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AIR FORCE November 12, 2009
Inquiry into PNG service
THE independent Defence Honours
and Awards Tribunal is to inquire into
recognition for members of the ADF
for service in Papua New Guinea after
September 16, 1975.
The inquiry is another in a series
of reviews into long-standing Defence
honours and awards issues identified by
the Australian government in late 2007,
according to Parliamentary Secretary for
Defence Support Dr Mike Kelly.
A call for submissions will be
released shortly in the national press.
Submissions to the inquiry close on
"Many people have raised the issue
of recognition for ADF service in PNG
after 1975 with the Government, and
I would encourage them to now take
advantage of this opportunity to make a
submission," Dr Kelly said.
The tribunal can be contacted at: Defence
Honours and Awards Tribunal, Locked
Bag 7765, Canberra Business Centre, ACT
2610 or email DHA.Tribunal@defence.gov.
au. The terms of reference for the inquiry
and guidance on how to make a submis-
sion can be obtained at: www.defence-
By LT Madeleine Denholm
IN THE four months since RAAF
C-17As arrived in the Middle East
Area of Operations (MEAO), the air-
craft from 36SQN have flown 88 sor-
ties and transported 766 passengers
and 3.5 million pounds of cargo as part
of Operation Slipper.
Air Component Commander of
the Australian Joint Task Force in the
Middle East, GPCAPT Gary Martin,
said it had been a busy time for the air-
craft and their crews.
"They've done all this work while
also supporting several major human-
itarian missions, including Operation
Padang Assist and Operation Samoa
Assist, as well as their regular operations
back home in Queensland," he said.
"We've almost got crews that are
revolving through humanitarian assist-
ance missions, to Operation Slipper and
then back to assist the humanitarian and
government agencies again."
The largest aircraft in the ADF's
fleet, the Globemasters represent a sig-
nificant air transport capability.
"Each C-17A load is equivalent to
four C-130 flights, which represents a
huge reduction in the number of times
we're putting our aircrews at risk fly-
ing in and out of airfields within the
MEAO," GPCAPT Martin said.
Since July 1, the C-17As have deliv-
ered several replacement Protected
Mobility Vehicles (Bushmasters) to
Afghanistan, and transported CH-47
Chinooks for the Rotary Wing Group out
from and back to Australia.
They have also delivered equipment
and vehicles to other coalition forces in
"It's about having the right equip-
ment, in the right place at the right
time, and the C-17A has been funda-
mental to achieving that," GPCAPT
TIGHT SQUEEZE: FSGT Mark Warner of 1AOSS tightens a
tie-down chain in the cargo area of a C-17A prior to take-off.
Photos: SGT Rob Nyffenegger
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE: Air
load team personnel load pallets into
a C-17A at Kandahar Airfield. With
its cargo area already containing a
dismantled Chinook helicopter, the C-
17A still has space to spare for more
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