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Edition 5206, April 15, 2010 - Department of Defence

Edition 5206, April 15, 2010 - Department of Defence

Edition 5206, April 15, 2010 - Department of

AIRR F RCE Vol. 52, No. 6, April 15, 2010 The official newspaper of the Royal Australian Air Forc Force AMAZING COURAGE Full story P2 SPECIAL BOND: Left, Air Force medics and good friends CPL Sharon Jager and FLTLT Jo Darby are proud and relieved to be together again a year after being caught in the centre of the tragic SIEV 36 explosion at Ashmore Reef (below). Above, they treat one of the survivors aboard HMAS Childers on that fateful day. Their incredible actions not only saved many lives, but forged an even stronger bond between them. Photos: LSIS Helen Frank and LCDR Brett Westcott SIEV 36 DRAMA: THE UNTOLD AIR FORCE STORY CAPT Joe Nyhan WHEN the suspected illegal entry vessel known as SIEV 36 exploded near Ashmore Island in April last year, seven members of the Air Force found themselves at the centre of the tragedy. They were immediately called upon to play key roles in the rescue and medical repatriation that followed. Only now, after the conclusion of the Northern Territory Coroner’s Inquest into the explosion and deaths of five Afghan men, can the full story regarding the incredible actions of the Air Force personnel be told. Specialist medical assistant CPL Sharon Jager was on board SIEV 36 fulfilling her dual role as a Transit Security Element (TSE) member when the vessel exploded. CPL Jager was blown into the sea from the rear of the SIEV. PS IN FOCUS: MIDDLE EAST P3-6 OP RESOLUTE P15 Continued Page 2

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