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AIR FORCE November 12, 2009
A SEMINAR described
as a major step in achiev-
ing cultural change in
Defence was held in
Canberra last month.
took part in the Defence
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual
and Transgender seminar
for the Future', a ven-
ture between the Defence
Fairness and Resolution
Branch (FR) and the
Defence Gay and Lesbian
FR Director Peter
Sullivan said the seminar
was important to consid-
er support and services
available to personnel
who identify as gay, les-
bian, bisexual or trans-
gender, and to identify
areas of improvement.
By FLTLT Skye Smith
A POTENTIAL airborne fail-
ure was averted when CPLs Luke
McAuliffe and Michael Berry from
75SQN detected a complex flight
control system failure in a Hornet.
CO 75SQN WGCDR Robert
Chipman commended the two avi-
onic technicians for identifying,
researching and troubleshooting an
unusual unserviceability on the air-
"You demonstrated very high lev-
els of resourcefulness and initiative
in researching the history of the sys-
tem problems," WGCDR Chipman
said on presenting the commenda-
tions late last month.
"Your expert system knowledge
potentially avoided a critical system
failure during flight."
CPLs McAuliffe and Berry dis-
covered the components causing the
failure had previously been replaced,
which then led to further investiga-
tions to accurately assess where the
fault existed in the aircraft.
This fault-finding was conduct-
ed despite previous wiring integrity
checks being unable to isolate any
aircraft wiring anomalies.
The two members inspected an
engine wiring harness where heavy
chaffing and arcing was discovered
in the inner and outer layers of the
Undetected, this fault may have
led to kapton arcing of the loom.
"The quality and depth of this
investigation and technical appli-
cation into the unserviceability
was critical in finding the defec-
tive loom, which had existed in the
aircraft for at least seven months,"
WGCDR Chipman said.
CPL Colin Mann has been award-
ed a commendation for his efforts
developing and delivering BOL-518
countermeasure dispenser training
to 77SQN ground crew as part of the
Hornet aircraft upgrade.
CO 278SQN SQNLDR Ryan Regan
commended CPL Mann for his excep-
tional conduct from the initial task
request through to completion.
"You ensured the training was devel-
oped and delivered to a standard that
AVERTED DANGER: CPL Luke McAuliffe, left, and CPL Michael Berry
Photo: LAC Casey Smith
Colin Mann, from 278
Technical Training Flight,
with some of the manuals
his group has been
Photo: LAC Craig Barrett
provided recipients with the appropri-
ate knowledge and skills to guarantee
maintenance operations are carried out
on the BOL-518 countermeasures dis-
penser in a safe, efficient and effective
manner," SQNLDR Regan said.
CPL Mann was faced with challenges
including limited training resources and
communication issues with the dispens-
er's original equipment manufacturer,
SAAB, in Sweden.
"Your outstanding leadership, com-
munication skills and resourcefulness
ensured that these obstacles were over-
come to ensure this training was devel-
oped to an exceptionally high standard
and delivered on time."
MORTALITY and cancer rates for
Bougainville and East Timor veterans
were no different to the rates of per-
sonnel who did not deploy, two new
health studies have found.
The studies also found that
there were no significant differences
in symptoms of post-traumatic
stress disorder for East Timor and
Bougainville veterans compared to
The Bougainville Health Study
included veterans who deployed
between 1997 and 2003 while the
East Timor Health Study focused
on ADF personnel who deployed
between 1999 and 2005.
Defence Personnel, Materiel
and Science Minister Greg Combet
released the findings.
Overall rates of high-risk drinking
behaviours were very low among
veterans of both studies.
Fatigue was the most common
symptom reported by veterans.
The studies will be available at www.
cmvh.org.au/dhsp. Information about
the Deployment Health Surveillance
Program is available from www.
FOLLOWING the recent review of
the ADF's military justice system,
any serving or former member who
was convicted and received a pun-
ishment order from the Australian
Military Court or a summary author-
ity now has the right to lodge a peti-
tion to seek a review of their punish-
ment or order.
Requests for review must be
made by November 23.
Extensions may be approved in
Further information is available at
www.defence.gov.au/mjs, from the
ADF Legal Officer at each unit or
base or from the Defence Counsel
Services on (02) 6127 4099 or
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