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Vol. 50, No. 8, May 15, 2008

                    AUSSIE SPIRIT: FSGT
                                               The official newspaper of the Royal Australian Air Force

                   Heather Fitzgibbon from
                      1ATHS, RAAF Base
                     Amberley, carries the
                    Australian flag for the
                      Anzac Day Brisbane
                         City march. Air
                                                                                New mental
                         Force members
                      attended services at
                      home and abroad to
                                                                                health screen
                   commemorate the 93rd
                    anniversary of the first
                     major military action
                                                                                for ops Page 3
                     fought by the Anzacs
                    in World War I. Photo by
                      LACW Melina Mancuso

                                                                                Orions handed
                                                                                to 11SQN in
                                                                                MEAO Page 7

Air Force
out in force
for Anzac
Day Pages 10-11
2 News                                                                                                                                                                        AIR FORCE May 15, 2008

Sad duty for 37SQN
    AIR Force recently brought home
                                                                                                                                                                              More pay in
                                                                                                                                                                              wallets from
the body of Australia’s latest casual-
ty from Afghanistan.
                                                                                                                                                                              latest rise
    On April 28, 4RAR soldier LCPL                                                                                                                                               ADF members up to the
Jason Marks was killed in action dur-                                                                                                                                         rank of AVM will notice an in-
ing a gun-battle with Taliban extrem-                                                                                                                                         crease in their pay after a 2.8
ists after they engaged a unit of                                                                                                                                             per cent pay rise came into ef-
Australian soldiers with small arms                                                                                                                                           fect on May 1.
and rocket-propelled grenades in                                                                                                                                                  It’s the third instalment
Oruzgan Province, about 25km south-                                                                                                                                           under the ADF Workplace
east of Tarin Kowt.                                                                                                                                                           Remuneration Arrangement
    On May 2 and following a memo-                                                                                                                                            (WRA) and the Star Ranks
rial service at Camp Russell, LCPL                                                                                                                                            Remuneration Arrangement
Marks’ body was transferred to the                                                                                                                                            (SRRA).
Tarin Kowt airstrip where eight of his                                                                                                                                            The pay rise applies to all
mates from the Special Operations                                                                                                                                             regular and reserve base salary
Task Group (SOTG) performed a                                                                                                                                                 rates, as well as to all salary-
ramp ceremony, carefully slow-march-                                                                                                                                          related allowances, such as serv-
ing it up the ramp and into the rear of                                                                                                                                       ice, field and flying allowance.
a waiting 37SQN C-130.                                                                    HONOUR: LCPL Jason Marks’                                                               The WRA/SRRA provides
    Dutch Apache helicopters hov-                                                         casket is carried on to the                                                         a 12.6 per cent increase paid in
ered in the background in tribute to                                                      waiting 37SQN Hercules at                                                           four instalments from November
the dead soldier, with whom they had                                                      Tarin Kowt in Afghanistan.                                                          2006 to November 2009. The
fought alongside.                                                                                    Photo by CPL Ricky Fuller                                                fourth and final instalment of 2.8
    Australian Army Chaplain                                                                                                                                                  per cent is due on February 5,
Maumau Monu conveyed the thoughts                                                                                                                                             2009.
and feelings of the 300-strong task                                                                                                                                              A brochure detailing how the
                                          death of a son, a husband, a father and         CDF ACM Angus Houston, CA                 honour guard and bearer party, formed        current pay increase will affect
                                          a mate,” Chaplain Monu said.                 LTGEN Peter Leahy and Commander              by 4RAR, and led by a lone piper.            members has been included in
    “This is a great loss to everyone
who has been a part of Jason’s life.          LCPL Mark was later transferred to       Australian Special Forces MAJGEN                 Following a memorial service at          this edition. The details are also
Today we stand together in sup-           a 36SQN C-17 for the flight to RAAF          Tim McOwan were part of the group.           Holsworthy in Sydney on May 5,               at
port of his wife Cassandra, their two     Base Richmond where he arrived on               Mirroring the ramp ceremony at            LCPL Marks was later buried in a pri-        under the “ADF Remuneration
young children and the wider Special      May 3 to a waiting group of family,          Tarin Kowt, the casket was carried           vate family funeral at his home town         Arrangements” link.
Operations family. We mourn the           friends and mates from 4RAR.                 from the aircraft to his family by an        of Yeppoon on May 8.

New initiative                                                                                                                                                       Values winner
takes off at                                                                                                                                                             THE theme of May’s Air Force Values
                                                                                                                                                                     competition was ‘Celebration’, where mem-

11SQN                                                                                                                                                                bers were asked to submit stories of where
                                                                                                                                                                     they’ve seen the Values lived over the years;
                                                                                                                                                                     in peace time or in war. Here is the winner.
                                                                                                                                                                         WOFF Marcus Bagley
     By SGT Tabitha Frew
                                                                                                                                                                         ADF School of Languages
   11SQN recently held several
                                                                                                                                                                         I celebrated enthusiastically when
leadership forums, as a part of a
                                                                                                                                                                     I received my letter of offer from RAAF
squadron initiative aimed at pro-
                                                                                                                                                                     Recruiting Hobart, Tasmania, in 1981
viding both airmen and officers
                                                                                                                                                                     and have not stopped celebrating thereafter.
with training to assist them step-                                                                                                                                   Given that I also received an offer of employ-
ping up to the ever-increasing                                                                                                                                       ment from the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife
responsibilities associated with                                                                                                                                     Service a week after the RAAF’s offer and
rank.                                                                                                                                                                that Air Force has taken me around the world
    The forums were initiated after                                                                                                                                  on operation, training, representation and
the realisation that professional
                                                                                                                                                                     professional liaison missions, I have reason
development in the squadron was
                                                                                                                                                                     to celebrate my decision to serve my country
heavily weighted towards techni-
cal proficiency with few resources                                                                                                                                   each day when I throw on my uniform. That
devoted to developing leadership                                                                                                                                     last comment is a little tacky – one might say
skills within a given rank. WOFF                                                                                                                                     – but I do have much to be grateful for and I
Rob Eley developed and facilitated                                                                                                                                   have the Air Force and its community to thank
the forums in his role as 92WG’s       IN THE LEAD: 11SQN has held leadership forums to help officers                                                                for that.
Executive Warrant Officer.             and airmen develop their personal leadership styles and philosophies.
                                       Pictured is 11SQN’s FSGT Mark Gerritsen and PLTOFF Adam Saber
                                                                                                                            Put pride on paper                           I remember celebrating my 21st birthday
                                                                                                                                                                     with a few close RAAF buddies at RAAF Base
    The leadership forums were held
                                       preparing for an Orion training sortie.        Photo by LAC Steve Hobbs                   Next month, the Air Force           Tottenham (West Footscray). I remember cel-
over two days. At the beginning of
each event, 11SQN CO WGCDR                                                                                                       Values competition theme is         ebrating each promotion and when I received
Warren McDonald voiced his lead-       set goals were some of the topics          an understanding of the different              ‘Anzac’. Tell us about a time       my most longed-for postings. I remember cel-
ership expectations, thereby setting   covered within the forum. Of note,         behaviours in the workplace and                when you have been most             ebrating with Air Force and Navy colleagues
the theme for the remainder of the     one of the topics covered was val-         how they can relate to personal and            proud to be in the Air Force;       on the deck of HMAS Geelong in Ambon,
forum. The central theme revolved      ues-based decision-making, where           organisational values.                         when you have seen the Values       Indonesia, when I was invested with my CSC. I
around airmen and officers develop-    airmen and officers were given sce-                                                       in action on Anzac Day.             remember celebrating the lives of colleagues
                                                                                      Such forums are a tangible way
ing their personal leadership styles   narios relevant to ethical issues that                                                    Each competition winner             who have died in the Service and I have some
                                                                                  to illustrate and align individual
and philosophies, which run paral-     have the potential to arise in most                                                       receives a $50 voucher of their     everlasting memories of commemorating gen-
                                                                                  values and behaviours with organi-             choice.
lel to the Air Force’s standards of    Air Force workplaces. This exer-                                                                                              erations past of Air Force men and women
                                                                                  sational expectations.                         Submit your story to tabitha.
leadership.                            cise was beneficial in demonstrat-                                                                                            who have fallen in battle. We toast them at
    General service knowledge, gov-    ing the differences in moral rea-             To run a similar initative in your or for          dining-in nights and drink to their memory.
ernance, informal mentoring, meth-     soning when several personnel are             unit, contact SGT Tabitha Frew on           assistance, contact SGT Frew on         So, let’s drink a toast and celebrate Air
ods of providing constructive feed-    faced with the same scenario. This            (02) 6266 8584 or email: tabitha.           (02) 6266 8584.                     Force.
back and strategic alignment with      event also assisted in developing    to discuss.

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AIR FORCE May 15, 2008                                                                                                                                                                                                News 3

Psych screen for
                                                                                                                                                                                        DUTY OF CARE: Personnel must now
                                                                                                                                                                                           complete compulsory psychological
                                                                                                                                                                                    screening after returning to Australia from
                                                                                                                                                                                        an overseas deployment in order to be
                                                                                                                                                                                    eligible for future deployments. Pictured is
                                                                                                                                                                                      CPL Steven Hunt conducting a pre-flight
                                                                                                                                                                                     service on a Hercules in the Middle East
                                            and concerns over previous deployment                                                                                                   Area of Operations. Photo by FSGT John Carroll
   DEFENCE personnel who have
not completed psychological screen-         experiences,” COL Murphy said.
ing from previous deployments will               The RtAPS is done by a psycholo-
not be deployed on future operations        gist or psychological examiner in a dis-
under a new policy just released.           creet place in the area of operations or
    DI(G) 16-28, which was signed by        within seven days of return to Australia,
Secretary of Defence Nick Warner and        and the POPS is conducted three to
CDF ACM Angus Houston and released          six months after return. COL Murphy
on May 1, directs all personnel who         explained the purpose of these screen-
have deployed to attend a Return to         ing processes.
Australia Psychological Screen (RtAPS)           “Psychological screening is intend-
and a Post Operational Psychological        ed to identify personnel who may bene-
Screen (POPS). It also directs com-         fit from professional support to enhance
manders to ensure that their personnel      their wellbeing,” he said.
attend operational mental health screen-         “The RtAPS process is one way          questionnaire. This enables Defence to           “We are following up to make sure                             “If a member hasn’t done their med-
ing and any follow-up appointments.         that deployed personnel can talk about      track various issues related to deploy-      their reintegration home went well,                           ical, if they’re not up to speed on their
    The new policy will apply to deploy-    their deployment experience and get         ment and inform the development of           that they’re okay now and that there                          inoculations or their weapons readiness
ments dating back to the end of 2002.       it into perspective before coming back      training and policy.                         are no delayed stress problems that                           they won’t be deployed.
    The director of the Defence Force       to Australia and facing the challeng-           “The psychology teams that conduct       have become worse over time,” COL                                 “Now, if they don’t have their psy-
Psychology Organisation (DFPO) COL          es of readjusting to home life. It can      RtAPS normally brief commanders on           Murphy said.                                                  chological screen completed, they
Peter Murphy said the new DI(G) dem-        help people to appreciate the positive      the broad outcomes of the question-              DFPO is putting in place a ‘POPS                          won’t be deployed. By the end of the
onstrated the concern that Defence has      aspects as well as the difficult times of   naire. Individuals are never identified in   campaign’ to ensure all serving veter-                        year, we aim to have all ADF members
for the mental health of its personnel.     the deployment.                             these briefings; only grouped informa-       ans are up to date with their psychology                      compliant so they are all ‘good to go’ in
    “Defence has a duty of care to look          “RtAPS also includes an education      tion is used.”                               screening requirements by the end of                          the psychological sense for their next
after its people and an important part of   brief to start them thinking about the          A POPS consultation usually takes        2008. A comprehensive audit of screen-                        deployment,” he said.
that is the psychology screening proc-      transition issues of returning home.        less than an hour.                           ing records will ensure that PMKeyS is                           More information about POPS can be
ess. It needs to know each member is        There are many pitfalls that can turn           Personnel complete a questionnaire,      up to date on June 1 so that command-                            found at:
okay psychologically before another         the usually romantic picture of home-       and then have a 30 to 40-minute screen-      ers can ascertain who requires a screen.                         au/dsg/sites/dfpo/ including contact
deployment. Therefore, we need to           coming into an interpersonal disaster.      ing interview, although these can last           COL Murphy said that POPS mir-                               information for all states and for all
check that there are no serious issues           “Part of the screening process is a    longer if necessary.                         rored other deployment prerequisites.                            services.

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4 News                                                                                                                                                                             AIR FORCE May 15, 2008

is home
    By FLGOFF Jaimee Maika                                    tions throughout Afghanistan. It was
   A WARM ‘welcome back’ was                                  established on August 5 last year and
                                                              its operations include the tasking of
extended to the members of No. 114                            air assets, the management of air-to-
Mobile Control and Reporting Unit                             air refuelling and the safe transit of
(114MCRU), who recently returned                              civilian aircraft in one of the busiest
from operations in Afghanistan at a                           operational environments in the world.
welcome home function held in their                               SGT Dave Evans is an air surveil-
honour.                                                       lance operator and recently returned
    Federal senator John Faulkner                             from Afghanistan.
represented the Government as he                                  “The deployment was a great
joined Commander Surveillance and                             opportunity to do my job in a real-
Response Group AIRCDRE Warren                                 time environment. We were able to
Ludwig and OC 41WG GPCAPT                                     work alongside coalition forces. It was
Chris Westwood for the official aspects                       a big eye opener,” SGT Evans said.
of the welcome home ceremony.                                     When asked about his return to
    Members of 114MCRU and the                                ‘normal’ life back in Australia, he
families of unit members who have                             said: “It’s great to be back, although I
recently returned or are currently serv-                      will have to find my feet and readjust
ing in the Middle East also joined the                        to the slower pace of life.”
celebrations to welcome their mates                               During the ceremony, GPCAPT
safely home.                                                  Chris Westwood presented the WOFF
    36 members of 114MCRU were                                Joe Ulett award to air surveillance
deployed during the last six months                           operator LAC Jace Falkenberg for pro-
to support the Control and Reporting                          viding the most positive contribution
Centre (CRC) established in Kandahar                          to operational performance of 41WG.
as a key component of Australia’s com-                            GPCAPT Westwood also present-
mitment to NATO-led International                             ed the AIRCDRE A. G. Pither (ret’d)        WELCOME BACK: CDRSRG AIRCDRE Warren Ludwig (centre)
Security Assistance Force.                                    award to radar supervisor FSGT Shaun       and OC 41WG GPCAPT Chris Westwood join members of 114MCRU
    The CRC is responsible for provid-                        Hull for providing the most positive       after their return from Afghanistan.
ing around-the-clock air surveillance                         contribution to the support of 41WG        PERFORMER: Right, GPCAPT Westwood presents LAC Jace
and air battle management of opera-                           activities.                                Falkenberg with the WOFF Joe Ulett award. Photos by AB Bradley Darvill

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    deployed at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                 CRC in Kandahar,
                                                                                                                                                                                                     members were
                                                                                                                                                                                                      housed in air-
                                                                                                                                                                                                   conditioned and
                                                                                                                                                                                                 heated tents. Photo
                                                                                                                                                                                                  by FSGT John Carroll

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AIR FORCE May 15, 2008                                                                                                                                                                        News 5

New leader                                                                                                                                                                          462SQN’s
                                                                                                                                                                                    bounty on
of faith
     By SQNLDR Simon Paton                    NSW in 1986 and joined the Air Force
                                                                                                                                                                                       By LAC Troy Jorgensen
                                                                                                                                                                                       462SQN’s recent security
                                                                                                                                                                                    sweep at RAAF Base Richmond
                                                                                                                                                                                    proved personnel need to be vigi-
                                                                                                                                                                                    lant about security.
   THE Most Reverend (GPCAPT)                 in 1987. He has since served at RAAF
                                              Bases Edinburgh, Pearce, Richmond,                                                                                                        The squadron conducted its
Kevin Russell has been elevated to            East Sale and Williamtown, and has also                                                                                               annual Exercise Bounty at the
Archdeacon and the Anglican Bishop’s          deployed to Timor-Leste.                                                                                                              base, which is aimed at assessing
leadership team after a collation cer-            Archdeacon Russell served as Director                                                                                             and improving operational security
emony on April 6.                             Chaplaincy at Training Command and                                                                                                    and providing security training.
    The service was conducted by the          later Air Force Training Group. During                                                                                                    “The team assessed the vulner-
Anglican Bishop to the ADF, Bishop Len        his time in the training environment,                                                                                                 ability of information security over
Eacott, at St Paul’s Chapel, Duntroon, in     Archdeacon Russell assisted in introduc-                                                                                              all media,” 462SQN’s administra-
Canberra.                                     ing specific ministry training in the ADF                                                                                             tion officer FLTLT Allan Weller
    “The privilege of serving in this         for military chaplains.                                                                                                               said.
important role brings much responsibility         As Archdeacon, GPCAPT Russell                                                                                                         “From apparently innocuous
and I look forward to serving the bishop      leads and represents the Anglican compo-                                                                                              information, the team uncovered a
and the many Anglicans within the ADF,”       nent of Air Force chaplaincy.                                                                                                         wide range of information regard-
Archdeacon Russell said.                          Today, Archdeacon Russell lives at                                                                                                ing base members. This included
    “I have added responsibility for the      Blaxland in the Blue Mountains, where                                                                                                 job titles, ranks, dates of birth,
placement and welfare of Anglican chap-       he and his family are members of the                                                                                                  work and family addresses, friends
lains and their relationship with the other   Lower Blue Mountains Anglican Parish.                                                                                                 and family members, even hobbies.
Air Force chaplains.                                                                                                                                                                This type of information provides a
    “My vision is that Anglican Air Force                                                                                                                                           potential avenue for exploitation.
chaplaincy be known for its close work-                                                                                                                                                 “462SQN is finding such exam-
ing ties with other denominations, its                                                                                                                                              ples occurring far more often than
professionalism, particularly in service to                                                                                                                                         in the past,” he said.
Air Force members and their dependants,                                                                                                                                                 “Personal and Defence infor-
and its strong Christian identity.”                                                                                                                                                 mation in the wrong hands could
    AVM Tony Austin spoke on behalf of                                                                                                                                              have serious consequences. If
CAF AIRMSHL Geoff Shepherd at the                                                                                                                                                   there is vulnerability, then it can
service, where the music was provided                                                     NEW SHEPHERD: Archdeacon Kevin Russell following his                                      be expected that there is someone
by the Air Force Band’s LAC Brendon                                                       appointment as Archdeacon of the Air Force. He is responsible to the                      able to exploit it to the detriment
Lukin on the pipe organ, accompanied by                                                   Anglican Bishop to the ADF for the care of Air Force Anglican clergy                      of Defence,” he said.
the group, Air Power Brass.                                                               and laity.                                      Photos by CPL Rod Welch
    Born in Nottingham in England,
Archdeacon Russell was first appointed
as an assistant minister at Richmond in

                                              IN SERVICE: Above, ADF Bishop Len
                                              Eacott confirms Archdeacon Kevin
                                              Russell in his new roles. Left, LAC
                                              Brendon Lukin leads Air Power Brass
                                              on the chapel organ.

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6 News                                                                                                                                                                                     AIR FORCE May 15, 2008

                                                           GOOD: LACW
                                                            Jen McDonald
                                                                models the
                                                             new Air Force
                                                                                    Bomber jacket addition
                                                                                               By LAC Aaron Curran                         impervious to wind and rain and it’s an       rules applying to the jacket and the man-
                                                             leather jacket.
                                                         Note, the Ensign               COLD weather clothing options for                  item you would only need to purchase          ner in which rank slides, badges, etc, are
                                                           patch was only                                                                  once as it will last,” she said. “Most peo-   to be attached.
                                                                                     Air Force members will be increased
                                                          worn during the                                                                  ple thought the jacket was very stylish           Director Supply Capability – Air
                                                                                     after the recent trialling of a new                                                                 Force GPCAPT Peter Brennan is nego-
                                                          trial and will not         USAF-style leather bomber jacket.                     and smart looking and they would pur-
                                                          form part of the                                                                 chase one. I can see the value in it.         tiating to establish Australian-based sup-
                                                                                         The trial of the jacket was a person-                                                           pliers for the jacket and plans to be able
                                                          uniform. Photo by          al initiative of CAF AIRMSHL Geoff                        “It’s a good move and I am glad it
                                                            LAC Aaron Curran                                                               has been accepted,” she said.                 to provide details on its availability and
                                                                                     Shepherd, who was impressed with its                                                                price in the near future. In the meantime,
                                                                                     military look, functionality and the man-                 The overall response to the trial was
                                                                                                                                           extremely positive and because of this,       personnel may purchase the jacket from
                                                                                     ner in which it clearly identified the
                                                                                                                                           CAF has approved the introduction of          US sources and wear it forthwith.
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                                                                                                                                                                         IN STEP: ACs Carson and Pryce on their way
                                                                                                                                                                         to helping raise $1100 for the Relay for Life in
                                                                                                                                                                         Wagga.               Photo courtesy of AC Matt Crighton

                                                                                                                                                                         Air Force steps
                                                                                                                                                                         out for charity
                                                                                                                                                                         in relay for life
                           Peace of mind                                                                                                                                    AIR Force personnel in Wagga and Canberra gave
                                                                                                                                                                         up 24 hours of their time recently to raise almost
                                                                                                                                                                         $4000 in the Relay For Life.

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   11SQN has assumed full respon-
sibility for the AP-3C detachment in
                                            “This result has not happened by
                                        luck. It takes meticulous planning and
the Middle East Area of Operations      execution by focused maintenance
(MEAO) supporting Operations            personnel, coupled with the dynam-
Catalyst and Slipper.                   ics of the excellent aircrew that this
    After nine months of continuous     squadron has. There is no doubt that
service, on March 11, 10SQN for-        working with their own squadron air-
mally handed over that responsibility   crew definitely gave them an extra
to 11SQN.                               sense of purpose and pride in their
    This marked the completion of       product,” he said.
the first autonomous unit rotation of       For the first four months of the
aircraft, unit executives and air and   nine-month deployment, WGCDR
ground crew for a full nine-month       Kevin Murray was the 10SQN CO.
period for 10SQN.                       During the squadron rotation, he wit-
    During the squadron’s deploy-       nessed the full complement of six
ment, the aircraft and crews complet-   crews through the task group, com-
ed countless missions under arduous     bining with six teams from the main-
conditions in support of operations.    tenance team.
    This was a major achievement,           More than 200 10SQN members           EYES IN THE SKY: Above, FSGT Michael Cuthbert watches for
considering the intensity of the mis-   deployed to the MEAO in support of        vessels of interest from an AP-3C in the MEAO.     Photo by AB Paul Berry
sions performed and the harsh operat-   the operations.                           ALL YOURS: Right, SQNLDR John Grime (left) from 10SQN hands
ing conditions. Despite these chal-         During that time, the task group      over the Orions to SQNLDR Shane Trott from 82WG.
lenges, a 98.9 per cent launch rate     and 10SQN continued to develop new                                                    Photo by LAC Troy Ammerlaan
was achieved during the rotation – a    tactics, procedures and capabilities
great achievement for 10SQN.            through the conduct of real-world         were straight back into training to     personnel will continue to work on
    “These impressive statistics are    operations.                               ensure they did not lose the cutting-   our traditional maritime operations
directly attributed to the hard work        SQNLDR John Grime, the last of        edge skills honed in the MEAO.          skill-sets before we return our focus
and pride shown by the 10SQN main-      10SQN’s three commanders of com-              “10SQN continued to lay the foun-   to MEAO operations at the end of the
tenance personnel,” the outgoing        bat operations during the deployment,     dations for sustained AP-3C opera-      year.”
10SQN senior engineering officer,       said the crews had a well-earned          tions in the MEAO,” he said.               Information for this article courtesy of
SQNLDR Noel Corbet, said.               break in Australia and, following that,       “Our crews and maintenance             SQNLDR John Grime.

                                                                                                                                     Annual Rent Allowance review
                                                                                                                                      Defence Housing Australia (DHA) wish to advise you that the
                                                                                                                                      2008 annual Rent Allowance review has commenced.
G’DAY TROOPS: Above, WOFF-AF Ray Woolnough
(centre) catches up with members of the Orion
                                                                                                                                      If you are currently in receipt of Rent Allowance, and you are
maintenance crew during his recent visit to the
MEAO.                                                                                                                                 included in this year’s review, you should have already received
FINAL LOOK: Below, task group commander                                                                                               your statement, letter and reply-paid envelope. If this is the
WGCDR Craig Meighan (right) shows CAF
AIRMSHL Geoff Shepherd around the detachment’s                                                                                        case, you will need to respond by the advised cut-off date.
headquarters building. It was AIRMSHL Shepherd’s
last visit to the MEAO as CAF. Photos by AB Paul Berry                                                                                The review is to establish if there have been any changes
                                                                                                                                      to your domestic circumstances that would affect your Rent

                                                                                                                                      You will need to complete the statement and provide details
                                                                                                                                      about your current rental situation.

                                                                                                                                      It is important you respond to this review. If you do not respond,
                                                                                                                                      then, after establishing a non-operational situation with your
                                                                                                                                      unit, with the support of Defence, your Rent Allowance will be
                                                                                                                                      ceased until a response is received.

8 International                                                                                                                                                 AIR FORCE May 15, 2008

                                                                 A sharpened
                                                                 WIT   By CPL Jane Ashby-Cliffe
                                                                    TWO Air Force ordnance experts
                                                                 were among 21 ADF members to attend
                                                                 the first Counter-Improvised Explosive
                                                                 Device (IED) Weapons Intelligence Team
                                                                 (WIT) Course at Wide Bay training Area
                                                                 from March 17 to April 5.
                                                                     The WIT is a new capability for the
                                                                 ADF, which involves small teams of spe-
                                                                 cially-trained personnel that study and
                                                                 exploit IED incident sites encountered on
                                                                     LTCOL Adam Boyd, SO1 Operations
                                                                 ADF Counter IED Task Force, said the
                                                                 WIT was the “military counter-IED equiv-
                                                                 alent to Crime Scene Investigation – CSI”.
                                                                     “It is about being able to answer that     BANG ON: A course member examines the scene of a detonated improvised
                                                                 ‘so what’ question – what have we seen         explosive device during the WIT course held at the Wide Bay Military Training
                                                                 and what does it mean to us?” LTCOL            Area in Queensland.                                     Photo by LAC Guy Young
                                                                 Boyd said.

Distance education
                                                                     “It gives not only the supported com-      IED construction, what to look for, how      of the situation,” LT Waterhouse said. “I
                                                                 mander but everyone the ability to be more     they function, questioning techniques and    am used to being the person who uses the
                                                                 informed with regards to their counter-IED     how to collect and preserve evidence.        intelligence for the mission, but showing
                                                                 decision-making process.”                          “The course brings individual skill      where the intelligence comes from has
FLTLT Kathryn Jay from RAAF Base Williamtown receives her            A UK provider, Hazard Management
Advanced Air Power Course (AAPC) graduation certificate                                                         sets together for a focused mission more     been the highlight of the course.”
                                                                 Solutions, who provides NATO’s WIT
from Air Power Development Centre member SQNLDR                  training, was contracted to deliver the ini-   so than teaching the students something          Each team was tested to ensure it had
Martin James on January 8, while CO of the Control and           tial course for the ADF.                       new,” LTCOL Boyd said.                       the right skills to work safely and effec-
Reporting Centre (CRC) task group, WGCDR Ian Gibson,                 The 18-day course prepared 15 Army,            LT Joel Waterhouse, a School of          tively on operations.
looks on.                                                        four Navy and two Air Force personnel          Infantry platoon commander, attended the         The capability will be tested when the
FLTLT Jay completed the AAPC by correspondence while             to collect and investigate critical informa-   course, drawing on his own experiences       first team deploys to Afghanistan soon,
deployed to the CRC at Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan.        tion from IED incident sites, which is then    with IEDs.                                   working in an environment with combat
                                    Photo by FSGT John Carroll   exploited for intelligence purposes.               “I have learnt the importance of accu-   engineers and explosive ordnance disposal
                                                                     It provided a solid understanding of       rate intelligence and how to draw that out   technicians.

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                                                                                                               goes live                  By FLGOFF Eamon Hamilton                      knelt and proposed to his girlfriend
                                                                                                                                                                                        immediately after landing.
                                                                                                                                        THE sounds of RAAF Base Am-
                                                                                                                                                                                            Over 7500 entries were received by
                                                                                                                                     berley went ‘on the air’ recently as               the station for the flight, with River
                                                                                                                                     Ipswich-based radio station River                  94.9 reporting it as their most popular
                                                                                                                                     94.9 conducted a live broadcast from               promotion in recent times.
                                                                                                                                     the base’s flightline.                                 WGCDR Trevor Owens, Base
                                                                                                                                         From 6am until 2pm on Friday, April            Military Administrator for Amberley,
                                                                                                                                     4, the River 94.9 broadcast a series of            said the broadcast was organised to
                                                                                                                                     live interviews with a wide variety of             coincide with Air Force Week.
                                                                                                                                     on-base personnel, painting a verbal                   During the week before the broad-
                                                                                                                                     picture of life at RAAF Base Amberley              cast, station talent Wayne Roberts expe-
                                                                                                                                     for the Ipswich and west Brisbane com-             rienced life first-hand at several units
                                                                                                                                     munity.                                            across the base, including taking a ride
                                                                                                                                         Perhaps the biggest drawcard on the            in 82WG’s F-111 simulator.
                                                                                                                                     day, however, was a promotional ride on                Military working dogs and a group
                                                                                                                                     Ipswich’s newest resident – A41-209,               of airfield defence guards with their
                                                                                                                                     the Air Force’s newest C-17A.                      Bushmaster also came to the broadcast
ACTION STATIONS: From left, River 94.9 radio technician Keith Evans,                                                                     More than 40 lucky contest win-                van on the broadcast day to have their
radio announcer Jay Goldman and 36SQN loadmaster SGT David Sheen                                                                     ners who had called in to River 94.9               voices heard.
compare the size of their respective work vehicles during the radio station’s                                                        throughout the week had the chance to                  Already, eyes and ears at River 94.9
visit to RAAF Base Amberley for a live broadcast.      Photo by AC Craig Barrett                                                     go on an hour-long training flight with            and Ipswich are turning to this October,
ON THE AIR: Right, radio announcer Ali Fyfe from River 94.9 interviews                                                               36SQN.                                             when the community will get to see
1SQN avionics technician LAC Mark Crispe about his job at Amberley.                                                                      The flight was all the more memo-              RAAF Base Amberley at work for this
                                                    Photo by CPL Andrew Eddie                                                        rable for two passengers, one of whom              year’s Defence Air Show.

Air Force jobs in cyberspace
    AIR FORCE has ‘Generation Y’                of a large number of others. Successful
firmly within its recruiting sights with        players may earn up to eight achievement
the launch of the catchy online game,           awards and a virtual veteran’s service
Operation Overwatch.                            medal. One of its underlying purposes is
    Operation Overwatch combines a              to demonstrate to potential recruits – as
number of roles, aircraft and game play         did the recent Air Force ‘Accomplished’
elements to provide a different and inter-      television campaign – that the Air Force is
esting experience for players.                  not just about pilots and flying.
    Already with more than 10,000 game              As virtual Air Force members, game
plays, the game is outstripping expecta-        players will be called on to deal with ill-
tions, attracting double the number of          ness and injury, a variety of geographical,
players during its opening few weeks as         weather and health hazards, repel attacks
the popular Supreme Air Combat.                 and carry out equipment repairs in the
    Players experience a variety of separate    field.
job roles from the Air Force during the            Operation Overwatch is accessible on
course of the game and are made aware    

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Let’s reflect on
 Around the world
                                          France was also a focus for
                                      remembrance as members of the
                                                                               other ADF, Royal New Zealand
                                                                               Navy, and RAF personnel, as well                                                                 PROUD RIG: FSGT Rod Amos dons
                                      Federation Guard performed at            as Locally Employed Civilians,                                                                   his Light Horse uniform on Anzac Day
                                      Villers-Bretonneux to commemo-           Defence families and Australian                                                                  at the Orion task group in the MEAO.
     By Andrew Stackpool                                                       expatriates at the World War I ceno-                                                             He is a member of the Lockyer Light
                                      rate the Australian victory there 90
   ABROAD, deployed personnel         years ago that arguably turned the       taph in Penang.                                                                                  Horse Troop, under the colours of the
took time out to pause, reflect and   tide of the war in the Allies’ favour.        324CSS CO WGCDR Frank                                                                       2nd Australian Light Horse Regiment
remember Anzac Day.                       On the walls of the memorial         Grigson said it was a “great privi-                                                              1914-1918.          Photo by AB Paul Berry
    At Gallipoli, Air Force per-      are engraved the names of 10,771         lege to have the Service men and
sonnel, including members of          Australian soldiers who went             women of 324CSS honour the sac-
Australia’s Federation Guard          ‘missing in action’ on the Western       rifices of the past in this way”.
and Air Force Band, joined CAF        Front in France and have no known             “I was very proud of all the
AIRMSHL Geoff Shepherd at the         grave. The sacrifices made by those      members of 324CSS who partic-
dawn service at Anzac Cove and        Australian diggers were honoured         ipated in this year’s service, and
later at the service at Lone Pine.    by the Federation Guard in a display     was encouraged by the large turn-
    In the Middle East Area of        of ceremonial drill.                     out of family members and other
Operations, about 400 New Zealand,        Meanwhile, ADF detachments           Australian expatriates living in
Canadian and Dutch personnel          in Sudan, Sinai, Israel, Lebanon, the    Penang,” he said.
joined the Orion detachment in a      Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste              AIR FORCE News will feature
show of solidarity, and Air Force     set out to commemorate the day as            more on Anzac Day, including Air
personnel at Joint Task Force 633     best as their circumstances allowed.         Force’s involvement in commemo-
headquarters attended a dawn serv-        At Butterworth, more than 100            rations at Gallipoli, in the May 29
ice with their ADF counterparts.      personnel from 324CSS joined                 edition.

                                                                                                                         UNITED: Right, Anzac Day catafalque
                                                                                                                         party member CPL Robert Lobban
TRIBUTE IN TURKEY: Above, CAF AIRMSHL Geoff                                                                              salutes the national anthem during the
Shepherd chats to Air Force Band members (from left) LAC                                                                 Orion detachment dawn service in the
James Warner, SGT Stuart McGregor and SQNLDR Steve                                                                       MEAO.                 Photo by AB Paul Berry
Wright during a barbecue lunch after the Lone Pine service at
Gallipoli. Right, Air Force buglar LAC Sean Rankin plays the
‘Last Post’ during the Lone Pine service. Photos by CPL Rod Welch
                                                                                                                           Anzac Day honour for ASOP
                                                                                                                           in Afghanistan
                                                                                                                                 By CPL Mike McSweeney
                                                                                                                              ANZAC Day 2008 provided the op-
                                                                                                                           portunity of a lifetime for air surveil-
                                                                                                                           lance operator, LAC Justin Rogers.
                                                                                                                               C u r r e n t l y d e p l oy e d w i t h t h e
                                                                                                                           Control and Reporting Centre (CRC)
                                                                                                                           at Kandahar, southern Afghanistan, he
                                                                                                                           got to read ‘The Ode’ during the dawn
                                                                                                                               “It was an honour,” LAC Rogers said.
                                                                 IN TUNE: Below, SGT Symon Yeates and                      “It’s a passage that everyone knows.”
                                                                 FLTLT Julia Lapworth sing the national                        The CRC ran two services on Anzac
                                                                 anthems of Australia and New Zealand at                   Day, one for each shift. The first was
FRENCH HONOUR: Above, a crowd of nearly 5000 people the CRC dawn service in Afghanistan.
                                                                                                                           held at 5am and the second at 8am.
gather at the Anzac Day dawn service at Villers-Bretonneux                   Photo by FSGT Michael McDonnell                   “It was sensational to have Anzac
in France to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the battle
that claimed the lives of Aussie diggers. Below, FLGOFF                                                                    Day in Afghanistan,” LAC Rogers said.
Martin Alderette pays his respects to a fallen digger after the                                                            “To have a vital role in the service is
service.                                 Photos by LAC Guy Young                                                           something I’ll never forget.”
                                                                                                                               New Zealand-born medic SGT
                                                                                                                           Symon Yeates also played an important                DESERT ODE: LAC Justin Rogers
                                                                                                                           role during the two dawn services at the             of 1RSU read ‘The Ode’ at the Anzac
                                                                                                                           CRC. She and FLTLT Julia Lapworth                    Day dawn service in Afghanistan.
                                                                                                                           (pictured left) sang the Australian and                         Photo by CPL Mike McSweeney
                                                                                                                           New Zealand national anthems, the latter
                                                                                                                           sung initially in Maori.                             marched on behalf of my granddad there.
                                                                                                                               “I really enjoyed it,” SGT Yeates said.          He was in a New Zealand Army battalion
                                                                                                                           “It is part of their national anthem now,            and fought in Egypt in WWII.”
                                                                                                                           doing it in Maori first then English.”                   SGT Yeates said she proudly wore
                                                                                                                               SGT Yeates is a true daughter of                 the Australian uniform during the march,
                                                                                                                           Anzac, having both Australian and New                and that she was always involved in
                                                                                                                           Zealand citizenship. Even though she is              some sort of a parade each year.
                                                                                                                           in the RAAF, she has marched on Anzac                    She said being able to sing the nation-
                                                                                                                           Day on the other side of the Tasman Sea.             al anthem for both of her countries while
                                                                                                                               “I went to New Zealand years ago                 on operations was a “real highlight of the
                                                                                                                           when I first joined the Air Force and                deployment”.
AIR FORCE May 15, 2008                                                                                                                                                  Feature 11

Anzac Day
 Around Australia                           First for DIGO
                                                                                 personnel to support schools, nursing
                                                                                 homes, RSLs and other clubs, with
                                                                                 more than 700 personnel assigned
                                            Seven Air Force members              to a further 50 locations on the day.
      By Andrew Stackpool                                                        381ECSS provided support and then
                                            from the Defence Imagery and
   AIR Force is fully engaged in            Geospatial Organisation created      backed up with 50 members and 12
operations and exercises at home            a ‘first’ when they visited Eden     military working dogs participat-
and abroad, but, on Anzac Day, it                                                ing in the Anzac Day main march in
                                            on the NSW south coast for the       Newcastle.
took time to honour its men and
                                            town’s Anzac Day.                        In Queensland, a small piece of
women who have made the final
sacrifice on the battle grounds upon        WGCDR Greg Weller addressed          history was made when the CSG
which they have fought.                     the services, three other mem-       branch of the RAAF Association
    F ive H o r n e t s f r o m N o . 2     bers presented prayers and           marched for the first time behind its
Operational Conversion Unit provid-         junior GIAs, LACW Shiloh Efford      own banner.
ed fly-pasts of services in Sydney,         and LAC Scott Walsh, acted as            Other CSG personnel joined
Newcastle and Gosford,                      Flag Orderlies.                      No. 1 Airfield Operations Support
    In the west, Hawks from 79SQN                                                Squadron, and RAAF Base
                                            The visit reaffirmed the strong      Amberley’s 323ECSS turned out at
and PC-9s from No. 2 Flying
Training School were airborne over          commitment to the day by com-        several venues, providing catafalque
Perth, and other centres.                   munities as well as the ADF.         parties, speakers and other personnel.
    In the south, an AP-3C flew over                                                 Other units busy both sides of the
Adelaide.                                                                        border were 382ECSS, 395ECSW,
    In the Top End, 120 members               In Queensland and NSW, 38SQN       No. 2 Airfield Defence Squadron,
of headquarters 396ECSW and               Caribous, a 36SQN C-17, 37SQN          44WG, 6SQN and 278SQN.
321ECSS attended the Darwin serv-         C-130s and aircraft from 1SQN and          In South Australia, 11SQN per-
ices while others formed part of the      82WG conducted fly-pasts, while        sonnel visited the Kapunda Area
catafalque party.                         more than 200 members of 37SQN         School and students aged between
    At RAAF Base Tindal, 322ECSS          participated in the main march in      five and 17 were able to ask the visi-
attended dawn services and street         Sydney. Two other members carried      tors about their experiences in the Air
marches at the base, and at Katherine,    the Pathfinders’ Association banner.   Force.
Wyndham and Tennant Creek.                    Also in the Sydney march were          No. 1 Airfield Defence Squadron
    Other units included the 44WG         Combat Support Group (CSG) ele-        provided 20 personnel to the rural
detachment at Adelaide River, No.         ments from No. 3 Combat Support        town of Mallala, while other base
114 Mobile Control and Reporting          Hospital, the Richmond Combat          personnel went to other townships.
Unit and 13SQN in the Darwin              Support Unit (CSU), No. 1 Combat           At RAAF Base Edinburgh, a
march, and No. 3 Control and              Communication Squadron and No.         dawn service and all-ranks breakfast
Reporting Unit at Mataranka.              22 (City of Sydney) Squadron.          was held before the Adelaide march.
    75SQN was at Kununurra and the            Further north, in the lead-up to       Also on the day, many of the          I’VE GOT YOU: Above, Vietnam veteran Lindsay Burton helps Ensign bearer,
Health Support Flight took part in the    Anzac Day, units at RAAF Base          21,500 ADF cadets participated in a       LCDT Joshua Langford from 409SQN AAFC, after he became light-headed on
Katherine march.                          Williamtown provided almost 100        wide variety of roles.                    parade at the East Sale Memorial Hall.             Photo by CPL Bennet Duhig

                                                                                                                                                 LEST WE FORGET: Above, 11SQN personnel salute
                                                                                                                                                 while attending an Anzac Day assembly at Kapunda
                                                                                                                                                 High School.                       Photo by ACW Shannon Urie
                                                                                                                                                 PRESENT ARMS: Left, CPL Mark McBride from 3CRU
                                                                                                                                                 is part of the catafalque party at Katherine’s 93rd Anzac
                                                                                                                                                 Day ceremony.                       Photo by LAC Casey Smith

DON’T RAIN ON OUR PARADE: Above, ladies from
the RAAF Nursing Service shelter from the rain on
Anzac Day with airwomen from 76SQN.
                          Photo by SGT William Guthrie
EYES RIGHT: Below, Air Force personnel from
RAAF Base Darwin pass the saluting dais as they
march down the main street of Darwin.
                            Photo by AB Bradley Darvill

                                                                                                                                                 STAND EASY: Above, from left, CPL Paul Oleary, CPL
                                                                                                                                                 Robert Perry and WOFF Alan Coats after participating
                                                                                                                                                 in the Adelaide City march.      Photo by ACW Shannon Urie
                                                                                                                                                 PAWS IN PROCEEDINGS: Above left, military working
                                                                                                                                                 dog handler, ACW Bianca McLean, is greeted by puppy
                                                                                                                                                 ‘Tui’ before the Anzac parade in Toowoomba.
                                                                                                                                                                                 Photo by LAC Scott Woodward
                                                                                                                                                 BLUE FLIGHT: Left, members of 37SQN in a show of
                                                                                                                                                 force as the squadron marches down George Street in
                                                                                                                                                 Sydney.                           Photo by AC Michael Green
12 Centrepiece                                                                                                                                                                 AIR FORCE May 15, 2008                                                                                                                                                                        13
                                                          MY HOME: LACW
                                                          Deidre Irwin shows
                                                          students a map of
                                                          Australia during a
                                                          visit to a local primary

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                HEARING AID: Above, CPL Steve Gill conducts a
ALL’S WELL: Hornet pilot FLTLT Kartik Maharaj conducts                                                                                                 ROCKET MAN: Above, pilot FLGOFF Adrian Kiely helps armament                                                                              communications test of the new Joint Helmet Mounted
a pre-flight inspection during Red Flag.                                                                                                               fitters prepare ordnance before a mission.                                                                                               Cueing System used during Red Flag.
                                                                                                                                                       INVENTORY: Right, LACW Patricia Entwistle checks stock in the                                                                            SNOW JOB: Right, LAC Jarrod Nikolsky shovels snow from
                                                                                                                                                       main hangar.                           Photos by CPL Steve Duncan                                                                        around a Hornet in preparation for a mission.

AIRLINE: Backdrop, Australian and USAF
Hornets line the snow before the day’s flying.

                                                                                                                       ARCTIC POWER
                                                                                                                       75SQN went to extremes when it swapped tropical Tindal for ice-cold
                                                                                                                       Alaska to participate in Ex Red Flag, as FLTLT Justine Harman writes.

                                                                                                                            t wasn’t just the freezing tempera-
                                                                                                                            tures and the snow that made Ex-             GROUP HUG: The entire
                                                                                                                            ercise Red Flag 2008 a unique ex-            deployment of Australian
                                                                                                                            perience for 75SQN. The squadron             personnel on Red Flag pause to
                                                                                                                            deployed from hot and balmy Tin-             commemorate the event in front of
                                                                                                                                                                         75SQN aircraft at the US base.
                                                                                                                       dal to sub-zero Alaska for two weeks of
                                                                                                                       high-end air combat training with the
                                                                                                                       USAF at Eielson Air Force Base.
                                                                                                                           The exercise ran from April 3-18.
                                                                                                                           Red Flag Alaska formed part of a series
                                                                                                                       of Pacific Air Forces commander-directed
                                                                                                                       field training exercises, providing offensive
                                                                                                                       counter-air, interdiction, close air support,
                                                                                                                       and large force employment training in a
                                                                                                                       simulated combat environment.
                                                                                                                           The extreme cold of Alaska was a long
                                                                                                                       way from their normal operating envi-
                                                                                                                       ronment, however participating in Red
                                                     JUST KIDDING: Above, SGT Ian Wiblen sees the funny side           Flag provided 75SQN and Air Combat
                                                     as CPL Matthew Newman fills out paperwork. Morale was high        Group (ACG) a unique opportunity to not
                                                     despite the cold climate and long hours.                          only train with Australia’s closest allies,
                                                     PAPER WAR: Left, FLGOFF Jen Fremlin and LACW Deidre Irwin         but to do so in climatic conditions similar
                                                     check databases during the exercise.                              to areas in which the Air Force has been
                                                     TWILIGHT ZONE: Below, CPL Matt Cooper carries out routine         called on to operate.
                                                     maintenance on a Hornet. Freezing conditions and the late hours       75SQN CO WGCDR Robert Chipman
                                                     made work challenging.                                            said that Exercise Red Flag was “the
                                                                                                                       cream of the crop” and that it provid-
                                                                                                                       ed “the greatest return on investment for
                                                                                                                       experiential learning for all levels of staff
                                                                                                                       who participated”.                              back home at Tindal, and Eielson to keep          “Australia’s air combat force has long     son, who flies out of Tindal, experienced a
                                                                                                                           All levels within 75SQN experienced a       the logistics chain open and effective.       been recognised globally as being at the       situation unique to today’s Air Force with
                                                                                                                       wide range of activities, from fixing air-         One of those members was 24-year-old       leading edge, and participation in Red         both father and son being active pilots and
                                                                                                                       craft in sub-zero temperatures and operat-      clerk supply LACW Trish Entwistle. She        Flag was not only valuable for Australian      participating in the same exercise.
                                                                                                                       ing the de-icing machine, to the myriad of      joined the Air Force more than a year ago     air combat development, but also rein-             They carry on a proud family tradition
                                                                                                                       administrative and logistic issues caused       and was happy working at 75SQN, and           forced the capability of our people to our     of serving in the Air Force, as PLTOFF
                                                                                                                       through the remote location of the US Air       with the opportunities her job was provid-    coalition partners.”                           Grady is the third generation Grady to
                                                                                                                       Force base.                                     ing.                                              Exercise Red Flag was a case of            join the Air Force family.
                                                                                                                           FLTLT Ben Sawley echoed the senti-             Although she would have preferred to       extremes, from the searing heat of RAAF            At the conclusion of the exercise, USAF
                                                                                                                       ment of all 75SQN pilots with his high          be back in warmer climes during the exer-     Bases Tindal and Amberley to the arctic        Red Flag senior team chief, CAPT Ron
                                                                                                                       praise for the work done by the maintain-       cise, she was out in the snow delivering      cold of Alaska.                                Strobach, said the ultimate goal was to                                                  FAMILY REUNION:
                                                                                                                       ers in the conditions, which resulted in        parts to the F/A-18 crews to ensure that          It was also the case for one of Air        “increase the friendship and closeness of                                              GPCAPT Tony Grady
                                                                                                                       high serviceability and flying rates.           maintenance would continue as normal.         Force’s most experienced pilots and one of     our coalition and US forces and to have                                                 and his son PLTOFF
                                                                                                                           Administration officer FLGOFF Jen              Commander ACG AIRCDRE Neil Hart            its most junior; both share the same name.     them leave [Alaska] better trained”.                                                     William Grady were
                                                                                                                       Fremlin spoke highly of the support her         said: “Exercise Red Flag presented an             Father and son GPCAPT Tony Grady               “It’s a win-win situation for everyone                                               reunited during Red
                                                                                                                       staff gave the deployed personnel while         opportunity to operate at the highest level   (OC 82WG) and his 23-year-old son              involved,” he said. “It is impressive to                                             Flag. PLTOFF Grady is
                                                                                                                       they were in Alaska.                            of tactical and operational level activity,   PLTOFF William Grady were reunited             watch forces come together to conduct                                                 the third generation of
                                                                                                                           75SQN logistics officer FLTLT Matthew       across a range of capabilities not able to    during Red Flag. GPCAPT Grady, a three-        missions they may not be used to flying                                               the family to be an Air
                                                                                                                       Walsh said he was very impressed with the       be readily duplicated in Australian-based     decade veteran F-111 pilot who does his        and begin to understand how each other                                                            Force pilot.
                                                                                                                       way his personnel provided support from         exercises.                                    flying out of Amberley, and his junior pilot   operates in a contingency environment.”
AIR FORCE May 15, 2008                                                                                                                                                                 News 15

Serving up
   FOR the first time in its nine-year the one position I always coveted – OC
history, the ADF School of Catering of the ADFSC,” he said.
(ADFSC) has an Air Force officer at       “As they say, the rest is history.”
the helm.                                 The ADFSC was established as a
    SQNLDR Kevin Murray achieved           Joint Defence Organisation in January
his long-time ambition and created         1999 as a result of a 1995 review into
his own small piece of Air Force his-      the rationalisation of Defence cater-
tory when he assumed command of            ing training. Its formation coincided
ADFSC at HMAS Cerberus in Victoria         with the closure of the single-Service
late last year.                            facilities at Puckapunyal, Wagga and
    While excited about his new oppor-     HMAS Cerberus.
tunities in the Air Force, he is espe-         The ADFSC is one of 11 schools
cially conscious of the privilege and      at Cerberus. The suite of courses con-
responsibility of being given command      ducted at the ADFSC includes ini-
of the ADFSC, and having a final           tial trade courses delivered through
opportunity to positively influence the    the Chisholm Institute of TAFE at
many young men and women begin-            Frankston, and training for Navy, Army     TRI-CUISINE: ADF School of Catering OC, SQNLDR Kevin Murray, with students of the initial cooks’ course at
                                           and Air Force cooks and Navy and           the Chisholm Institute of TAFE in Frankston. From left, ACW Samantha Homes, PTE Benjamin Rowe and SMN
ning their Service careers in the ADF.
                                           Army stewards at the initial, intermedi-   Cyndy Leonard.                                                                   Photo by AB Quentin Mushins
    “Having spent time in both train-
ing and catering, I aspired to be the      ate and advanced levels. Field train-
first Air Force officer to be OC of the    ing is conducted at the school’s field     two-year cycle, single-Service exigen-      the Air Force as a clerk equipment          ness years” followed until given the
ADFSC,” SQNLDR Murray said.                training cell at Latchford Barracks,       cies prevented Air Force from previ-        (now clerk supply) trainee in 1969 and      opportunity to rejoin the ranks in 1999.
    “But the opportunity seemed lost       Bonegilla.                                 ously filling the post, which has meant     progressed through the ranks to FSGT        Initially employed under contract off
when I age-retired in July 2005.”              The ADFSC is fully staffed by mili-    that, with Navy having similar prob-        before being commissioned as a supply       the reserves, SQNLDR Murray trans-
    His enthusiasm for Service life did    tary personnel, with only one mem-         lems, the Army has held the appoint-        officer in 1985.
                                           ber below senior NCO rank. Air Force                                                                                               ferred back to the PAF in 2000.
not diminish and, in anticipation of the                                              ment for eight of the school’s first nine       After three years with 75SQN in
revised retirement age, in May 2007 he     interests are covered by a FSGT and        years.                                      Darwin, and a brief period at No. 1             Promotion to acting SQNLDR and
made inquiries with DP-AF regarding        two SGT cooks.                                 The route for SQNLDR Murray             Stores Depot at Tottenham, he retired       a posting to the ADF Catering Group
a possible return to uniform.                  Although the OC position was           to the school’s OC position has been        from Service life as a FLTLT in 1989.       as the senior catering officer for Air
    “To my amazement, I was offered        intended as a rotational billet with a     somewhat circuitous. He enlisted in             By his own admission, the “wilder-      Force followed in 2001.

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                                                                                  TOASTING: Above, RAF officers (from left) FLTLT Mike Stewart, SQNLDR Justin Fowler, AIRCDRE
                                                                                  James Coward (former Battle of Britain pilot), SQNLDR Hyph Read-Jones, WGCDR Jez Attridge and
                                                                                  GPCAPT Anthony Gunby join CAF AIRMSHL Geoff Shepherd (centre) to celebrate the 90th anniversary
                                                                                  of the RAF at a function at the Commonwealth Club in Canberra.           Photo by FSGT John Carroll
GREAT WORK: Avionics technician CPL Brad Sainsbury is awarded the 76SQN
2007 Technician of the Year trophy and plaque by Hawk 127 Fleet Manager
Wayne Brown. Sponsored by BAE Systems, the award recognises an aircraft
technician who has displayed consistently high levels of technical mastery,
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                                                                                                                      Can the Air Force
                                                                                                                      have its own blue
                                                                                                                      DPCU?                                             LETTER TO THE EDITOR
                                                                                                                         THE introduction of the DPCU as              tribution is very clearly seen by the public
                                                                                                                      working dress for all PAF members was           and our political masters. A blue DPCU
                                                                                                                      a good initiative. However, what it has         would achieve that aim. The re-introduc-
                                                                                                                      done is make it difficult for the general       tion of the dark blue dress uniform gave
                                                                                                                      public to differentiate us from our Army        Air Force members back their identity; a
                                                                                                                      colleagues.                                     blue DPCU would do the same.
                                                                                                                          I appreciate that the shoulder and breast   WGCDR Howard Thorpe
                                                                                                                      patches have attempted to mitigate that         Base Military Administrator
                                                                                                                      problem, but if the public see DPCU they        RAAF Base Edinburgh
                                                                                                                      immediately think Army. I have personally       Director Coordination–Air Force
                                                                                                                      experienced this on many occasions.             GPCAPT Henrik Ehlers responds:
                                                                                                                          The Air Force has contributed to
                                                                                                                      some significant national events in recent           While DPCU is the working dress
                                                                                                                      years, and the Sydney 2000 Olympics,            for Air Force personnel, it is also the uni-
                                                                                                                      Melbourne Commonwealth Games and                form worn on many operational deploy-
                                                                                                                      CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of                    ments and exercises both here and
                                                                                                                      Government Meeting) in 2007 readily             overseas. The pattern used in DPCU gar-
                                                                                                                      come to mind. However, on each of these         ments was developed by DSTO for the
                                                                                                                      occasions, the Air Force contribution in my     ADF – not just the Army – as the most
                                                                                                                      view has not been readily understood by         suitable camouflage pattern for wear in
                                                                                                                      the public because we work alongside Ar-        Australia and neighbouring areas. There-
                                                                                                                      my at these events in DPCUs.                    fore, we in Air Force are obliged to
                                                                                                                          With Army now moving onto a number          utilise this style as a matter of best
ADJUSTING FOR FLEXIBILITY: Above, with the final phase of the Remuneration Reform Project                             of our major RAAF bases in large num-           practice. While there is a degree of simi-
underway, the current grade pay structure will be constructed into a more flexible framework that provides            bers, I believe now is the time for Air         larity in appearance between Army and
greater reward for rank and skill progression. Pictured is 11SQN groundcrew CPLs Troy Cousins and Matt                Force to introduce a blue version of the        Air Force when DPCU is worn in opera-
Reed securing chains to an Orion in windy conditions on the flightline.              Photo by CPL Andrew Eddie        DPCU to provide a clear identity for Air        tional environments, the CAF initiative to
                                                                                                                      Force members. Cost in my view should           allow squadron caps, t-shirts and badges to

Pay reform
                                                                                                                      not be an issue as blue or blue/grey            be worn with this uniform, when it is worn
                                                                                                                      DPCUs are in use by other overseas mili-        as working dress, significantly increas-
                                                                                                                      tary organisations. If we are just another      es our recognition factor.
                                                                                                                      customer of their supplier, we may find              The proposal for a blue pattern would
                                                                                                                      they are cheaper than the current DPCU. I       not be practical for two reasons. First, this
                                                                                                                      also understand they already have a NATO        style, known as ‘urban camouflage’, does
                                                                                                                      stock number.                                   not offer sufficient concealment in most
                                                                                                                          When on operations either in Australia      of the outdoor areas in which Air Force

final phase
                                                                                                                      or overseas, then the current DPCU or           personnel deploy. Secondly, it would be a
                                                                                                                      the ‘Desert Cam’ could continue to be           very costly project to introduce this new
                                                                                                                      used. However, for everyday use and cer-        style of uniform and in the current finan-
                                                                                                                      tainly at national events in support of the     cial climate such a proposal would have
                                                                                                                      Government, we should ensure our con-           little chance of success.

   REFORM of ADF remunera-            “Changes to the WOFF pay            A series of DFRT hearings on
tion continues into 2008 with the structure to 10 pay grades will align GORPS have been programmed
focus now turning to Graded Other it with the Other Ranks (OR) pay between May and August this year.
Ranks Pay Structure (GORPS).      structure and make more logical         The GORPS case will pro-
   This marks the fourth and final    progression for members promoted        ceed without OR aircrew, who
phase of the Remuneration Reform      from FSGT to WOFF,” he said.            will be temporarily quarantined in
Project, and according to DGPERS-         After structural changes are        their existing pay structure pend-
AF AIRCDRE John Hewitson, the         finalised, the review will then exam-   ing the outcome of the Aircrew
current 16 grade pay structure will   ine grouping trades and categories      Sustainability Project.
be constructed into a more flexible   of a like nature into ‘job families’        The outcome of this project may
framework that provides greater       to enable a more holistic approach      not be known until after the GORPS
reward for rank and skill progres-    to the review of their placement in     hearings.
sion.                                 the new structure. This initiative is       To ensure no detriment to air-
   “The new structure will provide    subject to additional funding for the
                                                                              crew categories, the same date of
a more significant reward for pro-    placement review phase.
                                                                              effect for ORs aircrew placements
motion and upskilling in targeted         The Chiefs of Service
                                      Committee (COSC) considered the         as all other categories placed under
areas,” AIRCDRE Hewitson said.
                                      proposals for a new OR structure        the GORPS proposal will be sought.
   “There is also a review of where
musterings should fit in the pro-     in late April. Following COSC con-         Members will be kept up-to-date
posed new structure. This will        sideration and agreement, the next         on the progress of GORPS through
make sure that the placement of Air   step is to develop a submission to         ‘ADF News’ on the pay and con-
Force’s musterings is updated with
a view to meeting our current and
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Air Force branding
receives historic
tick of approval
   AIR Force has received an official and image with goods and services associ-
Trademark for its ‘Brands’, the Roundel ated with brands,” she said. “If you are
and Badge.                              thinking of a product or service and want
     Action to trademark them began in           to establish a ‘brand’ for it, you should
November 2005, after Navy trademarked its        think about a trademark under which to
‘brand Navy’, including the Navy Badge.          market it.
     The Navy Badge was covered by the               “Our reputation is something that
Defence Act 1903; however, Navy trade-           needs to be protected, and while every
marked the Badge under Section 52 of the         Air Force member is a guardian of our
Trade Practices Act 1974 to extend legal         reputation, the trademarking helps others
protection for its official emblems.             to understand the rules.”
     A copyright protects original works             Air Force engaged a legal firm to man-
                                                 age this complicated process.                                                                                                                      SYMPATHY: June
that fall under literature, dramatic, musical,                                                                                                                                                Bickle shows a photo of
artistic and intellectual categories.                The trademark covers not only the
                                                 ‘brands’ and emblems themselves but                                                                                                            her brother ORDSMN
     A trademark protects words, symbols,                                                                                                                                                    Charles Patrick to Prime
devices or names that are used for the pur-      vehicles, equipment, stationery, hardware
                                                 and software, buildings, advertising, edu-                                                                                                 Minister Kevin Rudd and
pose of trading goods.                                                                                                                                                                    Parliamentary Secretary for
     As part of its reputation strategy, Air     cational and other material and other items
                                                 to which they are attached for any official                                                                                              Defence Procurement Greg
Force recognised that protection of its                                                                                                                                                                   Combet, MP.
reputation through the management of its         purpose.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Photo by AB Jo Dilorenzo
‘brand’ was vital to ensure it would not
be misrepresented by the misuse of its

                                                                                                645 bells for
     The Air Force Badge and Roundel
were already protected by the Copyright
Act 1968 and the Badge was further cov-
ered by the Defence Act 1903, however,
the Roundel was not covered by either the
Trade Practices Act or the Defence Act.

                                                                                                HMAS Sydney
     By trademarking the Badge and
Roundel, Air Force has been formally iden-
tified as their registered owner.
     It now has exclusive rights to the brand
name and can prevent others from using
these emblems, as well as offering stronger
legal protection should another person or
organisation be tempted to use them.                                                                    By Michael Brooke                  from 9SQN operated the cruiser’s               “It is important to remember the
     Air Force Brand Manager Michele             SYMBOLS: The certificates of
                                                 registration of trademark for the RAAF                                                    Walrus aircraft. They were FLGOFF          sacrifices of the six airmen who died
McGee said a trademark may be an organi-                                                            TIME has not erased the memory
                                                 Badge and Roundel.                                                                        Raymond Barrey, SGT Sidney                 in Sydney II, just as it is to honour the
sation’s most valuable marketing tool.                                                          of the sacrifice of HMAS Sydney            Marley, CPLs Arthur Clarke and Roy         memory and deeds of the other mem-
     “The public identifies a certain quality                      Photo by FSGT John Carroll   II’s 639 sailors and six Air Force         Foster, and LACs Richard Dodds and         bers of 9SQN who lost their lives on
                                                                                                personnel.                                 Keith Homard.                              other Navy warships that operated
                                                                                                    On April 24, more than 800 rela-           The scale of the loss was illus-       amphibious aircraft,” ACM Houston
                                                                                                tives of the ship’s company packed         trated by the cathedral bells that were    said.
                                                                                                into St Andrews Cathedral in Sydney        rung 645 times, once for each man              Prime Minister Kevin Rudd recit-
                                                                                                for a national Service of Thanksgiving     lost on the Australian cruiser.            ed the Thanksgiving. “We remember
                                                                                                and Remembrance. Prime Minister                ACM Houston, coincidentally            their courage, their determination and
                                                                                                Kevin Rudd, CDF ACM Angus                  9SQN’s last CO, praised the courage        their diligence,” he said.
                                                                                                Houston and CN VADM Russ                   and dedication to duty of Sydney’s             Hymns were sung, prayers read
                                                                                                Shalders joined them, while three          ship’s company.                            and The Last Post and Reveille was
                                                                                                76SQN Hawks from RAAF Base                     “It was great to see the recognition   sounded with a minute’s silence
                                                                                                Williamtown flew over the cathedral.       afforded to those Air Force person-        observed, and the Governor of
                                                                                                    The service was a fitting tribute to   nel who died alongside their Navy          NSW, Professor Marie Bashir, Prime
                                                                                                Sydney II’s crew who sacrificed their      mates,” he said.                           Minister Rudd, and the Vice President
                                                                                                lives to sink the German warship HSK           “The sinking of HMAS Sydney II         of 9SQN laid wreaths.
                                                                                                Kormoran, which was on a mission to        was a huge loss in life for the Navy           The service was almost 66 years
                                                                                                wreak havoc with Allied shipping off       but the RAAF was there, too.”              and six months to the day when the
                                                                                                Australia in November, 1941.                   He said that the sacrifice of the      military and relatives first joined
                                                                                                    The service followed the discovery     men and those who died on other            hands at St Andrews Cathedral on
                                                                                                of the two ships in mid-March.             Navy warships would not be forgot-         December 4, 1941, to mourn the
                                                                                                    The six Air Force members              ten.                                       crew’s gallant sacrifice.

                                                                                                  New wing opened at LANGS
                                                                                                             By David Deck                    then SGT Egan was a student on
                                                                                                                                              the first Russian course. In 1952,
                                                                                                     THE achievements of WGCDR
                                                                                                                                              he was commissioned into the
                                                                                                  Kevin Egan were commemorated                administration category. In 1962,
                                                                                                  recently with the opening of a              the school created the position of
                                                                                                  new wing in his name at the ADF             Director of Studies to oversee the
                                                                                                  School of Languages (LANGS) at              academic program, and the now
                                                                                                  RAAF Base Williams, Laverton.               SQNLDR Egan was the first officer
                                                                                                     WGCDR Egan had signifi-                  to fill this position. During his ten-
                                                                                                  cant links to LANGS. As an air-             ure, LANGS introduced courses in
                                                                                                  man in World War II, he trained             Vietnamese, French and Thai.
                                                                                                  at the RAAF Language School                     The new wing has four class-
                                                                                                  as a Japanese linguist, and                 rooms, a language laboratory, five
                                                                                                  served as an interpreter with the           rooms for small-group work, and a
                                                                                                  Commonwealth Occupation Forces              room with 16 computers for activi-
                                                                                                  in Japan after the war. In 1950,            ties such as computer-aided lan- LINGUIST: WGCDR Kevin
                                                                                                  when the school was re-formed, the          guage learning.                        Egan. Photo courtesy of LANGS

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                                                                                                  GAME GIVEAWAY
                                                                                                  Thanks to
                                                                                                  Atari we
                                                                                                  have five                       Command and Conquer 3:
                                                                                                  copies of                       Kane’s Wrath
                                                                                                  Denied                                                         4
                                                                                                  Ops to                                         M
                                                                                                  give away. To be in the
                                                                                                  running simply send
                                                                                                  an e-mail to:                       THEY say there are two things in
                                                                                                  competitions@                   life that are inevitable – death and
                                                                                                      taxes. I think we should add anoth-
                                                                                                  with your rank, name,           er item to that list: Command and
                                                                                                  unit and postal                 Conquer expansions.
                                                                                                  address (civilian pre-
                                                                                                  ferred). Winners pub-
                                                                                                  lished June 12.
BLACK OPS: Lead two CIA paramilitary operatives on some intense missions.

Go loud. Go stealthy
Conflict Denied Ops                             Let’s introduce the two controllable     character exclusively… either sniping               –
Atari                                       characters, Graves and Lang. Graves is       with Graves or charging around with
                                    2.5     a grizzled veteran and Lang is a smart       Lang and his machine gun.
Xbox 360, PS3, PC M
                                            -mouthed rookie; seem familiar?                 Another sorry factor is the graph-
         By LS Yuri Ramsey                      Despite the totally unoriginal char-     ics. They would have looked great
                                            acters, Denied Ops uses a novel way          about seven years ago but now they
    SOME of you may remember the            of switching between the two and issu-       are sub-standard: drab textures, bad
Conflict series as a very good four-        ing orders to your buddy on the fly.         character models and unrealistic ani-
man tactical shooter, but sadly De-             The orders system is a nice idea         mations.
nied Ops dispenses with that tried          and works well most of the time but             On a positive note, the game is
and true formula and replaces it with       on more than one occasion I gave the         challenging, the interaction between
a first person shooter.                     order for my team-mate to cover me,          Graves and Lang is amusing, the
    This might have been a good move        only to find him examining what must         weapons are satisfying to use and it’s
if the standards in the original series     be the most interesting wall in the uni-     always action-packed.
were maintained, but unfortunately the      verse. This was annoying.                       Denied Ops is not awful, just aver-
strategy is gone and we are left with a         The character switching works fine       age, but if played in co-op mode with
rather generic and clichéd shooter.         but you will find yourself using one         a mate, it might be worth a look.

Anti-hero Stark has
a change of heart
                                                                                                              Caring for families of those who died
                                                                                                            defending Australians and their freedom.

AWESOME: The flying sequences in Iron Man are brilliant.
Iron Man                                        designed are being used to kill the people
Robert Downey Jr, Jeff Bridges,                 he wanted to help and protect, he builds an
Terrence Howard, Shaun Toeb,           4        armoured battle suit in a bid to escape and
Gwyneth Paltrow PG                              right his wrongs.
                                                    The shining star of the film is Robert
                                                Downey Jr’s portrayal of the bachelor
          By LS Yuri Ramsey                     playboy arms dealer, Tony Stark, which
                                                is perfect.
                                                                                                 Legacy is there for the families of defence force personnel killed in war, training,
    AFTER the success of the recent                 His clever banter, witty humour and            peacekeeping, or other hazardous service, or who have died subsequently.
flood of superhero movies, I suppose it         his brash and cocky persona all serve to
was inevitable that a character as iconic       portray a man who has “everything and
as Iron Man was given the Hollywood             nothing”. His all-too-human flaws make                Should the worst happen, all defence force services have peace of mind
treatment. With a huge budget, a number         Iron Man a superhero who is very believ-
of big-name actors and Industrial Light         able. The rest of the cast, though overshad-
                                                                                                                   Legacy will care for the families le behind.
and Magic (who did the CG for Trans-            owed by Downey, give good performances
formers) on board, we should be in for          throughout.
a treat.                                            Eventually, Iron Man’s enemies get
                                                                                                 Throughout Australia, Legacy assists more than 122,000 widows, 1,800 children
    Considering the original Iron Man           hold of Stark’s original suit plans and          and dependants with a disability, providing advice and prac cal assistance with
comics were focused on fighting the ene-        build a ‘War Monger’ of their own. The
mies of America at that time (commu-            main battle between the two ‘Iron Men’
                                                                                                   pension en tlements, special housing, medical, financial and social support.
nists), a setting change was required to        at the peak of the film is entertaining and
make the film more relevant to today’s          action-packed but fails to engage as there
audience. Director Jon Favreau success-         are a lot of convenient plot-twists, and it              Please volunteer, donate or consider leaving a bequest. Thank you!
fully transitions Iron Man to our current       seems a bit rushed to force a conclusion.
world climate, centring on the conflict in          That said, Iron Man is an excellent
Afghanistan and the fight against ‘extrem-
                                                action-based superhero film which looks
                                                fantastic. And, despite the futuristic tech-
                                                                                                       Support Legacy, so that we can continue to keep the
    While in Afghanistan to demonstrate
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for them.
    Realising that the very weapons he
                                                and Spiderman, Iron Man would definitely
                                                be enjoyable. I can’t wait for the sequel.
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BOOKS                                                                                                                      DVDs

War service a                                                                                                                                                                                      FULL ON: A
                                                                                                                                                                                                 scene from Full
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Metal Jacket.

talking point
Between Victor and                                                                      Page was attached to Advanced
Vanquished: an Australian                                                           Land Headquarters on Morotai
interrogator in the war                                                             Island in the last few months of
against Japan                                                                       the war and played a pivotal part in
                                                                                    the surrender of Japanese forces in
Arthur Page
Australian Military History Publications.                                           southern Borneo.
525pp. $45 (available on (02) 9542                                                      His final days in the AMF were
6771 or                                                       spent investigating war crimes com-
                                                                                    mitted by the Japanese. This was a
                                                                                    particularly distressing time as he
    By COL Terry McCullagh                                                          had grown up among the Japanese
   ARTHUR Page details the
story of his remarkable wartime
career in Between Victor and Van-
                                                                                    and knew and loved Japan, her cul-
                                                                                    ture and people.
                                                                                        Page describes the characteris-
                                                                                                                           A feast of Kubrick
                                                                                    tics of the Japanese soldier and why    Stanley Kubrick – Directors                         Kubrick, who produced only 13 major
quished.                                                                            he became such a fearsome foe. He       Series (6-disc boxed set)                      films before he died in 1999 aged 70,
    Page arrived in Australia aged
                                                                                    details the methods of collecting                                            4         was meticulous and somewhat reclusive.
19, a refugee from a Japan gone mad                                                                                         Warner Home Video, $80. R18+                        He was noted for his ground-breaking,
with nationalism and militarism. His                                                enemy documents, cleaning them,
                                                                                    restoring them and then carefully                                                      innovative style (2001 was years ahead
parents had escaped to Japan in 1920                                                                                                  By Barry Rollings                    of its time). He was also provocative
from Russia.                                                                        translating them, often in the mud                                                     and the themes of his pictures could be
    On being accepted by Australia          for the final campaigns in north-west   and mire of combat conditions.              WHEN someone as brilliant as film di-      extremely disturbing – Lolita with James
as a refugee, he and his father tried       New Guinea. From there the Corps        He describes the art of interrogat-     rector Stanley Kubrick has five of his best    Mason, Sue Lyon and Shelley Winters
to join the AIF but were refused            joined the assault on the Philippines   ing Japanese prisoners of war and       selected for a boxed set, you know you         and Dr Strangelove with the multi-talent-
                                                                                    unravels the mysteries often associ-    have quality.                                  ed Peter Sellers spring easily to mind.
because they were not British sub-          and Page took part in the landings at                                               The movies are – in order of their per-         I have not seen Kubrick’s other well-
jects. After Pearl Harbour they were        Lingayen Gulf and the push against      ated with the Japanese concepts of
                                                                                                                            sonal appeal – 2001: A Space Odyssey,          known works, Paths of Glory, Spartacus
conscripted into the Australian             the Japanese on Luzon Island. He        the kamikaze, ritual suicide and the    A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, Full          and Barry Lyndon, so it is hard to make
Military Forces (AMF). When it              was summarily withdrawn as US           banzai charge.                          Metal Jacket and Eyes Wide Shut. The           a judgement (as Hal said in 2001, “I can’t
was discovered that they both spoke         forces continued the push towards           This book makes a signifi-          bonus here is the 112-minute documen-          do that for you, Dave”) as to whether you
Japanese fluently, they became              Manila and on to Japan, while the       cant contribution to the history        tary, Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures as   have Kubrick’s five best here, but there’s
part of the Allied Translator and           Australians headed for the Japanese     of Australian combat linguists, is      documented by his German wife of more          no doubting this boxed set is something
                                                                                    superbly readable and comes thor-       than 40 years, Christiane.                     special to treasure.
Interpreter Section, GHQ, SWPA.             strongholds in the former Dutch
    Page was attached to US I Corps         East Indies, including Borneo.          oughly recommended.

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Don’t just sit there
LT Rob Orr gets back to basics to outline the impor-
tance of proper sit-up technique for functional fitness.

        HE basic sit-up is similar to       loads the abdominal muscles.
        the military sit-up, the key dif-   Shoulders are above hips.
        ference being that the basic sit-   Balance should be easily maintained.
        up goes through a full range Lowering action
of motion and does not have the feet         It is important not to simply relax
secured.                                  and “fall” back down. Not only does
                                               this relieve the tension on the abdomi-
Start position
                                               nals, it causes an increase in downward
  The head should be held in a neutral         momentum which is stopped when the
  position.                                    upper body impacts the ground. While
  The arms should be straight with the
                                               the upper body can take this punishment,
  hands in contact with the thighs. This
                                               the neck cannot. To prevent the head
  arm position not only simulates the
  military sit-up, but more importantly,       from slamming into the ground due to
  makes it harder to cheat by using your       the increased momentum, neck muscles
  arms to gain momentum during your            contract forcibly to counteract the sudden
  sit-up.                                      increase in load. As these neck muscles
  The feet should be placed on the             fatigue, their ability to adequately protect
  ground in a position that allows a 90-       the neck is compromised.
  degree knee bend.                                It is also vital to ensure that the mus-
  The feet should not be supported.            cle coordination is maintained. Those
                                               with poor technique, overactive hip flex-
Raising action                                 ors or markedly weaker abdominal mus-
    The true function of the abdominals        cles compared to their hip flexors will
is not to raise the body up, but rather to     tend to maintain an almost arched back
bring the hips and ribs together by flex-      as they lower. This is seen during PFT
ing the spine. As this movement occurs,        assessments, especially when the feet are      PERFECT PRACTICE: The basic sit-up goes through a full range of motion and, unlike the military sit-up,
the hip flexors cause the hips to rotate       held. The overactive hip flexors pull on       the feet are not secured. When performed correctly, it is an important exercise in maintaining functional
forward allowing you to sit up.                their attachment points in the lower back,     movement and for improving the muscle coordination between the trunk and legs. Photos by LAC Aaron Curran
   Commence the movement with a                causing the spine to hyperextend or arch.
   slight flexing of the chin towards the      The weaker abdominal muscles cannot
   chest. This positions your head for the     counteract this force and flex the spine.
   sit-up as well as initiates a flexion, or   The result is that the shoulders touch the
   bending movement along your spine.          mat before the lower back. As the mem-
   Maintain a neutral position of the head
                                               ber fatigues the technique deteriorates
   with the space of a tennis ball between
   the chin and chest. Avoid letting the       further and the member begins to sit up
   chin thrust forward.                        with an arched back.
   Continue to flex the spine as the ribs         When lowering, think of uncurling
   are rotated above the hips.                    the body and placing each vertebrae
   Breathe out during this phase.                 of your spine back on to the mat indi-
    As the role of the abdominals is to           vidually.
draw the ribs and hips together, their            Once lying flat on the mat, ensure that
action is limited. Once this action is            the muscles of the neck are relaxed.
achieved, a greater hip flexion takes          Feet – to secure or not to
place and the hip flexors are used to a
greater extent than the abdominals.
    Many will feel, or see on others, a
stutter at around 45 degrees where the
                                               By securing the feet, the hip flexors
                                           can compensate more readily for weaker                   Join by
kinetic chain transfer of force from the
abdominals to the hips takes place.
                                           or fatigued abdominals. Those who are
                                           used to training with their feet secured
                                           will find that without their feet secured,
                                                                                                    30 June
    For those who are used to securing
the feet, this is also normally the point  there is the tendency to lift the feet from
where feet tend to raise from the ground.  the floor as soon as the sit-up commenc-
                                           es. This occurs at about 30 degrees, when
Up position                                the abdominals work harder to raise the
 The head is in a neutral position, eyes upper body from the ground as the spine
 looking forward over the knees.           flexes.
 The spine is still flexed. Avoid flatten-
 ing out or arching the back as this de-      Next edition: Running faster.

  TRAINING TIPS                                                                                    Turning 30-something?
                                                                                                   Don’t let your birthday end in higher premiums.
  Do the majority of your sit-up training
  without your feet being secured.
      Train to technical failure – as soon
      as technique deteriorates, stop.                                                              If your partner is 30-something and does not have private hospital insurance, then they’re
      Avoid using bad form.                                                                         looking at higher premiums.
      Avoid supporting the head and neck
      when doing sit-ups.                                                                           Under the Federal Government Lifetime Health Cover initiative, health funds are required to apply
      If your neck fatigues, stop. In this                                                          a 2% premium loading for every year a person delays purchasing hospital cover after turning 30.
      case there is either a muscle imbal-
      ance or incorrect technique.                                                                  As a permanent member of the ADF, the premium loading will not affect you until you discharge.
      Muscle imbalances can be cor-                                                                 However you do need to consider its effect on your partner.
      rected by ceasing the limiting factor
      rather than supporting it.                                                                    By purchasing Defence Health hospital cover by 30 June, your partner’s premium loading will be
      If you are unsure of your technique,                                                          minimised. And if you make the purchase by 30 June, following your partner’s 31st birthday, the
      see a PTI.                                                                                    loading will be avoided altogether.
  Performing sit-ups will not give you
  a flat stomach any more than biceps                                                               Remember, the longer you leave it the more it will cost.
  curls will give you thinner arms. To lose
  abdominal girth you need to use more                                                              For details call Defence Health on 1800 335 425 or visit
  energy than you consume. This can be
  achieved by completing movements
  that use a high volume of muscles
  such as running, cycling, complex and
  compound weight training, and follow-
  ing a healthy dietary lifestyle.
22 Sport                                                                                                                                                                            AIR FORCE May 15, 2008

Air Force
one down
Army evens the score for Legacy
      By FLTLT Skye Smith                      Best on ground, CPL Russ Rogers
    ARMY has evened the score by           from the Combat Support Unit,
claiming the SA Legacy Cup follow-         Edinburgh, worked the mid-field well,
                                           but his efforts weren’t enough to get
ing a 17-point win over the RAAF
                                           the Air Force team over the line this
Base Edinburgh team at AAMI Sta-
                                           year. At the final whistle, Army 4.8
dium on April 26. Edinburgh won            (32) were home to Air Force 2.3 (15).
last year by 30 points.                        Air Force, led by 11SQN’s CPL
    The Air Force versus Army Legacy
                                           Adrian Borlace, was committed at
Cup is an annual match played as a
                                           every contest but struggled to push the
curtain-raiser during the AFL Anzac
round clash in Adelaide each year, and     ball forward through Army’s strong
aims to support the great work under-      defensive line.
taken by Legacy.                               “The Legacy Cup match is sym-
    The Edinburgh team dominated           bolic of the strong ties developed
the first half and took an early lead      between Legacy and the ADF. The
                                           game has a poignant meaning when                  ON THE MARK: Above, SQNLDR Anthony Calliess (no.19) and FSGT
with the first goal of the game from
                                           the boys take to the field in the spirit          Phillip Davenport (no.18) get the ruck tap down to LAC Tim Brown.
11SQN’s LAC Matt Saunders. But a
quick turnover and 15m penalty had         of the Anzacs,” CPL Borlace said.                 UNITED CAUSE: Right, CPLs Craig Taylor (left) and Adrian Borlace
Army mark the ball on the siren and            L eg a cy v i c e - p r e s i d e n t ( S A   with the Legacy vice-president (SA Branch), Dave Gray.
convert a goal to even the scores at       Branch), David Gray, presented the                                                            Photos by AC Brenton Kwaterski
1.3 (9) going into the final half of the   jubilant Army team with the cup.
match.                                         “The strong bonds with the ADF                   Legacy is a uniquely Australian     and people with disabilities around
    Air Force kicked the first goal of     have existed for the 85 years in which            organisation, established in 1923 by   the world.
the second half and was determined         Legacy has been supporting the fami-              ex-Servicemen dedicated to the task       The RAAF Base Edinburgh
to retain the trophy. But a strong and     lies of deceased veterans, including              of caring for the widows and depend-   team will continue to support
defensive Army team quickly respond-       members of today’s Defence Forces                 ants of their comrades.                Legacy and looks forward to
ed with another two goals to secure        who have lost their lives as a result of             Some 6700 Legatees assist more      reclaiming the title back from
the lead.                                  their service,” Mr Gray said.                     than 126,000 widows, 1900 children     Army in 2009.

                                                                                                                                  End of innings for
                                                                                                                                  WWII pilot and
                                                                                                                                  Bradman era great
                                                                                                                                    Bill Brown 1913–2008
                                                                                                                                        By SQNLDR Grant Pinder
                                                                                                                                     FORMER Air Force pilot and Austral-
                                                                                                                                  ian Test cricketer of the 1930s and 40s,
                                                                                                                                  Bill Brown, OAM, who passed away in
                                                                                                                                  Brisbane in March, provided one of the
                                                                                                                                  few remaining links to the golden age of
                                                                                                                                  Australian cricket known as the Bradman
                                                                                                                                      Aged 95, he was a member of that great
                                                                                                                                  Australian Test team, The Invincibles, cap-
                                                                                                                                  tained by Don Bradman which swept all
                                                                                                                                  before it during its record-making Ashes
                                                                                                                                  tour of England in 1948.
                                                                                                                                      Bill made his Test debut at Trent Bridge
                                                                                                                                  in 1934. During the first televised Test
                                                                                                                                  at Lords in 1938, he scored 206 not out.
                                                                                                                                  He is the only opening batsman to score
                                                                                                                                  an unbeaten double century in Australia-
                                                                                                                                  England matches – still the highest score
                                                                                                                                  by an Australian carrying his bat in a Test
                                                                                                                                      He once remarked that his proudest         DYNAMIC DUO: Bill Brown (right)
                                                                                                                                  moment was when he took his grandson           walks out to bat with Don Bradman.
                                                                                                                                  up to the Long Room at Lord’s to see his                    Photo courtesy of Getty Images
                                                                                                                                  name in gold on the honour boards.
                                                                                                                                      Bill joined the Air Force in July 1942     chosen to captain Australia on its inaugural
                                                                                                                                  and served with distinction as a pilot,        Test match tour of New Zealand in 1946.
                                                                                                                                  mostly around New Guinea during the                A memorial service was held in Bill’s
                                                                                                                                  failed Japanese invasion of Northern           honour at the Brisbane Cricket Ground on
                                                                                                                                  Australia. He rose to the rank of FLTLT        March 27.
                                                                                                                                  and was a member of a Queensland side              In 22 Tests, Bill scored 1592 runs for an
                                                                                                                                  that played against the 1945 Australian        average of 46.82. He played 189 first-class
                                                                                                                                  team that had been formed in London. He        matches for NSW and Queensland, scoring
                                                                                                                                  undertook a nine-month tour of England,        13,838 (HS 265 not out) at an average of
                                                                                                                                  India, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and final-       51.44. He was named Wisden Cricketer of
                                                                                                                                  ly Australia under the captaincy of WO2        the Year in 1939 and awarded the Medal of
                                                                                                                                  Lindsay Hassett, another Test cricketer and    the Order of Australia in 2000. In the same
                                                                                                                                  later member of the 1948 side.                 year, he was named in the Queensland
                                                                                                                                      Bill scored 58 against the Services        Cricket ‘Team of the Century’ and in 2005
                                                                                                                                  side at the ‘Gabba’ in Brisbane, where he      was recognised as a Queensland ‘Great’ by
                                                                                                                                  played many of his innings, and was then       the State Government.
AIR FORCE May 1, 2008                                                                                                                                 Sport 23

By FLGOFF Eamon Hamilton centre of air lift operations,”
    A SWIFT trip up the Hawkes- WGCDR Yeats said.
                                       “These tasks are on a much dif-
bury River by members of No. ferent scale to the work conducted
3 Combat Support Hospital by Telstra Child Flight, and have
(3CSH) has benefited Telstra had us support relief operations in
Child Flight.                       Aceh, Bali and Timor-Leste.
    Exercise ‘Swift Platypus II’       “The hospital has been sup-
involved 10 members of 3CSH portive in raising money for Child
canoeing the 120-kilometre dis- Flight over the last few weeks
tance from Windsor, near RAAF with a charity breakfast and the
Base Richmond, down-river to selling of chocolates, and we were
Brooklyn Bridge.                    looking to raise money through
    Conducted from March 31 to selling Child Flight items during
April 3, the trip was an adventure this trip,” WGCDR Yeats said.
training exercise for personnel at     CPL Katrina Liston, a medi-
the hospital and raised more than cal assistant who was one of the        RIVER RUN: Above and below left, medical personnel from 3CSH
$1000 for Telstra Child Flight.     members of 3CSH on the trip,          at RAAF Base Richmond who canoed the Hawkesbury River to
    3CSH CO WGCDR Heidi said the aero-medical evacuation                  support Telstra Child Flight, as part of adventure training exercise
Yeats said her personnel often work conducted by Child Flight             ‘Swift Platypus II’.                      Above photo by SGT Greg O’Neill
operated in a similar line of work was close to heart for the hospital.
to Child Flight, which operates        “Telstra Child Flight has only     more than 10 years since the last        The canoeists managed to
a dedicated emergency helicop- been operating since 1989, and             ‘Swift Platypus’, with a high        average a distance of 30 kilome-
ter transport service for children each of their missions requires        operational tempo and frequent       tres per day, with 38 kilometres
requiring intensive care treatment. a lot of money to support them.       deployments putting a hold on        knocked over on one day.
    “Our personnel have often They were more than happy to                such adventure training trips in         “If you couldn’t steer the boat,
been called upon to support aero- come on board when we told them         recent years.                        the 30 kilometres a day quickly
medical evacuations, as RAAF about our trip.”
                                                                              Personal commitments also        became 60 kilometres because
Base Richmond is the Air Force’s       CPL Liston said it had been
                                                                          limited the number who could         you’d spend it zig-zagging,” CPL
                                                                          attend ‘Swift Platypus II.’          Liston said.
                                                                              “We had some of the fittest          “We had to be aware of the
                                                                          people within the unit participat-   tides – if we were going with the
                                                                          ing, but we still had to maintain    tide, then the paddling was just
                                                                          the numbers at the hospital during   great.
                                                                          the week,” CPL Liston said.              “The same again went for the
                                                                              “We had to set out on the trip   wind – if we were paddling into
                                                                          with less [personnel] – but a lot    the wind, then the trip was just
                                                                          more would have come if they had     hell.”
                                                                          the opportunity.”                        The paddling commenced at
                                                                              The team initially intended to   6.30am each day, with the canoes
                                                                          paddle the 135-kilometre distance    entering a still river with a glass-
                                                                          to Newport, but ended the trip       like surface.
                                                                          a day early due to increasingly          “The scenery was absolutely
                                                                          choppy conditions.                   breathtaking,” CPL Liston said.

Our SAW feat
              By SQNLDR Phil Wade
   IT WAS a case of ‘Feat Accompli’ for members
of the School of Air Warfare (SAW) at RAAF Base
East Sale with their fundraising efforts in the recent
14.14km ‘Run for the Kids’ event in Melbourne.
    The SAW running team, appropriately named ‘SAW
Feat’, was made up of staff and students and included
the CO, WGCDR Jake Campbell.
    “The ‘Run for the Kids’ event is a fantastic oppor-
tunity for SAW to make a contribution to a wonder-
ful cause, while having some fun at the same time,”
WGCDR Campbell said.
    The annual event raises money for the Royal
Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. The total
amount raised this year was $738,941, with SAW con-
tributing $804.50.The fastest SAW Feat team member
was PLTOFF Kyle Newman (RNZAF) who completed
the course in 1hr and 7sec.
    “The run was quite challenging with the number of
people on the course, but it was good fun and the views
around Melbourne were spectacular,” PLTOFF Newman
said after the event.

COOL RUNNINGS: Above, members of the ‘SAW
Feat’ team from RAAF Base East Sale.
                            Photo by CPL Col Dadd
SPORT      May 15, 2008     Inside:   ■   Aussie Rules   ■       Canoeing


                                                              By LAC Aaron Curran
                                                        CORPORAL Debbie Grylls made
                                                     sporting history by being the first Air
                                                     Force member to win the Female Play-
                                                     er of the Carnival award at the recent
                                                     Australian Services Australian Football
HISTORY-MAKING:                                      Association (ASAFA) championship in
CPL Debbie Grylls gets                               Canberra.
the ball away before                                     CPL Grylls, from Defence Force
her Army opponent                                    Recruiting in Melbourne, picked up the
has the chance the                                   award over other players from the three
spoil the kick during                                Services.
the Australian Services                                  “I had no idea at all I was in the run-
Australian Football                                  ning for it. On the field we all play for
Association (ASAFA)                                  each other and just concentrate on that
Championships in                                     aspect. But in saying that, it was really
Canberra. CPL Grylls                                 nice to be recognised for my game,” CPL
became the first Air                                 Grylls said.
Force player to win the                                  She has only played with the Air Force
Female Player of the                                 team in 2004 and again this year, and at
Carnival award during                                only 5 foot 6.5 inches in height, has prov-
the championships.                                   en that size doesn’t matter, as her impact
Photo by LAC Aaron Curran                            on the field testifies.
                                                         “There are a lot of different elements
                                                     in her game, with kicking, marking and
                                                     taking overhead marks. She has a strong
                                                     set of hands,” coach CPL Scott Westgarth
                                                     said. “She also has one of those personali-
                                                     ties that all the girls on the team respond
                                                     to very well.”
                                                         Having played AFL for five years, CPL
                                                     Grylls plays in the first division side of the
                                                     St Kilda Sharks in the Victorian Women’s
                                                     Football League, and has also made the
                                                     Victorian State team.
                                                         But before her transition to AFL, she
                                                     played rugby union for years and went on
                                                     to play for Australia in the Hong Kong 7s
                                                     tournament in 2000 and 2001.
                                                         She said this year’s Air Force team is a
                                                     more adaptable side due to its youth and
                                                     ability to bond quickly.
                                                         “They were all really excited for me,
                                                     which was wonderful, and they were
                                                     excited for the team as a whole,” she said.
                                                         “Within ourselves and our playing
                                                     group we all did really well, and in that
                                                     regard, it was a successful carnival.”

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