Home' Air Force News : October 15th 2009 Contents By WGCDR Jo Elkington
THE Air Force Band Sydney
Detachment is to be disbanded.
Located at RAAF Base
Williams, Laverton, the Air Force
Band was established on January
1, 2008 by amalgamating the two
previous bands, in Melbourne
and Sydney, as a result of the Air
Force Rebalance Program.
The effect of amalgamating
the two bands was to close the
permanent Sydney band, leaving
a detachment of five permanent
Air Force staff as the cadre for
a trial band element of reserve
The formation of the Air
Force Band Sydney Detachment
aimed to test whether Air Force
could raise and train a reserve
band element of about 40 person-
nel, led by five permanent Air
Growth of the reserve band
element has proven difficult.
Following the review of the
viability of the Air Force Band
Sydney Detachment, CAF has
agreed that the priority for Air
Force Reserve and permanent
workforce positions is in more
operationally focused areas.
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AIR FORCE October 15, 2009
Top brass tour
DEFENCE Minister John Faulkner
and Secretary of Defence Dr Ian Watt
took a tour of RAAF Base Tindal on
October 1 as part of a comprehensive
two-day visit to ADF bases in the
Senator Faulkner and Dr Watt
met members of 75SQN and 322
Expeditionary Combat Support
Squadron and also viewed an F/A-18
aircraft during their tour of the base.
"Tindal, Darwin and the north of
Australia are crucial to Australia's
IN CONTROL: 75SQN pilot FLGOFF
Daniel Truit shows Secretary of
Defence Dr Ian Watt the cockpit of an
F/A-18 during his visit to the base.
and CPL Kevin
during his tour
of RAAF Base
Photos: LAC Casey
Single home for
Air Force Band
vided by a consolidated, single
band presence at Williams.
The closure of the Sydney
detachment will displace several
permanent Air Force staff and sev-
eral reserve staff. All of these per-
sonnel will be offered positions
elsewhere in the Air Force.
The Air Force Band will ben-
efit from simplified command,
leadership and management of
band personnel in one location.
Air Force will benefit from the
reinvestment of both permanent
and reserve workforce positions
into higher priority capabilities in
line with White Paper program-
strategic outlook," Senator Faulkner
said. "It is very important to ensure we
maintain our capability while work-
ing with the NT Government, business
and the community to further develop
Australia's defence capacities.
"It was also a pleasure to meet
the men and women of the ADF and
Department of Defence who are doing
a great job in the north.
"I would like the families to know
how much I appreciate them support-
ing our Defence members. We ask
much of them and I thank them for
their support," he said.
The NT tour also involved a visit
to RAAF Base Darwin, where the
Minister and Secretary were briefed
on capabilities of 396 Expeditionary
Combat Support Wing and met 92WG
From the NT, Senator Faulkner and
Dr Watt flew to East Timor to visit
Senator Faulkner said during the
visit, he was "able to witness first-hand
the excellent work being performed by
Australian troops in support of East
Timor's longer-term security".
IN TUNE: The Air Force Band
Sydney Detachment is to be
disbanded.Photo: ABIS Andrew Dakin
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