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AIR FORCE October 15, 2009
FSGT Patrick Lee from the Air Lift System Pro-
gram Office (ALSPO) at RAAF Base Richmond is
looking for the family of a former member.
He has some material he would like to return to
Earlier this year, a friend contacted him who said
he had found some 'old gunnie stuff' in his office. He
asked FSGT Lee if he would like it otherwise he was
going to throw it out.
FSGT Lee collected the material and found that
it contained the identity card, handwritten notes and
course material belonging to a D.A.R Grace from his
1942 Fitter Armourers course at RAAF Base Laverton.
Several photographs were included, including the
Sergeants' Mess pictured below.
David Allan Royce Grant was born in Newtown,
Sydney, on February 19, 1916. He enlisted in the
RAAF on October 2, 1939 at RAAF Base Laverton.
His home address was Lidcombe, another Sydney
suburb. He discharged from No 2 Aircraft Depot on
September 10, 1945 with the rank of WOFF.
"I think the find is quite significant, considering
that the first of the new breed of armament fitters
recently graduated from Wagga," FSGT Lee said.
"I would like to return the material to him or a
member of his family. If that is not possible, I intend to
pass it on to the Defence Explosive Ordnance Training
School at Defence Establishment Orchard Hills as a
Anyone who is able to assist is asked to contact FSGT
Patrick Lee at ALSPO on (02) 4588 1894 or email
THE SERVICE and sacrifice
of a rarely-publicised but vital,
major component of the Air
Force was highlighted at RAAF
Base Amberley recently with
the launch of an important his-
toric record of Combat Support
The book is Always There
by GPCAPT Graham O'Brien
(ret'd). It is a history of combat
support in the Air Force from its
earliest years in WWI, through the
fall of Singapore and the bombing
of Darwin in WWII to its more
recent operations in East Timor,
Bali, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Launching the book, ACAUST
AVM Mark Skidmore said that
while support personnel go wher-
ever Air Force goes, they rarely
get more than a few words about
their vital activities.
"Wherever in the world the
Air Force goes, combat support
personnel are always there," AVM
"Their stories are rarely told
and very often the support func-
tions get only a cursory mention
in historical records.
"As a pilot I am well aware
that my job over the years has
only been achievable through the
dedication of the CSG profes-
sionals -- clerks, engineers, secu-
rity personnel and health teams to
name just a few," he said.
He believed that many of the
lessons contained in Always There
would be valuable reading to a
much larger audience than past
and present CSG members.
Commander CSG AIRCDRE
Noddy Sawade also paid tribute
to CSG and its predecessors.
"Our people continual-
ly impress with their ability to
deploy on short notice and make
things happen in support of exer-
cises, operations and disaster
relief as well as maintaining high
levels of readiness at home.
"It is a legacy built on the
long history of our people and
our capability for being 'always
there', and that makes this book's
title extremely appropriate,"
AIRCDRE Sawade said.
AVM Skidmore congratulated
GPCAPT O'Brien's authorship.
"That this is GPCAPT
O'Brien's first work as an author
makes it an even more impressive
achievement," he said.
FULL SUPPORT: CDR CSG AIRCDRE Noddy Sawade welcomes guests to the launch of
GPCAPT O'Brien's book, Always There, a history of Air Force combat support.
SIGNING OFF: Right, GPCAPT O'Brien autographs copies for members who attended the
launch of his historic book.
Photos: ACW Jessica Smith
Always There tells a
part of Air Force history
that is often forgotten.
It emphasises the
varying concepts and
constructs through the
years, highlighting some
lessons that might endure
and recounting how the
modern Combat Support
Group came about during
major Defence reforms
of the 1990s, and its
involvement on opera-
Copies are avail-
able from the Air Power
Development Centre for
Quick look at a great book
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