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
attended services at
home and abroad to
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
to 11SQN in
MEAO Page 7
out in force
Day Pages 10-11
2 News AIR FORCE May 15, 2008
Sad duty for 37SQN
AIR Force recently brought home
More pay in
the body of Australia’s latest casual-
ty from Afghanistan.
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 www.defence.gov.au/dpe/pac
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.
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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: http://intranet.defence.gov.
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
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
deployed at the
CRC in Kandahar,
housed in air-
heated tents. Photo
by FSGT John Carroll
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AIR FORCE May 15, 2008 News 5
New leader 462SQN’s
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
new Air Force
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By LAC Aaron Curran impervious to wind and rain and it’s an rules applying to the jacket and the man-
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
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ner in which it clearly identified the
CAF has approved the introduction of US sources and wear it forthwith.
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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.
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8 International AIR FORCE May 15, 2008
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
“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
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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.
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10 Feature AIR FORCE May 15, 2008
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
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
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.
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
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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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
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
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
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.
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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AIR FORCE May 15, 2008 Lifestyle 19
have five Command and Conquer 3:
copies of Kane’s Wrath
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
defencenews.gov.au 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
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.
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formers) on board, we should be in for throughout.
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mies of America at that time (commu- main battle between the two ‘Iron Men’
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War service a FULL ON: A
scene from Full
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
Australian Military History Publications. southern Borneo.
525pp. $45 (available on (02) 9542 His final days in the AMF were
6771 or www.warbooks.com.au). 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.
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AIR FORCE May 15, 2008 Lifestyle 21
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-
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,
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 www.defencehealth.com.au
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
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.”