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					AIR FORCE
Vol. 50, No. 11, June 26, 2008             The official newspaper of the Royal Australian Air Force
                                                                                                                    AUSSIE SWARM:
                                                                                                                     75SQN avionics


Battle                            Pitch
                                                                                                                      fitter LAC Leon
                                                                                                                           Hazelwood
                                                                                                                      completes final
                                                                                                                checks on an F/A-18

                                  Black
of the
                                                                                                                   before it taxis out
                                                                                                                for a mission during
                                                                                                                       Exercise Pitch
                                 special                                                                            Black. More than
                                                                                                                3000 personnel from


fighters
                                                                                                                   nine countries are
                                                                                                                  participating in the
                                                                                                                   major air exercise
                                                                                                                    being staged out
                                                                                                                      of RAAF Bases
                                                                                                                  Darwin and Tindal.

 Pages 3-6                                                                                                         See inside for full
                                                                                                                   coverage. Photo by
                                                                                                                    LAC Leigh Cameron




                                                                  By Barry Rollings                    The unveiling began with CDF




ROLE
                                                             ROLES and responsibilities on         ACM Angus Houston’s endorsement of

                                           The way        Air Force bases around Australia will
                                                          become clearer and more streamlined
                                                          under the proposed new base sup-
                                                                                                   the proposal in a brief video introduc-
                                                                                                   tion. He said it was imperative to better
                                                                                                   define a new model of doing business,

                                            ahead         port management model unveiled at
                                                          RAAF Base Amberley on June 17.
                                                                                                   to establish quite clearly what the roles
                                                                                                   of each unit on the base were, who was
                                                                                                   responsible and who was accountable
                                                              From July 1, the ADF will begin a
                                                          process to adopt the new model that      for each of the base support functions.
                                                          will eventually apply to all bases and       AIRCDRE Skidmore said the pilot
                                                          establishments. Amberley was chosen      implementation was “about Air Force




MODEL
                                                          as the pilot site for the model.         focusing on the generation of air power
                                                              Those who travelled to Amberley      and the delivery of capability, while
                                                          to explain the pilot implementation      Defence Support Group’s focus will be
                                                          included: the Deputy Secretary of        on the delivery of base support services
                                                          Defence Support, Martin Bowles; the      to enable us to do that.
                                                          Head of National Operations Division,        “It is about clearly defining
                                                          MAJGEN Elizabeth Cosson; and             accountabilities and the support serv-
                                                          incoming Air Commander Australia,        ices that will be provided,” he said.
                                                          AIRCDRE Mark Skidmore.                                          Continued Page 2




Inside: ADGs make history – Page 9                    CAF’s farewell tribute – centre
2 News                                                                                                                                                                     AIR FORCE June 26, 2008




Amberley a
pilot site
New base management model unveiled
From Page 1                                             Base services agreements will be developed
    Over the next six months, lessons from          over the next 12 months to reflect and man-
the pilot site will help refine and validate base   age the support requirements of each base.
management arrangements, which would then           Processes will be introduced to ensure support
be implemented at other bases by the middle         services are responsive to capability needs.
of 2009.                                                Key to the model will be the base manage-
    The new arrangements are about clarifying       ment forum, in which capability requirements
responsibilities and improving support within       and support resources will be managed to bal-
a customer-supplier model, according to the         ance costs and outcomes.
Director Enabling Capability for Air Force,             The base management forum will marry
GPCAPT Andrew Dowse.                                up requirements of the customer and service
    “The model aims to clearly separate, to a       provider, and allow commanders to raise issues
practical extent, the provision of standard sup-    pertaining to facilities and support services.
port services at bases from the capability, force       Mr Bowles stressed the importance of the                                                                                      FLYING CHANGE: Above,
generation and operational aspects that the         rapport between Air Force and DSG staff at the                                                                                    C-17 and F-111 aircraft on
military needs to focus on,” GPCAPT Dowse           base. “Relationship management has always                                                                                         the flightline at RAAF Base
said. “While there may be potential for future      been a hallmark of good base services. I don’t                                                                                    Amberley. New           support
improvements in the delivery of services, the       see this changing,” he said.                                                                                                      arrangements are planned
primary and immediate focus is on clarifying            AIRCDRE Skidmore said over the remain-                                                                                        for the base as part of the
accountabilities.”                                  der of this year, “Amberley personnel will play                                                                                   new model.
    MAJGEN Cosson said that the initiative          a critical part in shaping the way our bases will                                                                                      Photo by LAC Scott Woodward
is about defining the level of support services     be managed in future.                                                                                                             PLANNERS: Left, AIRCDRE
required to meet capability outcomes.                   “I was encouraged by the thoughtful ques-                                                                                     Mark Skidmore, MAJGEN
    “This model provides formal documents,          tions at the unveiling and pleased by the way                                                                                     Elizabeth Cosson and Deputy
processes and appointments to deliver effective     in which Amberley personnel are embracing                                                                                         Secretary Martin Bowles
and efficient capability and support manage-        the opportunity to improve arrangements,” he                                                                                      attend a base management
ment and services,” she said.                       said.                                                                                                                             brief. Photo by AC Benjamin Evans




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    Greetings Airmen and Airwomen of            On May 23, 324CSS held its 50th
the Air Force.                              anniversary, and although I was unable              Special thanks to                                                              GPCAPT      Group Captain
    At the Air Force Awards night, CAF      to attend, I was advised that the parade
launched the ‘Airman’s Code’. Having        and festivities were a great credit to              Master of Ceremonies - Presenters                                              WGCDR       Wing Commander
watched the DVD a number of times, I        the organisers. The parade participants             AIRCDRE Tim Owen                                                               SQNLDR      Squadron Leader
am proud to be in our Air Force. A great    were crisp in their movements and the               WGCDR Charles Siedentopf                                                       FLTLT   Flight Lieutenant
concept, and great wording. The Aussie      whole weekend went like clockwork.                  WOFF Murray Spriggs
larrikin was portrayed in the production    Congratulations to CO WGCDR Frank                                                                                                  FLGOFF     Flying Officer
                                                                                                Music - Force 10
– forgetting lines and laughter. From the   Grigson and his team; not forgetting the            CPLs Jeffery Cause, Byron Crump,                                               PLTOFF     Pilot Officer
volume of feedback I have received to       assistance given by personnel from other            Greg Strong, Leon Suter, Lee Webb;                                             OFFCDT     Officer Cadet
date, many of you like the idea. You can    establishments.                                     LACs Paul Angas, Michael Fraser,
view the Airman’s Code on our Air Force         I would also like to thank those peo-                                                                                          WOFF-AF            Warrant Officer of
                                                                                                Matthew Hamilton, Barney Loveland,
Intranet and Internet. Click and have a     ple who have asked me how my wife,                                                        Food                                     the Air Force
                                                                                                Sean Rankin, Troy McMillin and
look – you will not be disappointed.        Sheryl, is faring after breaking her right          John Zappia                           Executive Chef and Management            WOFF     Warrant Officer
    I would like to congratulate the fol-   ankle. She is walking, albeit gingerly,                                                   C. Heffernan, T. Vandervelt, SGT
lowing personnel who were recognised        but is doing well.                                  Venue and Service                                                              FSGT    Flight Sergeant
                                                                                                                                      Christopher Bainrot, LAC Mathew
in the 2008 Queen’s Birthday Honours            The Air Force Awards night was held             CSU Richmond                          Irvine, LACW Mechelle Gbel and AC        SGT   Sergeant
list: Member (AM) in the Military           on June 4 at RAAF Base Richmond                     WGCDR Chris Phelan, SQNLDR            Marcus Emsley                            CPL   Corporal
Division – AIRCDRE John Hewitson,           – and what a night. To the personnel                Catherine Williams, FSGT Lyle         Entree
AIRCDRE Kym Osley, GPCAPT Peter             and units who won an award – hearty                 Oaklands and his team                                                          LAC   Leading Aircraftman
                                                                                                                                      CPL Mark Walker, LAC Ye Ye and
Norford; Medal (OAM) in the Military        congratulations from me and the rest                DSG Richmond                          LACW Stacey Easthope                     LACW     Leading Aircraftwoman
Division – WOFF Anthony McDermott,          of the Air Force team. Without detract-             Glenn Jones, Christine Salter and     Main                                     AC   Aircraftman
FLTLT David Slattery; Conspicuous           ing from any of the previous events, I              her team                              CPL Clinton Morris, LACs Mathew De       ACW    Aircraftwoman
Service Cross (CSC) – GPCAPT                believe that we got this one right. It is                                                 Wacht, Paul Smith, Andrew Carter,
Gavin “Leo” Davies, WGCDR Tracey            our biggest annual event, aimed at, and             Serco Sodexho
                                                                                                Lyn Grose and her team, Raelene       Jeffrey Knight, Daniel Shields and
Simpson, WGCDR Jay Clarke, FSGT             for, our greatest asset – our people.                                                     LACW Sheree Woodward
Craig O’Malley; Conspicuous Service             I would like to acknowledge the Air             Hards and her team
Medal (CSM) – GPCAPT Peter Wood,            Force personnel and contractors (listed             Design                                Desserts
WGCDR William Kourelakos, SQNLDR            right) who turned a great evening into an           SQNLDRs Fleur James, Catherine        CPL Patrick Jeans, LAC Wayne
Colin Smith, SGT Matthew Hanley;            outstanding success.                                Williams, Chris Tancred and           Wilesmith, LACW Louise Cotter and
and Commendation for Distinguished              ’Till next time, please keep on                 Christopher Shepherd                  AC Rod Irvine
Service – GPCAPT Gavin Turnbull.            smiling.

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AIR FORCE June 26, 2008                                                                                                                                                     Ex Pitch Black 3

Fever pitch up north
Ten air forces put to the test in
this year’s biggest exercise
    By FLTLT Jaimie Abbott              a chance to get a lot of the forces
   ONE jet after another is com-        together and work on the integration
                                        and the high end air combat capabil-
peting in an airspace the size of
                                        ity,” AVM Binskin said.
central Europe during Exercise              “As our major air exercise, this is
Pitch Black 2008 (PB08).                very important for us and it helps us
    There is everything from the
                                        to roll into other multi-national exer-
F/A-18, F-111 and F-16 to E3
                                        cises, like Talisman Saber, which
AWAC (airborne warning and con-
                                        will be held up here next year,” he
trol) and Air Refuelling tanker air-
craft.                                  said.
    More than 3000 personnel are            The exercise is the last appear-
supporting PB08 between RAAF            ance in an exercise for the RAAF’s
Bases Darwin and Tindal. The exer-      B707. It will retire from Air Force
cise is being held from June 6-27.      service on June 30.
    Along with Australia, Singapore,        PB08 also is using the Joint and
Thailand, the United States, France,    Combined Training Centre to insert
Germany, Canada, the UK and, for        simulated assets into the live mis-
the first time, Malaysia and NATO       sions. No. 3 Control and Reporting
are taking part.                        Unit will control many of the air-
    During PB08, the Northern           space missions from RAAF Base
Territory is divided into ‘Blueland’    Williamtown.
and ‘Redland’. The different nations        The exercise is about learning for
are carrying out role play, in which    the Air Force and testing to see how
cross border tensions are increased     well it can defend its bases against
and fighter aircraft are used for       air and ground attacks.
attack and defence.                         With approximately 60 aircraft
    The capabilities of these forces    participating, pilots are training with
are being put to the test during the    a variety of jets in different ‘pack-
three week exercise, both in the air    ages.’ As the exercise develops, these     offers an ideal backdrop for PB08,       SIGN HERE: Above, FSGT-1 Surasoe Konejaroen from the RTAF signs for fuel
and on the ground, using air defence    ‘packages’ will increase. From one-        which was designed to give aircrews      while 382ECSS supplier LAC Jason Stephen looks on.      Photo by LAC Guy Young
assets.                                 on-one to up to dozens of aircraft         realistic experience in a joint air      PITCHING IN: Inset, a RAAF member helps RTAF aircrew remove cargo from
    Air Commander Australia AVM         in the air at one time. The missions       combat training environment.             their Airbus at RAAF Base Darwin.              Photo by LAC Christopher Dickson
Mark Binskin flew into Darwin to        aren’t only conducted in daytime               Now, RAAF bases are filled with
officially open the exercise, which     with nightime flying reflecting the        many different groups – logistics and
he said was a “fantastic opportunity”
to work with Australia’s regional
                                        realities of a war situation.
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4 Ex Pitch Black                                                                                                                                             AIR FORCE June 26, 2008




Front roww
visitors
International audience for PB08
  By FLGOFF Eamon Hamilton                 doing that is to allow observers from
   FIRST-TIME visitors to Exercise         other countries, senior folk from other
                                           air forces, to come and see the RAAF
Pitch Black 2008 (PB08) have re-
                                           in action,” AIRCDRE McDermott said.
ceived a front row seat to the action
                                               “It gives us an opportunity to
in Northern Territory skies.               benchmark our own capabilities and to
   Representatives of the air arms of
                                           learn from them.
Iraq, Yemen, the Republic of South
                                               “Most importantly, it gives us an
Africa and the People’s Republic of
                                           opportunity to work with these people,
China have seen Pitch Black from on
board a 33SQN B707, where they wit-        with air forces with whom we may be
nessed first-hand air-to-air refuelling    operating now, or may be operating
with RAAF and United States Navy           with in future for the mutual security
Hornets.                                   of the Australian region.”
   The four countries were mak-                COL La Reoux Greeff, base oper-
ing their inaugural step into the          ations manager at Air Force Base
International Air Observer Group, a        Makhado in the Republic of South                                                 THIRSTY WORK: Above, 33SQN flight engineer WOFF Stuart
program conducted for each Exercise        Africa, said the B707 flight was a                                               Matthews monitors his panel during an air-to-air refuelling task.
Pitch Black to allow foreign air forces    highlight of his trip.                                                           TOPPING UP: Left, a US Navy Hornet from the VFA-97 “Warhawks”
an opportunity to see how the event is         “Mainly what I’m interested to                                               squadron takes on fuel from the B707’s refuelling drogue.
carried out.                               take back is … that the South African                                            GREAT, MATE: Bottom left, two Iraqi Air Force colonels enjoy
   AIRCDRE Peter McDermott,                Air Force is on course, or on par, with                                          watching a refuelling task from the B707.       Photos by LAC Guy Young
Director-General of Reserves for Air       what you guys are doing,” he said
Force, acted as the group leader for the       Previously a commanding officer
international observers on their tour      for a squadron of Cheetahs – which
around Australia.                          is a delta-wing fighter similar to the
   The tour took them through              RAAF’s former Mirage III – COL
RAAF Bases Darwin, Williamtown,            Greeff said PB08 allowed him to wit-
Glenbrook and Richmond.                    ness the similarities between the RAAF
   AIRCDRE McDermott said                  and the South African Air Force.
engagement with other countries is an          “I think for me personally just com-
important part of Australia’s defence      ing over and seeing your country is
and security policy.                       very similar to mine, and living in iso-
   “We engage with others in the           lation, distance-wise, makes it great
region in many ways, through diplo-        to see that you actually don’t live any
macy of course, but one of the ways of     differently,” COL Greeff said.




                                                                                      AUSSIE FEED: From left, WGCDR Visut (RTAF), FLGOFF Martin Alderette (RAAF), MAJ Yeow Wei Pang
                                                                                      and LT Chris Quek (RSAF), CAPT Peter Verlande (German NATO) and MAJ Mohdnasir Mohddin (RMAF),
                                                                                      join forces to share a NT favourite of barramundi and chips at Darwin. Photo by LAC Christopher Dickson




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AIR FORCE June 26, 2008                                                                                                                                                  Ex Pitch Black 5

Darwin’s
air showBy LAC Aaron Curran                      The Malaysian and Thai stalls in particu-
   THE people of Darwin turned out in            lar were kept busy all day. The French
                                                 AWAC aircraft, with the large black and
large numbers for the RAAF Base Dar-
                                                 white dish on top, had a 100m line of
win Open Day on June 14.                         people waiting to go inside.
   More than 10,000 people came out on
                                                     “The main question we are asked is
a perfect northern day to see the aircraft
                                                 ‘what’s this aircraft and that big dish on
and personnel involved in the exercise.
                                                 the top?’ as it is not something people
   On display were Australian, Malaysian
                                                 would get to see every day,” French Air
and US F/A-18s, Singaporean and Thai
                                                 Force deployment CO WGCDR Philippe
F-16s, French and NATO AWAC (air-
                                                 Broch said.
borne warning and control) aircraft, a
                                                     “It is good to meet these people, speak
B707 from 33SQN and a Caribou from
                                                 about France and what we are doing here.
38SQN.
                                                 They are very cool and relaxed and have
   Supporting this assortment of aircraft
                                                 given us a good welcome wherever we
were displays of vehicles and a laser
                                                 go. Australia is a nice country with nice
guided weapons system from the Army’s
                                                 people,” he said.
No. 16 Air Defence Regiment, and the
                                                     At 12.30pm, an F/A-18 from No. 2                                                         CROWD PLEASER: Above, a 2OCU F/A-18 conducts a fly-past over
mobile recruiting van.
                                                 Operational Conversion Unit put on a                                                         the crowd at the open day.                          Photo by LAC Guy Young
   Other nations’ personnel were show-
                                                 display of exciting manoeuvres for the                                                       LAST LOOK: Inset, crowds queue up to visit the RAAF’s B707 making
ing the public their aircraft and doing
a brisk trade on their stalls selling eve-       crowd.                                                                                       its last operational visit to the Top End.       Photo by FSGT John Carroll
rything from t-shirts to hats and pins.              “The aerial display was a rare treat                                                     UP CLOSE: Left, crew from 3SQN show visitors over an F/A-18.
                                                 and showed the public the aircraft’s out-                                                                                               Photo by LAC Christopher Dickson
                                                 standing flying ability,” GPCAPT Alan                                                        NO CAMS TODAY: Below left, 1SQN’s AC Jason Mihatsch proudly
                                                 Clements from Air Combat Group said.                                                         stands out from the crowd in his blues at the open day.
                                                     “It was also an opportunity for both                                                                                                       Photo by LAC Aaron Curran
                                                 the base and the participants of Pitch
                                                 Black to say a big ‘thank you’ to the local
                                                 community for their ongoing support.”
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Tindal cooks serve
it up to extra 350
diners
       By FLTLT Trevor Grant
   WHEN head chef SGT Matthew
James went to work, he knew it was
going to be a tough day. Exercise Pitch
Black was starting and an extra 350
United States Navy and Marine Corps
personnel had to be fed each day.
    SGT James and his catering staff at
the Airmen’s Mess, RAAF Base Tindal,
produce high quality nutritious meals for
more than 70 people.
    With the arrival of 350 extra person-
nel, he and his staff have to make sure
that the quality and nutritional value of           preparation that goes into great-tasting
the meals remains at a high standard,               food.”
while catering for the international tastes             LCPL Jeffrey Miller, a US Marines
of the visitors.                                    food service specialist, said: “I like being
    However, the Australian chefs don’t             here working with the Aussies because
have to go it alone. They are ably assist-          they’re great and I can learn so much.”
ed by chefs and food service specialists                During the exercise, the chefs will
from the US Navy and Marines.                       prepare 25,000 meals using 6700 kilos             GOOD VIEW: Above, FLGOFF Kevin Murray with the 44WG DET Darwin watches as a C-130J takes off
    “It’s great to have the guys here               of vegetables, 4800 kilos of meat, 2000           during Exercise Pitch Black.
because we can all learn a lot from each            kilos of chicken and seafood, 900 loaves          VIGILANCE: Below right, FLTLT Ashley Browne monitors approaching aircraft from the ATC tower at
other,” SGT James said. “The Americans              of bread, 1100 litres of milk and 10,000          RAAF Base Darwin.                                                   Photos by LAC Christopher Dickson
are a good bunch who appreciate the                 eggs.


  TINDAL CUISINE: SGT Matt
  James with one of the extra 350
  meals served at the Airmen’s
  Mess, while above, LCPL Jeffrey
  Miller, USMC, serves lunch at the
                                                                                                      Skies under
                                                                                                      control
  mess.     Photos by LAC Leigh Cameron




                                                                                                       By FLGOFF Martin Alderette               on large operations and small force
                                                                                                         AS THE air-to-air combat ex-           movements.
                                                                                                                                                    “We get to see a lot of different
                                                                                                      ercise phase of Pitch Black begins        types of aircraft, and it’s certainly a
                                                                                                      to spread its wings, the tempo has        good testing ground for your skills
                                                                                                      picked up for 44WG air traffic            and for developing your skills.”
                                                                                                      controllers as they guide military            Always up for a challenge, the
                                                                                                      and civilian aircraft at RAAF Base        crew of 44WG Detachment Darwin
                                                                                                      Darwin.                                   have been looking forward to the
                                                                                                          From high above in the control        exercise to get the opportunity to
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AIR FORCE June 26, 2008                                                                                                                                                          News 7

Best on the night
Our top performers celebrate at
the 2008 Air Force Awards night
      By LAC Aaron Curran
   THE annual Air Force Awards
night ceremony, held at RAAF Base
Richmond on June 4, was a night of
celebration and of firsts.
    A total of 23 awards were present-
ed during the course of the evening.
Integrated into those for the first time
were the Air Force Safety Awards,
which acknowledge the exemplary
commitment to workplace safety in the
Air Force.                                 PLAY THE GIG: The Air Force Band
    CAF AIRMSHL Geoff Shepherd             entertains guests at the awards
also added a first for the awards with     night.       Photo by AC Michael Green
the launch of the Airman’s Code, a
recognition of our common identity
and a statement about what it means to     RAAF School of Technical Training
be an Australian airman.                   (RAAFSTT) at RAAF Base Wagga.
    This year, CPL Tamara Fielke,              No. 26 (City of Newcastle)           TOP SHOT: Above, LAC Scott Woodward’s Riggs Trophy award-winning
from 462SQN in Canberra, received          Squadron received the Air Force          photograph of a 6SQN F-111 aircraft at RAAF Base Townsville.
the Airman of the Year award for 2007.     Association Trophy for the most pro-     SHARP SHOOTER: Right, CAF AIRMSHL Geoff Shepherd presents LAC
The AVM B.A. Eaton Award is award-         ficient reserve squadron and 37SQN       Woodward with the SQNLDR W.T. Riggs Perpetual Trophy.
ed to a member of the rank of CPL and      won the Air Force Maintenance                                                            Photo by LAC Aaron Curran
below in recognition of their contribu-    Trophy.
tion to enhancing Air Force (Tamara            The Markowski Cup is awarded
was featured in the last edition of AIR                                  of aircrew in their first operational
                                           to the most proficient unit, which is                                              T h e AV M D i e t z M e m o r i a l   James Madigan, (now LAC at 77SQN),
FORCE News).                                                             tour with 1 or 6SQNs, FLTLT Andrew
                                           not eligible to compete for any other                                          Medallions are presented to one Air        was the recipient.
    This year’s Duke of Gloucester’s                                     Abbey, an air combat officer with
                                           awards and No. 1 Air Transportable                                             Force and one civilian member to rec-          From OTS in East Sale, the win-
Cup award for the most proficient                                        6SQN, received the Pathfinder Trophy.
                                           Health Squadron received it for 2007.                                          ognise outstanding achievements in,        ner of Her Majesty The Queen’s Gold
squadron went to 36SQN for achiev-             The Hawker Siddeley Trophy forMeanwhile, the Pathfinder Force              and contributions to, the quality of       Medal for the most outstanding officer
ing all training objectives, supporting                                  (Air Lift Group) aircrew member
                                           the most proficient RAAF base went to                                          logistics support for Air Force equip-     trainee went to OFFCDT Darren Wong
air lift activities globally and nation-   324CSS, RMAF Base Butterworth.of the Year for 2007 went to FLTLT                                                          and the Thales Australia Leadership
                                                                                                                          ment. FLTLT Carol Hofman from
ally and fulfilling short-notice, high                                   Jarrod Pendlebury from 36SQN.
                                               The SQNLDR W.T. Riggs Perpetual                                                                                       Sword to the best overall student in
priority tasks, despite the squadron’s                                       The Sir Richard Williams Trophy
                                           Trophy for the best official photo-                                            37SQN received the Air Force medal-        each calendar year, went to PLTOFF
expertise being in its infancy, and with                                 (Fighter Pilot of the Year) went to
                                           graph of the year went to LAC Scott                                            lion, while Noel Cleal, CSU East Sale,     Ryan Espie.
still fragile support systems.                                           FLTLT Martin Parker from 75SQN.
                                           Woodward for his image of an F-111                                             received the civilian award.                   At the end of the night, AIRCDRE
    The Stonehaven Trophy, which is                                          The Kittyhawk Squadrons’ trophy
                                           in an ordnance loading area at RAAF                                                The J.R. Bartram and R.A. Kee          Tim Owen paid tribute to CAF and his
awarded to the most proficient train-      Base Townsville.              is presented each year to the most pro-          Sword of Honour is awarded to a grad-      contribution to the Air Force during his
ing unit in the Air Force, went to the                                   ficient operational F/A-18 squadron.
                                               To the most outstanding member                                             uate of the RAAFSTT and for 2007 AC        long career.
                                                                         This year 3SQN picked up the award.
                                                                             The British Aerospace Trophy for
                                                                         the most proficient 92WG crew was
                                                                         awarded to Crew 2 of 11SQN.
                                                                             The Best Workplace Health and
                                                                         Safety Management System award
                                                                         went to 92WG Logistic Operations,
                                                                         while the Rehabilitation and Return to
                                                                         Work award went to 75SQN Aircraft
                                                                         Equipment Maintenance Section.
                                                                             Lastly, the award for the Best
                                                                         Individual Contribution to Health
                                                                         and Safety went to the HQALG FEG
                                                                         Safety Advisor WOFF Terry Yelds.
                                                                             The recipient of the Lipshut Family
                                                                         Bursary this year was CPL Michael
                                                                         Polsson, Defence Force Recruiting
                                                                         Wollongong. The award was estab-
                                                                         lished in order to provide an education
                                                                         fund to enable an outstanding airman
                                                                         or airwoman of or below the rank of
ACHIEVERS: CAF joins members of 36SQN after they won the Duke of CPL to undertake full-time tertiary                      MECHANICAL EXPERTISE: Members of 37SQN pose proudly with the
Gloucester’s Cup for most proficient squadron. Photo by AC Michael Green studies with a view to commissioning.            Air Force Maintenance Trophy.          Photo by AC Michael Green




HEALTHY WIN: Above, AIRMSHL Shepherd
joins members of 1ATHS after they won the                                                             FAMILY MAN: Above, CPL Michael Polsson
Markowski Cup.                                                                                        (centre) from Defence Force Recruiting in
NICE SWORD: Above right, J.R.Bartram and                                                              Wollongong is presented with the Lipshut
R.A. Kee Sword of Honour winner LAC James                                                             Family Bursary trophy by CAF and Daniel
Madigan with his invited guest and CAF after                                                          Lipshut.               Photo by AC Michael Green
                                                                                                      GALA GLITTER: Above right, under the
receiving his sword.
                                                                                                      candelabra’s glow, 200 guests sat down to
SAFETY FIRST: Right, WGCDR Denis Hunt                                                                 hear who were the ‘stars’ for 2007.
(centre) from 92WG Logistic Operations is                                                                                   Photo by ACW Shannon Urie
presented with the award for Best Workplace                                                           RESERVES RULE: Right, CAF congratulates
Health and Safety Management System by                                                                members of No. 26 (City of Newcastle)
CAF and GPCAPT Craig White, Director of                                                               Squadron after they won the Air Force
Defence Aviation and Air Force Safety.                                                                Association Trophy for most proficient reserve
                      Photos by AC Michael Green                                                      squadron.              Photo by AC Michael Green
8 News                                                                                                                                                                                     AIR FORCE June 26, 2008




AFG helps
fall victim
First aid by members helps save a life
      By LAC Aaron Curran                               ran down the stairs, with FLTLT
                                                        Donchi close behind.
   MEMBERS of Australia’s Fed-           The first three went out to the road
eration Guard (AFG) came to the and climbed up on to the iron roof
aid of a seriously injured man after a while FLTLT Donchi went into the
dramatic four-storey fall in Brisbane hotel to raise the alarm.
on May 24.                               “I went to the reception telling
   In town for the Careers Expo,                        them to call the ambulance, fire and
FLTLT Wayne Donchi, LAC Alan                            police and took their first aid kit.
Stocks, CPL Lucas Zwikielberg                               “When I got to the roof, LAC
(Army) and SMN Richard Cole were                        Stocks had used his shirt as a make-
part of the AFG contingent staying                      shift bandage, placing it onto the back
at the Metro Hotel Tower Mill on                        of the man’s head where he was bleed-
Wickham Terrace when the incident                       ing from,” FLTLT Donchi said.             GOOD SAMARITANS: From left, LAC Alan Stocks, SMN Richard Cole, CPL Lucas Zwikielberg and FLTLT
occurred.                                                   “We then applied gauze and band-      Wayne Donchi came to the aid of a seriously-injured Brisbane man after he fell. Photo by LAC Aaron Curran
   “At 8.30pm, I heard a loud bang. It                  ages from the first aid kit trying to
sounded like a chair or table had been                  slow the bleeding.
                                                            “He was going in and out of con-      then threw a neck brace up, which          the incident said that the level of first         “It was above and beyond what
thrown off a balcony,” FLTLT Donchi                                                               CPL Zwikielberg and SMN Cole               aid administered by the members most          you would normally do in a situation
                                                        sciousness so we kept talking to him
said.                                                   to keep him awake and then continued      placed on the man.                         likely saved the young man’s life and         like that.
   “Then I heard this woman’s                           with the first aid treatment, checking       “The guys continued to assist the       was a credit to their training.                   “I was very impressed with their
screams coming from the level above                     him for other injuries.”                  ambulance officers with first aid treat-       Their efforts were mentioned to a         actions; they did Defence and the
me to the right. A man had fallen from                      The emergency services arrived        ment, getting the man into a stable        Channel 10 reporter during an inter-          Federation Guard proud,” FLTLT
his fourth floor balcony more than 10                   about 15-20 minutes after the man         condition and rolling his body onto        view afterwards.                              Donchi said
metres on to the iron roof of the first                 had fallen.                               the spinal stretcher.                          “The guys did a really good job;              “After it had all been done and the
floor below.”                                               The AFG members identified               “They then helped the firies get        that is the truth. They acted instinc-        man was taken to hospital, the bar
   L AC S t o c k s , C P L L u c a s                   themselves as military to the ambu-       him off the roof,” FLTLT Donchi said.      tively and quickly with no thought to         manager came out and bought us all
Zwikielberg and SMN Richard Cole                        lance officers once they arrived, who        One of the ambulance officers at        their own safety.                             some well-earned drinks.”



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AIR FORCE June 26, 2008                                                                                                                                              International 9

ADGs join SECDET
        By CAPT Joe Nyhan
                                                                                          MAKING HISTORY:
   MEMBERS of No. 2 Airfield De-                                                          ADGs from 2AFDS in
fence Squadron (2AFDS) have won                                                           the Australian Embassy
the full support and respect of their                                                     compound in Baghdad.
Army cousins after making history by                                                      Top from left, CPL
deploying on operations as part of the                                                    Pat Maron, LAC Ryan
13th rotation of Security Detachment                                                      Cooper; (2nd row) LAC
– Baghdad (SECDET 13).                                                                    Daniel Sultanowski;
    SECDET, previously the sole domain                                                    (3rd row) LAC Grant
of the Army, is a combat team of about                                                    Diversi, LAC Clifford
120 personnel. It provides transporta-                                                    Morgan; (front) LACs
tion and protection for staff of the                                                      Nathan Ward and Craig                                                                              ON PATROL:
Australian Embassy in Iraq to ensure         MATES: SECDET 13’s sniper team,              Kennewell. Photos by                                                                                 Below, LAC
the Diplomatic Mission is able to carry      CPL Robbie Steedman (left) and               CAPT Joe Nyhan                                                                                            Clifford
out its tasks.                               PTE Casey Poletti, keep a look out                                                                                                                    Morgan
    Thirteen airfield defence guards         at an observation post in Baghdad.                                                                                                                crosses the
(ADGs) have integrated among                                                                                                                                                                   14th of July
SECDET 13, providing several small           They spend a lot of time together on                                                                                                                 Bridge in
teams, known as ‘bricks’, for tasks                                                                                                                                                             Baghdad’s
                                             rooftops looking out over Baghdad and
ranging from armed escorts to man-                                                                                                                                                            International
                                             have formed a tight bond.
ning observation posts and entry control                                                                                                                                                             Zone.
points.                                          The duo is enjoying the opportuni-
    Without hesitation, numerous             ty for both Services to learn from one
SECDET 13 soldiers have spoken of            another. “This is the first time Army and
the respect the ADGs have won for their      Air Force have paired a sniper team,”
willingness and competency in taking         CPL Steedman said.
on all the challenges presented to them          “It’s primarily an Army skill but a
in Baghdad.                                  few Air Force personnel have been given
    OC SECDET 13 MAJ Ewen Hedges             the chance of doing the course and it’s
said there is no doubt the Air Force         great for us to be able to keep in touch
troops have been accepted as equals by       with the Army in this way.”
the Army members of his combat team.             CPL Steedman said that because          our knowledge and assist with the pre-           “At times it’s absolutely surreal.
    “There is no difference in the tasks     the Air Force uses the Bushmaster, the      deployment training of future rotations,”    When you find yourself at one o’clock
we give the infantry and the ADGs and        greatest challenge for the ADGs was         CPL Maron said. “Experience-wise,            in the morning picking up someone
having the Air Force element here has        getting used to the Army ASLAVs – the       it’s a massive thing for us to be able to    from an LZ [landing zone] in Baghdad
provided us with a lot of additional flex-   Australian Light Armoured Vehicle – but
                                                                                         take back to our home unit. The lessons      or standing up as a shooter on top of an
ibility,” he said.                           everything else encountered within the
                                             combat team was fairly similar to what      we’ve learned are things we can pass on      ASLAV during a red zone run [a trip
    “Their skills and ability are equal
                                             the Air Force was used to.                  to all the troops back home and should       outside the International (Green) Zone],
to the infantry and they have integrated
extremely well.”                                 For Air Force Section Commander,        do wonders for our unit.                     you ask yourself, ‘is this really happen-
    For an example of the inter-Service      CPL Pat Maron, the opportunity for              “This is also an opportunity for us to   ing?’ It’s nothing you can pay to do. It’s
integration and cooperation at work,         2AFDS to be part of SECDET 13 is            show everyone we can integrate with the      been absolutely great and the experience
look no further than SECDET 13’s snip-       a significant step forward for the way      infantry and do the same job as them.”       for our guys to be over here is just won-
er team, which involves Air Force CPL        ADGs are employed on operations.                Even after several months in-coun-       derful.”
Robbie Steedman paired with Army                 “Being the first group, there will      try, CPL Maron often still can’t believe         SECDET 13 is on a six-month rota-
PTE Casey Poletti (pictured above).          be a great expectation of us to pass on     where he is.                                 tion in Baghdad.


                                                                                                                                                                                   Small arms
                                                                                                                                                                                   under the
                                                                                                                                                                                   microscope
                                                                                                                                                                                      THE Combined Arms
                                                                                                                                                                                   Training Centre’s recent
                                                                                                                                                                                   small arms conference
                                                                                                                                                                                   discussed small arms
                                                                                                                                                                                   safety, training, doctrine,
                                                                                                                                                                                   capability development
                                                                                                                                                                                   and related issues.
                                                                                                                                                                                       The conference cov-
                                                                                                                                                                                   ered three days of discus-
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                                                                                                                                                                                   covering topics ranging
                                                                                                                                                                                   from Services updates and
                                                                                                                                                                                   lethality to the ‘Buddy
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                                                                                                                                                                                   noted that of more than 70
                                                                                                                                                                                   reported small arms inci-
                                                                                                                                                                                   dents in 2007, only one
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General Sir Francis
Hassett’s dedication
to duty honoured
        By CPL Corinne Boer
   THE ADF lost one of its most dis-
tinguished Chiefs on June 11 when
GEN Sir Francis Hassett (ret’d) died at
the age of 90.
    At a service at Duntroon Chapel on
June 17, GEN Hassett was remembered
for his inspiring leadership, constant
achievement and relentless dedication
to duty.
    The funeral of the former Chief of
Defence Force Staff was attended by
Governor-General MAJGEN Michael
Jeffery, CDF ACM Angus Houston, Chief
of Army LTGEN Peter Leahy, VCDF
LTGEN Ken Gillespie, Defence Minister                                                      LET ’ER RIP: An Air Sea Rescue Kit is released out of an Orion’s bomb bay during 11SQN’s search and
Joel Fitzgibbon, family and friends.                                                       rescue training with the SA Police in the Gulf of St Vincent.               Photos by FLTLT Simon Longley
    The service was highlighted by the
fly-past of Hawk aircraft from RAAF




                                                                                           ASRK drop
Base Williamtown.                            LEADER: GEN Sir Francis Hassett
    MAJGEN Jeffery described GEN             with junior officers ‘in the field’.
Hassett has an outstanding combat sol-
dier, a great military leader and a loving   Chief of the General Staff (now Chief of
husband, father, grandfather and great-      Army). He saw active service in World
grandfather.                                 War II, Korea and Malaya. At age 23,
    “Sir Francis believed in leadership by   he was the youngest officer promoted to
example, self-discipline and quiet com-      LTCOL during WWII. He is best remem-
petence,” MAJGEN Jeffery said.               bered for his achievements in com-              By FLTLT Jaimie Abbott               this case, the retrieval unit was
    “His subordinates thought that he was    mand of an under-strength battalion at           JOINING forces with South           the SAPOL vessel ‘Endeavour’.
charismatic and his professional confi-      Maryang San in 1951, regarded as possi-                                                  Four 11SQN personnel were
                                                                                           Australian Police (SAPOL)              on board the police vessel to
dence and loyalty permeated through all      bly the single greatest feat of arms by the   turned into an excellent oppor-
who worked for him.”                         Australian Army in the Korean War.                                                   assist with retrieving the ASRKs.
                                                                                           tunity for 11SQN to practise its       However, it wasn’t just the Air
    GEN Hassett was born in Sydney in            Shortly after his appointment to Chief
1918 and entered RMC aged 16, gradu-
                                                                                           search and rescue (SAR) tech-          Force who gained from the expe-
                                             of Defence Force Staff, GEN Hassett
ating in 1938. During his career, which      was made a Knight Commander of the            niques during a recent Air Sea         rience, as eight police officers
spanned more than 42 years, he under-        Order of the British Empire in 1976. He       Rescue (ASR) exercise off the          from the Water Operations and
took a variety of positions, including       retired in 1977.                              coast of Adelaide.                     Mounted Units were on board
                                                                                               The squadron approached the        the Orions.
                                                                                           SAPOL Water Operations Unit                “This was a fantastic oppor-
                                                                                           to assist with its ASR training by     tunity. It was great to interact
                                                                                           positioning a simulated survivor       with the SA Police and exercise
                                                                                           in the Gulf of St Vincent.             the capabilities of both organisa-
                                                                                               11SQN personnel in two             tions,” 11SQN’s tasking officer,
                                                                                           Orions conducted a visual search       FLTLT Simon Longley, said.
                                                                                           for the survivor and then suc-             “Search and rescue is one
                                                                                           cessfully dropped Air Sea Rescue       of the many roles for which we
                                                                                           Kits (ASRK) into the water after       maintain a high level of profi-
                                                                                           they found the survivor.               ciency. These exercises are
                                                                                               ASRKs are a combination of         important to ensure that we keep
                                                                                           inflatable life raft and stores con-   our skills up-to-date so that we
                                                                                           tainers filled with survival aids      can achieve the best possible        SAFE LANDING: An Orion crew flies
                                                                                           designed to keep personnel alive       results, should we be called upon    over the life raft it dropped from the
                                                                                           until they can be recovered. In        to save lives at sea.”               aircraft’s bomb bay.


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AIR FORCE June 26, 2008                                                                                                                                                                                     News 11

Malaysian
memories
     By FLGOFF Anita Green                  of the British Empire. He also com-
   AS SOON as I arrived on the              manded 460SQN flying Lancasters.
                                                The admiration that members past
B707 with most of the Australian            and present have for him was obvi-
contingent travelling to the [50th an-      ous. All weekend he was approached
niversary] celebrations, I noticed the      by a constant string of members who
incredible passion felt by everyone         wanted to talk to this great man.
about Butterworth, Penang, the base,            The locally employed civil-
and its community.                          ians (LECs) are an integral part of
    The common theme in all the sto-        Butterworth. Without the dedication
ries is that of fond memories with life-    and friendship of these people, the
long friends, love of the Malaysian         Butterworth community would not be
community, and an incredible passion        the wonderful place that it has been for   LIKE OLD TIMES: Above from left, WOFF Scott Chenery, FLTLT Wayne
for all ‘things’ Butterworth.               the past 50 years. A. Krishnan worked      Dicks and WOFF John Millar at the ‘Hostie’ in Butterworth.
    The most remarkable person at           at Butterworth from 1980 till 1988 as      NOW AND THEN: Right, retired AIRCDRE Keith Parsons, the first CO of
the event was 93-year-old AIRCDRE           a driver and now works as the road         Butterworth, with FLTLT Tanya Carter.           Photos by LAC Scott Woodward
Keith Parsons (ret’d). AIRCDRE              movements dispatcher and the main
Parsons was the first OC RAAF                                                          anniversary of Butterworth, so their                              back for another posting or holiday.
                                            driver for VIP guests. T. Muniandy,
Support Unit Butterworth in 1958 and                                                   visit marks not only the Butterworth                              His wife accompanied him on post-
                                            known as ‘German’ is a refuelling
1959, and fostered the wonderful rela-      tanker driver who has been employed        50th, but also their 36th wedding anni-                           ing and their first child was born at
tionship between the Australians and        for 27 years at Butterworth. They are      versary. Graeme became the radio                                  Butterworth. His memories are of the
Malaysians that is evident today. He        proud to be friends with the many          announcer and Technical Director of                               wonderful food, lifestyle, and culture
encouraged all under his command to         Australians they have met through          Radio RAAF Butterworth. At its peak,                              that are special to Malaysia.
join together in sport in the belief that   their work, and many of them are now       it serviced about 5000 Australian per-                               Butterworth has a very special
this would create a bond and long-last-     extremely close friends.                   sonnel at the base, but went off the air                          place in the hearts of all who have been
ing relationships. AIRCDRE Parsons              It was remarkable to see how many      in the late 1980s when Butterworth                                posted or attached there. They will
was proud to see that his tradition was     past members of Butterworth made the       was downsized.                                                    never forget the amazing friendships
carried on after he left.                   trek to Malaysia for the reunion.              Wayne Naggs was a CPL electri-                                and experiences they have gained.
    He was awarded the Distinguished            Telmay and Graeme Dodd were            cian working at 3SQN Butterworth                                     I was honoured to be a part of an
Flying Cross, the Distinguished             posted to Butterworth from 1971 to         from 1977 until 1980. He said that                                event where I was surrounded by so
Service Order and Air Force Cross, and      1973. They met while Graeme was on         many members who had been posted                                  many people who are so passionate
was made a Commander of the Order           leave in Bangkok and married on the        to Butterworth always wanted to come                              about Butterworth.




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                                    Equatorial in Penang, Malaysia.
                                    POMP: Left, CAF AIRMSHL Geoff Shepherd
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Chief’s final ‘cooee’
 CAF AIRMSHL Geoff Shepherd talks to reporter Barry Rollings about life, leadership
   and camaraderie during his 37-year career as he prepares to farewell Air Force.

A
         sk retiring CAF AIRMSHL          friendship out there in other organisa-                                                                                                 He will settle near Noosa on a prop-     air space and air superiority. Without
                                          tions, so I will certainly miss that.”       EXPRESSION:                                                                            erty that has been rented for 10 years       that, we cannot do any ground or sea
         Geoff Shepherd what he                                                        CAF reflects on
         will miss most on retire-            CAF said that joining the Air Force                                                                                             and he has not seen for the past three.      manoeuvres. We need to give our army
                                          was not always a life plan.                  his experiences in                                                                     His only plan at this stage is a smooth      and navy colleagues the freedom to
         ment from a long Air Force                                                    the Air Force.
         career and, surprisingly, his         “Somewhere throughout repeating                                                                                                transition from CAF to ‘civvie street’.      operate unhindered by air attack. Air
                                                                                       Photo by LAC Aaron
answer is not ‘flying’.                   Year 12, in between growing long hair,                                                                                                  “The first plan is to leave the Air      superiority is the first and primary
                                                                                       Curran
    “I did that recently and the hands    riding a motor bike and surfing a lot, I                                                                                            Force in good order both for the force       campaign.”
and feet went to all the right places     saw an advertisement for the Air Force                                                                                              and myself; there is no wind-down or             He saw himself as the tip of the Air
again,” he said of his most recent fast   Academy at Point Cook. I started the                                                                                                caretaker period in this post.”              Force spear and said he could not do
jet flight.                               recruiting process and here I am. Some                                                                                                  He estimates it will take him at least   his job without the whole team behind
    “I will miss that easy camaraderie    would say I am a stayer, some might                                                                                                 six months to draw breath. But when          him.
of friends,” he said. “You can be any-    say I lack imagination.”                                                                                                            he does, his fishing boat beckons.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ‘
                                              AIRMSHL Shepherd – who is well                                                                                                      “We will have to see what life pres-
where in the world and be talking with
                                          known for his Aussie catchcry “cooee”                                                                                               ents,” he said. “I love gardening and         Without culture and
Air Force friends.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    TECHNOLOGY: Above, 10SQN’s FLTLT Richard Charles
    This was evident on his recent trip
                                          – said that there were positives and
                                          negatives, but his positives “have well
                                                                                                                                                                              we’ve had a wonderful house here at
                                                                                                                                                                              Duntroon. It has been a great privilege
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            good people, all the                                                                       shows CAF some new systems aboard an Australian Orion in
to Gallipoli when talking to mem-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the MEAO.                       Photo by CPL Mike McSweeney
bers of the Air Force Band and the
                                          and truly outweighed the negatives”.                                                                                                to live in one of these historic houses.     policies and equipment                                                                      ERA’S END: Main photo, CAF prepares to fly the last F-111G
                                              “I am not a backward-looking per-                                                                                                    “Apart from travel, we (he and his                                                                                                                                   Photo by LAC Scot Woodward
Federation Guard. “You might not have
met those kids before and they might
                                          son so I don’t tend to worry about                                                                                                  wife Anne) enjoy tropical gardening            in the world don’t                                                                        aircraft sortie.



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ’
                                          the mistakes of the past, though lord                                                                                               and have 10 acres up there to work on.
not have met you but there is an easy
                                          knows, I have made enough of them.                                                                                                      “I have done a lot of travelling in       amount to anything
camaraderie and familiarity.              We all learn from them; that’s the main                                                                                             this job. They have been busy, exciting
                                          thing. I have made personal mistakes                                                                                                trips done in top-shelf fashion but you          “It’s the leadership team and every-


‘ Knowing that you are                    and maybe in some ways I have made                                                                                                  don’t have control over them while           one in the force working together in
                                          some leadership and command deci-                                                                                                   working, so it will be nice to go back       a cohesive way. I only ever saw it as
  part of a bigger team                   sions that have not been the best ones.    trol of air exercises of that centralised       He said he was proud to make chief       and have a look at them – from the           being part of a long endurance race and
                                              “In this job, you deal very much in                                                                                             back of aircraft rather than up front and    it was my turn to hold the baton for
  has been the defining                   conceptual issues and uncertainties.
                                                                                     way was as exciting as getting in an
                                                                                     aircraft and flying.
                                                                                                                                 – not for himself – but to represent the
                                                                                                                                 Air Force and his country as CAF.
                                                                                                                                                                              not carrying mess kits.”                     this period of time,” he said. “Without
                                          There are no clear cut, simple ‘black                                                                                                   As he departs, he sees the state of      culture and good people, all the poli-
 point of my 37 years in                  and white’ answers a lot of the time.
                                                                                         “Some of the decisions I have had           “I can remember being proud of
                                                                                                                                                                              the Air Force as “very good, on the          cies and equipment in the world don’t
                                                                                     to make as chief, some of the issues we     my first solo flight [as well], becom-
      the Air Force
                             ’
                                              “I am more than robust enough                                                                                                   threshold of a wonderful and exciting        amount to anything.”
                                          in my own self-awareness to say that       have had to cover have been incredibly      ing a Mirage pilot and an F-111 pilot,       future as it re-equips over the next 10          The hard work of the past nine
                                          these decisions I have made, if I look     exciting and important.                     and becoming a QFI (qualified flying         or so years as part of the White Paper       years to build an aligned senior leader-
    “Being part of a bigger family,                                                      “I have seen my role as more of a       instructor). All these things add up; we
                                          backwards – which I don’t – could have                                                                                              outcomes”. At the same time, he said         ship team would make for a smooth
knowing that you are part of a bigger                                                gradually building continuum or devel-      all have these bits of pride in our career
                                          been made a bit better, or perhaps a bit                                                                                            we are doing the job now and meeting         transition for the incoming CAF.
team has been the defining point of my                                               opment with no great peak or trough;        baggage.                                                                                      “My proudest boast as CAF is that
                                          worse. We are all human – we learn                                                                                                  all the short-notice tasking that we are
37 years in the Air Force.                from our mistakes and move on.”            it was a line that went increasingly            “Throughout your career, you will        required to.                                 you could take out half the Air Force
    “As a retiring member, while you          He said he has enjoyed every post-     upward. It’s been a great career. Every     get things you are proud of and things           Speaking of Air Force’s needs and        leadership team in a bus crash – heaven
are still part of the Air Force family    ing. “Some of the best operational         job has built on every previous job. It     that are a bit more boring. Sometimes        what it needs to deliver to the joint        forbid – and the senior leadership team
in a broad sense, you are not actively    excitement I had was at Glenbrook          certainly wasn’t a master plan; there       I wish I had the proverbial dog to kick      effect was very clear through the force      and the direction would stay the same
in it any more and you don’t get that     when we first developed the Air            was a lot of luck and opportunity in        but I don’t keep a score on these things;    structuring process, he said: “We            because we are all aligned.”                MR AND MRS CHIEF: CAF and Anne
easy familiarity, easy Air Force family   Operations Centre. Command and con-        there.                                      it’s all part of life’s rich tapestry.”      need to be able to deliver security of         AIRMSHL Shepherd will retire on July 3.   Shepherd at the gala ball held by 324CSS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       at the Hotel Equatorial, Penang, Malaysia,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       for the 50th anniversary celebrations of an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       RAAF presence at Butterworth.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Photo by LAC Scott Woodward




                                                                                                                                                                                 FAMILY GUY: Above, CAF
                                                                                                                                                                                 presents a “Supporting our
                                                                                                                                                                                 Air Force Team” pin to Tahlia,
                                                  WATERWORKS: Above, CAF tries his                                                                                               the daughter of 11SQN’s
                                                  hand at firefighting during a visit to the                                                                                     FSGT Tony Stevenson,
                                                  RAAF Security and Fire School at RAAF                                                                                          during a squadron welcome
                                                  Base Amberley. Photo by LAC Aaron Curran                                                                                       home ceremony at RAAF
                                                  FIREPOWER: Left, CAF gets a feel                                                                                               Base Edinburgh.
                                                  for the F89 Minimi light machine gun,                                                                                                Photo by AC Glen McCarthy                                                       PUPPY POWER: CAF meets a recent
                                                  assisted by SQNLDR (now WGCDR)                                                                                                 DROP ZONE: Right, CAF                                                                 edition to the puppy breeding program at
                                                                                                                                                                                 abseils towards the ground                                                            the military working dog breeding cell at
                                                  Wayne Kelly.       Photos by LAC Aaron Curran
                                                                                                                                                                                 after leaping off the water                                                           RAAF Base Amberley.
                                                  VIP: Right, CAF signs the visitors’
                                                                                                                                                                                 tower during a visit to RAAF                                                                          Photo by LACW Melina Mancuso
                                                  register during his recent visit to the
                                                  Orion detachment in the MEAO.                                                                                                  Base Wagga.
                                                                          Photo by AB Paul Berry                                                                                       Photo by Christine Williams
14 News                                                                                                                                                                     AIR FORCE June 26, 2008




Head first to                                                                                                                                              BEFORE AND AFTER:
                                                                                                                                                           WGCDR Andrew
                                                                                                                                                           Gilbert (right) and
                                                                                                                                                           SQNLDR St John
                                                                                                                                                           Morris face-off after



help family
     By Andrew Stackpool               and waxing their chests to raise the     of helpers, a great big pat on the
                                                                                                                                                           losing their moustaches
                                                                                                                                                           at Sale for charity. Photos
                                                                                                                                                           by CPL Col Dadd




    A FAMILY facing a medical cri-     money through donations, pledges         back. To all those who have sacrificed
                                       and raffles.                             treasured parts of their body, a sac-
sis is $11,000 better off, thanks to
                                           British Aerospace employees held     rifice well worth while. To all those
the hard work of a small group of      their own event on the other side of     who donated prizes, sponsored par-
dedicated volunteers at RAAF Base      the base while a coin drop was organ-    ticipants, your generosity is greatly
Williamtown and the unstinting gen-    ised at the base front gates.            appreciated.
erosity of base personnel.                 CO 381ECSS WGCDR Peter                   “In true Australian tradition people
    In November last year, local       Davis said the day was a “truly mag-     of the base and the community joined
Medowie resident Sebastian Abbott      nificent display of community spirit”.   together to assist a family in need. As

                                                                                                                              SATCO’s tach trim
complained of feeling unwell.              “So many people banded together      the commander of the base, I could
    Medical tests found that he had    to help the Abbott family,” he said.     not think of a more worthy cause to
a tumour the size of a small football      “To Sam Hays and his large band      support and promote on the base.”
behind his chest and an aggressive
form of lymphoma. He began week-                                                                                                By FLTLT Erin van Beuningen              Foundation’s ‘Shave for a Cure’ charity
ly treatment at Newcastle’s Mater                                                                                                                                        if the CO would lose the moustache he
Hospital, which may continue for up                                                                                                AFTER 60 years in the making,
                                                                                                                              the combined moustaches of two             had worn since 1980. Hoping to out-
to three years. To add to their prob-                                                                                                                                    manoeuvre the students without having
lems, his wife Rosie is a full-time                                                                                           senior air traffic control officers from
                                                                                                                              RAAF Base East Sale were shaved            to match their $180, the CO agreed
mother to their four young children,                                                                                                                                     – on the proviso that SQNLDR Morris,
while Sebastian is unable to work                                                                                             into history – all in the name of char-
                                                                                                                              ity.                                       a fellow moustache wearer since 1975,
because of the severity of the two
                                                                                                                                  Members from the 19 Supervisor         also removed his “tach.”
diseases.
                                                                                                                              Course led the charge at the School            Unfortunately for the CO and
    Enter Williamtown. Some mem-
bers heard of Sebastian’s condition                                                                                           of Air Traffic Control (SATC) din-         DETCDR, the remaining body rose as
and decided to do something about it.                                                                                         ing-in night to see SATC CO WGCDR          one to lay their money on the table for
He was part of the Air Force family as                                                                                        Andrew Gilbert and 44WG Detachment         the good cause.
he and Rosie each had a parent who                                                                                            Commander (DETCDR) SQNLDR St                   The following morning, the CO and
had served in the Air Force.                                                                                                  John Morris lose their moustaches.         DETCDR were summarily charged
    They decided to raise money by                                                                                                Led by FLGOFF Tristan Chuntie,         with fulfilling their duties and subse-
holding ‘Bald for Bucks’. The event, SHAVED FOR SEBASTIAN: BAE employees show off their shaved                                the postgraduate course offered a dona-    quently shaved by local base hairdress-
which was held on May 20, com- heads after participating in the ‘Bald for Bucks’ charity event at RAAF                        tion of $10 a member to the Leukemia       er, Pip Shields.
prised volunteers shaving their heads Base Williamtown.                        Photo provided by Sam Hays




                                       DEFENCE                                                  CHARITY
                                                                                                COUTURE:
                                                                                                GPCAPT Mike
                                                                                                                                                          Fancy dress
                                       FORCE                                                    Walkington led


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                                                                                                when he turned
                                                                                                out in coloured
                                                                                                                                                          for GTESPO
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                                                                                                wig and
                                                                                                waders for the
                                                                                                organisation’s
                                                                                                annual ‘Biggest
                                                                                                                                                          fundraisers
                                                                                                Morning Tea.”                                                IT WAS an office party of a different kind at RAAF
                                                                                                for charity. Photo                                        Base Williamtown recently when personnel from the
                                                                                                provided by Shvon                                         Ground Telecommunications Equipment Systems
                                                                                                Costar                                                    Programs Office (GTESPO) dressed up for charity.
       Help us to help you by joining the Association:                                                                                                        Each year, GTESPO staff get together for a cuppa
             We can say things that you can’t !                                                                                                           and a chat to raise money for The Australian Cancer
                                                                                                                                                          Council’s ‘Biggest Morning Tea’ event.
                                                                                                                                                              This year, however, they ‘upped the ante’ by issuing
                                                                                                                                                          dares to members as a means of raising as much as they
     Since 1959 the DFWA has worked hard to protect and improve                                                                                           could. The dares involved some interesting fancy dress.
     your rights. We lobby government on a range of matters that                                                                                              GTESPO OC GPCAPT Mike Walkington certainly
     directly impact upon serving and past members of the ADF and                                                                                         looked like a professional in his waders, a coloured wig
     their families. We can also provide advice to those making claims                                                                                    and boat float. It wasn’t hard to see that he was a sea-
     on the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.                                                                                                              soned fisherman in this outfit.
                                                                                                                                                              Meanwhile, getting right into the swing of things,
     Your Superannuation                                                                                                                                  WGCDR Peter Pollock took on the challenge of his
                                                                                                                                                          dare with full gusto and spent the day dressed as a
     We – you and the DFWA - await with eager interest the                                                                                                bikini-clad, grass skirt-wearing lady with a long mane
     Government’s next steps in their consideration of the new Military                                                                                   of golden blonde hair.
     Superannuation Scheme. The Association’s submission has stirred                                                                                          He was joined by his trend-setting companion,
     great response from the highest military and political circles, and it                                                                               WOFF Nick Dentrinos, who donned sunglasses to give
     remains a continuing top priority for us – on your behalf.                                                                                           Cory Worthington a run for his money. In keeping with
                                                                                                                                                          the look, the sneaky WOFF managed to dodge all the
     Equally, the Association’s fight for justice to provide for adequate                                                                                  cameras.
     indexation of your superannuation pension – that you contributed                                                                                         The Knights Templar was represented in fine form
     to during your working life (it is it not a free handout like some                                                                                   by Daronmont contractor, David Jarrett, who cut a dash-
     Government benefits, despite what some may think!) - continues.                                                                                       ing figure in silver chain mail, sword and shield.
                                                                                                                                                              Phil Barnett, project manager of minor projects,
     Defence Families Australia (DFA)                                                                        Registered Tax Agent                         ended up feeling a little confused as he lived his morn-
                                                                                                         Specialising in Tax returns for the Armed        ing mostly backwards, including all of his clothes. At
     The Association has entered into a strategic working partnership                                     Forces Personnel at Competitive rates           least everyone saw him coming.
     with the DFA. Go to the DFA website – www.dfa.org.au - to                                                                                                Shvon Costar, the executive support officer who hails
     see how we can help each other to support all Defence family
     members.
                                                                                                         Income Tax Returns                               from the Ngapuhi Tribe in Northland New Zealand,
                                                                                                                                                          dressed in her native Maori costume and showed her
                                                                                                      PERSONAL • BUSINESS • PARTNERSHIP                   expertise in twirling her poi’s.
     We need your help !                                                                                                                                      Finally, graduate engineer, Cameron Just, looked
                                                                                                                               BRISBANE
                                                                                                                     Appointments ph: 0414 270 221        to have had a bit of a down day, which showed in his
     The Association’s work is done by volunteers but we need                                                                                             brightly coloured blue hair. We thought he’d done it for
     membership to support our lobbying activities and to provide the                                                       Home visits - Weekends
                                                                                                                                                          the State of Origin NSW side, but no, it was for charity.
     necessary fi nancial resources. Why not join us ?                                                                                      SYDNEY             The morning’s event was dedicated to GTESPO’s
                                                                                                                  Phone for details ph: 0414 270 221      SQNLDR Graham Neal, who recently lost his battle
     Want to learn more about us?                                                                                                                         with cancer. Graham’s wife Joanne and son Hamish
                                                                                                                                       CANBERRA           joined in the event.
     Please see www.dfwa.org.au                                                                             Blain & Assoc. 4 Carbeen St, Rivett, ACT          A total of $1406 was raised for the Cancer Council.
                                                                                                                     Appointments ph: 0414 270 221            This article was provided by Shvon Costar from GTESPO.
AIR FORCE June 26, 2008                                                                                                                                    News 15

Lift for gate
guards
   VINTAGE Air Force aircraft the front gate also needed to be moved
briefly took to the air again as part of onto their new concrete parking stands.
a renovation exercise at RAAF Base          The work was part of a larg-
Wagga recently.                          er project sponsored by Combat
    This time their flight was assist-      Support Unit, Wagga CO WGCDR
ed and the term ‘airlift’ was given         John Herlihy and RAAF School of
new meaning as members from Air             Technical Training (RAAFSTT) CO
Movements Training and Development          WGCDR John Dohnt to renovate and
Unit (AMTDU) visited Wagga to lower         preserve the aircraft, and for their dis-
the aircraft onto newly-installed park-     play area to be a more inviting area for
ing stands.                                 the public to visit.
    The exercise was part of the ongo-          “AMTDU jumped at the invitation
ing project to restore the RAAF Base        to use the RAAF Base Wagga ‘Gate
Wagga front gate display, or ‘Gate          Guards’ for the exercise,” FLTLT
Guards’ aircraft to a more presentable      Brendon Mulloy from RAAFSTT said.
standard.                                       “An aircraft recovery involved
    The ‘Gate Guards’ were showing          assessing the aircraft, designing a safe
their age after years of exposure to the    sling system and moving the aircraft
elements. In the past, members from         to the required position. For the ‘Gate                                                                                 GATE GUARDS:
                                                                                        plays began in mid-2007 and is far
the base had done various repairs to        Guards’, the aircraft also needed to be
                                                                                        from over, with new fencing, light-                                         A Mirage (above)
the aircraft to refurbish them, but their   placed onto their new pads.”
                                                AMTDU had documentation for             ing and surfacing to be installed.                                            and Sabre (left)
constant exposure to the elements and
                                            the Mirage and Winjeel but had to           Repainting of the aircraft will continue                                  are lifted onto new
the affects of the sprinklers took their
toll.                                       design the sling and lift procedure for     for some time.                                                          parking stands at the
    The tail surfaces of the Sabre and      the Sabre and Meteor from scratch,              Each aircraft is being assessed and                                   front gate of RAAF
Mirage were suffering severe degrada-       which tested their knowledge and            treated for corrosion and upper surface                                     Base Wagga with
tion from their proximity to the trees      adaptability.                               sealing to prevent moisture penetra-                                       the help of visiting
behind them and needed to be moved              Within three days, all four aircraft    tion, and an ongoing maintenance pro-                                     AMTDU personnel
forward to prevent further damage           had been safely lifted onto their new       gram is being developed.                                                    from RAAF Base
from sap, bird droppings and detritus.      parking pads.                                  Information for this article provided                                Richmond. Photos by
    A Winjeel and Meteor located at             The refurbishment of the static dis-       by FLTLT Brendon Mulloy.                                                       Glenn Alderton




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   and in Malaysia recently celebrated
                                                and Britain and aimed to promote
   its 10th anniversary.
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   events were held in Ipswich to say           Butterworth in Malaysia, it made it
   thank you for the local support that         difficult for all members to celebrate
   Ipswich has provided to CSG.                 the anniversary in one location. To
       The anniversary of the forma-            commemorate the important mile-
   tion of CSG was marked by a serv-            stone, functions were held around
   ice at St Paul’s Anglican Church             the country by each CSG unit on
   in Ipswich on June 4 to remember             May 16.
   those CSG personnel who lost their               “While the group has changed
   lives in both conflict and peacetime.        subtly in recent years, the require-
       Ipswich City Council co-hosted a         ments for the existence of CSG
   reception at the Ipswich Art Gallery         remain as relevant today as it was in
   to celebrate with members of the             1998,” Commander CSG AIRCDRE
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Know your weapons
    THE SCHOOL of Air Warfare
(SAW) at RAAF Base East Sale                                                                                                                            TRAINING POWER: Senior instructor SQNLDR Gary
strives to broaden the knowledge of                                                                                                                       Bremer explains the workings of a Mk 82 Bomb to
its graduates, so that they can better                                                                                                                   weaponeering course student FLGOFF Piotr Jaster.
understand the wider application of                                                                                                                        Left, SQNLDR Bremer conducts a weaponeering
air power.                                                                                                                                                             course. Digitally manipulated image.
                                                                                                                                                                                         Photos by CPL Col Dadd
    “The more ‘hands-on’ aspects of
the delivery of air power have tradi-
tionally been regarded as the exclu-
sive domain of the fast jet fraternity,”
SAW Weapons and Systems Flight
Commander SQNLDR Gary Bremer
said.                                         with a broad understanding of the
    “The knowledge required to employ         concept of war-fighting in a modern,
those weapons was left to those who           networked environment. Once the
carried the bombs but this is no longer       students graduate, they develop those
the case as more people become direct-        skills through postgraduate training.
ly or indirectly involved with weapon             “The staff at SAW have a role to
delivery. It is vital that all war-fighters   play in postgraduate development,
understand the application of lethal or       including the training of instructors at
non-lethal effects.”                          SAW. Probably less well known is that
    SAW had faced a number of chal-           SAW is the sole provider of training
lenges in recent months, as it transi-        for Air Force in weapons employment.
tioned to train the air combat officer            “The weapon training provided by
(ACO) category.                               SAW is delivered in a modular package
    “As the School of Air Navigation,         known as the Weapons Employment
it turned out high-quality graduates          Course (WEC). Originally aimed at
for decades, supplying aviators to Air        aircrew, the WEC now has wide appli-
Force and Navy and also to air forces         cability to several categories within
from countries such as New Zealand,
                                              Air Force and the other Services, and      basic principles of weapon guidance         tively apply weaponeering methodol-        “However, the instructors are keen to
Malaysia and Singapore. Despite the
changes, that tradition is set to contin-     comprises three separate courses,”         and the delivery of weapons.                ogy in a joint air operations centre,      ensure they provide the level of train-
ue but with a subtle shift in emphasis,”      SQNLDR Bremer said.                            The Weaponeering Basic Course           headquarters, squadron or unit, and        ing required by units and are willing to
SQNLDR Bremer said.                               The Weapons Theory Course pro-         provides training in the computer-          the competency to lecture WEC mate-        visit units to deliver tailored courses.
    “The application of air power             vides training in the principles, appli-   based methodology applied to the            rial. The course exposes students to           “The name of the unit may have
resides not just with those who fly but       cations and limitations of the employ-     weaponeering of conventional air-to-        the targeting process and reinforces the   changed but the staff at SAW is dedi-
with a multitude of operators across a        ment and effects of conventional           surface weapons. It outlines the target-    targeting cycle and techniques required    cated to providing capability through
broad spectrum of platforms and envi-         weapons. It introduces a basic level of    ing cycle and techniques required to        to correctly weaponeer specific target     training; their core business.”
ronments; the ACO category is a key           knowledge in radar, electro-optics and     correctly weaponeer specific targets.       sets.                                         For more information, visit the SAW
component of that future capability.”         electronic combat. It covers weapon            The Advanced Course provides                “Ten courses are run each year            website: http://intranet.defence.gov.
    SAW aims to produce graduates             types, their functions and effects, the    training in the duties required to effec-   at SAW,” SQNLDR Bremer said.                  au/raafweb/sites/schoolofairwarfare




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                                                                                                                           MODEL: WOFF Jodi Graham
                                                                                                                           stands next to a bas-relief
                                                                                                                           figure of an Iraqi soldier on a
                                                                                                                           mural outside the Australian
                                                                                                                           Headquarters at Camp
                                                                                                                           Victory in Baghdad.
                                                                                                                           Photo by CAPT Cameron Jamieson




CREW CONNECTION: Above, SGT Peter Hedger from 10SQN assists his crew during a tactical exercise in
preparation for the recent Fincastle Trophy competition in Canada.             Photo by ACW Shannon Urie
KNIGHT OUT: Below centre, WOFF-AF Ray Woolnough takes the throne at WOFF Graham Farrington’s farewell
dinner at the RAAF Base Wagga Sergeants’ Mess.                          Photo courtesy of Angel Photography




BLOOMIN’ GOOD: LAC Jeremy Halcrow tends to
a resident’s garden at the Old Timers’ retirement
village during No. 1 Radar Surveillance Unit’s visit                                                                   RED ALERT: WGCDR Reg Carruthers puts his feet up in the mobile Red
to Alice Springs over the Anzac Day long weekend.                                                                      Cross Blood Bank at RAAF Base Edinburgh, joined by WGCDR Richard
The unit traditionally visits the home and carries out                                                                 Trotman-Dickenson, PLTOFF Nicole Glaser and WOFFs Jacqui Reid and
general maintenance each year.                                                                                         Mark Wilson. The team from Information Warfare Wing Group volunteered
                                Photo by AC Vasilis Solomou                                                            their veins for the worthy cause.               Photo by ACW Shannon Urie




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Six in the sky
         By CPL (AAFC)
                                                                                                                                                                  BULLETIN BOARD
                                                                                                                                                                  Air Force Band
                                                                                                                                                                  June 26: The band will support the 2FTS dining-in
                                                                                                                                                                  night at the RAAF Base Pearce Officers’ Mess.
                                                                                                                                                                  June 27: The Ceremonial Band will support
         Kate Johnson                                                                                                                                             the 2FTS pilots’ graduation at RAAF Base Pearce.
    PURSUING their love of avi-                                                                                                                                   June 27: Various chamber ensembles will give
ation through the Australian Air                                                                                                                                  a free lunchtime concert at St John’s Southgate,
Force Cadets (AAFC) recently                                                                                                                                      Melbourne, from 12.30-1.30pm.
paid off for six cadets from 8WG,                                                                                                                                 June 27: The Sydney Detachment will provide back-
AAFC.                                                                                                                                                             ground music for the ACAUST handover/takeover
    LCDT Michael Dreghorn,                                                                                                                                        dinner at the RAAF Base Glenbrook Officers’ Mess.
CUO Michael Marriner, CFSGTs                                                                                                                                      June 28: The band will support the 33SQN “End of
Dani Brewster and Byron Collins                                                                                                                                   Era” event to signify the retirement of the B707 air-
and CSGTs Jack Simpson and
                                                                                                                                                                  craft at the 33SQN hangar, RAAF Base Richmond,
Allan Sommerville have achieved
careers in aviation.                                                                                                                                              from 6pm.
    Since their first solo flight                                                                                                                                 July 1: The band will travel to Ballarat to provide
with the AAFC, they have gained                                                                                                                                   background music for the RAAF Association’s
employment with the Vincent                                                                                                                                       annual dinner.
Aviation company and two have                                                                                                                                     July 1: The Ceremonial Band will travel to Canberra
become commercially accred-                                                                                                                                       to support the 28SQN Freedom of the City parade.
ited in flying its 19-passenger
Beechcraft 1900 and nine-passen-                                                                                                                                  July 2: The Ceremonial Band will support the lat-
ger Cessna Conquest 441.                                                                                                                                          est graduation of airmen from 1RTU at RAAF Base
    LCDT Dreghorn, CUO                                                                                                                                            Wagga from 11am.
Marriner, CFSGT Brewster and                                                                                                                                      July 2: The Ceremonial Band will support the latest
CSGT Sommerville gained their                                                                                                                                     graduation of officers from OTS at RAAF Base East
initial aviation experience through                                                                                                                               Sale from 11.30am.
the AAFC after they were award-                                                                                                                                   July 6: The Ceremonial Band will aid the Air Force
ed the Ian Davidson Memorial                                                                                                                                      Reserves in celebrating Reserve Forces Day in the
Scholarship of $5000.
    This grant enables selected                                                                                                                                   Melbourne CBD.
cadets to attain their first solo
flight after an intensive week of        AAFC AVIATORS: From left, 8WG cadets CSGT Jack Simpson, CUO Michael Marriner, CFSGT                                      Reserve Forces Day
flight training.                         Dani Brewster and CSGT Allan Sommerville get acquainted with their future ‘office’ in the sky.
                                                                                                     Photo courtesy of CPL (AAFC) Kate Johnson                    Join in the Reserve Forces Day celebrations and
    CSGT Simpson and CFSGT                                                                                                                                        receive a unique commemorative certificate signed
Collins learnt to fly through the                                                                                                                                 by Governor-General MAJGEN Michael Jeffery.
AAFC.                                        “If I did [look back], I wouldn’t   try and getting paid, so that’s a        ing instructions, the personal dis-     Parades and celebrations commemorating the
    CUO Marriner began his cadet         be where I am now. It’s thanks to       bonus,” he said.                         cipline to use their initiative and
career at the age of 13, and since                                                                                                                                60th anniversary of the re-formation of part-time
                                         those pilots who help the cadets,          SQNLDR (AAFC) Cameron                 carry out their duties with the         military service following World War II will be held
completing his first solo at 16,         not only in Darwin but Australia-       M a r c h a n t , t h e A A F C ’s O C   utmost professionalism.”
started with Vincent Aviation as a                                                                                                                                at 17 locations throughout Australia, commencing
                                         wide, donating their time and expe-     Northern Territory, is Vincent              Company founder Peter Vincent        Saturday June 28.
ground handler in 2006. Now, two
years later, he is a first officer for   rience. It is invaluable.”              Aviation’s manager of checking           said: “We are not just looking for          To receive this one-off commemorative
the company.                                 CFSGT Dani Brewster said that       and training for pilots.                 well qualified and experienced
                                                                                                                                                                      certificate, register now, or on the day, with your
    “Opportunities come and go. I        starting out as a ground handler           “These cadets were select-            pilots. We are looking for people
                                                                                                                                                                      appropriate unit association. Celebration dates,
have made sure that when a door          “wasn’t anything flash when all         ed because of their strong work          who can work as part of our team,
                                                                                                                                                                      locations and list of unit associations are listed
opens, I walk through and don’t          you want to do is fly.                  ethic,” he said. “They possess the       and help us work to make the job
                                                                                                                                                                      on www.rfd.org.au
look back,” he said.                         “But I’m in the aviation indus-     military understanding of follow-        go smoothly.”
                                                                                                                                                                  36SQN Association reunion
                                                                                                   Cadets camp out                                                The 36SQN Association is planning to hold a reunion
                                                                                                                                                                  at RAAF Base Amberley on October 3. Current,
                                                                                                   RECENTLY, Navy, Army and Air Force                             former and new members are welcome to attend.
                                                                                                   cadets attended the 2008 ADF lifestyles camp                       For more information, contact Ian Christensen at
                                                                                                   in Darwin. They toured Navy, Army and Air                          chrisso_c@bigpond.com or call 0417 224017.
                                                                                                   Force establishments in the Top End, including
                                                                                                   RAAF Bases Darwin and Tindal and HMA Ships                     CFS’s 95th anniversary
                                                                                                   Coonawarra and Maryborough.                                    Central Flying School (CFS) is celebrating its
                                                                                                   The cadets received presentations on a wide range
                                                                                                                                                                  95th anniversary on August 15. As part of the
                                                                                                   of careers from serving members, including bomb
                                                                                                   disposal experts, engineers, medics, air traffic               celebrations, CFS is hosting a reunion dinner and
                                                                                                   controllers and weapons specialists.                           other activities. Former CFS members wishing
                                                                                                                                                                  to attend are requested to send their details to
                                                                                                                                                                  FLGOFF Amanda Van de Paverd at email: amanda.
                                                                                                                                                                  vandepaverd@defence.gov.au
                                                                                                                                                                  Members without email access should send their
                                                                                                                                                                  request by mail to CFS, RAAF Base East Sale, VIC
                                                                                                                                                                  3852.
                                                                                                                                                                      For more information, contact FLGOFF Van De
                                                                                                                                                                      Paverd on (03) 5146 7303.




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Keep NOK
current
      By WGCDR Jim Lewis                    As part of Defence’s commitment to
      Deputy Director Military              continuously improve support to mem-
        Personnel Policy                    bers and their families, the policy for
   WHEN the media announces the             these procedures was recently updated
serious injury or death of an Austral-      to include lessons learnt from recent
ian serviceman or servicewoman, the         casualty notification cases.
                                                To ensure the accuracy and timeli-
tragedy is felt throughout the Defence
                                            ness of casualty information, a number
community. But imagine if that trag-
                                            of changes have been made to DI(G)
edy belonged to your family, and that       PERS 11-2 – Notification of Australian
they were learning about your injury,       Defence Force and non-Australian
or worse, from someone outside the          Defence Force Casualties, including:
Defence organisation.                          ADF members are now required
    If this scenario is beyond your
                                               to ensure that their PEC and NOK
imagination, consider the possibility of
                                               information on PMKeyS is current,
you seriously injuring yourself in your
day-to-day role, or while training. How        both annually and prior to a deploy-    IN TOUCH: Australian soldiers
                                               ment.
would you feel if you were in hospital
and no one was able to let your family         PECs may now be notified of a casu-
                                                                                       farewell a fallen comrade during
                                                                                       a ramp ceremony in Afghanistan.
                                                                                                                                    Update your details now
know?                                          alty without an ADF member’s con-       Make sure your details are up                 Members must check their PEC       PECs may now be notified of a
    While every effort is made to              sent. When this type of notification    to date so your family can be                 and NOK details in PMKeyS annu-    casualty without the member’s
stop casualties in the ADF, they can-          is made, information will be limited    informed quickly if you are injured,                                             consent.
                                               to a member’s casualty classification                                                 ally.
not always be avoided. When they do                                                    or worse.      Photo by CPL Neil Ruskin                                          The notification signal has been
occur, the ADF’s highest priority after        (for example, very seriously ill).                                                    Members must ensure they
                                                                                                                                     update their PEC and NOK details   simplified so PEC and NOK can be
treating casualties is notifying the pri-      The initial notification signal has
                                               been simplified so that trained noti-   NOK know of the facts quickly and                                                notified faster.
mary emergency contact (PEC) and                                                                                                     in PMKeyS whenever their cir-
next of kin (NOK) as quickly as pos-           fication personnel can notify the       receive immediate support from the                                               Accurate information and faster
                                                                                                                                     cumstances change.
sible.                                         PEC and NOK faster than before.         Defence organisation.                                                            procedures mean PEC and NOK
                                                In all casualty notifications, the         PMKeyS is the primary source of           Members must ensure they check     will know the facts as quickly as
    Defence has defined procedures
to ensure casualty information is pro-      most important elements are accuracy,      information used in all casualty noti-        their PEC and NOK details before   possible so they get rapid sup-
vided to the PEC and NOK in a timely        speed and compassion. These updated        fication situations, so its accuracy is of    any deployment.                    port.
fashion by trained notification teams.      procedures will ensure that PECs and       the highest importance.



  Healthcare trial for families
      THE Government has commit- and valuable role their families play
  ted $12.2 million over the next four in the achievement of the Defence
  years to a trial to provide basic mission.
  medical and dental care to fami-        For more information, see the
  lies living in remote and regional      Intranet site: http://intranet.defence.
  locations. This trial is part of the    gov.au/dsg/sites/ADFDepHealth/ or
  Government’s commitment to rec-         the Internet site: www.defence.gov.
  ognise the service and sacrifices of    au/health/Dependant_Healthcare/i-
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                                                                               led
                                                             Radio tech farewelled                                                                                                 VALE:
                                                                                                                                                                                   WOFF
                                                                                                                                                                             Peter Greer
                                                                                                            Dennis; loved “poppy” of Ryan and Michael,                          receiving
                                                              WOFF Peter Greer (ret’d)                      much-loved son of Ron and Maude, and                             his Defence
                                                                                                            loved brother and brother-in-law of Sue and                             Force
                                                                THE Tanilba Bay community of NSW            Kevin and their families.                                             Service
                                                             has farewelled a much-loved local – WOFF           WOFF Greer was always keen to help out                             Medal.
                                                             Peter Ronald Greer (ret’d), who passed         his local RSL with setting up on Anzac Day,
                                                             away on May 20.                                and any other local festivals. He often helped
                                                                 Born on April 4, 1948, he enlisted in      fellow citizens of Tanilba Bay with a wide
                                                             August 1966 in the radio tech ground mus-      variety of handy man and electrical work,
                                                             tering. He served 22 years, including stints   and his time and work often given without
                                                             at RAAF Bases Richmond, Williamtown            any request for payment.
                                                             and Laverton before discharging on August          He was also an avid painter with entries
                                                             22, 1988, from the Air Transportable           in 2007 and 2008 for the famous Archibald
                                                             Telecommunications Unit at Richmond.           Prize.
                                                                 He was the much-loved husband of               His medals included the Defence
                                                             Terri, loving father and father-in-law of      Force Service Medal, National Medal, and
                                                             Sarah and CPL Colin Chiu (37SQN RAAF           Australian Defence Medal.
                                                             Base Richmond), Brian, Daniel, Connie and         This obituary was provided by CPL Colin Chiu.

LONG HAUL: 11SQN CO WGCDR Warren
McDonald and former member Bill Burnett join in
the Orion’s 40th anniversary celebrations.
                         Photos by AC Brenton Kwaterski




Eyes on
Orions
   FORTY years of faithful service began for the Orion
in November, 1964, when the RAAF ordered 10 of the
P-3B variant to replace its Neptunes operated by 11SQN.
The new aircraft would be based at 11SQN’s new home
of RAAF Base Edinburgh.
    11SQN’s first aircraft was delivered there on May

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13, 1968. Meanwhile, 10SQN’s Neptunes were showing
their age and in March, 1975, eight of the P-3C model
were ordered. Shortly afterwards, a decision was made
to base all LRMP aircraft at Edinburgh under 92WG, so
a further two ‘Charlies’ were ordered in September the
following year. Delivery of the new aircraft took place
                                                                         30 June
between May 26, 1978 and January 16, 1979.
    10SQN moved to Edinburgh in July 1977.
    Both marques of the Orions quickly proved their
worth. However, the ‘Charlie’ had other advantages as it
could carry the Australian-designed Barra sonobuoy and
the Harpoon long range anti-shipping missile.
    They also needed only 10 crew members as opposed
to the 12 in the ‘Bravo’.
    Consequently, a decision was made to replace the
P-3Bs with another 10 P-3Cs and a contract was signed
on June 29, 1982. The ‘Bravos’ were sold to Portugal.
    Continued advances in digital technology and three
major upgrades led to the evolution of the airframes
from 2002 of an Australian-specific Orion, the AP-3C.
    The Orion has proved an outstanding aircraft, which
has participated in activities around the world. Versatile
                                                                       Turning 30-something?
in maritime surveillance (including regular deployments
over the South Pacific and Indian Oceans – from RMAF                   Don’t let your birthday end in higher premiums.
Base Butterworth), in 2003, the aircraft deployed to the
Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) in support of
international operations there and added an overland                   If your partner is 30-something and does not have private hospital insurance,
intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability               then they’re looking at higher premiums.
to its bow.
                                                                       Under the Federal Government Lifetime Health Cover initiative, health funds are required
                                                                       to apply a 2% premium loading for every year a person delays purchasing hospital cover
                                                                       after turning 30.
                                                                       As a permanent member of the ADF, the premium loading will not affect you until you
                                                                       discharge. However you do need to consider its effect on your partner.
                                                                       By purchasing Defence Health hospital cover by 30 June, your partner’s premium loading
                                                                       will be minimised. And if you make the purchase by 30 June, following your partner’s 31st
                                                                       birthday, the loading will be avoided altogether.
SAY G’DAY: Former Orion air and groundcrew                             Remember, the longer you leave it the more it will cost.
members catch up on old times at Edinburgh.
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HEALTH


Fitness built over time
Tired of the standard three sets of 10 reps? LT
Rob Orr has created sample training sessions
to provide variety in routines.
    LET’s begin by making one point.          be down 20, 15, 10 or five? Regardless,
Very few PT sessions need to be hard.         warm up thoroughly.
‘If PT isn’t hard it isn’t PT’ is an old          For the squat, chin-up, push-up and
and archaic mindset. Be warned, these         sit-up, start off at an intensity of around
are much more fun with a training part-       75 per cent of your maximum (if the rep-
ner.                                          etitions are too high – over two minutes
                                              per exercise – add a medicine ball and
The office session or                         recalculate the maximum with this load
holiday session                               beforehand).
Exercises: Squat, push-up, walk.                  Complete your first set. After the first
Set up an hourly reminder on your desk-       set, jump on the cycle and ride at an easy
top PC or watch to begin at 9am. At the       pace for one minute, a moderate pace for
first reminder, begin this low intensi-       two minutes and then another easy pace
ty workout in your work clothes (you          for a final minute.                            TOUGH TREADS: Make the stairs work for your general fitness.                                  Photo by CPL Corinne Boer
should not be breathing heavily at all).          You can pause for up to a minute
For this session, your training range         between each exercise and reduce or               Get warmed up. Then do one set     over time with continuous progres-         ly capable and alert or the one who
should be 30 to 50 per cent of your maxi-     remove the break as you progress. As           max chin-ups; one set max push-ups,   sive development. Pushing hard for         can run really fast, but is constantly
mum best effort – depending on your fit-      soon as you have finished riding, move         moving straight into a 400m jog (if   every session will lead to overtrain-      injured, tired and may in fact never
ness – for the squat and push-up. Do the      back to the squat, chin-up, push-up and        possible place cones or a marker out  ing and injury and, for the general        actually get there?
exercises sequentially, completing one        sit-up, this time reducing your repetitions    every 100m with a turnaround at       population, PT will become a punish-            Practice does not make perfect:
set of each. For example, if you can nor-     by one for every repetition you complet-                                             ment and you’ll take every chance to       perfect practice makes perfect. Take
                                                                                             200m). Start off at a moderate pace,
mally complete 30 push-ups, do 10 to 15.      ed in the first set (for example 10 – nine                                           avoid it.                                  the time to ensure that exercises are
                                                                                             getting faster to around 90 per cent
Once you have completed the squat and         – eight or 20 – 18 – 16 or 50 – 45 – 40).                                                You should do low to moderate          performed with strict exercise tech-
                                                                                             effort for the last 100m. Don’t rest,
push-up, walk up one flight of stairs or          Get back on the cycle. “Pyramid up”                                              intensity more often and high inten-       nique. Muscles do not respond to
                                              by adding one minute to the moderate           do two repeats. Don’t forget to cool
walk from one end of the office block to                                                     down. Your maximum session time       sity sessions as a treat, which means      the amount of weight you lift, they
the other. Return to work and wait for the    training period. In this example, this                                               no more than once every three to four      respond to the amount of stimula-
                                              means riding easy for one minute, mod-         should be close to half an hour.
next reminder. Each training set should                                                                                            weeks. After all, which is the soldier     tion received so remember it’s not
last for no longer than a maximum of          erate for three minutes and easy again for     Final training points                 more desired on the battlefield: the fit   how much you lift, but how well you
five minutes. Keep training until 4pm.        one minute.                                       Your permanent fitness is built up and healthy member who is physical-        lift it.
    By the end of the day you would have          Repeat the last two steps until you
clocked up eight mini training sessions       have completed as many sets as you
and at least 250 per cent of your maxi-       desire or when your squats, chin-ups,
mum squat and push-up effort.                 push-ups and sit-ups reach zero. The
    Other exercises can be added depend-      good part about this double pyramid
ing on what is available. Sign out a medi-    is that even as your resistance exer-
cine ball for a week, find a chin-up beam,    cises decrease, your metabolic exercise
or do dips off a stable chair or desk.        increases. Don’t forget to cool down.
The Egyptian session                          The out of time – low
Exercises: Squat, chin-up, push-up, sit-up,   volume, high intensity
cycle.                                        Exercises: Chin-up, push-up, run.
   This format has you do the exercises      For those days when you are short of
in a pyramid. Decide on your method. time, these 12 to 15 minutes of training
Will it be up five, 10, 15 or 20? Will it will be worth it.




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FINANCE


Know the risk
of debentures
Australian Securities and Investments Commission
Chairman Tony D’Aloisio explains one of the less
common investment products.
   AUSTRALIAN investors               ed, unrated debentures, which I        However, the actual interest
are faced with thousands of           will discuss later in this article. payments on your money and
choices when it comes to in-                                              return of your capital are not                 INVESTMENT CHOICES: Don’t be left in the dark when it comes to debentures.
vesting their funds. The most         What are                            certain – in fact, the payment                                                                                                            Photo by CPL Chris Moore
common financial products             debentures?                         of any return is not guaranteed
are well known, such as shares            A debenture is one way for at all.
                                                                                                                         Unlisted and unrated es to improve the quality of the guide, Investing in debentures?
                                                                                                                         debentures           information made available, or Independent guide for inves-
in a company or a fixed-term          a business to raise money from         In this way, a debenture is                                                                       tors reading a prospectus for
                                                                                                                                                      disclosures, to retail investors.
deposit at a bank.                    investors.                          not the same as a term deposit.                    As the name suggests,        We have developed eight                        unlisted debentures provides
    Debentures are a more                 In return for an investor’s                                                    unlisted and unrated debentures
                                                                                                                                                      benchmarks that apply to issu-                     further explanation about these
sophisticated financial product       money, the business (or issuer)                                                    aren’t listed on public stock                                                   products, the new benchmarks
                                                                                                                                                      ers of unlisted, unrated deben-
option, which ADF members             promises to pay the investor                                                       exchanges, making it difficult to                                               and how to use the benchmarks
                                                                             POINTS TO                                                                tures and introduced new guide-
have been showing some inter-         interest and pay back the money                                                    work out the value of the invest-                                               when reading a prospectus.
                                                                                                                                                      lines on the advertising of these
est in at recent ADF Financial        lent to them (the capital) on a        CONSIDER                                    ment.                        products.                                              Before investing, identify
Services Consumer Council             future date.                                                                           Also, these products don’t                                                  your financial objectives and
seminars.                                 By investing in a debenture,          Read the prospectus                                                       The benchmarks cover such
                                                                                to learn how the invest-                 have a credit rating so therethings as how much money the                       assess the risks.
    Debentures have also gained       the investor is effectively lend-                                                  is no independent assessment                                                        If you can’t afford to risk
a higher profile as a result of                                                 ment works.                                                           issuer has invested in the busi-
                                      ing their money to a business.                                                     of the risk of losing any of the                                                losing any of your capital, you
the collapse of debenture issu-       The issuer might use the money            Read ASIC’s new free                                                  ness (equity capital) and the
                                                                                                                         funds.                                                                          might consider other financial
ing companies – Westpoint,            to finance business activities.           investor guide.                                                       issuer’s liquidity – which is the
                                                                                                                             Conversely, some deben-                                                     products from specially regu-
Australian Capital Reserve and            They might also lend the              If you don’t understand                                               issuer’s ability to meet short-                    lated financial institutions, such
                                                                                                                         tures are listed on the Australian
                                                                                                                                                      term cash needs.
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                                                                                                                         Securities Exchange and traded                                                  as banks.
    These companies issued            which is known as on-lending.             after reading the pro-                                                    These benchmarks are                              For more information or a
                                                                                spectus then ask your-
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known as an unlisted, unrated         investments.                              self if you should really
                                                                                                                         ASIC’s benchmarks            their advisers assess the risks of                   visit www.fido.gov.au or call
debenture.                                This means that the inter-            be investing in it.                                                   an unlisted, unrated debenture                       1300 300 630. Email suggest-
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AIR FORCE June 26, 2008                                                                                                                                                      Sport 23

State of rivalry
   MEMBERS of the ADF serving in the                but also Army versus Air Force. For the first    Rann inside the Security Detachment Baghdad
                                                                                                                                                      GAME PLAN
                                                                                                                                                      Netball
                                                                                                                                                         ACT ADF netball teams are calling for
                                                                                                                                                         players to join the ACT women’s, men’s and
Middle East were anxiously awaiting the             time, the current SECDET rotation (SECDET        compound as State of Origin fever hit. Inset,       mixed teams for the Australian Defence
second State of Origin rugby league match           13) includes airfield defence guards – the Air   SGT Haack (right) joins forces with Army’s          Force Netball Association (ADFNA) national
between Queensland and NSW on the night             Force equivalent of an Army infantry soldier     CPL Tyrone Cashin to watch the game in the          carnival from September 28-October 4 in
of June 11.                                         (see page 9 for the full story).                 Maroons camp.                                       Adelaide.
    Origin football is famous for pitching mate         Although the soldiers and airmen have            SGT Haack is a member of No. 2 Airfield
against mate and state against state. That rival-   formed close bonds nearing the mid-point of      Defence Squadron (2ADFS), based at RAAF             For information in participating in trials at
ry has spilled over into Baghdad where Origin       their six-month deployment, mateship and         Base Amberley. The airfield defence guard           the end of this month, or for selection in
fever is igniting friendly but keen state paro-     inter-Service cooperation were put aside on      would have been glad to have packed his             one of the ACT teams, contact FLTLT Tanya
chialism among the normally tight-knit group        Wednesday when everyone barracked for their      Maroons jersey, after his team crushed NSW          Leifels at email: tanya.leifels@defence.gov.
that forms the ADF’s Security Detachment            respective states.                               in the second State of Origin clash 30-0.           au or for APS players, contact Iain Rowley
(SECDET) in the International Zone.                     Pictured below is Air Force Maroons sup-         The friendly SECDET rivalry will reach
    State of Origin time in Iraq not only means     porter SGT Clayton Haack having a friendly       fever pitch on July 2 when the decider is           at email: iain.rowley@defence.gov.au
it’s mate against mate and state against state,     jostle with Army Blues fan CPL Anthony           played back home in Australia.                   Squash
                                                                                                                                                         The 2008 Australian Defence national
 Photos by CAPT Joe Nyhan                                                                                                                                squash championships will be held at RAAF
                                                                                                                                                         Base Williamtown from August 25-29.
                                                                                                                                                         This year, the Australian Defence Squash
                                                                                                                                                         Racquets Association would like to see an
                                                                                                                                                         increase in APS participants. Interested APS
                                                                                                                                                         players should contact Phil Whiteman on
                                                                                                                                                         (02) 496 5626. For more information, visit:
                                                                                                                                                         http://intranet.defence.gov.au/dsg/sites/
                                                                                                                                                         squash/
                                                                                                                                                      Golf
                                                                                                                                                         Air Force is looking for men and women
                                                                                                                                                         golfers keen on representing it in the inter-
                                                                                                                                                         Service golf competition from October
                                                                                                                                                         24-28. The team, to play at Mollymook Golf
                                                                                                                                                         Club on the NSW South Coast, will consist
                                                                                                                                                         of 11 players and one reserve.
                                                                                                                                                         Interested players should contact SQNLDR
                                                                                                                                                         Mark Wilkins on (02) 6265 5083 or email:
                                                                                                                                                         mark.wilkins2@defence.gov.au or FLTLT
                                                                                                                                                         Wayne Thompson on (02) 6127 2596 or
                                                                                                                                                         email: wayne.thompson2@defence.gov.au
                                                                                                                                                      Bowls
                                                                                                                                                         All ADF current and former serving
                                                                                                                                                         personnel are invited to contest the National
                                                                                                                                                         Diggers’ Bowls Carnival in Dubbo from
                                                                                                                                                         September 16-18.
                                                                                                                                                         Play will be in the traditional triples format

ADF cricket gesture                                                                                                                                      held over three days. The entry fee is $30
                                                                                                                                                         per player with the organisers hoping to
                                                                                                                                                         raise more than $10,000 for the Starlight

unites fans in Sudan                                                                                                                                     Foundation during the carnival.
                                                                                                                                                         For more information or nomination forms,
                                                                                                                                                         visit www.dubborailwaybowlingclub.com.
     By SQNLDR Grant Pinder                        CDF ACM Angus Houston endorsed                                                                        au or contact Eric Chamberlain on 0447
   A SHARED love of the sport has              the concept in his capacity as ASCA                                                                       139737 or email: ericchamberlain@tadaust.
led to the Australian Services Cricket         patron, and Cricket Australia also sup-
                                                                                                                                                         org.au
Association (ASCA) arranging for a             ported the presentation of the specially-
cricket bat signed by the Australian           signed bat.
team to be presented to Sudan-based                LTGEN Lidder, who had been serv-
Indian military officer LTGEN Jasbir           ing in his current role for more than
Singh Lidder.                                  two years, received the bat recently in
   LTGEN Lidder is the outgoing Chief          Khartoum at UNMIS headquarters.
Military and Force Commander of                    A passionate cricket enthusiast,        BOWLED OVER: Commander Australian Contingent
the United Nations Mission in Sudan            LTGEN Lidder enjoyed great rapport          LTCOL Bill Coates presents the bat to LTGEN Jasbir
(UNMIS).                                       with the ADF personnel during his time      Singh Lidder, flanked by LCDR Ben Favelle, MAJ
   The ADF contingent to UNMIS,                in post, most notably during the 2007/08    Hamish Macintyre, SQNLDR Scott Le Fevre, SGT
through its commander LTCOL Bill               Australia and India cricket series.         Brenda Rielly and SGT Chris Warwick. The ADF
Coates, set the ball rolling in the quest to       There are 15 ADF personnel deployed     members have since returned to Australia.
obtain the bat for LTGEN Lidder.               to the Sudan as part of Operation Azure.                          Photo provided by LCDR Ben Favelle

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    June 26, 2008                                        Inside:            ■       League            ■        Golf
                                                                             ROCK ’N’ ROLL: Air Force’s CPL Keiran Wyllie from Defence
                                                                               Network Operations Centre, HMAS Harman, keeps his eye
                                                                              on the pins after a straight delivery down the aisle during the
                                                                                 Australian Defence Tenpin Bowling Association’s national
                                                                                        championships in Canberra. Photo by LAC Aaron Curran




Air Force takes to the fast lane in the ADF tenpin national champs
                                  By Barry Rollings                in the Combined Services national       gles, doubles and teams competi-




KING
                                                                   tenpin bowling team, with four from     tions over 18 games in challenging
                             AIR FORCE had five players
                                                                   the APS and one from Navy.              conditions.
                          selected in the representative team          Those selected will go on to con-       The GB Plate for those members
                          at the Australian Defence Tenpin         test the Australian championships as    who did not qualify for the Masters
                          Bowling Association’s (ADTBA)            the Australian Defence Organisation     event was won by PTE Liam
                          national championships from June         team at Tuggeranong Bowl in             Wardell from NSW with PTE Gay
                          2-6 at Tuggeranong Bowl in Can-          October.                                Arnell from Queensland the run-
                          berra.                                       This year’s tournament began        ner-up.
                              They were CPL Keiran Wyllie,         with the inaugural Services chal-           The Masters Champion of the




PINS
                          CPL Mick Walker, FSGT Brett              lenge, a four-cornered event for        ADTBA for the second succes-
                          Byers, FSGT Dennis Dillon and            Navy, Army, Air Force and APS           sive year was PTE David Edwards
                          LAC James Mitchell.                      organised by WO Raymon Cooper           from Queensland, defeating fellow
                              The titles read like an Army ben-    (Navy).                                 Queenslander MAJ Jamie Arnell in
                          efit after it swept most of the awards       Army won and will defend its        a closely fought encounter.
                          and had the majority of players          crown next year in Victoria.                The ACT was the overall winner
                          selected in the representative team.         The Combined Services State         of the ADTBA nationals, closely fol-
                              Army had 10 members selected         versus State was contested with sin-    lowed by Queensland.

				
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