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AIR FORCE November 12, 2009
By Andrew Stackpool and
LSIS Paul McCallum
OPERATION Padang Assist, the
ADF operation to provide relief assist-
ance to the Indonesian city of Padang
after the earthquakes, has ended.
The ADF’s Joint Task Force (JTF)
completed its mission on November 2,
with the completion of the construction
tasks and the handing over of the prima-
ry healthcare facility to local authorities.
JTF629 commander COL Mark
Brewer said he was proud of his person-
nel during the operation.
“To see the Australian and Indonesian
personnel working side by side, forging
friendships in the aftermath of a natural
disaster, will be an enduring feature of
this mission,” COL Brewer said.
Air Force was among the first in and
the last out. A 37SQN C-130 flew to the
area on October 2. A 36SQN C-17 fol-
lowed soon afterwards.
Others followed, including two
Hercules assigned to the shipment of
stores from Jakarta to Padang. Within a
few days the Air Force contribution had
swelled to approximately 110 personnel
operating out of Padang and Jakarta.
Among other achievements, Air
Force air load teams managed more than
530 tonnes of humanitarian aid that was
flown into the region from around the
world, 1.3 million litres of water were
produced (the purification plants flown
in by Air Force assets), 63 buildings
were assessed for structural integrity and
1300 patients were treated in the pur-
pose-built medical facility.
Typical was the medical aid provid-
ed by Nursing Officer FLTLT Michael
Babic to a baby girl who had been scald-
ed by boiling water. Her parents came to
the JTF headquarters seeking help.
With the use of an interpreter and a
basic first aid kit, FLTLT Babic was able
to treat the injuries and advise the par-
ents on how to treat the burns.
He continued reviewing her over the
following days and ensured her injuries
were healing well.
“FLTLT Babic’s efforts are the epit-
ome of Health Services Wing’s motto:
Comp assion, Skill and Courage,” JT F
629’s senior medical officer SQNLDR
Simon McLaughlin said.
“Air Force health staff are willing and
able to assist whomever, whenever, and
wherever, which is exactly what FLTLT
Babic has done,” he said.
The Indonesian commander of the
relief effort, MAJGEN Aslizar Tanjung,
praised the Australians for their dedica-
tion to the relief effort in support of the
Indonesian Defence Force.
“Your performance was outstanding
to finish your mission in such a short
time; we look forward to working togeth-
er in the future,” MAJGEN Tanjung said.
CDF ACM Angus Houston com-
mended the ADF men and women who
contributed to the operation.
“Your efforts contributed towards sav-
ing countless lives, establishing medical
clinics, clearing landslides and repairing
vital infrastructure,” ACM Houston said.
HEALING IN HIS HANDS: Nursing Officer FLTLT
Michael Babic treats a baby girl in Padang. The
girl’s mother approached the JTF headquarters
for help after her daughter was scalded with
boiling water. FLTLT Babic treated the baby’s
injuries and then reviewed her for a few days, as
well as advising her parents on how to continue
WEIGHT LIFTING: Right, air load team members
ACWs Christine Smith and Renata Cooper from
1AOSS walk back from a 37SQN C-130J at
Padang’s Minangkabau International Airport after
completing another successful unload.
Photos: CPL Guy Young
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