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AIR FORCE September 17, 2009
By FLTLT Eamon Hamilton
THE evolution of our biggest fly-
ing unit is continuing, with changes
at 37SQN to keep pace with global
In November 2006, 37SQN almost
doubled in size when the RAAF's C-
130H and C-130J fleet were merged
under a single banner.
It meant the unit would carry an
enduring commitment to the Middle
East Area of Operations (MEAO), a
commitment 36 and 37SQNs had
shared since February 2003.
To better support its 560-strong
workforce and current operations,
37SQN has undergone workforce
changes to make its high tempo work-
SQNLDR Brad Clarke, Staff Officer
Force Generation at 86WG, said the
previous unit structure was well suited
to peace time training and tasking, and
short duration operational tasking.
"However, it did not provide the
ability to effectively manage sustained,
long-term operational deployments,
while still being responsive to the wider
needs of the ADF and Government,"
SQNLDR Clarke said.
The operations workforce now
consists of six aircrew flights (four
By FLTLT Eamon Hamilton
THE effects of high-tempo
operations on service members
are being openly confronted at
A Wellbeing Day on July 30
-- open to all personnel at RAAF
Base Richmond -- had exhibitors
from health, social, veteran and
community groups provide stands
at 37SQN HQ, encouraging face-to-
face interaction with personnel.
The open setting for the
Wellbeing Day encouraged mem-
bers to find solutions to common
stresses that can arise in service life,
especially in relation to long-term
This includes fatigue, separation
through deployments, relationship
difficulties and issues relating to
dependency -- including alcohol and
FLTLT Catherine Hamilton,
37SQN admin officer, said the
Wellbeing Day -- to become an
annual event -- was all about let-
ting members know where help was
available, so they could look after
themselves and others, regardless of
rank or seniority.
"Members do not always feel
comfortable bringing personal issues
Richmond destresses for
C-130Js and two C-130Hs), one
Operations Management Flight and
an Administration Flight. Each air-
crew flight is designed to be a discrete
deployable element with an organic
command and control structure.
The new structure enables more
accountable command and delegation
of duties, which clarifies reporting
chains and enables the CO to more
effectively command and control a very
In the maintenance workforce, C-
130H technicians are now being cross-
trained to work on the C-130J, helping
to generate either Hercules model for
tasks and increasing the pool of avail-
able maintainers for MEAO rotations.
Most loadmasters have also been
cross-trained on the C-130J and H.
Pilots, air combat officers and flight
engineers will remain posted to a sin-
gle Hercules type.
New executive positions are over-
seeing the workload, including an
Executive Officer Maintenance -- filled
by WGCDR Chris Hersey.
WGCDR Matt Hegarty, CO 37SQN,
said the new structure was the result of
lessons learned about 37SQN and con-
tinuous operations in recent years.
"A major improvement is the abil-
ity to plan deployment rotations and
training activities well into the future,"
he said. "For example, the rotation
of C-130J flights through the MEAO
deployment is now forecast out beyond
the next year. This will help provide
stability for our serving members,
and provide the opportunity to better
plan leave and other personal commit-
"People know when their flight will
deploy next and are able to plan their
lives accordingly. This is a boon for
"The new flight system allows us to
effectively plan 12 to 18 months into the
future in determining which members
will need to be deployed. With four C-
130J flights, we have one flight deployed,
another flight preparing to deploy, and a
third flight to regroup following a deploy-
ment," WGCDR Hegarty said.
"This leaves a remaining C-130J
flight to fly alongside the two C-130H
flights for the ADF's remaining air
"The Hercules provides an enor-
mous air lift capability for the ADF and
it is paramount that we are still there to
support exercises and operations other
than those in the MEAO."
Reshaping the 37SQN workforce
-- including the planned withdrawal of
the C-130H -- will form a key part of
Air Lift Group's 'Air Mobility 2015'
The project aims to re-focus Air
Lift Group capabilities as it receives
new airframes, including the KC-30A
and Battlefield Airlifter.
to the attention of their chain of
command," FLTLT Hamilton said.
"Often, by the time issues
become known to someone in a
position that can help, these issues
have escalated from mole hills to
"So, the fundamental theory
behind who was invited to present
on the day was, who can help you?"
While the benefits for 37SQN
members will take time to fully
mature, feedback is already positive,
with agencies happy to meet person-
nel and their partners face-to-face.
"Feedback from participants
was that it was something that the
squadron should have been doing
years ago to let members know
what is out there, by bringing them
to the squadron in a social setting,"
FLTLT Hamilton said.
"The event was most definitely
worthwhile given the positive feed-
back received on the day."
HIGH TEMPO RESPONSE: 37SQN C-130H technicians are now being cross-trained to work on the C-130J
as part of changes to better support the 560-strong squadron workforce. Pictured is AC Rod Frizell preparing a
portable light tower on the RAAF Base Richmond flightline.
Photo: AC David Said
BBQ BENEFITS: CPL Watson of 37SQN serves up lunch during a
Wellbeing Day held by his squadron for the members of RAAF Base
Photo: AC David Said
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