Pope Benedict XVI receives warm welcome at RAAF Base Richmond by pengxuebo

VIEWS: 509 PAGES: 27

									AIR FORCE
Vol. 50, No. 13, July 24, 2008          The official newspaper of the Royal Australian Air Force

G’DAY PONTIFF                                                                                 Pope Benedict
                                                                                             XVI receives warm
                                                                                             welcome at RAAF
                                                                                              Base Richmond
                                                                                                       By FLGOFF Eamon Hamilton
                                                                                                THE WORLD’S attention fell on RAAF Base
                                                                                             Richmond for a few hours on Sunday, July 13, as
                                                                                             Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Sydney for World
                                                                                             Youth Day 08.
                                                                                                Flying from Rome, the Pontiff set foot on
                                                                                             Australian soil initially at RAAF Base Darwin, when
                                                                                             his Alitalia Boeing 777 made a refuelling stop there,
                                                                                             en route to Richmond.
                                                                                                His Holiness’ B777 landed at Richmond at pre-
                                                                                             cisely 3pm, with first honours for greeting the
                                                                                             aircraft going to air movements personnel from
                                                                                             Richmond’s No. 1 Airfield Operations Support
                                                                                             Squadron (1AOSS) detachment.
                                                                                                As the Pontiff descended from the B777, he was
                                                                                             greeted by a line of dignitaries including Prime
                                                                                             Minister Kevin Rudd, NSW Premier Morris Iemma
                                                                                             and Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell.
                                                                                                Also there to greet the Pontiff was CO of CSU-
                                                                                             Richmond/Glenbrook, WGCDR Chris Phelan.
                                                                                                WGCDR Phelan described His Holiness as
                                                                                             healthy and limber when he disembarked the B777.
                                                                                             “I was very impressed, and I genuinely hope that he
                                                                                             enjoys his stay,” he said.
                                                                                                After a brief time inside Richmond’s Air
                                                                                             Movements Terminal, Pope Benedict XVI was
                                                                                             whisked away off base in a heavily-escorted motor-
                                                                                                The whole event went off without a hitch, played
                                                                                             out before more than 70 media representatives
                                                                                             and hundreds of members of the public who lined
                                                                                             Richmond’s perimeter fence.
                                                                                                                                  Continued Page 4


                                                                                               Welcome home for
                                                                                               CRC rotation Page 3

                                     HOLY PARADE: Base Commander WGCDR Chris
                                 Phelan waits in line behind Prime Minister Kevin Rudd,
                                    NSW Premier Morris Iemma and other government
                                   representatives to greet Pope Benedict XVI at RAAF
                                                                                               Precision Red flares
                                      Base Richmond on his arrival for World Youth Day
                                          celebrations in Sydney. Photo: CPL Rachel Ingram
                                                                                               up for Hercs Centre
2 News                                                                                                                                                                             AIR FORCE July 24, 2008

                                                                  ALG’s sad                                                                                                            AIR FORCE RANKS
                                                                                                                                                                                       The following explains
                                                                                                                                                                                       the rank abbreviations, as
                                                                                                                                                                                       featured in AIR FORCE News

                                                                    mission                 AIR Force’s Air Lift Group has
                                                                                         completed its role in the repatriation
                                                                                                                                        a 36SQN C-17 for the final journey
                                                                                                                                        back to Australia and, on July 15, CDF
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Air Chief Marshal
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Air Marshal
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Air Vice-Marshal
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Air Commodore
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Group Captain

                                                                                         of SIG Sean McCarthy from Afghani-             ACM Angus Houston, CA LTGEN                    WGCDR             Wing Commander
                                                                                         stan.                                          Ken Gillespie and Special Operations           SQNLDR            Squadron Leader
                                                                                            SIG McCarthy died on July 8 when            Commander MAJGEN Tim McOwan
                                                                                                                                        joined Parliamentary Secretary for             FLTLT         Flight Lieutenant
                                                                                         the vehicle in which he was travelling
                                                                                         with two other Australian soldiers and         Defence Support Mike Kelly, MP,                FLGOFF           Flying Officer
                                                                                         a coalition soldier was hit by an impro-       Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs          PLTOFF           Pilot Officer
                                                                                         vised explosive device while they were         Bronwyn Bishop, MP, members of
  SOLEMN DUTY:                                                                           on patrol in southern Afghanistan.             the SASR and family and friends at             OFFCDT           Officer Cadet
  Australian soldiers                                                                       The other soldiers were wounded in          RAAF Base Amberley in welcoming
                                                                                                                                                                                       WOFF-AF           Warrant Officer of
  carry the casket                                                                       the attack, but the two Australians have       him home.                                      the Air Force
  of Signaller Sean                                                                      since returned to their unit.                      Attended by an honour guard, SIG
  McCarthy to a                                                                             On July 13, following a ramp cer-           McCarthy’s body was borne from the             WOFF          Warrant Officer
  waiting 37SQN                                                                          emony at the International Security            aircraft and placed in a waiting hearse.
  C-130 during a                                                                                                                                                                       FSGT         Flight Sergeant
                                                                                         Assistance Force base at Tarin Kowt in         Then, it was driven to the nearby termi-
  memorial service                                                                       Oruzgan Province, eight of his fellow          nal building where it was again taken          SGT        Sergeant
  in Southern                                                                            Servicemen carried the casket contain-         by the bearer party and presented to           CPL        Corporal
  Afghanistan. Photo:                                                                    ing his body onboard a waiting 37SQN           SIG McCarthy’s family.
  LS Kade Rogers                                                                         Hercules.                                          SIG McCarthy’s funeral service was         LAC        Leading Aircraftman
                                                                                            He was subsequently transferred to          held on the Gold Coast on July 18.             LACW          Leading Aircraftwoman
                                                                                                                                                                                       AC       Aircraftman
                                                                                                                                                                                       ACW         Aircraftwoman

 Air Mail                                                         Warrant Officer of the Air Force
                                                                  WOFF-AF Ray Woolnough, AM                                                                                              exemplary service to Air Force
                                                                                                                                                                                         intelligence and operations.
                                                                                                                                                                                         FLGOFF Adam Lawson – for

Reflections on our leadership                                                                                                                                                             his outstanding performance as
                                                                                                                                                                                         the operations officer of 41WG
                                                                                                                                                                                         air battle management co-ordi-
                                                                                                                                                                                         nation centre during Operation
   Greetings, Airmen of the Air me, it is exciting. His vision has had a late the personnel listed below for                                                                             Deluge.
Force.                          direct effect on my decision to join the recently being presented their well-
    What a wonderfully busy and his-        Active Reserve on my retirement from            deserved commendations. ’Till next                                                           SGT Ross MacDonald – for
torically changing period we have just      the Permanent Air Force, as I want to           time, please keep on smiling.                                                                his exemplary performance as
been through. With a new Chief and          remain part of the Air Force family.                                                                                                         the SNCO in charge the 37SQN
the announcement of the new Warrant             The recent announcement of my                                                                                                            avionics workshop.
Officer of the Air Force, my imme-          replacement as the Warrant Officer                  Commendation winners                                                                  ACAUST Commendation – Bronze
diate thoughts were initially sad but       of the Air Force is another exciting
were quickly erased when I looked           moment in the history of the Air Force.             CAF Commendation – Gold                                                                  FSGT Graeme Mitchell – for
at my work schedule. My calendar is         WOFF John Millar, known as ‘JJ’ to all                                                                                                       his outstanding performance as
                                                                                                   WGCDR Peter Sterrett – for
full and I have a lot to achieve before     who know him, is a character that is not               his outstanding efforts as an air                                                     the manager of the authorised
I leave the permanent Air Force and         only good-hearted and caring, but is a                 staff officer at the office of the      mission equipment maintenance                 maintenance certification at
move to Townsville with my lovely           very professional and accomplished air-                Air Attache in Washington.              section at 6SQN.                              37SQN.
wife, Sheryl.                               man. I am in no doubt that ‘JJ’ will not                                                                                                     CPL Robert Donaldson – for
                                                                                                   SQNLDR Dean Ransom – for                LAC Steven Hobbs – for his out-
    I would like to take this opportunity   only do the position proud, but that his
                                                                                                   his outstanding performance as          standing performance as a pho-                his professional competence,
to reflect on my working relationship       work for you and the Air Force will be
                                            nothing short of 120 per cent.                         staff officer capability manage-        tographer, imagery manager and                technical ability and team con-
with the past Chief, AIRMSHL Geoff
                                                Having said all of that, I would like              ment at HQSRG.                          webmaster at 87SQN.                           tribution within the ASOC.
Shepherd (ret’d). Here was a person
who, in my opinion, optimised what I        to thank all members – civilian and mil-               FLTLT Andrew Harrison – for           DCAF Commendation – Gold                     ACAUST Commendation – Bronze
term ‘a great leader’. Here was a leader    itary, either on the ground or in the sky,             his outstanding performance             SQNLDR Lee de Winton – for her             (Group)
who never shirked his responsibility        for putting on a farewell parade, display              as the F-111 aircraft stores            exemplary performance as the staff
                                                                                                   compatability strike design                                                           WGCDR Ross Adams – HQAC
to make a decision, and who always          and dinner at RAAF Base Glenbrook on                                                           officer to DCAF.
                                                                                                   engineer at the Aircraft Stores                                                       (Glenbrook)
took ownership of any task that was         July 3. The day will be remembered, not                                                        SGT Lynette Moerman – for her
given to him from higher command.           only by those changing command, but                    Compatability Engineering               dedication and professionalism as             SQNLDR Tony Smith – AOSG/
Having worked closely with AIRMSHL          by all who contributed to its success.                 Agency.                                 the personal assistant to DCAF.               SRG (Edinburgh)
Shepherd (ret’d) at HQAC and here at            There are many issues that I would                 WOFF Terrence Yelds – for                                                             SQNLDR John Wainwright
                                                                                                                                         ACAUST Commendation – Silver
AFHQ, I fully appreciated his vision        like to see finalised by the time I vacate             his exemplary performance as                                                          – CSG (Amberley)
for our great Air Force, and do feel        this position. Namely, the airmen’s pay                the HQALG safety adviser in             SQNLDR Kenneth Bowes – for his
                                                                                                                                           outstanding performance as SO2                SQNLDR John Kane – ALG
that through his tenacity he has put us     case (GORPS), the wet weather and cold                 achieving the best individual
                                                                                                                                           Air intelligence Plans at the AOC at          (Richmond)
on a road to future greatness. To the       weather clothing saga, and a number of                 contribution to health and safety
Shepherd family, AIRMSHL Shepherd           smaller issues that affect our good and                for 2007.                               HQJOC during Exercise Talisman                SQNLDR Paul Gallagher
(ret’d), Anne, Rohan and Jarvis, thank      hardworking members of the Air Force.                  SGT Jodi Ross – for her tireless        Saber 07.                                     – 395ECSW (Townsville)
you for your professionalism, under-        You can be assured that I will continue                and exemplary performance as            CAPT Christopher Killeen – for                SQNLDR Phil Eddes – AFTG
standing and friendship – from me and       to strive to help all airmen and I will do             valet to CAF.                           his outstanding service as a USAF             (Williams/Laverton)
Sheryl and the Airmen of the Air Force.     that until the day I walk out the door.                SGT Tania Schiebel – for her            exchange officer with 37SQN.                  SQNLDR John Kane – ACG
    Our new Chief, AIRMSHL Mark                 To those good-hearted people who                   exemplary performance as                FLTLT Gilbert Gonthier – for his
Binskin, is another great leader, and I     have asked me to stop and ‘smell the                                                                                                         (Pearce) – for their outstand-
                                                                                                   driver to CAF.                          exemplary performance as the OIC              ing performance as Reserve
can only feel excitement at the prospect    roses’ and not to work myself to a stand-
of working for and with him for the         still – I am listening to your good sound              SGT Reece Twible – for his              of the air mobility control centre            Liaison Officers in the imple-
remainder of the year. I have already       advice and I am planning a couple of                   outstanding performance as a            during 2007.                                  mentation of the Air Force
had some insight into where he wants        long weekends to balance my time.                      senior NCO within the alternate         FLTLT Anthony Cullen – for his                Reserve Restructure process.
the Air Force to head and, believe              Finally, I would like to congratu-

  Director                                    Reporter/Photographer                                                                                                                Postal address:

                                                                                                   AIR FORCE
  Rod Horan: (02) 6265 4650                   LAC Aaron Curran: (02) 6265 1355                                                                                                     R8–LG–048, Russell Offices
  rod.horan@defencenews.gov.au                aaron.curran@defencenews.gov.au                                                                                                      Canberra, ACT 2600
  Editor                                      Website: http://www.defence.gov.                                                                                                     Disclaimer
  Simone Liebelt: (02) 6265 2253              au/news/raafnews                                                                                                                     AIR FORCE    News is published fortnightly by
  simone.liebelt@defencenews.gov.au                                                                                                                                                the Directorate of Defence Newspapers. Printed
                                              Email: raafnews@defencenews.gov.au (Put                                                                                              by Capital Fine Print. The publisher reserves
  Deputy Editor/Sports Editor                 [sec=unclassified] after title in subject line)                                                                                      the right to refuse advertising if it is deemed
  Barry Rollings: (02) 6265 7219                                                                                                                                                   inappropriate and to change the size of the ad,
  barry.rollings@defencenews.gov.au           Subscriptions                                                                                                                        print type or other specifications if material is
                                                                                                      Advertising manager                 Advertising Representative
                                              Trish Dillon: (02) 6266 7607                                                                                                         not compatible with our system. The fact an ad
  Senior Reporter                             tdillon@defencenews.gov.au                              Geoff Howard: (02) 6266 7605        Tim Asher: (07) 3332 7651                is accepted for publication does not mean that
  Andrew Stackpool: (02) 6266 7611                                                                    0405 310 074                        0414 552 667                             the product or service has the endorsement of
  andrew.stackpool@defencenews.gov.au         Fax: (02) 6265 6690                                     advertising@defencenews.gov.au      timothy.asher@defence.gov.au             Defence or AIR FORCE News.
AIR FORCE July 24, 2008                                                                                                                                                                                     News 3

Home again
41WG and 3CRU rotation back
from six months in Afghanistan
       By FLTLT Jaimie Abbott                      Afghanistan’s airspace is one of
   AVM Mark Skidmore certainly                 the busiest in the world, with a large
timed his first visit to RAAF Base Wil-        number of civilian and military aircraft
                                               movements each day.
liamtown as Air Commander Australia
                                                   FLGOFF Alesha Whitehead returned
well – as he was able to personally wel-
                                               to Australia on March 7 this year after
come home members from Afghani-                seven months working as a force mar-
stan.                                          shaller.
    Around 40 personnel from No. 3                 “To be in control of the majority
Control and Reporting Unit (3CRU)
                                               of the Afghan airspace and responsible
and 41WG were recognised for their
                                               for the safety of all the aircrew within it
deployment to Kandahar and other loca-
tions within the Middle East Area of           was something I am very proud to have
Operations (MEAO) in a special wel-            achieved,” FLGOFF Whitehead said.
come home afternoon tea.                           “It was a rewarding experience and
    Many had returned from six-month           one that I will never forget.”
stints at the Control and Reporting Centre         That enthusiasm was echoed by
(CRC) in Afghanistan, where they pro-          FSGT Brian Holdcroft who received             WELCOME HOME DAD: Above, LAC Richard Mullens from 3CRU is reunited with his wife Derrilin and
vided air surveillance and air battle man-     an Afghanistan Campaign Medal on              daughters Shahla, Liyana and Kaiya at RAAF Base Williamtown.
agement for operations.                        the day.                                      CONGRATULATIONS: Below left, Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Procurement Greg Combet, MP,
     This included air-to-air refuelling and       FSGT Holdcroft said he wouldn’t           (centre), ACAUST AVM Mark Skidmore (fourth from left) and AIRCDRE Warren Ludwig (fourth from right)
safe transit of military aircraft throughout   mind going over again.                        with 41WG personnel.                                                           Photos: AC Mark Friend
the operational area.                              “The hours were long, but it was
    Among those recently returned from         such a challenge to work in the CRC           do without this amazing support from           operating the CRC in the ongoing                   Surveillance and Response Group
Kandahar was Detachment Commander              as an air surveillance operator,” FSGT        home.”                                         mission. The last time a 41WG unit                 AIRCDRE Warren Ludwig said.
WGCDR Ian Gibson, who was presented            Holdcroft said.                                   Since an advance party moved into          deployed overseas was in 1958 when                    AVM Skidmore also presented a
with an Australian Active Service Medal            Families were also invited to the         Afghanistan in April 2007, two full            it was sent to Butterworth during the              Commander Joint Task Force Bronze
at the afternoon tea.                          welcome home event.                           rotations of staff have served their six       Malayan Emergency.                                 Commendation to LAC Patrick
    “I am proud to have been a part of             “The families and friends of the staff    month deployments. The third rota-                 “It’s been a long time between                 Morgan for exemplary service.
such an important operation where the          have played a key role in this opera-         tion is currently in Kandahar. A fourth        operational deployments and the                       Medals were also presented to
CRC operated 24 hours a day in such            tion so far,” OC 41WG GPCAPT Chris            rotation has recently commenced                work they are doing over there now                 CPL Ben Martin and SQNLDR Mike
a busy environment,” WGCDR Gibson              Westwood said.                                force preparation training.                    is extremely valuable to Australia’s               Dunn for service in Afghanistan and
said.                                              “We simply could not do what we               Today, there are 75 personnel              international reputation,” Commander               Iraq.

                                                                                                        Big rate for
   Military                                                                                             a limited time
   Compensation                                                                                         on term deposits
   All states, all services.                                                                             Right now, you can open a new Defcredit
                                                                                                                                                                                                     From a minimum
                                                                                                         Premium Term Deposit and lock in a high rate                                                investment of just
   Protect your position now!                                                                            of 8.5%p.a.* for 12 months. Or you can choose
                                                                                                         from our other Term Deposits, such as 8.45% p.a.                                            $5,000
                                                                                                         for nine months or 8.4% p.a. for six months.

   The choice of Service Personnel.
   Links with the ADF for more than 25 years.                                                            To invest in a Defcredit Term Deposit,
                                                                                                         call 1800 033 139 or visit your local branch.
                                                                                                         *This rate is only available on funds that are not currently deposited with Defcredit. Rates are
                                                                                                         based upon minimum deposit of $5,000, are correct at the time of printing and are subject to

   Freecall 1800 773 880
                                                                                                         change. Conditions apply, please refer to the Products and Services Conditions of Use. Fees
                                                                                                         and charges may also apply, please refer to the Fees and Charges Schedule for details.

                                                                  903/276 Pitt Street
                                                                  Sydney NSW 2000
                                                                      02 9262 7338
                                                                info@wyatts.com.au                  Defence Force Credit Union Limited

    Wyatt Attorneys                                             www.wyatts.com.au
                                                                                                    ABN 57 087 651 385 AFSL 234582
4 News                                                                                                                                                                          AIR FORCE July 24, 2008

Richmond greets
the Pope
From Page 1                                        In recent years, the base has forged
    By no means a solely internal effort,      a successful reputation for hosting high-
the Papal arrival required a cohesive effort   profile events, including providing APEC
by several Defence and government agen-        support during Operation Deluge, as well
cies, including NSW Police, for some           as several repatriation ceremonies and the
                                               2006 Defence Air Show.
weeks ahead of the arrival.
                                                   “On the day, it all came together for an
    WGCDR Phelan said the arrival was          absolutely flawless operation,” SQNLDR
well beyond what they initially intended       Williams said.
to have on the day.                                “We encountered no incidents on the
    “The organisers of the World Youth         day – security was maintained and the
Day event originally intended that His         Prime Minister’s office was extremely
Holiness’ arrival via Richmond would be        pleased with how it all went.
kept low-profile, but once the word got            “The hour that His Holiness was at
out, the entire nature of the day changed,”    RAAF Base Richmond required months
he said.                                       of planning on our part, particularly
    Planning early and planning personal-      in coordination with members of the
ly with government agencies also proved        Explosive Ordnance Team from Orchard
essential.                                     Hills, CSU-Richmond/Glenbrook,
    “From the experience, I took away the      1AOSS, No. 2 Airfield Defence Squadron
vital importance of face-to-face liaison       and Defence Support Group, as well as
with all players,” WGCDR Phelan said.          the Australian Quarantine and Inspection       THANKS FOR COMING: Above,
    “I take a lot of pride in the accom-       Service, Customs and the US Air Force.”        Pope Benedict XVI waves to the
plishments of my executive officer,               Full coverage of Air Force’s involvement    crowd, accompanied by Prime
SQNLDR Cate Williams, in directing the            in Operation Testament will be featured     Minister Kevin Rudd, after arriving
team who put it all together.”                    in the next edition.                        at RAAF Base Richmond.
                                                                                                                                                                        STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN: Above, 1AOSS
  Keeping the faith on Op Testament                                                                                                                                     air movements personnel eagerly await
                                                                                                                                                                        the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI’s aircraft
     Operation Testament was the ADF’s contri-          out the logistics for an international ‘Military                                                                at RAAF Base Richmond. From left, LAC
     bution to World Youth Day 08 (WYD08).              Pilgrims’ program, as well as security sup-                                                                     David Webb, LAC Callen Burmester, AC
                                                                                                                                                                        Jesse Selby, LAC Ben Lavender, CPL
     WYD08 is the largest youth event in the            port for the event.
                                                                                                                                                                        Mick Stephenson and CPL Jeff Coupe.
     world and was held in Sydney from July             The ‘Military Pilgrims’ attended celebra-                                                                       CLEARING PATROL: Left, explosive
     15-20, attracting more than 125,000 inter-         tions around Sydney during the week-long                                                                        detection dog handler, CPL Cameron
     national visitors.                                 youth festival, which culminated in a final                                                                     Scott from 382ECSS, puts dog ‘Bea’
     Operation Testament comprised personnel            mass celebrated by the Pope at Randwick                                                                         through her paces searching media in
     drawn from across the Services carrying            Racecourse on July 20.                                                                                          the lead-up to the Pope’s arrival.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Photos: CPL Rachel Ingram

                                                                                                10SQN crews hit Hawaii
                                                                                                   TWO 10SQN Orion crews
                                                                                                have said “aloha” to Hawaii after
                                                                                                deploying to the island for the bi-
 What is RSL Legal Aid?                                                                         annual US-led Exercise Rimpac
                                                                                                (Rim of the Pacific).
                                                                                                    Air Force’s maritime and support
 The RSL Legal Aid Scheme is an initiative of the RSL                                           assets are once again gaining invalu-
                                                                                                able exposure to, and experience
 in cooperation with National Legal Aid (NLA). It is a                                          in, joint and combined operational
 scheme designed to facilitate the provision of free legal                                      exercise activity after the crews and
                                                                                                supporting personnel from 10SQN
 information and preliminary legal advice to Australian                                         and 92WG deployed to the island.
                                                                                                    The exercise is being conducted
 Defence Force personnel wherever they may be serving.                                          from June 29 to July 31. It is the
                                                                                                21st in the series, which started in
 Information about civilian law is available from a                                                 It includes 35 surface combat-
 number of sources, including legal aid commissions and                                         ant ships, six submarines, more
                                                                                                than 150 aircraft and 20,000 sail-
 law societies in each state and territory of Australia.                                        ors, marines, soldiers, airmen
 Sometimes an understanding of the law relating to your                                         and American coastguardsmen.
                                                                                                Participating countries are Australia,
 problem will enable you to decide how best to handle                                           Canada, Chile, Netherlands, Japan,
 it. Sometimes you may also need legal advice. The                                              Peru, Singapore, the Republic of
 RSL Legal Aid Scheme is designed to help you obtain                                            Korea, UK and USA.
                                                                                                    The Orions departed RAAF Base
 information about the law and preliminary advice about                                         Edinburgh on June 28; other assets,      ALOHA: OC 92WG GPCAPT Stephen Osborne and CO 10SQN
                                                                                                                                         WGCDR Kevin Murray with their Hawaiian shirts in hand ready to
 your problem.                                                                                  personnel and stores deployed on a
                                                                                                                                         deploy to Hawaii for Exercise Rimpac.      Photo: AC Glen McCarthy
                                                                                                36SQN C-17 and 37SQN C-130J.
                                                                                                    In addition to the Orions,
                                                                                                Australian units participating are       Multi-National Force Maritime           Task Group headquarters, which is
 For information about how to access the scheme, visit the                                      HMA Ships Anzac, Tobruk, Success         Patrol Commander and will be            based at the US Marines Air Station
 RSL website at:                                                                                and Waller, Clearance Diving Team        responsible for the tasking and con-    at Kaneohe Bay on Oahu Island in
                                                                                                Four, Army amphibious specialists        trol of all maritime patrol aircraft    Hawaii.
                                                                                                and a headquarters element.              deployed for the exercise.                 Full coverage of 10SQN’s involve-
                            http://www.rsl.org.au                                                   OC 92WG GPCAPT Stephen                   In addition to working with the        ment in Exercise Rimpac will feature
                                                                                                Osborne has been appointed as the        Orions, he is operating from the           in the next edition.

              ��������������������������� ���                                                         ����������������������
AIR FORCE July 24, 2008                                                                                                                                                                                    News 5

Tanker takes shape
33SQN prepares for exciting new                                                                  SNEAK PEEK: CO
                                                                                                 33SQN WGCDR Guy
future as first MRTT is converted                                                                Wilson with the A330
                                                                                                 aircraft at Brisbane
  By FLGOFF Eamon Hamilton                                                                       Airport, where it is being
                                                it landed at Brisbane Airport. He reg-
                                                                                                 converted by Qantas for
                                                istered 10 hours in the co-pilot’s seat
   THE future of Air Force air-to-air                                                            Air Force service.
                                                during the two-leg flight from the
refuelling and airlift is now being cre-                                                         Photo: LAC Scott Woodward
                                                Airbus factory in Toulouse, France to
ated at Brisbane Airport.                       Brisbane.
    The first Airbus A330 Multi Role                A former B707 captain, WGCDR
Tanker Transport (MRTT) to be modi-             Wilson said: “This is an exciting time
fied to KC-30B status in Australia              for us because this aircraft will bring
arrived in Brisbane on May 29. Due for          a considerable increase in capabil-
delivery next year, it will become the          ity for the Air Force. We’re gathering a
second KC-30B in Australian service.            glimpse of what’s to come.”
    The year-long conversion proc-                  He will be among the first four Air
ess is being carried out by Qantas              Force pilots to undergo a Qantas A330
Engineering.                                    conversion course in September, con-
    Its future home, 33SQN, is now              ducting classroom lessons and simu-
close-by at RAAF Base Amberley, after           lator training before conducting ‘line
relocating from RAAF Base Richmond              flying’ on the A330 with Qantas for
following the retirement of the B707            several months to gain experience.
on June 30. The squadron began oper-                One member joked that the aircraft
ating from its new base the next day.           had come to Brisbane “brand new from
    An induction ceremony for the               the factory, only to be pulled apart into
A330 at Brisbane Airport on June 6              a thousand pieces and have holes cut
provided an opportunity for members             into it”.
of Qantas, EADS CASA, the Defence                   That process will require up to
Materiel Organisation and Air Force to          100 workers at the Qantas Conversion
see the big aircraft up close.                  Centre, which was refurbished for the       entering the final stages of a four-year              and best value for tax payers. The          in airlift capability available to the Air
    Also there to see the new jet was the       task. The conversion includes structural    development program in Europe and is                  new tankers will greatly contribute to      Force – capable of transporting 270
KC-30B Transition Team’s Amberley               changes for installation of a refuelling    due to begin the final phase of its flight            Australia’s effective participation in      passengers, 40 tonnes of cargo, or more
Detachment – which officially became            boom and receptacle, air-to-air refuel-     test program later this year.                         allied and coalition operations.”           than 100 tonnes of fuel.
part of 33SQN on July 1 when the                ling pods, a new airborne refuelling            Director General Airlift and                          At 59m long and with a wingspan             It will have twice the fuel offload
squadron moved on base.                         operator station in the cockpit, and        Training Systems for DMO, AIRCDRE                     of 60m, the KC-30B will be the biggest      performance than the former B707
    Their new CO, WGCDR Guy                     installation of military avionics.          Steve Drury, said: “The aircraft repre-               aircraft operated by the Air Force.         when conducting air-to-air refuelling
Wilson, was on board the Airbus when                The Air Force’s first KC-30B is         sents the best capability for Air Force                   It will also bring about another leap   operations.

                                                                                                             Recognising and
LAST FLIGHT: Former CO 33SQN WGCDR Jim Ghee controls the 285SQN
B707 simulator on a fly-past of Sydney Harbour during its decommissioning at
RAAF Base Richmond.                                      Photo: ACW Shannon Urie
                                                                                                             rewarding you
B707 sim is retired                                                                                          with subsidised
after near decade                                                                                            Home Loans
    By FLGOFF Eamon Hamilton                      1990, the Air Force determined a need                      Defcredit DHOAS Advantage Home Loans can help you purchase or pay
                                                  for the acquisition of high-fidelity flight                off your home sooner. These specially designed loans can provide you with
    RETIREMENT of the B707 fleet has
                                                  simulators, for all large aircraft to reduce               monthly subsidies on your home loan repayments and exclusive savings not
also meant retirement of the B707 simu-           the high fatigue placed on them during
lator at 285SQN.                                  training sorties.                                          normally available on our standard home loans. So not only can you save on
    A training unit for Air Lift Group,               A new flight simulator facility was
285SQN took delivery of the simula-                                                                          your repayments, but on your day-to-day banking, credit card and more.*
                                                  completed and the new B707 simulator
tor during its formation in 1999 and has          arrived at RAAF Base Richmond in 1998.
operated the sim with support by CAE
Australia, Pty Ltd. Taking its final ‘flight’
                                                  The following year, the B707 simulator                     To find out more, call us on 1800 033 139,
                                                  achieved CASA level-five accreditation.
on June 25, the simulator was decommis-               Former B707 flight engineer Ian                        visit your local Defcredit branch
sioned before members of DMO, CAE,                Macgregor is now DMO’s simulator logis-                    or log on to www.defcredit.com.au
and the Air Force in a small ceremony.            tics manager at 285SQN.
    AIRCDRE Jack Plenty, Commander                    He said in November 2003, the B707
Air Lift Group, said the simulator had            and C130J simulators were formally
                                                                                                             *Terms and conditions apply.

been in Air Force service since September         accepted into Air Force service. “This                     Defence Force Credit Union Limited
                                                                                                             ABN 57 087 651 385 AFSL 234582
1999. “It became the first military flight        event was only possible following the sat-
                                                                                                             DEF1330 AANN (07/08)
simulator in the world to achieve a level-        isfaction of over 1000 simulator function
five simulator accreditation – the highest        and performance requirements.
level of civilian flight simulator fidelity,”         “Since then, 33SQN and 285SQN have
AIRCDRE Plenty said.                              enjoyed the faithful service of their B707
    Its retirement closes an interesting          full-flight simulator with hardly a hic-
chapter in B707 training for the Air Force.       cup,” he said. “No simulator ever perfectly
    When the original aircraft were pur-          matches the aircraft it represents, however
chased in 1979, crews had to travel to            praise for the quality of the Air Force B707
Hong Kong in order to use a B707 simu-            simulator from pilots, flight engineers and
lator owned by airline Cathay Pacific. In         ground crew has never ceased.”
6 News                                                                                                                                                                               AIR FORCE July 24, 2008

Take a guided tour of                                                                                ON OUR WAY: Two students in a 2OCU Hornet
                                                                                                     roll out at the start of a mission during a previous
                                                                                                     High Sierra exercise.

Air Force’s visual
identity with new tool
          By Andrew Stackpool                   aware that to look professional we need to
   DO YOU know what the Air Force               have a consistent and coordinated message
                                                and style regarding our brand – something
brand is? Do you know where to find out         we can be proud of,” Mrs McGee said.
how, where and by whom Air Force’s                  These guidelines provide all the rel-
symbols should be properly represented?         evant information including word doc-
    These are two of several questions          uments, colours, and layout needed by
that have occupied people within the            anyone who needs to create any form of
Directorate of Coordination at Air Force        document, such as PowerPoint presenta-
Headquarters (AFHQ).                            tions and newsletters that incorporate any
    The brand comprises a mixture of Air        of the symbols.
Force values and symbols that together              “The guide will assist people to pro-
provide Air Force’s identity to its stake-      duce a professional product, either to do
holders and the wider public.                   some desktop publishing for their unit or
    The brand embodies Air Force’s unique       as a draft for professional printing. We are
characteristics and is intended to enhance      asking anyone who is designing anything
Air Force pride. The brand comprises three

                                                                                                   2OCU seven
                                                pertaining to external Air Force publi-
symbols. The first is the Air Force logo        cations of any type to look at the guide
– the words ‘Air Force’ in Air Force blue,      before they produce it,” she said.
and incorporating the Air Force Roundel as
the ‘O’. Second is the Air Force Roundel,          More information is available at http://
and the third is the Air Force badge.
    The symbols all meet essential speci-

                                                                                                   pass Sierra
fications and a concern for the directo-
rate was how to ensure these are properly
used whenever they are reproduced in any
media format.
    “A common misconception that white
behind the crown and scrolls of badges
is a requirement – it is not at all, and that
is one of the main messages we want to                                                                SEVEN new aircrew have                   Eleven F/A-18 Hornets, eight               HS08 also provided 2OCU and
get across,” FSGT Benjamin Wright from                                                             joined the ranks as F/A-18 fighter      Hawks, three PC-9s from the                76SQN personnel the opportunity
AFHQ said.                                                                                         pilots following their graduation       Forward Air Control Development            to test their procedures away from
    To ensure correct reproduction, AFHQ                                                           from No. 2 Operational Conversion       Unit and more than 200 personnel           home base. With direct support from
recently promulgated its Visual Identity                                                           Unit’s (2OCU) Hornet conversion         participated in the exercise.              323CSS, 44WG Detachment and
Guidelines (pictured right). These are                                                             course.                                     CO 2OCU WGCDR Phil Gordon              local corporate support, RAAF Base
available in hard copy, on the Defence                   Visual Identity Guidelines                   FLTLT Adam Clarke, FLGOFFs           said the activity is the culmination of    Townsville provided an excellent
                                                             A guide to producing consistent and                                           six months of intensive training on        location for 2OCU to successfully
intranet and on a DVD and are intended                          effective visual communications    Edwin Borrman, Matthew Deveson,
for use by units for everyday use and by                                                           Sean Hamilton and Farzan Kalantary,     the Hornet.                                complete the exercise.
professional designers and establishments.                                                         and PLTOFFs Andrew Nilson and               “High Sierra provides important            The course graduation din-
    Air Force’s Brand Manager Michele                                                              Bryan Thompson reached the cli-         training for all aircrew and ground        ner held on June 29 rewarded the
McGee said that the guidelines are intend-                                                         max of their course and conversion      crew in deployed operations, result-       high achievers of the preceding
ed as a basic tool box. “People need to be                                                         from the Hawk to the F/A-18 with        ing in the graduation of seven new         six months. FLTLT Daniel Wilson
                                                                                                   their participation in Exercise High    operational fighter pilots,” he said.      was awarded the JP Conlan trophy
                                                                                                   Sierra (HS08). The activity – held at       The exercise also provided invalu-     for best instructor; FLTLT Clarke
                                                                                                   RAAF Base Townsville from June          able training for the Hawks operating      the Drummond Memorial trophy
                                                                                                   9-26 – delivered vital training for     as the adversarial aircraft against the    for weapons proficiency; PLTOFF
                                                                                                                                           Hornets and PC-9s.                         Thompson the Powell Memorial
               IT’S JUST LUNCH!
                                                                                                   the aircrew and represented the final
                                                                                                   phase of the course.                        2OCU XO SQNLDR Stephen                 Trophy for academic proficiency;
                                                                                                      HS08 also provided the appro-        Chappell noted the heightened per-         and FLGOFF Kalantary the Michael
    WHO ARE WE?                                                                                    priate course conditions for the        formance of the squadrons.                 E. Ryan Trophy for course dux.
    At It’s Just Lunch we organise fun, first dates for                                             Fighter Intelligence course. FLGOFF         “76SQN were outstanding in                 FLTLT Clarke summed up the
                                                                                                   Bradley Blumberg graduated as one       their support and provided fantastic       experience for the students: “The
    busy professionals.                                                                            of Air Force’s newest INTELLOs.         training to the students with their        course was extremely challenging
    It’s Just Lunch matches your profile with a similar, like-minded person and                        Conducted biannually, High           adversary presentations. Their junior      and, while the stakes were high for
    arranges a fun first lunch-time date or after-work drinks. We minimise the                      Sierra forms an integral part of the    aircrew also benefited from observ-        all the students, we still found time
                                                                                                   overall training program delivered      ing their mates graduate ahead of          to enjoy the flying and the tight-knit
    stress and maximise your chances of finding the right partner!                                  by 2OCU.                                them on the course,” he said.              fighter pilot community,” he said.
    SUCCESS!                                                                                                                                                                                       Sierra stats
    So far, It’s Just Lunch has been responsible for introducing thousands of                                                                                                                         Eleven Hornets,
    happy couples who enjoy socialising and networking to meet new and                                                                                                                                six Hawks and
    interesting people.                                                                                                                                                                               three PC-9s par-
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Units involved
    RANGE OF INFORMATION INCLUDING:                                                                                                                                                                   included 2OCU,
    -   What to expect                                                                                                                                                                                76SQN, 323CSS,
    -   Dating tips
                                   www.itsjustlunch.com.au                                                                                                                                            44WG DET
                                                                                                                                                                                                      and RAAF Base
    -   Locations                                                                                                                                                                                     Townsville.
    -   Our restaurant partners                                                                                                                                                                       Seven aircrew and
                                      JOIN NOW                   BRISBANE
    -   And more!                                                                                                                                                                                     an intelligence
                                     AND RECEIVE
                                                                GOLD COAST                                                                                                                            officer graduated.
                                    $200 OFF YOUR
                                     MEMBERSHIP                   SYDNEY                                                                                                                              High Sierra ran
                                                                 CANBERRA                                                                                                                             from June 9-26
                                                                MELBOURNE                                                                                                                             and is the culmi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                      nation of the fast
                                                                 1300 657 706                                                                                                                         jet conversion
                                                                                                                                                                                                      course to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                      More than 200
                                                                                                                                                                                                      personnel from
                                                                                                                                                                                                      2OCU and 76SQN
                                                                                                                                                                                                      also deployed.

AIR FORCE July 24, 2008                                                                                                                                    News 7

New missile tested on the Hornet
    THE introduction into Air Force          is teamed with the Hornet Weapons
service of an all-weather long-range         Integration Project Team, from the
air-to-surface missile passed another        Tactical Fighter Systems Program Office,
milestone recently when a test AGM-          to integrate JASSM onto the Air Force
158A Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Mis-      ‘classic’ F/A-18A/B+ Hornet aircraft and
sile (JASSM) was successfully released       achieve the Initial Operational Capability
from an F/A-18 at the Jervis Bay range       by the end of 2009.
facility or the first time.                      SQNLDR Spencer said the trial’s
    Designed to demonstrate that the         success was made possible with support
missile can safely separate from the air-    from other key Defence units includ-
craft, the test was the result of a coor-    ing the Development and Test Wing of
dinated team effort by the Defence           AOSG that provided the aircraft compat-
Materiel Organisation (DMO), Air Force       ibility engineering expertise, test aircraft
and Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire        and crews; Lockheed Martin Missiles and
Control.                                     Fire Control that provided the technical
    Project manager SQNLDR Michael           expertise on the missile and its testing;
Spencer said the purpose of the trial was    the Jervis Bay Range Facility personnel
to determine if the aerodynamic flow per-    with their telemetry equipment; 81WG
mitted safe separation of a missile from     for logistics engineering support; 78WG                                                               TESTERS:          Above,      ARDU
the launch aircraft. To conduct it, test     that provided a Hawk chase aircraft; and                                                              technicians load the JASSM on
pilots released the missile under opera-     DSTO that provided wind tunnel testing                                                                to the test Hornet at RAAF Base
tionally representative flight conditions    and risk analyses.                                                                                    Williamtown during the trial.
and delivery manoeuvres.                         “More Australian JASSM flight trials
                                                                                                                                                                  Photo: SGT Shane Gidall
    “The trial was conducted using a         are planned as part of an incremental test
                                             program,” SQNLDR Spencer said.                                                                        SKY HIGH: Left, the ARDU
JASSM Separation Test Vehicle (STV),
which replicates the operational JASSM           “This program builds on the results                                                               Hornet testing the JASSM over
and transmits separation data to a telem-    from each test to progressively improve                                                               the Jervis Bay weapons range.
etry ground station operated by the          confidence that the missile can be                                                                            Photo: SQNLDR Derek Thresher
Ranges and Assessing Unit at Jervis          launched and operated safely over the
Bay,” SQNLDR Spencer said.                   range of flight altitudes, speeds and
    “The STV is fitted with a telemetry      manoeuvres required to be used by our
kit and flight termination system. The       Hornet aircrews.”
system is used to deliberately destroy the       Meanwhile, other upgrades to the
missile in mid-flight, in order to manage    Hornet continue on track following the
safety on the air weapons range.”            successful trialling of its new Raytheon
    DMO is acquiring the missile for Air     ALR-67(V)3 radar warning receiver
Force through Project Air 5418 Phase 1       and acceptance into service of the Joint
– Follow-On Stand-Off Weapon under           Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) missile.
contracts with Lockheed Martin and the          Article supplied by SQNLDR Michael
US Air Force. The DMO project office            Spencer.

   JASSM stats                                                                                    PROPERTY INVESTMENT WILL
     An autonomous, long-range, con-           It is integrated on the American
     ventional, air-to-ground, precision
     stand-off missile designed to
                                               B-1, B-2, B-52 and F-16 aircraft.
                                               Future platforms include the
                                                                                                SECURE YOUR FINANCIAL FUTURE
     destroy high-value, well-defend-          F-15E, and F-35.
     ed, fixed and relocatable targets.        Australia is currently the only
                                                                                             Quality selected home & land packages in high rental demand
     2,000-pounds with a penetra-              other country procuring the sys-                        areas throughout South East Queensland
     tor/blast fragmentation warhead,          tem.
     JASSM cruises autonomously in             Its stealthy airframe makes it
     adverse weather, day or night.            extremely difficult to defeat.
                                                                                            OUR ADVANTAGES                          All homes come ready to rent with
                                                                                            1. Deal Direct with the Developer/      quality inclusions & fittings such
                                                                                            Builder and save thousands              as:
                                                                                            2. We will assist in organising your      Stainless Steel Appliances
                                                                                            tenants through our selected local
                                                                                            agents                                      Light Fittings
                                                                                            3. A Full depreciation schedule will be      Carpets & Ceramic Tiles
                                                                                            supplied with every package                   Air-Conditioning
                                                                                            4. Professional Finance assistance is          Ceiling fans
                                                                                            also available
                                                                                            5. Follow the construction process
                                                                                            through our unique weblink, photos of             Verticals
                                                                                            your home will be posted on the site at             Fencing
                                                                                            each stage of construction
                                                                                                                                         and much more
                                                                                                 Call NOW and ask about our special
                                                                                              CASH-BACK offer to service personnel ONLY
                                                                                                 please call us for further information or check out our web site at
   New helo catches a lift
   Army’s third MRH90 multi-role helicopter is unloaded from a 36SQN
   Globemaster at Brisbane Airport on June 22. The C-17 was on a return
                                                                                                      Phone today
   leg from overseas when the opportunity to pick up the MRH90 arrived,
   enabling it to be delivered early. It is the first time that a helicopter of this
   type has been transported in a C-17.                       Photo: LS Kelvin Hockey
                                                                                                      1800 000 916
 Our new eLearning
module can help you get
  Financial Advice.

                                                                                       How do
                                                                                       you find an
Do you need                                                                            Adviser?
a Financial

                                                                                       What should
How does                                                                               you ask the
an Adviser                                                                             Adviser?
get paid?

                ADF Financial Services Consumer Council
                ADF Financial Services Consumer Council
              For more information contact us at: adf.consumercouncil@defence.gov.au
AIR FORCE July 24, 2008                                                                                                                                                                 News 9

Thunderbird salute at
Pearce By LAC Aaron Curran                     His first stint at 2FTS came after
   AFTER 21 years in the Air Force, that, where he was employed as a quali-
                                      fied flying instructor and thereafter pro-
WGCDR Jason Waller has ended his moted to flight commander.
successful Air Force career in style.     Various staff jobs in Canberra await-
    WGCDR Waller, CO of No. 2 Flying        ed WGCDR Waller after his time in
Training School (2FTS), RAAF Base           the west, then another stint with the
Pearce, joined in a 26-ship PC-9 fly-       Orions brought him back to SA. He
past conducted in Thunderbird forma-        commanded a task group in the Middle
tion to mark the end of No. 211 Pilots’     East Area of Operations (MEAO), then
Course – and his career.                    finally came back to 2FTS as the CO.
    Joining WGCDR Waller in the for-            “My greatest experiences in the Air
mation was former CAF AIRMSHL               Force have been my command at 2FTS
Geoff Shepherd (ret’d), who was at          and in the MEAO with the Maritime
Pearce to attend the pilots’ course grad-   Patrol Detachment,” WGCDR Waller
uation. He retired on July 3.               said.
    The Thunderbird flight – which is           “I enjoyed flying immensely, which
an important training activity for junior   goes without saying, and also work-
pilots in formation flying – went out       ing in the Strategic Operations Division
over Rottnest Island, Perth, and then       with the then-AIRCDRE Shepherd dur-
Pearce to the cheers of the assembled       ing operations Bastille, Falconer and
crowd below. They were there to cel-        Catalyst. It was an extremely busy
ebrate the course graduation the follow-    time and we did huge hours, but it was
ing day.                                    rewarding to see those operations kick
    WGCDR Waller joined the Air Force       off.”
in 1987. After ADFA, he went to pilot           Of the changes in the Air Force dur-
training in 1992 and was then posted to     ing his time, he said that a lot of people
the P-3 Orions in Edinburgh.                talked about loss of conditions of serv- FAREWELL FLIGHTS: Outgoing CO 2FTS WGCDR Jason Waller and former CAF AIRMSHL Geoff Shepherd
                                                                                       (ret’d) prepare to board a PC-9 to take part in the traditional 26-ship ‘Thunderbird’ formation fly-past at RAAF
                                                                                       Base Pearce (pictured left). The graduation of No. 211 Pilots’ Course coincided with their retirement from the Air
                                                                                       Force.                                                                                       Photos: LAC Aaron Curran

                                                                                    ice, but he believed ground had been         in front of an aircraft,” he said. “The        WGCDR Waller’s retirement coin-
                                                                                    gained on that issue.                        students are from a different generation   cided with the graduation of nine Air
                                                                                        “There have been a lot of improve-       and have different value sets, but they    Force and three Navy officers from No.
                                                                                    ments in the way we look after our peo-      are fundamentally always the same.”        211 Pilots’ Course.
                                                                                    ple,” he said. “We have become much              WGCDR Waller’s wife and three              AIRMSHL Shepherd (ret’d) attended
                                                                                    more professional, both in the military      children were upset when he told them      as the reviewing officer on the day and
                                                                                    and business sense. The Air Force has        he was going to leave the Air Force.       presented the pilots with their ‘wings’.
                                                                                    become a lot smarter and better focused          “My wife was actually shocked the      One graduate, PLTOFF Jay Moriarty,
                                                                                    on how we do things.”                        day I put in my resignation. She has       was so keen not to miss his graduation
                                                                                        He said while pilot training proce-      put up with everything that all other      parade he discharged himself from hos-
                                                                                    dures and processes may have changed,        Defence families put up with and with-     pital after having an appendix operation
                                                                                    students were still the same.                out her I would have been unable to        only a few days before.
                                                                                        “I don’t think students have changed     achieve what I have in the Air Force.”         Dux of the course went to OFFCDT
                                                                                    since Orville and Wilbur Wright stepped      he said.                                   Shaun Hayles.

                                                                                                                               Trevor goes the distance
                                                                                                                               WOFF Douglas “Trevor” Thompson’s long and dedicated service was
                                                                                                                               recognised recently when he received the fourth clasp to his Defence
                                                                                                                               Long Service Medal from CDR AOSG GPCAPT John Teager. The working
                                                                                                                               dog handler turned loadmaster said: “I have enjoyed the first 35 years in
                                                                                                                               the Air Force and look forward to a few more yet.” Photo: ACW Shannon Urie

                                    �������������������������������������                                                                                                                      Defence
                                                                                                                                                                                               HOME OWNERSHIP
                                    ����������������������������������������������������������������������                                                         SCHEME

                                                                                                                                               We make it easier for you
                                      ���������������������������                                            ���������������������������������������������������������������������������
10 News                                                                                                                                                                     AIR FORCE July 24, 2008

                                                                                Safety goes
                                                                                    RAAF Base Williamtown took a
                                                                                major step to minimise potential risks
                                                                                                                          awareness courses], the Air Force has
                                                                                                                          heavily supported the project and over
                                                                                and accidents to its off-road motorcy-    80 per cent of Air Force off-road rid-
                                                                                cle riders when 19 base riders gradu-     ers have now been trained,” FSGT
                                                                                ated from its recent ADF Off-road         Kirkels said.
                                                                                Motorcycle Safety Awareness course.           “A certain percentage of riders are
                                                                                    The course was organised by SGT       missed due to work commitments,
                                                                                Darrell Greig from the Tactical Fighter   medical restrictions or deployments.”
                                                                                Systems Program Office and run by             He said that there were a few acci-
                                                                                Australian Institute of Sport-qualified   dents associated with off-road riding;
                                                                                ProART instructors, Lyndon Blake          these varied, but he pointed out that
                                                                                and Tye Thies.                            they are no different from injuries
                                                                                    The course was held at Maitland       members receive playing other sports
                                                                                district motorcycle club from May 28-     such as football or netball, or from              STABLE: ProArt instructor Lyndon
                                                                                29 and addressed the skills, drills and   day-to-day tasks.                                 Blake uses AC Alan Reitsma for a
                                                                                fundamentals of motorcycle riding             “The feedback through the course              demonstration outlining the correct
                                                                                across the motocross, enduro and tri-     critiques from students has been inval-           body position to use when riding.
                                                                                als disciplines to provide course par-    uable. Our members approve of the
                                                                                ticipants with a broader spectrum of      course and are impressed on how it is
                                                                                off-road riding skills and knowledge.     organised and conducted,” he said.                safety is the first step to motorcycle
                                                                                    The ADF liaison officer for the           “Due to the increased awareness               riding both on and off-road becoming
                                                                                Ride Smart project is FSGT Brad           and publicity, I am receiving numer-              an approved sport.”
                                                                                Kirkels, who is also the RAAF Base        ous phone calls and emails daily from                For more information on the courses,
                                                                                Tindal Base Safety Adviser. He said       members asking about future courses.                 contact the ADF liaison officer, FSGT
                                                                                that all courses are conducted under          “Nominations are also coming                     Brad Kirkels, on (08) 8973 6668 or
                                                                                the Defence Motorcycle Safety – Ride      in from members who are currently                    email: brad.kirkels@defence.gov.au
                                                                                Smart campaign, which was launched        deployed and looking for a safe return               or visit: http://ohsc.defence.gov.au/
                                                                                by the previous government in August      to riding [on return home].                          Programs/MotorcycleSafety/default.
WHEELY GOOD COURSE: ADF riders listen to a lecture by ProArt instructors        2006.                                         “Collectively, our ADF off-road                  htm or www.defence.gov.au/dpe/
during an off-road motorcycle safety awareness course held at the Maitland          “Since taking over the role as ADF    riders are hoping that this continuing,              ohsc/programs/motorcyclesafety
motocross track, near RAAF Base Williamtown.           Photos: AC Mark Friend   liaison officer [for motorcycle safety    positive approach toward motorcycle                  Story provided by FSGT Brad Kirkels.

                                                                                                                     Combet visits Amberley
                                                                                                                        PARLIAMENTARY Secretary            the retirement of Australia’s F-111
                                                                                                                     for Defence Procurement Greg          aircraft and he also inspected the

          Do you                                                                                                     Combet, MP, got a first-hand look
                                                                                                                     at some of Air Force’s frontline
                                                                                                                     fleet when he toured RAAF Base
                                                                                                                                                           first of the four Airbus A330 aircraft
                                                                                                                                                           being converted in Australia to a KC-
                                                                                                                                                           30B Multi Role Tanker Transport

          need a                                                                                                     Amberley on July 9.                   under Project Air 5402. A visit to the
                                                                                                                        His tour included discussions with C-17 and Wedgetail Airborne Early
                                                                                                                     staff from the Strike Reconnaissance Warning and Control facilities was

          Financial                                                                                                  Systems Program Office regarding also part of the tour.

          Adviser?                                                                                                 Would you like To Save Up to $0.45c / Ltr *
                                                                                                                               on Fuel Costs ?

                                                                                                                      You can by Salary Packaging a New or Existing Vehicle
                                                                                                                                        Ask us how?

                                                                                                                                       Special offer to all Members of the Australian Defence Organisation
                                                                                                                                       Flexible Lease Terms to suit your income
      Learn about Financial Advice with our new eLearning module at:                                                                   NO complicated contracts
                          www.adfconsumer.gov.au                                                                                       Choice range of new vehicle makes & models
                                                                                                                                       Used cars, refinances, sale and lease backs and private purchases
                                                                                                                                        are also available

                                                                                                                                                   IT COSTS NOTHING TO FIND OUT MORE,
                                                                                                                                                          So give us a call…. Today!
                                                                                                                                                FREECALL: 1800 salary (1800 725 279)
                                                                                                                                                EMAIL: enquiries@salarypack.com.au
                For more information contact us at adf.consumercouncil@defence.gov.au
                                                                                                                                                     A Division of Darryl Adams Financial Services
                                                                                                                                       (* Fuel savings will vary & depend upon many conditions & your salary package )
AIR FORCE July 24, 2008                                                                                                                                                           News 11
                                                                                                                           High expectations
                                                                                                                           for HQJOC’s new
                                                                                                                           Bungendore base
                                                                                                                                    By MAJ Allan Croft                     For WGCDR Nickson, the move into
                                                                                                                                                                       one location brings immense gains in
                                                                                                                               CONSTRUCTION of the ADF’s
                                                                                                                                                                       effective administration.
                                                                                                                           new command and control headquar-               “The consolidation of my branch
                                                                                                                           ters outside of Queanbeyan has just         greatly increases my ability to provide
                                                                                                                           been completed, and two Air Force           support,” WGCDR Nickson says. “It is a
                                                                                                                           members about to start work there have      lot less frustrating than dealing with staff
                                                                                                                           some different expectations.                in several locations and it gives me a lot
                                                                                                                               WGCDR Simon Nickson is the              more control.
                                                                                                                           Deputy Director Administration in               “Professionally, working in HQJOC
                                                                                                                           Headquarters Joint Operations Command       gives me a greater understanding of the
                                                                                                                           (HQJOC), and SGT Brad Clifton is driv-      tri-Service planning process. I used to
                                                                                                                           er for CJOPS LTGEN Mark Evans.              be in Air Command, which was just one
                                                                                                                               The new HQJOC facility – which was      component, but at Bungendore I will see
                                                                                                                           handed over to Defence by the construc-     all three colours of service working in a
                                                                                                                           tion company on July 11 – will begin        coordinated fashion.
                                                                                                                           operating in January but its staff cur-         “Besides, unlike many other head-
                                                                                                                           rently work in locations spread from the    quarters, everyone gets a huge work-
                                                                                                                           CBD, Garden Island and Potts Point in       space, there’s oodles of parking, your
TRIUMPHANT MARCH: From left, Kim Hinkley (Bob Wilson’s daughter) Carol (his wife) and Stuart Wilson                        Sydney to Russell and Fairbairn Offices     own locker and a decent gym,” he adds.
(his son) celebrate after completing the 1200km walk.                                                                      in Canberra. Its role is to plan, control       For SGT Clifton, the experience will
PROUD: Below, walkers gather at the Navy memorial after their $71,500 effort.   Photos: AB Jo Dilorenzo                    and conduct campaigns, operations, joint    be different, but similar in some ways.
                                                                                                                           exercises, and other activities on behalf       He comes from the Federation Guard
                                                                                                                           of CDF.                                     where he had little opportunity to inter-
                                                                                                                                                                       act with a workforce made up mostly of

Walk fulfils
                                                                                                                                                                           “A highlight of my time in the Guard
                                                                                                                                                                       was a trip to London for the opening of
                                                                                                                                                                       the Hyde Park Memorial, but there was
                                                                                                                                                                       not much opportunity for advancement,”
                                                                                                                                                                       SGT Clifton explains.
                                                                                                                                                                           “At Bungendore, I will be working

dad’s wish
                                                                                                                                                                       with a completely different group of
                                                                                                                                                                       people and getting an insight for the first
                                                                                                                                                                       time into how a headquarters works.
                                                                                                                                                                           “CJOPS’s car is beautiful to drive;
                                                                                                                                                                       it’s a V8 with plenty of power and park-
                                                                                                                                                                       ing assist and the boss says I should
                                                                                                                                                                       get to run up to Sydney at least once a
        By Barry Rollings                                                         children to organise the logistics and                                               month. However, I’m yet to find a wash-
                                                                                  join in for six days. Stuart walked on                                               point for the car out at Bungendore,”
   THE dying wish of a husband                                                                                                                                         SGT Clifton says.
                                                                                  three days.
and father was realised beyond his                                                    Kim was amazed by all the sup-                                                       The next phase of the HQJOC project
wildest dreams when the ‘Cancer                                                   port, generosity and how all the                                                     is the installation of all the information
Walk for Kids’ rolled in to Can-                                                  community and past and current           LOOKING AHEAD: WGCDR Nickson                and communication systems into the
berra on June 6 with more than                                                    submariners pulled together in such      (left) and SGT Clifton contemplate          facility by Defence. More than 750 staff
$71,500 in the kitty.                                                             a short time.                            their new futures at HQJOC during a         will fill the building when it opens its
    The concept was that of former                                                    Walker Jock Copeland, 67, was        visit to the site. Photo: MAJ Allan Croft   doors early next year.
PO Bob Wilson, 62, who was diag-                                                  surprised that people driving on the
nosed with cancer on June 28 last                                                 highway would stop and donate.
year. That co-incidentally was the                                                In most of the towns, the group of
birthday of his son and RAAF Base                                                 walkers expanded to 50.
Richmond loadmaster SGT Stuart                                                        “Thank you to everybody who
Wilson, who has subsequently                                                      has been involved in walking, or
deployed to the Middle East Area of                                               helped along the way and support-
Operations with 37SQN.                                                            ed us,” a tearful Carol said. “It was
    Bob, who died on April 2, would                                               Bob’s dream that we do this.”
have been mighty proud as the fund-      decided to organise a fundraising            “The amount raised was quite in
raising foot soldiers, who had almost    event for kids with cancer and send      excess of what dad was expecting,
tripled their goal of $25,000, did the   the proceeds to the children’s hospi-    so it’s fantastic,” SGT Wilson said.
last hard slog to their objective, the   tals in Sydney and Brisbane.”                “He would have been ecstatic if
Royal Australian Navy Memorial on            The walk of more than 1200km         he had been able to be here. I think
Anzac Parade.                            from Coolangatta to Canberra began       halfway through the walk he would
    They were met by three cheers        on May 4.                                have realised just how much it had
and CDRE Peter Marshall, chair-              The eight permanent walkers          grown beyond his expectations and
man of the central canteens com-         were joined along the way by about       he would have been over the moon.
mittee, who boosted funds by $500        150 volunteers and other walkers,            “It was his dying wish and we
with a cheque on behalf of Navy.         including some of his old subma-         made him a promise that it would
     “During his many visits to          riner mates and people from com-         go ahead.”
the Prince Alexandra Hospital in         munities through which the event             As the bronze figures of the Navy
Brisbane for treatment, dad met and      passed. Bob’s wife Carol was heav-       memorial looked down on the scene
saw many children with cancer and        ily involved and did some walking,       in silent approval, he said: “I am
was touched by their situations,”        daughter Kim Hinkley found time          sure he’s up there right now, looking
SGT Wilson said. “That’s why he          in her busy life as the mother of four   down on us and smiling.”

  How to get                                                           Learn to operate a
  published                                                            Dump Truck
       AIR FORCE News
  encourages readers to                                              IMOT can train you on:
  send stories of less than                                          •Dump Trucks • Excavators • Front End
  400 words in length.                                               Loaders • Graders & •Skid Steer Loaders
  Photos should be high                                            • Construction Safety Awareness (Blue Card)
  resolution digital JPEGs                                      Qualified Workplace Trainers & Assessors
  (300DPI) and contain                                          Registered Training Organisation
  full details in the file                                      Issuance of Nationally Recognised Certification
  information. Send
  your contributions to
                                 RE SETTLEMENT TRAINING FOR THE ARMED FORCES
  raafnews@defence                                 Tel: (08) 9404 6060 — Fax: (08) 9405 8175
  news.gov.au                                               Email: info@mtsonline.com.au
12 News                                                                                                                                                                                                               AIR FORCE July 24, 2008

its own
   By ACW Tamara Sharp                              bers in greater numbers at the
                                                    one time than normally provided
    WHEN 29 recruits from six
                                                    at 1RTU, shortening their induc-
squadrons were successfully                         tion training and saving about 12
trained and assessed under the                      months,” he said. “Second, our
inaugural Recruit Phase Two                         trainees are able to network to a
program conducted by Reserve                        greater extent with other mem-
Training Wing (RTW) at Am-                          bers participating from various
berley in May, it marked a mile-                    RTW squadrons.”
stone for RAAF Active Reserve                           WGCDR Graham said that                                                                                                             GREEN PHASE: ACWR Lan-Anh Vu (left) and ACWR
(RAAFAR) training.                                  by RTW regulating phase two,                                                                                                           Vanessa Cheng keep watch for the ‘enemy’. Below, ACR
    Traditionally, the initial                      it could coordinate training with                                                                                                      Keith Gough (left) helps ACWR Melanie Schenk carry a
ground defence field exercise and                   the recruitment process in line                                                                                                        sandbag to build pits.          Photos: ACW Tamara Sharp
assessment component of recruit                     with the reserve restructure.
training is completed on loca-                      RTW would also be able to coor-
tion at No. 1 Recruit Training                      dinate phase one and phase two                        achieved by eliminating stand-          gle training organisation with 11
Unit (1RTU), recently moved                         courses to be run concurrently in                     downs over the weekends and             arms (HQ and 10 RTW squad-
to RAAF Base Wagga from                             a shorter timeframe.                                  prior completion of pre-requisite       rons), rather than a number of
Edinburgh.                                              The successful training of the                    training at the squadrons before        independent training units.
    However, this course was ini-                   29 recruits had relieved some of                      attending phase two.                        “RTW is reducing the over-
tiated and run by RTW under the                     the backlog of reservists requir-                         “An increase in the number          all training times for reservists
authority of 1RTU, utilising staff                  ing phase two training. Phase two                     of phase two courses available          completing induction and initial
from the RAAF Security and Fire                     is able to train up to 40 recruits,                   to recruits at 1RTU and RTW             employment training (IET),”
School (RAAFSFS) and various                        four times the number of posi-                        locations offers greater opportu-
                                                                                                          nity for reserve members to align       GPCAPT Pasfield said.
RTW squadrons to instruct and                       tions 1RTU holds for reservists
provide logistics support.                          on each of their courses.                             family and civilian work com-               “ Ti m e l y p r o g r e s s i o n o f
    Wing Training Manager                               The Amberley course cor-                          mitments with RAAFAR training           reservists through induction train-
WGCDR David Graham said                             responds with the new flexible                        opportunities,” WGCDR Graham            ing and IET increases the number
there were numerous advantages                      approach to training adopted by                       said.                                   of qualified reserve members and
in RTW conducting this training.                    RTW. The training conducted at                            The OC RTW, GPCAPT                  decreases the amount of inactivi-
    “First, this method provides                    Amberley took eight days rather                       David Pasfield, said that the           ty during training, which, in turn,
an opportunity to train our mem-                    than the usual 15 days. This was                      RTW was now operating as a sin-         supports Air Force capability.”

                                                                                                                                Indigenous recruits target
    VEHICLE SALARY                                                                                                                 DEFENCE has initiated the

   PACKAGE INSTEAD                                                                                                              ADF Indigenous Recruitment
                                                                                                                                Strategy and formed the Direc-
                                                                                                                                torate of Indigenous Affairs to
                                                                                                                                encourage Aborigines and Torres
                                                                                                                                Strait Islanders to serve in the
 DRIVE A NEW CAR AND                                                                                                                Defence Science and Personnel
 SAVE DOLLAR$ IN TAX*                                                                                                           Minister Warren Snowdon launched
                                                                                          D                OFFER                the initiatives in Canberra on July 8.
                                                                                   LIMITE                                           “The ADF has much to offer
                                                                                                                                indigenous Australians in areas
                                                                                                                                such as training, skills development,
                                                                                                                                employment and health care,” Mr
                                                                                                                                Snowdon said.                                BUSH SERVICE: Defence and NAIDOC representatives honour
                                                                                                                                                                             indigenous servicemen and women at the memorial. Photo: Kev Piggott
                                                                                                                                    He said the recruitment strategy
                                                                                                                                demonstrated the ADF’s pride in its
                                                                                                                                indigenous heritage through a com-                                        “I think we need to contemplate
                                                                                                                                                                             Defence and mentor support, all
                                                                                                                                mitment to the long-term employ-                                       the very important and critical role
                                                                                                                                                                             designed to ensure that indigenous
                                                                                                                                ment of indigenous Australians.                                        that indigenous Australians have
                                                                                                                                                                             recruits are well-prepared to join the
                                                                                                                                    “Initiatives include tailored prep-                                played in the ADF in the past – in
                                                                                                                                                                             ADF and succeed in military train-
                                                                                                                                aration programs, improved recog-                                      fact, since the Boer War.
                                                                                                                                                                             ing and employment,” Mr Snowdon
                                                                                                                                nition of indigenous culture across          said.                        “The ADF strategy and its ini-
                                                                Twin Headrest                                                                                                                                       tiatives represent a great
                                                                mounted DVD                                                                                                                                         step forward but we
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    must be mindful that it
                                                             player with 7 inch
                                                      screens or GPS Satellite                                                                                                         aviation                     may take time before a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    real difference is made
                                             Navigation with 3D moving maps†                                                                                                        faculty of science              to the lives of indigenous
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Australians and, in turn,
           limited offer while stocks last, DVD player or GPS Satellite navigation

                                                                                                                                 AVIATION STUDIES
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    to the number of them
                    can’t be claimed in conjunction with any other offer.                                                                                                                                           who choose to serve in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the ADF.”
  THE CHEAPER ALTERNATIVE                                                                                                        At UNSW Aviation:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Directorate of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Indigenous Affairs will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    manage indigenous issues
 FLEET PRICING AVAILABLE TO DEFENCE FORCE PERSONNEL EMPLOYEES ON MOST VEHICLES.*                                                 Graduate Programs in Aviation Management                                           across Defence, consult-
       TRADE-INS AND CASHBACK AVAILABLE                                    CALL FLEET                                                                                                                               ing and collaborating with
                                                                                                                                 ���Postgraduate courses offered by distance mode                                   other government agen-
                                                                         NETWORK ON
                                                                                                                                 ���Entry to those with appropriate professional experience and/or degree           cies, indigenous commu-
       AND NEAR NEW MOTOR VEHICLES.                                 0892482225                                                   Bachelor of Aviation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    nities and Defence’s own
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Aboriginal and Torres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Strait Islander network.
                                               www.fleetnetwork.com.au                                                            �� A three year degree with Flying & Management options                                Mr Snowdon later
              Fleet Network Pty Ltd D/L No. 12559 33 Action Road, Malaga WA 6090                                                                                                                                    joined the CDF and
                                                                                                                                                                                    UNSW Aviation                   Service Chiefs at the
                                                                                                                                                                                     Tel: (02) 9385-6767            annual memorial serv-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ice for the National
                                                                                                                                                                                     Fax: (02) 9385-6637            Aborigines and Islander
 † This offer is not applicable to any contracts signed prior 30th December 2006. You must mention or present this advert                                              Web: www.aviation.unsw.edu.au                Day Observance
 prior to completion of a contract. DVD or GPS navigation supplied after delivery of your vehicle and subject to both vehicle                                                                                       Committee (NAIDOC),
 and novated lease being supplied by Fleet Network. This offer is subject to Fleet Network’s terms and conditions check our                                                                                         held near the Australian
 website for details.                                                                                                                                                                                               Wa r M e m o r i a l i n
 * To approved applicants.                                                                                                                                                                                          Canberra.
AIR FORCE July 24, 2008                                                                                                                                                  News 13

Red noseses
fly highBy LAC Aaron Curran                        Getting the nose of the Hawk organ-
                                                ised only took a couple of phone calls
    RED Nose Day received some high-
                                                and some enthusiasm from 79SQN
flying support recently from Perth-             personnel. “Squadron surface finisher,
based 79SQN.                                    reservist LAC Scott Miles, deserves a
    A red cone, moulded into the shape          special mention for his efforts in prepar-
of a Hawk 127’s nose, was placed on the         ing and then restoring the Hawk nose,”
aircraft for the day then put on static dis-    he said.
play for all to see.                               After donations were collected, with
    Red Nose Day, held annually on the          personnel at times standing in the rain,
last Friday in June, is the major fund-         more than $1500 was raised and sent to
raiser for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome         SIDS and Kids WA.
(SIDS). Funds raised through Red Nose              “It was a bit of fun and for a great
Day activities assist in providing vital        cause,” FSGT Matthews said. “Besides,
services and prevention programs.               when else do you get to make your CO
    FSGT Scott Matthews and all the             look like that?”
members of 79SQN organised the event               Meanwhile, personnel at other bases
with the remainder of RAAF Base                 were also doing their bit for SIDS,
Pearce’s personnel donating.                    including the recruits from 1RTU course
    “79SQN members adorned red noses            11/08. With the help of one of their
and collected donations as base person-         course instructors, CPL Chris Wilson, the
nel arrived through the front gate,” FSGT       recruits raised $70 for Red Nose Day.                                              WE NOSE BEST: CO 79SQN WGCDR Steve O’Halloran and
Matthews said.                                     The recruits, while in their third week                                         the squadron’s ‘Red Nose’ Hawk were a matching pair for Red
    “We were lucky enough to have a             of training, were happy to help with the                                           Nose Day. The Hawk was put on display for the charity at RAAF
graduation parade on and managed to             worthy cause and approval was also                                                 Base Pearce. Left, the CO is joined on the flightline by red-
collect from all the invited members of         given for them to wear their red noses                                             nosed SENGO, SQNLDR Shaun McNamara, and squadron
the public as well.”                            during the lunch time meal parade.                                                 personnel.                                   Photo: LAC Aaron Curran
                                                                                                                                   COURSE OF ACTION: Below left, recruits from 1RTU course
                                                                                                                                   11/08 line up clown-faced for drill practice in their third week of
                                                                                                                                   training to support Red Nose Day at RAAF Base Wagga.
                                                                                                                                                                                Photo: FSGT Russell Vine

                                                                                                      How do
                                                                                                      you find a
      DHOAS Loans
      Made Easier
                                                                           Colin McGowan
                                                                    Regional Manager Outer Sydney

    At ADCU, we understand the                     3. A great deal on home and
    stress of getting a new home loan.                contents insurance, with up to
    That’s why we work hard to make                   20% discount and $100 Cash
    the process easier for you.                       Back* on a combined home/
                                                      contents policy
    Our DHOAS loans offer
    competitive rates, no monthly or               See You at the Roadshow -
                                                   From 9 July 2008 our staff will be
    annual fees, and are just easier
                                                   attending the national roadshows
    to understand. To find out more,
                                                   presented by the ADF and the
    visit our special DHOAS web site               Scheme Administrator. So come
    www.adcu.com.au/DHOAS which                    and find out about the ADCU
    contains all you need to know                  DHOAS ‘advantage’. A list of
    about our DHOAS home loans.                    roadshow locations and dates is
    Remember, you don’t have to wait               available at www.dhoas.gov.au.
    for your Subsidy Certificate before             We want to make the DHOAS
    you apply for your DHOAS home                  loans process easier for you, so
    loan – we can start the application            please utilise our special DHOAS
    process right away.                            contacts:                                        Learn about Financial Advice with our new eLearning module at:
                                                   •   DHOAS team on
    Three Great Offers:
    1. Red Balloon experience gift
                                                       1300 2 DHOAS (34627)                                        www.adfconsumer.gov.au
                                                   •   DHOAS website at
       certificate for a limited period*                www.adcu.com.au/DHOAS
       to every member who takes                   •   email at DHOAS@adcu.com.au
       out a DHOAS home loan with
                                                   •   your local ADCU branch
    2. All DHOAS borrowers will
       be given the opportunity to
       go into the draw for $5,000
       in American Express travel
       money*.                                                                                            For more information contact us at adf.consumercouncil@defence.gov.au
    * Terms and conditions apply. Visit www.adcu.com.au/DHOAS for full details.
14 Centrepiece                                                                                            AIR FORCE July 24, 2008                                                                                                                                                                                                          15

                                                                Precision work
PYROTECHNICAL: A 37SQN Hercules deploys
its decoy flares on a mission during Exercise
Precision Red out of RAAF Base Townsville.

                                                                                                                                      37SQN trains for the ‘real thing’, as FLGOFF Eamon Hamilton reports.

                                                                                                                                                  he sharp end of combat                                                                                                                                         Airload teams from No. 1
                                                                                                                                                  airlift has been refined                                                                                                                                   Airborne Operations Support
                                                                                                                                                  as Air Force C-130s con-                                                                                                                                   Squadron were similarly deployed to
                                                                                                                                                  ducted high-tempo mis-                                                                                                                                     load and unload aircraft.
                                                                                                                   NIGHT RIDER:                   sions during Exercise Pre-                                                                                                                                     Hercules rarely travelled empty,
                                                                                                                  A Landrover 110     cision Red 2008.                                                                                                                                                       with passengers, pallets and vehicles
                                                                                                             vehicle is about to be       Coordinated by 86WG and locat-                                                                                                                                     being loaded and disembarked at all
                                                                                                             rolled out of a C-130.   ed out of RAAF Base Townsville in                                                                                                                                      airfields, often with engines running.
                                                                                                                                      May and June, Precision Red focused                                                                                                                                        Airfield security was well-exer-
                                                                                                                                      on preparing the 37SQN C-130J                                                                                                                                          cised by No. 2 Airfield Defence
                                                                                                                                      workforce for ‘the real thing’.                                                                                                                                        Squadron (2AFDS), which sent 90
                                                                                                                                          CO 37SQN WGCDR Matt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             members to Precision Red.
                                                                                                                                      Hegarty said: “Precision Red was
                                                                                                                                      the culmination activity for 37SQN                                                                                                                                         CO 2AFDS WGCDR John Leo
                                                                                                                                      aircrew who are preparing to deploy.                                                                                                                                   said the exercise proved an oppor-
                                                                                                                                      The exercise came at the end of an                                                                                                                                     tunity to reignite old acquaintances
                                                                                                                                      airborne operations training period,                                                                                                                                   with the squadron.
                                                                                                                                      and provided newly-trained aircrews       ALL SECURE: LAC Adam Wissmer from 37SQN checks the tie-downs on a vehicle embarked in a C-130.                                   “We’ve been flat out with opera-
                                                                                                                                      with realistic MEAO-based scenar-                                                                                                                                      tions in recent history and so has
 THIS WAY: FLTLT Glenn Bruhn shows FLGOFF Adrian                                                                                      ios.”                                                                                                                                                                  37SQN,” WGCDR Leo said. “We
                                                                                                                                                                                arms and body armour – turning their    confidence that could not have been      scenarios were played out with sev-         used to have these exercises with
 Whiley the planned flight path during an exercise mission.                                                                               A typical mission involved
                                                                                                                                                                                theory into practice.”                  gained outside of an exercise like       eral crews going bush for the day in        each other a lot more often, so it was
                                                                                                                                      crews operating for up to 10 hours
                                                                                                                                      a day, flying day and night into              FLGOFF Steven Andrews said          this.”                                   the Townsville Field Training Area,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             good to get into Precision Red with
                                                                                                                                      three airfields in the Townsville and     that once crews completed Precision         The planning and coordina-           where they were tracked down by
                                                                                                                                      Shoalwater Bay Field Training Areas.      Red, “it’s assumed that you can be      tion required was also recreated at      instructors from the Combat Survival
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 2AFDS practised several of its
                                                                                                                                          Crews had to negotiate strict air-    an effective member of a two-pilot      Townsville. An air operations centre     Training School and exfiltrated by
                                                                                                                                                                                crew in a tactical environment.         was created to coordinate the tactics,   commandoes from 4RAR.                       key skills.
                                                                                                                                      space controls and often dodge simu-                                                                                                                                       “We provided loads for 37SQN
                                                                                                                                      lated ground threats at low level.            “The squadron needs to be confi-    intelligence, operational and airload        Live bombing practice from
                                                                                                                                                                                dent that we can be pushed out of a     support to execute each mission.         F-111Cs provided a realistic back-          and we conducted airfield insertions
                                                                                                                                          “Pilots had to pass a check ride by                                                                                                                                and airfield defence.
                                                                                                                                      demonstrating a sound understanding       comfort zone and into abnormal situ-        87SQN Air Mobility Tactical          drop for the Hercules crews undergo-
                                                                                                                                                                                ations likely to be encountered away    Intelligence Flight (AMTIF) provid-      ing the escape and evasion training.            “There’s a stack of new guys in
                                                                                                                                      of combat airlift tactics and proce-                                                                                                                                   the unit who have arrived in the last
                                                                                                                                      dures peculiar to the MEAO environ-       from home, and still operate the air-   ed intelligence support for Precision        Air traffic controllers from 44WG
                                                                                                                                                                                craft safely,” FLGOFF Andrews said.     Red. FLGOFF Kim Wilson of                tested their deployed talents by run-       two years, and many of them have
                                                                                                                                      ment,” WGCDR Hegarty said.
                                                                                                                                                                                    “There was greater exposure to      AMTIF said “intel provided research      ning airspace management from a             not yet seen a Hercules, let alone
                                                                                                                                          “The exercise exposed mainte-
                                                                                                                                      nance and aircrews to similar work-       complex airspace, short notice task-    and mission briefings to crews, threat   forward tactical airfield within the        been in one,” WGCDR Leo said.
                                                                                                                                      ing conditions, including time con-       ing changes, high workload, and         warnings to the detachment com-          operational area. Their workload was            2AFDS also brought with it Mog
                                                                                                                                      straints, communication difficulties,     a heavy emphasis on operating effec-    mander or XO, information to aid         made busier with F-111Cs and Army           trucks, Landrovers, motorbikes and
                                                                                                                                      and working with many and varied          tively in a hostile environment.        crews during combat search and res-      Unmanned Aerial Vehicles active in          quadbikes to be loaded and unloaded
                                                                                                                                      external agencies.                            “Precision Red definitely gave      cue, debriefed aircrew, and prepared     the training area.                          on the Hercules, as well as used in
                                                                                                                                          “The aircrews also practised com-     us a far greater understanding of       mission reports”.                            FLTLT Trevor Langford, a 44WG           the field.
                                                                                                                                      bat search and rescue techniques and      how Hercs and we as operators are           Hercules aircrew were plucked        air traffic controller, said: “This exer-       “From our perspective, to have
                                                                                                                                      familiarised themselves with personal     expected to operate on deployment.      from the cockpit to undergo escape       cise maintained one of our core skills      a live airfield to operate into and
                                                                                                                                      equipment – including combat search           “All crews walked away with a lot   and evasion practice.                    of providing airspace management            defend for the exercise was fantas-
                                                                                                                                      and rescue radios, portable GPS, side     of new techniques, experience and           More complex escape and evasion      within an area of operations.”              tic,” WGCDR Leo said.

FUELLING AROUND: AC Jessie Selby from 1AOSS checks one of       WEIGHTY WORK: 37SQN loadmaster WOFF Garry Suther checks load
the generators for fuel levels.                                 weights aboard a C-130.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        EARLY START: Above, FLGOFF Adrian Whiley conducts pre-flight checks before a morning sortie during
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Exercise Precision Red.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ADGIES ARE GO: Above left, members of 2AFDS board a C-130 during the exercise.
ON YA BIKE: CPL Trevor Marshall rides on a Polaris quad bike    G’DAY MATE: LAC Corey Harrison of 1AOSS uses the satellite phone to                                                                                     TIED DOWN: Left, SGT Grant Broadfield and AC Jesie Selby tie down two off-road motorcycles ready for
ready to be loaded by WOFF Garry Suther and SGT Andrew Perry.   check on aircraft movements during Exercise Precision Red.                                                                                              transportation aboard a C-130.                                                 Photos: FSGT Craig Sharp
                            ANY PLACE
                            ANY TIME
RAAF Base wide information tour September 2008

Special Tactics presents an opportunity for highly motivated individuals to become
  involved with the integration of RAAF and Coalition Combat Air Power into
           Special Operations with ADF and Coalition Special Forces.

   How to Apply:
          — DIG (Pers) 149-1 Selection for Service with Special Forces
          — AD 343 Webforms Tick Box C (STS) by NLT 21st November 2008
          — EOI on People Central Hot Jobs by NLT 21st November 2008

      Successful applicants expect to be attached to ACG from 19th January 2009
                                For further information:
AIR FORCE July 24, 2008                                                                                                                                                                   News 17

ACOs get
       By FLTLT Dianne Bell
   AIR Combat Officer (ACO) stu-               Fast facts
dents from the inaugural course at
the School of Air Warfare (SAW) at                Air Combat Officers (ACOs)
RAAF Base East Sale recently had the              were introduced into service in
opportunity to turn theory into reality.          December 2006, with the new
    They departed the classrooms, step-           category comprising former
ping out of the SAW synthetic trainer             navigators, fighter controllers
and into the cockpit for the first time.          and air defence officers.
    They went well-prepared after suc-            The School of Air Warfare
cessfully completing eight weeks of               (SAW) replaced the School of
ground school and five simulator sorties          Air Navigation (SAN) in January
in the SAW synthetic trainer.                     this year and introduced the new
    Ground school consisted of lectures           ACO curriculum.
on aircraft systems, aerodynamics,
meteorology, air traffic control, aviation
safety, flight administration, systems       interesting and very enjoyable,” student
navigation, communications, aviation
                                             PLTOFF Thomas Dayman said. “I am                                                                            FRESH AIR: Above, ACO students PLTOFFs Thomas
risk management and aviation survival.
                                             excited about the new specialisations                                                                       Dayman and Melissa Houston walk back to the 32SQN
    Students put all their ground school
theory into practice with the start of a     available to ACOs.”                                                                                         flightline after returning from a training flight in a B350
simulation program. The first sim ses-           Students will continue with training                                                                    King Air aircraft.
sion introduced the students to basic        on both the synthetic trainer and B350                                                                      GROUNDWORK: Left, qualified aviation instructor
station set-up, aircraft checklist man-      until the end of their introduction to the                                                                  FLTLT Duncan Flemington (right) instructs PLTOFF
agement and basic instrument interpre-       aviation phase.                                                                                             Thomas Dayman in the SAW synthetic trainer at RAAF
tation. Subsequent sessions consoli-             With successful completion of the                                                                       Base East Sale.                          Photos: CPL Col Dadd
dated and built on the skills previously     phase check, students will move into
learnt.                                      mission command and airspace battle
    By the fifth session, students had a     management (ABM) training, which             and build their mission command abili-   and MPR students will be conducted at            “I was recruited as an air defence
solid grasp of the procedures required       includes operation of SAW’s new air          ties.                                    SAW in preparation for C-130H, Super         officer but with the new ACO stream-
to operate a flight management system        warfare simulator developed by DSTO.             Upon completion of the ACO com-      Hornet or AP-3C conversion.                  ing options available, I am hoping
while airborne.                                  The students will also participate in    mon course, the ACO students will be         ABM students will continue their         to progress on to an airframe in the
    Nine ACO students recently had           simulated air operations and air cam-        streamed to either ABM, air combat       training at the Surveillance and Control     ACATS stream,” PLTOFF Dayman
their first taste of aviation in the B350    paign planning activities. The last com-     and tactical support (ACATS) or mari-    Training Unit in Williamtown for             said. “As such, I look forward to the
King Air.                                    ponent of the ACO common course will         time patrol and reconnaissance (MPR).    employment within ABM Radar Units            challenges at the culmination of the
    “The ACO course so far has been          allow students to take their skills aloft        Further flying training for ACATS    and eventually the Wedgetail AEW&C.          ACO common course.”

                                                                                                          OTS send-off for Austin
                                                                                                              THE last links of a family      ing WWI but transferred to             Geoff Shepherd (ret’d). After
                                                                                                          Air Force tradition will end on     the Australian Flying Corps in         graduating, he became a Mirage
                                                                                                          July 28 when AVM Tony Austin        1920 and then the RAAF upon            fighter pilot and qualified flying
                                                                                                          retires after 28 years of distin-   its inception in 1921. He served       instructor before leaving the Air
                                                                                                          guished service.                    until 1950.                            Force in 1983 to take up a career
                                                                                                              The Head of Defence Health          AV M A u s t i n ’s f a t h e r,   with Qantas.
                                                                                                          Services since May 2005, AVM        GPCAPT Rex Austin (ret’d)                  AVM Austin’s official fare-
                                                                                                          Austin graduated from Officers’     served for 33 years, from 1942         well was held at the Australian
                                                                                                          Training School (OTS) in 1980       to 1945 and then from 1950 to          Defence College in Canberra on
                                                                                                          and his last official duty was as   1980. During WWII, he was              July 21.
                                                                                                          reviewing officer of the school’s   shot down and became a prison-            AVM Austin is pictured left
                                                                                                          Initial Officer course 02/08 on     er of war at the infamous Stalag          inspecting OTS graduates at
                                                                                                          June 6.                             Luft III. AVM Austin’s brother,           RAAF Base East Sale in his last
                                                                                                              AVM Austin’s grandfather,       Bruce, was a flying student of            official duty. He is accompanied
    Photo: CPL Col Dadd                                                                                   AIRCDRE Herbert Austin              ACM Angus Houston and a fel-              by parade commander, FLGOFF
                                                                                                          (ret’d), served in the Army dur-    low course mate of AIRMSHL                Karen Hunter.

                                                                          Now your rellies can join too
                                                                           It’s an entitlement of your Defence service.
                                                                           Your service as a permanent or Reserve member of the ADF entitles your
                                                                           parents, brothers and sisters to be members of Defence Health.
                                                                           They can purchase health insurance for themselves and their dependants and
                                                                           take advantage of the very competitive premiums and meaningful benefits.
                                                                           Visit our website today or call 1800 335 425.
18 Photo feature                                                                                       AIR FORCE July 24, 2008

A last look
at PB08
Air Force personnel close the curtain
on another successful exercise.

pilot FLTLT Natalie Pietrobon
looks out on the runway at Mt
Bundy during Exercise Pitch             WELL DONE: Above, LAC Matt Kunde and US Navy PO Stephen Robinson prepare steaks on the grill
Black ‘08. Photo: LAC Guy Young         at the Tindal Airmen’s Mess.                                            Photo: LAC Leigh Cameron
COMMUNICATION:              Right,      READY TO LOAD: Below, CPL Justin Bailey checks a TALU’s engine prior to loading equipment at
ACW Robyn Lamont, from                  RAAF Base Darwin.                                                           Photo: LAC Guy Young
1AOSS at RAAF Base
Amberley, awaits the arrival of
aircraft in Darwin.
          Photo: LAC Leigh Cameron
James Cox, an aircraft life
support fitter from 75SQN,
inspects equipment fitted on a
G-Suit. Photo: LAC Leigh Cameron

                                                                                                OPS BOARD: LACW Lindy Perret from
                                                                                                322ECSS prepares essential operations
                                                                                                data during Pitch Black.
                                                                                                                   Photo: LAC Leigh Cameron
AIR FORCE July 24, 2008                                                                                                                           Flightline 19

                                                                                  REV IT UP: Above, 75SQN
                                                                                  Hornet pilots PLTOFF Adrian
                                                                                  Kelly (left) and CAPT Cedar
                                                                                  Hinton, US Marine Corps,
                                                                                  present V8 supercar driver Steve
                                                                                  Richards with a signed photo of
                                                                                  an F/A-18 at the Darwin round of
                                                                                  the V8 Supercar series.
                                                                                               Photo: AB Bradley Darvill
                                                                                  SAFETY: Left, CPL Andrew
                                                                                  George tests his equipment at the
                                                                                  Orion Detachment in the MEAO.
                                                                                                   Photo: AB Paul Berry
                                                                                  WELL STOCKED: Right, CPL
                                                                                  Alan Durbidge from 322ECSS
                                                                                  manages the stock in the Orion
                                                                                  Detachment warehouse.
                                                                                                   Photo: AB Paul Berry

                                                                                              you ask a
ON GUARD: Above, LAC Clifford Morgan (left) and CPL Pat Maron from 2AFDS
on duty at the entrance to the Australian Embassy in Baghdad.
                                                         Photo: CAPT Joe Nyhan
CHARITY DRIVE: Below, CO CSU Edinburgh WGCDR Rod Smallwood
presents a cheque to CAPT Beverley Demopoulos and Judy Parry from the
Salvation Army for the Red Shield Appeal. With them are 292SQN collection
members (from left) NCOCDTs Dean Adams, Simon Ackerman and Scott
Brandon.                                                Photo: AC Glen McCarthy

                                                                                          Learn about Financial Advice with our new eLearning module at:

                                                                                                    For more information contact us at adf.consumercouncil@defence.gov.au
20 Letters                                                                                                                                                                 AIR FORCE July 24, 2008

  Carter from 324CSS was a driving force
                                                                                                                        Ralph helps charity quest
  behind the successful 50th anniversary                                                                                  MY NAME is Jodie Jeffery and I          He had such a wonderful fundrais-
  celebrations at Butterworth. She is
  pictured in party mode during the gala                                                                                am an entrant in the RSL Queensland ing manner and really boosted our fun-
  ball at the Equatorial Hotel in Penang.                                                                               Girl in a Million Quest in Townsville. draising total. All of the money raised
                     Photo: LAC Scott Woodward                                                                              I would like to put a thank you notice    goes towards supporting our local war
                                                                                                                        in AIR FORCE News. I was fundrais-            veterans.
                                                                                                                        ing out the front of the Townsville RSL          I would like to thank him for giv-
                                                                                                                        when CPL Ralph Raper (from 38SQN)             ing up his time and helping out. Many
                                                                                                                        came and stood beside us encouraging          thanks, Ralph.
                                                                                                                        all who were coming and leaving the           Jodie Jeffery
                                                                                                                        RSL to donate money.                          Townsville

                                                                                                                           DEFENCE is the largest and most complex Australian Government agency with

Tops, Tanya
                                                                                                                           responsibilities to prevent or defeat the use of armed force against Australia.
                                                                                                                           Applications are invited from suitably qualified people for the following position.

                                                                                                                                  PART TIME MILITARY JUDGE
                                                                                                                                           APPOINTMENT TO THE
   TOGETHER with my partner,            News (June 12, page 5), the “driving    to be addressed, including the daily                    AUSTRALIAN MILITARY COURT
Bev Malone, I was privileged to         force” for this anniversary occasion    putting into place of the 50th anni-
be one of the 200 ex-Butterworth        was WGCDR Frank Grigson, CO             versary agenda items. I hasten to say               (Successful candidates will be required to become
RAAF personnel who flew up to           of 324 Combat Support Squadron.         that I would liked to have made a                  part-time members of the Australian Defence Force)
Penang late in May to attend the        He was appropriately congratulat-       suitable announcement along these
wonderful three day 50th anniver-       ed at the gala dinner by (former)       lines, but my 81 years and difficulty      Following the passage of the Defence Legislative Amendment Act 2006, a new
                                        CAF AIRMSHL Geoff Shepherd,             with stairs leading on to the stage        Australian Military Court was established on 01 October 2007. The Australian
sary celebrations at the three ven-
                                        who was accompanied by Mrs              precluded me from making such an           Military Court replaces the old system of courts martial and trials by Defence
ues: the air base for the twilight
                                        Anne Shepherd. WGCDR Grigson            offer.                                     Force Magistrates.
parade, the Equatorial Hotel for
the gala dinner ball and the RAAF       gave public gratitude and praise to         It is for this reason, as well as      To date, Defence has filled the permanent positions of Chief Military Judge and
                                        all concerned in the “organising        wanting to make congratulatory             two military judges. Defence now seeks to fill the positions for part-time military
Hostel (‘Hostie’) for a “wind                                                   endorsements through the pages of
down” on the last day.                  team” at each of the three func-                                                   judges. These are part-time statutory positions, appointed by the Governor
                                        tions. However, I believe that it was   AIR FORCE News, I think it more            General, on the recommendation of the Minister for Defence.
   The organisation for each was
                                        most unfortunate that there was no      than appropriate that the “letter to
superb – particularly the grandness                                                                                        In general, part-time military judges will possess personal qualities such as
                                        reciprocal public announcements         the editor” medium is the most befit-
of the ballroom ambience at the                                                                                            integrity, fairness, maturity, sound temperament and a commitment to military
                                        made, particularly at the ball, by      ting place for extending to FLTLT
Equatorial Hotel, coupled with the                                                                                         justice. They will also demonstrate intellectual and analytical skills, sound
                                        any of the visiting RAAF guests         Carter and her team the highest
excellent food and the great music                                                                                         judgement, decisiveness, and the capacity to command authority and manage
                                        from Australia, when congratulatory     plaudits, recognition and heart-felt
of the Air Force Band. The cama-                                                                                           and initiate change. This will be supported by the ability to communicate fairly,
                                        plaudits could also, and most impor-    thanks from all the “Down Under”
raderie and pleasant nostalgia asso-                                                                                       effectively and courteously with all court users.
                                        tantly, have been directed to FLTLT     visitors.
ciated with such occasions was as                                                                                          Part-time military judges will be familiar with the Australian Defence Force
good, if not better, than functions I   Tanya Carter.                           WGCDR (ret’d) A.E. (Ted) Ilton
                                                                                                                           structure and organisation, and will have a sound knowledge of the Defence
had attended during my 30 years in          She, without any doubt, was the     (Butterworth service 1960-63 and           Force Discipline Act 1982 and the Discipline Law Manual. They will have a
the RAAF.                               always-available “go-to” and “fixer”    1972-74)                                   commitment to the use of technology and participation in ongoing judicial
   As mentioned in AIR FORCE            for the myriad of aspects that had      Kirra Beach, QLD                           education.
                                                                                                                           Part-time military judge (up to eight positions)

  Help us fill the letters page                                                                                             Past or present service in the ADF, Regular or Reserve Forces is not a
                                                                                                                           prerequisite. However, upon appointment successful candidates will be required
                                                                                                                           to meet the qualifications contained in the Defence Force Discipline Act 1982,
  AIR FORCE News is interested in what you
                                                                                                                           section 188. The statutory qualifications are:
  have to say, so email your letters to the editor
                                                                                                                           • the person is enrolled as a legal practitioner and has so been enrolled for not
  at: raafnews@defencenews.gov.au
                                                                                                                             less than 5 years;
  Letters can cover any topic related to Air Force,
                                                                                                                           • the person is a member of the Reserves and is not rendering continuous full-
  including general thank you letters to personnel
                                                                                                                             time service;
  like those featured on this page. Submissions
                                                                                                                           • the person holds the rank not lower than the naval rank of commander or the
  should be less than 300 words and include the
                                                                                                                             rank of lieutenant colonel or wing commander (or is capable of promotion to
  author’s name, unit and contact details.                                                                                   that rank); and
                                                                                                                           • the person meets the person’s individual service deployment requirements.

Thanks and BZ to                                                                                                           The conditions of service for a part-time military judge have been determined by
                                                                                                                           the Remuneration Tribunal (Commonwealth). The daily fee for part-time judges
                                                                                                                           is $967.00. Tier 2 travel entitlements will apply. Additional special rules for the
                                                                                                                           remuneration of part-time judges are detailed in the Defence Force Discipline
you, WOFF Hall                                                                                                             Act 1982, section 188AU. The position has tenure for ten years, subject to
                                                                                                                           compulsory retirement age.
   ON BEHALF of my family, I wish to express our                                                                           In addition, persons appointed as a part-time military judge must not engage
thanks for the small but significant contribution made                                                                     in other Reserve employment outside the duties of his or her office as a military
by a member of your service to the funeral of my fa-                                                                       judge, if to do so would conflict with his or her duties as a military judge.
ther, Robert Gehrig, who passed away on May 24.                                                                            Persons who previously applied for the positions of Chief Military Judge or
    Dad had served as a wireless air gunner and observ-                                                                    permanent military judges, and were unsuccessful, are invited to reapply.
er in WWII in the Pacific, originally serving from                                                                         Further information
1942 with 36SQN and moving between a number of                                                                             Additional information may be obtained by contacting the application manager,
squadrons, and in action against Japanese forces in
                                                                                                                           Lieutenant Colonel Ian Williams on 02 62436327.
New Guinea, before finishing the war with 92SQN at
the rank of FLGOFF. It was decided that as a gesture                                                                       Applications
of recognition of dad’s service to his country that we                                                                     Applicants are to address the personal and professional qualities described
would seek help from the Air Force to dress his cof-                                                                       above. A personal résumé is to be provided and at least two professional
fin appropriately. WOFF Simon Hall, RAAF Base                                                                              referees nominated.
Richmond WOD, was extremely helpful and efficient                                                                          Applications are to be submitted electronically to igadf@defence.gov.au by
in providing an officer’s cap, sword and RAAF Ensign                                                                       5.oo pm Friday 1 August 2008, or to:
(post-war version with RAF Roundel) for dressing
dad’s coffin. WOFF Hall’s assistance was deeply appre-                                                                     Part-Time Military Judge Applications Officer
ciated by mum, my brothers and all who attended the                                                                        Inspector General Australian Defence Force
funeral. A simple gesture of assistance deeply appreci-                                                                    Department of Defence
ated and noted by many. Thank you and BZ to WOFF                                                                           91 Northbourne Ave
Hall.                                                                                                                      CANBERRA ACT 2600
WO2 Andrew Gehrig                                                                                                                     Defence supports workplace equity and diversity principles.
HQ1 DIV                                                                                                                                                                                                  hmaC086418

Gallipoli Barracks
AIR FORCE July 24, 2008                                                                                                                                            Personnel 21
New centres to                                                                               FILLING THE NEED: The new MOV and SUP
                                                                                             musterings have now replaced the SPLR
                                                                                             and CLKSPLY trades. Pictured is LAC James
                                                                                             Johnston drawing off a fuel sample for testing

help with fairness                                                                           at RAAF Base Edinburgh. Photo: AC Glen McCarthy

and resolution
   SEVEN new Fairness and Resolu- tres means conflict can be resolved at the
tion Centres will help Air Force devel- earliest opportunity.
op and support its people in a safe and    “We don’t take away the command-
equitable workplace.                    er’s authority, the control of staff, or
    The centres, in Perth, Adelaide,           impose solutions,” SQNLDR Presneill
Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney, Darwin            said. “The best people to do that are
and Brisbane, are staffed by Defence           those involved in the conflict them-
equity coordinators (DECs) and dispute         selves. Once you get people talking, they
resolution practitioners (DRPs).               can come up with the way forward. If
    DECs provide advice and assistance         they come up with their own options and
on equity and management of unaccept-          retain control, the solutions are more
able behaviour complaints, and training        likely to stick,” she said.
on equity and diversity. DRPs facilitate           “The DRPs and DECs have been cho-
dispute resolution options such as con-        sen and assessed very carefully for their
flict-coaching, mediation and workplace        experience, skills and personal quali-
conferencing as alternatives to the formal     ties. They are qualified and trained to
complaint process.
                                               best manage Air Force’s duty of care
    They encourage members to actively
                                               to its members,” Director Alternative

                                                                                            Move on up
engage in resolving issues themselves,
rather than pursuing the formal com-           Resolutions and Equity Helen Marks
plaints process. While the grievance           said.
option is always open, it’s not the only           “The centres reflect a shift in our
option.                                        approach to conflict management from
    By encouraging members to resolve          reporting to resolving,” Director General
their workplace issues locally, quickly        Fairness and Resolution Di Harris said.
and at the lowest level, the centres aim           “If Air Force is to achieve its goals,

                                                                                            MOV, SUP
to build conflict management skills as a       strong and cohesive working relation-
core competency in Air Force.                  ships are essential. The new centres will
    Queensland DRP SQNLDR Wendy                help Air Force to build and maintain
Presneill said the accessibility of the cen-   these relationships,” she said.

   Centre services
                                                                                               By WGCDR Jane Wheaton                been working on the Supply Trades            In an emphasis on personal
      The DECs and DRPs provide com-             identify the best options to resolve                                               Restructure (STR) project to plan for    choice, SPLR and CLKSPLY were
      manders, managers and members              it at the lowest possible level.               AFTER 30 years as part of the
                                                                                                                                    the transition of the current work-      recently given the option of electing
                                                                                            Air Force structure, the Clerk Supply   force, develop new training cours-
      with a range of services.                  They provide a suite of alternative                                                                                         their future in either MOV or SUP.
                                                                                            (CLKSPLY) and Supplier (SPLR)           es and present a pay case for each
      They are based in seven new cen-           dispute resolution services includ-                                                                                         The election results were close to
                                                                                            musterings have been restructured       mustering to the Defence Force           the evolving CE structure of the new
      tres.                                      ing mediation, conflict-coaching           into two new musterings, Supply         Remuneration Tribunal.                   musterings, with 65 per cent of the
      They provide local and early advice        and conferencing to resolve or pre-        (SUP) and Movements (MOV).                  The project affects more than 1200   workforce electing a career in SUP
      on how to respond to conflict and          vent conflict and complaints.                  The significant change was made     CLKSPLY and SPLRs employed in            and 35 per cent electing MOV.
      unacceptable workplace behaviour.          They assist with the local delivery of     on July 1, marking the beginning of a   every FEG, AFHQ, and other Defence           The transition to a mature MOV
                                                 equity and diversity programs.             new era for the large workforce.        groups. The new mustering structures     and SUP structure will continue until
      They provide interactive problem-
                                                                                                The Chief of Air Force Advisory     will provide personnel with more         2011. With new positions coming
      solving to enable members to think         They provide coordination and sup-         Committee directed the restructure      clearly defined career pathways and      online between 2008 and 2011, both
      more broadly about an issue and            port for the equity adviser network.       of the CLKSPLY and SPLR trades in       training that is more applicable to      trades will initially carry some vacan-
                                                                                            October 2006.                           their workplace.                         cies until recruiting and promotions
                                                                                                “[It] was initiated due to con-         New Initial Employment Training      can address the shortfall.
                                                                                            cerns for the sustainability of the     (IET) courses commenced this month.
                                                                                            current musterings, and to align the    The SUP IET will be delivered at the         Additionally, some personnel
                                                                                            trades with new capabilities being      RAAF School of Administration and        will be required to undertake SUP
                                                                                            introduced,” the Director of Supply     Logistics Training (RAAFSALT).           and MOV training to gain the skills
                                                                                            Capability – Air Force and muster-      MOV IET will be delivered via a          of their new trade. DP-AF staff will
                                                                                            ing sponsor, GPCAPT Peter Brennan,      partnership between RAAFSALT,            manage the transition of personnel
                                                                                            said. “Through the restructure, we      which will deliver phase 1, and          to place people onto training courses
                                                                                            can better target career training to    the Air Movements Training and           and into a position of their elected
                                                                                            capability needs, remove duplication    Development Unit, delivering phase       mustering as quickly as possible.
                                                                                            in mustering roles and training, and    2. The new SUP Supervisor course            The new musterings have been
                                                                                            offer better individual career oppor-   will start in October, while new MOV        visible in PMKeyS since July 15.
                                                                                            tunities.”                              post-graduate courses will be intro-        Changes to pay will take effect on
                                                                                                Since then, a small team has        duced in 2009.                              August 7 (backdated to July 1).

                                                                                            A1 SERVICE MEDALS
                                                                                            Complete range of
                                                                                            full size & miniature
                                                                                            replica medals
                                                                                            Court or swing mounted,
                                                                                            ribbons and bars
                                                                                            Best quality at best price
                                                                                                 Money Back Guarantee
                                                                                               Deliver anywhere in Australia
                                                                                              FREE ribbon bar with every set
                                                                                             DISCOUNT on multiple purchases
                                                                                                          SIMPLY CALL
                                                                                                A1 SERVICE MEDALS to order
                                                                                               Ph 03 9877 6082 / 0422 630 424
                                                                                               61 Lee Ann St Forest Hill Vic 3131
                                                                                                       Email for quote                                   SUPPLYING THE GOODS : SUP AC Bernard
                                                                                                sales@a1servicemedals.com.au                             Box completes a consignment form at RAAF Base
                                                                                                                                                         Darwin.               Photo: LAC Christopher Dickson
22 Personnel                                                                                                                                                                         AIR FORCE July 24, 2008

Child care’s
new deal
   CHANGES to the Child Support            For example, an ADF member may
Agency’s new Child Support Scheme post to the same locality as their child.
which began on July 1 could have impli- Once there, they may spend more time
cations for ADF members on posting.     with their child, and make greater contri-
    The changes will affect every par-       butions to their child’s accommodation,
ent who pays or receives child support,      food and entertainment. The member’s
including ADF parents. They aim to pro-      child support payments would be reduced
vide maximum support for children while      to reflect the new level of care provided.
being fairer for both parents and reflect        Where a member posts away from
the government’s move towards encour-        their child’s locality so that contact is less
aging shared parenting over traditional      frequent, their contribution to their child’s
custodial/non-custodial parenting.           accommodation, food and entertainment
    The scheme is designed to:               will be reduced. Child support payments
                                             will increase to reflect the reduced level
   better reflect community values around
                                             of care provided.
   shared parenting;
   better balance the interests of parents      For more information on the scheme,
   and children;                                visit the Child Support Agency website:
   treat both parents’ incomes and living       ww.csa.gov.au
   costs in a similar way; and                  The Personnel Policy and Employment
   treat children from first and second         Conditions Branch contributed this arti-
                                                                                              FAMILY MATTERS: WGCDR Michelle Heading with her children Zara, Carter and Stephanie are pictured
   families in a similar way.                   cle.
                                                                                              at the Defence Intelligence Organisation open day. Major changes to child support and family assistance
    The way child support payments are                                                        from July 1 will impact many ADF families.                                         Photo: LAC Aaron Curran
calculated has been changed and recog-
nise that providing care and making child      CSA policy specifics
support payments are both ways to con-
tribute to the cost of raising a child.
    Parents who are not primary carers
                                                  Are you deployed or deploying?
                                                  The Child Support schemes contain
                                                  policy specific to ADF personnel
                                                                                              Family assistance changes
but still provide care may find they pay
less child support under the new scheme,          serving in war-like zones.                      THE Family Assistance Office        ITAA subject to certain conditions.
because they contribute to the child’s            For more information, refer to the          has advised that from July 1 any        This exemption recognises that in                   Take note
accommodation, food and entertainment.            CSA website – online law and policy         tax exempt income earned by Aus-        some countries the member may be
                                                  guide sub clause 2.16.14.                   tralian citizens from an Australian     required to pay local tax and there-          The Income Tax Assessment
Less time spent providing care will result
                                                                                                                                      fore should not be required to pay            Act (1936) is complex legisla-
in an increased child support payment.                                                        source while stationed overseas
                                                                                                                                      Australian tax; that is, be required to       tion. This article does not cover
                                                                                              will be included as income and                                                        all possible taxation issues
                                                                                              used to calculate family assistance     pay tax twice.
                                                                                                                                          Section 23AG exempt income is             relating to foreign income tax
   Air Force Departure Lounge                                                                     This includes Family Tax Benefit
                                                                                              A and B.
                                                                                                                                      included on a member’s payment
                                                                                                                                      summary. The reason for this is
                                                                                                                                                                                    treatment or circumstances of
                                                                                                                                                                                    individual members. Members
                                                                                                                                                                                    should obtain their own tax
                                                                                                  Personnel on warlike service        because it is recognised as income
            Who’s leaving after 20 or more years’ service                                                                                                                           advice from a qualified tax
                                                                                              (Operations Catalyst, Slipper and       for other purposes.
                                                                                              Palette II) will not be affected by         It is this income, currently exempt
                                                                                              this change because of the special      under section 23AG, which will now
  Name                               Must/Spec              Last day             Years        nature of their service as recognised   be included in the assessment of ment formula that came into effect
  WOFF Melvyn Eggmolesse             CLK                    July 2               36           under section 23AD of the Income        Family Tax Benefit.                     on July 1 may also have an impact
  SGT Robert van der Meulen          CLKSPLY                June 30              28           Tax Assessment Act 1936 (ITAA).             For non-warlike service, the on personnel deployed overseas.
  SGT John Power                     ASURFIN                July 1               25                                                   effect of allowances on your Family       For more information, see the pay
                                                                                                  This change to family assistance
  WOFF David Pang                    PHOT                   July 2               24                                                   Tax Benefit will depend on the type       and conditions website: http://
  CPL Steve Wilson                   FIREFTR                July 2               23
                                                                                              will impact ADF families where per-
                                                                                              sonnel are deployed on non-warlike      of allowance received.                    i n t r a n e t . d e f e n c e. g o v. a u / p a c /
  WOFF Ian Boardman                  ADAVTECH               July 2               22
  SQNLDR Anthony Banner                                                          21           operations and who are subject to an        The primary allowance,                or internet: www.defence.gov.
                                     ADMIN                  July 2
  FLTLT Paul Guy                     ELECTR                 June 25              21           exemption under section 23AG of         Deployment Allowance, is exempt           au/dpe/pac/ or contact the Family
  WGCDR Jason Waller                 PLT                    July 1               21           the ITAA.                               from taxation in its own right (a pure    Assistance Office on 13 61 50 or
  LAC Paul Davis                     SPLR                   June 30              20               Income earned by ADF person-        exemption) and will not be counted.       visit: www.familyassist.gov.au
  FSGT Darren Eastwell               AVTECH                 July 4               20           nel deployed overseas on non-war-           Field Allowance, if received, will    The Personnel Policy and
  SGT Kenneth Hanlon                 GSEFITT                July 3               20           like service may be exempt from         also be included.                         Employment Conditions Branch
                                                                                              tax under section 23AG of the               Changes to the child support pay-     contributed this article.

                                                                                         Reputation & Results™
                                                                                                                               Calling Long Tan helpers
                                                                                                                                  THE AIR Force is seeking volun- Year 12 ($500) student in all schools
                                                                                                                               teers to present the ADF Long Tan  in Australia based upon criteria relat-
                                                                                                                               Leadership and Teamwork Awards     ing to their demonstrated leadership
                                                                                                                                                                  and teamwork activities. To present
                                                                                                                               to high school students in Australia
                                                                                                                               between October and December 2008. these awards at daytime school assem-
                                                                                                                                  The awards involve providing    blies or evening school speech nights,
                                                                                                                               annual cash awards to one Year 10  the Air Force is seeking volunteers
                                                                                                                               ($100), one Year 11 ($250) and one (of any rank) in the PAF and reserves.
   Our national military compensation team provides                                                                                                                                 If you wish to nomi-
                                                                                                                                                                                    nate, contact the Air
   specialist advice on military compensation claims.                                                                                                                               Force Coordinator,
                                                                                                                             Darwin CBD Land!                                       P LT O F F N i c o l e
                                                                                                                                                                                    Lucas on (02) 6265
                                                                                                                               FOR PRIVATE SALE:
                                                                                                                                                                                    2938 or email nicole.
                                                Free call                                                                                                                           lucas3@defence.gov.

              ¥1800 339 148
                                                                                                                                                                                    au. A Frequently
                                                                                                                                        ~600m2 land in CBD!                         Asked Questions
                                                                                                                                      In exclusive private Estate                   document is availa-
                                                                                                                              Walk to Mitchell St & Waterfront. Awesome             ble for further infor-
                                                                                                                                        views over Frances Bay                      mation.
                                                                                                                                    Build your tropical dream home                      Nominations for
    www.slatergordon.com.au                                               www.darcyssolicitors.com.au                                                                               volunteers close on
                                                                                                                                                                                    September 5.

AIR FORCE July 24, 2008                                                                                                                                                             History 23

Hudson’s s
last run
       By Andrew Stackpool                      “We have also found grave sites and
                                            caves with rations and equipment in
   A MISSIONARY’S passion for
military history has helped resolve the         The family had first heard of A16-
mystery of a missing RAAF Hudson            126 approximately a year ago, but sev-
bomber.                                     eral searches had proved unsuccessful.
    The Hudson, A16-126, was one of             For their final search, they were
three aircraft tasked to attack Japanese    helped by the local area chairman,
shipping in Gasmata harbour on the          David Kovi, and local villagers who
island of New Britain on February           led them to the site in the mountains         WARBIRD: Restored Hudson bomber A16-112 of the
11, 1942. During the attack, the three      above the town of Gasmata after a 90-         same type as A16-126. This aircraft flew with 32SQN
Hudsons were in turn attacked by            minute drive, a 30-minute ride on a           and then 6SQN at Milne Bay, and is now with the
Japanese fighters scrambled to intercept    bulldozer and a two-hour trek in the          Temora Aviation Museum.                 Photo: Keith Webb
them and two, A16-126 and A16-91,           rugged mountains.
were lost.                                      They contacted Australian authori-
    Its crew was FLGOFF Graham                                                          also found, but the bombs were not            Australia, PNG Government and the           the Air Force has provided me over the
                                            ties and on June 28, an Air Force recon-
Gibson, PLTOFF Frank Thorn and              naissance team flew to the site.            seen.                                         staff at our High Commission,” he said.     years.”
SGTs Barton Coutie and Arthur Quail.            It comprised SQNLDR John                    “The reality for those flying in              “The success of the operation was           With the aircraft’s identity con-
    On May 5, the wreckage of a             Cotterell and FLTLT Mark French from        Papua New Guinea during the war is            in part due to the support and assistance   firmed, a recovery team including
Hudson bomber was found by American         Air Force Headquarters, FSGT Gavin          that if you lost your aircraft, the likeli-   of Mr Reichman, Mr Kovi and a large         forensics experts will conduct a more
missionary Mark Reichmann and his           Willmett from the Australian High           hood of recovery was extremely remote.        number of local villagers who guided        thorough search in early October for
son Jared who live on New Britain.          Commission in Port Moresby and FSGT         Even today, these jungles are dense and       the Reichmanns to the aircraft.             human remains. The timing of the
    The Reichmanns are World War            Shaun Cranfield from No. 1 Airfield         unforgiving,” SQNLDR Cotterell said.              “Being part of a team that was about    search and recovery operation coin-
II enthusiasts whose hobby is finding       Operations Support Squadron Explosive           FLTLT French said the reconnais-          to discover a significant part of Air       cides with the start of the dry season in
wrecks and other sites of significance.     Ordnance Disposal Operations Section,       sance operation was a culmination of          Force history, and knowing that our         New Britain.
Mr Reichmann said that they hear sto-       and a PNG government official.              three months preparation and investiga-       team was about to provide closure for           Following the discovery, Air Force
ries [of possible wrecks] and go out to         They confirmed it was A16-126.          tion into the circumstances involving         the family of the crew was a highlight      contacted relatives of the men.
look for them.                              They found the aircraft was in several      the crash of Lockheed Hudson A16-             of my 15-year career.                           Air Force’s missing aircraft reg-
    “So far, we have found eight            large pieces with the cockpit upside        126.                                              “The various cultural, geographical     ister has approximately 1100 entries,
Japanese aircraft, an American P-38         down and buried in mud, and several             “[The operation] involved liaising        and logistical issues were significant to   most of which were lost during WWII.
fighter and two sunken Japanese war-        bullet holes seen in the tail section.      with family members, the Australian           the success of the operation, and were      Approximately another 100 were lost
ships,” he said.                                Ammunition from the aircraft was        War Memorial, National Archives of            quickly overcome through the training       in Australia.

                                                                                                       How does
                                                                                                       a Financial
                                                                                                       get paid?

ON SITE: From left, FSGT Shaun Cranfield, FLTLT Mark French and Air
Niugini pilot Colin Greenwood inspect the Hudson’s inverted fuselage.
                                                      Photo: FSGT Gavin Willmett

   BULLETIN BOARD                             August 2: The Parade Band will
                                              perform at the RAAF Base Tindal
   Air Force Band                             Family Open Day.
   July 24: The Jazz Ensemble will            August 3: The Ceremonial Band
   support the AOSG 5th anniversary           will support the 3WG AAFC annual
   cocktail party at the RAAF Base            memorial parade at Ashfield, NSW.
   Edinburgh Officers’ Mess.                  Call for members
   July 28: Force 10 will perform two         The National Malaya and Borneo
   concerts, at 11am and 1.30pm, at the       Veterans’ Association of Australia
   Arts Centre in Melbourne as part of        welcomes eligible ex-Servicemen
   the ‘morning melodies’ series.             to join. They should contact the
   July 30: The Ceremonial Band will          association for more information.
   support the 1RTU graduation parade         Visit www.nmbvaa.com.au to find a                       Learn about Financial Advice with our new eLearning module at:
   at RAAF Base Wagga from 11am.              complete list of committee members in
   July 31: The Ceremonial Band will
   support the RAAFSFS graduation
                                              each state and their contact details.                                           www.adfconsumer.gov.au
   parade at RAAF Base Amberley.              Military Expo
   July 31: The Ceremonial Band and           Newcastle and Hunter Region ex-serv-
   Williams clarinet quartet will perform     ice organisations are organising an
   to music students at Casurina              “All things military” expo in Newcastle
   Primary School in Darwin.                  for October 18, involving recruiting
   August 1: The Ceremonial Band              for cadets, ADF personnel and service
   will march in the “Freedom of the          providers for ex-Service personnel.
   City” ceremony at Katherine, NT.           For more information, contact the
   August 1: The Williams clarinet            chairman, Stephen W. Finney, at email:
   quartet will perform at the Tindal         stephenwf@bigpond.com, mobile 0408                                 For more information contact us at adf.consumercouncil@defence.gov.au
   Officers’ Mess cocktail party.             434025 or (02) 4952 2335.
24 Lifestyle                                                                                                                                                                      AIR FORCE July 24, 2008


It’s not rocket
The fate of your finances does not lie in or with the stars,
but with good advice, GPCAPT Robert Brown writes.
                                                                                                                  STAR STRUCK:
   WHAT do astrology and “experts”, their financial out- ever-decreasing amount of inde-                          Fortune-telling
stock market forecasting have comes will be significantly pendent editorial space which                           and financial
in common? First, both are enhanced in the long run.      manages to survive among the                            security have
guesswork masquerading as sci-          As a result of such “profes-      advertisements for funds man-           little in common.
ence.                               sional advice”, it is not uncom-      agers, superannuation schemes
    So entrenched is this illu-     mon for portfolios to be invest-      and financial advisory firms.
sion, many investors spend          ed in an unnecessarily compli-            The fourth area of common           So, if you can’t believe in the   almost “set and forget” basis,        able to add value and justify
hours studying reports in the       cated array of shares, managed        ground is the role of “gurus” in     worth of stock market invest-        cost substantially less to deliver,   their existence and their fees.
misguided hope they can scien-      funds and unlisted trusts. The        astrological and stock market        ment “gurus”, who or what can        and are much more likely to
                                    cost of so doing is considerable.     forecasting.                                                                                                        You will have noticed a
tifically predict their fortunes.                                                                              you believe in?                      achieve a satisfactory result.
    The only positive and pre-          The third thing these two             Given the dubious record                                                                                    number of advertisements about
                                                                                                                  The important questions              This point was well made by        the ADF Financial Services
dictable outcomes from this         activities have in common is          of most investment research,         about investment are those           the world’s best-known investor,
process are the lining of the       saturation media coverage. The        why do people flock to expen-        that challenge us to think – not     Warren Buffett who said: “For         C o n s u m e r C o u n c i l ’s n ew
pockets of funds managers and       press is full of astrological col-    sive seminars to hear experts        about “who” we can trust, but        investors as a whole, returns         eLearning module on ‘Getting
financial advisers; and the pro-    umns, all of which are so delib-      make highly qualified predic-        what process we can trust for        decrease as motion increases.’’       Advice’.
tection of trustees who must be     erately vague that working out        tions about the stock market? I      logically investing funds over          This raises the issue of the           ADF members who are
able to demonstrate they have       what the “authoritative” writ-        can only conclude it’s because       the medium to longer term.           role of your financial adviser.       serious about finding a finan-
acted with “care, skill and dili-   ers are predicting is practically     the listeners want and need to          There is ample evidence to        Financial advisers who pro-           cial adviser who will meet their
gence” in investing superannua-     impossible.                           believe in something.                suggest actively managed “mar-       mote themselves as “gurus” are        needs should consider taking
tion fund assets.                       Similarly vague stories con-          The ability of “gurus” to        ket timed” portfolios (which         doomed to fail because, in the        advantage of this valuable and
    The second thing astrology      cerning the direction of the          present their “scientific research   typically rely upon expensive        long run, picking managers and
and market forecasting have in      stock market crowd financial          material” in a lucid, articulate                                                                                entertaining resource.
                                                                                                               “research” to make the right         shares is a loser’s game; how-
common is investors pay seri-       pages around the world.               and enthusiastic manner, rein-       calls) will fail to deliver the      ever, those who see themselves           GPCAPT Brown is an
ous money for both services.            One could be forgiven for         forces the desire on the part of     goods in the long run.               as providing a comprehensive             Independent Member of the ADF
    Many people are convinced       thinking most of these inane sto-     their followers to remain within        On the other hand, passive-       service, including structuring,          Financial Services Consumer
that by spending big dollars on     ries are written to simply fill the   the flock of true believers.         ly managed portfolios, on an         tax and estate planning, will be         Council.

          Our new                                                                                                                                                                         How do
                                                                                                                                                                                          you find an
         eLearning                                                               Do you need
                                                                                 a Financial

        module can
        help you get                                                                                                                                                                      What should
         Financial                                                                How does
                                                                                  an Adviser
                                                                                  get paid?
                                                                                                                                                                                          you ask the

                                                                     ADF Financial Services Consumer Council
                                                              ADF Financial Services Consumer Council
                                                          For more information contact us at: adf.consumercouncil@defence.gov.au
AIR FORCE July 24, 2008                                                                                                                                                          Lifestyle 25

You’re looking good
The ADF is fit and well; that’s the picture that                                                                                                                                    respiratory tract conditions;
                                                                                                                                                                                    symptoms, signs and ill-defined
emerges from a national health report. Hugh                                                                                                                                         conditions not elsewhere classified;
                                                                                                                                                                                    mental health disorders and stress
McKenzie highlights some of the findings.                                                                                                                                           reaction; and
                                                                                                                                                                                    intestinal infectious diseases.
    IN THE seven-year period from         of a comprehensive suite of support                                                                                                        Although the data sources are not
2000-2007 there were 234 deaths           services to ADF members, including                                                                                                     directly comparable, it is interesting to
among full-time ADF personnel.            health care services, the requirement to                                                                                               note that the top five reasons for pri-
After adjusting for the different age     maintain physical fitness and the sup-                                                                                                 mary health care attendance for ADF
and sex structures of the ADF and the     portive nature of military culture.
                                                                                                                                                                                 personnel differ from those of the gen-
general Australian population, death          However, ADF members often oper-
                                          ate in severe and hazardous environ-                                                                                                   eral working-age population.
rates for members of the ADF are                                                                                                                                                     For example, based on a survey of
significantly lower for overall mor-      ments. Their training in preparation for
                                          operational tasks can be intense and                                                                                                   general practitioners, the most com-
tality, cancer, cardiovascular disease,                                                                                                                                          mon reasons for GP encounters among
                                          dangerous. Their work can be physical-
assault and suicide, according to Aus-    ly arduous and may involve operating                                                                                                   Australian males aged 25–64 years
tralia’s Health 2008, the Australian      in remote areas, with variable levels of                                                                                               were:
Institute of Health and Welfare’s lat-                                                          IN GOOD SHAPE: Overall, the ADF is doing well.         Photo: LAC Aaron Curran
                                          health support. Deployment also means                                                                                                     hypertension.
est national report card on health.       separation from family, social supports,                                                                                                  upper respiratory tract infection.
    If you were a permanent member of peer networks and the Australian way                      wide range of policies aiming to reduce
                                                                                                                                veillance system collects data on your
                                                                                                                                first and subsequent attendances at pri-
                                                                                                deaths from land transport crashes.                                                 lipid disorders.
the ADF on October 31 last year, you of life. All of these factors can poten-                                                                                                       back complaints.
had about 51,699 ADF colleagues, 86.7 tially harm members’ health.                                                              mary health care facilities. Based on
                                                                                                   The only cause of death that was
                                                                                                                                EpiTrack data from 2005-06, the top
                                                                                                significantly elevated for ADF per-                                                 diabetes.
per cent of whom were male.
    Your average age was 31 years and Causes of death                                                                           five reasons for health service attend-
                                                                                                sonnel was death due to air transport.                                           OHS
about 90 per cent of your colleagues          The rate of suicide, which is about                                               ance and the five most commonly
                                                                                                Based on 14 deaths over the seven-                                                   Over the three-year period 2004-
were aged between 20 and 50 years, six half of that in the non-military popula-                                                 responsible for restricted duty, were
                                                                                                year period, members were nearly 10                                              05 to 2006-07, there was an improve-
per cent were under 20 years and four tion, is particularly noteworthy.                                                         injuries and musculoskeletal disorders;
                                                                                                times as likely as the general Australian                                        ment in many measures of occupation-
per cent were between 50 and 65 years.        The rate of death from land trans-                                                respiratory tract conditions; skin condi-
                                                                                                population to die from this cause. This                                          al health and safety incidents among
In contrast, in 2006 the median age of port is similar for Defence members                                                      tions; symptoms, signs and ill-defined
                                                                                                elevated death rate was largely a result                                         ADF members. For example, incidents
the Australian workforce was 39 years and the general community. This is                                                        conditions not elsewhere classified; and
                                                                                                of several accidents in recent years,                                            resulting in incapacity fell from 473
for males and 38 years for females.       notable because military personnel are                                                diseases of the ear, nose and throat.
                                                                                                such as the helicopter crash on the
                                          highly mobile, often posted far from                                                       The five most common groups of              in 2004-05 to 216 in 2005-06, and fell
                                                                                                Indonesian island of Nias in 2005, in
Pros and cons                             their families and, anecdotally, spend                which nine ADF personnel died.  conditions responsible for lost work             further in 2006-07 to 185 incidents.
    Military service has both positive more of their time (both at work and                                                     days (sick leave) were:                             Visit www.aihw.gov.au/publications/
and negative effects on health status. during leisure hours) driving. In recog-                 Morbidity                           injuries and musculoskeletal                    index.cfm/title/10585 to order a
Positive effects arise from the provision nition of their mobility, the ADF has a                The ADF’s EpiTrack health sur-     disorders;                                     copy of the report.


Diesel Vitara fit for                                                                                         Your car. Your savings. Your choice.
families                                                                                                      Find out why 7,000 Defence employees use SmartSalary
   By CPL Andrew Hetherington                                                                                 Car Leasing – call 1300 557 944 for a free quote.
    SUZUKI has had a long history of
selling four-wheel drives in Australia,
which began with the first of the com-
pany’s products hitting our roads in the
early 70s, with a three-seat, 360CC two-
stroke small four-wheel drive called the
    Thirty years later, Suzuki’s four-            NIMBLE: It’ll take more than a closed
wheel drive flagship is called the Grand          road to stop the Suzuki.
Vitara and for the first time is now avail-                         Photo: CPL Andrew Hetherington
able with a 1.9L diesel engine.
    Exterior styling is typical modern            temperature and fuel consumption gauge,
Suzuki, a little boxy in design, but the          situated above an MP3-compatible ster-
body still has smooth edges, producing            eo and easy-to-use climate control and
an aesthetic, athletic stance, coupled with       four-wheel drive mode buttons and dials.
a high quality paint finish and five spoke        Drivers also have at their fingertips stereo
alloy wheels. On the road, to keep things         and cruise control buttons mounted on
moving along, drivers will need to keep           the leather-clad steering wheel.
the engine revving over 2000rpm. Falling              I didn’t have time to take the Vitara
below this target at first will produce           into the bush, but with the 200mm
a feeling of frustration as you feel you          ground clearance, families could easily
need to play ‘catch up’ with the rest of          venture off-road where the average sedan
the traffic around you. Once you spend a          or van cannot go.
day behind the wheel, drivers will learn              The new diesel Grand Vitara is
how to make the 95kW and 300Nm                    an intelligent alternative to unlead-
of torque best work for them. Inside,             ed four-wheel drives, provid-
occupants are accommodated on com-                ing mid-sized car economy, which
fortable seats, covered in a hard-wearing         will suit most people looking for a
fabric. The top of the centre of the dash-        family sized wagon with genuine
board features a digital clock, outside           off-road capabilities.

  Suzuki Grand Vitara five door manual turbo diesel wagon
  Price as tested: $34,990 plus ORC.              reliable, well built, well thought out practical
  Power: 95kW of power at 3,750rpm and            dash and controls and fuel economy.
  300Nm of torque at 2,000rpm from a 1.9L         Against: Maximum torque could be assess-
  common rail turbo diesel engine.                able from lower rpm; and rising price of diesel
  0-100km/h: 13.2 seconds (claimed).
  Fuel consumption and type: Diesel
                                                  Best suit: Families looking for honest, reli-
                                                                                                              • Let our car lease specialists do the hard work for you
  7.6L/100km (combined/claimed), 66L fuel
                                                  able, off-road family transport, which will pro-
                                                  vide mid-sized car fuel economy.
                                                                                                              • Use our buying power so you get the best deal
  Co2 emissions: 195 grams/km.
  Safety: Dual front and side SRS airbags,
                                                  Alternatives in price range: Nissan X Trail,
                                                  Toyota RAV4, Subaru Forester, KIA Sorento
                                                                                                              • Let us make your car search hassle free
  curtain SRS airbags (front and rear), head-     and Sportage, Hyundai Santa Fe.
  impact protection structure, ABS with EBD       Insurance: $1645 for 12-month comprehen-
  (electronic brake-force distribution), brake-   sive insurance for a 25-year-old male living
  assist, electronic stability program (ESP).     in Sydney.
  For: Spacious cabin and rear storage area,      My rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
26 Sport                                                                                                                                                                   AIR FORCE July 24, 2008

Beijing                                                                                                                                                         GAME PLAN
                                                                                                                                                                   The 2008 ACT inter-Service squash
                                                                                                                                                                   competition will be held at the ADFA
                                                                                                                                                                   Indoor Sports Centre from July 31-

bound  By Barry Rollings                    “But in saying that, any team can
                                        get to the medal rounds,” she said.
                                                                                                                                                                   August 1. For more information, ADF
                                                                                                                                                                   members should contact FSGT Brett
                                                                                                                                                                   Parker on (02) 6127 4548 or email:
                                                                                                                                                                   brett.parker@defence.gov.au; APS
                                                                                                                                                                   members should contact Allyn Darcy
                                                                                                                                                                   on (02) 6265 5142 or email: allyn.
   ALL that glitters should be
                                            “We will be right up there for the                                                                                     The 2008 Australian Defence national
gold. That’s the positive view of       gold. We have a number of camps
Air Force’s SGT Tracey Mosley on                                                                                                                                   squash championships will be held
                                        heading into the Olympics so we                                                                                            at RAAF Base Williamtown from
the eve of the 2008 Beijing Olym-       should be ready by the time we get
pics.                                   there.                                                                                                                     August 25-29. For more information
    SGT Mosley, a CISCON with               “This will be my second                                                                                                and to obtain an entry form, visit:
382ECSS at RAAF Base Amberley           Olympics. I was in Athens where we                                                                                         http://intranet.defence.gov.au/dsg/sites/
who already has a silver medal in       won silver.”                                                                                                               squash/
her trophy cabinet, will repre-             Able to play in a number of posi-
sent Australia in softball against      tions, SGT Mosley is primarily a
                                                                                                                                                                Lawn bowls
seven other nations, including          catcher now.                                                                                                               The NSW inter-Service lawn bowls
the United States, Japan, Canada,           A club player for Saints in                                                                                            carnival will be held at Penrith Club
China, Venezuela, Taiwan and the        Brisbane, she has also represented                                                                                         from August 18-22.
Netherlands.                            South Australia and Queensland at                                                                                          The event is open to all ADF and APS
    The team departs for China on       state level. She was born in Sydney
August 6, to prepare for the Olympic
                                                                                                                                                                   members and nominations close on
                                        but moved to Brisbane and then to
tournament which begins on August       Adelaide.
                                                                                                                                                                   July 31. For more information, contact
12. Australia’s opening game is             Her softball career began 24                                                                                           SGT Gerard Harkins on (02) 4587 2621.
against Japan.                          years ago as a 10-year-old at                                                                                           Golf
    All games will be played at the     Wynnum West State School in              MOSLEY’S MISSION: SGT Tracey Mosley from 322ECSS, RAAF                            Air Force golfers are being sought
Fengtai Softball Stadium, and the       Brisbane.                                Base Amberley, is going for softball gold in Beijing from August 12.
top four teams at the completion of         “We have a number of camps                                                                                             to represent the inter-Service golf
                                                                                                                                 Photo: LAC Aaron Curran           competition from October 24-28 at
the round-robin stage will enter the    leading up to a tour of Canada
play-offs.                              where we will play games against                                                                                           Mollymook Golf Club.
    “We have played these teams on                                               team departed Sydney for Toronto        July 6-8 July involving Australia,
                                        Venezuela, Canada and Japan, then                                                                                          Interested players should contact
a fairly regular basis, so we have a    in the Canada Cup,” SGT Mosley           on June 28.                             Canada and Japan.
fair idea of what the opposition has                                                 From July 1 to 4, they played           After contesting the Canada Cup       SQNLDR Mark Wilkins on (02) 6265
to offer and who their strike players       “I am thankful to 382ECSS for        double-headers against Venezuela        in Vancouver from July 12 to 20, the      5083 or email: mark.wilkins2@defence.
are,” SGT Mosley said.                  all their support and especially the     and Ontario All Stars at four differ-   team returned to Sydney on July 23.       gov.au; or FLTLT Wayne Thompson
    She thought the United States and   ICT Section at Amberley in my            ent venues around Toronto.                 A full report on SGT Mosley’s          on (02) 6127 2596 or email: wayne.
probably Japan would present the        preparation for the Games,” she said.        Kitchener, Ontario, was the            Olympic competition will be pub-       thompson2@defence.gov.au
toughest opposition at the Olympics.        The Australian women’s open          venue for the tri-nations series from      lished in AIR FORCE News.


     The property game                                                       Tell me, I forget.
     As in playing Monopoly if you’re not on the
     board, you’re not in the game of wealth
     creation. Example: Sarah has invested in a well
                                                                             Show me, I learn.
     located 4 bedroom house worth $400, 000,
     receiving $400 a week in rent.
                                        Allowable      Income
                                                                             Involve me,
      Rent at $400 pw
      Interest paid on loan

                                                       $20,800               I understand.                                CONFUCIUS
      Rates- council & water                $1,700
      Insurance                               $600
      Property Manager’s Fees               $2,000
                                                                           Let Spectrum work with you over the
      Depreciation Allowances               $7,500                         next 3 months to energise your wealth.
      Borrowing Costs                         $500
      Trip to inspect property                $500                         Tax Time- an ideal opportunity for you
      Claimable Expenses           B                  $40,800
                                                                           to have a free review of your situation.
      Tax Deductible Amount B-A                       $20,000
      Refund $20,000 @ 30%                             $6,000

     Using the benefits of negative gearing Sarah
     reduced her fortnightly payments to only $230.

     Spectrum’s wealth creation strategies include:
     •Shares & Managed Funds                                                              Spectrum Advising Defence Personnel for 26 years
     • Property Investments
     • Tax Planning                                                          For more information,
     • Loan Structures
     • Superannuation                                                        call 1300 784 246 or
     • Defence Home Ownership                                                visit www.spect.com.au
AIR FORCE July 24, 2008                                                                                                                                                        Sport 27

Dashing Di wins two
     By LEUT Stuart Cayzer
   AIR Force’s CPL Di Casey                    Air Force reps
picked up two major awards at the                Men: SQNLDR Owen Reinhardt,
end of the recent Defence Hockey                 FLTLT Ole Bailey, FLGOFF Conlon
Championships in Albury, where                   Mallet, AC Tom Miller, FLGOFF
eight Air Force men and four women               Mark Ross, CPL Evan Wain,
were included in the representative              SGT Clint Bird and LAC Andrew
teams.                                           Gawthorn.
   CPL Casey was one of the women                Women: CPL Dianne Casey,
chosen for the Australian Country                LACW Deb Herbst, LACW
Hockey Championships at Busselton                Amanda Olzard and CPL
in Western Australia at Bovell Park              Rebecca Ward.
from July 26 to August 2.                        Coach: FLTLT Alan Brown.
   The Helen Massa Medal for the                 Manager: LAC Shayne Borger.
women’s best and fairest player and
the highest goalscorer’s award were
both presented to CPL Casey from                 The teams will be looking to con-
the Army Logistics Training Centre           solidate and improve on their per-
in Albury.                                   formances at last year’s champion-
   CPL Casey dominated this year’s           ship, where the men finished second
tournament, scoring 15 goals from            and the women just missed out on the
five games on the way to leading             final.
her VIC/NSW combined team to the
                                                 With many new young players
championship. She has been a domi-
                                             coming into the squad, a fast, fresh
nant force for the Defence Hockey
                                             look to the teams has added to the
teams for many years and still shows
her elite skills regularly.                  experienced campaigners, giving them
   She has represented the Defence           the best chance of performing well at
Force, NSW, at a state open level and        the championships again.
Australia at the world indoor champi-            The teams will meet in Perth in
onships. She combines her goalscor-          late July for a lead-in training camp
ing ability with considerable leader-        before the country titles.
ship qualities and a reputation for fair        Inquiries should be directed to
play.                                           Defence Hockey president, CMDR
   Army had 13 men and 11 women                 Andrew Gordon, on 0409 249033; or ON THE RUN: Above, CPL Di Casey (right) goes on the attack against the ACT’s CAPT Anna Reinhardt in the
named, with Navy providing six                  public relations manager, LEUT Stuart recent championships in Albury. Below left, SQNLDR Owen Reinhardt (left) has front position for Queensland as
women and five men.                             Cayzer, on 0411 107 865.              he is challenged by a Northern Territory player.                                        Photos: LEUT Stuart Cayzer

Front-runners are
rewarded at titles                                                                            ��                              Discount

       By LEUT Stuart Cayzer                   and Air Force (OFFCDT Kate Aitken
   QUEENSLAND men and the com-                 and CPL Di Casey).
bined NSW/Victoria women’s team
won their respective titles when play-
                                                   The men’s final pitted the carnival’s
                                               strongest offence – of Queensland –                                            Discount
                                               against the strongest defence – of NSW                                         ����������������������
ers representing Navy, Army, Air Force         – at the carnival with Queensland win-

and the APS from all states converged                                                                                         ����������������������
                                               ning 2-0. Queensland gained the early
on Albury recently for the Defence             ascendancy, scoring its first goal after 11
Hockey Championships.                          minutes. The only way that NSW was
    The 2008 titles were held at Albury
Hockey Centre and supported by the
                                               going to have a chance of winning was
                                               by eliminating the key forward and mid-
North Bandiana Army Barracks.                                                                                                 ����������������������
                                               field players of Queensland and taking
    Both teams led the championship            every single chance that presented itself.                                     �����������������������
from the start of the week and fin-            NSW was unable to convert its oppor-
ished with strong performances but had         tunities and when Queensland scored
to overcome tough opposition in their          another goal in the middle of second
respective finals.                             half, it proved too much to overcome.
    The women’s final was primed to
be a high-quality game with the strong
                                               The goalscorers were AC Tom Miller
                                               and SGT Phil Southern.                                                                                                   ����  ������������   �
attack and fast midfield of VIC/NSW                The winning team consisted of: 11           �����������������������������������������������
pitted against the controlling midfield        Army, one Navy and four Air Force
and defence of ACT. VIC/NSW was too            players (FLTLT Alan Brown, CPL
strong in the end as it utilised the full      Andrew Gawthorne, FLGOFF Conlan
length of the pitch to its advantage for a                                                                                                                                                                �
                                               Mallet and AC Tom Miller).
2-0 win.                                                                                       �������������������������������������������
                                                   Final standings Men: Queensland
    The goalscorers were CPL Di Casey          1, NSW 2, NT/VIC 3, ACT 4, Western
and PTE Tahnee Donovan.                        Australia 5, SA/VIC 6. Women: VIC/
    The winning team consisted of 11           NSW 1, ACT 2, Queensland 3, WA/SA/
Army players and two each from Navy            NT/NSW 4.
                                                                                     TRACEY GOES FOR
                                                                                        GOLD: Our top
                                                                                         heads to the
July 24, 2008
                                                                                            – Page 26

                                            ROAD            By MAJ Marc Hastie
                                                            and Barry Rollings
                                                                                                Air Force’s CPL Jarrod Hughes and
                                                                                                CPL Dean Benedetti put the main field
                                                                                                under stress. CPL Hughes maintained
                                                       AIR Force’s SGT Mick Rand end-
                                                    ed his tenure as the Australian De-         the pace and pressure to cross the line
                                                                                                well ahead of the main group.
                                                    fence Cycling Club president in the
                                                                                                    SGT Rand caught the field out by
                                                    best possible way by winning the road
                                                                                                jumping ahead on the back straight for
                                                    championship at the national titles on      a well-deserved second. CPL Roberts
                                                    July 6-7 at Holsworthy.                     showed the peloton how to win a sprint
                                                        Air Force wrapped up first and sec-
                                                                                                finish by producing massive power
                                                    ond in the prestigious event, thanks to
                                                                                                from well back to cross for third by
                                                    its cunning tactics.
                                                        The road champion is decided on a       half a wheel.
                                                    points classification system based on           PTE Martin Elsum won the B-grade
                                                    places gained in each of the events.        40km road race with a convincing win
                                                        Clever racing by WGCDR Paul             in a competition that was well-fought
                                                    Connor in the road race and criterium       out.
                                                    events enabled him to finish a close sec-       The criteriums were an all-Air Force
                                                    ond by a point behind SGT Rand.             affair with honourable riding by SGT
                                                        SGT Rand won the criterium, was         Tim Grover and SGT Dan Ferguson
                                                    second in the road race and turned in a     (both Army) supported by WO2 Lee
                                                    commendable effort in the time trial.       Chevalier attempting to keep the pace
                                                        “The weekend was a great success        high to drop off weaker riders.
                                                    due to the hard work of event organiser         Event commissaire MAJ Marc
                                                    CPL Jason Roberts (Army) and the            Hastie said the racing was of an excel-
                                                    association committee over the past 12      lent standard with all competitors dig-
                                                    months,” SGT Rand said.                     ging deep in the events to provide a
                                                        Forty-seven riders from the ADF         great weekend of racing. “The standard
                                                    and APS competed. Racing began with         of cycling has evolved over the past few
                                                    the 60km road race in which the A-          years with the competition and stand-
                                                    graders set a cracking pace around          ard of riders showing an improvement
                                                    Holsworthy Barracks. A breakaway by         in skills and tactics,” he said.

                 NUMBER ONE: SGT Mick
                     Rand from 77SQN can’t
                contain his excitement after
                 crossing the line first in the
                 ADF road championship at
                 Holsworthy. The win ended
                     his tenure as Australian
                       Defence Cycling Club
                    president in style. Taking
                 second place for Air Force
                 was WGCDR Paul Connor
                  from DMO (pictured right).
                     Photos: FLTLT Matt Pinkstone

To top