunt, R. Buchanan, CPL J. Geary,
                      AC J. Ensor

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                                      Article by SGT Chris Mitchell

                              marked the 25th Anniversary of an annual            positions from a hat! This ensured that everyone was suitably outside of
                              civilian softball tournament known as “Fun in the   their comfort zone and we could forget all aspects of competitiveness and
                              Sun”. Traditionally this tournament is run at the   get on with the fun. Most of the teams that we played against saw that
      completion of the softball season, as a social event where teams can        we were there for the enjoyment of the event and responded in kind, with
      get away from the competitive side of the game and back to the fun and      some interesting rules being played! These games were enjoyed not only
      camaraderie that brought them to the sport in the first place.               by the players of both teams, but by umpires and spectators alike.
        This year saw 63 teams from all over New Zealand meeting in Hastings        F/S Tracey Buchanan from the Central Recruiting Office attended the
      for a weekend of softball and socializing and in a joint venture between    event, as it was an opportunity to reach a different audience than was
      the RNZAF Softball Association and Central Recruiting saw a composite       normally targeted in regular recruiting activities. F/S Buchanan was
      Air Force side attending the event for the first time. Personnel from        proactive throughout the tournament, handing out Information Packs,
      Woodbourne were treated to first class travel to the North Island, in the    Tattoos and generally fielding queries from people of all ages, many of
      form of a Huey ride in conjunction with a No.3 Squadron training sortie     whom were surprised to learn that the age limit for joining was no longer
      thus enabling trainees to minimise the time that they were away from        applicable. Hopefully a future Blacksox player was enticed into a career in
      their courses.                                                              the Air Force and can take over the reins from our ageing NZ Representative,
        The weather throughout the tournament was generally fine, with the         SQNLDR Clayton Willocks!
      ‘Sunny Hawkes Bay’ living up to its reputation. Five games were played        Overall the tournament was a great success, both as a public relations
      by the Air Force side. No wins were recorded by the team, however this      exercise and for the introduction of new players within the Air Force. The
      was not unexpected as the team of blokes and sheilas were playing in the    Air Force was shown to be active both in the community and on the sports
      men’s grade and the team was selected each game by drawing names and        field. My thanks go to all who were involved in the tournament.
                                                                                                                                                                   35                AFN71 JUNE 06
             hey make a lovely
             couple. SQNLDR Rob
             Stockley and his new
      wife Liz opted for an on-Base
      wedding when they exchanged
      vows on Saturday 4 March at
      Base Ohakea. Base photogra-
      phers Brad Hanson and Sam
      Shephard were on hand to
      record the fairy tale event and
      SQNLDR Stockley says he was
      very pleased with the result.
      And from all of us – all the
      best wishes, Rob and Liz, for
      your future.

     DEFENCE’S VIDEO GEM                                                                                     GRANT CARR

          t’s great when you stumble on a resource you never knew existed.          16mm film but these days it is open to all Services and has thousands of
          Trentham Camp Library operates a little gem called the Defence            titles available on a wide variety of subjects - from terrorism to travel and
          Videotape Facility, which I discovered recently when I was researching    history to Hollywood movies. He stresses that the collection is not run in
     the Great Escape. The facility offers a huge range of videos and DVDs free     competition with any commercial video outlets and is purely for training
     to all NZDF Service, ranks and grades. It’s a great medium for training as     or personal interest of NZDF employees.
     well as self-learning. And if, like me, you’re a fan of good documentaries,      And you don’t need to visit Trentham Camp library to access the
     discovering this resource is like stumbling on half-buried treasure.           Facility’s catalogues. It’s all available on-line at the Army’s Intranet site
       Mr George Pearson, a self-described ‘military historian’, has been           http://awi-teams/army_publications/videolibrary/
     involved with the facility for many years and writes fulsome descriptions        You can even order your video or DVD with an on-line order form. What
     of each new video or DVD. The facility, he says, began in the 1950s holding    could be easier?

              igh-ranking officers from the largest military in the world, China’s   New Zealand and Australia, in particular, because we’re modern militaries
              People’s Liberation Army (PLA), visited Trentham recently to learn    – it doesn’t matter what size [military] we are, we all confront the same
              from the New Zealand Defence Force.                                   sorts of problems, and they’re here to see how we manage our professional
       The director-general of the Military Training, International Co-operation    military development and education.’
     wing of the PLA of China, Director General Senior Colonel Liu Yang, visited
     the Defence College on 19 April, accompanied by four other PLA officers,
     including Captain (Navy) Li Jinliang, Director, Training, Naval Training
     Base, PLA Navy.
       During their five-day visit to New Zealand, the PLA officers visited
     Trentham for briefs from the Military Studies Institute and the NZDF
     Command and Staff College.
       The People’s Liberation ‘Army’ refers to China’s 3.25million -strong
     defence force, which has Army, Navy and Air Force branches. Although
     the New Zealand Defence Force is vastly smaller, the Commandant of the
     Defence College, CAPT Gwyn Rees, says size doesn’t matter.
                                                                                                                                                                WN 06-0014-42

       ‘The People’s Liberation Army is very keen to modernise and reform the

     very traditional systems that they have had since the end of the Second
     World War, and are visiting western countries to gather ideas. They value

                                                                                                               AFN71 JUNE 06       
      RI                    S
F/S Jacqueline Doolan-Tindall
  One thing about taking up a new sport …                                                                    only a moment to think I’ve made it this far I can
beware of friendly advice ….oh you have taken                                                                do it.. on on.
up cycling on the flat Christchurch plains well                                                                 To many this steepest section is too much and
then you must enter the Le Race Cycle race.                                                                  with legs cramping up the option to walk is very
  Sure thing easy peasy I thought as I clicked                                                               inviting. If only I could have got my feet out of
the ENTER (Cannot go back) button on the entry                                                               those cleats! I would have joined them.
form to enter New Zealand‘s equivalent of the                                                                  The down hill section into Akaroa is such a
Tour De France.                                                                                              welcome sight and the thrill of ripping down
  Still thinking that I was going on a French Alps                                                           the road with the Speedo reaching in excess
leisurely cycle ride my wake up call arrived with                                                            of 70 km makes those mysterious aches an
a plumb when I had leapt in the car to drive the                                                             tweaks disappear and the effort thus far all
race track from Christchurch to Akaroa and I                                                                 worthwhile.
was faced with hills that looked amazingly like                                                                The finish line looms with the offer of a cool
Mt Cook.                                                                                                     apple juice and French bread stick to recharge
  My new fitness challenge was revealed.                                                                      those tired and fatigued batteries.
  First thoughts were wonder if Computer                                                                       After 5 hours and ten minutes in the saddle
support could do something about that Cannot go                                                              the chance to relax (ok collapse) in a heap at the
back button!!)                                                                                               Akaroa Domain and enjoy a beautiful Canterbury
  The Le Race 100km cycle starts in the                                                                      day was just too inviting.
Christchurch Cathedral square with the course                                                                  And to just top the day off and produce a
moving high above Christchurch City , climbing                                                               proud grin a mile wide the prize-giving bought a
past the Sign of the Takahe to the iconic site of the                                                        pleasant surprise.
Sign of the Kiwi. Turning right onto the Summit                                                                The unexpected announcement that I had come
road at this 210m point gives a magnificent view                                                              third in your age group (the golden oldies 35-45
across the Christchurch Plains and snow capped                                                               Women mountain bike section) and could you
Southern Alps. A few more gentle (Hmm right)                                                                 please stagger to the front stage to be presented
hill climbs lead on to a great fast down hill stint                                                          a bronze medal. What can you say…
towards State Highway 75 and the flat section of         actually where the true race begins ( ‘Gotta love      Thanks for the friendly advice …bring it on!
the race. Upon reaching Little River which is 55        great pointers like that…)                             The Le Race is a yearly event held in CHCH and
km’s into the race the true spirit and test of fitness     A left turn at Hill Top then gives you a peek of   individual and team entries are offered.
starts to tell. The long arduous gradual climb to       Akaroa and as a beacon of hope adrenalin kicks         Anyone keen on entering or requiring more
Hill Top (394m) following the long straight roads       in and the finish line calls. With 40km still left    information can contact F/S Jacqueline Doolan-
brings those tweaks and unusual aches to the            to go and plenty of undulating terrain and climbs    Tindall on 03 343 9593 or check out the
legs and toosh!!                                        taking in the steepest section of the race at        website:
  Hill Top according to the race co-ordinator is        700m there is no time to consider stopping but

TOUR DE FRANCE                                                                                                                                                    37                   AFN71 JUNE 06
                                      AF N 7 1   06
                                                           HALF CENTURY
                                                           NOT OUT
     28-30 July 2006 in conjunction
     with Interbase, Base Ohakea

     or check the website http://www.                                                                                                                   We have been advised of the following
                                                               On May 1 Base Ohakea’s Mr Bill Cowen clocked up a half century (50 years) of working            departures from RNZAF Service. Best of luck
     on/reunions/default.htm                                 for the Air Force. Based at Ohakea since 1977 he left the Air Force in the early 1990s            in your new endeavours.
                                                             as a W/O but soon returned as a civilian and is still working hard as an Operations               BASE AUCKLAND
     MALAYSIAN MEMORY TOUR                                   Assistant.                                                                                        LAC J.D. HUNTER
                                                               At the tender age of 17 when he first signed up it was 1956 and many of the airmen               Enlist: 15-01-02
     Merdeka 50th Anniversary                                were veterans of action in World War II.                                                          Terminate: 05-06-06
     August 2007                                               ‘They had a very direct, gung-ho approach to life,’ he says. ‘You knew when you
                                                                                                                                                               LAC A.S.C. LILLIE
     Contact: Russ Byrne                                     were skating on thin ice and that if the ice cracked you fell through. They were                  Enlist: 21-05-02
                                                             excellent guys.’                                                                                  Terminate: 12-07-06
     56B Hynds Road,                                           A mere 18 months after joining the Air Force Mr Cowan was in Fiji and spent the next            FIRE SECTION, AUCKLAND
     Greerton,                                               two and a half years flying around the Pacific as part of a Sunderland Flying Boat crew.            LAC J.L. LUCAS
     Tauranga                                                After returning to New Zealand for a couple of years he was off again to Changi in                Enlist: 28-09-99
                                                                                                                                                               Terminate: 21-06-06
                                                             Singapore. ‘At that time there was the Indonesian Confrontation, a dirty little war down          485 WING
     OHAKEA OLD BAGGIES                                      in Borneo,’ he says. As part of a Bristol Freighter crew he flew through the jungle at 250         BASE OHAKEA
                                                             feet dropping supplies to Kiwi soldiers. And they were accurate, he says.
     REUNION 1978 & 1979                                       ‘We were the best out of all the Air Forces in the Far East. The RAF were good but              LAC J.D. CUNLIFFE
                                                                                                                                                               Enlist: 06-09-00
     Base Ohakea                                             not as good as our boys.’                                                                         Terminate: 25-06-06
     17-18 November 2006                                       Later he and the crew flew from Singapore to Saigon delivering medical supplies.
     Contact: Chrissie Ellis                                 Vietnam at the time had a busy airspace with hundreds of aircraft around, he says.                W/O E.M. LLOYD
                                                               He was smitten by aircraft at a young age as he grew up in Okoia just outside Wanganui.         Enlist: 26-04-76 for                                                                                                                           Terminate: 05-06-06
                                                             ‘A lot of boys my vintage are keen on aircraft,’ says Mr Cowen.                                   AVIONICS FLIGHT
     registration forms                                        With a couple of years to run on his contract he reckons he’ll be around Base for a             AC S.J. MACDONALD
     06 3515127                                              while longer. ‘I might call it quits then,’ he says.                                              Enlist: 17-05-05
                                                                                                                                                               Terminate: 28-05-06
                                                                                                                                                               FIRE FLIGHT
     RNZAF MARINE SECTION                                                                                                                                      AC K.A. MARGERISON
     REUNION (MOTOR BOAT                                                                                                                                       Enlist: 18-01-05
                                                                                                                                                               Terminate: 11-06-06
     CREW)                                                                                                                                                     MSS
     18 August: WO/SNCOs Mess                                                                                                                                  AC K.R. WATSON
     Base Whenuapai                                                                                                                                            Enlist: 13-01-04
                                                                                                                                                               Terminate: 02-06-06
     19 August: Duders reception                                                                                                                               NO.3 SQUADRON
     lounge, Devonport                                                                                                                                         BASE WOODBOURNE
     Contact: Roger Johnson                                                                                                                                    AC P.J. MICHINGTON
                                                                                                                                                               Enlist: 20-09-05
     07 5747144 or Glen Graham
                                                 OH 06-0167-01

                                                                                                                                                               Terminate: 26-05-06
     09 4450262
                                                                                                                                                               SGT T.A. SIMS
                                                                                                                                                               Enlist: 08-07-86
                                                                 OCOS SQNLDR Jon Eyley presents Mr Bill Cowen                                                  Terminate: 07-07-06
     NO. 29 AIRMEN CADET                                         with a photo of himself as a young airman.                                                    LOGWING
     SCHOOL INTAKE 1972                                                                                                                                        F/S P.J. TANSEY

     35th Anniversary                                                                                                                                          Enlist: 23-02-82
                                                                                                                                                               Terminate: 18-06-06
     19-21 January 2007                                                                                                                                        LOG SQN
     RNZAF Base Woodbourne                                                                                                                                     AC C.W. WIDDUP

                                                                                                                                                               Enlist: 17-01-06
     Contact: John Forrest                                                                                                                                     Terminate: 22-05-06
                                                                                                                                                               AC D.C. WILLIAMS
     +64 3 577 119                                                                                                                                             Enlist: 17-05-05

                                                                 DRAWS TO
                                                                                                                                                               Terminate: 13-04-06

     U P C O M I N G                                                                                                                                           STS

                                                                  AN END
                                                                                                                                                               FLTLT M.A. KILHAM
                                                                                                                                                               Enlist: 08-08-05
                                                                                                                                                               Terminate: 21-05-06
                                                                                                                                                               P-3K2 PROJECT TEAM

      Friends and colleagues bid farewell to GSH Geoffrey Norman                                           in exercises, operations, Cyclone relief and Pacific Festivals; as well as a number of trips to
                                                                                                           Australia for exercises such as, Swift Eagle, Tasman Eagle, Willoh and Number 2 Squadron
      Pring last month after 21 years service in the RNZAF. W/O                                            moves. One Alt also took him to the steamy tropics of Kuching in East Malaysia.
      Monty Campbell outlined GSH Pring’s career.                                                             W/O ‘Budgie’ Baigent has related a good story from Exercise Golden Fleece, which
                                                                                                           was Budgie’s first taste of deployed Air Movements. While commenting on Andover’s
                                                                                                           beating up the airfield at 25ft, getting stuck in the mud, and delivering MacDonald’s from
        GSH Pring’s long military service career began with the Royal Navy, where he served                Napier, the image that stuck most in Budgie’s mind was the actions of the night shift
      nearly 12 years as a Seaman Radar Plotter before immigrating to NZ in 1975. He enlisted              - apparently, it was so cold at Rangitaiki airfield the GSHs on night shift would regularly
      into the RNZAF as a GSH, Airman Assistant, on 14 January 1985 and was posted to                      soak their feet in warm water to prevent frostbite.
      Supply Auckland for duties at Air Movements Auckland.                                                   On the 14 January 1995 GSH Pring was awarded the Air Efficiency Award, and then
        During his time at Air Movements Geoff has travelled to the four corners of New                    again on 14 January 2005 he was awarded a clasp to the Air Efficiency Award to reward
      Zealand and has been a member of Air Loading Teams participating in many exercises                   20 years of exemplary service in the RNZAF.
      such as Golden Fleece, Green Fern, Joint Venture, Skytrain, Wiseowl, operations such                    It is important to acknowledge the role of the GSHs to the Air Force as Geoff retires.
      as Pluto, covering for the Ferry’s when they went on strike, as well as the Millennium
                                                                                                           There are currently 28 GSHs left in the RNZAF with retirement getting closer for all of
      Celebrations where the Team deployed to the Chatham Islands. He has also, on more                    them. The GSHs have always been the continuity, stability and experience providing the
      than one occasion, been a member of Royal Baggage Parties.                                           mature steadying influence in the sections they work in. It is definitely a loss to the
        His overseas ventures have included visits to a number of Pacific Islands for participation         RNZAF with the retirement of each GSH.

                                                                                                                                            AFN71 JUNE 06                  
 BUDGET MONEY                                                                        NO OFFENCE INTENDED
 FOR HELICOPTERS                                                                     During World War II airmen were sometimes referred to as the
                                                                                     ‘Bacon and Egg Boys’, presumably because of their ability to go on
                                                                                     an overnight bombing mission and be back in time for breakfast.
  The Government’s Budget 2006 has formally allocated $178 million                   It ignores the fact that, at some stages of the war, airmen had
  toward buying new helicopters to replace the Air Force’s ageing                    markedly less chance of surviving than men in other Services.
  Iroquois and Sioux helicopters. Another $180 million will also be                    The Air Force News editorial group debated publishing the
  spent on Hercules and Orion aircraft upgrades.                                     Language Conversion Chart, below, doing the email rounds.
  The Defence Force will receive an extra $72.8 million in 2006/07 in                  We decided that Air Force personnel are also known for their
  the second instalment to meet the objectives outlined in the ten-year,             sense of humour and fun and have the ability to laugh at them-
  $4.6 billion Defence Sustainability Initiative, Defence Minister Phil
  Goff said.
                                                                                     selves. Hopefully, no one will take too much offence at this
                                                                                     tongue-in-cheek portrayal of Air Force language.

                                                                                      Military Language Conversion Chart
                                                                                      NAVY                       ARMY                        AIR FORCE

                                                                                      Heads                      Latrine                     Powder Room
                                                                                      Rack                       Bunk                        Queen bed electric blanket & doona
                                                                                      Cafe / SCRAN Hall          Mess Hall / Mess Tent       Dining Facility
                                                                                      Pussers Cook               Mess Cook                   Contract Chef
                                                                                      Brew                       Coffee                      Vanilla Skim Latte’ with a bickie
                                                                                      Limers / Goffa             Cordial/Can’o’drink         Shirley Temple

  SOCKBURN SCHOOL                                                                     W9’s/Coveralls
                                                                                                                 BDUs /DPCUs
                                                                                                                                             Casual Attire
                                                                                                                                             Bobby / Jimmy
                                                                                                                                             Timothy / Justin
  50th JUBILEE                                                                        Captain                    Colonel                     Rupert / James
  27 – 29 OCTOBER 2006                                                                The Table(chooks)          Article 15                  Time Out
                                                                                      Mess/Onboard               Barracks                    Self contained Apartment
                                                                                      Durps/Trolleys             Underwear                   Knickers
             - PLUS ANY FAMILY OR FRIENDS - BY 30 JUNE 2006
                                                                                      Cells                      Put in Confinement           Grounded
               34 Springs Road, Christchurch 8004 OR                                  Cero’s                     Bus Conductors Uniform      Armani Suit
                                                                                      Lid / Cap                  Beret/Head Gear             Optional

                                                                                      AFT Stores                 Q Store                     Westfield Shopping Mall
                                                                                      Hammered                   Pissed                      Oops. little tipsy..

 SIGN TRAINING AGREEMENT                                                              Deployment/ Detachment
                                                                                                                 Athletic Shoes
  On 18 May 2006 representatives from Otago Polytechnic and the                       Die for your Country       Die for your Battle Buddy   Die for Air Conditioning
  Directorate of Air Force Logistics Policy (DLP(F)) signed a Contract                Shipmate/Oppo/Besty        Battle Buddy/digger         Honey/Babe/Pookie
  formalising a five year agreement for Otago Polytechnic to deliver                   Terminate / Contact        Take Out                    Back on Base for Nuck Night
  Management Module training to the Engineering Officer Manage-                        Boiler Boots               Jump Boots                  Ugg Boots
  ment Course (EOMC).                                                                 Pussers Sandals            JC Sandals                  Patent Leather Stilettos
    This training fills a shortfall in RNZAF capability in management training         SEAL                       SAS                         Librarian
  which has been delivered on an ad-hoc basis by external training providers for      Shore Patrol               MPs                         Chaperone’s
  more than three years. The signing of the Contract at RNZAF Base Woodbourne
                                                                                      Oouh-Rah!                  Hoo-ah!                     Hip-Hip hurray! Jolly Good
  was the culmination of two years of work by the staff of Command Training
  Flight (CTF) and DLP(F) involving identifying the requirement, short-listing        Hot Packs                  Rat Packs                   Al a Carte
  potential training providers and evaluating the eventual tenderers.                 Throw a Goffa              Salute                      Wave
    Otago Polytechnic will deliver three days of training per course on an annual     Obstacle Course            Confidence Course            Typing Course
  basis which will cover topics such as identifying and using appropriate decision    Parade Drill/Parade Ground Drill Practice/Parade Field What?
  making techniques and methods; as well as applying quality management
                                                                                      Canteen                    Snack Bar                   McHappy Meal
  tools and techniques. DLP(F), WGCDR Russell Sowden commented that as the
  training to be delivered was of a generic nature, he could see it both being        RANPFT                     APFT                        Smoko Ping Pong Comps
  utilised by other Branches/Trades within the RNZAF and being incorporated           Chief Swain                RSM                         OIC Cuddles
  into other aspects of RNZAF training including SNCO promotion courses.
                                                                                      Midshipman                 Officer Cadet                Debutant
    Details of the Training Objectives for these modules can be found in              Jack Tar                   AJ                          RAAFY Chappy
  NZAP 9019.                    AFN71 JUNE 06
     AFN71 JUNE 06

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