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AIR<br />

FORCE<br />

Vol. 50, No. 19, October 16, 2008 The <strong>of</strong>ficial newspaper <strong>of</strong> the Royal Australian Air Force<br />


<str<strong>on</strong>g>Amberley</str<strong>on</strong>g> <str<strong>on</strong>g>goes</str<strong>on</strong>g><br />

AIR<br />

<strong>on</strong> <strong>show</strong> <strong>in</strong> <strong>style</strong><br />

C-17 AMEs get the<br />

global green light<br />

Mak<strong>in</strong>g Aero-medical Evacuati<strong>on</strong> (AME) history for Air Force,<br />

a C-17 and medical crew has successfully c<strong>on</strong>ducted its first<br />

AME from the Middle East Area <strong>of</strong> Operati<strong>on</strong>s. Only <strong>on</strong>e<br />

day after the C-17 achieved Initial Operat<strong>in</strong>g Capability, the<br />

aircraft brought home five wounded ADF members. Pictured<br />

above, medical <strong>of</strong>ficer FLTLT Alan Turner (right) helps transfer<br />

a wounded soldier to a wait<strong>in</strong>g ambulance at RAAF Base<br />

Pearce after the l<strong>on</strong>g flight from the Middle East. Below, from<br />

left, LACW Ashley Coburn, LACW Lisamaree Wyer and FLTLT<br />

Carla Zampatti were part <strong>of</strong> the AME team that c<strong>on</strong>ducted the<br />

historic C-17 missi<strong>on</strong>. See Page 3 for the full story.<br />

Photos: SGT Rob Mitchell (above) and CPL Mel<strong>in</strong>a Mancuso<br />


from 37SQN lights up the<br />

sky over the Gold Coast as<br />

it jettis<strong>on</strong>s flares to help<br />

promote the 2008 <strong>Defence</strong><br />

Force Air Show at RAAF<br />

Base <str<strong>on</strong>g>Amberley</str<strong>on</strong>g>. See centre<br />

for full <strong>show</strong> coverage.<br />

Photo: CPL Mel<strong>in</strong>a Mancuso<br />

AIR FORCE October 16, 2008<br />

LOADED<br />

BASE<br />

October<br />

4-5<br />

2008 <strong>Defence</strong> Force Air Show<br />

CROWDED HOUSE: Top, crowds swarm<br />

around the aircraft static displays <strong>on</strong> the<br />

flightl<strong>in</strong>e at RAAF Base <str<strong>on</strong>g>Amberley</str<strong>on</strong>g> dur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the 2008 <strong>Defence</strong> Force Air Show.<br />

Photo: LAC Scott Woodward<br />

HAWK EYES: Above, 76SQN technician<br />

LAC Andrew Thomas <strong>show</strong>s Zachery Taft,<br />

12, the cockpit <strong>of</strong> a Hawk <strong>on</strong> display.<br />

Photo: CPL Mel<strong>in</strong>a Mancuso<br />

THAT’S HOT STUFF: Left, a 6SQN F-111<br />

performs a popular ‘dump and burn’ 300<br />

feet over the crowd.<br />

Photo: CPL Mel<strong>in</strong>a Mancuso<br />

IS IT A BIRD?: Left <strong>in</strong>set, all eyes are <strong>on</strong><br />

the skies as an aerobatic display stops<br />

the crowd dur<strong>in</strong>g the <strong>show</strong>.<br />

Photo: LACW Tricia Wiles<br />

Special four-page lift-out<br />

<strong>Defence</strong> Force Air Show lift-out <strong>in</strong>side

2 News AIR FORCE October 16, 2008<br />

What an<br />

h<strong>on</strong>our<br />

By Michael Brooke Base Commander/Command<strong>in</strong>g Officer<br />

LEADERSHIP, <strong>in</strong>itiative, teamork<br />

and dedicati<strong>on</strong> to duty take many<br />

orms, and this was evident when five<br />

ir Force pers<strong>on</strong>nel received medls<br />

and decorati<strong>on</strong>s from Governor <strong>of</strong><br />

NSW Pr<strong>of</strong>essor Marie Bashir.<br />

The awards were announced <strong>on</strong> the<br />

ueen’s Birthday and were presentd<br />

at <strong>in</strong>vestiture cerem<strong>on</strong>ies at NSW<br />

overnment House from September 18-<br />

20.<br />

GPCAPT Gav<strong>in</strong> Turnbull from<br />

RAAF Base Williamtown received a<br />

Commendati<strong>on</strong> for Dist<strong>in</strong>guished Service<br />

for dist<strong>in</strong>guished performance <strong>of</strong> duties<br />

<strong>in</strong> warlike operati<strong>on</strong>s as the Chief <strong>of</strong><br />

Staff at the headquarters <strong>of</strong> Jo<strong>in</strong>t Task<br />

Force 633 dur<strong>in</strong>g Operati<strong>on</strong>s Catalyst<br />

and Slipper.<br />

“The job was pers<strong>on</strong>ally challeng<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and <strong>in</strong> a turbulent period, and I am<br />

grateful that the effort I applied was<br />

recognised.<br />

“The award rem<strong>in</strong>ds me that recogni-<br />

<strong>of</strong> Combat Support Unit, RAAF Base<br />

Richm<strong>on</strong>d.<br />

“While I was naturally deeply h<strong>on</strong>oured<br />

to receive this award, I accepted<br />

it <strong>on</strong> behalf <strong>of</strong> the <strong>in</strong>credibly hardwork<strong>in</strong>g<br />

military and civilian RAAF Base<br />

Richm<strong>on</strong>d team, all <strong>of</strong> whom work tirelessly<br />

<strong>in</strong> support <strong>of</strong> Air Lift operati<strong>on</strong>s<br />

with<strong>in</strong> Australia and around the world,”<br />

WGCDR Timms said.<br />

WGCDR William Kourelakos was<br />

awarded the C<strong>on</strong>spicuous Service Medal<br />

(CSM) for meritorious achievement as<br />

Executive Officer <strong>of</strong> 36 and 37SQNs.<br />

“Receiv<strong>in</strong>g the CSM was an h<strong>on</strong>our,”<br />

he said. “I’m grateful for the recogniti<strong>on</strong><br />

<strong>of</strong> the l<strong>on</strong>g hours that went <strong>in</strong>to the<br />

C-130H transfer to 37SQN.”<br />

FSGT Craig O’Malley from RAAF<br />

Base Williamtown received the CSC<br />

for outstand<strong>in</strong>g achievement as a Senior<br />

NCO at No. 1 Combat Communicati<strong>on</strong>s<br />

Squadr<strong>on</strong> (1CCS).<br />

The award recognises FSGT<br />

O’Malley for his critical role <strong>in</strong> almost<br />

ti<strong>on</strong> is a very important part <strong>of</strong> motivat- every major activity undertaken by<br />

<strong>in</strong>g and reta<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g our people,” he said. 1CCS s<strong>in</strong>ce 2005, and his pr<strong>of</strong>ound c<strong>on</strong>-<br />

WGCDR Tracey Timms from tributi<strong>on</strong> to the Air Force’s deployable<br />

RAAF Base Glenbrook received the communicati<strong>on</strong>s capability.<br />

C<strong>on</strong>spicuous Service Cross (CSC) for “The award came as a complete sur-<br />

her outstand<strong>in</strong>g achievement as the then prise to me,” FSGT O’Malley said.<br />

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Warrant Officer <strong>of</strong> the Air Force<br />

WOFF-AF Ray Woolnough, AM<br />

Symposiums, service and <strong>show</strong>s<br />

Greet<strong>in</strong>gs Airmen <strong>of</strong> the Air Force.<br />

What a w<strong>on</strong>derfully productive<br />

period s<strong>in</strong>ce I last wrote my column.<br />

attended meet<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>in</strong> Wagga as part<br />

f the Senior Leadership Team (SLT)<br />

nitiative and a 60th anniversary commemorati<strong>on</strong><br />

service <strong>on</strong> Lord Howe<br />

Island, spoke at a WOFF promoti<strong>on</strong><br />

course d<strong>in</strong>ner, then flew to RAAF Base<br />

<str<strong>on</strong>g>Amberley</str<strong>on</strong>g> to talk to the folk at Jo<strong>in</strong>t<br />

Logistics Unit (South Queensland)<br />

– JLU (SQ). I attended the SLT and<br />

ir Marshal Symposium, before be<strong>in</strong>g<br />

baked at the <strong>Defence</strong> Force Air Show at<br />

<str<strong>on</strong>g>Amberley</str<strong>on</strong>g>. Let us not forget the emails,<br />

ph<strong>on</strong>e calls and the odd paperwork that<br />

needed attenti<strong>on</strong>. As I said <strong>in</strong> the first<br />

entence – what a w<strong>on</strong>derfully producive<br />

period.<br />

My thanks to 92WG for their <strong>in</strong>viati<strong>on</strong><br />

to attend the 60th anniversary<br />

ommemorati<strong>on</strong> service <strong>on</strong> Lord Howe<br />

sland. A jo<strong>in</strong>t service was held and this<br />

s where the islanders and Air Force<br />

members became <strong>on</strong>e. Here is an extract<br />

from the program: “On the even<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>of</strong> 28 September 1948, a Catal<strong>in</strong>a fly<strong>in</strong>g<br />

boat (Black Cat A24-381) operated<br />

by Number 11 Squadr<strong>on</strong> <strong>of</strong> the<br />

Royal Australian Air Force was travell<strong>in</strong>g<br />

from Rathm<strong>in</strong>es to Lord Howe<br />

Island when it attempted to make an<br />

emergency land<strong>in</strong>g at night <strong>in</strong> the Lord<br />

Howe Island lago<strong>on</strong>, after detect<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

serious fuel leak. The Catal<strong>in</strong>a clipped<br />

the trees at the top <strong>of</strong> Malabar Hill,<br />

crashed and burst <strong>in</strong>to flames near the<br />

Old Settlement <strong>on</strong> the northern end <strong>of</strong><br />

the island. The crash resulted <strong>in</strong> the loss<br />

<strong>of</strong> seven <strong>of</strong> the n<strong>in</strong>e crew members. The<br />

impact site is now marked by a memorial.”<br />

My visit to JLU (SQ) was my first,<br />

and <strong>on</strong> <strong>in</strong>vitati<strong>on</strong> from the CO, LTCOL<br />

Glenn Taylor. Air Force and Army<br />

members attended my Air Force presentati<strong>on</strong><br />

and by all accounts it was well<br />

received. SGT Gregory Dunn was my<br />

host, and what a f<strong>in</strong>e host he was.<br />

To LTCOL Taylor – Sir, thank you<br />

for the <strong>in</strong>vitati<strong>on</strong> and the <strong>in</strong>terest <strong>show</strong>n<br />

<strong>in</strong> my presentati<strong>on</strong> <strong>of</strong> where the Air<br />

Force is now and where it is head<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

To attend the Air Marshal<br />

Symposium and the <strong>Defence</strong> Force Air<br />

Show at <str<strong>on</strong>g>Amberley</str<strong>on</strong>g> were great highlights<br />

to end the week. To mix and <strong>in</strong>teract<br />

with past chiefs and AVMs was a great<br />

experience, and to see their approval<br />

and c<strong>on</strong>fidence <strong>in</strong> the directi<strong>on</strong> our Air<br />

Force is head<strong>in</strong>g was ‘the ic<strong>in</strong>g <strong>on</strong> the<br />

cake’.<br />

Reporter/Photographer<br />

LAC Aar<strong>on</strong> Curran: (02) 6265 1355<br />

aar<strong>on</strong>.curran@defencenews.gov.au<br />

Website: http://www.defence.gov.<br />

au/news/raafnews<br />

Email: raafnews@defencenews.gov.au (Put<br />

[sec=unclassified] after title <strong>in</strong> subject l<strong>in</strong>e)<br />

Subscripti<strong>on</strong>s<br />

Trish Dill<strong>on</strong>: (02) 6266 7607<br />

tdill<strong>on</strong>@defencenews.gov.au<br />

Fax: (02) 6265 6690<br />

FAMILY PRIDE: Above, WGCDR William Kourelakos with his wife Adrie,<br />

daughter Helena and s<strong>on</strong> Yuri after receiv<strong>in</strong>g his CSC from Governor<br />

Pr<strong>of</strong>essor Marie Bashir at an <strong>in</strong>vestiture cerem<strong>on</strong>y at NSW Government<br />

House. Photo: WGCDR Kourelakos<br />

WELL DESERVED: Right, ACAUST AVM Mark Skidmore c<strong>on</strong>gratulates<br />

WGCDR Tracey Timms for her CSC at the cerem<strong>on</strong>y. Photo: Michael Brooke<br />

“I was a bit shocked and very grateful<br />

that my superiors took the time to<br />

formally acknowledge my efforts, c<strong>on</strong>sider<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the terrific workloads they were<br />

under.”<br />

SGT Matthew Hanley from<br />

Br<strong>in</strong>dabella Park was awarded the CSM<br />

for meritorious achievement as the<br />

Act<strong>in</strong>g Senior NCO-<strong>in</strong>-Charge <strong>of</strong> No.<br />

2 Operati<strong>on</strong>al C<strong>on</strong>versi<strong>on</strong> Unit Aircraft<br />

Life Support Secti<strong>on</strong>.<br />

The lead-up to the <strong>Defence</strong> Force<br />

Air Show had the Mayor <strong>of</strong> Ipswich,<br />

Councillor Paul Pisasale, <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

SLT to a cocktail party to thank the<br />

Air Force as a whole, but more <strong>in</strong> particular,<br />

<str<strong>on</strong>g>Amberley</str<strong>on</strong>g>, for its c<strong>on</strong>tributi<strong>on</strong> to<br />

Ipswich.<br />

To Councillor Pisasale – thank you<br />

for your hospitality and k<strong>in</strong>d words.<br />

I left the recepti<strong>on</strong> area with the feel<strong>in</strong>g<br />

that the Ipswich community was an<br />

expansi<strong>on</strong> <strong>of</strong> the Air Force family.<br />

The air <strong>show</strong> was a huge event, and<br />

I take my hat <strong>of</strong>f to those resp<strong>on</strong>sible<br />

for pull<strong>in</strong>g it <strong>of</strong>f.<br />

I attended the first day, Saturday, and<br />

the number <strong>of</strong> spectators who attended<br />

was unbelievable. Although a hot day,<br />

every<strong>on</strong>e appeared to be enjoy<strong>in</strong>g themselves:<br />

mums, dads and children. Thank<br />

goodness for digital cameras.<br />

Talk<strong>in</strong>g to our members left me <strong>in</strong><br />

no doubt that they too were enjoy<strong>in</strong>g<br />

themselves, and to all those work<strong>in</strong>g<br />

members – a big thank you.<br />

I would like to c<strong>on</strong>gratulate the<br />

Air Force pers<strong>on</strong>nel listed at right for<br />

recently be<strong>in</strong>g presented their welldeserved<br />

commendati<strong>on</strong>s.<br />

’Till next time, please keep <strong>on</strong> smil<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

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SGT Hanley said the award recognised<br />

a period <strong>of</strong> c<strong>on</strong>siderable pers<strong>on</strong>al<br />

stress when he was called up<strong>on</strong> to help<br />

his unit through a number <strong>of</strong> staff<strong>in</strong>g<br />

challenges and even a pers<strong>on</strong>al tragedy.<br />

“I’m h<strong>on</strong>oured that my then cha<strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>of</strong> command thought well <strong>of</strong> my<br />

efforts but I’m also a little embarrassed<br />

that I was the focus for a lot <strong>of</strong> hard<br />

work by other people,” SGT Hanley<br />

said.<br />

Commendati<strong>on</strong> w<strong>in</strong>ners<br />

ACAUST Commendati<strong>on</strong> – Silver<br />

� SQNLDR Wayne Greham – for his<br />

outstand<strong>in</strong>g performance as the<br />

Operati<strong>on</strong>al Test and Evaluati<strong>on</strong><br />

Flight Commander at 92WG.<br />

� FLTLT Bel<strong>in</strong>da Lister – for her outstand<strong>in</strong>g<br />

performance as the Staff<br />

Offi cer Reserve Tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g W<strong>in</strong>g at<br />

RAAF Base <str<strong>on</strong>g>Amberley</str<strong>on</strong>g>.<br />

� FLGOFF Eam<strong>on</strong> Hamilt<strong>on</strong> – for<br />

his outstand<strong>in</strong>g performance as<br />

the Public Affairs Offi cer at<br />

Headquarters Air Lift Group.<br />

� FSGT Marc Schneider – for his<br />

outstand<strong>in</strong>g performance as a facili-<br />

FORCE<br />

Advertis<strong>in</strong>g Representative<br />

Tim Asher: (07) 3332 7651<br />

0414 552 667<br />

timothy.asher@defence.gov.au<br />

tator while posted to the School<br />

<strong>of</strong> Postgraduate Studies at RAAF<br />

Base Wagga.<br />

� FSGT Kev<strong>in</strong> Wright – for his<br />

outstand<strong>in</strong>g performance as an<br />

aircraft technician at 10SQN.<br />

� CPL Anth<strong>on</strong>y McGauley – for his<br />

outstand<strong>in</strong>g performance as a<br />

Military Work<strong>in</strong>g Dog <strong>in</strong>structor<br />

while posted to the RAAF Security<br />

Fire School.<br />

ACAUST Commendati<strong>on</strong> – Silver<br />

(Group)<br />

� FSGT Paul Argus and CPL<br />

Graeme Copeland – for their valiant<br />

performance dur<strong>in</strong>g a serious<br />

accident <strong>in</strong>volv<strong>in</strong>g an employee <strong>of</strong><br />

Rosebank Eng<strong>in</strong>eer<strong>in</strong>g <strong>on</strong> March<br />

13, 2007 at 37SQN.<br />

ACAUST Commendati<strong>on</strong> – Br<strong>on</strong>ze<br />

� FLTLT David Titheridge – for his<br />

outstand<strong>in</strong>g performance as capta<strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>of</strong> Crew 5 at 10SQN.<br />

� WOFF Anth<strong>on</strong>y Stys – for his outstand<strong>in</strong>g<br />

performance as the Base<br />

Safety Adviser at Combat Support<br />

Unit, RAAF Base Ed<strong>in</strong>burgh.<br />

� SGT David Salerman – for his<br />

outstand<strong>in</strong>g performance as the<br />

Ground Tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g Offi cer at the<br />

School <strong>of</strong> Air Warfare, RAAF Base<br />

East Sale.<br />

� CPL Quoc Tru<strong>on</strong>g – for his<br />

oustand<strong>in</strong>g pr<strong>of</strong>essi<strong>on</strong>al competence,<br />

dedicati<strong>on</strong> and team<br />

c<strong>on</strong>tributi<strong>on</strong> to No. 1 Combat<br />

Communicati<strong>on</strong> Squadr<strong>on</strong>.<br />

� LACW Carly Ball – for her outstand<strong>in</strong>g<br />

performance as the<br />

deployment clerk at 37SQN.<br />

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R8–LG–048, Russell Offices<br />

Canberra, ACT 2600<br />

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AIR FORCE October 16, 2008<br />

News<br />

AME role c<strong>on</strong>firmed<br />

C-17’s historic flight evacuates five<br />

wounded members <strong>in</strong> first <strong>of</strong> type<br />

By Barry Roll<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

WITH the <strong>in</strong>k barely dry <strong>on</strong> the<br />

imely certificati<strong>on</strong> <strong>of</strong> its Initial Opert<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Capability, an Air Force C-17 and<br />

medical crew came through with fly<strong>in</strong>g<br />

olours <strong>on</strong> September 5 <strong>in</strong> their first<br />

ero -medical Evacuati<strong>on</strong> (AME) from<br />

he Middle East Area <strong>of</strong> Operati<strong>on</strong>s.<br />

Approval for Initial Operat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Capability was achieved the day before.<br />

The 18-str<strong>on</strong>g team led by WGCDR<br />

Sandra Riley played a crucial role <strong>in</strong><br />

br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g home five wounded ADF members.<br />

“The AME team came from many<br />

parts <strong>of</strong> Australia – Adelaide, <str<strong>on</strong>g>Amberley</str<strong>on</strong>g>,<br />

Newcastle, Richm<strong>on</strong>d, Melbourne and<br />

Toowoomba – and <strong>in</strong>cluded an anaesthetist<br />

who was due to leave Tar<strong>in</strong> Kowt after<br />

complet<strong>in</strong>g a tour there with the Medical<br />

Task Force,” WGCDR Riley said.<br />

The l<strong>on</strong>gest time a patient was <strong>in</strong> the<br />

AME team’s care was 24 hours but that<br />

meant several AME teams were needed<br />

n board to provide around-the-clock<br />

are for the patients. The team also needd<br />

to ensure that it was self-sufficient for<br />

he durati<strong>on</strong> <strong>of</strong> the flight. It comprised a<br />

mix <strong>of</strong> permanent and reservist specialist<br />

nd general duties doctors, and nurses,<br />

nd medical assistants.<br />

“The team was well prepared and this<br />

ME validated our policies, procedures<br />

nd tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g. We learn from our exper<strong>in</strong>ces<br />

and strive for c<strong>on</strong>t<strong>in</strong>uous improvement,<br />

so we will c<strong>on</strong>t<strong>in</strong>ue to f<strong>in</strong>e tuneh<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

as we go,” WGCDR Riley said.<br />

“It’s a fabulous capability and I felt<br />

h<strong>on</strong>oured to lead such a pr<strong>of</strong>essi<strong>on</strong>al<br />

team <strong>on</strong> this important moment <strong>in</strong> AME<br />

history. The patients all commented <strong>on</strong><br />

how appreciative they were <strong>of</strong> the excellent<br />

attenti<strong>on</strong> they had received.”<br />

“It’s a very functi<strong>on</strong>al and comfortable<br />

aircraft to c<strong>on</strong>duct AME duties <strong>on</strong>,”<br />

SQNLDR Nadia Wils<strong>on</strong> said.<br />

“I was thrilled to see the beam<strong>in</strong>g<br />

AME team <strong>on</strong> their arrival back at<br />

<str<strong>on</strong>g>Amberley</str<strong>on</strong>g>. They were full <strong>of</strong> praise for<br />

the aircraft, crew and AME capability,”<br />

OC Health Support W<strong>in</strong>g GPCAPT<br />

Karen Lesh<strong>in</strong>skas said. “It was reward<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to see the hard efforts <strong>of</strong> the past few<br />

years put <strong>in</strong>to acti<strong>on</strong>.”<br />

The ability <strong>of</strong> the C-17 to achieve<br />

this missi<strong>on</strong> brought to fruiti<strong>on</strong> after<br />

about 12 m<strong>on</strong>ths <strong>of</strong> dedicated effort and<br />

teamwork from the <strong>Defence</strong> Materiel<br />

Organisati<strong>on</strong>’s (DMO’s) Heavy Air<br />

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TENDER CARE: Above, CPL Ayse Anders<strong>on</strong> comforts a<br />

wounded soldier as the C-17 nears Australian territory.<br />

SAFE AT LAST: Left, an ADF patient is deplaned to a wait<strong>in</strong>g<br />

ambulance from the C-17 at the end <strong>of</strong> the l<strong>on</strong>g flight.<br />

TEAMWORK: Below left, GPCAPT Jennifer Lumsden (right),<br />

SQNLDR Wallace Grimmett (centre), FSGT Francis Alcantara<br />

(left) and other AME members m<strong>on</strong>itor and discuss the medical<br />

care <strong>of</strong> wounded ADF members dur<strong>in</strong>g the flight. The aircraft<br />

<strong>on</strong>ly achieved approval for Intial Operat<strong>in</strong>g Capability the day<br />

before the flight was undertaken. Photos: SGT Rob Mitchell

4 Internati<strong>on</strong>al AIR FORCE October 16, 2008<br />

Deployed<br />

pen pals<br />

Kids send heartfelt letters to troops<br />

By WGCDR Mark Larter<br />

ADF members serv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> the<br />

iddle East now have new pen pals<br />

hanks to some enthusiastic kids back<br />

home <strong>in</strong> Australia.<br />

The troops recently received some<br />

welcome mail from the school children<br />

<strong>of</strong> Baldivis Primary School <strong>in</strong> Western<br />

Australia.<br />

More than 60 n<strong>in</strong>e-year-old children<br />

from the school, located south<br />

<strong>of</strong> Perth, decided to write to the sailors,<br />

soldiers and airmen serv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong><br />

the Jo<strong>in</strong>t Task Force Headquarters <strong>in</strong><br />

Baghdad after be<strong>in</strong>g encouraged to by<br />

their teacher, Mrs Naomi Bell.<br />

The mail, which c<strong>on</strong>ta<strong>in</strong>ed handwritten<br />

letters, draw<strong>in</strong>gs and pictures,<br />

helped to brighten up the day <strong>of</strong> the<br />

men and women who spend up to eight<br />

m<strong>on</strong>ths <strong>on</strong> deployed service.<br />

The letters c<strong>on</strong>ta<strong>in</strong>ed lots <strong>of</strong> questi<strong>on</strong>s<br />

directed to ADF members about<br />

life <strong>in</strong> the military and life <strong>in</strong> the<br />

Middle East, with each letter be<strong>in</strong>g<br />

pers<strong>on</strong>ally answered by a host <strong>of</strong><br />


SYMPOSIUM 2008 >><br />

Sp<strong>on</strong>sored by<br />

enthusiastic volunteers who were keen<br />

to accept a letter and pass <strong>on</strong> their<br />

respective experiences about what they<br />

do and what it is like serv<strong>in</strong>g overseas.<br />

FSGT L<strong>in</strong>da Brown from RAAF<br />

Base <str<strong>on</strong>g>Amberley</str<strong>on</strong>g> was pleased to be able<br />

to write to two little girls called Em<br />

and Claire and said it made her appreciate<br />

life <strong>in</strong> Australia after learn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

about the childrens’ lives and school<br />

activities.<br />

Navy’s CMDR Craig Opie has<br />

completed two m<strong>on</strong>ths <strong>of</strong> his sixm<strong>on</strong>th<br />

deployment. “Be<strong>in</strong>g a father<br />

<strong>of</strong> two children aged six and n<strong>in</strong>e, it<br />

was fantastic to receive pers<strong>on</strong>al letters<br />

from the school children and it really<br />

tugged at my heartstr<strong>in</strong>gs,” he said.<br />

“It was a w<strong>on</strong>derful and much<br />

appreciated effort by the Baldivis<br />

Primary School to send us these orig<strong>in</strong>al<br />

and very pers<strong>on</strong>able letters.”<br />

Many <strong>of</strong> the headquarters staff also<br />

sent the children deployment memorabilia<br />

such as badges, patches and p<strong>in</strong>s,<br />

as well as other little souvenirs. Some<br />

Call 1800 803 485 or visit www.defence.gov.au/reserves<br />


� Recent deployments<br />

� Cutt<strong>in</strong>g edge medic<strong>in</strong>e<br />

� Challenges we are fac<strong>in</strong>g now<br />

� Challenges we may need to prepare for<br />

WHEN Saturday 1 November 2008<br />

WHERE HMAS Waterhen, Wavert<strong>on</strong><br />

WHO Tri-Service Health Pers<strong>on</strong>nel <strong>of</strong> all ranks<br />

are welcome<br />

REGISTRATION Registrati<strong>on</strong> is FREE<br />

Registrati<strong>on</strong> closes 24 October 2008<br />

ENQUIRIES Mr David Talakovski<br />

& REGISTRATIONS Teleph<strong>on</strong>e: 02 9339 3269<br />

Email: david.talakovski@defence.gov.au<br />

Many <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g subjects will be discussed at the symposium.<br />

Updates will appear as available <strong>on</strong> www.raamc.com<br />

THANKS FOR WRITING: ADF pers<strong>on</strong>nel from Headquarters Jo<strong>in</strong>t Task Force 633 hold up letters from the<br />

children <strong>of</strong> Baldivis Primary School <strong>in</strong> WA. More than 60 children sent handwritten letters, draw<strong>in</strong>gs and pictures<br />

to Baghdad, with each child receiv<strong>in</strong>g a pers<strong>on</strong>al reply from <strong>on</strong>e <strong>of</strong> the troops. Photo: WGCDR Mark Larter<br />

deployed members said they wanted<br />

to keep the letters they received as a<br />

poignant memento <strong>of</strong> their tour.<br />

Act<strong>in</strong>g Commander <strong>of</strong> the Jo<strong>in</strong>t<br />

Task Force, BRIG Damian Roche,<br />

said: “The letters were really appreciated<br />

by every<strong>on</strong>e here. There was no<br />

Australia’s Reserve Forces<br />

need to call for volunteers to reply to<br />

the kids – every<strong>on</strong>e wanted the chance<br />

to say thanks for the thoughts.<br />

“I would particularly like to thank<br />

their school teacher, Mrs Bell, for tak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the time and trouble to <strong>in</strong>itiate this<br />

well-received gesture,” he said.<br />

Most <strong>of</strong> the letters and draw<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

What is RSL Legal Aid?<br />

The RSL Legal Aid Scheme is an <strong>in</strong>itiative <strong>of</strong> the RSL<br />

<strong>in</strong> cooperati<strong>on</strong> with Nati<strong>on</strong>al Legal Aid (NLA). It is a<br />

scheme designed to facilitate the provisi<strong>on</strong> <strong>of</strong> free legal<br />

<strong>in</strong>formati<strong>on</strong> and prelim<strong>in</strong>ary legal advice to Australian<br />

<strong>Defence</strong> Force pers<strong>on</strong>nel wherever they may be serv<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Informati<strong>on</strong> about civilian law is available from a<br />

number <strong>of</strong> sources, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g legal aid commissi<strong>on</strong>s and<br />

law societies <strong>in</strong> each state and territory <strong>of</strong> Australia.<br />

Sometimes an understand<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> the law relat<strong>in</strong>g to your<br />

problem will enable you to decide how best to handle<br />

it. Sometimes you may also need legal advice. The<br />

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your problem.<br />

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RSL website at:<br />

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have now been permanently placed<br />

around the headquarters so serv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

members and visitors can read them<br />

and smile when they read the <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and humorous c<strong>on</strong>tent <strong>of</strong> <strong>in</strong>nocent<br />

children, ask<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>nocent questi<strong>on</strong>s<br />

about the lives and roles <strong>of</strong> our<br />

Servicemen and women.<br />

Search for Huds<strong>on</strong> airmen<br />

AN AIR Force recovery team<br />

recently arrived <strong>in</strong> Papua New<br />

Gu<strong>in</strong>ea to search for the rema<strong>in</strong>s <strong>of</strong><br />

four RAAF airmen whose Huds<strong>on</strong><br />

bomber was lost dur<strong>in</strong>g WWII.<br />

The team <strong>of</strong> n<strong>in</strong>e, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g two<br />

Air Force Reserve forensic specialists,<br />

travelled to an isolated moun-<br />

ta<strong>in</strong> ridge <strong>in</strong>land from Gasmata,<br />

New Brita<strong>in</strong>, where the wreck <strong>of</strong><br />

Huds<strong>on</strong> A16-126 was located <strong>in</strong><br />

thick jungle earlier this year.<br />

The team were undertak<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

missi<strong>on</strong> with support and assistance<br />

from the PNG Government and<br />

local villagers, and were plann<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

be <strong>in</strong> the area for about two weeks.

AIR FORCE October 16, 2008<br />

Night Hawk wk<br />

heats up<br />

Top End<br />

By SQNLDR Kate Fox<br />

RAAF Base T<strong>in</strong>dal became the fictitious<br />

island <strong>of</strong> Vasaya when more than<br />

140 Air Force pers<strong>on</strong>nel from around<br />

Australia h<strong>on</strong>ed their skills by participat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong> the vast range <strong>of</strong> activities that<br />

ncompassed Exercise Night Hawk<br />

008 recently.<br />

The exercise aimed to establish an<br />

evacuee handl<strong>in</strong>g centre (EHC) and<br />

an expediti<strong>on</strong>ary health facility level 2<br />

(EHF2) with<strong>in</strong> an air po<strong>in</strong>t <strong>of</strong> disembarkati<strong>on</strong><br />

(APOD).<br />

Several hundred ‘evacuees’ were<br />

processed through the EHC dur<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

xercise.<br />

OIC Exercise C<strong>on</strong>trol (EXCON)<br />

GCDR Neville D<strong>on</strong>nelly and his staff<br />

ested the participants’ ability to achieve<br />

he air load, plann<strong>in</strong>g, adm<strong>in</strong>istrati<strong>on</strong>,<br />

perati<strong>on</strong>s, <strong>in</strong>telligence, logistics support,<br />

orce protecti<strong>on</strong>, airfield eng<strong>in</strong>eer<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

ater<strong>in</strong>g and communicati<strong>on</strong>s capabiliies<br />

<strong>of</strong> an Expediti<strong>on</strong>ary Combat Support<br />

quadr<strong>on</strong> (ECSS).<br />

322ECSS was supported by Health<br />

ervices W<strong>in</strong>g’s (HSW’s) emergency<br />

health facility level 2, fire secti<strong>on</strong>, force<br />

protecti<strong>on</strong> headquarters, welfare element,<br />

field kitchen, airfield and ground eng<strong>in</strong>eer<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

logistics susta<strong>in</strong>ment, air load<br />

eams, <strong>in</strong>telligence and communicati<strong>on</strong>s.<br />

Pers<strong>on</strong>nel from HSW, No. 1 Airfield<br />

perati<strong>on</strong>s Support Squadr<strong>on</strong>, No. 1<br />

ombat Communicati<strong>on</strong>s Squadr<strong>on</strong>,<br />

21ECSS, 322ECSS, 323ECSS, and<br />

ombat Support Units from RAAF Bases<br />

d<strong>in</strong>burgh, Richm<strong>on</strong>d and Pearce took<br />

part <strong>in</strong> preparati<strong>on</strong> for Northern ECSS<br />

(NECSS) ‘<strong>on</strong>l<strong>in</strong>e’ period early <strong>in</strong> 2009.<br />

“I have full c<strong>on</strong>fidence that when the<br />

NECSS is <strong>on</strong>l<strong>in</strong>e, we will be <strong>in</strong> a positi<strong>on</strong><br />

where we can repeat our efforts <strong>in</strong><br />

a foreign country, if we are called up<strong>on</strong><br />

to do so,” CO 322ECSS WGCDR Rohan<br />

Gaskill said.<br />

“This has been a fantastic opportunity<br />

to develop as a cohesive unit. We<br />

achieved our missi<strong>on</strong> and all participated<br />

admirably.”<br />

The exercise began with limited hostilities<br />

towards the participants, such as<br />

sporadic protests from locals aga<strong>in</strong>st<br />

an Australian military presence <strong>in</strong> their<br />

country. It ended with the extracti<strong>on</strong> <strong>of</strong><br />

all participants because <strong>of</strong> <strong>in</strong>creas<strong>in</strong>g hostilities.<br />

“Exercise Night Hawk dem<strong>on</strong>strated<br />

the NECSS ability to deploy anywhere<br />

<strong>in</strong> the world, at short notice and support<br />

air operati<strong>on</strong>s <strong>in</strong> an austere, threaten<strong>in</strong>g<br />

envir<strong>on</strong>ment,” OC 396ECSW GPCAPT<br />

Peter Viggers said. “The exercise was<br />

supported by T<strong>in</strong>dal and Darw<strong>in</strong> staff<br />

and families who provided realism to<br />

the evacuati<strong>on</strong> task – drunken footballers<br />

and very young children challenged the<br />

NECSS team.<br />

“The exercise was a clear success.<br />

NECSS pers<strong>on</strong>nel exercised hard, significantly<br />

improved their ability to deploy,<br />

and supported an expediti<strong>on</strong>ary hospital<br />

facility; all <strong>in</strong> a hot, dusty and dry envir<strong>on</strong>ment.<br />

NECSS coped with all this, did<br />

it without significant <strong>in</strong>jury and had a<br />

good time al<strong>on</strong>g the way,” he said.<br />

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ALL SECURE: Above, ACW Ammy Nemeth<br />

scans civilians as they pass through an<br />

airfield evacuati<strong>on</strong> po<strong>in</strong>t dur<strong>in</strong>g the exercise<br />

at RAAF Base T<strong>in</strong>dal. Pers<strong>on</strong>nel from RAAF<br />

Bases Ed<strong>in</strong>burgh, Richm<strong>on</strong>d and Pearce<br />

also deployed for Night Hawk and were aided<br />

by family members play<strong>in</strong>g the role <strong>of</strong> civilian<br />

evacuees.<br />

TAKING CHARGE: Left, 322ECSS pers<strong>on</strong>nel<br />

are given orders by SQNLDR Sean Holl<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

as they regroup dur<strong>in</strong>g the exercise.<br />

Photos: FLTLT Zac Sherwood

6 News AIR FORCE October 16, 2008<br />

Hornet sav<strong>in</strong>gs gs<br />

arrel al<strong>on</strong>g<br />

By Barry Roll<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

WITH the sec<strong>on</strong>d F/A-18 centre<br />

barrel replacement safely back <strong>on</strong> the<br />

tarmac at RAAF Base Williamtown<br />

and another two more to be flown to<br />

Canada <strong>in</strong> com<strong>in</strong>g m<strong>on</strong>ths, years <strong>of</strong><br />

fatigue test<strong>in</strong>g and analysis are f<strong>in</strong>ally<br />

pay<strong>in</strong>g dividends for the Air Force<br />

and the <strong>Defence</strong> Materiel Organisati<strong>on</strong><br />

(DMO).<br />

This is all thanks to the Directorate<br />

General Technical Airworth<strong>in</strong>ess<br />

(DGTA) and the <strong>Defence</strong> Science and<br />

Technology Organisati<strong>on</strong> (DSTO) for<br />

their successful centre barrel test<strong>in</strong>g<br />

program.<br />

DGTA, DSTO and DMO jo<strong>in</strong>ed<br />

forces to save the Comm<strong>on</strong>wealth up<br />

to $400 milli<strong>on</strong> through a structural life<br />

extensi<strong>on</strong> and effective reducti<strong>on</strong> <strong>in</strong> the<br />

number <strong>of</strong> F/A-18 aircraft required to<br />

undergo the Centre Barrel Replacement<br />

(CBR) program.<br />

Orig<strong>in</strong>ally up to 49 aircraft were to<br />

undergo CBR dur<strong>in</strong>g phase three <strong>of</strong> the<br />

Hornet Upgrade program. As a result <strong>of</strong><br />

the work <strong>of</strong> DGTA, DSTO and <strong>Defence</strong><br />

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“A centre barrel test<strong>in</strong>g program,<br />

known as FINAL, was c<strong>on</strong>ceived by<br />

DGTA and DSTO to reduce airworth<strong>in</strong>ess<br />

risks aris<strong>in</strong>g from extensi<strong>on</strong><br />

<strong>of</strong> the Hornet structural life <strong>of</strong><br />

type,” the Director General Technical<br />

Airworth<strong>in</strong>ess at RAAF Base Williams,<br />

AIRCDRE David T<strong>in</strong>dal, said. The<br />

program aimed to remove <strong>in</strong>dividual<br />

modificati<strong>on</strong>s, reduce overall associated<br />

costs and <strong>in</strong>crease aircraft availability.<br />

From the outset, Aircraft Structural<br />

Integrity DGTA (ASI-DGTA) staff took<br />

<strong>on</strong> the resp<strong>on</strong>sibilities <strong>of</strong> project manager<br />

and co-technical leads with DSTO<br />

and held these positi<strong>on</strong>s for the durati<strong>on</strong><br />

<strong>of</strong> the project. Over the course <strong>of</strong> this<br />

project, about 1.2 man years <strong>of</strong> effort,<br />

both eng<strong>in</strong>eer<strong>in</strong>g and management were<br />

undertaken by ASI-DGTA staff.<br />

Undertak<strong>in</strong>g fatigue analysis, structural<br />

certificati<strong>on</strong> and overall project<br />

management, ASI-DGTA staff, <strong>in</strong> collaborati<strong>on</strong><br />

with DSTO and <strong>in</strong>dustry<br />

partners, extended the life <strong>of</strong> the centre<br />

barrel structure by 10 per cent, or two<br />

years.<br />

On delivery <strong>of</strong> this project, <strong>Defence</strong><br />

M<strong>in</strong>ister Joel Fitzgibb<strong>on</strong> MP said that<br />

“this is a good news story for the ADF<br />

and the taxpayer, deliver<strong>in</strong>g c<strong>on</strong>siderable<br />

sav<strong>in</strong>gs and ensur<strong>in</strong>g Australia’s<br />

fr<strong>on</strong>tl<strong>in</strong>e fighter capability is ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong>ed”.<br />

A Ukranian Ant<strong>on</strong>ov transport aircraft<br />

delivered the sec<strong>on</strong>d Hornet centre<br />

barrel replacement to Williamtown<br />

– where it will be re-assembled – <strong>on</strong><br />

September 18.<br />

The Ant<strong>on</strong>ov was used for the task<br />

as it can carry a payload almost double<br />

that <strong>of</strong> a C-17, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g two Hornets at<br />

<strong>on</strong>ce. Fitt<strong>in</strong>g a Hornet <strong>in</strong>to a C-17 has<br />

not been proven yet and may require<br />

removal <strong>of</strong> the f<strong>in</strong>s, a complex process<br />

not yet attempted <strong>on</strong> RAAF Hornets.<br />

An Ant<strong>on</strong>ov will return to Australia<br />

<strong>in</strong> November to pick up the next two<br />

Hornets due for centre barrel replacement<br />

<strong>in</strong> Canada.<br />

BACK HOME: Above, a 20CU Hornet is <strong>of</strong>floaded from an Ant<strong>on</strong>ov at<br />

RAAF Base Williamtown after be<strong>in</strong>g transported from Canada.<br />

Photo: AC Mark Friend<br />

ALL ABROAD: Above <strong>in</strong>set, the same Hornet await<strong>in</strong>g centre barrel<br />

replacement <strong>in</strong> Canada. Photo: DMO<br />

Bersama Lima exercis<strong>in</strong>g skills<br />

POWER PLAY: Our F/A-18s and F-111s are currently<br />

participat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> the major <strong>in</strong>ternati<strong>on</strong>al Bersama Lima exercise<br />

<strong>in</strong> Malaysia, al<strong>on</strong>g with C-130s, C-17s and an AP-3C.<br />

Photo: CPL Andrew Eddie<br />

THE Air Force has a str<strong>on</strong>g<br />

presence <strong>in</strong> the Five Power <strong>Defence</strong><br />

Arrangement exercise Bersama<br />

Lima, now be<strong>in</strong>g staged <strong>in</strong><br />

Malaysia and the South Ch<strong>in</strong>a<br />

Sea.<br />

The annual exercise, which<br />

ends <strong>on</strong> October 24, <strong>in</strong>volves fighter,<br />

strike, transport and maritime<br />

patrol aircraft, as well as Australian<br />

warships and soldiers.<br />

Air Force C-130s and C-17s are<br />

provid<strong>in</strong>g strategic lift and logistics<br />

support to the deployed forces.<br />

Three F-111 aircraft from<br />

RAAF Base <str<strong>on</strong>g>Amberley</str<strong>on</strong>g> and about<br />

80 pers<strong>on</strong>nel are based at the Royal<br />

Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) Base<br />

Butterworth, al<strong>on</strong>g with an AP-3C<br />

from 92WG.<br />

Up to six F/A-18s and 100<br />

pers<strong>on</strong>nel from RAAF Base<br />

Williamtown’s 77SQN are also<br />

participat<strong>in</strong>g and are based at<br />

S<strong>in</strong>gapore’s Paya Lebar Air Base<br />

(PLAB).<br />

92WG Detachment Commander<br />

SQNLDR Lee Read said it was a<br />

fantastic opportunity for his team.<br />

“Exercises such as Bersama<br />

Lima provide essential tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

opportunities for AP-3C crews and<br />

other Air Force crews to enhance<br />

key skills <strong>in</strong> an <strong>in</strong>ternati<strong>on</strong>al envir<strong>on</strong>ment,”<br />

he said.<br />

“It allows the Air Force to test<br />

and practise deployment capabilities<br />

that enable us to operate away<br />

from our home base.”<br />

Air, ground and naval forces<br />

from S<strong>in</strong>gapore, Malaysia, New<br />

Zealand and Brita<strong>in</strong> are us<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

exercise to practise <strong>in</strong>teroperability<br />

between the nati<strong>on</strong>s.<br />

Full coverage <strong>of</strong> the exercise will<br />

feature <strong>in</strong> an upcom<strong>in</strong>g editi<strong>on</strong>.

AIR FORCE October 16, 2008<br />

News<br />

‘Nichi Gou’ goodwill<br />

Japanese crews visit Ed<strong>in</strong>burgh to say<br />

‘K<strong>on</strong>ichiwa’ to 10SQN counterparts<br />

By FLTLT Jaimie Abbott<br />

IT’S BECOME tit-for-tat between<br />

he Australian and Japanese Ori<strong>on</strong><br />

rews, and this year it was the ‘away<br />

eam’s’ turn to visit Adelaide.<br />

The crew <strong>of</strong> two Japanese P-3C<br />

Ori<strong>on</strong>s were <strong>of</strong>ficially welcomed at<br />

RAAF Base Ed<strong>in</strong>burgh recently, underl<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

an important maritime co-operati<strong>on</strong><br />

event between Australia and Japan.<br />

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense<br />

Force (JMSDF) aircraft were here<br />

to c<strong>on</strong>duct a bilateral goodwill visit<br />

called ‘Nichi Gou Trident 08’ with the<br />

Australian AP-3C crews. ‘Nichi Gou’ is<br />

Japanese for Australia Japan.<br />

It was the sec<strong>on</strong>d Japanese P-3C visit<br />

to Australia and builds <strong>on</strong> previous bilateral<br />

exchanges <strong>in</strong> Australia <strong>in</strong> May 2006<br />

and <strong>in</strong> Japan <strong>in</strong> October 2007.<br />

It was no small fanfare – 40 members<br />

<strong>of</strong> the JMSDF arrived <strong>in</strong> Adelaide for a<br />

jam-packed week <strong>of</strong> fly<strong>in</strong>g activities <strong>of</strong>f<br />

he coast <strong>of</strong> South Australia.<br />

10SQN had the host<strong>in</strong>g h<strong>on</strong>ours,<br />

nd coord<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong>ficer SQNLDR John<br />

rime said there were many benefits to<br />

he bilateral P-3C fly<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

“The week focused <strong>on</strong> improv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

nteroperability <strong>in</strong> the area <strong>of</strong> maritime<br />

urveillance and communicati<strong>on</strong>s,”<br />

QNLDR Grime said.<br />

“It was an opportunity to deepen<br />

he l<strong>in</strong>ks and work<strong>in</strong>g relati<strong>on</strong>ship with<br />

apan.”<br />

Commander Surveillance and<br />

Resp<strong>on</strong>se Group AIRCDRE Warren<br />

Ludwig said Australia had a develop<strong>in</strong>g<br />

bilateral relati<strong>on</strong>ship with Japan, particularly<br />

for maritime cooperati<strong>on</strong>.<br />

“We share an <strong>in</strong>terest <strong>in</strong> work<strong>in</strong>g with<br />

Japan to ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong> stability and security,<br />

particularly <strong>in</strong> the Asia Pacific regi<strong>on</strong>,”<br />

AIRCDRE Ludwig said.<br />

The ‘exchange’ c<strong>on</strong>t<strong>in</strong>ued <strong>on</strong> the<br />

ground, as the aircraft were compared<br />

side-by-side <strong>in</strong> a jo<strong>in</strong>t static display.<br />

Crews were given tours to learn the features<br />

<strong>of</strong> each other’s Ori<strong>on</strong> aircraft.<br />

The Japanese aircraft then headed<br />

to New Zealand for the Proliferati<strong>on</strong><br />

Security Initiative (PSI) Exercise –<br />

MARU.<br />

On the way back to Japan, the crews<br />

stopped over at Darw<strong>in</strong> for a wreath lay<strong>in</strong>g<br />

cerem<strong>on</strong>y at the Cenotaph, to pay<br />

tribute to those killed <strong>in</strong> the World War II<br />

bomb<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>in</strong> 1942.<br />

G’DAY MATE: CO 10SQN WGCDR Kev<strong>in</strong> Murray welcomes VP-1 operati<strong>on</strong>s<br />

<strong>of</strong>ficer CMDR Kouichi Kitahara after he arrived at RAAF Base Ed<strong>in</strong>burgh as<br />

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THANKS FOR COMING: 10SQN’s Crew 2 wave ‘Say<strong>on</strong>ara’ to their P-3C counterparts from the Japan<br />

Maritime Self-Defense Force as the visitors depart RAAF Base Ed<strong>in</strong>burgh after a goodwill visit. The bilateral<br />

activity called ‘Nichi Gou Trident 2008’ focused <strong>on</strong> strengthen<strong>in</strong>g work<strong>in</strong>g relati<strong>on</strong>ships between the two<br />

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LOCAL HELP: Above <strong>in</strong>set, 1AOSS member CPL Keith Wats<strong>on</strong> gives 10SQN a hand to unload the Japanese<br />

P-3Cs after they arrived <strong>on</strong> base. Photo: LAC Glen McCarthy

8 In Memoriam AIR FORCE October 16, 2008<br />

High flyer is<br />

farewelled<br />

AIR Force’s FLTLT Randall Robert<br />

Green (ret’d), who played a pivotal<br />

role <strong>in</strong> the establishment <strong>of</strong> the<br />

S<strong>in</strong>gaporean Air Force, died <strong>on</strong> September<br />

16, aged 81.<br />

In an eventful career, he served<br />

<strong>in</strong> the Korean War where he flew<br />

120 missi<strong>on</strong>s. He also attended the<br />

Empire Test Pilots’ Course at RAF<br />

Stati<strong>on</strong>, Farnborough, from February<br />

– December 1956, which was to lead<br />

to his associati<strong>on</strong> with the S<strong>in</strong>gaporean<br />

Air Force.<br />

Born <strong>on</strong> April 17, 1927, FLTLT<br />

Green began his career with the Air<br />

Force <strong>on</strong> February 23, 1948 when he<br />

enlisted at RAAF Base Po<strong>in</strong>t Cook.<br />

He was posted to 1 Fly<strong>in</strong>g Tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

School for his <strong>in</strong>itial fly<strong>in</strong>g tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g.<br />

After <strong>in</strong>itially fly<strong>in</strong>g Mosquitoes, he<br />

graduated to Mustangs and then to<br />

Meteors.<br />

From there, he was posted <strong>in</strong><br />

September, 1949 to 87SQN <strong>in</strong><br />

Canberra for photographic survey fly<strong>in</strong>g<br />

duties. Further post<strong>in</strong>gs followed to<br />

Officers’ Tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g School at Rathm<strong>in</strong>es<br />

and 23SQN at RAAF Base <str<strong>on</strong>g>Amberley</str<strong>on</strong>g>.<br />

In March 1952, he jo<strong>in</strong>ed 78 Fighter<br />

W<strong>in</strong>g at RAAF Base Williamtown.<br />

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C<strong>on</strong>versi<strong>on</strong> Unit <strong>in</strong> April, he arrived<br />

<strong>in</strong> Korea <strong>in</strong> June and flew with 77SQN<br />

until late December.<br />

In February 1953, FLTLT Green<br />

was posted to 23SQN at RAAF Base<br />

<str<strong>on</strong>g>Amberley</str<strong>on</strong>g>.<br />

The next m<strong>on</strong>th he jo<strong>in</strong>ed Central<br />

Fly<strong>in</strong>g School at RAAF Base East Sale<br />

for <strong>in</strong>structi<strong>on</strong>al duties until January,<br />

1956 when he was posted to RAAF<br />

Overseas Headquarters <strong>in</strong> L<strong>on</strong>d<strong>on</strong> and<br />

then to Farnborough.<br />

In February 1957, he jo<strong>in</strong>ed the<br />

Aircraft Research and Development<br />

Unit and tested Sabre and Vampire<br />

fighter jets, W<strong>in</strong>jeel tra<strong>in</strong>ers and the<br />

British Avro 707A, an experimental<br />

delta-w<strong>in</strong>g jet.<br />

Later, he flew Iroquois, Sioux and<br />

Scout helicopters, as well as all the<br />

<strong>in</strong>itial fly<strong>in</strong>g as the chief test pilot for<br />

Victa Ltd. Aviati<strong>on</strong> Divisi<strong>on</strong> for the<br />

development and producti<strong>on</strong> <strong>of</strong> the<br />

Victa Airtourer, which was to become<br />

the CT-4A basic tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g aircraft.<br />

Between October 1958 and August<br />

1960, he posted to 1 Aircraft Depot,<br />

2 Stores Depot and 2 Aircraft Depot<br />

respectively for test-fly<strong>in</strong>g duties.<br />

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IN BRIEF: Former Air Force<br />

JAG, AIRCDRE Philip Opas.<br />

Photo: The Victorian Bar<br />

Cairns M<strong>on</strong>day 10 November, 6.00pm<br />

Melbourne Wednesday 12 November, 6.30pm<br />

Canberra M<strong>on</strong>day 17 November, 6.00pm<br />

Sydney Wednesday 19 November, 6.30pm<br />

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North Sydney Wednesday 3 December, 6.30pm<br />

FLTLT Green resigned <strong>on</strong><br />

September 29, 1961 and became<br />

Hawker de Havilland’s (HdH’s) chief<br />

test pilot. He test-flew more than 100<br />

civil and military aircraft.<br />

After the RAF withdrew from<br />

S<strong>in</strong>gapore <strong>in</strong> the late 1960s, HdH w<strong>on</strong><br />

the c<strong>on</strong>tract to establish the S<strong>in</strong>gapore<br />

Air <strong>Defence</strong> Command (later the<br />

Republic <strong>of</strong> S<strong>in</strong>gapore Air Force).<br />

FLTLT Green headed the 100-pers<strong>on</strong><br />

task force from 1969-1972. His<br />

team was <strong>in</strong>volved <strong>in</strong> determ<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g the<br />

aircraft types to be used and sett<strong>in</strong>g up<br />

a workable structure.<br />

Later, he became HdH’s director <strong>of</strong><br />

flight operati<strong>on</strong>s, general manager <strong>of</strong><br />

HdH Pty Ltd Asia Regi<strong>on</strong> and f<strong>in</strong>ally<br />

chairman <strong>of</strong> HdH Asia Pty Ltd.<br />

A former manag<strong>in</strong>g director <strong>of</strong> the<br />

S<strong>in</strong>gapore General Aviati<strong>on</strong> Service<br />

Pty Ltd, he was the found<strong>in</strong>g president<br />

<strong>of</strong> the Fighter Squadr<strong>on</strong>s’ branch <strong>of</strong> the<br />

RAAF Associati<strong>on</strong> (1985) and president<br />

<strong>of</strong> the <strong>of</strong> the RAAF Associati<strong>on</strong>,<br />

Victoria Divisi<strong>on</strong> (1992).<br />

He sat <strong>on</strong> the board <strong>of</strong> directors<br />

<strong>of</strong> the RAAF Associati<strong>on</strong> (1993-<br />

1994) and was a Fellow <strong>of</strong> the Royal<br />

Aer<strong>on</strong>autical Society.<br />


Opas, whose dist<strong>in</strong>guished Air<br />

Force career spanned 30 years,<br />

had his <strong>in</strong>terest <strong>in</strong> aviati<strong>on</strong><br />

k<strong>in</strong>dled dur<strong>in</strong>g his childhood,<br />

watch<strong>in</strong>g planes land at Flem<strong>in</strong>gt<strong>on</strong><br />

Racecourse as they took<br />

part <strong>in</strong> the Macroberts<strong>on</strong> Trophy<br />

L<strong>on</strong>d<strong>on</strong> to Melbourne air race.<br />

Born <strong>on</strong> February 24, 1917,<br />

he was educated at Melbourne<br />

Grammar School and the<br />

University <strong>of</strong> Melbourne. He<br />

died <strong>on</strong> August 25, aged 91.<br />

“ C a m p b e l l B l a c k a n d<br />

[C.W.A.] Scott [the w<strong>in</strong>ners]<br />

wrote their story <strong>of</strong> the<br />

flight out. I corresp<strong>on</strong>ded with<br />

each <strong>of</strong> the first 10 placegetters<br />

<strong>in</strong> that race and got letters<br />

back from all <strong>of</strong> them,”<br />

he said.<br />

“I also wrote to [aviati<strong>on</strong> pio-<br />

He was <strong>in</strong>strumental <strong>in</strong> the found<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>of</strong> Hoxt<strong>on</strong> Park fly<strong>in</strong>g school<br />

jo<strong>in</strong>tly with Illawarra fly<strong>in</strong>g school<br />

to undertake Australian Army fly<strong>in</strong>g<br />

tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Follow<strong>in</strong>g his retirement, he was<br />

a volunteer at the RAAF Museum at<br />

Po<strong>in</strong>t Cook.<br />

Opas was law reformer<br />

neer] Bert H<strong>in</strong>kler when he broke<br />

the record and I got a letter back<br />

from him.<br />

“I gave the book and the letters<br />

to the RAAF academy at<br />

Po<strong>in</strong>t Cook.”<br />

When war broke out, he<br />

enlisted <strong>in</strong> December 1939.<br />

“The <strong>on</strong>ly th<strong>in</strong>g they’d take<br />

me <strong>in</strong> as was a clerk general,”<br />

he said.<br />

Anxious to enter the operati<strong>on</strong>al<br />

area as quickly as possible,<br />

he tra<strong>in</strong>ed as a cater<strong>in</strong>g clerk.<br />

Promoted to CPL, he was posted<br />

to New Gu<strong>in</strong>ea and 11SQN.<br />

AIRCDRE Opas became<br />

a FLGOFF and was posted to<br />

Garbutt as adjutant. In 1942,<br />

he was appo<strong>in</strong>ted CO <strong>of</strong> 53<br />

Operati<strong>on</strong>al Base near Darw<strong>in</strong>. In<br />

1943, as a FLTLT, he posted to<br />

the First Tactical Fighter Group<br />


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Randall Green (ret’d)<br />

<strong>in</strong> his 77SQN Meteor<br />

<strong>in</strong> Korea. Photo: RAAF<br />

Museum<br />

His Air Force h<strong>on</strong>ours and<br />

awards <strong>in</strong>clude: the Australian Active<br />

Service Medal 1945-75 with clasp<br />

‘Korea’; the Korea Medal; the United<br />

Nati<strong>on</strong>s Service Medal (Korea); the<br />

Australian <strong>Defence</strong> Medal; Menti<strong>on</strong> <strong>in</strong><br />

Despatches; and the United States <strong>of</strong><br />

America Air Medal.<br />

at Morotai and took part <strong>in</strong> the<br />

<strong>in</strong>vasi<strong>on</strong>s <strong>of</strong> Tarakan, Balikpapan<br />

and Lauban. His last job, <strong>in</strong><br />

S<strong>in</strong>gapore, <strong>in</strong>volved the repatriati<strong>on</strong><br />

<strong>of</strong> POWs from Changi,<br />

Rango<strong>on</strong> and Manila.<br />

He demobilised <strong>in</strong> January<br />

1946 and recommenced his<br />

legal career while he rema<strong>in</strong>ed<br />

<strong>in</strong> the RAAF Reserve. In 1959,<br />

he returned to uniform as the<br />

RAAF’s Judge Advocate General<br />

(JAG).<br />

Dur<strong>in</strong>g his tenure as JAG, he<br />

pushed for reform and uniformity<br />

<strong>in</strong> the laws govern<strong>in</strong>g Australia’s<br />

armed forces.<br />

He also <strong>in</strong>troduced the c<strong>on</strong>cept<br />

<strong>of</strong> a jo<strong>in</strong>t c<strong>on</strong>ference annually<br />

<strong>of</strong> military lawyers from<br />

Army, Navy and Air Force. After<br />

11 years as JAG, AIRCDRE Opas<br />

retired <strong>in</strong> 1969.<br />

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AIR FORCE October 16, 2008<br />

Bruce leaves<br />

last<strong>in</strong>g legacy<br />

By Greg Millen<br />

WOFF Robert “Bruce” Mills, who<br />

died <strong>on</strong> September 24 after a brief battle<br />

with cancer, made his mark <strong>in</strong> both<br />

the Air Force and ADF logistics.<br />

He was <strong>on</strong>e <strong>of</strong> the ‘old school boys’<br />

– unrelent<strong>in</strong>gly pr<strong>of</strong>essi<strong>on</strong>al and passi<strong>on</strong>ate<br />

<strong>in</strong> his approach to work. His<br />

funeral service with full military h<strong>on</strong>ours<br />

was held at St Peter’s Catholic Church <strong>in</strong><br />

Hoppers Cross<strong>in</strong>g <strong>on</strong> September 29.<br />

He jo<strong>in</strong>ed the Air Force as a clerk<br />

supply <strong>on</strong> January 23, 1979, and served<br />

for 29 years and eight m<strong>on</strong>ths.<br />

In the early days <strong>of</strong> the No. 126<br />

Clerk Supply Course at RAAF Base<br />

Wagga, Bruce did not immediately<br />

display a genu<strong>in</strong>e enthusiasm for the<br />

Supply Branch (as it was then known),<br />

or possess the determ<strong>in</strong>ati<strong>on</strong> to eventually<br />

become a ‘guru’ <strong>of</strong> all matters logistics<br />

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could be c<strong>on</strong>sidered outstand<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

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to educate and pass <strong>on</strong> his expertise <strong>in</strong><br />

as many forums as possible. If Bruce<br />

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Passi<strong>on</strong>ate about do<strong>in</strong>g th<strong>in</strong>gs right,<br />

he would go out <strong>of</strong> his way to make sure<br />

other Air Force members knew why specific<br />

processes and procedures detailed<br />

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to the Middle East as a member<br />

<strong>of</strong> the Corporate Governance Advisory<br />

Team.<br />

MAJ Mike Hill had this to say <strong>of</strong> that<br />

time as Bruce’s OIC: “He was <strong>on</strong>e <strong>of</strong> the<br />

most knowledgeable and pr<strong>of</strong>essi<strong>on</strong>al<br />

men it has been my privilege to serve<br />

with. He made my job a lot easier by<br />

provid<strong>in</strong>g the guidance and assistance<br />

that I needed and, sometimes, also when<br />

I thought I didn’t need it (but he would<br />

prove to me that I did). His c<strong>on</strong>cern for<br />

the members <strong>of</strong> the FLLA (Force Level<br />

Logistics Asset), irrespective <strong>of</strong> Service,<br />

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brash fr<strong>on</strong>t that Bruce liked to present.”<br />

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Air Force and was passi<strong>on</strong>ate about his<br />

work, had the courage to make a stand<br />

when needed and served Australia well<br />

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betterment <strong>of</strong> logistics. Photo: LAC Al Bencke

10 News AIR FORCE October 16, 2008<br />

My week <strong>in</strong><br />

parliament<br />

By Barry Roll<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

AS AN EXTERNAL student <strong>in</strong><br />

olitics and Internati<strong>on</strong>al Relati<strong>on</strong>s<br />

t the Curt<strong>in</strong> University <strong>of</strong> Technolgy,<br />

SGT Col<strong>in</strong> Hull had a more<br />

han special <strong>in</strong>terest <strong>in</strong> tak<strong>in</strong>g part<br />

n the recent ADF Parliamentary<br />

xchange Program.<br />

SGT Hull was <strong>on</strong>e <strong>of</strong> six Air<br />

Force participants <strong>in</strong> the scheme,<br />

which aims to raise awareness <strong>of</strong><br />

the Australian parliamentary processes<br />

and envir<strong>on</strong>ment. The others<br />

were SQNLDRs Jeff Howard, John<br />

Cotterell and Dave Jacks<strong>on</strong>, FLTLT<br />

Toby Peach and FLGOFF Bel<strong>in</strong>da<br />

Johns<strong>on</strong>.<br />

Because <strong>of</strong> his studies, SGT Hull<br />

found that his percepti<strong>on</strong> <strong>of</strong> politics<br />

and the processes did not change<br />

measurably but he did experience<br />

some eye-openers dur<strong>in</strong>g his fiveday<br />

stay with Bob Baldw<strong>in</strong> MP,<br />

the Member for Paters<strong>on</strong> and the<br />

Oppositi<strong>on</strong> spokesman for <strong>Defence</strong><br />

Science and Pers<strong>on</strong>nel.<br />

“My biggest eye-opener was the<br />

l<strong>on</strong>g hours with my host, generally<br />

12-15 hours a day,” SGT Hull said.<br />

“Also, the diversity <strong>of</strong> issues cov-<br />

ered by politicians, from legislati<strong>on</strong><br />

be<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>troduced <strong>in</strong>to Parliament<br />

right through to the c<strong>on</strong>cerns <strong>of</strong> c<strong>on</strong>stituents<br />

and <strong>in</strong>terest groups.”<br />

Mr Baldw<strong>in</strong>’s electorate takes<br />

<strong>in</strong> Williamtown, Raym<strong>on</strong>d Terrace,<br />

Medowie and the Nels<strong>on</strong> Bay/Port<br />

Stephens regi<strong>on</strong> “where a large<br />

number <strong>of</strong> RAAFies live”.<br />

“Mr Baldw<strong>in</strong> has a keen <strong>in</strong>terest<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>Defence</strong> issues and the Air Force<br />

<strong>in</strong> particular,” SGT Hull said.<br />

He accompanied Mr Baldw<strong>in</strong> to<br />

several activities.<br />

“I sat <strong>in</strong> <strong>on</strong> lots <strong>of</strong> meet<strong>in</strong>gs and<br />

parliamentary committees, and met<br />

with <strong>in</strong>terest groups and c<strong>on</strong>stituents,<br />

[as well as] with <strong>in</strong>dustry groups and<br />

foreign dignitaries,” he said. “Be<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong> parliament for debates and divisi<strong>on</strong>s<br />

was a great experience.”<br />

His highlight was be<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> the<br />

Senate for the swear<strong>in</strong>g-<strong>in</strong> <strong>of</strong> the new<br />

Governor-General, Quent<strong>in</strong> Bryce.<br />

“To be <strong>in</strong> the Chamber and see<br />

history <strong>in</strong> the mak<strong>in</strong>g is someth<strong>in</strong>g<br />

that I will be tell<strong>in</strong>g the grandkids<br />

about,” SGT Hull said.<br />

“I highly recommend the program.<br />

It was an <strong>in</strong>credible experience.”<br />

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SQNLDR Howard spent his<br />

week with Greg Combet MP,<br />

Parliamentary Secretary for <strong>Defence</strong><br />

Procurement.<br />

“I attended various meet<strong>in</strong>gs and<br />

functi<strong>on</strong>s,” SQNLDR Howard said.<br />

“They covered <strong>Defence</strong> topics and<br />

electorate issues.”<br />

The most significant aspect <strong>of</strong> his<br />

experience was the ability <strong>of</strong> MPs<br />

and their staff to assimilate a vast<br />

array <strong>of</strong> <strong>in</strong>formati<strong>on</strong> <strong>on</strong> complex topics<br />

<strong>in</strong> very short time-frames.<br />

“They needed to research an issue<br />

with<strong>in</strong> a few hours, meet with stakeholders<br />

to discuss their c<strong>on</strong>cerns and<br />

then make a decisi<strong>on</strong> <strong>on</strong> it.<br />

“I also had the opportunity to<br />

meet the families <strong>of</strong> MPs. It was<br />

fasc<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g to hear the similarities<br />

between family life <strong>in</strong> the ADF and<br />

parliamentarians.<br />

“It was reassur<strong>in</strong>g to know that<br />

parliamentarians are acutely aware<br />

<strong>of</strong> Serv<strong>in</strong>g members’ c<strong>on</strong>cerns about<br />

be<strong>in</strong>g away from their families as<br />

they have experienced it first-hand.<br />

“The ADFPP is a fantastic opportunity<br />

to work with<strong>in</strong> an MP’s <strong>of</strong>fice<br />

and ga<strong>in</strong> an appreciati<strong>on</strong> for government<br />

process,” he said.<br />

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HOUSE GUESTS: Above, SGT Col<strong>in</strong> Hull learned much about parliamentary<br />

life from his host Bob Baldw<strong>in</strong> MP, while below, SQNLDR Jeff Howard found<br />

similarities between life <strong>in</strong> politics and the ADF dur<strong>in</strong>g his time with Greg<br />

Combet MP. Photos: CPL Bernard Pears<strong>on</strong>

AIR FORCE October 16, 2008<br />

History dawns ns<br />

By LAC Aar<strong>on</strong> Curran<br />

THE Air Force’s written history<br />

has added a new chapter with the reent<br />

publicati<strong>on</strong> <strong>of</strong> a book describ<strong>in</strong>g<br />

62SQN’s World War II experiences.<br />

To See the Dawn Aga<strong>in</strong>, written<br />

by AIRCDRE Mark Lax (ret’d) and<br />

r<strong>of</strong>essor Le<strong>on</strong> Kane-Maguire, is about<br />

62SQN and its role with<strong>in</strong> the RAF’s<br />

omber Command from September<br />

942 to the end <strong>of</strong> the war.<br />

A f<strong>in</strong>al chapter briefly covers recent<br />

evelopments.<br />

The squadr<strong>on</strong> operated Halifax<br />

bombers <strong>in</strong> that period and while theoretically<br />

Australian, members came from<br />

cross the Comm<strong>on</strong>wealth to make up<br />

ts complement.<br />

Fly<strong>in</strong>g with 205, 4 and 100 (Special<br />

perati<strong>on</strong>s) Groups, 462SQN ga<strong>in</strong>ed an<br />

nviable reputati<strong>on</strong> for competence and<br />

perseverance – the squadr<strong>on</strong>’s wartime<br />

motto.<br />

Although noti<strong>on</strong>ally a bomber unit,<br />

462SQN spent 1945 <strong>in</strong> an electr<strong>on</strong>ic warfare<br />

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ACAUST AVM Mark Skidmore<br />

launched the book <strong>in</strong> fr<strong>on</strong>t <strong>of</strong> guests and<br />

squadr<strong>on</strong> pers<strong>on</strong>nel.<br />

“I am sure readers will appreciate<br />

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is important to remember what they did,”<br />

AVM Skidmore said.<br />

“I look forward to read<strong>in</strong>g a copy<br />

myself.”<br />

AIRCDRE Lax told the squadr<strong>on</strong>’s<br />

members that it was their history that<br />

was before them <strong>in</strong> this book.<br />

“To know where you are go<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong><br />

the future you have to understand where<br />

you are at, and to do that you have got to<br />

know where you have been,” he said.<br />

“It is so important to remember<br />

our proud RAAF history. Much <strong>of</strong> that<br />

squadr<strong>on</strong> history from the Sec<strong>on</strong>d World<br />

War and before unfortunately has been<br />

lost.”<br />

Putt<strong>in</strong>g his ideas together with<br />

Pr<strong>of</strong>essor Maguire, they decided to capture<br />

some <strong>of</strong> the stories <strong>of</strong> the squadr<strong>on</strong><br />

from veterans who are still alive.<br />

Three <strong>of</strong> them were present at the<br />

launch <strong>of</strong> To See the Dawn Aga<strong>in</strong> <strong>on</strong><br />

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said.<br />

“They can physically go and visit<br />

those places whereas the sky was these<br />

veterans’ battlefield, so there is no place<br />

to visit.”<br />

AIRCDRE Lax says he writes for a<br />

hobby and not for pr<strong>of</strong>it.<br />

“Some people go fly fish<strong>in</strong>g or race<br />

sports cars, but for me <strong>in</strong> a way, this is<br />

my relaxati<strong>on</strong>,” he said.<br />

Pr<strong>of</strong>essor Maguire had a more pers<strong>on</strong>al<br />

<strong>in</strong>terest <strong>in</strong> the book’s publicati<strong>on</strong>.<br />

He was <strong>on</strong>e year old when his father was<br />

shot down and killed <strong>on</strong> operati<strong>on</strong>s over<br />

the English Channel <strong>in</strong> 1943 while fly<strong>in</strong>g<br />

with sister RAAF unit, 464SQN.<br />

With three books beh<strong>in</strong>d them, To<br />

See the Dawn Aga<strong>in</strong> came to the authors<br />

because 462SQN had been reformed and<br />

its previous CO had asked them to take a<br />

look at its history.<br />

AIRCDRE Lax menti<strong>on</strong>ed that a lot<br />

had been written about Australians who<br />

fought with Bomber Command but not<br />

about specific RAAF units <strong>in</strong>volved and<br />

their histories.<br />

“To See the Dawn Aga<strong>in</strong> is written for<br />

the veterans and their families,” he said.<br />

“For some families, it can be the first<br />

time that they f<strong>in</strong>d out what their grandfathers<br />

actually did <strong>in</strong> the war.”<br />

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DOING A lick or two <strong>on</strong> the sk<strong>in</strong>s <strong>in</strong><br />

his garage recently, CPL Murray York’s<br />

thoughts drifted idly to hav<strong>in</strong>g a bash at<br />

the Gu<strong>in</strong>ness Book <strong>of</strong> Records for marath<strong>on</strong><br />

drumm<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Slightly taken aback at the 54 hours<br />

and more needed to better that record,<br />

CPL York, from RAAF Base Richm<strong>on</strong>d,<br />

turned his thoughts to drumm<strong>in</strong>g up<br />

support for the Nati<strong>on</strong>al Breast Cancer<br />

Foundati<strong>on</strong> and P<strong>in</strong>k Ribb<strong>on</strong> Day by aim<strong>in</strong>g<br />

at a less ambitious 24 hours.<br />

A great fan <strong>of</strong> Tray Cool from Green<br />

Day and G<strong>in</strong>ger Fish, CPL York practises<br />

every week and has been drumm<strong>in</strong>g for<br />

about 10 years. A member <strong>of</strong> the band<br />

Kill The DJ, his drum marath<strong>on</strong> will take<br />

place <strong>in</strong> Sydney’s Wynyard Park from<br />

7am <strong>on</strong> October 27 to 7am the follow<strong>in</strong>g<br />

day.<br />

October 27 is P<strong>in</strong>k Ribb<strong>on</strong> Day, when<br />

volunteers raise funds by sell<strong>in</strong>g ribb<strong>on</strong>s<br />

and other merchandise. CPL York will<br />

have his own team <strong>in</strong> acti<strong>on</strong> <strong>in</strong> Wynyard<br />

Park.<br />

“I will have a support team <strong>of</strong> my<br />

own from Richm<strong>on</strong>d,” CPL York said. “I<br />

<strong>in</strong>tend to have a break every hour.<br />

“So far, this is the biggest th<strong>in</strong>g I have<br />

taken <strong>on</strong> with my charity work and I’ve<br />

been practis<strong>in</strong>g every weekend.”<br />

He has been help<strong>in</strong>g the Nati<strong>on</strong>al<br />

Breast Cancer Foundati<strong>on</strong> for the past<br />

three years and became <strong>in</strong>volved after his<br />

wife Cathy had surgery to remove some<br />

lumps.<br />

“Thankfully, it wasn’t serious and it<br />

was caught <strong>in</strong> time,” CPL York said. “So<br />

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WAR MEMORIES: From left, AIRCDRE Mark Lax (ret’d) with Keith<br />

Campbell and John McManus from 466SQN and Paul Wils<strong>on</strong> from<br />

462SQN at the book launch <strong>in</strong> Canberra. Photo: LAC Aar<strong>on</strong> Curran<br />

Drumm<strong>in</strong>g up aid<br />

to fight cancer<br />

RHYTHM: CPL Murray York prepares<br />

for his marath<strong>on</strong>. Photo: CPL York<br />

this is pretty close to me I guess and that’s<br />

why I am do<strong>in</strong>g it.<br />

“My band and I held a ladies night<br />

functi<strong>on</strong> at the RAAF Base Wagga<br />

Airmen’s Club last year. I’ve also d<strong>on</strong>e<br />

work for the leukaemia ‘Shave for a Cure<br />

Day’.<br />

“The resp<strong>on</strong>se from bus<strong>in</strong>esses and<br />

other people has been overwhelm<strong>in</strong>g. They<br />

have k<strong>in</strong>dly d<strong>on</strong>ated the use <strong>of</strong> equipment<br />

and other materials.<br />

“I have to thank Billy Hyde Music at<br />

Surry Hills, Kennard’s Hire at Penrith,<br />

Woolworths at Glenmore Park, the<br />

Ph<strong>on</strong>ographic Performance Company<br />

<strong>of</strong> Australia, Australian Commercial<br />

Cater<strong>in</strong>g, and the Nati<strong>on</strong>al Breast Cancer<br />

Foundati<strong>on</strong> for allow<strong>in</strong>g my to be part <strong>of</strong><br />

their P<strong>in</strong>k Ribb<strong>on</strong> Day.”<br />

To assist CPL York <strong>in</strong> his fundrais<strong>in</strong>g<br />

efforts, c<strong>on</strong>tact him <strong>on</strong> (02) 4587<br />

3446, 0430 309 744 or email: murray.<br />

york@defence.gov.au<br />


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12 Feature AIR FORCE October 16, 2008<br />

Fun <strong>on</strong> two<br />

wheels<br />

AFDS get up to speed with bikes<br />

By Barry Roll<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

WORK just <str<strong>on</strong>g>goes</str<strong>on</strong>g> <strong>in</strong> cycles – or<br />

perhaps that should be <strong>on</strong> cycles – for<br />

members <strong>of</strong> the No. 2 Airfield <strong>Defence</strong><br />

Squadr<strong>on</strong> (2AFDS) counter-rec<strong>on</strong>naissance<br />

secti<strong>on</strong> and snipers at RAAF Base<br />

<str<strong>on</strong>g>Amberley</str<strong>on</strong>g>.<br />

2AFDS pers<strong>on</strong>nel use Suzuki DRZ<br />

400s, which have replaced the XR250s<br />

and are regarded as highly suitable to 2<br />

AFDS’s requirements, accord<strong>in</strong>g to OPS<br />

SNCO SGT Andrew Perry.<br />

“The XR 250s were <strong>in</strong>troduced <strong>in</strong>to<br />

2AFDS <strong>in</strong> mid-2001 and were used by<br />

sniper and counter-rec<strong>on</strong>naissance teams<br />

as an <strong>in</strong>serti<strong>on</strong> and quick reacti<strong>on</strong> platform,”<br />

SGT Perry said. “The DRZ400<br />

replaced the XR250 <strong>in</strong> 2006.<br />

“The c<strong>on</strong>cept was developed over a<br />

number <strong>of</strong> years with most <strong>of</strong> the development<br />

d<strong>on</strong>e by Headquarters Airfield<br />

<strong>Defence</strong> W<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> 2000-2001.”<br />

The motorbikes are used <strong>in</strong> the counter-rec<strong>on</strong>naissance<br />

role, provid<strong>in</strong>g flexibility<br />

to the commander <strong>in</strong> cover<strong>in</strong>g more<br />

ground as searches are made for signs <strong>of</strong><br />

the enemy’s locati<strong>on</strong>/<strong>in</strong>serti<strong>on</strong> route. As<br />

well as a quick reacti<strong>on</strong> platform to cut<br />

<strong>of</strong>f a detected enemy’s escape route, they<br />

are also used as a method <strong>of</strong> <strong>in</strong>sert<strong>in</strong>g<br />

snipers <strong>in</strong>to an area <strong>of</strong> operati<strong>on</strong>s.<br />

The motorbikes are used <strong>in</strong> c<strong>on</strong>juncti<strong>on</strong><br />

with surveillance rec<strong>on</strong>naissance<br />

vehicles, which give riders support. The<br />

bikes have been deployed <strong>on</strong> a number <strong>of</strong><br />

Jo<strong>in</strong> the L<strong>on</strong>g Ride<br />

Motorcyclists are encouraged to<br />

take part <strong>in</strong> the L<strong>on</strong>g Ride charity<br />

event to raise m<strong>on</strong>ey for Prostate<br />

Cancer.<br />

Air Force participants are meet<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong> Canberra <strong>on</strong> October 18 to take<br />

part <strong>in</strong> the Sydney to Narrandera<br />

leg <strong>of</strong> the event.<br />

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exercises throughout Australia but have<br />

not been deployed <strong>on</strong> operati<strong>on</strong>s.<br />

Air Force driv<strong>in</strong>g test<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong>ficers<br />

provide tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g and test<strong>in</strong>g, which is<br />

designed to qualify all members <strong>in</strong> the<br />

counter-rec<strong>on</strong>naissance secti<strong>on</strong>, as well<br />

as snipers and some selected signals pers<strong>on</strong>nel.<br />

Riders undertake a three-week course<br />

to learn how to ride <strong>on</strong> and <strong>of</strong>f-road with<br />

exposure to high traffic/highway c<strong>on</strong>diti<strong>on</strong>s<br />

as well as rough <strong>of</strong>f-road c<strong>on</strong>diti<strong>on</strong>s,<br />

similar to what they might face under<br />

operati<strong>on</strong>al c<strong>on</strong>diti<strong>on</strong>s.<br />

“The course is designed to ensure that<br />

our riders receive safe and appropriate<br />

tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g,” SGT Perry said. “The tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

takes place at <str<strong>on</strong>g>Amberley</str<strong>on</strong>g>, though it can be<br />

c<strong>on</strong>ducted almost anywhere.”<br />

SGT Perry said that although the<br />

motorbike had made it faster to arrive at<br />

a desired locati<strong>on</strong>, pers<strong>on</strong>nel still had to<br />

rema<strong>in</strong> tactical and plan their approaches<br />

accord<strong>in</strong>gly.<br />

“The last th<strong>in</strong>g we want to do is ride<br />

straight <strong>in</strong>to the enemy’s locati<strong>on</strong>. We<br />

stop short and move <strong>on</strong> foot to achieve<br />

surprise. The motorbikes have been used<br />


Cassidy Te Maro rides through witches<br />

hats at the 2AFDS tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g area.<br />

IN HIDING: Below, LACs Jeremy<br />

Ba<strong>in</strong>bridge (left) and Mark Mathers<br />

camouflage a motorbike.<br />

Photos: AC Dan P<strong>in</strong>horn<br />

<strong>on</strong> a number <strong>of</strong> exercises and have been<br />

quite useful. They have enabled the guys<br />

to get out and explore the ground outside<br />

the normal 2AFDS patrol screen.”<br />

The role <strong>of</strong> the motorbike <strong>in</strong> 2AFDS<br />

allows commanders to have flexibility<br />

<strong>in</strong> plann<strong>in</strong>g. It gives the airfield defence<br />

guard <strong>on</strong> the ground the ability to quickly<br />

and quietly move around his area <strong>of</strong> operati<strong>on</strong>s,<br />

thus dom<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g the terra<strong>in</strong>.<br />

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Take the safe road<br />

FSGT Brad Kirkels and safety <strong>in</strong>structors Lynd<strong>on</strong> Blake and<br />

Tye Thies at an <strong>of</strong>f-road motorcycle safety awareness course<br />

<strong>in</strong> Darw<strong>in</strong>. Air Force motorbike riders are encouraged to<br />

attend a course. For more <strong>in</strong>formati<strong>on</strong>, c<strong>on</strong>tact SGT Kirkels<br />

<strong>on</strong> (08) 8973 6668 or email: brad.kirkels@defence.gov.au<br />

(This image has been digitally altered). Photo: CPL Steve Duncan<br />



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40th year reuni<strong>on</strong><br />

10th anniversary <strong>of</strong> new build<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Annual awards day<br />

13 December 2008<br />

13:00 at TS Hawkesbury, Po<strong>in</strong>t Clare<br />

18:30 at Gosford RSL Club<br />

(for bistro meal and refreshments at own cost)<br />

Please notify expressi<strong>on</strong>s <strong>of</strong> <strong>in</strong>terest with fi nal RSVP<br />

by 01 December 2008 to:<br />

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Hawkesbury40threuni<strong>on</strong>@hotmail.com<br />

Canberra POC; LTCOL Kerry Clifford, 0402 355 750,<br />

kerry.clifford@defence.gov.au<br />

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AIR FORCE October 16, 2008<br />

LOADED<br />

BASE October<br />

4-5<br />

2008 <strong>Defence</strong> Force Air Show<br />

CROWDED HOUSE: Top, crowds swarm<br />

around the aircraft static displays <strong>on</strong> the<br />

flightl<strong>in</strong>e at RAAF Base <str<strong>on</strong>g>Amberley</str<strong>on</strong>g> dur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the 2008 <strong>Defence</strong> Force Air Show.<br />

Photo: LAC Scott Woodward<br />

HAWK EYES: Above, 76SQN technician<br />

LAC Andrew Thomas <strong>show</strong>s Zachery Taft,<br />

12, the cockpit <strong>of</strong> a Hawk <strong>on</strong> display.<br />

Photo: CPL Mel<strong>in</strong>a Mancuso<br />

THAT’S HOT STUFF: Left, a 6SQN F-111<br />

performs a popular ‘dump and burn’ 300<br />

feet over the crowd.<br />

Photo: CPL Mel<strong>in</strong>a Mancuso<br />

IS IT A BIRD?: Left <strong>in</strong>set, all eyes are <strong>on</strong><br />

the skies as an aerobatic display stops<br />

the crowd dur<strong>in</strong>g the <strong>show</strong>.<br />

Photo: LACW Tricia Wiles<br />

Special four-page lift-out

AIR FORCE October 16, 2008<br />

THROUGH HOOPS: Above,<br />

MWD handler LAC Denham<br />

Milovankic and his dog ‘Lex’<br />

put <strong>on</strong> a <strong>show</strong> <strong>of</strong> their own.<br />

Photo: CPL Mel<strong>in</strong>a Mancuso<br />

ALL THAT JAZZ: Right, 2WG<br />

cadet FSGT (AAFC) Ashleigh<br />

Ward blows a tune <strong>on</strong> her<br />

trumpet dur<strong>in</strong>g the <strong>show</strong>.<br />

Photo: CPL Andrew Eddie<br />

SOUVENIRS: Left (from left)<br />

CPL Andrew Outhwaite, LAC<br />

Bryan Huds<strong>on</strong> and FLGOFF<br />

Er<strong>in</strong> R<strong>in</strong>aldi sell 36SQN<br />

merchandise at their stall.<br />

Photo: LAC Scott Woodward<br />

2008 <strong>Defence</strong> Force Air Show<br />


ROGER THAT: Security Police member<br />

SGT Matt Lee watches over the <strong>show</strong><br />

from the RAAF Base <str<strong>on</strong>g>Amberley</str<strong>on</strong>g> c<strong>on</strong>trol<br />

tower. Photo: CPL Mel<strong>in</strong>a Mancuso<br />

GROUP FUN: Left,<br />

(from left) 76SQN’s<br />

CPLs Philip Moore,<br />

Duane Harvey and Kris<br />

Georgiadis with SGT<br />

Chris Wild <strong>in</strong> fr<strong>on</strong>t <strong>of</strong> a<br />

squadr<strong>on</strong> Hawk at the<br />

<strong>show</strong>.<br />

Photo: AC Benjam<strong>in</strong> Evans<br />

YOWSERS: Right,<br />

Jayden Brady, 7, with<br />

LAC Leigh Forrest <strong>in</strong><br />

his ‘yowie suit’ at the<br />

2AFDS display.<br />

Photo: CPL Andrew Eddie<br />

It was tipped to be the most comprehensive<br />

<strong>Defence</strong> Force Air<br />

Show staged <strong>in</strong> a decade, and<br />

RAAF Base <str<strong>on</strong>g>Amberley</str<strong>on</strong>g> didn’t<br />

disappo<strong>in</strong>t, with more than<br />

90,000 visitors flood<strong>in</strong>g through the<br />

gates <strong>on</strong> October 4-5.<br />

Right from the start the signs were<br />

that it was go<strong>in</strong>g to be big, with a<br />

record number <strong>of</strong> pre-<strong>show</strong> tickets<br />

sold. An hour before the gates opened<br />

<strong>on</strong> day <strong>on</strong>e, hundreds <strong>of</strong> people began<br />

queu<strong>in</strong>g to get <strong>in</strong>to the base, with<br />

thousands more stream<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> from all<br />

directi<strong>on</strong>s.<br />

By no<strong>on</strong>, the l<strong>in</strong>e-up at the ticket<br />

booth still stretched for 200m, while<br />

traffic banked all the way back to the<br />

Cunn<strong>in</strong>gham Highway, which had to<br />

be closed <strong>in</strong> <strong>on</strong>e directi<strong>on</strong> to facilitate<br />

flow.<br />

CAF AIRMSHL Mark B<strong>in</strong>sk<strong>in</strong><br />

said if those who attended didn’t know<br />

much about the Air Force before they<br />

came, they sure do now.<br />

“We had a great display right<br />

There’s no bus<strong>in</strong>ess like air <strong>show</strong><br />

bus<strong>in</strong>ess, writes LAC Aar<strong>on</strong> Curran<br />

across the board,” he said. “This came<br />

not <strong>on</strong>ly from the fly<strong>in</strong>g side, but<br />

from the public talk<strong>in</strong>g to so many<br />

<strong>of</strong> our people, from the ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong>ers<br />

around the aircraft, to operators <strong>of</strong><br />

the Bushmasters and the dog handlers.<br />

They’ve had a chance to look at<br />

the Air Force from the ground up.”<br />

On display was a large selecti<strong>on</strong><br />

<strong>of</strong> assets, from the latest C-17 to the<br />

so<strong>on</strong>-to-be-retired F-111. Other aircraft<br />

and pers<strong>on</strong>nel from around<br />

Australia attended, with Hawks,<br />

Hornets, Ori<strong>on</strong>s and Hercules all hav<strong>in</strong>g<br />

static and fly<strong>in</strong>g displays.<br />

Brisbane visitor Adrienne<br />

M<strong>on</strong>tague saw the C-17 for the first<br />

time and waited <strong>in</strong> the 100m-l<strong>on</strong>g<br />

queue to walk through it and see the<br />

TRUCKIES: Left, LAC Marius<br />

Niculescu from 382ECSS <strong>show</strong>s<br />

Kyrra Wilks, 6, Georgia Kool,<br />

7, and Jaimee Rogers, 9, a fire<br />

truck. Photo: CPL Andrew Eddie<br />


Nicole Dos Santos enjoys the<br />

air <strong>show</strong> with her family.<br />

Photo: LACW Tricia Wiles<br />

aero-medical evacuati<strong>on</strong> set-up <strong>in</strong>side.<br />

“The C-17 was unbelievable,” she<br />

said.<br />

“You can’t comprehend the size<br />

and the capacity and that someth<strong>in</strong>g<br />

like that could ever get <strong>in</strong>to the air.<br />

Inside it was so neat and organised. It<br />

is fantastic how they can cope with so<br />

many th<strong>in</strong>gs at <strong>on</strong>ce.”<br />

Other Air Force and ADF units<br />

were represented as well. From the<br />

Army’s ARH Tiger helicopter, Navy’s<br />

air assets, Air Force Cadets, <strong>Defence</strong><br />

associati<strong>on</strong>s and other <strong>Defence</strong>-related<br />

exhibiti<strong>on</strong>s <strong>in</strong> halls.<br />

<strong>Defence</strong> Force Recruit<strong>in</strong>g was also<br />

prom<strong>in</strong>ent and put <strong>in</strong> a big effort to<br />

<strong>show</strong> the public what the ADF had to<br />

<strong>of</strong>fer.<br />

A display that proved very popular<br />

was <str<strong>on</strong>g>Amberley</str<strong>on</strong>g>-based No. 2<br />

Airfield <strong>Defence</strong> Squadr<strong>on</strong> (2AFDS).<br />

The squadr<strong>on</strong> had <strong>on</strong> <strong>show</strong> snipers,<br />

Bushmasters, weap<strong>on</strong>s, bikes, 4WDs<br />

and equipment.<br />

LAC Cassidy Te Maro, a sniper<br />

from 2AFDS, was busy with people<br />

want<strong>in</strong>g to photograph him <strong>in</strong> his<br />

‘yowie’ suit with his rifle.<br />

“It was my first air <strong>show</strong> and I<br />

really enjoyed it,” LAC Te Maro said.<br />

“It was good fun and good to get<br />

the kids <strong>in</strong>volved. A lot <strong>of</strong> people said<br />

they had never seen anyth<strong>in</strong>g like it.<br />

“I guess they were all around me<br />

because they <strong>on</strong>ly saw the [yowie]<br />

‘get-up’ <strong>in</strong> the movies.”<br />

The US Air Force jo<strong>in</strong>ed <strong>in</strong> with<br />

two F-15s and a C-130, and the<br />

S<strong>in</strong>gaporean Air Force also c<strong>on</strong>tributed<br />

an F-16 and Super Puma helicopter<br />

to the l<strong>in</strong>e-up.<br />

USAF Staff Sergeant Ram<strong>on</strong>e<br />

Hayes from 44SQN came al<strong>on</strong>g with<br />

the F-15s and was delighted with the<br />

crowd’s resp<strong>on</strong>se to their attendance.<br />

“It was my first time <strong>in</strong> Australia<br />

and I loved it,” he said. “A great country<br />

and everybody was very friendly<br />

to us. Every<strong>on</strong>e knew that these [aircraft]<br />

were F-15s. I had never seen an<br />

F-111, and the ‘dump and burn’ was<br />

just awesome.”<br />

The air <strong>show</strong> team, led by Head <strong>of</strong><br />

Special Events (HSE) AIRCDRE Phil<br />

Byrne, took <strong>on</strong> the resp<strong>on</strong>sibility <strong>of</strong><br />

putt<strong>in</strong>g it all together.<br />

AIRCDRE Byrne said they run air<br />

<strong>show</strong>s for two reas<strong>on</strong>s: firstly to <strong>show</strong>case<br />

the ADF, and <strong>in</strong> particular the<br />

Air Force, to the community; and sec<strong>on</strong>dly<br />

to highlight the range <strong>of</strong> careers<br />

<strong>in</strong> the ADF.<br />

“On both counts we were very successful,”<br />

AIRCDRE Byrne said.<br />

“We put an enormous amount <strong>of</strong><br />

work <strong>in</strong>to plann<strong>in</strong>g this event over the<br />

past 12 m<strong>on</strong>ths and also c<strong>on</strong>siderably<br />

more effort <strong>in</strong>to public relati<strong>on</strong>s for<br />

the <str<strong>on</strong>g>Amberley</str<strong>on</strong>g> <strong>show</strong>, and the results<br />

speak for themselves.”<br />

AIRMSHL B<strong>in</strong>sk<strong>in</strong> said he was<br />

“extremely proud” to see the Air<br />

Force team at work dur<strong>in</strong>g the <strong>show</strong>.<br />

“It was a huge team effort and I<br />

want to say a pers<strong>on</strong>al thank you to<br />

Want to see<br />

more air <strong>show</strong><br />

photos?<br />

Go to www.defence.gov.au and click <strong>on</strong> the ‘2008<br />

<strong>Defence</strong> Force Air Show’ l<strong>in</strong>k <strong>on</strong> the homepage. Or<br />

just check out the next editi<strong>on</strong> <strong>of</strong> AIR FORCE News,<br />

which will feature a wrap-up <strong>of</strong> the <strong>show</strong>.<br />


RAAF Base <str<strong>on</strong>g>Amberley</str<strong>on</strong>g> display<br />

area was flooded with people<br />

dur<strong>in</strong>g the 2008 <strong>Defence</strong> Air<br />

Show, as this bird’s eye view<br />

<strong>show</strong>s. Photo: AC Dan P<strong>in</strong>horn<br />

every<strong>on</strong>e who was <strong>in</strong>volved,” he said.<br />

“Pull<strong>in</strong>g this <strong>on</strong>e together was a great<br />

success and echoed publicly <strong>in</strong> the<br />

media with very positive report<strong>in</strong>g. I<br />

also received many compliments from<br />

the public and from our own people,<br />

so well d<strong>on</strong>e to all who c<strong>on</strong>tributed to<br />

the effort.”<br />

But it was the sheer volume <strong>of</strong><br />

attendees that proved this was <strong>on</strong>e <strong>of</strong><br />

the best air <strong>show</strong>s yet. In the words <strong>of</strong><br />

visitor Adrienne M<strong>on</strong>tague: “I d<strong>on</strong>’t<br />

know how anyth<strong>in</strong>g can top this <strong>show</strong>;<br />

it was just superb.”<br />

NICE AND TIGHT: Four<br />

77SQN Hornets stick<br />

together for a high speed<br />

pass over the crowd.<br />

Photo: CPL Andrew Eddie<br />

IN THE SWING: Australia’s<br />

Federati<strong>on</strong> Guard’s Precisi<strong>on</strong><br />

Drill Team thrill the crowds<br />

with their weap<strong>on</strong> handl<strong>in</strong>g<br />

skills. Photo: AC Dan P<strong>in</strong>horn<br />

October 4-5<br />


pilot CAPT Kev<strong>in</strong> Heath (left)<br />

talks with 6SQN’s FLGOFF<br />

Jasper McCald<strong>in</strong> about the<br />

F-15 aircraft.<br />

Photo: LAC Scott Woodward

2008 <strong>Defence</strong> Force Air Show AIR FORCE October 16, 2008<br />

‘Sim’sati<strong>on</strong>al <strong>show</strong><br />

Time flies when you’re hav<strong>in</strong>g fun<br />

<strong>on</strong> the Super Hornet simulator<br />

By LAC Aar<strong>on</strong> Curran<br />

AN IMPORTANT part <strong>of</strong> Air<br />

Force’s future capability was <strong>on</strong><br />

display at the <strong>Defence</strong> Air Show at<br />

RAAF Base <str<strong>on</strong>g>Amberley</str<strong>on</strong>g> <strong>on</strong> October<br />

4-5.<br />

The simulator for the F/A-18E/F<br />

Super Hornet was brought out for<br />

Air Force pers<strong>on</strong>nel and the public<br />

by Boe<strong>in</strong>g and put <strong>in</strong>to their hangar<br />

<strong>in</strong> time for the <strong>show</strong>. A critical<br />

tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g tool for all aircrew and<br />

ma<strong>in</strong>tenance pers<strong>on</strong>nel, it was the<br />

focus <strong>of</strong> great <strong>in</strong>terest dur<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

two days <strong>of</strong> the <strong>show</strong>.<br />

CAF AIRMSHL Mark B<strong>in</strong>sk<strong>in</strong><br />

called <strong>in</strong> the day before the <strong>show</strong> to<br />

put it through its paces and came<br />

away impressed.<br />

“It was excellent and it all<br />

came back to me pretty quickly,”<br />

AIRMSHL B<strong>in</strong>sk<strong>in</strong> said.<br />

“It <str<strong>on</strong>g>goes</str<strong>on</strong>g> to <strong>show</strong> how close<br />

the Super Hornet is to the classic<br />

Hornet with its human/mach<strong>in</strong>e<br />

<strong>in</strong>terface. There are a couple <strong>of</strong><br />

differences from a pilot’s po<strong>in</strong>t <strong>of</strong><br />

view but it’s basically an upgraded<br />

Hornet <strong>on</strong> steroids.”<br />

Hav<strong>in</strong>g the simulator at the air<br />

<strong>show</strong> gave Air Force the chance to<br />

<strong>show</strong> the Australian public what it<br />

would be gett<strong>in</strong>g. Loaded by Boe<strong>in</strong>g<br />

with unclassified s<strong>of</strong>tware, it enabled<br />

the public to get up close for<br />

a look.<br />

One <strong>of</strong> those lucky enough to get<br />

UP AND AWAY: A spectator<br />

looks above the C-17 to<br />

watch four F/A-18s from<br />

77SQN perform a low<br />

high speed pass over the<br />

crowd.<br />

Photo: CPL Andrew Eddie<br />

some time <strong>in</strong> the seat was 18-yearold<br />

Jack McTaggart from St Lucia<br />

<strong>in</strong> Brisbane.<br />

“Yeah, it was excellent,” he said.<br />

“It felt like I was actually fly<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

the sensati<strong>on</strong> was great. It was not<br />

what I expected because I didn’t<br />

realise that it is what they use to<br />

tra<strong>in</strong> pilots. I thought it would be<br />

someth<strong>in</strong>g simple and that <strong>in</strong> turn<br />

made it a lot better than I anticipated.”<br />

The <strong>in</strong>terest that the simulator<br />

generated was evident by the l<strong>on</strong>g<br />

queue <strong>of</strong> people will<strong>in</strong>g to wait more<br />

than an hour for just a few m<strong>in</strong>utes<br />

<strong>of</strong> ‘fly<strong>in</strong>g’ time <strong>in</strong> the pilot’s or navigator’s<br />

seat.<br />

Help<strong>in</strong>g the public and Air Force<br />

pers<strong>on</strong>nel with the simulator was<br />

LT Scott Koch, a US <strong>in</strong>structor pilot<br />

<strong>on</strong> the Super Hornet.<br />

“I’m here [<strong>in</strong> Australia] to help<br />

the crew transiti<strong>on</strong> from the F-111<br />

to the Super Hornet,” he said.<br />

“I transiti<strong>on</strong>ed from the F-14<br />

Tomcat, so I know what it’s like for<br />

your aircrew. I’m here to <strong>of</strong>fer the<br />

crew some advice and <strong>show</strong> them<br />

how the cockpit works and how it<br />

<strong>in</strong>tegrates.”<br />

Also <strong>on</strong> base for the <strong>show</strong> was<br />

Carolyn Nichols, Program Manager<br />

Australia for the F/A-18E/F Super<br />

Hornet Program.<br />

She menti<strong>on</strong>ed that start<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>on</strong> November 9 this year will be<br />

IN CONTROL: CAF AIRMSHL Mark B<strong>in</strong>sk<strong>in</strong> tests out the Boe<strong>in</strong>g Super Hornet simulator, which he<br />

referred to as an “updated Hornet <strong>on</strong> steroids” at the <strong>Defence</strong> Force Air Show. Photo: AC Benjam<strong>in</strong> Evans<br />

ma<strong>in</strong>tenance tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g, with aircrew<br />

tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g slated for March 10, 2009.<br />

“In its present state, the simulator<br />

is unclassified, but as <strong>of</strong> October<br />

6-7 that all changed with the brief<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>of</strong> Australian aircrew <strong>on</strong> it by<br />

US pilots,” Ms Nichols said.<br />

AIRMSHL B<strong>in</strong>sk<strong>in</strong> said the Air<br />

Force has had a very close relati<strong>on</strong>-<br />

SKY SLIDE: Paul Bennett <strong>in</strong> his Pitts<br />

Special aircraft makes a stylish low<br />

level run to cut a piece <strong>of</strong> ribb<strong>on</strong>.<br />

Photo: LACW Tricia Wiles<br />

SUPER SIX: The Roulettes fly<br />

with<strong>in</strong> metres <strong>of</strong> each other<br />

dur<strong>in</strong>g an aerobatic display.<br />

Photo: AC Dan P<strong>in</strong>horn<br />

ship over the years with the US <strong>on</strong><br />

the Hornet, <strong>in</strong>volv<strong>in</strong>g both the US<br />

Navy and Boe<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

“They have always been very<br />

good to work with,” AIRMSHL<br />

B<strong>in</strong>sk<strong>in</strong> said.<br />

“With the short time-l<strong>in</strong>e we<br />

have been work<strong>in</strong>g with to br<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

Hornet <strong>on</strong>l<strong>in</strong>e and <strong>on</strong> cost, I would<br />

like to acknowledge the Hornet<br />

team [who were at the <strong>show</strong>].”<br />

The last word <strong>on</strong> the F/A-<br />

18E/F simulator has to go to Jack<br />

McTaggart, who said with a wide<br />

gr<strong>in</strong>: “I bought a brand new<br />

Playstati<strong>on</strong> the other day, but after<br />

fly<strong>in</strong>g the simulator, well, it has just<br />

made it obsolete.”<br />

WELCOME ABOARD: 36SQN life<br />

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hands out leaflets <strong>in</strong>side a C-17 <strong>on</strong><br />

display at the air <strong>show</strong>.<br />

Photo: LAC Scott Woodward

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Global turmoil<br />

affects MSBS<br />

MILITARYSUPER has not been<br />

immune from the volatility experienced<br />

<strong>in</strong> f<strong>in</strong>ancial markets around<br />

the world.<br />

Dur<strong>in</strong>g f<strong>in</strong>ancial year 07/08, most<br />

superannuati<strong>on</strong> funds declared significant<br />

negative returns for the year; with<br />

the average balanced fund return<strong>in</strong>g<br />

-6.4 per cent and the average growth<br />

fund return<strong>in</strong>g -8-9 per cent.<br />

MilitarySuper also declared negative<br />

returns for three <strong>of</strong> its five <strong>in</strong>vestment<br />

opti<strong>on</strong>s for the year with the balnced<br />

opti<strong>on</strong> (which has a 62 per cent<br />

xposure to growth assets) return<strong>in</strong>g<br />


Average Returns (Compounded Average Annual Returns)*<br />

Opti<strong>on</strong> 1 Year 3 years 5 years 10 Years S<strong>in</strong>ce Incepti<strong>on</strong><br />

Cash 6.0% 5.6% (5.7%) 5.1% (5.1%) N/A 5.1% (5.1%)<br />

C<strong>on</strong>servative 2.7% 7.2% (7.1%) 7.5% (7.5%) N/A 7.5% (7.5%)<br />

Balanced -0.5% 9.0% (8.8%) 10.7% (10.6%) N/A 10.7% (10.6%)<br />

Growth -2.6% 9.8% (9.3%) 11.4% (11.1%) 7.1% (6.7%) 8.1% (7.7%)<br />

High Growth -3.9% 10.2% (9.6%) 12.7% (12.3%) (N/A) 12.7% (12.3%)<br />

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I READ with <strong>in</strong>terest the<br />

article <strong>in</strong> AIR FORCE News<br />

<strong>on</strong> page 4 <strong>of</strong> September 18 (pictured<br />

right) regard<strong>in</strong>g the support<br />

that RAAF Base Ed<strong>in</strong>burgh<br />

ffered to the medical team<br />

retriev<strong>in</strong>g a heart for a transplant<br />

<strong>in</strong> Sydney.<br />

It is great to see the base<br />

sw<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>to acti<strong>on</strong> when the need<br />

arises.<br />

However, I believe that<br />

while 92WG are the “Quiet<br />

Achievers”, the efforts <strong>of</strong> the<br />

duty watchkeeper at the 92WG<br />

Tactical Support Centre, FSGT<br />

Col Muller, need to be acknowledged.<br />

FSGT Muller was the first<br />

-0.5 per cent and the growth opti<strong>on</strong><br />

(which has an 88 per cent exposure to<br />

growth assets) return<strong>in</strong>g -2.6 per cent.<br />

MSBS CEO John McCullagh<br />

said although members might “ga<strong>in</strong><br />

some comfort from know<strong>in</strong>g that<br />

MilitarySuper performed better than<br />

most <strong>of</strong> its peers, it was still disappo<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g<br />

that the fund produced negative<br />

returns <strong>in</strong> three <strong>of</strong> its <strong>in</strong>vestment<br />

opti<strong>on</strong>s”.<br />

However, he noted the scheme had<br />

embarked <strong>on</strong> a major restructure <strong>of</strong><br />

its <strong>in</strong>vestment strategy four years ago,<br />

which had s<strong>of</strong>tened the impact <strong>on</strong> the<br />

po<strong>in</strong>t <strong>of</strong> c<strong>on</strong>tact by the Angel<br />

Flight organisati<strong>on</strong>, and c<strong>on</strong>tacted<br />

the duty member to arrange<br />

access to the airfield and then,<br />

<strong>on</strong> his own <strong>in</strong>itiative, arranged<br />

refuell<strong>in</strong>g, <strong>on</strong>-base accommodati<strong>on</strong><br />

for the crew, rati<strong>on</strong>s and a<br />

SECPOL escort for the taxi carry<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the heart to the aircraft.<br />

While the ground handl<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>of</strong> civilan aircraft is not with<strong>in</strong><br />

the normal duties <strong>of</strong> the 92WG<br />

watchkeeper, I believe that<br />

FSGT Muller’s acti<strong>on</strong>s reflect<br />

credit <strong>on</strong> himself as well as<br />

RAAF Base Ed<strong>in</strong>burgh and the<br />

Air Force as a whole.<br />

SQNLDR George Zidlicky<br />

RAAF Base Ed<strong>in</strong>burgh<br />

4 News AIR FORCE September 18, 2008<br />

Quick dash ash<br />

saves lifee<br />

Ed<strong>in</strong>burgh helps deliver heart<br />

WHEN it comes to organ transplants,<br />

it’s the m<strong>in</strong>utes that matter<br />

most, as RAAF Base Ed<strong>in</strong>burgh pers<strong>on</strong>nel<br />

discovered recently <strong>in</strong> what<br />

could be a first for the ADF.<br />

CO Combat Support Unit,<br />

Ed<strong>in</strong>burgh, WGCDR Rod Smallwood,<br />

s<strong>on</strong>al thanks to you and your team,”<br />

senior air traffic c<strong>on</strong>trol <strong>of</strong>ficer<br />

the letter said. “Without the assistance<br />

<strong>of</strong> such people,<br />

SQNLDR Carlt<strong>on</strong> Sargeant and OIC<br />

the missi<strong>on</strong> <strong>of</strong> the hospital<br />

would not be possible.”<br />

Air Movements Secti<strong>on</strong> John Perry<br />

WGCDR Smallwood said that time<br />

recently “opened shop” early <strong>on</strong>e<br />

had been <strong>of</strong> the essence because, <strong>in</strong><br />

morn<strong>in</strong>g to assist <strong>in</strong> the emergency<br />

most cases, four hours was the timetransplant<br />

pick-up from an Adelaide<br />

frame for successful retrieval <strong>of</strong> an<br />

hospital for a swift delivery to a wait-<br />

organ and its transplant to the recipi<strong>in</strong>g<br />

patient <strong>in</strong> Sydney.<br />

ent.<br />

The call for assistance came <strong>in</strong> It was another example <strong>of</strong> how the<br />

from the Sydney hospital at 11.30pm ADF helps the community.<br />

and an air movements crew met the “RAAF Base Ed<strong>in</strong>burgh was proud<br />

private jet and its team <strong>of</strong> doctors at to be able to react quickly and facilitate SAMARITANS: From left, John Perry, WGCDR Rod Smallwood and duty <strong>of</strong>ficer Jas<strong>on</strong> Camer<strong>on</strong>, who led<br />

4.45am.<br />

a successful missi<strong>on</strong> for the transplant Ed<strong>in</strong>burgh’s efforts to assist the delivery <strong>of</strong> an urgently-needed heart to Sydney. The base’s efforts played a<br />

While other pers<strong>on</strong>nel escorted the team,” he said.<br />

major role <strong>in</strong> ensur<strong>in</strong>g a successful transplant operati<strong>on</strong>. Photo: WGCDR Smallwood<br />

medical team to the hospital to retrieve “The prompt pr<strong>of</strong>essi<strong>on</strong>al resp<strong>on</strong>se<br />

the d<strong>on</strong>ated heart, Support Services to this unique emergency situati<strong>on</strong> was<br />

staff provided food and rest facilities outstand<strong>in</strong>g and reflected highly <strong>on</strong> the applauded the way organisati<strong>on</strong>s such very best reas<strong>on</strong>s and <strong>of</strong>ten bey<strong>on</strong>d the Force stands ready to assist promptly<br />

for the crew, and readied the aircraft Ed<strong>in</strong>burgh units <strong>in</strong>volved, and the Air as the Air Force, Angel Flight and the call <strong>of</strong> duty,” he said.<br />

and pr<strong>of</strong>essi<strong>on</strong>ally.<br />

for a 7.50am return to Sydney. Us<strong>in</strong>g Force.”<br />

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Air Force Band<br />

October 24: Air Force Band chamber<br />

groups will give a lunchtime c<strong>on</strong>cert at<br />

St John’s, South Gate, from 12.30pm.<br />

October 24: Force 10 will provide<br />

musical support for the RAAF Base<br />

Williamtown spr<strong>in</strong>g ball at the<br />

Sergeants’ Mess.<br />

October 25: Force 10 will give a public<br />

performance at ‘Jazz <strong>in</strong> the V<strong>in</strong>es’ at<br />

Tyrrell’s V<strong>in</strong>eyard, Pokolb<strong>in</strong>, <strong>in</strong> the<br />

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been posted to Hobart <strong>in</strong> 1982.<br />

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KNOWING THEIR DRILL: Above, Air Force Cadets from 335 (Williamtown) and 312 (Kempsey) Squadr<strong>on</strong>s<br />

AAFC gather <strong>in</strong> fr<strong>on</strong>t <strong>of</strong> the Temora Aviati<strong>on</strong> Museum’s two Spitfires and the Roulettes while a museum<br />

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drill movements. Some drill movements were specially prepared for the weekend.<br />

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CHILVARY: Above, WGCDR (AAFC) David Robs<strong>on</strong><br />

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Squadr<strong>on</strong> AAFC’s recent banner c<strong>on</strong>secrati<strong>on</strong><br />

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Forty years<br />

<strong>of</strong> the Pig<br />

By Andrew Stackpool<br />

IN THE history <strong>of</strong> aviati<strong>on</strong>, cera<strong>in</strong><br />

military aircraft have ga<strong>in</strong>ed a<br />

public reputati<strong>on</strong> that stands them<br />

bove their peers.<br />

Perhaps the lead types are the<br />

Spitfire and Lancaster; arguably<br />

others <strong>in</strong>clude the WWI Sopwith<br />

Camel and Fokker Triplane, the<br />

WWII Hurricane, Me-109, Mustang,<br />

Mitsubishi Zero and later the F-4<br />

Phantom and F-14 Tomcat.<br />

In Australia’s aviati<strong>on</strong> history, the<br />

F-111 has also atta<strong>in</strong>ed such status.<br />

It was not always so; possibly no<br />

aircraft’s acceptance <strong>in</strong>to Australian<br />

service to date has been as c<strong>on</strong>troversial<br />

or subject to as much criticism<br />

<strong>in</strong> the open media.<br />

On September 4, 1968, <strong>Defence</strong><br />

M<strong>in</strong>ister Allen Fairhall led a highpowered<br />

Australian c<strong>on</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gent to<br />

the General Dynamics c<strong>on</strong>structi<strong>on</strong><br />

facility at Fort Worth, Texas, for the<br />

handover <strong>of</strong> Australia’s first F-111C<br />

ircraft.<br />

In his acceptance speech, the<br />

m<strong>in</strong>ister said that Australia had<br />

atched the F-111 grow from mockup<br />

to producti<strong>on</strong>.<br />

“We have seen problems met<br />

and overcome until today when the<br />

defence <strong>of</strong> our country … will be<br />

vastly enhanced by the F-111C,” he<br />

said.<br />

M<strong>in</strong>ister Fairhall was a trifle<br />

premature; more problems were<br />

encountered with the type, the worst<br />

be<strong>in</strong>g serious cracks <strong>in</strong> the w<strong>in</strong>g<br />

arry-through box.<br />

On September 5, a RAAF airrew<br />

c<strong>on</strong>ducted its first test flight <strong>of</strong><br />

n F-111C but it was grounded later<br />

hat day. The F-111 would not enter<br />

AAF service until the early 1970s.<br />

The F-111 was c<strong>on</strong>ceived <strong>in</strong> the<br />

POPULAR: An F-111 performs a<br />

‘dump and burn’ display.<br />

Photo: LAC David Gibbs<br />

early 1960s as a high-performance,<br />

l<strong>on</strong>g-range strike aircraft. Orig<strong>in</strong>ally<br />

designated the Tactical Fighter<br />

Experimental (TFX), it <strong>in</strong>corporated<br />

the then highly technological<br />

advances <strong>of</strong> a variable-w<strong>in</strong>g and terra<strong>in</strong>-follow<strong>in</strong>g<br />

radar.<br />

In Australia, the questi<strong>on</strong> <strong>of</strong> a<br />

replacement for the Canberra bomber<br />

was be<strong>in</strong>g exam<strong>in</strong>ed. In 1963, the<br />

government ordered 24 <strong>of</strong> the TFX,<br />

which was still <strong>in</strong> little more than<br />

the design phase.<br />

The first American F-111 (designated<br />

the Aadvark) flew for the<br />

first time <strong>on</strong> December 21, 1964.<br />

More than 560 followed, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the RAAF’s 24, with serial numbers<br />

A8-125 to A8-148. They were designated<br />

the F-111C and comprised<br />

a mix <strong>of</strong> the standard A model but<br />

with the l<strong>on</strong>ger w<strong>in</strong>gs and heavier<br />

undercarriage <strong>of</strong> the FB-111A.<br />

The future looked promis<strong>in</strong>g,<br />


F-111s <strong>in</strong> the early camouflage<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t scheme prepare to take <strong>of</strong>f<br />

at RAAF Base <str<strong>on</strong>g>Amberley</str<strong>on</strong>g> <strong>in</strong> 1997.<br />

Photo: Mal Lancaster LETTER TO THE EDITOR<br />

however, early <strong>in</strong> October 1964,<br />

the Australian government decided<br />

to delay delivery <strong>of</strong> the aircraft<br />

for modificati<strong>on</strong>s follow<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

11th crash <strong>of</strong> the type <strong>in</strong> the US.<br />

This delay stretched for another 10<br />

years as problems c<strong>on</strong>t<strong>in</strong>ued with<br />

the w<strong>in</strong>gs. For a time it seemed the<br />

entire program would be scrapped.<br />

Meanwhile, <strong>in</strong>creas<strong>in</strong>g c<strong>on</strong>cern<br />

was raised about the Canberras as<br />

they were at the end <strong>of</strong> their useful<br />

lives. The USAF agreed to lease 24<br />

McD<strong>on</strong>nell F-4E Phantom fighters.<br />

They arrived <strong>in</strong> October 1970, and<br />

proved popular with RAAF pers<strong>on</strong>nel.<br />

In December 1971, the<br />

Australian Government decided the<br />

F-111 was acceptable and asked<br />

the Americans to prepare them for<br />

delivery to Australia. The 24 arrived<br />

<strong>in</strong> Australia by December 4, 1973.<br />

Four were later modified as the<br />

rec<strong>on</strong>naissance RF-111 and operated<br />

by 6SQN.<br />

A further four to replace lost aircraft<br />

were acquired <strong>in</strong> early 1982<br />

and <strong>in</strong> 1992, Air Force acquired 15<br />

F-111Gs to extend the type’s time<br />

<strong>of</strong> life <strong>in</strong> service.<br />

Despite its shaky beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>gs the<br />

‘Pig’ has proved a sound <strong>in</strong>vestment<br />

with its l<strong>on</strong>g-range, ground-hugg<strong>in</strong>g<br />

abilities, weap<strong>on</strong>s fit and avi<strong>on</strong>ics.<br />

It has also become a favourite<br />

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famous ‘dump and burns’, and good<br />

looks.<br />

When it retires <strong>in</strong> 2010, it<br />

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so well was orig<strong>in</strong>ally designed with 1960’s<br />

technology.<br />

I was <strong>in</strong>terested to read your ‘Did you<br />

know?’ note about how the F-111 ga<strong>in</strong>ed<br />

the nickname ‘Pig’. While the reas<strong>on</strong>s you<br />

quote seem credible, I had always understood,<br />

from read<strong>in</strong>g F-111 – Success <strong>in</strong><br />

Acti<strong>on</strong> by Anth<strong>on</strong>y Thornborough and Peter<br />

Davies, that the name orig<strong>in</strong>ated dur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the early days <strong>of</strong> F-111 flight crew tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

at the USAF’s Nellis Air Force base <strong>in</strong> the<br />

late 1960s. At that time, uniquely, the F-111<br />

had not yet been given an <strong>of</strong>ficial name by<br />

the USAF. Apparently, a USAF <strong>in</strong>structor<br />

pilot named Al Mateczun noted that the<br />

l<strong>on</strong>g slim nose <strong>of</strong> the F-111 rem<strong>in</strong>ded him<br />

History<br />

21<br />

F-111 an aardvark?<br />

<strong>of</strong> the aardvark; the name stuck, but the<br />

Afrikaans name <strong>of</strong> this animal translates as<br />

‘earth pig’. Ultimately, ‘earth pig’ seems<br />

to have been shortened to just ‘Pig’ <strong>in</strong><br />

Australia, while, as a variati<strong>on</strong> <strong>on</strong> a theme,<br />

the EF-111A electr<strong>on</strong>ic jammer versi<strong>on</strong> was<br />

variously called the Raven, Electric Fox and<br />

Spark Vark <strong>in</strong> USAF service. Interest<strong>in</strong>gly,<br />

while some folk <strong>in</strong> Australia refer to its<br />

designati<strong>on</strong> as the ‘F-triple-<strong>on</strong>e’, <strong>in</strong> the US<br />

it seems to have universally been known as<br />

the ‘F-<strong>on</strong>e-eleven’.<br />

Much as I admire the aircraft, I’ve never<br />

been a member <strong>of</strong> the F-111 community <strong>in</strong><br />

the RAAF; I’m sure some better <strong>in</strong>formed<br />

folk could shed more light <strong>on</strong> this aspect <strong>of</strong><br />

the ‘Pig’.<br />

GPCAPT Dave Richards<strong>on</strong><br />

Br<strong>in</strong>dabella Park<br />

Do you know the answer?<br />

What is the true orig<strong>in</strong> <strong>of</strong> the Aussie<br />

F-111’s nickname? Did it come from the<br />

aardvark ‘earth pig’ translati<strong>on</strong>, the F-<br />

111’s ability to ‘hunt am<strong>on</strong>g the weeds’,<br />

or the “pigs might fly” say<strong>in</strong>g. Email your<br />

thoughts to: raafnews@defencenews.gov.au

D<strong>on</strong>’t forget...<br />

another important date <strong>in</strong> your diary.<br />

Complete your AFR paperwork <strong>on</strong>l<strong>in</strong>e today<br />

and save time – leav<strong>in</strong>g you to enjoy the<br />

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How to do it<br />

D<strong>on</strong>’t forget complet<strong>in</strong>g your AFR and <strong>in</strong>ventory early also means a greater hous<strong>in</strong>g choice for all ADF members.<br />

Log <strong>on</strong> to DHA’s <strong>on</strong>l<strong>in</strong>e services (www.dha.gov.au)<br />

and access the ‘<strong>on</strong>l<strong>in</strong>e AFR’ (you will need your email<br />

address and employee number <strong>on</strong> hand).<br />

Now is also the time to complete your Toll Transiti<strong>on</strong>s<br />

<strong>in</strong>ventory <strong>on</strong>l<strong>in</strong>e at www.tolltransiti<strong>on</strong>s.com.au or<br />

return your <strong>in</strong>ventory together with your AFR.<br />

Toll Transiti<strong>on</strong>s will plan your removal <strong>on</strong>ce they<br />

receive your <strong>in</strong>ventory - the earlier you submit your<br />

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the dates you have requested.<br />

Search<strong>in</strong>g for a home and fitt<strong>in</strong>g it <strong>in</strong>to your busy schedule has never been simpler.<br />

What’s <strong>in</strong> it for you?<br />

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are protected<br />

• Instant c<strong>on</strong>firmati<strong>on</strong> sent to your email<br />

Need more <strong>in</strong>formati<strong>on</strong>?<br />

Visit DHA’s website (www.dha.gov.au)<br />

or c<strong>on</strong>tact our Customer Service l<strong>in</strong>e <strong>on</strong><br />

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I&D 12838

AIR FORCE October 16, 2008<br />

GAMES<br />

RAW POWER: The apprentice has an arsenal <strong>of</strong> Force powers at his disposal. Pictured is the PS3 versi<strong>on</strong>.<br />

Turn to the Dark Side<br />

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed<br />

Lucas Arts<br />

XBox 360/PS3/PS2/Wii M<br />

★★★★✩<br />

By CPL Mike McSweeney<br />

GETTING an X-W<strong>in</strong>g fighter out <strong>of</strong><br />

a swamp is <strong>on</strong>e th<strong>in</strong>g, but crash<strong>in</strong>g an<br />

Imperial Star Destroyer by dragg<strong>in</strong>g it<br />

from orbit is someth<strong>in</strong>g else altogether.<br />

This is the scale <strong>of</strong> Star Wars: The Force<br />

Unleashed.<br />

Set between Episodes III and IV, you<br />

play Darth Vader’s secret apprentice,<br />

scour<strong>in</strong>g the galaxy for remnants <strong>of</strong> the<br />

Jedi Order but you must rema<strong>in</strong> hidden<br />

from the Empire, so every<strong>on</strong>e is fair game.<br />

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strikes, throw your enemies around like<br />

rag dolls or try the classic “Force Choke”.<br />

The secret apprentice is handy with a light<br />

sabre and the more enemies you kill, the<br />

more “Force Po<strong>in</strong>ts” you collect.<br />

The po<strong>in</strong>ts can then be used to upgrade<br />

your powers.<br />

The c<strong>on</strong>trol system takes a bit <strong>of</strong> gett<strong>in</strong>g<br />

used to – the target<strong>in</strong>g system is a bit<br />

hit and miss – but <strong>on</strong>ce you get used to<br />

the nuances <strong>of</strong> the game it becomes more<br />

enjoyable.<br />

When fight<strong>in</strong>g difficult enemies, such<br />

as the Jedi, the <strong>on</strong>ly way to defeat them is<br />

with a f<strong>in</strong>ish<strong>in</strong>g move.<br />

Rather than just mash the attack butt<strong>on</strong><br />

or us<strong>in</strong>g a combo, the game <str<strong>on</strong>g>goes</str<strong>on</strong>g> <strong>in</strong>to a<br />

semi-story mode and tells you which butt<strong>on</strong>s<br />

to push and when.<br />

The visuals <strong>on</strong> the PS2 versi<strong>on</strong> go from<br />

average to pretty good. To really appreciate<br />

Force Unleashed, though, you would<br />

want to play it <strong>on</strong> PS3 or Xbox 360, where<br />

the highly-lauded euphoria eng<strong>in</strong>e, physics<br />

and visuals are at their best.<br />

Star Wars: The Force Unleased has a<br />

decent storyl<strong>in</strong>e, some excellent effects<br />

and will <strong>show</strong> players a side to Star Wars<br />

not previously seen.<br />

A few annoy<strong>in</strong>g quirks d<strong>on</strong>’t detract<br />

from an excellent game.<br />

If you’re a Star Wars nut, you<br />

will already have this game but if you<br />

haven’t turned to the Dark Side yet, Force<br />

Unleashed is worth your time.<br />

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Terrorists and<br />

wild animals<br />

Silent Predator<br />

T<strong>on</strong>y Park<br />

Macmillan. $33<br />

★★★★✩<br />

By SGT Dave Morley<br />

WATCH out Wilbur Smith and<br />

Gerald Seymour – this is <strong>on</strong>ly T<strong>on</strong>y<br />

Park’s fifth novel and he is catch<strong>in</strong>g<br />

up fast.<br />

Park’s latest effort has everyth<strong>in</strong>g<br />

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There are L<strong>on</strong>d<strong>on</strong> Special Branch<br />

police hunt<strong>in</strong>g terrorists, terrorists<br />

hunt<strong>in</strong>g terrorists, seedy Soho nightclubs,<br />

a dodgy cop go<strong>in</strong>g miss<strong>in</strong>g<br />

– and that’s before we even get to<br />

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veldt.<br />

When the locati<strong>on</strong> moves to<br />

Africa there are more terrorists,<br />

luxurious safari lodges, wide open<br />

spaces, wild animals and wilder<br />

women.<br />

Detective Sergeant Tom Furey<br />

wakes up to a protecti<strong>on</strong> <strong>of</strong>ficer’s<br />

worst nightmare. His charge, British<br />

MP Robert Greeves, has been<br />

abducted.<br />

Risk<strong>in</strong>g her job to help Furey<br />

f<strong>in</strong>d Greeves, South African Police<br />

Inspector Sannie van Rensburg<br />

takes him <strong>in</strong>to Mozambique <strong>in</strong> their<br />

quest.<br />

The author T<strong>on</strong>y Park divides his<br />

time between Sydney and southern<br />

Africa – nice work if you can get it<br />

– and his wealth <strong>of</strong> knowledge and<br />

experience <strong>of</strong> Africa’s turbulence<br />

<strong>show</strong>s <strong>in</strong> his writ<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

You can almost hear the thick<br />

Afrikaans accents <strong>in</strong> the dialogue<br />

with the author’s subtle additi<strong>on</strong> <strong>of</strong><br />

Afrikaans slang throughout.<br />

T<strong>on</strong>y Park is an Army Reserve<br />

major. He spent six m<strong>on</strong>ths <strong>in</strong><br />

Afghanistan as a public affairs<br />

<strong>of</strong>ficer <strong>in</strong> 2002.<br />

This is <strong>on</strong>e <strong>of</strong> those books that<br />

you will f<strong>in</strong>d hard to put down.<br />

Book Giveaway<br />

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be <strong>in</strong> the runn<strong>in</strong>g email:<br />

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unit. Entries close October 27.<br />

W<strong>in</strong>ners published November 13.

24 Life<strong>style</strong> AIR FORCE October 16, 2008<br />


Trust is<br />

the key<br />

It’s important to ensure that your f<strong>in</strong>ancial<br />

affairs are <strong>in</strong> order when you deploy, ASIC<br />

chairman T<strong>on</strong>y D’Aloisio writes.<br />

AS A member <strong>of</strong> the ADF, you<br />

will <strong>of</strong>ten be under a lot <strong>of</strong> pressure<br />

whether you’re deployed overseas, <strong>in</strong><br />

tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g or work<strong>in</strong>g <strong>on</strong> base.<br />

Th<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g about m<strong>on</strong>ey isn’t always<br />

oremost <strong>in</strong> your m<strong>in</strong>d.<br />

Unfortunately, spend<strong>in</strong>g a lot<br />

f time away from home means that<br />

unless you plan carefully, your f<strong>in</strong>ancial<br />

situati<strong>on</strong> back home can get shaky.<br />

This will be <strong>in</strong>tensified if you have<br />

shared expenses to cover, such as family<br />

obligati<strong>on</strong>s that need to be met.<br />

So when duty calls and you need<br />

to be away from home, a bit <strong>of</strong> plann<strong>in</strong>g<br />

about us<strong>in</strong>g jo<strong>in</strong>t accounts, <strong>on</strong>l<strong>in</strong>e<br />

bank<strong>in</strong>g and direct debits will go a l<strong>on</strong>g<br />

way to keep your f<strong>in</strong>ancial affairs <strong>in</strong><br />

order.<br />

If you do set up a jo<strong>in</strong>t account for<br />

sav<strong>in</strong>gs, mortgage, credit cards, mobile<br />

ph<strong>on</strong>es or other expenses, you should<br />

have ‘f<strong>in</strong>ancial safety’ <strong>in</strong> m<strong>in</strong>d to protect<br />

both yourself and your family<br />

when sett<strong>in</strong>g it up and operat<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

jo<strong>in</strong>t account.<br />

LAC Smith’s bad news story<br />

Take the example <strong>of</strong> LAC Smith.<br />

He is young and when <strong>in</strong> Australia<br />

lives <strong>of</strong>f-base, away from his family.<br />

When organis<strong>in</strong>g some <strong>of</strong> his pers<strong>on</strong>al<br />

affairs before deployment, LAC Smith<br />

decided it would be best to give his<br />

<strong>on</strong>l<strong>in</strong>e bank<strong>in</strong>g details and password to<br />

his girlfriend <strong>of</strong> three m<strong>on</strong>ths.<br />

LAC Smith asked his new partner<br />

to pay his rent and mobile ph<strong>on</strong>e bills<br />

<strong>in</strong> his absence.<br />

When he was check<strong>in</strong>g his emails<br />

dur<strong>in</strong>g time-<strong>of</strong>f overseas, he also<br />

checked his sav<strong>in</strong>gs account balance<br />

to make sure his deployment allowance<br />

was there. LAC Smith was shocked<br />

when the balance was close to zero.<br />

The rent and mobile ph<strong>on</strong>e bills weren’t<br />

usually that much. So, he immediately<br />

tried to c<strong>on</strong>tact his girlfriend to see<br />

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what was happen<strong>in</strong>g – but there was no<br />

answer to any <strong>of</strong> his emails and ph<strong>on</strong>e<br />

calls.<br />

On return<strong>in</strong>g to Australia he discovered<br />

that his girlfriend had been skimm<strong>in</strong>g<br />

m<strong>on</strong>ey from his account, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

his deployment allowance, and not<br />

even pay<strong>in</strong>g all the bills. Needless to<br />

say, the relati<strong>on</strong>ship was over and he<br />

was left out <strong>of</strong> pocket and regrett<strong>in</strong>g his<br />

decisi<strong>on</strong>.<br />

After that, LAC Smith decided to<br />

set up direct debit payments for all his<br />

bills so he wouldn’t have to share his<br />

account details with any<strong>on</strong>e.<br />

CPL J<strong>on</strong>es’ good news story<br />

CPL J<strong>on</strong>es has a young family and<br />

shares the resp<strong>on</strong>sibility <strong>of</strong> manag<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the family’s f<strong>in</strong>ances with his wife.<br />

They set up a jo<strong>in</strong>t bank account so it<br />

would be easy for them to pay the bills<br />

when he was deployed.<br />

However, they both agreed that<br />

their pay would first go <strong>in</strong>to <strong>in</strong>dividual<br />

Do you need<br />

a F<strong>in</strong>ancial<br />

Adviser?<br />

How does<br />

an Adviser<br />

get paid?<br />

accounts, with a set amount <strong>of</strong> m<strong>on</strong>ey<br />

go<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>to the jo<strong>in</strong>t account each pay<br />

cycle. This m<strong>on</strong>ey would be used for<br />

general liv<strong>in</strong>g expenses.<br />

When overseas <strong>on</strong> deployment, CPL<br />

J<strong>on</strong>es’ extra allowances sat <strong>in</strong> his <strong>in</strong>dividual<br />

account. Once back <strong>in</strong> Australia,<br />

he and his wife sat down and decided<br />

how to make use <strong>of</strong> the extra m<strong>on</strong>ey.<br />

The key to open<strong>in</strong>g a jo<strong>in</strong>t account is<br />

to trust the other pers<strong>on</strong>. Jo<strong>in</strong>t accounts<br />

can be very useful as l<strong>on</strong>g as you and<br />

the other account holder have clear<br />

ground rules and communicate <strong>of</strong>ten.<br />

F<strong>in</strong>ally, like anyth<strong>in</strong>g to do with your<br />

pers<strong>on</strong>al f<strong>in</strong>ances, <strong>in</strong>vestigate all the<br />

opti<strong>on</strong>s, ask lots <strong>of</strong> questi<strong>on</strong>s and make<br />

sure you feel completely comfortable<br />

before agree<strong>in</strong>g to anyth<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

For more <strong>in</strong>formati<strong>on</strong>, visit ASIC’s c<strong>on</strong>sumer<br />

website, FIDO at: www.fido.gov.au or<br />

call 1300 300 630. Email ASIC with topics<br />

that <strong>in</strong>terest you at: ADFcolumn@asic.<br />

gov.au<br />

www.adfc<strong>on</strong>sumer.gov.au<br />

ADF F<strong>in</strong>ancial Services C<strong>on</strong>sumer Council<br />

ADF F<strong>in</strong>ancial Services C<strong>on</strong>sumer Council<br />

For more <strong>in</strong>formati<strong>on</strong> c<strong>on</strong>tact us at: adf.c<strong>on</strong>sumercouncil@defence.gov.au<br />




1. Only open a jo<strong>in</strong>t account with<br />

some<strong>on</strong>e you trust completely,<br />

such as your spouse or a parent.<br />

A jo<strong>in</strong>t account doesn’t<br />

just mean you are hand<strong>in</strong>g<br />

over your m<strong>on</strong>ey – it may also<br />

mean that if the other pers<strong>on</strong><br />

racks up a big debt, you could<br />

be left to fit the bill. If you can’t<br />

pay it <strong>of</strong>f, you could also end<br />

up with a bad credit history,<br />

which will make it harder, and<br />

more expensive, for you to<br />

borrow m<strong>on</strong>ey down the track.<br />

2. If it’s a jo<strong>in</strong>t account for everyday<br />

use, make sure that you<br />

and the other pers<strong>on</strong> share the<br />

same sav<strong>in</strong>gs goals. Set up<br />

clear ‘rules <strong>of</strong> engagement’ as<br />

to what the account is for, and<br />

what you both agree to deposit<br />

and withdraw.<br />

3. Treat it as a warn<strong>in</strong>g if some<strong>on</strong>e<br />

is bully<strong>in</strong>g you <strong>in</strong>to open<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a jo<strong>in</strong>t account. It is a sad<br />

fact <strong>of</strong> life that pers<strong>on</strong>al problems<br />

(like gambl<strong>in</strong>g for example)<br />

can cause even close<br />

family and friends to steal<br />

m<strong>on</strong>ey from their loved <strong>on</strong>es.<br />

4. C<strong>on</strong>sider the opti<strong>on</strong> <strong>of</strong> sett<strong>in</strong>g<br />

up automatic transfers (i.e.<br />

direct debits) <strong>in</strong>stead <strong>of</strong> open<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a jo<strong>in</strong>t account.<br />

5. When you have a jo<strong>in</strong>t<br />

account, you need to communicate<br />

with each other about<br />

your spend<strong>in</strong>g. Otherwise, it<br />

can be hard to keep track <strong>of</strong><br />

who is spend<strong>in</strong>g what.<br />

How do<br />

you fi nd an<br />

Adviser?<br />

What should<br />

you ask the<br />


AIR FORCE October 16, 2008<br />

DFA’s New<br />

Website<br />

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HEALTH<br />

Lower your back pa<strong>in</strong><br />

One <strong>of</strong> the most comm<strong>on</strong> and pa<strong>in</strong>ful compla<strong>in</strong>ts<br />

is back pa<strong>in</strong>. Matt Freke takes a look at comm<strong>on</strong><br />

ense approaches to prevent<strong>in</strong>g and reduc<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>juries.<br />

LOWER back pa<strong>in</strong> is a muscuoskeletal<br />

disorder caus<strong>in</strong>g pa<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong> the<br />

umbar vertebrae.<br />

Most lower back pa<strong>in</strong> is caused by a<br />

comb<strong>in</strong>ati<strong>on</strong> <strong>of</strong> overuse, muscle stra<strong>in</strong>,<br />

and <strong>in</strong>jury to the muscles, ligaments and<br />

discs that support the sp<strong>in</strong>e.<br />

Pa<strong>in</strong> can occur when some<strong>on</strong>e lifts<br />

someth<strong>in</strong>g too heavy or overstretches.<br />

Pa<strong>in</strong> is a potent motivator, but people<br />

who have never suffered lower back pa<strong>in</strong><br />

mostly assume they w<strong>on</strong>’t ever have a<br />

umbar <strong>in</strong>jury.<br />

Some quoted statistics suggest 80 per<br />

ent <strong>of</strong> the populati<strong>on</strong> will suffer from<br />

ower back pa<strong>in</strong> at some stage <strong>in</strong> their<br />

ives.<br />

The <strong>on</strong>e <strong>in</strong> five chance they will be<br />

pared is enough for most people to<br />

witch <strong>of</strong>f dur<strong>in</strong>g back care lectures or<br />

top read<strong>in</strong>g these articles.<br />

You know what? They could be right.<br />

here are not many proven ways to avoid<br />

ower back pa<strong>in</strong> except pick<strong>in</strong>g your parnts<br />

wisely.<br />

Genetics and everyth<strong>in</strong>g you <strong>in</strong>herit<br />

– behavioural patterns, mental outlook<br />

nd physical characteristics – shape each<br />

ndividual’s likelihood <strong>of</strong> suffer<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

recover<strong>in</strong>g from debilitat<strong>in</strong>g lower back<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>.<br />

That said, for those who want to<br />

reduce the likelihood <strong>of</strong> lower back pa<strong>in</strong>,<br />

here are my tips.<br />

Good posture<br />

Attempt “good” sitt<strong>in</strong>g and stand<strong>in</strong>g<br />

by ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g your lumbar curve. It is<br />

a skill which can be acquired with practice.<br />

A worksite assessment can determ<strong>in</strong>e<br />

if your workplace allows you to<br />

adopt good posture.<br />

Stay fit<br />

Rema<strong>in</strong> physically fit and active.<br />

Exercis<strong>in</strong>g regularly keeps the muscles<br />

<strong>of</strong> the back str<strong>on</strong>g and flexible.<br />

Although exercise has not been<br />

<strong>show</strong>n to directly prevent lower back<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>, regular physical activity has other<br />

proven health benefits, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g preventi<strong>on</strong><br />

<strong>of</strong> cardiovascular disease, hypertensi<strong>on</strong>,<br />

Type 2 diabetes, obesity and<br />

osteoporosis.<br />

Lift carefully<br />

Plan your lift<strong>in</strong>g activities. If you<br />

are unaccustomed to that <strong>style</strong> <strong>of</strong> physical<br />

load<strong>in</strong>g, you may tire more quickly,<br />

becom<strong>in</strong>g more vulnerable to <strong>in</strong>jury.<br />

Practise techniques<br />

Take heed and practise the pr<strong>in</strong>ciples<br />


� Obey the speed limit and wear<br />

a seatbelt<br />

� Dr<strong>in</strong>k alcohol <strong>in</strong> moderati<strong>on</strong><br />

� Eat fresh vegetables and fruit<br />

� Exercise for 2.5 hours per week<br />

� Have regular medical check-ups<br />

� Avoid fatty or sugary food<br />

� Laugh more<br />

� D<strong>on</strong>’t smoke<br />

� D<strong>on</strong>’t have unprotected sex<br />

� Clean your teeth regularly<br />

<strong>in</strong> the next lift<strong>in</strong>g techniques lecture you<br />

receive.<br />

Ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong> a healthy weight<br />

Ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong> a proper body weight; be<strong>in</strong>g<br />

overweight puts a stra<strong>in</strong> <strong>on</strong> some structures<br />

<strong>in</strong> the lumbar sp<strong>in</strong>e.<br />

Stay healthy<br />

D<strong>on</strong>’t smoke, and dr<strong>in</strong>k alcohol <strong>in</strong><br />

moderati<strong>on</strong>.<br />

Have you noticed that some <strong>of</strong> these<br />

lower back pa<strong>in</strong> tips will also help you<br />

live l<strong>on</strong>ger?<br />

So you might as well <strong>in</strong>clude the others<br />

<strong>in</strong> your life as well.<br />

Who wants to grow old if they have a<br />

sore back all the time?<br />

Matt Freke is the manager <strong>of</strong> rehabilitati<strong>on</strong><br />

services at 2 Health Support<br />

Battali<strong>on</strong>.<br />

support<strong>in</strong>g<br />

defence<br />

families...<br />

25<br />

PAIN IN THE BACK: About 80 per cent <strong>of</strong> the populati<strong>on</strong> will suffer<br />

from lower back pa<strong>in</strong>. Photo: CPL Cor<strong>in</strong>ne Boer

26 Sport AIR FORCE October 16, 2008<br />

Cycl<strong>in</strong>g trek <strong>in</strong> WA<br />

By John Mart<strong>in</strong><br />

NAVY’S CPO Trevor Syme has<br />

thrown down the gauntlet to Army<br />

and Air Force to “catch us if you<br />

can” <strong>in</strong> next year’s Gibb River<br />

Road Mounta<strong>in</strong> Bike Challenge <strong>in</strong><br />

Western Australia.<br />

This year’s challenge from<br />

May 12 to 16 began at Derby and<br />

ended at Kununurra, trac<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

Kimberley’s ic<strong>on</strong>ic stock route,<br />

most <strong>of</strong> which is dusty, rutted and<br />

corrugated dirt road.<br />

Navy has entered teams <strong>of</strong> three<br />

<strong>in</strong> the event over the past two years,<br />

f<strong>in</strong>ish<strong>in</strong>g third both times.<br />

Army entered last year but<br />

missed this year because <strong>of</strong> a c<strong>on</strong>flict<strong>in</strong>g<br />

schedule.<br />

But CPO Syme hopes Army<br />

will be back for the 2009 challenge<br />

from May 18 to 22, and he hopes<br />

Air Force can field entries to fire up<br />

some tri-Service rivalry.<br />

Be warned though, CPO Syme<br />

believes the Navy can field a team<br />

to w<strong>in</strong> the event next time around.<br />

“We’re enter<strong>in</strong>g mounta<strong>in</strong> bike<br />

events here <strong>in</strong> WA,” CPO Syme<br />

said.<br />

“We’ve got five <strong>of</strong> them between<br />

now and Christmas.<br />

“Every fortnight we’re go<strong>in</strong>g up<br />

to our mounta<strong>in</strong> bike tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g area<br />

and practis<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

“We’ll be after five or six excepti<strong>on</strong>ally<br />

good riders, with the view<br />

that we want to take the challenge<br />

out <strong>in</strong> 2009.”<br />

For further <strong>in</strong>formati<strong>on</strong>, c<strong>on</strong>tact<br />

CPO Syme at the Navy Gym West<br />

Adventure Tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g Unit <strong>on</strong> (08) 9553<br />

2993 or email: trevor.syme@defence.<br />

gov.au<br />

BAJA-BOUND: FLTLT Warren Lovelace throws up the mud dur<strong>in</strong>g his tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g near Seattle. Inset, a<br />

cleaner FLTLT Lovelace c<strong>on</strong>templates the challenges wait<strong>in</strong>g for him <strong>on</strong> the Baja 1000.<br />

Photos: FLTLT Lovelace<br />

Baja battle<br />

By Barry Roll<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

FLTLT Warren Lovelace will be<br />

retrac<strong>in</strong>g the wheeltracks <strong>of</strong> movie<br />

stars and motor aces when he<br />

c<strong>on</strong>tests the legendary Baja 1000<br />

from November 20 to 23 <strong>in</strong> North<br />

America.<br />

Attached to the Airborne Early<br />

Warn<strong>in</strong>g and C<strong>on</strong>trol Unit <strong>in</strong> Seattle,<br />

he and his brother Adrian will follow<br />

the lead <strong>of</strong> film stars Steve<br />

McQueen and James Garner and<br />

noted motor rac<strong>in</strong>g driver Parnelli<br />

J<strong>on</strong>es <strong>in</strong> c<strong>on</strong>test<strong>in</strong>g the 1000-mile<br />

event down the Baja pen<strong>in</strong>sula.<br />

The race <strong>in</strong>cludes rac<strong>in</strong>g pr<strong>of</strong>essi<strong>on</strong>als,<br />

celebrities and the average<br />

pers<strong>on</strong> with a thrill for adventure.<br />

FLTLT Lovelace jo<strong>in</strong>ed the<br />

Air Force at the end <strong>of</strong> Year 11 as<br />

a motor transport fitter/GSE technician<br />

and rema<strong>in</strong>ed <strong>in</strong> service<br />

until 1994. He rejo<strong>in</strong>ed <strong>in</strong> 1999<br />

and towards the end <strong>of</strong> 2005 was<br />

posted to the Wedgetail project <strong>in</strong><br />

Wash<strong>in</strong>gt<strong>on</strong> State.<br />

On a return visit to Australia by<br />

his wife Lisa, Adrian suggested that<br />

they look at compet<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> the Baja<br />

event. Lisa raised the suggesti<strong>on</strong><br />

with FLTLT Lovelace <strong>on</strong> her return<br />

to the US.<br />

It is not <strong>on</strong>e <strong>of</strong> the easiest <strong>of</strong><br />

races but careful plann<strong>in</strong>g and budget<strong>in</strong>g<br />

are pay<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong>f as it draws nearer.<br />

The route is not released until<br />

close to the race for safety reas<strong>on</strong>s<br />

and to help ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong> a “level play<strong>in</strong>g<br />

field” for competitors.<br />

In 2007, 16 countries participated,<br />

and Australians have also competed<br />

<strong>in</strong> previous years.<br />

There will be no mistak<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

Aussie presence this year though,<br />

with our <strong>in</strong>trepid racers us<strong>in</strong>g an<br />

appropriately adorned trailer with a<br />

kangaroo and Australian themes.<br />

They will c<strong>on</strong>test the ir<strong>on</strong><br />

rider sportsman category, FLTLT<br />

Lovelace <strong>on</strong> a H<strong>on</strong>da TRX 450R<br />

ATV (Quad Bike) and Adrian <strong>on</strong> a<br />

H<strong>on</strong>da XR 400R motorbike.<br />

Neither rider is a novice to the<br />

rac<strong>in</strong>g world and both have ridden<br />

bikes s<strong>in</strong>ce their younger days, but<br />

this is their first major race.<br />

With Baja typically draw<strong>in</strong>g<br />

about 450 participants and <strong>on</strong>ly<br />

half <strong>of</strong> them complet<strong>in</strong>g the race,<br />

the ma<strong>in</strong> focus is to f<strong>in</strong>ish the 1000<br />

miles with<strong>in</strong> the 40-hour time limit.<br />

The course changes each year<br />

and this year it will be a loop race to<br />

beg<strong>in</strong> and end <strong>in</strong> Ensenada <strong>in</strong><br />

California.<br />

The track <strong>in</strong>cludes short secti<strong>on</strong>s<br />

<strong>of</strong> highway, rocky dirt trails and<br />

miles <strong>of</strong> s<strong>of</strong>t sand “whoops” (c<strong>on</strong>t<strong>in</strong>uous<br />

undulat<strong>in</strong>g sandhills).<br />

FLTLT Lovelace has been<br />

tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g regularly <strong>in</strong> the Olympic<br />

Nati<strong>on</strong>al Park west <strong>of</strong> Seattle. His<br />

rid<strong>in</strong>g experience is varied but has<br />

ma<strong>in</strong>ly comprised forest rid<strong>in</strong>g; the<br />

open Baja course will <strong>of</strong>fer significant<br />

challenges with a different rid<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>style</strong> and much larger distances.<br />

Adrian tra<strong>in</strong>s regularly and has<br />

an extensive background <strong>in</strong> motor<br />

rac<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Under the team name “Aussie Ir<strong>on</strong><br />

Rider”, the Lovelace brothers have<br />

a website at: www.aussieir<strong>on</strong>rider.<br />


AIR FORCE October 16, 2008<br />

N AIM: SGT Carl Tr<strong>in</strong>dorfer engages a target dur<strong>in</strong>g the Air Force biathl<strong>on</strong>.<br />

e took the top men’s awards <strong>in</strong> the event. Photos: SQNLDR T<strong>on</strong>y Wood<br />


Golf<br />

� The 2008 ADF Golf Associati<strong>on</strong>’s Charity<br />

Golf Day to aid Canberra Legacy will be<br />

<strong>in</strong>corporated <strong>in</strong>to the ACT’s regi<strong>on</strong>al golf<br />

handicap champi<strong>on</strong>ship <strong>on</strong> October 17.<br />

� A s<strong>in</strong>gle stableford competiti<strong>on</strong> cater<strong>in</strong>g for<br />

various grades and women will be played<br />

at Gold Creek Country Club with a shotgun<br />

start from 12.30pm and a post-game<br />

barbecue.<br />

� All enquiries should be directed to SQNLDR<br />

Mark Wilk<strong>in</strong>s <strong>on</strong> (02) 6266 4608, email:<br />

mark.wilk<strong>in</strong>s2@defence.gov.au; SQNLDR<br />

Dave MacKay <strong>on</strong> (02) 6127 2581 or email:<br />

david.mackay@defence.gov.au or FLTLT<br />

Daryl Bell <strong>on</strong> 0422 390 353 or email: daryl.<br />

bell@defence.gov.au<br />

S<strong>of</strong>tball<br />

� The 2008 Australian <strong>Defence</strong> Force<br />

S<strong>of</strong>tball Associati<strong>on</strong> (ADSA) nati<strong>on</strong>al<br />

champi<strong>on</strong>ships will be held at RAAF Base<br />

Williams, Lavert<strong>on</strong>, from November 3 to 7.<br />

� A Royal New Zealand Navy team will<br />

participate <strong>in</strong> the competiti<strong>on</strong>, with the ADF<br />

women’s teams compet<strong>in</strong>g for the WO1<br />

Dowsett Perpetual Trophy and the men the<br />

Pat Rawl<strong>in</strong>gs Perpetual Trophy.<br />

� Full details can be found at: http://<strong>in</strong>tranet.<br />

defence.gov.au/dsg/sites/S<strong>of</strong>tball/<br />

ADF nearly nets<br />

the Anzac Cup<br />

From Page 28<br />

“It is fair to say that the Kiwis were rattled, which was<br />

evident <strong>in</strong> the changes made to their team. Our coach,<br />

WO1 Greg Pears<strong>on</strong>, provided excepti<strong>on</strong>al guidance<br />

as always and despite his mantra ‘netball is a simple<br />

game’, we missed br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g the cup home by <strong>on</strong>e collective<br />

po<strong>in</strong>t,” FLTLT Willmore said.<br />

WO1 Greg Pears<strong>on</strong> said the women went out<br />

str<strong>on</strong>gly, play<strong>in</strong>g a physical and frenetic game.<br />

“The NZDF team, made up <strong>of</strong> predom<strong>in</strong>antly NZ<br />

Army players, aga<strong>in</strong> proved too str<strong>on</strong>g, and the women<br />

failed to capitalise <strong>on</strong> crucial turnovers,” WO1 Pears<strong>on</strong><br />

said.<br />

The ADF nati<strong>on</strong>al carnival will be held <strong>in</strong> Wod<strong>on</strong>ga<br />

from November 2-7. Selecti<strong>on</strong>s for the ADF sides are<br />

made after the carnival.<br />

Interested players should c<strong>on</strong>tact their state representatives<br />

or visit: http://<strong>in</strong>tranet.defence.gov.au/armyweb/<br />

Sites/ADFNA for more <strong>in</strong>formati<strong>on</strong>.<br />

By Barry Roll<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

IT TAKES a master to master<br />

the Masters and that’s why Air<br />

Force’s CPL Dean Benedetti has<br />

called <strong>in</strong> re<strong>in</strong>forcements for his<br />

next cycl<strong>in</strong>g campaign.<br />

CPL Benedetti from 3SQN is<br />

look<strong>in</strong>g to progress up the medals<br />

ladder at the Masters Track<br />

World Cycl<strong>in</strong>g Champi<strong>on</strong>ships at<br />

Sydney’s Olympic venue, Dunk<br />

Gray Velodrome <strong>in</strong> Bass Hill,<br />

which began <strong>on</strong> October 14 and<br />

end <strong>on</strong> October 19.<br />

He is be<strong>in</strong>g coached by Air<br />

Force’s SGT Mick Rand, who<br />

recently retired as the president <strong>of</strong><br />

the Australian <strong>Defence</strong> Cycl<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Club and celebrated the event by<br />

tak<strong>in</strong>g out the road champi<strong>on</strong>ship<br />

this year.<br />

Encouraged by his recent third<br />

<strong>in</strong> the ADFCC criterium, a short<br />

Host City:<br />

By Barry Roll<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

CPL MARION Woger and SGT<br />

Carl Tr<strong>in</strong>dorfer were the standout<br />

performers at the Air Force Nordic<br />

ski<strong>in</strong>g and biathl<strong>on</strong> champi<strong>on</strong>ships<br />

recently at Mount Hotham <strong>in</strong> Victoria.<br />

The titles preceded the <strong>in</strong>ter-<br />

Service champi<strong>on</strong>ships and CPL<br />

Woger, from RAAF Base Williams,<br />

w<strong>on</strong> both the Defcredit Classic and<br />

the biathl<strong>on</strong> spr<strong>in</strong>t.<br />

SGT Tr<strong>in</strong>dorfer, from 278SQN at<br />

RAAF Base Williamtown, also took<br />

the double <strong>in</strong> the men’s events.<br />

The Bob Schouten Novice Award<br />

went to FLTLT Nick Holt<strong>on</strong> and CPL<br />

Karryn M<strong>on</strong>aghan.<br />

The Barry Hopk<strong>in</strong>s Coach’s<br />

Award was w<strong>on</strong> by SQNLDR T<strong>on</strong>y<br />

Wood from RAAF Base <str<strong>on</strong>g>Amberley</str<strong>on</strong>g>.<br />

In Exercise Cool Shot 2008, the<br />

<strong>in</strong>ter-Service competiti<strong>on</strong> which followed,<br />

Air Force was third.<br />

“However, the women came<br />

circuit road race, CPL Benedetti is<br />

c<strong>on</strong>test<strong>in</strong>g the 3km pursuit, 10km<br />

scratch race and 30km po<strong>in</strong>ts race<br />

at the Masters.<br />

The titles cater for cyclists from<br />

around the world who are 30 or<br />

over. Last year 425 riders from 25<br />

countries competed.<br />

Time trials, pursuit, scratch<br />

races, team and match spr<strong>in</strong>ts, and<br />

po<strong>in</strong>ts races are be<strong>in</strong>g c<strong>on</strong>tested.<br />

CPL Benedetti began road rac<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong> 2003 and started track rac<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong> 2007.<br />

In the Australian Masters track<br />

titles <strong>in</strong> Sydney this year and <strong>on</strong><br />

debut, he snared a br<strong>on</strong>ze <strong>in</strong> the<br />

3km pursuit and fourth <strong>in</strong> the match<br />

spr<strong>in</strong>t, time trial and scratch races.<br />

The Masters will go part <strong>of</strong><br />

the way to prepar<strong>in</strong>g him for next<br />

year’s big event, rid<strong>in</strong>g for the ADF<br />

team <strong>in</strong> road cycl<strong>in</strong>g at the Arafura<br />

Games <strong>in</strong> Darw<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong> May.<br />

www.AustralianMastersGames.com<br />

Over 30? Register Now!<br />

Registrati<strong>on</strong>s Close 5 December 2008<br />

Ph<strong>on</strong>e: 1300 725 266<br />

adm<strong>in</strong>2009@CASevents.com<br />

Sport<br />

Host State:<br />

27<br />

Hot shots at<br />

Mt Hotham<br />

Dean to master<br />

the velodrome<br />

WHITE WASH: SGT Tr<strong>in</strong>dorfer<br />

l<strong>in</strong>es up at the gates for his run<br />

<strong>in</strong> the <strong>in</strong>ter-Service biathl<strong>on</strong>.<br />

sec<strong>on</strong>d <strong>in</strong> most events and first <strong>in</strong> the<br />

relay spr<strong>in</strong>t <strong>in</strong> Dev<strong>on</strong>port village,”<br />

SQNLDR Satya Tanner said.<br />

“This year was a time for c<strong>on</strong>solidati<strong>on</strong><br />

as many <strong>of</strong> our senior ski-<br />

ers were unable to attend. But the<br />

comb<strong>in</strong>ati<strong>on</strong> <strong>of</strong> str<strong>on</strong>g novice/<strong>in</strong>termediate<br />

talent, great coach<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

<strong>in</strong>credible snow made for a year <strong>of</strong><br />

significant pers<strong>on</strong>al advancement as<br />

many <strong>of</strong> the team members cut down<br />

their race times.<br />

“The overall competiti<strong>on</strong> was<br />

fantastic. Some people said that it<br />

was the best snow s<strong>in</strong>ce the early<br />

1990s, so we were able to ski new<br />

trails and ran the free<strong>style</strong> event as a<br />

po<strong>in</strong>t-to-po<strong>in</strong>t race between Whisky<br />

Flat and D<strong>in</strong>ner Pla<strong>in</strong>.<br />

“The other excit<strong>in</strong>g news is that<br />

the Military Patrol race is start<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

take new form. This year we <strong>in</strong>troduced<br />

activities such as a medevac<br />

with sleds and snow shoes, build<strong>in</strong>g<br />

snow shelters, <strong>of</strong>f-trail rec<strong>on</strong>naissance<br />

activities with bouts <strong>of</strong> shoot<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong> between each.<br />

“It was a great test <strong>of</strong> team work,<br />

navigati<strong>on</strong>, ski<strong>in</strong>g ability, shoot<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and fitness and thoroughly enjoyed<br />

by all,” she said.<br />

HOT WHEELS: CPL Dean Benedetti <strong>show</strong>s his trackwork form<br />

dur<strong>in</strong>g recent tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g. Photo: Brend<strong>on</strong> Mulloy

SPORT<br />

October 16, 2008<br />

Inside: ■ Cycl<strong>in</strong>g ■ Biathl<strong>on</strong><br />


A draw with the Kiwis<br />

ends ADF’s chance <strong>of</strong><br />

claim<strong>in</strong>g Anzac Cup<br />

KIWI QUICK STEP: Above, NZDF goal attack LCPL Kaycee Tipene-Thomas (left) protects the ball aga<strong>in</strong>st ADF defender<br />

FLTLT Georgia Willmore from RAAF Base <str<strong>on</strong>g>Amberley</str<strong>on</strong>g> dur<strong>in</strong>g the Anzac Cup netball tournament <strong>in</strong> Well<strong>in</strong>gt<strong>on</strong>, New<br />

Zealand. Photo: AC Helen McD<strong>on</strong>ald, NZDF<br />

COMBINED FORCES: Right, ADF goal keeper SQNLDR Peter Janssen (left) from RAAF Base T<strong>in</strong>dal waits for the pass<br />

from team-mate CPL Kristen Picker<strong>in</strong>g (Army) dur<strong>in</strong>g a mixed game. Photo: AC Grant Armishaw, NZDF<br />

IT WAS a case <strong>of</strong> aggregati<strong>on</strong><br />

aggravati<strong>on</strong> as the ADF<br />

Netball Associati<strong>on</strong> (ADFNA)<br />

fell ag<strong>on</strong>is<strong>in</strong>gly short by <strong>on</strong>e<br />

goal <strong>in</strong> its quest to br<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

Anzac Cup back across the Tasman.<br />

The cup was decided by the<br />

aggregate scores <strong>of</strong> the games<br />

between the ADFNA women’s<br />

and mixed teams aga<strong>in</strong>st their<br />

NZDF counterparts. Although<br />

the mixed team was far too good<br />

for the Kiwis <strong>in</strong> w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g 41-26<br />

to establish a 15-goal advantage,<br />

that was wiped out when<br />

the NZDF women w<strong>on</strong> 53-38<br />

aga<strong>in</strong>st the ADFNA, giv<strong>in</strong>g both<br />

an aggregate <strong>of</strong> 79 goals.<br />

The balanced scores meant<br />

that the host nati<strong>on</strong> reta<strong>in</strong>ed the<br />

cup until the next encounter.<br />

The ADF women’s and<br />

mixed teams first competed <strong>in</strong><br />

the New Zealand Comb<strong>in</strong>ed<br />

Services annual competiti<strong>on</strong><br />

held <strong>in</strong> Well<strong>in</strong>gt<strong>on</strong>. The mixed<br />

team rema<strong>in</strong>ed undefeated after<br />

the round-rob<strong>in</strong> competiti<strong>on</strong>, f<strong>in</strong>ish<strong>in</strong>g<br />

first, and the women’s<br />

team placed sec<strong>on</strong>d after<br />

be<strong>in</strong>g defeated <strong>on</strong>ly by NZ<br />

Army.<br />

The week ended with the<br />

Anzac Cup matches, with the<br />

ADF mixed l<strong>in</strong>e-up first to<br />

play aga<strong>in</strong>st the newly-selected<br />

NZDF side. True to the <strong>style</strong><br />

<strong>of</strong> the NZ service teams dur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the week, the NZDF mixed<br />

team came out play<strong>in</strong>g str<strong>on</strong>g and<br />

physical netball. It seemed determ<strong>in</strong>ed<br />

to <strong>in</strong>flict the ADF mixed<br />

team’s first loss <strong>of</strong> the week but<br />

it was not to be and after a hardfought<br />

game, the ADF mixed<br />

team w<strong>on</strong> handsomely.<br />

ADF mixed capta<strong>in</strong> SQNLDR<br />

Peter Janssen said his team had<br />

the advantage over the Kiwis.<br />

“We had been play<strong>in</strong>g together<br />

all week, while the NZDF was<br />

play<strong>in</strong>g its first game as a team,”<br />

he said.<br />

“We had worked hard <strong>on</strong> our<br />

game plan and comb<strong>in</strong>ati<strong>on</strong>s <strong>in</strong><br />

the earlier matches, so when it<br />

came down to the Anzac Cup<br />

game every<strong>on</strong>e knew what to do.<br />

“C<strong>on</strong>gratulati<strong>on</strong>s to w<strong>in</strong>g<br />

defence CPL Kristen Picker<strong>in</strong>g<br />

(Army) who played an excellent<br />

game and was awarded the most<br />

valuable player.”<br />

The women’s capta<strong>in</strong> FLTLT<br />

Georgia Willmore said that<br />

despite two losses and many<br />

bruises, the women’s team went<br />

<strong>in</strong> determ<strong>in</strong>ed to w<strong>in</strong> the cup<br />

back.<br />

“The first quarter <strong>of</strong> the<br />

women’s decider was goal for<br />

goal, with the ADF side’s fitness<br />

and attack<strong>in</strong>g skills pay<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong>f,”<br />

FLTLT Willmore said.<br />

“Defensive pressure all down<br />

the court resulted <strong>in</strong> numerous<br />

unforced errors by the Kiwis but<br />

after miss<strong>in</strong>g a few opportunities,<br />

they forged ahead.”<br />

C<strong>on</strong>t<strong>in</strong>ued Page 27

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