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NSW Military Health
Symposium 2009 >>
Saturday 14 November 2009
HMAS WATERHEN, Waverton
Tri-Service personnel of all ranks as
well as Defence Civilian Health
workers are welcome
REGISTRATION Registration is FREE
Registration closes 6 November
ENQUIRIES Mr David Talakovski
Telephone: 02 8335 5269
Many interesting subjects will
be discussed at the symposium.
Updates will appear as
available on www.raamc.com
NSW Military Health
is proudly sponsored by
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Cutting edge medicine
Challenges we are
Challenges we may
need to prepare for
Australia's Reserve Forces
AIR FORCE September 3, 2009
By FLTLT Eamon Hamilton
AIR FORCE can boast global cover-
age through its operations, with more
than a dozen aircraft deployed abroad
In a release to media on August 14,
CAF AIRMSHL Mark Binskin said
14 aircraft, as well as support person-
nel, were providing a range of capabili-
ties through a variety of tasks, ranging
from the Middle East, across Asia and
Australia, through to North America.
Among the missions were a C-17A
from 36SQN conducting air-drop training
on the west coast of the United States and
a 37SQN C-130H participating in Pacific
Air Rally, a multi-national humanitar-
ian exercise in Malaysia. In South East
Asia, F/A-18s from 77SQN participated
in Exercise Thai Boomerang with their
Royal Thai Air Force counterparts.
Support to the Middle East also con-
tinued via the detachment of AP-3C
Orions and C-130J Hercules, with the
ADF's efforts in Afghanistan further sup-
ported by in-theatre flights by C-17As
Short-notice humanitarian tasking
called on a C-130J to transport Royal
Australian Navy Clearance Divers
to Tonga, while a C-17A, C-130J and
Caribou all played a hand in support of
Operation Kokoda Assist.
The C-130J in Tonga transported nine
Royal New Zealand Navy clearance divers
and their equipment to Auckland, before
returning to Australia on August 18.
A 37SQN C-130H arrived in Australia
the following day, having carried mem-
bers of the Royal Australian Navy's
Clearance Dive Team One, along with
their equipment, home from Tonga.
In late August, a 34SQN Boeing
Business Jet, along with two C-130Hs
from 37SQN, were also scheduled to
conduct the solemn task of repatriating
two Air Force members from Vietnam
-- the final Australian servicemen to be
repatriated after the Vietnam War.
AIRMSHL Binskin said that while
the variety of tasks asked of the Air Force
and the operational tempo had risen, Air
Force was always ready for whatever was
asked of it.
"It is an excellent demonstration of
Air Force's flexible capability that we are
able to deploy in so many diverse roles,"
AIRMSHL Binskin said.
"Being able to rapidly respond as an
effective force is important no matter
what tasks confront us.
"Air Force continues to demonstrate
this ability and does so with a high level
AIRMSHL Binskin also said this high-
tempo period ran smoothly because of the
high level of training and dedication of
Air Force personnel.
"Supporting any single operation is a
challenge," he said.
"To deploy air assets on so many
operations at the same time, and main-
taining such a high level of readiness,
is a credit to the men and women of the
Global helping hand
TOUCH DOWN: A Caribou lands at the Kokoda airstrip to pick up stranded local students for transport to
Port Moresby after an air crash caused the suspension of civilian flights.
Photo: CPL Chris Moore
Inflatable hospitals fielded
THE ADF's new generation of soft
modular shelters for Air Force and
Army medical units made its maiden
deployment on Ex Talisman Saber '09.
An initial batch of the new control-
led environment soft shelters was deliv-
ered to the ADF under Joint Project 2060
and put to good use by 1 Health Support
Battalion (1HSB) at Shoalwater Bay.
The ADF will receive 152 of the
Australian-produced modular tent sys-
tems and connecting units to enable
them to be assembled and configured
for different medical functions.
CO 1HSB LTCOL Lachlan Sinclair
said the deployment of the new shelters
was a quantum leap forward in capabil-
ity for Defence.
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