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AIR FORCE October 29, 2009
By FLTLT Skye Smith
QUEENSLAND'S Radio Lollipop
Funky Friday team were flying high when
6SQN aircrew paid a visit to sick children at
the Mater Hospital recently.
FLTLTs Mathew Stade and Vladislav
Bismarck and FLGOFFs Adele Merriman,
Paul Moylan and Jasper McCaldin, presented
a special delivery of gifts for the children from
Jaye Chirgwin of Radio Lollipop thanked
the 6SQN members for visiting.
"Maybe we inspired some future Royal
Australian Air Force members, but overall
there were lots of smiles from children and
parents alike after their special visit," Ms
The F-111 Dump and Burn display per-
formed at the Brisbane Riverfire was a popu-
lar topic during the visit.
6SQN has formed a close association with
Radio Lollipop over the years.
"It is awesome to have the Air Force visit
and is great that we can keep this going," Ms
Radio Lollipop is an international organi-
sation founded over 25 years ago to provide
care, comfort, play and entertainment for chil-
dren, primarily in hospitals.
funky for kids
By FLTLT Eamon Hamilton
THE INAUGURAL Air Mo-
bility Symposium has opened the
floor for our air mobility commu-
nity to discuss their vision of the
Held at the Australian Defence
College from October 7-9, the event
was a chance for Air Lift Group to
conduct an open forum with those
who share a vested interest in its
That includes customers with-
in Army and Joint Operations
Command, as well as Air Force,
Defence Materiel Organisation, and
"We aim to underpin our capa-
b ility commitments with bet-
ter understanding of productivity
and sustainability issues, resolved
through a Defence and Industry Air
Mobility community," Commander
ALG AIRCDRE John Oddie said.
"The symposium allows us
the chance to assess our relation-
ship, and determine where it has
worked or failed through the period,
to understand customer needs and
to discuss future opportunities,"
AIRCDRE Oddie said.
The multitude of interests
at stake need to be weighed with
ALG's commitment to short-notice,
high-tempo operations -- as well
as a long-term commitment to the
ALG is further committed to
introducing new platforms such as
the C-17A, KC-30A and Battlefield
Airlifter, complementing the exist-
Our air lift vision
LET'S TALK: CDR ALG AIRCDRE John Oddie addresses the audience at the inaugural Air Mobility
Symposium at the Australian Defence College in Canberra.
Photo: FSGT John Carroll
ing C-130J and Special Purpose
Deputy Chief of Joint
Operations Command AVM Greg
Evans gave the opening address
to the symposium. A former CDR
ALG and Hercules pilot, AVM
Evans said air lift remained the cen-
tre of gravity for the Middle East
Area of Operations. While the pace
of operations promised to endure,
AVM Evans told attendees "it's a
marvellous time to be serving our
country, and you are the people who
are going to be needed".
All of this is intended to be
accomplished against the back-
ground of the Strategic Reform
Program (SRP), which is viewed
in ALG as the catalyst for allow-
ing many of the required changes to
Doing this requires careful co-
operation with other elements such
as Air Force's Combat Support
Group, or Defence Support Group,
who were both given space to speak
at the symposium about their respec-
tive plans forward with the SRP.
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