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AIR FORCE November 12, 2009
AIR FORCE BAND
The Ceremonial Band will march
in Melbourne's Annual Myer
Christmas Parade. The parade will
march down Bourke St and begins
The Concert Band will give a free
concert in the Melbourne Town
Hall, featuring the town hall organ.
The Ceremonial Band will support
the Freedom of Entry parade in
Salisbury, South Australia.
The Ceremonial Band will sup-
port the HUB graduation parade at
RAAF Base Richmond.
The Ceremonial Band will support
the 2FTS graduation parade at
RAAF Base Pearce from 10.30am.
OP CATALYST PARADE
A welcome home parade to mark
the end of Operation Catalyst
will be held at the Australian
War Memorial in Canberra on
November 21. More than 300 ADF
veterans and Defence civilians
will take part in the parade, which
will feature Australia's Federation
Guard and various ADF equipment
To register interest in attending,
RAAF Base Tindal rolled out
the red carpet for the Chief of Staff
to the Chinese People's Liberation
Army, GEN Chen Bingde, on Oc-
GEN Chen came to Australia to
participate in Australia and China's
annual Defence Strategic Dialogue
with the Secretary of Defence and the
CDF in Canberra.
During his visit, he also met
Defence Minister Senator John
Faulkner and visited a number of
Defence establishments around the
A number of senior ranking
Chinese military officers including the
Deputy Commanders of the PLA Navy
and Air Force, VADM Zhang Yongyi
and LTGEN Zhao Zhongxin accompa-
It was the first time a Chinese Chief
of Staff had visited Australia since
The visit to Tindal began with an
Honour Guard formed by members
of 75SQN and 322 Expeditionary
Combat Support Squadron, flying the
Australian and Chinese flags. GEN
Chen was then welcomed by the base's
senior ADF officer, and CO 75SQN,
WGCDR Robert Chipman.
75SQN held an afternoon tea for
GEN Chen at an ordnance loading
apron where he inspected an F/A-18
and met several personnel.
He was then taken on a tour of the
base and the domestic area.
Then, as the Honour Guard again
By FLTLT Skye Smith
RAAF Base Tindal raised
more than $1300 for the Can-
cer Council through a Girl's
The Tindal Moonlight
Cinema played host to the
evening by screening The
Ugly Truth and Sleepless
in Seattle for the women of
Tindal and Katherine.
Bronwyn Morris, Vigilare
Site Supervisor of Boeing
Defence Australia, came up
with the idea to host the event
at the cinema and was ably
supported by Lisa Jannsen.
"After the success of our
first Girls Night In at Tindal,
we hope to make it an annual
event," Ms Morris said.
Eighty-eight tickets to the
event were sold and more
money was raised by a raffle
run by the cinema staff.
The girls put the men to
work behind the bar for the
evening while they enjoyed a
Girls Night In is a Cancer
Council fundraiser and was
launched nationally in 2005
to raise funds for women's
cancers including breast and
Since then, more than
22,000 Girls Night In events
have been held.
To get involved or find out
more, contact the Cancer
Council on 1300 656 585 or
Girls Night In
took post, he boarded the 34SQN BBJ
and departed. As the aircraft taxied out,
firefighters from 322ECSS aboard two
fire trucks provided him a water arch in
WGCDR Chipman said the visit
went very well and the base person-
nel felt very privileged to have hosted
"The General was very impressed
by the facilities at Tindal and made par-
ticular mention of its dispersed design,"
WGCDR Chipman said.
"He showed a great deal of interest
in the Hornet and was impressed by the
advancements we have made through
the Hornet Upgrade Program."
GEN Chen and WGCDR Chipman
exchanged mementos of the visit.
WGCDR Chipman also presented him
with a 75SQN cap.
GEN Chen proudly wore it as he
proceeded to the BBJ and, with a
broad grin, saluted the guard present-
ing arms as he passed between its
PARTING FRIENDS: Above, sporting his new 75SQN cap, GEN Chen
Bingde marches past the guard to leave RAAF Base Tindal.
IMPRESSED: Right, 75SQN pilot FLGOFF William Grady with GEN Chen
in the cockpit of an F/A-18.
Photos: SGT Pete Gammie
Professor Robert Clark, Chief Defence Scientist at the
Defence Science and Technology Organisation, gets suited
up for an F/A-18 familiarisation flight with 2 Operational
Conversion Unit during a recent visit to RAAF Base
Photo: ACW Amy Trebilco
If the shoe fits, Professor
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