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V I S I T O U R W E B S I T E : W W W . A I R F O R C E . M I L . N Z<br />


S W E<br />

R O Y A L N E W Z E A L A N D A I R F O R C E N<br />

J U N 0 6<br />

www.airforce.mil.nz<br />

AFN<strong>71</strong> JUNE 06<br />

BAMIAN<br />

FLIGHT<br />


MORE<br />



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I vividly recall the first time I set foot on RNZAF Woodbourne.<br />

It was September 1976, minus 2 degrees, dark and raining. We<br />

arrived in the back of a DC3, directly off Number 100 <strong>Air</strong>man<br />

Recruit Course Grad Parade. We were rounded up and organised<br />

by a screaming NCO (we thought we had left all these<br />

behind at GSTS!). Rescuing our green canvas kit bags (2 each,<br />

for the use of) containing all our worldly possessions, from<br />

the puddles in which the thoughtful Movements Staff neatly<br />

stacked them, we set off on a 6 mile route march. Crossing<br />

the main highway (no tunnels in 1976, but not much traffic<br />

then either) we marched into the Barrack Warden where some<br />

kindly gent with the disposition of Attila the Hun issued us<br />

blankets, grey, 5, sheets, white, 2, pillow, rock hard, 1, and case<br />

pillow, 1. In a gesture of humanity, noting the burdens we had<br />

to carry he offered to wait until morning to issue Counterpane,<br />

1 each. What a guy.<br />

From the Barrack Warden we marched round several barrack<br />

blocks, ensuring that everything was completely saturated.<br />

Eventually we arrived at our designated accommodation block<br />

(Transit) told to find a bed (sprung wire base, foam mattress)<br />

for the night. ‘Don’t unpack too much – you’ll be moving<br />

tomorrow.’ Our kindly NCO then advised us that we had missed<br />

out on dinner as nobody had been told that we were arriving<br />

and the Mess was closed. No one asked how the Barrack<br />

Warden and the Corporal knew about us; you just didn’t do<br />

that sort of thing. Welcome to Woodbourne!<br />

Our little group was sent to Woodbourne for Basic Engineering<br />

training. Most adult recruits went to Hobsonville for<br />

this course. We must have been special because we got to do<br />

Basic Engineering with <strong>Air</strong>man Cadets at 4TTS. Taking up my<br />

latest posting as CO Base Wing at Woodbourne I vow to resist<br />

the urge to bring back the ‘Good Old Days’. It just wouldn’t<br />

be the same without rain soaked Battle Dress, starched<br />

PT whites, and Bata Bullets. But it is worth reflecting on<br />

just how far we have all come within my own 30 year<br />

career span. In the past three months since returning to<br />

Woodbourne one issue flashes like a beacon, and it centres<br />

on vacuum cleaners. ‘CO, will you approve the purchase of<br />

an additional dozen vacuum cleaners please. We have to<br />

put vacuum cleaners on each floor of the flats. It’s an OSH<br />

issue – people might get hurt carrying the vacuums up the<br />

stairs.’ I declined this request in the politest manner I could<br />

at the time.<br />

The <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> of today is often accused of being softer<br />

and less robust than it was in years gone by. Softened by<br />

OSH, by EEO, reduced personnel numbers, Human Rights,<br />

Bike Pants, and duvets on beds instead of blankets. Not<br />

to mention Snow Freeze and Coke dispensing machines<br />

in <strong>Air</strong>man’s Messes. Yet in the same breath as these<br />

accusations are made, we are in an almost constant cycle<br />

of supporting operational deployments. Individually we<br />

have to work smarter in order to achieve our outputs with<br />

reduced resources. We have to be better managers, cover<br />

an increasing range of functions, meet greater compliance<br />

issues. And here is the real gem – we achieve the results.<br />

We do this and still make time to enjoy what we do.<br />

When I joined the RNZAF 30 years ago, I thought that it<br />

was a great organisation with a real sense of family to it.<br />

Today’s RNZAF is not the same as it was then, but 30 years<br />

later I think that I have seen enough to be able to say, with<br />

unshakeable confidence, ‘This is a great little <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong>.’<br />

AFN<strong>71</strong> JUNE 06 www.airforce.mil.nz


To carry out military air operations to advance <strong>New</strong><br />

<strong>Zealand</strong>’s security interests, with professionalism,<br />

integrity and teamwork.<br />


We will be an <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> that is the best in all we do.<br />

He Tauarangi matou ko te pai rawa atu i to matou<br />

mahi katoa.<br />

The offi cial journal and forum of the <strong>Royal</strong> <strong>New</strong><br />

<strong>Zealand</strong> <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> established for the information,<br />

education and enjoyment of its personnel and other<br />

people interested in RNZAF and associated matters.<br />

Published by: NZDF Public Relations Unit<br />

NZDF HQ<br />

Wellington<br />

<strong>New</strong> <strong>Zealand</strong><br />

Telephone: (04) 496 0289<br />

Fax:(04) 496 0290<br />

Editorial authority: Ian Brunton<br />

Editorial contributions and letters to the editor are welcome.<br />

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not need to be forwarded through normal command chains.<br />

Letters are to be signed with the writer’s name, rank and<br />

unit although, unless requested otherwise, only the rank<br />

and geographical location of the writer will be published.<br />

The editorial staff reserves the right to abridge letters.<br />

Anonymous, offensive or abusive letters will not be published.<br />

Opinions expressed in <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> <strong>New</strong>s are not necessarily<br />

those of the RNZAF or NZDF. Nothing in NEWS should<br />

be taken as overriding any Defence regulations. Readers<br />

should refer to the relevant Service publication before acting<br />

on any information given in this periodical. No item is to be<br />

reproduced, in part or whole, without the specifi c permission<br />

of the editor.<br />

www.airforce.mil.nz<br />

JUNE <strong>2006</strong>, ISSUE <strong>71</strong><br />

Editor: Grant Carr<br />

grant.carr@nzdf.mil.nz<br />

Design and Layout: Steven Fright<br />

steven.fright@nzdf.mil.nz<br />

Proofreader: Katrina Randerson<br />

Printed by: Keeling and Mundy Limited<br />

PO Box 61<br />

Palmerston North<br />


Base Auckland <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> Photographer SGT Carl Booty<br />

is prepared for action with both his ‘weapons’ while in<br />

Afghanistan. His camera is the tool of his trade and all<br />

members of the <strong>New</strong> <strong>Zealand</strong> Provincial Reconstruction<br />

Team are required to carry their trusty Steyr rifl e at all<br />

times. See pages 20-21 for more images.<br />

AFN<strong>71</strong> JUNE 06<br />

LAC Kirsty Wills, RNZAF Auckland training with the Westpac<br />

Rescue Helicopter. See pages 14-16 Top Class Medics.<br />

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It’s how we’re drinking.<br />


Auckland’s Top Corporal<br />


DVD step-by-step guide<br />


Bolstering RAMSI<br />


<strong>New</strong> Caledonia<br />


No.<strong>40</strong> Squadron exercise<br />


<strong>New</strong> Maori Co-ordination Offi cer<br />


Medical Unit in great hands<br />


Basic Course<br />

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20<br />

22<br />

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26<br />

28<br />

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Bamian foray<br />


Down to business<br />


A photographer’s view<br />


Kaipara <strong>Air</strong> Range rocks<br />


How it all works<br />


Emphasising leadership<br />


Team building<br />


More on fi tness<br />


Fairy Tale wedding<br />

<strong>New</strong> Maori Co-ordination Offi cer W/O Doug<br />

Wallace talks to <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> <strong>New</strong>s – page 13.<br />


SPORT<br />

IB basketball, JOIST, softball<br />

WN 06-0201-01<br />

OH 06-0234-02<br />


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Watchmates out and about at Outward Bound.<br />

After more than 43 years of providing adventure-based learning<br />

and development programmes to <strong>New</strong> <strong>Zealand</strong>ers, Outward Bound<br />

is now looking to reunite former participants with their fellow<br />

watchmates.<br />

Outward Bound Manager – Opportunities, Darren Quirk, said the<br />

organisation will help over 45,000 former course participants to<br />

connect with old watchmates via a dedicated alumni section on the<br />

Outward Bound website.<br />

Past Outward Bound students are able to register on the organisation’s<br />

website www.outwardbound.co.nz. In doing so, they can access<br />

old photographs, search for watchmates, win prizes and learn more<br />

about Outward Bound events.<br />


On 1 April <strong>2006</strong> the last six Multinational <strong>Force</strong> Observer’s (MFO)<br />

UH-1 helicopters departed North Camp, Sinai, Egypt for Israel prior<br />

to being shipped back to the USA. The UH1 helicopters, popularly<br />

known as ‘Hueys’, have been in service with the MFO since 1982<br />

and were originally fl own by the ANZAC aviation unit in support of<br />

MFO operations of which many RNZAF personnel served. The current<br />

Chief of <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> AVM Graham Lintott also fl ew these helicopters<br />

during his tour in the Sinai. The helicopters have been replaced by<br />

UH 60 Blackhawks.<br />


Mr Bryan Geurts, Fleet Manager Health at Army Logistics Executive<br />

Trentham, points out that the picture of one of his products in the<br />

Insight O6 article ‘The Hidden Hazard’ is the old Army insect repellent<br />

spray that had been identifi ed as a fl ight hazard due to the alcohol<br />

content. Mr Geurts says that ‘due to identifi cation of this hazard we<br />

reformulated the product to make it fl ight safe. This product is now<br />

one of the few fl ight safe insect repellents on the market and the only<br />

truly alcohol free DEET product. This NZ made product is now sold<br />

to Muslim countries and NZDF is receiving royalties on those sales.<br />

An example of a problem being solved and creating its own market<br />

niche.’ I stand corrected and pleased to see a Kiwi product leading by<br />

example – Grant Carr, Editor<br />

In our April issue (No.69) we inadvertently misspelled the name of<br />

F/S Reg Dawson’s son (pg. 5). The correct spelling is Severne - that’s<br />

with an ‘e’ on the end.<br />

My sincere apology – Grant Carr, Editor.<br />

TRUST US<br />

Pilots are the third most trusted profession in <strong>New</strong> <strong>Zealand</strong>, according<br />

to the Reader’s Digest’s annual opinion survey, just below fi re fi ghters<br />

and ambulance offi cers and before nurses and doctors (see this<br />

month’s article on our Medical Trade, pg. 14). Since the <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> has<br />

personnel in all these professional categories it’s a safe assumption<br />

that we have somewhat of a clean sweep in the trustworthy stakes.<br />

And hopefully that trust extends to all our other trades and professions.<br />

Unfortunately journalists rank a mere 25th on the list below<br />

taxi drivers and above real estate agents. Can you trust me on this?<br />

Too right you can!<br />


Despite rising fuel costs it’s<br />

business as usual for the <strong>Air</strong><br />

<strong>Force</strong> says <strong>Air</strong> Component<br />

Commander AIR CDRE Richard<br />

<strong>New</strong>lands.<br />

‘We continually monitor fuel<br />

prices, both from <strong>New</strong> <strong>Zealand</strong><br />

and overseas sources, and<br />

we receive a forecast of <strong>New</strong><br />

<strong>Zealand</strong> fuel prices up to a<br />

year ahead. While the accuracy<br />

of forecasts is subject to<br />

the vagaries of a number of<br />

external influences, we have<br />

been expecting the fuel price<br />

to continue to rise throughout<br />

the current fi nancial year, which ends on 30 <strong>June</strong>.<br />

‘To date actual fuel price rises have been broadly in line with those<br />

forecasts, although for the remaining two months of the year the prices<br />

will be a little above forecast. Nonetheless, while there will be pressure<br />

on this cost element of the budget, we will be able to manage<br />

funding to ensure that we maintain both training requirements and<br />

our operational commitments,’ says AIR CDRE <strong>New</strong>lands.<br />

OH 04-0589-02<br />

AFN<strong>71</strong> JUNE 06 www.airforce.mil.nz

AK 06-0190-11<br />


At fi rst light members of the NZ Army’s 2/1 RNZIR board a RNZAF<br />

Hercules at Darwin for the <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong>’s fi rst fl ight to Timor Leste’s capital<br />

Dili. <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> <strong>New</strong>s will provide full coverage of <strong>New</strong> <strong>Zealand</strong>’s<br />

response to the situation in Timor Leste in our July issue.<br />


– WITH A SMILE<br />

<strong>New</strong> Chief of <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> AVM Graham Lintott is known to have a good<br />

sense of humour – note the CAF Under Training badge he’s wearing.<br />

He shares a joke with CPL John Harrison (left) and F/S Kevin Pope<br />

during his fi rst offi cial visit to Whenuapai.<br />


The interim dividend from the Armed <strong>Force</strong>s Canteen Council (AFCC)<br />

for the 2005/06 fi nancial year totalled $22,753. The dividend, slightly<br />

up on last year’s total, represents good trading conditions, the AFCC’s<br />

commitment to competitive pricing and its recent upgrades of stores<br />

and cafes.<br />

The money has been distributed according to Base populations:<br />

$<br />

Auckland 9,206<br />

Ohakea 5,852<br />

Wellington 3,191<br />

Woodbourne 4,054<br />

TOTAL 22,753<br />

www.airforce.mil.nz<br />

AFN<strong>71</strong> JUNE 06<br />

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No 5 Squadron will participate in the UK Exercise Neptune Warrior<br />

06-2 Joint Maritime Course from 19 to 29 <strong>June</strong>. One P-3K Orion and<br />

two crews will deploy to RAF Kinloss in Scotland for the exercise.<br />

Neptune Warrior/Joint Maritime Course is an annual training activity<br />

that provides joint and combined collective training for ships, aircraft<br />

and battle staffs from a number of nations in a multi-threat environment.<br />

The exercise is conducted in the sea areas and air space around<br />

the north and west coasts of Scotland. Neptune Warrior provides<br />

invaluable training for <strong>New</strong> <strong>Zealand</strong>’s Maritime Patrol <strong>Force</strong>.<br />

The Fincastle Competition <strong>2006</strong> involving the maritime patrol aircraft<br />

of Australia, Canada, NZ and UK, will be held concurrently with<br />

Neptune Warrior. The Fincastle competition was last held in NZ<br />

during Exercise Tasmanex 06 and was won by the RAF.<br />

Before returning home No. 5 Squadron will also conduct a fl ying<br />

display on each of two days at the Waddington International <strong>Air</strong><br />

Show <strong>2006</strong> at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire over the weekend<br />

of 1-2 July.<br />

SGT Carl Booty, RNZAF Senior Photographer,<br />

handing over stationary to local school.<br />

NO. <strong>40</strong> SQUADRON<br />


In <strong>June</strong> members of the <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong>’s No.<strong>40</strong> Squadron gathered<br />

together a box of stationery for the Bamyan Girls School. Despite<br />

being called a ‘Girls’ school a large number of boys also attend this<br />

school as it has a good reputation locally as a quality provider of<br />

educational programmes. The Principal passed on this thanks through<br />

our interpreter and mentioned that paper and pens were always in<br />

short supply.<br />


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The Alcohol Advisory Council of <strong>New</strong> <strong>Zealand</strong> (ALAC)<br />

is currently running a national campaign titled ‘it’s just<br />

a drink’. Their objective is for us as <strong>New</strong> <strong>Zealand</strong>ers to<br />

take a look at ourselves, in particular the way we are<br />

drinking. As a nation we drink to celebrate, we drink<br />

to commiserate, we drink because it is Friday and we<br />

drink because it is the weekend.<br />

In the <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> we are no different, we like socialising<br />

and we enjoy celebrating. For example pay night is still<br />

a big event in our J/Rs club, as is Friday night in the<br />

Officers and W/Os and SNCOs messes. There is nothing<br />

wrong with this and long may it live, because that is not<br />

the problem. According to the statistics 88% of men and<br />

83% of women claim they are drinkers, again that is<br />

not the problem. We are drinking less alcohol than ever<br />

before and we are ranked 24 internationally.<br />

So what is the problem? The problem is how we are<br />

drinking. We, as <strong>New</strong> <strong>Zealand</strong>ers, save it up for Friday<br />

night and the weekends, and sometimes we over-indulge<br />

where it affects our behaviour. What I want us to do as<br />

an <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong>, is to ‘pinch ourselves’ and to take stock as<br />

to where we see ourselves within the national campaign<br />

currently being run.<br />

We can have all the rules and regulations in place as<br />

much as we want - however that will have no effect on<br />

how we drink. It is the culture of drinking that we need<br />

to focus on. We all need to do this, not just those in<br />

command positions, but everyone, because at the end<br />

of the day it comes down to you. In saying this it also<br />

comes down to mateship, which is everyone looking<br />

after everyone by providing the necessary support and<br />

guidance. For example saying ‘you have had enough’<br />

takes courage. This is all about mateship, especially<br />

when you are trying to bring about alternative behaviours<br />

for those who need it. It’s not about preaching the evils<br />

of getting drunk, it’s about individuals owning their<br />

behaviour, and it’s about living our values.<br />

We, as a responsible organisation, also need to have<br />

a look at ourselves collectively. We are all parents of<br />

the <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> and we have an obligation for each other<br />

and those we serve. Your workplace culture is a good<br />

place to start this. To push it along I have spoken with<br />

the three Base Warrant Officers on this subject with the<br />

desire of bringing this topic onto the radar screen at each<br />

Base. The intention, as with the national programme,<br />

is to not discourage people from drinking, but to own<br />

their behaviour when they do have a drink.<br />

So, the next time you watch the TV or read the papers,<br />

take stock at what is being said by ALAC and have a<br />

look at yourself. Celebrating success is important to us<br />

and is part of our ethos. How we celebrate and to what<br />

extent is where we need to look at ourselves. Rules and<br />

regulations is another topic, we’ve already got enough of<br />

them, it’s about our drinking culture. Think about it.<br />

AFN<strong>71</strong> JUNE 06 www.airforce.mil.nz


Encouraging Base Auckland personnel to ‘get off their butts’ and<br />

consider the benefits of fitness and a healthy lifestyle helped CPL<br />

Jason Price, NCOIC within the Base Auckland Fitness Centre, to<br />

win this year’s Cliff Manning Award.<br />

The coveted annual award, effectively recognising Base Auckland’s top<br />

junior airman of the year, is presented to the Corporal or <strong>Air</strong>craftman (male<br />

or female) who makes, ‘the greatest contribution to the overall effectiveness<br />

of RNZAF Base Auckland during the previous 12 months.’<br />

CPL Price says he was ‘really stoked’ to receive the award because<br />

Physical Fitness Instructors (PTIs) don’t get a lot of recognition for their<br />

work so it was ‘nice to get a pat on the back.’ It also came as a complete<br />

surprise as he didn’t really know much about the award before he was<br />

nominated. With all the factors associated with obesity and the shocking<br />

news that over half of <strong>New</strong> <strong>Zealand</strong>ers are overweight, he says RNZAF<br />

personnel’s access to resources and facilities leaves no excuses for not<br />

getting themselves in shape.<br />

A keen rugby union player and supporter CPL Price is currently spending<br />

much of his spare time coaching the Base Auckland team with the goal of<br />

taking the Services Rugby title for <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> in September. Watch out!<br />

By all accounts CPL Price’s selection for the award was a relatively easy<br />

choice given his involvement in a range of activities and his leadership and<br />

commitment as an Auckland representative sportsman. As a PTI CPL Price<br />

was well placed to make a significant contribution to the fitness, espirit<br />

de corps and effectiveness of Base Auckland personnel.<br />

Specifically his contributions included:<br />

a. Management of the Base Remedial Fitness Programme, which is<br />

aimed at bringing unfit personnel back up to our fitness standards. This<br />

programme routinely involves outdoor classes commencing at early hours<br />

in all weathers.<br />

b. Responsibility for the organisation of the annual Village Green, Base’s<br />

most participative sporting event, which promotes teamwork within all<br />

sections and Base units. The 2005 VG involving over 250 competitors and<br />

30 officials was hailed an outstanding success.<br />

c. Earlier this year, CPL Price was responsible for organisation of<br />

the Biggest Loser Challenge, which was an exercise and weight loss<br />

programme modelled on the TV shows of the same name. As well as<br />

competing amongst themselves to lose weight, through “Pricies” motivation,<br />

Auckland personnel also beat RNZAF Ohakea’s averages and total<br />

weight losses in an unofficial parallel competition.<br />

d. CPL Price has an ongoing commitment to the operational effectiveness<br />


A<br />

DVD with a step-by-step guide to the <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong>’s new Haka will be<br />

available on Bases from mid-<strong>June</strong> says F/S George Mana, a member<br />

of the steering committee that developed the guide. ‘The new Haka<br />

doesn’t establish a Maori identity in the <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> – we already have that – but<br />

rather, it augments and strengthens our existing identity,’ he says.<br />

The DVD shows the 36 movements that make up the new Haka and is<br />

accompanied by a CD with documentation including explanation of its context<br />

and meaning and a translation of the concepts. Initially two copies will be<br />

supplied to each Base but more copies can be made. And while the DVD is a<br />

do-it-yourself guide F/S Mana advises you might need to grab a member of your<br />

Base Kapa Haka group to help you with the first couple of runs through.<br />

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C L I F F M A N N I N G<br />

and deployability of Base personnel through Circuit classes for strength<br />

and fitness and Recreational Activity programmes such as the inter-section<br />

sporting competitions which promote both fitness and teamwork.<br />

e. CPL Price’s skills in a number of adventurous activities including rockclimbing,<br />

kayaking; and outdoor education see him regularly required to<br />

assist with unit adventurous training deployments and, finally,<br />

f. CPL Price’s coaching and application of skills in two rugby codes and<br />

Base cricket greatly enhanced the performance of these teams at interbase<br />

and local competitions.<br />

CPL Price was presented with the award at a ceremony on Saturday 6 May<br />

attended by Ian Ronalds, President of the Hobsonville Old Boys Association<br />

(which initiated the award), Base Commander Auckland WGCDR Cummings,<br />

HOBA members and members of the public.<br />

Base Auckland OC<br />

Education SQNLDR Andy<br />

Anderson, summing up his<br />

comments on CPL Price’s<br />

performance, said:<br />

‘Collectively, through<br />

the improved performance<br />

and morale of Base<br />

personnel, CPL Price’s<br />

achievements added up<br />

to a very significant contribution<br />

to the overall effectiveness<br />

of Base Auckland.<br />

CPL Price continues to<br />

demonstrate excellent<br />

personal standards as<br />

an airman. He achieved<br />

outstanding results in his<br />

endeavours during the<br />

past 12 months, and he<br />

was therefore found to<br />

be a very worthy recipient<br />

of this prestigious award,<br />

The Cliff Manning Trophy<br />

for <strong>2006</strong>.’<br />

OH 05-0557-62<br />


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ALT accommodation in a disused<br />

building near the airfi eld.<br />

<strong>New</strong> <strong>Zealand</strong> and Australian<br />

military personnel were deployed<br />

to bolster Regional Assistance<br />

Mission Solomon Islands (RAMSI)<br />

numbers in the wake of April’s riots<br />

in Honiara. There are currently<br />

125 NZDF personnel serving in the<br />

Solomon Islands. The <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong><br />

also deployed a four-person <strong>Air</strong><br />

Load Team (ALT) to Honiara’s<br />

Henderson <strong>Air</strong> Field. ALT member<br />

W/O Robyn Gell outlines the<br />

team’s role.<br />

The increased level of incoming and outgoing aircraft required to transport<br />

and service the enlarged RAMSI contingent meant the RNZAF ALT was<br />

deployed, at short notice, to supplement the Australian ALT already<br />

in-country.<br />

The RNZAF ALT’s role was to facilitate arriving and departing aircraft,<br />

downloading passengers and freight and back-loading any passengers<br />

and freight returning to <strong>New</strong> <strong>Zealand</strong>. The RNZAF ALT also assisted the<br />

ADF in the facilitation of RAAF aircraft and ADF chartered civilian fl ights.<br />


The RNZAF’s ALT consisted of W/O Robyn Gell (WP); F/S Steve<br />

McCutcheon (OH); CPL Tracy Harrison (OH) and LAC Ross Mosely (Chch).<br />

A normal day started with coffee and discussion of the day’s proposed<br />

aircraft movements and payload details such as passenger numbers and<br />

freight. These movements were fl uid and timings often changed due to<br />

circumstances and other commitments. At one stage all ADF fl ights were<br />

put on hold due to Cyclone Monica heading for Darwin.<br />

Once fl ights details were confi rmed the ALT prepared equipment to<br />

download the aircraft. Initially there was no material handling equipment<br />

(MHE) and all downloads were done by hand. This was a tough and slow<br />

task in the hot and humid environment. The fi rst few fl ights were enginerunning<br />

offl oads/onloads (EROs). The lack of MHE required to download<br />

freight in normal circumstances, meant freight had to be ‘combat’ offloaded.<br />

This involves freight being pushed out the rear of the aircraft while<br />

it is still moving along the taxi way.<br />

L - R: CPL Tracy Harrison, LAC Brett Pearson<br />

RAAF, LAC Ross Mosely, LAC Gary Francis<br />

RAAF, F/S Steve McCutcheon and W/O Robyn<br />

Gell at the Solomon Islands Memorial Garden.<br />

The garden is dedicated to those men who<br />

fought and who died on Guadalcanal.<br />

Loading the B757 in Auckland.<br />




The fi rst few fl ights of the deployment saw all freight quickly moved<br />

off the airfi eld and into the area of operation, in order to make way for<br />

other incoming aircraft. Those early fl ights consisted of a variety of stores<br />

including vehicles, communication equipment, rations, personnel, weapons<br />

and ammunition.<br />

After the initial push the number of fl ights reduced and the focus then<br />

became resupply. The ALT estimated they moved half a million pounds of<br />

freight and personnel during the fi rst few days.<br />

After spending the fi rst night on the fl oor of the domestic terminal<br />

passenger lounge, the ALT, using ‘Kiwi can do’ attitude took the bull by<br />

the horns, contacted local airport staff and managed to secure a disused<br />

building to setup camp for the remainder of their tour. It may have helped<br />

that the Controller of Civil Aviation in Honiara just happened to be an<br />

ex-RNZAF Wing Commander — Mr Bill MacGregor. This disused building<br />

later became home for both the <strong>New</strong> <strong>Zealand</strong> and Australian ALTs.<br />

Ration packs became the menu of the day with the usual delights of threeminute<br />

noodles, satay beef, curried chicken, lamb and mint, cracker biscuits<br />

and other unmentionable delicacies. ADF and NZDF ALT members debated<br />

the relative merits of each other’s ration packs until it was discovered both<br />

were made in <strong>New</strong> <strong>Zealand</strong>.<br />


It was particularly fi tting that the ADF and RNZAF spent the day working<br />

side-by-side on ANZAC Day. A small service was held between the two<br />

nations in the morning, where a moment’s silence was observed to<br />

remember those who had gone before them. It may have been that they<br />

were mourning the fact that they were unable to partake in the customary<br />

rum and coffee that had always been synonymous with this day back home<br />

due to it being a dry mission!<br />

As operational tempo allowed, the RNZAF ALT offered their services to<br />

the local airport authorities to help out in any way they could. This work<br />

included rubbish clean up, general gardening and carrying out routine<br />

maintenance on the airport equipment which had not seen a grease gun<br />

or tyre pump for quite some time! This was done with much humour and<br />

was designed to enhance relations with the locals and by way of thanks<br />

for all the support they had provided the team during their stay.<br />


Mission accomplished the ALT returned to <strong>New</strong> <strong>Zealand</strong> on 28 April.<br />

Henderson <strong>Air</strong> Field has returned to business as usual. ALTs are still<br />

deployed, but transit with RNZAF aircraft, load and unload freight and<br />

passengers and then return to Base Auckland.<br />

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An Australian Sea King helicopter with<br />

Iroquois parked behind on HMAS Maroora<br />

and LCM8 landing craft in the water.<br />


Alongside Army and Navy personnel, over 30 <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> personnel were<br />

involved in Exercise Croix du Sud (Southern Cross) from 22 April to 8 May<br />

in <strong>New</strong> Caledonia.<br />

The <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> contributed two Iroquois, and the 31 people required to<br />

maintain and fl y the frames as the primary contribution to Exercise Croix<br />

du Sud (Ex CDS). Another four personnel were based at the Command<br />

Headquarters in Noumea.<br />

Starting with reassembling the aircraft, conducting test fl ights and<br />

ceremonial duties for ANZAC Day the No.3 Squadron detachment had a<br />

variety of taskings during the exercise. These also included deck landing<br />

practice onboard Australian amphibious ships; dropping French troops into<br />

the hills of <strong>New</strong> Caledonia; teaching Tongans disembarkation procedures<br />

(on a simulated ‘aircraft’!); ensuring that connectivity was working<br />

effectively with <strong>New</strong> <strong>Zealand</strong>, and the more mundane (but essential)<br />

aspects of daily checks and regular maintenance.<br />

Ex CDS is a signifi cant military exercise in the region. The fi eld training<br />

exercise was based around providing military assistance as part of a<br />

coalition force during a humanitarian evacuation of civilians from the<br />

mainland and outlying islands.<br />

The majority of military people involved were re-located by boat, bus<br />

and helicopter to a remote ‘tent city’ on the east coast of <strong>New</strong> Caledonia<br />

for fi ve days to conduct the successful evacuation of civilians as per the<br />

planned scenario. Returning to Noumea, there was a short period for<br />

debriefs, clean up and preparation of the Iroquois to be packed back in<br />

the Hercules for RTNZ.<br />

Conducted biannually in <strong>New</strong> Caledonia, this year’s exercise also involved<br />

military personnel and equipment from <strong>New</strong> <strong>Zealand</strong>, <strong>New</strong> Caledonia,<br />

Australia, Fiji, Papua <strong>New</strong> Guinea and Tonga.<br />

It was an opportunity to develop interoperability between the nations, and<br />

test the command structures at a Joint Headquarters, as well as allowing<br />

for integrated training in a multi-national environment.<br />

Other <strong>New</strong> <strong>Zealand</strong> Defence <strong>Force</strong> participants in Ex CDS 06 were:<br />

• Survey vessel HMNZS Resolution, with an embarked team capable of<br />

conducting surveys in the littoral zone;<br />

• Infantry Platoon, from 3rd Land <strong>Force</strong> Group, based at Burnham; and<br />

• 11 augmentees in roles at the Exercise Headquarters, and onboard<br />

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Two French Puma helicopters make their approach<br />

to land onboard HMAS Manoora, 29 April, with FNS<br />

Jacques Cartier and HMAS Tobruk following behind.<br />

The Pumas were embarked onboard to assist with<br />

troop movements during the initial phase of an<br />

evacuation scenario of Exercise Croix du Sud.<br />

The two No.3 Squadron Hueys<br />

overfl y a disused mine shaft.<br />


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Southland Times reporter Tracey Roxburgh braved<br />

the G-forces and kept down her breakfast for this<br />

account of riding aboard a C-130 Hercules during<br />

last month’s No.<strong>40</strong> Squadron tactical low-level flying<br />

exercise Skytrain, operated out of Oamaru.<br />

It’s 12.30pm and I’m having diffi culty speaking.<br />

Words are being slurred and the brain is fi rmly parked in neutral so<br />

while I’m trying to ask semi-intelligent questions, it’s not working.<br />

If I didn’t know better I would say I was inebriated. I begin to apologise<br />

stating it’s probably because I got up at 5am and the lack of sleep is<br />

catching up on me.<br />

<strong>New</strong> <strong>Zealand</strong> <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> SQNLDR Glenn Davis breaks into a cheeky grin<br />

and says, ‘Nope, it’s the G-force. It nails you.’<br />

Two hours earlier I arrive at the Oamaru <strong>Air</strong>port to be greeted by razor wire<br />

fences, orange road cones and very offi cial looking signs making it quite<br />

clear civilians aren’t welcome. Ignoring them I drive into the <strong>New</strong> <strong>Zealand</strong><br />

Defence <strong>Force</strong> zone where I’m greeted by SQNLDR Davis, handed a pair of<br />

bright orange ear plugs and told we’re leaving in fi ve minutes.<br />

I ask if I’ll be needing my notepad.<br />

‘No ... you won’t forget this.’ At this point I spy my mode of transport<br />

for the impending journey. A mammoth grey beast of a thing parked up on<br />

the tarmac. That mammoth grey beast moves out of the way and I see a<br />

second version, which makes the fi rst look like a Tonka toy.<br />

Meet the C-130, <strong>Royal</strong> <strong>New</strong> <strong>Zealand</strong> <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> Hercules. My heart stops<br />

and I’m told now would be a good time to insert the ear plugs – ‘just<br />


A C-130 Hercules<br />

aircraft is fuelled up<br />

ready for another fl ight.<br />

A twin-engined Casa fl own by French<br />

Marines based in <strong>New</strong> Caledonia.<br />

squeeze, roll and put them in.’<br />

Unfortunately my hands have taken on a life of their own, so the fi rst<br />

problem is managing to get the ear plugs out of the little plastic bag.<br />

Fifteen minutes later I’m on board the Hercules, seated in a canvas deckchair-type<br />

contraption, secured against the side of the plane, still trying to<br />

master the squeeze, roll and insert technique. I’m handed a helmet, which<br />

doesn’t look terribly sturdy, and not one but two white paper bags.<br />

Sick bags if you will.<br />

The look on my face clearly speaks volumes and I’m told by Load Master<br />

Eve Ripo to ‘double bag -- they have a tendency to leak after a while.’<br />

Great. I begin to ‘double bag’ aware the crew members seem to be taking<br />

a perverse joy out of my shaking hands and possum-in-headlights stare and<br />

am buckled in with a lap belt - like the helmet I don’t believe it’s suffi cient<br />

to save my life in the worst case scenario.<br />

Exercise Skytrain was based at Oamaru for 10 days last month, involving<br />

300 RNZAF aircrew, maintenance and support personnel, with assistance<br />

from the <strong>New</strong> <strong>Zealand</strong> Army.<br />

The 50-tonne aircraft fl ies at 75m above ground, reaching speeds of<br />

<strong>40</strong>0kmh in what the Defence <strong>Force</strong> calls ‘tactical low-level fl ying.’<br />

Their mission is to drop ‘loads’ within seconds of a given time and within<br />

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Supply parachutes drift to the<br />

ground after drop off by a C-130.<br />


metres of a target on the ground, but fi rst drilling manoeuvres in valleys,<br />

following a fl ight plan mapped out the day before.<br />

The loads weigh about 16 tonne each and include an ex-army four-wheeldrive.<br />

I’m told it’s been dropped several times, but it still works well enough<br />

to be driven back on to the truck which will load it on to another Hercules<br />

for its next excursion. This training mission involved aircraft and crew from<br />

<strong>New</strong> Caledonia and Singapore - the hills and valleys in the South Island<br />

are like nothing the foreign crews have ever seen, so the training is even<br />

more benefi cial to them.<br />

SQNLDR Nathan McDonald said the Hercules are regarded as ‘people<br />

movers’ and their primary job is to deliver relief where needed – while<br />

based at Oamaru, one Herc was deployed to the Solomon Islands, with<br />

two full crews on board.<br />

That relief also includes food and fi rst aid for disaster-stricken countries,<br />

which is where the load drop training comes to the fore.<br />

The fl ight crew drill valley fl ying, the aim is to fl y undetected to their<br />

target, ‘drop the load and get out really quickly.’<br />

Hercules aren’t the most inconspicuous aircraft, but as SQNLDR<br />

McDonald explains, by the time an enemy force saw the plane, it would<br />

be too late to do anything about it. ‘Combat off-loads’ were another part<br />

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The large orange ‘thingee’ is a Raised <strong>Air</strong> Marker (RAM)<br />

used to help identify the drop zone for the aircraft. It<br />

gives a 3D perspective that draws the aircrew’s eyes to<br />

the drop zone letter pegged out on the ground.<br />


of the training, where the aircraft spends the minimum amount of time<br />

possible on the ground for situations when they drop artillery.<br />

Those manoeuvres were something I was about to become very familiar<br />

with. It’s a funny thing sitting sideways in an aircraft when it’s about to<br />

take off, sick bags in one hand, helmet in the other.<br />

It’s even funnier when it starts to taxi and you fi nd yourself thrown<br />

sideways but your arms are otherwise occupied so you can’t grab on to<br />

anything. Thus, my journey on the C-130 begins.<br />

I am told not to be ashamed if I need to use the sick bags – ‘it wouldn’t<br />

be the fi rst time.’ However, in the next breath SQNLDR Davis says if I do<br />

need to use them I will never live it down. The gauntlet had been thrown.<br />

Motivation enough.<br />

The belly of the Hercules is impressive -- it can seat almost 100 passengers<br />

if it’s not fl ying over water, in which case there needs to be room for life<br />

rafts, so fewer passengers. It looks to be lined with silver padding, the fl oor<br />

has rollers running the length of the plane and sitting in the middle of it are<br />

three loads, to be dropped at different points during the fl ight.<br />

The noise inside the plane is deafening, even with ear plugs now safely<br />

inserted, so crew seem to rely on hand signals to communicate with those<br />

not hooked up to the ‘comms.’ That, or they yell at each other.<br />


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After about 10 minutes someone yells at me to put<br />

my helmet on and go for a wander around the plane.<br />

I decide I’m more than happy just sitting with my lap<br />

belt safely fastened, thanks. Wrong answer.<br />

So, helmet on I feebly attempt to pick my way<br />

through the loads and the rollers to a little portholetype<br />

window with two sturdy bars either side,<br />

SQNLDR Davis tells me to hang on to the bars and<br />

enjoy the view. I’m now standing directly in front of<br />

an emergency exit door. Altitude has a tendency to<br />

do funny things to me and I have the urge to open<br />

the emergency exit.<br />

Fortunately at that point I’m aware I’ve begun<br />

to lean backwards, I look out the window and fi nd<br />

myself staring at the sun, three seconds later and I am<br />

pushed hard up against the silver padding, looking at<br />

the ground which doesn’t seem to be too far away.<br />

Still clutching my sick bags it all seems harmless<br />

enough, I even think I could let go of the vice-like<br />

grip I have on the wee white bags and put them in<br />

my pocket. Then the G-force gets me.<br />

One second, I’m standing up enjoying the view, the<br />

next my knees have buckled, I am kneeling against<br />

the emergency exit, still hanging on to those bars.<br />

Unable to stand, I’m laughing hysterically and it’s as<br />

if my bodyweight has doubled and another person is<br />

standing on my shoulders. Classy.<br />

Eventually I regain my composure and clamber back<br />

to a standing position, but the rocking and rolling<br />

has begun.<br />

For what seems like an eternity I am periodically<br />

thrown forwards and then hanging on for dear life so as not to fall<br />

backwards. My stomach is constantly dropping, almost like when you’re<br />

driving and go down a steep hill you didn’t see coming. I decide it’s best<br />

not to let go of the sick bags.<br />

I am taken into the ‘fl ight deck’ (note for civilians, don’t call it a cockpit,<br />

they don’t like that) where apparently it’s a bit easier on the body.<br />

The fi rst thing I notice are the hundreds of controls, buttons and knobs of<br />

all descriptions. Again I have the urge to push some of them.<br />

The second thing I notice are the windows. Some of them appear to be<br />

cracked. This is not helping my churning tummy. The Hercules have just<br />

celebrated their <strong>40</strong>th birthday and are about to be completely stripped and<br />

re-vamped with state-of-the-art technology. The fi rst will be done overseas<br />

and will take two years, at the same time spares will be made for the others<br />

and the four remaining C-130s will take a year each to be revamped.<br />

I am directed to stand behind the pilot and am shown two more metal<br />

bars to hang on to and it’s not long before they, too, are at the mercy of<br />

my vice-like grip. Instead of being thrown backwards and forwards, I am<br />

being thrown from side to side, we appear to be sickeningly close to the<br />

hills in the valleys and my face is still clearly speaking volumes as I look<br />

around to fi nd the aircrew laughing at me.<br />

Next I’m taken back to the belly of the plane to watch the fi rst drop<br />

- the back of the Hercules has opened up as Load Master Ripo waits for<br />

instructions from the navigator in the fl ight deck for when to release the<br />

load. When the lights in the back of the plane turn from red to green, it’s<br />

bombs away, the load goes hurtling out the back and within seconds a<br />

parachute is deployed and it fl oats to the ground, where another crew is<br />

ready to pick the load up. Among them is a mechanic, with equipment to<br />

mend farmers’ fences ... for when they miss the target.<br />

By now we are in Ashburton and I’m about ready for a rest, as we go<br />

hurtling towards a paddock I think someone is reading my mind, the plane<br />

touches down with a bang before promptly careening off again.<br />

After what seems an eternity, but was in fact only two hours, we arrive<br />

safely on the ground back in Oamaru. I feel like I’ve just run a marathon<br />

and wander from the fl ight deck to the back of the plane, where I see the<br />

fi nal load right at the back of the plane.<br />

Apparently I missed the second one being dropped -- I presume that’s<br />

when I decided to sit down and focus on a point in the distance to ensure the<br />

sick bags remained empty. Load Master Ripo directs me to sit on a container<br />

facing the back of the plane and hang on to a strap. We’ve come to a full<br />

stop and I don’t understand what’s happening, but I do as I’m told.<br />

Another crew member comes up beside me and tells me to hold on ‘tight’<br />

to the other side of the container, he then proceeds to sit behind me, grabs<br />

my shoulders and pulls me backwards. I’m more than a little confused, but<br />

it’s about to become abundantly clear.<br />

Once again, the Hercules fi res up, goes fl ying forwards and consequently<br />

I also go fl ying forwards. The fi nal load, at my feet, goes hurtling out the<br />

back of the aircraft and I have horrifi c images of me following suit ... I am<br />

very grateful I’m being held back. This was a combat off-load.<br />

Back on solid ground, my knees are still shaking and I have fi nally removed<br />

the orange ear plugs -- much easier to get out than put in. Another civilian<br />

on the fl ight with me, former All Black Ian Hurst, is buzzing. He tells me<br />

fl ying is one of his pastimes, but that doesn’t have a patch on what we’ve<br />

just experienced. I’m led towards the lunch tent where hamburgers are on<br />

the menu, stomach still churning I politely decline.<br />

My sick bags remained empty during the fl ight and my reputation is still<br />

intact. I would like it to stay that way.<br />

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1. What does your new role entail?<br />

I co-ordinate all Maori cultural activities that impact on <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong><br />

outputs. They range from ceremonial activities such as parades to cultural<br />

awareness training and liaising with outside Maori organisations. Basically<br />

if Command have a Maori cultural issue or query then I address it on <strong>Air</strong><br />

<strong>Force</strong>’s behalf.<br />

2. The recent Change of Command Ceremony for CAF had a<br />

signifi cant Maori ceremonial component. Is that an indication the<br />

RNZAF’s bi-cultural policy is working?<br />

It’s one indication and probably the most visible. However, at both the<br />

CAF and CDF’s Change of Command Ceremonies I witnessed something<br />

that really spoke volumes for our bi-cultural policy. The departing CAF,<br />

the in-coming CAF and the departing CDF all opened their speeches with<br />

a Maori mihi (greeting). When I heard the three highest ranking people<br />

in the <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> speaking Maori (albeit short and simple) I knew then that<br />

the policy was working.<br />

3. What other changes can we expect in future or what changes<br />

would you like to see us introduce?<br />

I’d like to see more people follow the CAF’s example and make the<br />

effort to learn basic mihi (greetings) - especially senior offi cers. Army<br />

run programmes specifi cally for their senior offi cers. I’d like to introduce<br />

something along the same lines for us.<br />

4. What can non-Maori do to help build bi-cultural awareness in<br />

the <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong>/society?<br />

Just keep an open mind and don’t be afraid to ask questions about any<br />

aspect of the Maori culture that they don’t understand. Awareness leads<br />

to understanding, which in turn leads to the realisation that embracing the<br />

Maori culture will enhance the <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> culture to the benefi t of both.<br />

5. What are the biggest challenges/obstacles facing biculturalism<br />

in the <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong>?<br />

The biggest obstacle would have to be opposition to changes. For some<br />

it’s comfort in the way things have always been. For others it’s a fear of<br />

what they don’t understand.<br />

6. Where do you see the <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong>, in terms of bi-cultural<br />

awareness in say 10, 20 years time?<br />

I see the <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> being a lot more attractive as a career option and not<br />

just for Maori. Numbers of Maori in the <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> will increase to closer<br />

refl ect NZ society. We will have a lot more speakers of the language and<br />

a large percentage of them will be non-Maori. Everyone will have an<br />

understanding of the culture and NZ history and the Maori culture will be<br />

fi rmly imbedded into <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> culture. The centrepiece of it all will be a<br />

well supported and actively utilised <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> marae!<br />

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7. How are Maori structured as a group within the <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> and<br />

what role do they play?<br />

The MCO position is cultural advisor to CAF and functions on behalf of <strong>Air</strong><br />

<strong>Force</strong>. Each Base has a Maori Liaison Offi cer (MLO) who acts as cultural<br />

advisor to CO ABW and functions on behalf of that Base. The MCO and<br />

MLO’s together form a council called the Maori Advisory Group (MAG) and<br />

implement <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> Maori cultural policies. Each Base has a Maori Cultural<br />

Group (MCG) to provide ceremonial cultural components as required.<br />

8. How does the <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> commitment to bi-culturalism compare<br />

with other Services – Army and Navy? Are we behind, ahead or<br />

equal? What about other organisations?<br />

There are far fewer Maori in the <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> than Navy and Army and our<br />

bi-cultural policy is much younger. Yet we are more than capable of holding<br />

our own beside them and in some aspects we’re even leading the way.<br />

The same can be said of other organisations as well.<br />

9. Is the <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> a more attractive/comfortable place for Maori<br />

these days than it was several years ago and are we recruiting<br />

more Maori?<br />

Defi nitely. Prior to 1999 the sight of a Maori powhiri on a parade alongside<br />

a 100 man guard of honour was a rarity if seen at all. Today it’s an accepted<br />

aspect of the way we do things and an indication of where we are heading.<br />

Consequently, the past few years have seen a steady increase in Maori<br />

recruiting and it’s still rising.<br />

10. Are there any other comments/observations you’d like to make<br />

on this subject?<br />

I’d like to acknowledge the many others that helped develop and promote<br />

our bi-cultural policy, who include: AVM Lintott who, as OH Base Cdr in<br />

1999 gave a fl edgling OH and <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> MCG his support and much needed<br />

momentum; Ms Myra Cotter whose guidance as <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> MCG tutor kept<br />

the group from faltering; WGCDR Bosch who set up the Maori Advisory<br />

Group (MAG); all the MAG members whose work at ground level set the<br />

base for the policy to stand upon; policy designers Mrs Laura Gillan and Mrs<br />

Sally Duxfi eld, who took the MAG from strength to strength; SQNLDR Dave<br />

Samuels who joined the team specifi cally to help develop the policy; AVM<br />

Hamilton who, as CAF put his full support behind the policy; and fi nally my<br />

predecessor W/O PJ Smith who tirelessly carried the ball, implementing<br />

the policy as the face of the new bi-cultural <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong>.<br />


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Highly trained, multi-skilled and fully competent. Rest assured that<br />

while on deployment NZDF personnel are in the best of medical<br />

hands. The RNZAF’s ‘top class’ medics are trained to a very high<br />

professional standard and are fully competent to diagnose, treat and<br />

respond appropriately to most medical situations. Grant Carr talked to<br />

F/S Russell Clarke about the RNZAF Medical Trade.<br />

Despite rumours to the contrary the RNZAF Medical Trade – with 45<br />

personnel including 41 medics, two doctors and two administrators<br />

- is thriving, says Auckland-based medic F/S Russell Clarke. Its<br />

development of an extensive training programme for medics and expansion<br />

into setting up a Boeing 757 Aeromedical Evacuation are further proof that<br />

the trade is now fi rmly entrenched, he says.<br />

But there was a time, back in 2000, when the trade’s future was less<br />

secure. A Defence-wide review of medical services, the Defence Medical<br />

Review (DMR) was aimed at working out just precisely what were the<br />

user requirements for medical and dental services within the NZDF. The<br />

RNZAF decided to suspend recruiting medics until the DMR was complete.<br />

Unfortunately the uncertainty around the trade’s future saw many good<br />

medics leave for further education or more secure jobs in the ambulance<br />

and other medical services.<br />

A fi rm directive from then CAF AVM John Hamilton stopped the rot and<br />

recommitted the RNZAF to a medic trade within the Service. Recruiting<br />

new medics began in earnest in 2002. Up to six new medics are now<br />

being recruited annually bolstered by Service transfers from Army and<br />

Navy and some re-enlistments. The biggest problem facing the trade now<br />

is retaining senior medics so they can pass on their considerable skills to<br />

new recruits.<br />

The main advantages of having a Service-based Medical Trade, says<br />

F/S Clarke, are that ‘we can keep a close eye on the medical standards<br />

of our Service personnel. Time is not wasted on going to see a General<br />

Practitioner (doctor) and we can also monitor what medical conditions and<br />

medications RNZAF personnel have. It also benefi ts our personnel to have<br />

continuity of care when dealing with medical conditions or issues. We have<br />

very stringent follow-up procedures in place to make sure personnel get<br />

a high standard of follow-up medical care.<br />

‘It also means that when we deploy overseas and in the fi eld within <strong>New</strong><br />

<strong>Zealand</strong>, the squadrons know us as another <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> personnel/medic<br />

and how we operate.’<br />


The RNZAF medic’s training is both unique and extensive in that it covers<br />

many specialist medical occupations.<br />

Like doctors (although obviously to a lesser extent) our medics are taught<br />

to diagnose and treat and are taught basic nursing skills.<br />

‘Like paramedics we cover pre-hospital emergency care. We learn<br />

basic laboratory skills (drawing blood and taking swabs), like Laboratory<br />

Technicians. We also learn about Environment Health and Occupation<br />

Health and Safety as these are roles we pick up while deployed<br />

operationally overseas, says F/S Clarke.<br />

Medics must fi rst complete a Junior Medics Course (JMC). This is<br />

a fulltime course completed at Burnham Army Camp’s Joint Services<br />

Health School (JSHS). The three-month course covers such subjects as<br />

Responsibilities of the Medic/Medical Assistant, Basic Health Sciences,<br />

the Diagnostic Process, Administer Basic Emergency Care, Manage Minor<br />

Medical/Surgical Conditions, Perform Patient Care and Assessment<br />

Procedures, Pharmacology, Basic Preventative Medicine Measures and<br />

Medical Administration.<br />

Medics are then posted to an RNZAF Base Medical Flight where they<br />

spend the next <strong>40</strong> weeks working under supervision and are mentored<br />

by a senior medic. They have a task book and assignments as well as an<br />

Anatomy and Physiology exam they must pass before going on to complete<br />

their Intermediate Medics Course (IMC).<br />

The three-month IMC is also at Burnham’s JSHS and covers, in greater<br />

depth, the same subjects as the JMC.<br />

Medics then spend 10 weeks attached to a civilian hospital - currently<br />

Christchurch Public Hospital - where they work in the Emergency<br />

Department, Theatre, Post Op (caring for patients directly after surgery),<br />

General and Orthopaedic wards. They complete a task book including<br />

certain procedures and assessments during this training.<br />

After civilian hospital training medics go on to complete civilian<br />

ambulance training. Fulltime for fi ve weeks they are attached to a civilian<br />

ambulance service - currently with the St Johns Ambulance Service in<br />

Christchurch. They are mentored by an experienced Advanced Paramedic<br />

and get procedures and assessments signed off in their task book.<br />

Once all this training is completed the medics can operate under the<br />

Defence Medical Treatment Protocols (DMTPs) as qualifi ed medics. The<br />

DMTPs are issued by the Director General of Defence Medical Services<br />

(DGDMS) and allow medics to administer medications without the direct<br />

supervision of a doctor. Medics have to complete annual competencies to<br />

stay current to use the DMTPs, if they do not complete these competencies<br />

they cannot work unsupervised.<br />

Medics then go on to complete the Diploma in Military Medicine (DMM).<br />

This is civilian qualifi cation and is run by the Auckland University of<br />

Technology (AUT) and JSHS. It is made up of fi ve modules: Biological and<br />

Social Science (9 weeks in duration), Diagnosis and Treatment (8 weeks),<br />

Emergency Care and Disaster Medicine (6 weeks) and the Practice of<br />

Military Medicine (3 weeks). After the completion of the Emergency Care<br />

and Disaster Medicine module medics are reclassifi ed to Senior Medics and<br />

can deploy on sole charge (without a doctor) on exercises and operational<br />

deployments.<br />

After medics have completed their Diploma they are encouraged to go<br />

on and complete other tertiary medical education. ‘We currently have one<br />

medic who has completed their Bachelor in Health Science Paramedic<br />

(Advanced Paramedic qualification) and is currently completing an<br />

Aeromedical Retrieval and Transportation Diploma,’ says F/S Clarke.<br />

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A mock casualty being treated by an RZNAF<br />

Medic during a aircraft crash exercise.<br />

The Medical Unit carries out exercises on<br />

a regular basis to keep medics skills up in<br />

dealing with large numbers of injured people.<br />


Routine duties include completing sick parade. This is when medics<br />

interview Base personnel who require treatment for a variety of sicknesses<br />

or illnesses. They diagnose, treat and arrange follow-up treatment if<br />

necessary. Other day-to-day duties include completing medical boards,<br />

checking emergency medical equipment and emergency medications.<br />

They also provide medical cover to exercises, parachute drops and<br />

squadron adventure training programmes. ‘The work is very exciting with<br />

the unpredictable happening on a regular basis. After the medics have<br />

completed their training they need to consolidate what they have learned<br />

in the classroom and put it into practice at Base Medical Flights. The end<br />

goal of all this work is to have operational RNZAF medics who we can<br />

send overseas into an operational environment without a doctor or nurse.<br />

They must have the confi dence, experience and knowledge to deal with<br />

any medical emergency on their own without medical help for a long period<br />

of time,’ says F/S Clarke.<br />

‘They receive some of the best medical training and experience that <strong>New</strong><br />

<strong>Zealand</strong> has to offer. They study at the Auckland University of Technology<br />

(AUT) to gain their DMM and some have even gone on to complete<br />

degrees in other health sciences, such as Paramedicine or Nursing. Once<br />

they have these qualifi cations they must complete annual competencies<br />

to stay current to practice.<br />

To maintain their skills and gain experience they also get to work in civilian<br />

medical establishments. We have a number of training agreements that<br />

we are currently reviewing and improving. These include medics working<br />

on civilian ambulances in major cities throughout NZ and medics working<br />

and training in Auckland City Hospital. Forward AME (Fwd AME) medics<br />

will complete one shift a week working on the Westpac Rescue Helicopter<br />

in Auckland. AME medics and nurses will get to work with South Pacifi c<br />

<strong>Air</strong> Ambulance (SPAA) and Child Flight <strong>Air</strong> Ambulance completing national<br />

and international transfers of patients.‘<br />

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BMFs have a very close working relationship with Army and Navy medical<br />

services. All medics attend the tri- JSHS in Burnham.<br />

The <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> currently has a Flight Sergeant and a Sergeant teaching<br />

at the school. <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> medical courses are also tri-Service and accept<br />

other Service medics on both fi xed and rotor wing Aeromedical Evacuation<br />

courses. Big operational deployments, like East Timor, Solomon Islands and<br />

Afghanistan are composed of tri-Service medical teams.<br />

So, are you interested in a career with the <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong>’s medical trade?<br />

You need to be able to work in isolated and extreme areas, be able to<br />

work on your own in stressful situations, and be able to think outside the<br />

square when things go wrong, like being at 38,000 feet, with a patient, in<br />

the Boeing and having an equipment failure or your patient’s condition is<br />

deteriorating, warns F/S Clarke. But if you like to travel and to help people<br />

who are less fortunate than you it’s a great job and very rewarding.<br />

‘You will basically become a jack-of-all-trades in the medical fi eld and<br />

must have the confi dence and ability to lead people. When things go<br />

wrong and they will, people and command will look at the medic for advice<br />

and decisions. They must be able to think on their feet and multitask to<br />

overcome stressful situations. One of the big problems we have is medics<br />

want to be able to run before they can walk. Medicine is a huge fi eld and<br />

takes years to learn and master before you can safely practice.’<br />



Another positive outcome of the RNZAF Medical Trade’s ‘revival’ has been<br />

the rebuilding of the RNZAF Aeromedical Evacuation capability.<br />

Aeromedical Evacuation is the movement of a casualty or patient from<br />

one location to another using a fi xed wing aircraft. Before the DMR<br />

the RNZAF provided an Aeromedical capability to the NZDF and the<br />

NZ Government.<br />

‘We completed an average of 25 – 30 Aeromedical Evacuations (AMEs) a<br />

year. Most of them were to South Pacifi c islands to retrieve <strong>New</strong> <strong>Zealand</strong><br />

nationals who were sick or injured and needed more defi ned medical care<br />

back home. This was really exciting and rewarding work for medics and<br />

the RNZAF as a whole. These missions were usually time critical for the<br />

patient and all RNZAF personnel would pull together to make sure the<br />

patient had the best outcome.<br />

‘Completing AMEs is also very exciting and rewarding work for RNZAF<br />

medics, one minute you would be at work completing your normal day<br />

and the phone would ring and we would be off somewhere to pick up<br />

someone who needed life saving surgery. RNZAF medics have assisted<br />

in the evacuation of injured civilians after the Bali bombings, cyclones<br />

in the Pacifi c and the tidal wave that devastated the island of Sumatra,’<br />

says F/S Clarke.<br />

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To carry out AMEs, medics, doctors and nurses must complete the RNZAF<br />

AME course run by the Aviation Medicine Unit (AMU). The three-week course<br />

covers aviation physiology, considerations before fl ight, in fl ight monitoring<br />

and care, loading, preparing aircraft and equipment. This course is a tri-<br />

Service course and we also have civilian doctors and nurses who complete<br />

the course.<br />

In November 2004 OCAF signed off on the Boeing 757 AME capability. The<br />

Boeing 757 AME capability will be able to transport three High Dependency<br />

Patients (Intensive Care patients) and three Medium Dependency Patients<br />

(MDP), a total of six stretcher patients. No jet aircraft in the Asia Pacifi c<br />

region can currently carry that many stretcher patients at any one time. A<br />

757 AME work party was formed to see how this could be best achieved.<br />

The 757 AME work party are expecting delivery of the fi rst 757 AME<br />

prototype soon. This is a very exciting and major achievement for the<br />

RNZAF AME capability as it has been run down and neglected over the<br />

past 10 years.<br />



Related to the AME capability but with more of a military focus, the Fwd<br />

AME is the movement of battlefi eld casualties, by helicopter, from a forward<br />

position rearward so they can receive life or limb surgery. The feedback for<br />

RNZAF medics who deployed to East Timor was they needed more specifi c<br />

training in this area. The new course was designed by the AMU and TDHQ<br />

in Woodbourne. A lot of data and information from East Timor was used to<br />

look at what areas medics needed to be up skilled in. The Fwd AME medics<br />

will complete a winchman’s course and HEUT training completed by No.3<br />

Squadron and then they have an intense medical phase to complete the<br />

course. This course is unique, as there is no other course of this type run in<br />

<strong>New</strong> <strong>Zealand</strong>. The course will be run at the AMU and is also a tri-service<br />

course allowing Army and Navy medics to complete it.<br />

The new Fwd AME course still covers things that were taught on the<br />

SAR medics course as supporting national SAR is still one of the RNZAF<br />

outputs. The Search and Rescue Medics course was designed in the<br />

1980’s to support the NZ Police in Search and Rescue. It was designed<br />

around injuries and conditions people might suffer from after being lost<br />

in the bush for a long period of time. Also back in those days there were<br />

no rescue helicopters to carry out this support so No.3 Squadron used to<br />

complete this role. The RNZAF still support the NZ Police in this role but<br />

on a less frequent basis. The new Fwd AME course will replace the old<br />

SAR medics course.<br />

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Sgt Mike Cocker and<br />

Major Linda Lampen-<br />

Smith on Fwd AME<br />

duties in East Timor.<br />

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Medical staff transport<br />

a seriously ill patient to<br />

an RNZAF aircraft to be<br />

evacuated back to NZ<br />

from an Island in the South<br />

Pacifi c for more specialist<br />

care and surgery.<br />


Medics are one of the fi rst people to be deployed in times of need. It could<br />

be disaster relief after a tidal wave, cyclone or earthquake or completing<br />

an AME of a seriously ill person out of the islands. The travel opportunities<br />

are endless both in <strong>New</strong> <strong>Zealand</strong> and overseas. Medics also deploy<br />

to numerous hot spots around the world and we currently have medics on<br />

deployment in Afghanistan. Other places medics have deployed to include<br />

Bougainville, East Timor, Solomon islands, and Iraq. It is very exciting and<br />

rewarding job and after nearly 20 years in the trade I still enjoy travelling<br />

and helping people. The rewards are written all over the peoples face<br />

who we help, even though they can’t communicate with you, a smile or<br />

the nod of the head is enough to make all worth while. I have numerous<br />

happy and sad experiences but I always feel like we make a difference.<br />

A lot of the places we deploy to have very basic medical care so I learnt<br />

very early on in my career you can only do so much. You have to be very<br />

multi skilled in the medicine to be a functional RNZAF Medic and very<br />

adaptable to changing situations.<br />

You must be able to work in very extreme conditions with limited equipment<br />

and supplies. I remember one night delivering a baby on a mud fl oor<br />

hut under torchlight, with my battery running out and wishing so much that<br />

the village had power. We managed to deliver the baby so it all worked out<br />

well in the end. Another time was when we assisted in the Bali bombings,<br />

we arrived about 3 days after the bombing and up lifted a lady who had<br />

massive burns from the blast. Her burns had not been dressed for three<br />

days and she had been given no pain relief at all, they ran out of pain relief<br />

very quickly. One of the fi rst things we did was take care of her pain and<br />

give here some fl uids, as she was very dehydrated. Then we fl ew her to<br />

Australia for specialized medical care in a burns unit and to see the look<br />

of joy and a big smile on her face when we where loading her into the<br />

ambulance in Australia was priceless. It made all the years of training and<br />

practicing for some thing that worth while.<br />

If you like a challenge and like to make a difference then being an Medic<br />

in the RNZAF is for you. The training is intense and takes about fi ve years<br />

to be fully trained but the benefi ts are huge.<br />

RNZAF Medics on a UN deployment to Iraq.<br />

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and they lived in Baghdad during this time.<br />

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LAC Tim Wilson receives his certifi cate<br />

from GPCAPT Pollock.<br />

Caroline Mitchell<br />

Two <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> ACs won awards when the Basic Fire Course 06/1<br />

graduated at Linton Army Camp on 12 April after 13 weeks of intense<br />

training. The Best Academic Student award went to AC Aaron Higgins<br />

from Woodbourne. The Most Improved Student was AC John Cameron<br />

also from Woodbourne.<br />

Friends and family watched on as the group were presented certifi cates<br />

and awards, followed by an impressive display where they showed various<br />

fi re fi ghting and rescue techniques.<br />

GPCAPT Pollock, Director of <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> Training, reviewed the parade<br />

and presented certifi cates and awards. ‘As an aviator I hope not to meet<br />

you but it is a comfort to know I will be in confi dent hands,’ he said after<br />

viewing the display. He noted that the fi re fi ghters have a critical role<br />

within the military and praised them for the work they do.<br />

LAC Tim Wilson from Ohakea said, ‘the course was brilliant and we<br />

learnt heaps. The aircraft fi re training really brought a real time element<br />

into it and made you appreciate what you’ve been taught.’<br />

Students on the course also included Senior Fire Fighter Lotu from Samoa<br />

who was on a mutual aid programme with <strong>New</strong> <strong>Zealand</strong>, and SGT Kiape,<br />

who volunteered to attend the course, from Papua <strong>New</strong> Guinea.<br />

Fire fi ghters rescue a patient from a<br />

vehicle which has been pulled apart<br />

with the Jaws of Life, making the job of<br />

extracting the patient easier.<br />

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AC Higgins receives the Best Academic<br />

Student award.<br />

AC Cameron receives the Most<br />

Improved Student Award.<br />

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A RNZAF C-130 Hercules makes a ponderous<br />

but safe landing on Bamian’s rough airfi eld.<br />

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Flying the <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong>’s bulky C-130 Hercules,<br />

affectionately known as ‘Fat Albert’, into Afghanistan<br />

demands excellent training, full concentration and<br />

confidence in your abilities. But for No.<strong>40</strong> squadron<br />

flying into ‘difficult’ places is just part of normal<br />

operations. Pilot FLTLT Andy Scott describes the<br />

flight into Bamian airfield.<br />

The fl ight to Bamian takes just over 3.5 hours with the last 10 minutes<br />

being conducted at low level. This is obviously the portion that<br />

disturbs some of the passengers and has caused many of them<br />

to be sick over the course of these fl ights. So many that we do not keep<br />

track any more!<br />

On deciding whether or not to fl y low level, the crew will take into account<br />

the prevailing weather conditions, threat level, intelligence updates and<br />

common traffi c routing, before deciding which method of transit will be<br />

the safest for the day’s conditions. Contrary to popular belief the main<br />

purpose of fl ying low is not to make the passengers sick, but to provide<br />

the most tactically sound way of getting from A to B. When you’re the fat<br />

kid who is not very fast at running you have to learn to be sneaky to avoid<br />

getting caught!<br />

The crew’s initial Tactical Flying Qualifi cation is gained at Exercise<br />

Skytrain, with advanced tactics then honed on regular courses.<br />

The terrain around Bamian is up to 16,500ft, which can provide problems<br />

in inclement weather when trying to get below the cloud base safely. The<br />

main issue this has for us is the aircraft handling and performance characteristics.<br />

The altitude means that the true airspeed of the aircraft is a<br />

lot higher than normal so it takes a lot longer to slow the aircraft and the<br />

turning radius is a lot larger than it would be at sea level. This is something<br />

that could potentially catch out inexperienced pilots. We ensure all crews<br />

are fully briefed prior to departure. The temperature has a huge impact on<br />

C-130 operations out of Bamian also, as the heat of the summer means<br />

that the engines will only put out about 60% of their sea level power. This<br />

means that the payload we can carry out of Bamian in summer can be up<br />

to 10,000lb less than in winter.<br />

The threat of ground to air fi re is still a major issue with any fl ight into<br />

Afghanistan. There is still an enormous number of Man Portable Surface<br />

to <strong>Air</strong> Missiles (or MANPADS) unaccounted for in Afghanistan. The threat<br />

of one of these being used against an aircraft is still very real and so the<br />

aircraft is fi tted with Countermeasures, to combat this threat.<br />

The time spent on the ground can be anywhere from 15 minutes to 2<br />

hours depending on the amount of cargo we have to offl oad and timings<br />

for the next leg of the mission, as some airfi elds still have designated slot<br />

times that you have to arrive within.<br />

No fuel is available in Bamian so we often need to go to one of the<br />

main coalition bases to get a refuel before proceeding back to our<br />

staging base.<br />

The cargo we carry is in direct support of all NZDF missions in<br />

Afghanistan, so we carry everything from passengers to construction<br />

equipment to high explosives.<br />

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‘When you’re the fat kid who is not<br />

very fast at running you have to learn<br />

to be sneaky to avoid getting caught!’<br />

The actual runway at Bamian is very rough. It is a semi prepared gravel<br />

strip, however the size of the gravel and the amount the strip is prepared<br />

varies enormously along its length, with the fi rst and last 1000ft at each end<br />

being effectively unusable. This coupled with the large drop offs at each<br />

end and off each side, plus the proximity of houses and a small hill within<br />

75 ft of the centreline of the runway make it one of the more impressive<br />

places we land a C-130. A lot of damage has been done to the aircraft over<br />

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the course of the fl ights into Bamian, ranging from cut tires to pierced skin,<br />

blown hydraulic lines and damaged brakes and aerials. However No.<strong>40</strong><br />

Squadron Maintenance have put an enormous amount of time and effort<br />

into protecting the underbelly and keeping the critical systems serviceable<br />

before and during each of the deployments.<br />

If you asked me six years ago whether I thought I’d be fl ying a 130,000lb<br />

plane into a dirt strip at 10,000ft elevation, I’d probably have considered<br />

it interesting. With over a quarter of my hours on the C-130 fl own in<br />

support of Operation Enduring Freedom, our idea of normal may be<br />

somewhat different!<br />

A RAF C-130 aircraft that caught fi re at an airfi eld in the Southern Afghan<br />

province of Helmand on 24 May underlines the inherent danger of operating<br />

aircraft in a hostile and rudimentary aviation environment. There were no<br />

injuries to the passengers and crew after the fi re, which happened after<br />

a tyre burst as the aircraft was landing. The aircraft and its cargo were<br />

totally destroyed by the fi re. A Teleban spokesman claimed responsibility<br />

for destroying the aircraft but RAF offi cials say it was most likely a tyre<br />

burst on landing that sent debris up into the engine causing the fi re.<br />

A cargo aircraft carrying US anti-narcotics agents crashed at the same<br />

airfi eld last month when a vehicle drove onto the runway. Five people<br />

were killed.<br />

500 kg of munitions makes a big<br />

boom, and a big hole in the ground!<br />

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CPL Johns with<br />

some of the munitions.<br />

24 HOURS IN<br />



Less than 24 hours after getting off the Hercules at Kiwi Base, Bamian,<br />

Afghanistan I was off to do my fi rst EOD task. NZPRT had stockpiled some<br />

old munitions. After collecting a left-hand drive Toyota 4x4 I met up with<br />

the rest of the team - comprising SSGT Dennis Wanihi (NZPRT EOD), Capt<br />

Paul Garrod, our photographer, two medics, two US Army personnel, two<br />

Afghani National Police, and an interpreter – we took 15 minutes loading<br />

the munitions and set off for the range, on the outskirts of Bamian.<br />

After moving several donkeys out of the area, we then set about<br />

building a stack of munitions which included rocket propelled grenades<br />

(RPG), mortars, rockets, grenades, small arms ammunition, anti<br />

personnel mines and a large Yugoslav anti-tank mine; all up close to<br />

500kgs of munitions.<br />

As part of the preparation we needed to fi ll sand bags and prepare<br />

the C4 explosive charges. This was all completed reasonably quickly<br />

but safely due to the nature and age of some of the munitions. Capt<br />

Garrod and I then connected the detonator to the charges and armed<br />

the fi ring system, prior to joining the remaining team members back at<br />

the safety point 1300 metres up the valley.<br />

We climbed up a small ridgeline with several stops to catch my breath<br />

as I discovered the joy of exercise at high altitude (2600m above sea<br />

level), fi nal safety checks were completed and the charges were fi red<br />

resulting in a perfect detonation.<br />

We drove back to the demolition site and carried out a fi nal check<br />

of the area for any unexploded munitions, and then headed back to<br />

Kiwi Base.<br />

Less than two hours later Capt Garrod and myself were off again,<br />

this time to destroy a <strong>40</strong>mm grenade on the range which had failed to<br />

function. After having to move a group of locals to a safe point this<br />

was quickly disposed of and we returned again to camp.<br />

I haven’t even unpacked! If these 24 hours are anything to go by, I<br />

can’t wait for the next 6 months, I’m sure time is going to fl y.<br />


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This local man’s weathered face reveals<br />

Bamian’s harsh climate and lifestyle.<br />

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Base Auckland <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> Photographer SGT Carl Booty<br />

deployed with the eighth rotation of NZDF personnel<br />

to Bamian in April. He’s since been busy creating a<br />

photographic record of the deployment, the local people<br />

and the rugged terrain around the central Afghanistan<br />

province. On these pages are some of the images he<br />

has sent back.<br />

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Local Bamian children.<br />

Lunchtime for these Bamian bazaar street market stallholders.<br />

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School girls lean out of window at the<br />

Shina Akhzarat School for Girls.<br />

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Walking through the Bamian’s Bazaar, PTE Louis<br />

Brell (right) and PTE Ramon Mahu (left) on patrol<br />

with local Afghan National Policeman.<br />

KIWI4 Engineers (centre) CAPT Matthew Tihi with LCPL<br />

Douglas ‘Dougie’ McLeod talk to locals.<br />

KIWI4 team member CPL Peter Bladon<br />

keeps watch as he stands in archway.<br />

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Three amigos. At the Band E Amir Lakes (L-R) L/Cpl<br />

Douglas McLeod, SPR Brendon McNabb and S/SGT<br />

Brendon McDonald stand in front of a waterfall.<br />

The head to toe women’s burka is still<br />

a common sight in Afghanistan.<br />

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Bamian province is famous for its<br />

history and archaeological ruins.<br />

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The Mk82 General Purpose 500lb bombs<br />

dropped by No.5 Squadron’s Orions make<br />

an impressive noise when they detonate<br />

on land. As someone quipped, ‘you wouldn’t want<br />

to be standing too close to that’. Even from a safe<br />

distance the shock-wave can be felt on your body.<br />

‘It’s like fi reworks going off, only a thousand times<br />

more powerful - enough to make my camera shake,’<br />

says photographer AC Rachel Main who was at the<br />

Kaipara <strong>Air</strong> Range for No.5 Squadron’s high explosive<br />

bombing trials over 15 to 19 May.<br />

The isolated Kaipara <strong>Air</strong> Range, on a closed<br />

beach west of Wellsford, was the site of land<br />

target bombing – quite different from the previous<br />

March exercise when the squadron was bombing<br />

smoke markers at sea. The land drops, with solid<br />

objects to aim for, provide a better reference point<br />

for accuracy.<br />

And, while the March bombings were aimed at<br />

A P-K Orion drops a 500lb high explosive<br />

bomb on the Kaipara <strong>Air</strong> Range.<br />

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pilot and crew currency the latest round was more<br />

a trial of the weapons. Again, the high explosive<br />

bombs are carefully prepared by No.5 Squadron<br />

Armourers at Base Ohakea before being loaded onto<br />

the Orion and fl own north to the range.<br />

Three sorties were conducted with four bombs<br />

dropped during multiple runs on each sortie for a<br />

total of 12 bombs dropped. Of those there were<br />

three unexploded bombs (UXBs) and one partial<br />

UXB. The bombs have a .25 second delay between<br />

detonation and the main charge with the Nose<br />

Arming Vane (NAV) needing to spin up to 1800rpm<br />

in order for the bomb to arm. It is thought the UXBs<br />

were caused by the NAV not spinning up to the<br />

required 1800rpm and subsequently not arming. As<br />

a result the drop profi le was changed – higher and<br />

faster – allowing for a smoother drop, better overall<br />

results and less UXBs.<br />

A bomb detonates on the target.<br />

Personnel set up the targets for<br />

bombing on Kaipara <strong>Air</strong> Range.<br />

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What is the OASB<br />

Held twice yearly at RNZAF Base Auckland and located at Hobsonville,<br />

the RNZAF Offi cer and <strong>Air</strong>crew Selection Board (OASB) brings<br />

together civilian and Service applicants who have applied for a<br />

wide variety of <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> positions. The board selects candidates to fi ll all<br />

regular force RNZAF Offi cer and NCO <strong>Air</strong>crew positions.<br />

But what happens for two weeks during the school holidays each April<br />

and September at Hobsonville and how are the fi nal selection decisions<br />

made? SQNLDR Glenn Davis went behind the scenes of 04/06 OASB<br />

to fi nd out how it all works.<br />


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Potential <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> Flight Stewards<br />

work through a problem.<br />

The <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> OASB is often described as the longest job interview ever,<br />

with the selection process beginning long before candidates are welcomed<br />

by recruiting staff to the PERSEL barracks. The process is tailored for<br />

Service and civilian candidates explains the Director of RNZAF Recruiting<br />

SQNLDR Shaun Sexton.<br />

At least four months before the OASB, vacancies for direct entrants and<br />

Service applicants are established by the Directorate of Personnel in <strong>Air</strong><br />

Staff and then advertised in the national media, Base routine orders, on<br />

the RNZAF website and in the <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> <strong>New</strong>s.<br />

Civilian candidates apply through RNZAF Recruiting Offi ces in Auckland,<br />

Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. They<br />

are selected to attend the OASB based on their academic qualifi cations,<br />

work experience and an interview with a RNZAF Recruiting Offi cer. Those<br />

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Former RNZAF Flight Steward Tracey Bedford<br />

types up the selection board reports<br />

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applying for Pilot, Navigator or AEOP also sit the <strong>Air</strong>crew Aptitude Tests.<br />

A recommendation is then made to Recruiting Headquarters in Wellington<br />

regarding each applicant’s suitability to attend the OASB.<br />

For Service personnel the process is slightly different. Service applicants<br />

are either nominated by command or they apply through their command<br />

chain. They must meet the same educational and testing standards<br />

as civilian applicants. Applications are processed through respective<br />

command chains to the Director of Personnel who makes the fi nal OASB<br />

attendance decision.<br />

Candidates attend the OASB in groups of eight, although due to last<br />

minute withdrawals for medical or personal reasons, or other unforeseen<br />

events, it is not unusual for groups to drop down to six or seven by start<br />

time. A small number of candidates turn up and then on day one decide<br />

that it is not for them, says SQNLDR Sexton.<br />

‘This does create administration issues but nothing that can’t be overcome.<br />

They are usually civilian candidates who have had uncertainties<br />

for some time but it is not until they see the OASB set up before they<br />

really decide that it is not for them. This happens on only a few occasions<br />

though. By the time they get to PERSEL they have a pretty good idea of<br />

what they want to achieve’.<br />


Coming onto an <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> Base can be a bit of a shock for some says<br />

SQNLDR Sexton so we arrange for the candidates to arrive at PERSEL the<br />

day before their selection board starts. This allows time to brief the candidates<br />

and for them to meet Recruiting staff and other group members.<br />

Day one starts with a morning of aptitude and personality testing. Pilot<br />

applicants are also tested on the SMA-4 to determine their suitability for<br />

fl ying training in the RNZAF. While not the only selection measure, the<br />

SMA-4 (a test to measure hand, eye and feet co-ordination while coping<br />


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SQNLDR Harley James observes a<br />

group of OASB candidates .<br />

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A candidate prepares to tackle the SMA-4.<br />

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with a distraction task) plays a signifi cant role in determining whether a<br />

candidate will be selected for pilot training. However, explains SQNLDR<br />

Emma Davis, the Director of <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> Psychology, a candidate’s performance<br />

on the cognitive measures of pilot aptitude is equally important<br />

in assessing their suitability for fl ying training. The assessment by the<br />

psychologist for all branches explores their academic ability, branch<br />

motivation/orientation and personality suitability for the role they are<br />

applying for.<br />

‘The SMA-4 originates from the RAF and versions of the test continue to<br />

be used by a number of militaries around the world. The version used by<br />

the RNZAF is currently being upgraded with new hardware and software<br />

and should be ready for use at the next board in September’.<br />

For the next two days the candidates come under the watchful eye of<br />

two assessing offi cers (Team Offi cers – TO’s). TO’s come from all offi cer<br />

branches of the RNZAF and are comprised of senior fl ight lieutenants,<br />

squadron leaders and wing commanders. It is the TO’s role to assess<br />

the candidates in a range of different outdoor and indoor exercises<br />

and comment on observed behaviours against a list of dimensions. The<br />

dimensions include written and oral communication, relations with others,<br />

decision making, group infl uence, initiative, determination, stability under<br />

pressure and reasoning/planning ability. Each exercise is designed to test<br />

a range of dimensions across different scenarios.<br />


A group attemps to solve an outdoor exercise<br />

using only wood, rope and teamwork.<br />

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After the group assessment has been completed, TO and psychologist<br />

interviews are conducted. This completes the selection assessment for<br />

each candidate and the Director of Recruiting convenes a ‘Round Table’<br />

discussion. Civilian candidates are sent off to complete fi tness testing<br />

and the assessing psychologists and TO’s present their reports on each<br />

candidate. It is remarkable how close each assessment is considering<br />

that the TO’s and psychologists are basing their assessment of candidate<br />

performance on different measurement tools, says SQNLDR Sexton.<br />

‘The biggest and most common gap occurs when a candidate has not<br />

performed well in the aircrew aptitude tests. While the TO’s might highly<br />

recommend a candidate, the psychologists cannot recommend the candidate<br />

in this instance. These candidates are often considered for non-pilot<br />

roles or ground offi cers if they have the required qualifi cations’.<br />


The OASB is not the fi nal stage in the selection process. All candidates<br />

are interviewed by the Director of Recruiting and advised whether they<br />

have been successful at this stage of the selection process. For those<br />

who are not successful some feedback is provided and other enlistment<br />

options explored (if they are civilian candidates).<br />

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All candidates who are progressing to the next stage of the selection<br />

process have their fi le and Board reports sent to <strong>Air</strong> Staff for further<br />

consideration at the OASB Review Board. The Review Board is chaired<br />

by the Director of <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> Personnel and consists of the Director of<br />

Career Management, the Director of <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> Psychology, the Director<br />

of Recruiting and, when required, selected senior offi cers who provide<br />

specialist advice to the Review Board team.<br />

At the Review Board, OASB performance, medical and fi tness information,<br />

specialist advice and, for service applicants, command comments<br />

are considered; all candidates are ranked within each branch or trade<br />

for allocated vacancies.<br />

There are four possible outcomes for candidates who make it to the<br />

Team Offi cers WGCDR Leanne Woon and<br />

SQNLDR Harley James monitor a group activity.<br />

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WGCDR Leanne Woon oversees<br />

classroom problem solving.<br />

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Review Board stage – successful and offered a position in the RNZAF,<br />

miss in competition but will be reconsidered at the next Review Board,<br />

unsuccessful from the Review Board and advised to re-apply in the future<br />

or unsuccessful for offi cer and aircrew positions. Once the Review Board<br />

decisions have been made offers of service (contracts) are written by DCM<br />

and Recruiting HQ and sent to successful candidates. <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> careers<br />

are started for civilian applicants and careers head in a new direction for<br />

Service personnel.<br />

The September OASB vacancies have been advised on www.airforce.<br />

mil.nz already. Branches applicable to Service candidates will be made<br />

available soon. Keep an eye on Base Routine Orders for both commissioned<br />

and NCO aircrew opportunities.<br />

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during an indoor exercise.<br />

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A ‘fundamental shift in leadership training’ is how Course<br />

FLTCDR FLTLT Mike Cannon describes the inaugural<br />

06/1 Promotion Course for Corporals, held last month<br />

at Base Woodbourne.<br />

And these changes are no half-hearted measures or mere tinkering<br />

around the edges. Terms like ‘fundamental shift’, and ‘radically<br />

reviewed’ are just that. They indicate a whole new forwardlooking<br />

training regime is in place, with leadership at its very heart.<br />

Simply put the aim is to have Warrant Offi cers and NCOs reclaim the<br />

workplace leadership position they once occupied. It has the support<br />

of Offi cers, Instructors and, according to their feedback, a majority of<br />

Warrant Offi cers and NCOs.<br />

‘These people are the future and we have a responsibility to protect<br />

the organisation’s future. By giving them the tools to take ownership of<br />

their future career development they are empowered to fulfi l their rank<br />

responsibilities. Anecdotal evidence is that the rank of CPL had become<br />

devalued to the point that they were essentially a senior LAC,’ says FLTLT<br />

Cannon.<br />

Previously the CPL’s course was a mere nine day course conducted on the<br />

CPL’s own base. The new course, developed after exhaustive consultation<br />

and stringent course redesign work by NCO Project Manager Mr Brian<br />

‘Bunny’ Warren, goes much, much deeper. For a start it is a resident course<br />

at Woodbourne and has been quadrupled to four weeks.<br />

The review has been over two years in the making but is now at the<br />

practical stage. At the start of the review a debate developed as to whether<br />

our NCOs and Warrant Offi cers were receiving adequate and appropriate<br />

training for their leadership role. Recognising the importance of this issue<br />

CAF in 2004 directed that explicit training be designed to ‘tool’ Warrant<br />

Offi cers with the relevant knowledge, skills and attitudes required to<br />

empower them to fulfi l their rank responsibilities.<br />

The changes to the course are the result of a wide-ranging review of NCO<br />

Training that ensured they were being trained to meet RNZAF needs at ‘the<br />

right level, for the right person, at the right time, by the right people.’<br />

Fear of failure and the unknown are two of the biggest obstacles course<br />

members face, says FLTLT Cannon. ‘The last time they were in Woodbourne<br />

was probably on a trade course with a different mindset. The CPL course<br />

can be a mystery to them. Once they discover its not a threat they warm<br />

to the course material and get involved.’ And the four-week course also<br />

means less distractions, better training outcomes and the opportunity to<br />

establish effective networks among members. The result is simply a well<br />

rounded, confi dent and more informed CPL, he says.<br />

That’s not to say the course can’t be refi ned. ‘The PROMCPL was the fi rst<br />

delivery of the NCO Training Review. We are big enough to say we’re not<br />

100 percent happy with it but a robust evaluation process means we must<br />

have got something right. The fi rst PROMSGT is almost complete and is<br />

also going well and we will shortly launch the F/S course. The big ticket<br />

item is the W/O course. We haven’t had one before so it’s a major policy<br />

shift but the initial driver for the review,’ says FLTLT Cannon.<br />



W/O Phil Webley, Chief Instructor<br />

I had held my current position as FLT CDR Auckland Fire Flight for over 5<br />

years and was actively looking for a change. NCO Training has been a huge<br />

change for me as I had never held an instructor’s post before and had been<br />

entrenched in the Auckland way of doing business. I fi nd the job very enjoyable<br />

and I’m slowly getting used to the fast pace and variety.<br />

F/S Greg Spark, DS1 & PROMSGT Director<br />

Being part of NTF has fulfi lled one of my personal goals which is to have<br />

some infl uence in the development of the RNZAF’s future. The NCO training<br />

review has been challenging to say the least. The challenge has been not just<br />

to deliver the new continuum but also to do so from a position of strength by<br />

improving my own knowledge of the leadership models.<br />

F/S Paul Anderson, DS2 & PROMCPL Director<br />

Having come from a technical background where everything is done IAW<br />

something it is pleasing to see a process that is giving our NCO’s tools and<br />

skills that will enable them to effectively lead others and handle the variety<br />

of tasks that the modern <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> asks of personnel.<br />

FLTLT Mike Cannon, FLT CDR<br />

What we deliver must be relevant to the modern RNZAF workplace. The<br />

courses we have delivered so far are a promising start and I am conscious of<br />

the hard work put in by NTF staff and many other RNZAF people. The balance of<br />

staff we have means that there is a huge amount of knowledge and experience<br />

to be passed on. It is entirely up to the individual how they apply it.<br />

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06/1<br />

LAC Deane Wilson was on the<br />

first <strong>New</strong> PROMCPL Course.<br />

Here he gives an account of<br />

the course and what he got<br />

out of it.<br />

Do I really have to go back to Woodbourne?<br />

How come I have to do a four-week<br />

course when everyone else has only<br />

done a nine day course?<br />

How many people have had those thoughts<br />

since hearing about the change in the way CPL<br />

Qualifi cation Course is being run?<br />

Does anyone know the answer to these<br />

questions? You are probably sitting there going<br />

‘no, I have no idea’. I challenge you. You really<br />

do know the answer!<br />

Who is out in the workplace doing a majority<br />

of the work? Who deals with the new troops at<br />

work? Who ensures the job gets done effi ciently<br />

and that everyone is working as part of a team?<br />

That’s right, that’s the job of a Corporal!<br />

So how many people out there know how<br />

to effectively lead your new troops? Do you<br />

know what leadership means? What are your<br />

responsibilities as a CPL? What do you do if one<br />

of your troops needs your help?<br />

I can imagine all the answers fl owing through<br />

your head, some from experience and some<br />

from the imagination, but in order to ‘be an <strong>Air</strong><br />

<strong>Force</strong> that is the best in all that we do’ how do<br />

we really go about being ‘the best in all that<br />

we do’?<br />

One area that has been identifi ed as needing<br />

improvement is ensuring that our CPLs - the<br />

backbone of our workforce - can do the job that<br />

is expected of them. In order to achieve this, the<br />

new four-week CPL Promotion Course held in<br />

Woodbourne was born. So what does this new<br />

course entail? Eighteen of us turned up on the<br />

13th March to fi nd out just that.<br />

From the outset of the course you are<br />

immediately thrown into the concept of<br />

leadership. Now this is a new area for all of<br />

us. What leadership responsibilities do we<br />

have? Isn’t that the job of someone else? Isn’t<br />

leadership just sitting in your offi ce and telling<br />

your baggies what to do?<br />

These thoughts were immediately challenged;<br />

we were exposed to an intensive two weeks<br />

of leadership theory and practical exercises,<br />

we utilised various styles of leadership and<br />

methods of getting the best out of your troops.<br />

Sure you can sit there and tell them what to do,<br />

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CPL Wilson leads by example, putting<br />

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into practice.<br />

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but in order to get the best job done and keeping<br />

your personnel happy there are ways and means<br />

of going about this process.<br />

The fi rst two weeks is devoted to leadership.<br />

We covered effective planning, initiating,<br />

controlling, supporting, informing and<br />

evaluating. We learnt what qualities a leader<br />

needs and how to utilise these qualities to get<br />

the best from our team. Our skills developed<br />

and our confi dence grew as we attempted to<br />

master the techniques that would enable us<br />

to keep the team informed, motivated and<br />

fully utilised. The scenarios steadily fl owed,<br />

beginning with minor tasks around the CRTS<br />

area and concluded with our Phase Practicals<br />

at the Wairau River and Taylor Dam area. Each<br />

scenario was given one and a half hours, and<br />

require the full attention and control of the<br />

leader for the entire duration.<br />

By the end of the Leadership Phase everyone<br />

had developed these skills and made them their<br />

own. Although we had all been given the same<br />

information, everyone developed their own style<br />

of leadership, each neither better nor worse<br />

than the other.<br />

The following two weeks was spent covering<br />

all the aspects you need to know as a CPL.<br />

These areas covered everything from Drill,<br />

Law, Counselling, Service Writing, Informative<br />

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briefs etc. We also got to have a bit of time<br />

with personnel from the <strong>Air</strong> Power Doctrine<br />

Centre and DCM so we could fi re all our curly<br />

questions at them.<br />

For anybody out there with hesitations about<br />

attending the new course, we recommend<br />

you put those behind you. The skills learnt on<br />

course are highly valuable and delivered by<br />

NTF instructors who are very professional and<br />

approachable. They encouraged humour and<br />

discussion within the group. The course was<br />

directed at treating you like a Corporal and<br />

putting the onus on you to act like one.<br />

In the four weeks we all developed some good<br />

comradeship and built on our ‘networking’. The<br />

facilities were of a high standard with each<br />

person having an individual room with your own<br />

LAN computer. A lounge is attached to the wing<br />

and when you’re not working it’s time to relax<br />

and watch a few DVDs and chill out.<br />

We all enjoyed the course and hope to<br />

put our new developed skills to use back<br />

on the work front. So look out <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> the<br />

new breed of RNZAF CPL is about to hit your<br />

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Fun<br />

F<br />

and challenging but with a modicum of physical<br />

and mental demands - these are the key elements<br />

of the <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong>’s Adventure Training courses.<br />

The courses, which most units try fit into their work<br />

schedule at least once a year, are one of the most<br />

effective methods of building stronger teams.<br />

The emphasis is less on competition and more on<br />

developing the unit’s cohesion through team activities<br />

and fun. And the activities can involve just about<br />

anything – from kayaking to rock climbing. FLTLT Craig<br />

Searle from Base Auckland’s PE and RT section says<br />

most units organise the details of their own adventures<br />

but it’s a good idea to contact a Physical Training<br />

Instructor (PTI) in the planning stage. ‘We can assist by<br />

organising packages and we’ve got plenty of contacts.<br />

We just make organising it a bit easier.’<br />

Most units certainly enjoy the chance to get out of the<br />

workplace environment, to support each other and to<br />

enjoy them selves while they do it, he says.<br />


RNZAF<br />

Recruiting combined their Recruiting<br />

Offi cer’s Conference with a spot of team<br />

building on their adventure training<br />

course. F/S Tracey Buchanan describes their adventures.<br />

Finally the RNZAF Recruiting staff had a break in their busy schedule to<br />

complete their adventure training and conduct their fi rst Recruiting Offi cer’s<br />

(RO) Conference for <strong>2006</strong>.<br />

The team met at RNZAF Base Ohakea on Tuesday 7 February, before travelling<br />

to National Park to stay at the National Park Backpackers, on SH1.<br />

On arrival at the Backpackers, a Recruiting Offi cer’s Conference was<br />

held in the local Conference Room (aka back room of the local tavern).<br />

This was the fi rst time all staff had met and attended an RO Conference,<br />

as normally it’s restricted to only Offi cers or Warrant Offi cers. After<br />

some lengthy discussion, positive outcomes and the agenda complete,<br />

the team adjourned to the backpackers for some socializing out in the<br />

garden area.<br />

Leading from the front, DREC and a few of his helpers cooked an<br />

extremely moreish evening meal. On a quiet night most staff opting to<br />

go to bed early, to get ready for the 7-8 hour stroll through the Tongariro<br />

crossing the next day.<br />

Alas, when we woke the next morning to all the staff’s disappointment<br />

the weather was turning for the worst. Re-evaluating and ever fl exible,<br />

we changed our plans to conduct only a short 3-4 hour walk, and set off RNZAF Recruiting Staff at Tongaririo waterfall. Absent was MACR<br />

in two groups, only to meet about 30 minutes later at a waterfall, where W Moulai who took the photo.<br />

the usual photo opportunity was taken.<br />

Some staff took the opportunity also to have a mid winter swim – yes, relations with people from around the world. A visit to the local tavern<br />

I know it was February but boy was it cold. ‘I guess you won’t dare me and a pool competition saw the aircrew members of the party cooking the<br />

to do something again! Will you Sir?’ Hats off to both silly people who evening meal. Some members of the party were still keeping up interna-<br />

braved the icy waters. As MACRW Moulai commented ‘a word of caution, tional relations by learning German till the wee small hours of the morning.<br />

only use the photo of the half naked, very white body in the waterfall, as Or maybe it just sounded like they were speaking German.<br />

I believe we may have to pay royalties to Peter Jackson, after all Golem The next day was an early start by all to pack and leave for canoeing and<br />

could never have become a star if it wasn’t for this superb look alike.’ kayaking down the Whanganui River with Wades Landing Outdoors. After<br />

From the waterfall, some staff opted to return to the back packers via a very long and winding road trip to reach the river and boats, W/O Kutia’s<br />

the lower tracks, while the keener members of the group continued on fear of water started to kick in. After the safety briefs and conquering the<br />

upwards to the Lower Lakes, fi ghting of the clouds, cold wind and drizzle, initial rapid, the screams (which were heard for miles) subsided, and all<br />

not to mention the constant chatter coming from W/O Kutia and F/S members of the party settled into a leisurely (approx 20k) paddle of the<br />

Doolan-Tindall.<br />

Whanganui River. The weather shone and the experience for many of<br />

Staff enjoyed their lunch before heading back down the track to return the fi rst time kayakers was thoroughly enjoyed. Those who were more<br />

to the Château in search of a well-deserved cappuccino. Not long after experienced certainly gave great support and encouragement as members<br />

their return the torrential rains came down.<br />

were passing the grade 4 rapids (well, they looked big). DREC gave a very<br />

The rest of the day was spent warming up and enjoying socialising with good historical commentary of the river and will eventually be forgiven for<br />

other members from the backpackers, or rather building closer international saying ‘it’s just around the corner.’ Yeah, right.<br />

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F/S Dolan-Tindall (CRRO) and FLTLT Michelle Christie (DRRO) leading<br />

from the front, ‘hold on boys, aren’t you supposed to be paddling?’<br />

When a 15-strong group of HQ 485 Wing personnel went adventure<br />

training over 3 to 7 April they were determined to ‘have a go’ and<br />

wring the most excitement out of their brief respite from their Base<br />

Auckland offi ce.<br />

According to F/S Colin Edie ‘have a go’ became the group’s philosophy.<br />

‘No one around here can remember if HQ 485 have ever had adventure<br />

training before, so the time was right to get into it! The aim of this adventure<br />

training was to foster and develop confi dence, team building and morale<br />

amongst personnel. The intention was to extend personnel’s physical and<br />

mental ability/fortitude and to develop self-confi dence by participating in<br />

a range of activities. These aims were met with most personnel ‘having a<br />

go’ at activities they had never done (or even heard of) before. This was a<br />

fun and effective way of stretching ourselves while getting to know each<br />

other and build team work.’<br />

The group, which included civilian worker Miss Jane Kimber who had<br />

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The day fi nished with a jet boat sprint to the start point, transport back<br />

to Ohakea and a well-deserved BBQ and quiet evening at the sports bar.<br />

Yeah right - W/O Theodore was there, and nights are never quiet with<br />

him around.<br />

Overall the adventure training was well organised and it gave recruiting<br />

staff the chance to meet each other, build up their teamwork and understand<br />

of the workings of each offi ce.<br />

Thanks to FLTLT Fisher for arranging all logistics for the event and to DREC<br />

and DPERS for allowing recruiting staff to actually meet and build the team<br />

rapport so necessary in today’s working environment. It was an opportunity<br />

to also give W/O Kutia possibly her last taste of adventure training within<br />

the <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong>. As the longest serving airwoman, the recruiting staff and<br />

the <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> will miss her when she leaves.<br />

MACR Ceilidh Martin, F/S Mike Anderson,<br />

FLTLT (Now SQNLDR) Lisa D’Oliveira about to<br />

try out the Swoop. ‘This is going to be a blast,’<br />

says Ceilidh, but Mike isn’t so sure. Everything is good. ‘Easy, I just pull this rip cord and …’<br />

‘This is ok, I think!’<br />

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Let’s Go Mountain Biking (L-R): FLTLT (Now<br />

SQNLDR) Lisa D’oliveira, SQNLDR Marie<br />

Peters, MACR Ceilidh Martin, SQNLDR Cliff<br />

Carter, F/S Colin Edie, WGCDR Keith Graham,<br />

W/O Huggy Lowe, WGCDR Leanne Woon. ‘Bring it on,’ screams SQNLDR Cliff Carter.<br />

volunteered to look after meals, spent a comfortable week based at the<br />

Blue Lake Holiday Top 10 Park, a mere 10 minute drive from Rotorua.<br />

Activities included riding The Swoop, mountain biking in a local forest;<br />

high/low climbing ropes at Whakatane, river sledging, kayaking on Lake<br />

Tarawera; a short 4WD experience courtesy of Off Road NZ; and waterskiing,<br />

wakeboarding and ski biscuiting (a biscuit-shaped ring pulled behind<br />

a speed boat) on the lake using the Base Welfare Fund’s boat.<br />

‘We didn’t manage to fi t in the blokarting (small land yacht), due to a<br />

lack of wind; but as you can imagine we weren’t too upset and made do<br />

with hot pools or golf instead,’ says F/S Edie.<br />

A highlight, for some, was The Swoop, effectively a large swing that<br />

is hauled to a height of about <strong>40</strong> metres and, once the rip cord is pulled,<br />

launches you at speeds up to 130kph. ‘If that doesn’t scare you, not much<br />

will,’ says F/S Edie.<br />

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Six metre Cook Strait swells, Desert Road closures, earthquakes…<br />

no worries for the basketball players gathered at Ohakea over 17-19<br />

May! Unlike the weather the on-court action was hot!<br />

In the men’s comp, AK’s fast-break and perimeter shooting game paid<br />

dividends. Pre-tournie favourites WB looked to have the edge in terms of<br />

the inside game. OH’s Dr Jekyl and Mr Hyde personality meant they could<br />

not be discounted, and documentary and photographic evidence shows<br />

that the defending jump ball and singing star champions from WGTN gave<br />

every game a good crack.<br />

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Unfortunately for WB the loss of players returning to work before the<br />

fi nals, proved too much of an obstacle in the face of a determined and<br />

comprehensive tournament winning performance from AK. Tournament<br />

MVP, AC Ben Gardiner stood out over the entire weekend, likewise tournament<br />

Rookie AC Aaron Smith is a player to watch in the future.<br />

The women’s competition produced, arguably, the most exciting games<br />

of the tournament, with 5 of 8 games being decided by 7 points or less.<br />

AK fared best in pool play despite a one point loss to a last second ‘buzzer<br />

beating’ out of bounds play from OH, who only narrowly missed a fi nals<br />

spot on points count-back.<br />

In the fi nal WB came out strong with MVP FLTLT Joss Adlam and AC<br />

Brenda Moohan capitalising from medium and short range.<br />

LAC Mandy Fitzgerald and AC Olivia Davies combined to give AK fast<br />

break and perimeter scoring options to keep the scores close. In the end<br />

some clutch free throw shooting saw WB not only win the free throw<br />

trophy, but close out the valiant effort from the AK girls.<br />

Congratulations to Ohakea for a great tournament, Women’s Rookie,<br />

AC Bella Fruean, Sportsmanship winners AK(M) and WB(W), and Trivial<br />

Pursuit Champions, ‘The Old School Godfather Legend Dogs AKA WGTN<br />

(with props from Ben, Nate-Dog, and Searlo).<br />

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DAY 1<br />

Men<br />

AK <strong>71</strong> vs. OH 58 Ben Gardiner (AK #10)<br />

SB 36 vs. WB 63 Dayne (WB #8)<br />

AK 47 VS SB 37 Yonesh (SB #9)<br />

WB 57 VS OH 20 Aaron (WB #4)<br />

OH 60 VS SB 38 Steve rodwell (OH #10)<br />

POD1 = Ben Gardiner (AK #10)<br />

Women<br />

WB 51 VS AK 58 Bella (WB #6)<br />

AK 37 VS OH 36 Grete (OH #7)<br />

OH 12 VS WB 36 Nicci (OH #9)<br />

POD1 = Bella (WB #6)<br />

DAY 2<br />

Men<br />

WB 54 VS AK 68 Ben Gardiner (AK #10)<br />

OH 50 VS SB 12 PCP (OH # 13)<br />

WB 57 VS AK 77 Searly (AK #6)<br />

OH 53 VS WB 63 Nate Barrack (WB #11)<br />

POD2 = Nate Barrack (WB #11)<br />

Women<br />

OH 33 VS WB 48 Holly (WB #10)<br />

OH 33 VS AK 32 Grete (OH #7)<br />

AK 49 VS WB 45 Olivia Davies (AK # )<br />

POD2 = Mandy Fitsgerald (AK # )<br />


Men<br />

OH 60 VS SB 44 Biscuit (SB)<br />

AK 78 VS WB 51 Simon (AK)<br />

POD3 = Tam (AK)<br />

Women<br />

OH 37 VS OH 17 Chaz (OH)<br />

AK 41 VS WB 48 Brenda (WB)<br />

POD3 = Brenda (WB)<br />

Sportsmanship, AK for the men, WB for the women<br />

Free throw cup, Woodbourne.<br />

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FLTLT Trev Hammond<br />

This year’s Junior Offi cer Interservice Sports Tournament (JOIST)<br />

tournament took place at Waiouru Camp over 5 to 7 May. Three<br />

teams, comprising Offi cer Cadets and Junior Offi cers from Army,<br />

Navy and <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> met at the Camp Marae to begin what turned out to<br />

be a hard fought battle of skill, courage and stamina. The competition saw<br />

the teams in a round robin event that included mixed netball and touch<br />

rugby, an endurance race and a scramble track relay race. In addition,<br />

rugby was played to contest ownership of the Weka Trophy.<br />

That afternoon the bid for the JOIST trophy began with a hard fought<br />

battle of mixed netball against Army. Unfortunately, and despite great<br />

goal shooting by OCDT’s Aaron Butler and Nathan Barrack, ably supported<br />

by their team mates, <strong>Air</strong> couldn’t close the gap that had been created by<br />

OCDT Carolyn Freeman, OCDT David De Graaf and OCDT<br />

Tim McAlevey dig deep during the endurance race.<br />

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Army’s early fl air.<br />

Next, and with many of the same players who had fought so hard during<br />

the netball game, the opposition was again Army, this time on the touch<br />

fi eld. Everyone played extremely well, OCDT Robbie Harlow captaining the<br />

<strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> team. The match was very close, with a single defensive error<br />

by <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> allowing Army to go one point up late in the second half. The<br />

fi nal score was 7-6 to Army.<br />

The team was beginning to hurt but without breaking stride it prepared to<br />

face Navy for the Weka Trophy. What an awesome spectacle this game was,<br />

and an awesome effort by the <strong>Air</strong> team, that was fi elding ten players who<br />

had never touched a rugby ball before. Team captain, OCDT Robbie Harlow,<br />

led from the front, and provided inspiration and words of encouragement<br />

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throughout the game. The coaches, OCDTs Roscoe Paterson and Aaron<br />

Butler, did a fantastic job with a team that relied heavily upon their courage<br />

and determination to pull through and eventually score a try late in the<br />

second half. The fi nal score was 56 – 8 to Navy, but <strong>Air</strong> still felt like winners<br />

on the day. It was an awesome game, full of grit and determination.<br />

The next day <strong>Air</strong> took on Navy at netball and one touch rugby indoors, due<br />

to the appalling weather conditions. <strong>Air</strong> took an early lead in a game which<br />

was played in extremely good spirits by both sides and saw them triumph<br />

over the opposition. The netball game was played at an exhilarating pace<br />

and saw Navy displaying some adept footwork and goal shooting skills.<br />

<strong>Air</strong> dug deep with most goals coming in the second half of the game, but<br />

this turned out to be too late to close the gap Navy had created. FLTLT AJ<br />

Young was a noted player in this game, having never played before and was<br />

described by the team captain, OCDT Carolyn Freeman, as a natural!<br />

The most gruelling event of <strong>Air</strong>’s day was the endurance race. Three<br />

teams of ten people, starting fi ve minutes apart and carrying a huge log,<br />

two torsion bars and fi ve vehicle tyres negotiated a three kilometre course<br />

over a ridgeline at the back of Waiouru Camp. Then, after dumping the<br />

equipment, had to tackle a physically and mentally demanding combat<br />

assault course. The weather was appalling and the course tough but even<br />

the team members who weren’t competing in the event ran every step of<br />

the way, offering encouragement to their team mates. It was a monumental<br />

effort that saw <strong>Air</strong> achieve a fi nishing time of 39 minutes. Navy fi nished in<br />

42 minutes and Army in 35 minutes. The team captain, OCDT McAlevey,<br />

(fi rst name?) displayed great leadership through encouragement and<br />

guidance. As team manager it was a moving event to watch, and an<br />

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race’s fi nish line.<br />

<strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong>’s OCDT Barrack gets the<br />

better of Army at the lineout.<br />

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The <strong>2006</strong> <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> JOIST team.<br />

inspirational one that forged a great sense of unity throughout the <strong>Air</strong><br />

<strong>Force</strong> team.<br />

The fi nal day of the tournament began early with the scramble track relay<br />

race, after a sociable evening in the Offi cer Cadet School Mess. Teams of fi ve<br />

negotiated a steep and winding hill track for <strong>40</strong>0 metres, before traversing<br />

a ridgeline and descending steeply to the start line where the next team<br />

member was waiting. It wasn’t to be an <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> race as the team came<br />

in third to Navy who lost out to Army. The <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> time was 11 minutes<br />

16 seconds whilst the Army romped in at ten minutes 32 seconds. <strong>Air</strong> had<br />

some very fast team members, in particular OCDTU Shane Huisman, who<br />

completed his lap in one minute and 50 seconds - very impressive. OCDT<br />

Mark Wing, the most ‘senior’ member of the current IOTC intake, also<br />

gave his all.<br />

The fi nal event of the tournament was rugby - Army versus <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong>. It<br />

was described at the prize giving as ‘an event fi ercely competed for’. The<br />

<strong>Air</strong> team was depleted somewhat through injury but once again every<br />

member of the team fought to the very end and on a few occasions even<br />

looked like scoring a try. The fi nal score was not offi cially recorded but <strong>Air</strong><br />

did come second. Another impressive captain’s performance saw OCDT<br />

Robbie Harlow and the team do themselves proud and hold their heads<br />

high. OCDT Roscoe Patterson took to the fi eld in the fi rst half and gave a<br />

hint of days gone by when he had previously played rugby, representing<br />

the NZDF. In all, it was a hard-fought game controlled by Army, but an<br />

entirely impressive performance by the inexperienced and depleted <strong>Air</strong><br />

team - well done fellas!<br />

Manager’s Note:<br />

As the manager of the <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> team I would like to thank Army<br />

for hosting this year’s event, and also Navy and Army for competing<br />

in the true nature of sport within the NZDF. Winning is important but<br />

so is competing fairly and with integrity. Thanks to you both.<br />

Finally, to the <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> team. I was immensely proud to be<br />

associated with you throughout the tournament. The way in which<br />

you competed and supported each other was tremendous and<br />

showed without doubt the calibre and sense of unity that is present<br />

within the RNZAF. Congratulations on a great performance, let’s get<br />

out there next year and do it all again!<br />

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Base Woodbourne Physical Fitness Officer, FLTLT<br />

Brett Tourell, continues in a regular series of<br />

articles about fitness and recreational training.<br />

We have all seen the pictures. Those<br />

men with arms so big you wonder<br />

how they could ever scratch their ear<br />

should the need arise and ladies with legs that<br />

look more at home on the fi rst placegetter from<br />

Race 8 at Wingatui.<br />

Now this may not fl oat everyone’s boat but<br />

the well-documented benefi ts of weight training<br />

should defi nitely not be overlooked and you do<br />

not have to aspire to be Mr/Mrs/Miss Hardbody<br />

to see them!<br />

The benefi ts of a simple resistance-training<br />

programme are numerous and include:<br />

Increased Metabolic Rate - Strength training<br />

increases the body’s basal metabolic rate,<br />

meaning you will burn through more calories by<br />

just sitting there!<br />

Increasing and Restoring Bone Density - Inactivity<br />

and aging can lead to a decrease in bone<br />

density and brittleness. Studies have clearly<br />

proven that consistent resistance training can<br />

increase bone density and prevent Osteoporosis<br />

- very important for all of us but especially for<br />

the ladies!<br />

Increased Lean Muscle Mass and Muscle<br />

Strength, Power, and Endurance - everyone<br />

can benefi t from being stronger. We can work<br />

harder, we can play more, and feel simply more<br />

physically able.<br />

Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation and Recovery<br />

- A wide variety of injuries can be prevented by<br />

strengthening muscles and joints. Rehabilitation<br />

and recovery are also improved with a carefully<br />

prescribed resistance training program.<br />

Improved Balance, Flexibility, Mobility and<br />

Stability - Stronger and more resilient muscles<br />

improves our balance, which means more<br />

comfortable living & fewer falls or accidents.<br />

Decreased Risk of Coronary Disease - Participation<br />

in a consistent resistance training programme<br />

opens the door to a number of associated health<br />

benefi ts including decreasing cholesterol and<br />

lowering your blood pressure.<br />

Enhanced Performance in Sports or Exercise<br />

– Off to Interbase? With the proper resistance<br />

training programme, your performance can<br />

unquestionably be improved, and in some cases<br />

dramatically so.<br />

Aging Gracefully - There is no more important<br />

reason to making resistance training a<br />

consistent part of your life, than to ensure you<br />

age gracefully. Physical activity keeps us alive<br />

and vibrant. Resistance training ensures we are<br />

strong enough to participate in aerobic activities,<br />

outdoor recreation, and sports. Strong seniors<br />

can lead the way and set the example for the<br />

rest of the <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong>. Their stronger bodies are<br />

more resilient, are injured less by workplace, life<br />

or recreational activities, and are able to heal<br />

more quickly after an injury.<br />

Feeling Better and Looking Better – You get<br />

out what you put in!! Resistance training can<br />

sometimes be hard work, otherwise we would<br />

all have washboard abs and arms of steel, but<br />

there is no denying the satisfaction one gains<br />

from a good solid work-out. Stronger muscles<br />

and joints can have a dramatic impact on posture<br />

and leaner toned muscles tend to make everyone<br />

feel better about their appearance. This all<br />

leads to improved self-esteem and increased<br />

self-confi dence. Something I am sure we could<br />

all do with a dose of!!<br />

So come on… get down to the Gym and see<br />

your friendly PTIs. It will not cost you a cent,<br />

just a bit of time and effort and let’s face it<br />

when was the last time you saw such a good<br />

investment opportunity!<br />

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Article by SGT Chris Mitchell<br />

<strong>2006</strong><br />

marked the 25th Anniversary of an annual<br />

civilian softball tournament known as “Fun in the<br />

Sun”. Traditionally this tournament is run at the<br />

completion of the softball season, as a social event where teams can<br />

get away from the competitive side of the game and back to the fun and<br />

camaraderie that brought them to the sport in the fi rst place.<br />

This year saw 63 teams from all over <strong>New</strong> <strong>Zealand</strong> meeting in Hastings<br />

for a weekend of softball and socializing and in a joint venture between<br />

the RNZAF Softball Association and Central Recruiting saw a composite<br />

<strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> side attending the event for the fi rst time. Personnel from<br />

Woodbourne were treated to fi rst class travel to the North Island, in the<br />

form of a Huey ride in conjunction with a No.3 Squadron training sortie<br />

thus enabling trainees to minimise the time that they were away from<br />

their courses.<br />

The weather throughout the tournament was generally fi ne, with the<br />

‘Sunny Hawkes Bay’ living up to its reputation. Five games were played<br />

by the <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> side. No wins were recorded by the team, however this<br />

was not unexpected as the team of blokes and sheilas were playing in the<br />

men’s grade and the team was selected each game by drawing names and<br />

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Team ‘Bring it On!’ from left:<br />

AC A. Smith, Mr P. Martin, LAC<br />

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Williamson, LAC D. Orum, SGT<br />

C. Mitchell, AC S. Gubb, CPL M.<br />

Mikaere, CPL A. Collier, AC R.<br />

Hunt, R. Buchanan, CPL J. Geary,<br />

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positions from a hat! This ensured that everyone was suitably outside of<br />

their comfort zone and we could forget all aspects of competitiveness and<br />

get on with the fun. Most of the teams that we played against saw that<br />

we were there for the enjoyment of the event and responded in kind, with<br />

some interesting rules being played! These games were enjoyed not only<br />

by the players of both teams, but by umpires and spectators alike.<br />

F/S Tracey Buchanan from the Central Recruiting Offi ce attended the<br />

event, as it was an opportunity to reach a different audience than was<br />

normally targeted in regular recruiting activities. F/S Buchanan was<br />

proactive throughout the tournament, handing out Information Packs,<br />

Tattoos and generally fi elding queries from people of all ages, many of<br />

whom were surprised to learn that the age limit for joining was no longer<br />

applicable. Hopefully a future Blacksox player was enticed into a career in<br />

the <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> and can take over the reins from our ageing NZ Representative,<br />

SQNLDR Clayton Willocks!<br />

Overall the tournament was a great success, both as a public relations<br />

exercise and for the introduction of new players within the <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong>. The<br />

<strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> was shown to be active both in the community and on the sports<br />

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They make a lovely<br />

couple. SQNLDR Rob<br />

Stockley and his new<br />

wife Liz opted for an on-Base<br />

wedding when they exchanged<br />

vows on Saturday 4 March at<br />

Base Ohakea. Base photographers<br />

Brad Hanson and Sam<br />

Shephard were on hand to<br />

record the fairy tale event and<br />

SQNLDR Stockley says he was<br />

very pleased with the result.<br />

And from all of us – all the<br />

best wishes, Rob and Liz, for<br />

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It’s great when you stumble on a resource you never knew existed.<br />

Trentham Camp Library operates a little gem called the Defence<br />

Videotape Facility, which I discovered recently when I was researching<br />

the Great Escape. The facility offers a huge range of videos and DVDs free<br />

to all NZDF Service, ranks and grades. It’s a great medium for training as<br />

well as self-learning. And if, like me, you’re a fan of good documentaries,<br />

discovering this resource is like stumbling on half-buried treasure.<br />

Mr George Pearson, a self-described ‘military historian’, has been<br />

involved with the facility for many years and writes fulsome descriptions<br />

of each new video or DVD. The facility, he says, began in the 1950s holding<br />


High-ranking offi cers from the largest military in the world, China’s<br />

People’s Liberation Army (PLA), visited Trentham recently to learn<br />

from the <strong>New</strong> <strong>Zealand</strong> Defence <strong>Force</strong>.<br />

The director-general of the Military Training, International Co-operation<br />

wing of the PLA of China, Director General Senior Colonel Liu Yang, visited<br />

the Defence College on 19 April, accompanied by four other PLA offi cers,<br />

including Captain (Navy) Li Jinliang, Director, Training, Naval Training<br />

Base, PLA Navy.<br />

During their fi ve-day visit to <strong>New</strong> <strong>Zealand</strong>, the PLA offi cers visited<br />

Trentham for briefs from the Military Studies Institute and the NZDF<br />

Command and Staff College.<br />

The People’s Liberation ‘Army’ refers to China’s 3.25million -strong<br />

defence force, which has Army, Navy and <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> branches. Although<br />

the <strong>New</strong> <strong>Zealand</strong> Defence <strong>Force</strong> is vastly smaller, the Commandant of the<br />

Defence College, CAPT Gwyn Rees, says size doesn’t matter.<br />

‘The People’s Liberation Army is very keen to modernise and reform the<br />

very traditional systems that they have had since the end of the Second<br />

World War, and are visiting western countries to gather ideas. They value<br />


16mm fi lm but these days it is open to all Services and has thousands of<br />

titles available on a wide variety of subjects - from terrorism to travel and<br />

history to Hollywood movies. He stresses that the collection is not run in<br />

competition with any commercial video outlets and is purely for training<br />

or personal interest of NZDF employees.<br />

And you don’t need to visit Trentham Camp library to access the<br />

Facility’s catalogues. It’s all available on-line at the Army’s Intranet site<br />

http://awi-teams/army_publications/videolibrary/<br />

You can even order your video or DVD with an on-line order form. What<br />

could be easier?<br />

<strong>New</strong> <strong>Zealand</strong> and Australia, in particular, because we’re modern militaries<br />

– it doesn’t matter what size [military] we are, we all confront the same<br />

sorts of problems, and they’re here to see how we manage our professional<br />

military development and education.’<br />

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F/S Jacqueline Doolan-Tindall<br />

One thing about taking up a new sport …<br />

beware of friendly advice ….oh you have taken<br />

up cycling on the fl at Christchurch plains well<br />

then you must enter the Le Race Cycle race.<br />

Sure thing easy peasy I thought as I clicked<br />

the ENTER (Cannot go back) button on the entry<br />

form form to enter <strong>New</strong> <strong>Zealand</strong>‘s equivalent of the<br />

Tour De France.<br />

Still thinking that I was going on a French Alps<br />

leisurely cycle ride my wake up call arrived with<br />

a plumb when I had leapt in the car to drive the<br />

race track from Christchurch to Akaroa and I<br />

was faced with hills that looked amazingly like<br />

Mt Cook.<br />

My new fi tness challenge was revealed.<br />

First thoughts were wonder if Computer<br />

support could do something about that Cannot Cannot go<br />

back button!!)<br />

The Le Race 100km cycle starts in the<br />

Christchurch Cathedral square with the course<br />

moving high above Christchurch City , climbing<br />

past the Sign of the Takahe to the iconic site of the<br />

Sign of the Kiwi. Turning right onto the Summit<br />

road at this 210m point gives a magnifi cent view<br />

across the Christchurch Plains and snow capped<br />

Southern Alps. A few more gentle (Hmm right)<br />

hill climbs lead on to a great fast down hill stint<br />

towards State Highway 75 and the fl at section of<br />

the the race. Upon reaching Little River which is 55<br />

km’s km’s into the race the true spirit and test of fi tness<br />

starts to tell. The long arduous gradual climb to<br />

Hill Top (394m) following the long straight roads<br />

brings those tweaks and unusual aches to the<br />

legs and toosh!!<br />

Hill Top according to the race co-ordinator is<br />

actually where the true race begins ( ‘Gotta love<br />

great pointers like that…)<br />

A left turn at Hill Top then gives you a peek of<br />

Akaroa and as a beacon of hope adrenalin kicks<br />

in and the fi nish line calls. With <strong>40</strong>km still left<br />

to go and plenty of undulating terrain and climbs<br />

taking in the steepest section of the race at<br />

700m there is no time to consider stopping but<br />

only a moment to think I’ve made it this far I can<br />

do it.. on on.<br />

To many this steepest section is too much and<br />

with legs cramping cramping up up the option option to walk is very<br />

inviting. If only I could could have got my feet out of<br />

those cleats! I would have joined them.<br />

The down hill section into Akaroa is such a<br />

welcome sight and the thrill of ripping down down<br />

the the road with the the Speedo reaching in excess<br />

of 70 km km makes those those mysterious mysterious aches an<br />

tweaks disappear and the effort thus far all<br />

worthwhile.<br />

The fi nish line looms with the offer of a cool<br />

apple juice and French French bread stick stick to recharge<br />

those tired and fatigued batteries.<br />

After 5 hours and ten minutes in the saddle<br />

the the chance to relax (ok collapse) in a heap at the<br />

Akaroa Domain and enjoy a beautiful Canterbury<br />

day was just too inviting.<br />

And to just top the day off and produce a<br />

proud grin a mile wide the prize-giving bought a<br />

pleasant surprise.<br />

The unexpected announcement that I had come<br />

third in your your age group (the golden oldies 35-45<br />

Women mountain mountain bike section) and could you<br />

please stagger to the front stage to to be be presented<br />

a bronze medal. What can you say…<br />

Thanks for the friendly advice …bring it on!<br />

The The Le Le Race Race is is a yearly yearly event event held held in in CHCH CHCH and and<br />

individual and team entries are offered.<br />

Anyone keen on entering or requiring more<br />

information can contact F/S F/S Jacqueline Doolan-<br />

Tindall Tindall on 03 03 343 9593 or check out the<br />

website:<br />

www.lerace.co.nz<br />


www.airforce.mil.nz<br />

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28-30 July <strong>2006</strong> in conjunction<br />

with Interbase, Base Ohakea<br />

Contact: netballreunion@nzdf.mil.nz<br />

or check the website http://www.<br />

airforce.dixs.mil.nz/latest-info/whatson/reunions/default.htm<br />


Merdeka 50th Anniversary<br />

August 2007<br />

Contact: Russ Byrne<br />

56B Hynds Road,<br />

Greerton,<br />

Tauranga<br />


REUNION 1978 & 1979<br />

Base Ohakea<br />

17-18 November <strong>2006</strong><br />

Contact: Chrissie Ellis<br />

Christine.Ellis@nzdf.mil.nz for<br />

registration forms<br />

06 3515127<br />



CREW)<br />

18 August: WO/SNCOs Mess<br />

Base Whenuapai<br />

19 August: Duders reception<br />

lounge, Devonport<br />

Contact: Roger Johnson<br />

07 574<strong>71</strong>44 or Glen Graham<br />

09 4450262<br />


SCHOOL INTAKE 1972<br />

35th Anniversary<br />

19-21 January 2007<br />

RNZAF Base Woodbourne<br />

Contact: John Forrest<br />

john.forrest@nzdf.mil.nz<br />

+64 3 577 119<br />

U P C O M I N G<br />

OH 06-0167-01<br />


NOT OUT<br />

On May 1 Base Ohakea’s Mr Bill Cowen clocked up a half century (50 years) of working<br />

for the <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong>. Based at Ohakea since 1977 he left the <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> in the early 1990s<br />

as a W/O but soon returned as a civilian and is still working hard as an Operations<br />

Assistant.<br />

At the tender age of 17 when he first signed up it was 1956 and many of the airmen<br />

were veterans of action in World War II.<br />

‘They had a very direct, gung-ho approach to life,’ he says. ‘You knew when you<br />

were skating on thin ice and that if the ice cracked you fell through. They were<br />

excellent guys.’<br />

A mere 18 months after joining the <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> Mr Cowan was in Fiji and spent the next<br />

two and a half years flying around the Pacific as part of a Sunderland Flying Boat crew.<br />

After returning to <strong>New</strong> <strong>Zealand</strong> for a couple of years he was off again to Changi in<br />

Singapore. ‘At that time there was the Indonesian Confrontation, a dirty little war down<br />

in Borneo,’ he says. As part of a Bristol Freighter crew he flew through the jungle at 250<br />

feet dropping supplies to Kiwi soldiers. And they were accurate, he says.<br />

‘We were the best out of all the <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong>s in the Far East. The RAF were good but<br />

not as good as our boys.’<br />

Later he and the crew flew from Singapore to Saigon delivering medical supplies.<br />

Vietnam at the time had a busy airspace with hundreds of aircraft around, he says.<br />

He was smitten by aircraft at a young age as he grew up in Okoia just outside Wanganui.<br />

‘A lot of boys my vintage are keen on aircraft,’ says Mr Cowen.<br />

With a couple of years to run on his contract he reckons he’ll be around Base for a<br />

while longer. ‘I might call it quits then,’ he says.<br />

OCOS SQNLDR Jon Eyley presents Mr Bill Cowen<br />

with a photo of himself as a young airman.<br />

LONG<br />

CAREER<br />

DRAWS TO<br />

AN END<br />

Friends and colleagues bid farewell to GSH Geoffrey Norman<br />

Pring last month after 21 years service in the RNZAF. W/O<br />

Monty Campbell outlined GSH Pring’s career.<br />

GSH Pring’s long military service career began with the <strong>Royal</strong> Navy, where he served<br />

nearly 12 years as a Seaman Radar Plotter before immigrating to NZ in 1975. He enlisted<br />

into the RNZAF as a GSH, <strong>Air</strong>man Assistant, on 14 January 1985 and was posted to<br />

Supply Auckland for duties at <strong>Air</strong> Movements Auckland.<br />

During his time at <strong>Air</strong> Movements Geoff has travelled to the four corners of <strong>New</strong><br />

<strong>Zealand</strong> and has been a member of <strong>Air</strong> Loading Teams participating in many exercises<br />

such as Golden Fleece, Green Fern, Joint Venture, Skytrain, Wiseowl, operations such<br />

as Pluto, covering for the Ferry’s when they went on strike, as well as the Millennium<br />

Celebrations where the Team deployed to the Chatham Islands. He has also, on more<br />

than one occasion, been a member of <strong>Royal</strong> Baggage Parties.<br />

His overseas ventures have included visits to a number of Pacific Islands for participation<br />


We have been advised of the following<br />

departures from RNZAF Service. Best of luck<br />

in your new endeavours.<br />



Enlist: 15-01-02<br />

Terminate: 05-06-06<br />

DAP<br />


Enlist: 21-05-02<br />

Terminate: 12-07-06<br />


LAC J.L. LUCAS<br />

Enlist: 28-09-99<br />

Terminate: 21-06-06<br />

485 WING<br />



Enlist: 06-09-00<br />

Terminate: 25-06-06<br />


W/O E.M. LLOYD<br />

Enlist: 26-04-76<br />

Terminate: 05-06-06<br />



Enlist: 17-05-05<br />

Terminate: 28-05-06<br />



Enlist: 18-01-05<br />

Terminate: 11-06-06<br />

MSS<br />

AC K.R. WATSON<br />

Enlist: 13-01-04<br />

Terminate: 02-06-06<br />




Enlist: 20-09-05<br />

Terminate: 26-05-06<br />

ATS<br />

SGT T.A. SIMS<br />

Enlist: 08-07-86<br />

Terminate: 07-07-06<br />


F/S P.J. TANSEY<br />

Enlist: 23-02-82<br />

Terminate: 18-06-06<br />

LOG SQN<br />

AC C.W. WIDDUP<br />

Enlist: 17-01-06<br />

Terminate: 22-05-06<br />

ATS<br />


Enlist: 17-05-05<br />

Terminate: 13-04-06<br />

STS<br />



Enlist: 08-08-05<br />

Terminate: 21-05-06<br />


in exercises, operations, Cyclone relief and Pacific Festivals; as well as a number of trips to<br />

Australia for exercises such as, Swift Eagle, Tasman Eagle, Willoh and Number 2 Squadron<br />

moves. One Alt also took him to the steamy tropics of Kuching in East Malaysia.<br />

W/O ‘Budgie’ Baigent has related a good story from Exercise Golden Fleece, which<br />

was Budgie’s first taste of deployed <strong>Air</strong> Movements. While commenting on Andover’s<br />

beating up the airfield at 25ft, getting stuck in the mud, and delivering MacDonald’s from<br />

Napier, the image that stuck most in Budgie’s mind was the actions of the night shift<br />

- apparently, it was so cold at Rangitaiki airfield the GSHs on night shift would regularly<br />

soak their feet in warm water to prevent frostbite.<br />

On the 14 January 1995 GSH Pring was awarded the <strong>Air</strong> Efficiency Award, and then<br />

again on 14 January 2005 he was awarded a clasp to the <strong>Air</strong> Efficiency Award to reward<br />

20 years of exemplary service in the RNZAF.<br />

It is important to acknowledge the role of the GSHs to the <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> as Geoff retires.<br />

There are currently 28 GSHs left in the RNZAF with retirement getting closer for all of<br />

them. The GSHs have always been the continuity, stability and experience providing the<br />

mature steadying influence in the sections they work in. It is definitely a loss to the<br />

RNZAF with the retirement of each GSH.<br />

AFN<strong>71</strong> JUNE 06 www.airforce.mil.nz



The Government’s Budget <strong>2006</strong> has formally allocated $178 million<br />

toward buying new helicopters to replace the <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong>’s ageing<br />

Iroquois and Sioux helicopters. Another $180 million will also be<br />

spent on Hercules and Orion aircraft upgrades.<br />

The Defence <strong>Force</strong> will receive an extra $72.8 million in <strong>2006</strong>/07 in<br />

the second instalment to meet the objectives outlined in the ten-year,<br />

$4.6 billion Defence Sustainability Initiative, Defence Minister Phil<br />

Goff said.<br />


50th JUBILEE<br />

27 – 29 OCTOBER <strong>2006</strong><br />


- PLUS ANY FAMILY OR FRIENDS - BY 30 JUNE <strong>2006</strong><br />

On 18 May <strong>2006</strong> representatives from Otago Polytechnic and the<br />

Directorate of <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> Logistics Policy (DLP(F)) signed a Contract<br />

formalising a fi ve year agreement for Otago Polytechnic to deliver<br />

Management Module training to the Engineering Offi cer Management<br />

Course (EOMC).<br />

This training fi lls a shortfall in RNZAF capability in management training<br />

which has been delivered on an ad-hoc basis by external training providers for<br />

more than three years. The signing of the Contract at RNZAF Base Woodbourne<br />

was the culmination of two years of work by the staff of Command Training<br />

Flight (CTF) and DLP(F) involving identifying the requirement, short-listing<br />

potential training providers and evaluating the eventual tenderers.<br />

Otago Polytechnic will deliver three days of training per course on an annual<br />

basis which will cover topics such as identifying and using appropriate decision<br />

making techniques and methods; as well as applying quality management<br />

tools and techniques. DLP(F), WGCDR Russell Sowden commented that as the<br />

training to be delivered was of a generic nature, he could see it both being<br />

utilised by other Branches/Trades within the RNZAF and being incorporated<br />

into other aspects of RNZAF training including SNCO promotion courses.<br />

Details of the Training Objectives for these modules can be found in<br />

NZAP 9019.<br />

www.airforce.mil.nz<br />

34 Springs Road, Christchurch 8004 OR<br />

E-MAIL: admin@sockburn.school.nz<br />



AFN<strong>71</strong> JUNE 06<br />


During World War II airmen were sometimes referred to as the<br />

‘Bacon and Egg Boys’, presumably because of their ability to go on<br />

an overnight bombing mission and be back in time for breakfast.<br />

It ignores the fact that, at some stages of the war, airmen had<br />

markedly less chance of surviving than men in other Services.<br />

The <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> <strong>New</strong>s editorial group debated publishing the<br />

Language Conversion Chart, below, doing the email rounds.<br />

We decided that <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> personnel are also known for their<br />

sense of humour and fun and have the ability to laugh at themselves.<br />

Hopefully, no one will take too much offence at this<br />

tongue-in-cheek portrayal of <strong>Air</strong> <strong>Force</strong> language.<br />

Military Language Conversion Chart<br />


Heads Latrine Powder Room<br />

Rack Bunk Queen bed electric blanket & doona<br />

Cafe / SCRAN Hall Mess Hall / Mess Tent Dining Facility<br />

Pussers Cook Mess Cook Contract Chef<br />

Brew Coffee Vanilla Skim Latte’ with a bickie<br />

Limers / Goffa Cordial/Can’o’drink Shirley Temple<br />

W9’s/Coveralls BDUs /DPCUs Casual Attire<br />

Seaman Private Bobby / Jimmy<br />

Chief WO2 Timothy / Justin<br />

Captain Colonel Rupert / James<br />

The Table(chooks) Article 15 Time Out<br />

Mess/Onboard Barracks Self contained Apartment<br />

Durps/Trolleys Underwear Knickers<br />

Cells Put in Confi nement Grounded<br />

Cero’s Bus Conductors Uniform Armani Suit<br />

Lid / Cap Beret/Head Gear Optional<br />

AFT Stores Q Store Westfi eld Shopping Mall<br />

Hammered Pissed Oops. little tipsy..<br />

Deployment/ Detachment Deploy Huh?<br />

Runners Athletic Shoes Moccasin’s<br />

Die for your Country Die for your Battle Buddy Die for <strong>Air</strong> Conditioning<br />

Shipmate/Oppo/Besty Battle Buddy/digger Honey/Babe/Pookie<br />

Terminate / Contact Take Out Back on Base for Nuck Night<br />

Boiler Boots Jump Boots Ugg Boots<br />

Pussers Sandals JC Sandals Patent Leather Stilettos<br />

SEAL SAS Librarian<br />

Shore Patrol MPs Chaperone’s<br />

Oouh-Rah! Hoo-ah! Hip-Hip hurray! Jolly Good<br />

Hot Packs Rat Packs Al a Carte<br />

Throw a Goffa Salute Wave<br />

Obstacle Course Confi dence Course Typing Course<br />

Parade Drill/Parade Ground Drill Practice/Parade Field What?<br />

Canteen Snack Bar McHappy Meal<br />

RANPFT APFT Smoko Ping Pong Comps<br />

Chief Swain RSM OIC Cuddles<br />

Midshipman Offi cer Cadet Debutant<br />

Jack Tar AJ RAAFY Chappy<br />


<strong>40</strong><br />

AFN<strong>71</strong> JUNE 06 www.airforce.mil.nz

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