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AIR FORCE October 29, 2009
By LCDR Adrian Kemp
WOFF-AF John Millar joined WO
Navy Mark Tandy and RSM Army WO
Stephen Ward for a visit to Singapore
for high-level talks with their interna-
The inaugural 2009 Senior Enlisted
Leaders Working Group (SELWG) was
hosted by Singapore and co-hosted by
U.S. Pacific Command and the New
Zealand Defence Force.
The forum's theme was to set the
platform in 'Making Connections and
Strengthening Relationships' for the
future generation of senior enlisted lead-
ers in the Asia Pacific region.
WOFF-AF Millar said it was a
great opportunity to learn more about
Australia's neighbours' recruit, initial
employment and leadership training.
"The underpinning point that kept
arising was the passion all countries
represented had towards the constant
development of their enlisted members
and the requirement for great leadership
throughout all ranks," he said.
"It is important that this forum
becomes a regular event as it is a great
medium to continue to learn from each
other and grow."
WOFF-AF talks leadership
By LAC Aaron Curran
IN A SIGN of the growing
importance to Air Force of the
Warrant Officer Engineer (WOE)
Conferences, a record 78 person-
nel attended the two-day gathering
Held annually at RAAF Base
Glenbrook, the conferences are a
way to improve maintenance proc-
esses through high-level engage-
ment with the senior technical air-
men of the Air Force.
"The theme this year was 'Best
Practice,'" Director Maintenance
-- Air Command GPCAPT Graeme
"A wide variety of topics perti-
nent to improving the maintenance
environments was presented and
was well received by the attendees."
WOEs from all three services,
seven EXEC WOFFs and for the
first time two Royal New Zealand
Air Force (RNZAF) WOEs, took
part in presentations, informal dis-
cussions and sharing of ideas and
"Of the 78 members who attend-
ed, they represented a total of 1894
years of service and 319 years as
WOFFs; a considerable bringing
together of experience," GPCAPT
"This year was up from 52
attendees at the 2008 conference."
He said the conference remains
a valuable tool in enabling dis-
semination of important unfiltered
information to our most experienced
technical airmen and also provides
an opportunity to gather immediate
"There was great interest among
the WOEs regarding the Strategic
Reform Program (SRP)," he said.
"They understood that we all
have a part to play in the SRP and
the broader Air Force improvement
While there are always funda-
mental differences between Air
Force, Navy and Army within the
aviation technical domain, GPCAPT
Davies said they shared similar
"A forum such as the WOE con-
ference means that the attendees
are able to share and discuss these
For the first time, two RNZAF
WOEs came across the Tasman to
take part and share their experiences
"The RNZAF had earlier
expressed an interest in attending
the conference," GPCAPT Davies
"It was agreed on both sides of
the Tasman that there were bene-
fits from interaction between ADF
WOEs and their RNZAF counter-
parts. We certainly appreciated them
being here and we hope to see them
at the 2010 conference."
at WOE meet
Air Force Band
October 29: The band will give a cham-
ber music concert at Wesley College, St
October 29: The Ceremonial Band will
support the RAAFSTT Queen's Colour
parade at RAAF Base Wagga from 8am.
October 30: Force 10 will support the
RAAF Williams, Laverton, Officers' Mess
October 30: The Ceremonial Band will
support the 1/2009 Basic Photographic
Course graduation parade at RAAF Base
East Sale from 12pm.
November 4: The Ceremonial Band will
support the 1RTU graduation parade at
RAAF Base Wagga from 11am.
November 6: The Ceremonial Band will
support the Officers' Training School
graduation parade at RAAF Base East
Sale from 11am.
November 8: A band drummer will sup-
port the Remembrance Day service to
be held at the Rookwood War Cemetery,
November 11: A band drummer
and trumpeter will support the
Remembrance Day service at RAAF
Base Richmond at 11am.
November 11: A band trumpeter will
sound the Last Post in the Melbourne
CBD at 11am.
November 11: A band trumpeter will
sound the Last Post at the NRMA
Annual General Meeting at Eveleigh,
November 11: The Ceremonial Band
will take part in the Remembrance Day
Service in Martin Place, Sydney from
F-111 engineers reunion
An engineers' reunion dinner will
be held at the RAAF Base Amberley
Officers' Mess on December 3 for all
current and retired engineers who have
worked on the F-111.
An information session on the Super
Hornet and JSF and a tour of the base
will be held prior to the dinner. The cost
is $45 per guest with RSVPs and pay-
ment required by November 21.
To book, email karren.
for more information, call Bryan
McNeice on (07) 5467 8020.
WOE WEIGHT: ACAUST
AVM Mark Skidmore
heads the Warrant Officer
group at RAAF Base
Photo: LACW Casey Gaul
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