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AIR FORCE November 12, 2009
THE crew of a 37SQN C-130
have been commended for their per-
formance at the United States Army's
Advanced Airlift Tactics Training
FLTLT Tim Dresser, pilot; FLGOFF
Ben Griffin, co-pilot; FLTLT Derek
Cox, observer; FLGOFF Andrew Burns,
navigator; FSGT Shane Thornton, flight
engineer; and FSGT Errol Taylor and
SGT Matthew Warnock, loadmasters,
attended the course from September 16
to 26 at the centre's two locations at
Rosecrans Air National Guard Base in
Saint Joseph, Missouri, and Libby Army
Airfield, Fort Huachuca, Arizona.
Two German crews, a New Zealand
crew and a Dutch crew also partici-
The AATTC training consists of
instruction, and flying missions involv-
ing navigation, airdrop cargo delivery,
airland cargo delivery to paved and dirt
runways, low-level awareness training
in mountainous environments, and air-
to-air training with US Air Force F-16
LTCOL Kurt Westfall, who is the
centre's chief of staff and second in
command, said the Australian crew
graduated on September 26 after hav-
MAKING THEIR MARK: From left, 37SQN C-130 crewmembers FLTLT
Tim Dresser, FLTLT Derek Cox, FSGT Shane Thornton and FLGOFF
Photo: LAC Michael Green
ing performed in an outstanding man-
ner throughout 10 days of intense tac-
"Of particular note is the outstand-
ing performance displayed by the air-
craft commander, FLTLT Tim Dresser,"
LTCOL Westfall said.
"His leadership, piloting skills and
ability to get the crew to always per-
form at the highest level were noted by
all members of our instructor staff."
FLTLT Dresser said his Airborne
Operations crew were selected so as
to provide a mix of experience in the
crew. Some had been flying in the role
for up to four years; some had only
just completed the course. None had
previously attended the AATTC.
He said the course was well worth-
while as it provided Air Force crews with
some different perspectives on how to
operate in a threat environment, as well
as enabling the RAAF to maintain up-to-
date exposure to methods that the USAF
provides for its tactical airlift crews.
The course was run using a rapid-
planning technique. This allowed about
three hours for the crew to conduct intel-
ligence briefs, the initial flight brief,
full flight planning (including thorough
threat, target, timing awareness and track
study), the final mission brief, and then
aircraft preparation before departure.
Normally, two sorties per day were
flown, one in the morning and one in the
Air Force has been attending the
centre for more than 15 years. It uses
it as an advanced course, often for the
preparation of the next generation of
airborne operations instructor aircrew.
The first C-130J crew attended
in January this year and 37SQN will
attend the course annually, alternating
C-130H and C-130J aircrew.
It's all in the training
The AATTC training consists of
instruction, and flying missions
involving navigation, airdrop
cargo delivery, airland cargo deliv-
ery to paved and dirt runways,
low-level awareness training in
mountainous environments, and
air-to-air training with US Air
Force F-16 fighters.
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